Spring is truly in the air – at least in the world of fashion. Pantone just announced the 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid. To quote the Pantone website about the color of the year selection process:
“The PANTONE Color of the Year is a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that color can help to answer. Not necessarily the hot fashion color of the moment, but a color crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers. … “An invitation to innovation, modern and versatile Radiant Orchid encourages creativity and originality. Imbued with a harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and its rosy undertones emanate great joy, love and health.”
While the Color of the Year is not necessarily the most prevalent color of the year in fashion, there’s no doubt that you’ll see lots of shades of orchid throughout 2014. If this isn’t in your color wheel, don’t worry – the good news is you’ll have lots of other colors to choose from. But it’s going to be nice to welcome a color that “emanates great joy, love and health”, wouldn’t you say?
Photo: Jessie Webster for Rachel Zoe
Many people shy away from sequins – certainly for day and, sometimes even for the evening – because they’re afraid of “overdoing it” or “standing out too much”. I came across this little tutorial on how to wear a sequined jacket that illustrates how to pull off sequins with style (in this case a vintage jacket, but it will work with even a modern version as well.) I personally love to wear sequins even during the day, but if you’re just easing into the idea, this might help you take the first step. Might be just perfect for one of your upcoming holiday parties, yes?
I don’t know about you but I like to have choices about what I’m going to wear, even when I travel. This doesn’t have to mean packing a larger suitcase (although I’ll admit, I rarely travel with just a carry-on. :)) You can have choices in your travel wardrobe simply by taking along a variety of accessories. Pack several scarves, or an assortment of necklaces and bracelets that work with the clothes you’ve chosen. For the men, take extra ties and pocket squares. Accessories don’t take up the space that clothing does and they often can make or break an outfit. The beauty of it is – you can dress for how you feel on that particular travel day rather than how you felt when you were packing – love it!
What a great idea – and of course, it came from one of my favorite sources – the Advanced Style ladies. In this case, 96 year-old Lucy Jarvis. Unfortunately there wasn’t an accompanying picture of her – I’d love to see her interpretation of ‘retread’ because I expect she’s amazing. (Instead I’ll use the photo that Ari, the owner of the Advanced Style blog, used of this lovely lady he photographed in New York.)
It’s all about adapting and being inspired to change (‘retread’, if you will) as we move through the seasons of our life so that we can be the best possible version of ourselves. It’s definitely not about giving up…or sticking to old patterns and habits when they no longer serve us well, such as:
-dressing in a long-gone decade?
-dressing conservatively now because you got in the habit when you worked in the corporate world, even though you and your lifestyle have changed?
-dressing in sweatpants everyday because it’s just ‘easier’?
-wearing clothes that don’t fit – either too big or too little – because you aren’t accepting the size you are now and aren’t dressing to fit that body?…etc…etc…
If any of this rings true to you, you’re ready for a ‘retread’! Let me know if I can help you through the process – you’ll be so glad you did!
Isn’t it nice to get a compliment? So why is it we so often shrug it off, or feel compelled to immediately reply with a compliment of our own, or worse – just ignore it? There’s an art and grace to accepting a compliment, as is pointed out so well by a blogger I follow: Brian at He Spoke Style. Please read what he has to say and then practice saying “thank you!” until you feel comfortable and confident. After all, everyone loves to receive a “thank you” about as much as they enjoy receiving a compliment!
Doesn’t that call up a lovely visual in your mind? I wish I could take credit for it, but my thanks goes to a lovely woman I met at a dinner last night by the name of Gay. She and I got into a conversation about wardrobe and image and, as a former performance artist, she definitely embodied this statement. I’m sorry I didn’t get a photo of her to share with you, but don’t we all know people who ‘wear their space’ beautifully? They don’t necessarily have to be physically wearing anything unusual, but whatever they are wearing, is worn with such ‘ownership’ and such presence, that the space around them creates an attraction – you just have to look and admire.
I shared with her one of my favorite blogs, Advanced Style, and those ladies (and sometimes men) that wear their space so well. And of course, The Sartorialist always captures lovely examples of people on the street who do the same. Here are a few examples for you to enjoy…do you feel inspired?
Milan; Photo: The Sartorialist, Sept 20, 2013
Milan; Photo: The Sartorialist, Oct 11, 2013
Carol and Richard; Photo: Advanced Style, Oct 25, 2013
Lynn Dell: “Your attitude is your altitude.”
Photo: Advanced Style, Nov 8, 2012
Full disclosure: this is not a fashion or style-related post, although the two sites I’m talking about often feature products that are fashion-oriented. This is just pure admiration for a couple of web-sites that are helping entrepreneurs gain traction in this ever shifting retail and cyber-space environment. The first is The Grommet. You might enjoy this little retrospective they took upon their 5th year anniversary. (I know – it’s been around 5 years, and I’m just now talking about it. But gaining traction takes time!) I recently blogged about one of their products that I thought was so clever. You can read about it here.
The second is Kickstarter. It helps start-up ventures get their prototypes off the ground, and it doesn’t take a lot of cash, because all the small donations on an individual basis eventually add up to some serious backing. Or not. If it works, it works. And if it doesn’t, then it doesn’t.
I love these sites not only because they are helping these start-up ventures get recognition, but also because, as a consumer, I see these products and think: “Wow! Why didn’t I think of that? It’s just logical.” Some products are more useful than others, but that’s an individual decision. I hope you enjoy exploring!