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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!!

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Dear Soundings is a periodic response to fashion questions from our customers by Jenny, owner of Sound Styles in Edmonds, WA

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Spinach and Clothing?
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So what do spinach and womens clothing have to do with each other?
No, textile scientists haven’t yet figured out how to make fabric from spinach.  And no, color trend forecasters aren’t calling the new green “spinach”.  Actually, I made my own connection between the two several weeks ago when we were deeply involved in showing fall clothes.

Fall fashions this year are indeed beautiful but so unlike what we’ve worn in past seasons.  This seasons fashions have been, and continue to be, all about what I refer to as “stuff”.  By that I mean details.  It’s about ruffles, ruching, uneven hemlines, texture, big accessories, decorative zippers, large prints, etc.

Customers were commenting left and right, “no, that’s not me” when I’d show them something new.  Some were quite reluctant even to try them on.  Seeing a trend developing, I finally said to one woman, “do you have kids?” and she answered, “yes”.  Then I made my move and asked, “did you encourage them to taste spinach before they said they didn’t like it?”.

Most parents did that, right?  What could she say?  So far not one person has answered no and I’ve asked quite a few.  So I grab the item in question and into the dressing room they go.  “Just taste” I say.  “You might like it”.  And they often do!

Did you teach your kids to taste spinach?
Off the Cuff is a periodic casual review of fashion styles, attitudes and trends by Jenny, owner of Sound Styles in Edmonds, WA

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