Wearing Brights on a Cloudy Day


When it's grey and cold outside, sometimes I like to bring a little sunshine to the table with my outfit. Yesterday, I paired some funky patterned high waisted jeans with one of my favorite wool capes. Note to selves, Zara has great, unique outerwear. 



Underneath said cape I kept things neutral with a simple chambray button down and a charcoal grey tank. If you don't have a chambray button down, you are missing out, my friend. It's on my must-have list of pieces. You can wear them as shirts, obvi, but I love styling them as you would a blazer. Wear them over tanks and other shirts to add a polished yet casual vibe to your look.  



Why It Works: 

1. Styling: Pairing a Pattern with Neutrals

When you wear a bold pattern, you've got a couple of options. You can mix patterns, which may seem daunting  (Can I wear stripes with polka dots?!), but isn't that tricky. I'll share my pattern mixing tips in an upcoming post. A simpler route is to go with neutrals. 

Denim, in all of its shades of blue, functions as a neutral color. The grey tank is a neutral as well. Keeping things neutral and dark on top keeps the focus on the jeans. A pop of color from my blue suede boots finishes off the look, and coordinates without being too "matchy".

2. Fit: High Waisted Jeans - Keeping Your Body Proportions In Check 

Since the jeans are a high waist style, I tied the shirt off just below the waistband of the jeans. The whole point of a high waist jean is to elongate your legs. Why cover up all the work the jeans are doing with a shirt? The shirt is untucked in the back, though, for bum coverage. No need to go full-on Gidget here.

I carry my weight in my hips and thighs, making my shape "Bigger on the Bottom". [All of my styling revolves around a Fit Comes First mantra. Ask me questions below about what's right for your shape!]

With my body shape, I have to be careful with patterns on my bottom half. Any time you want to wear a pattern but don't want to draw attention to an area, the trick is to make sure you have an abstract pattern. Anything static like stripes or polka dots gives the eye somewhere to rest, and it may rest on a part of your shape that you don't want to highlight. These jeans have a graphic pattern with movement, so the eye doesn't rest on any particular area. 

3. Beauty: Don't Forget Your Face...

Last, and a bit hard to see in the pic, I'm wearing a bright color on my lips from Nars. It's the Velvet Matte pencil in Pop Life, layered with Audacious lipstick in the color Rita.

Just felt like a little zing was in order. Take that, clouds. 

What do you think? Do you have any grey day outfit remedies?