And a quick delve into color theory…
A reader recently asked for more ways to wear the Ann Taylor LOFT petite equestrian trousers…
I recently purchased LOFT’s Petite Equestrian Pants because I saw how wonderful it looked on both of you. Right now, I can only come up with one outfit that I really like (it’s pretty much a dupe of the one Kelly created on her “I love menswear” post) and I’m having a hard time pairing it with other tops. I think the problem is I only have one ruffly top and the rest are pretty simple . . .
Do you . . . have any suggestions for color or texture of tops that will go with (these) pants? Also, if you have some extra time, could you post another outfit using the wool pants . . . ?
So after diving into my closet for another outfit idea, and taking a cue from Extra Petite with the long cardigan, I was surprised to find these pants work with brown!
Ready for a quick color theory lesson? Good!
These pants are grey, with a bit of a blueish tone to them, so my instinct was to keep them paired with other shades of grey, and similarly cool colors (colors like blue, green, and grey) instead of warm colors (colors like red, orange, and brown).
Here’s why it works:
The top is violet, which is a warm/cool neutral (you get violet by mixing warm red with cool blue), and even though the cardigan is brown (considered to be warm), it’s more of a cool (and almost greyish) oatmeal color, rather than a warm reddish brown, which probably would have clashed. The shoes are so dark, that to me, appear not to be either heavily warm or cool (maybe another neutral?).
The warmest part of this outfit (and probably the item that grabs the most visual attention) is the reddish brown belt. Interesting how that works, hmm?
Of course, I like to add pops of color with accessories, which in this case would mean they could be warm colors. In addition to the warm reddish brown belt, I added a long ruby necklace and reddish brown carnelian bracelet. Red is also a very nice compliment to violet, so the jewelry ties in well with the top.
All the colors in this outfit are similar tones (dark or muted), except for the belt, which also helps them all to blend so nicely.
Fun right? I took a color theory class just for fun last summer, and it’s finally paying off! =)
Do you think a lot about color when putting together outfits? What other colors do you think would work with these pants?
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