What To Wear #57: Skirt Is Red, Blouse Is Blue

“I think you should go with the red. It’s the color of confidence!” Legally Blonde is another quoting staple I frequently refer to.

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To be honest, I think any color you wear is the color of confidence, as long as it’s a color you like, one that plays up and brightens what you feel are your best points and otherwise makes you feel however you want to feel that day. Being a redhead, it took a while for me to find a way around red. Working it in to my wardrobe initially seemed a bit of a challenge, but I kept coming back to the idea, and also some shades of red I’d see either in pictures or on other women repeatedly appealed to me. Another friendly helper along the way was the book How to Be a Redhead by Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti of howtobearedhead.com, in which the sister authors bust the myth about us gingers not being able to indulge in playing with this particular color.

I love how the essential coolness of blue balances against inherent warmth of red. The flared skirt jumped out at me from a rack and wearing it is a pleasure. I’ve mentioned before that I’m still experimenting a bit when it comes to blouses, so this one is meant to be worn with skirts, at least in my case – I’m tall and the blouse is on the shorter side. If I wear it with trousers, I’ll end up tugging on it all the time and defeating the purpose by simply not being myself. For this outfit I simply tuck the blouse in the waistband of the skirt, which sits a little bit higher, adding that feminine 1950s vibe, or at least that’s what I tell myself.

The shoes are very comfortable pumps that make for good walking around the city and don’t make me balance instead of progress. I’ve come to the conclusion that a thicker heal, when wearing higher shoes, does it for me. Rounding off the accessories is one of my favourite necklaces that works both during daytime and as a more dressy companion to an evening outfit. I remember when not so long ago statement necklaces were mentioned everywhere, and suddenly all my usual haunts for buying costume jewelry were full of them. At first I wasn’t interested, but then I was inspired by some gorgeous chokers in a few old movies and a friend’s stylish accessorizing. So voilà. I think I would have still liked this one, though.

Ready to go.

Blouse: C&A

Skirt: C&A

Shoes: Zalando

Jewelry: Bijou Brigitte

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What to Wear #41: Sunny Side Up

What to Wear has already entered its 40s! Amazing.

Considering that I’m wearing a skirt, obviously there is nothing about this outfit that I actually want to go up.

BUT the skirt is yellow, and sunny allusions or referencing a breakfast dish in the title is the way to go. Yellow is a colour I’ve been careful with in the past as a redhead (along with red and orange). It has slowly made its way in to my wardrobe and I’ve found myself liking it. It really depends on the shade – I tend to lean towards either a lighter, creamy yellow, or a bright, lemon yellow. Considering that the total number of yellow items in my wardrobe currently amounts to two, I don’t know if I actually own that much knowledge, but hey, everyone starts somewhere.

Ironically, the skirt is neither shade, but I like it. The A-line shape is flattering, and I’ve settled for combining it with green and brown (blue next time, another combo I’ve seen beautiful stylings with). The short green cardigan will take care of the morning coolness, even if it is summer, and the necklace was one of my first little gifts to myself during my early days of discovering Hamburg. Since the yellow is somewhat darker, and the rest of the outfit is in earthy tones, cognac-brown pumps included, I went for a lipgloss with a hint of brick red. That’s all of life’s big decisions taken care of for one day.

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