Sound Styles, January 29 2013
Q: I finally broke down and bought my first pair of colored jeans. But, they are turquoise and I’m really not sure that I have anything in my closet to go with them. Can you give me some ideas since you’ve been talking a lot about colored jeans lately?
A: Yes, we are noticing more break downs lately. Resistance to this fashion trend is indeed lowering. Colored jeans are definitely becoming more and more “normal”. But, what to do with them you ask. First of all, let’s address the color issue. Just because your new jean is turquoise does not mean you have to have another piece of turquoise on at the same time. At this time of the year, pair them up with dark neutrals and transitions toward Spring. For example, the other day I wore my emerald green jeans with my black boots, a charcoal sweater and a chocolate fur scarf. It worked! At least no one told me otherwise. But, as we get closer and closer to warmer weather, I look forward to wearing them with a bright pink jacket that I got last year. Then I’ll probably put a print tee of some sort underneath and wear a colored shoe. Other than bright pink, you can pop your turquoise with lime green, purple, coral,or yellow.
Then, as we approach summer simply change the neutral from dark to light and wear your jeans with white. One other concept you may want to explore is “tone on tone”. Throw all kinds of blues together with your turquoise (or greens or whatever color you choose as your base). Now, tell me you don’t have any of this in your wardrobe already and I’ll eat my words!! Check out the slide show below to get more visuals.
Secondly, stay tuned to silhouette and proportion. Skinnier jean silhouettes are more flattering with a longer top (fingertip length) either fitted or boxy, and a more boot cut jean handles a more classic length (mid hip) top. This is a generality of course, but is a good “rule of thumb”.
This Spring we’ll see a steady diet of bright colors. Remember the “gotta taste your spinach” concept? I’m going to have to get out of my box and “taste” new colors. But, in the meantime, think I’ll make spinach lasagna for dinner tonight.
More questions please!!
Dear Soundings is a periodic response to fashion questions from our customers by Jenny, owner of Sound Styles in Edmonds, WA