Escaping Your Rut

Black and Navy, Green and Red Outfit

I’ve been feeling like I’ve been in a creativity rut this week, like I’ve run out of outfits you haven’t seen, like I just don’t feel like making a huge effort. It could be because I’m super busy, or it could be because the weather is neither here nor there, but I had to really push for this outfit here, people!

What is it about pairing certain colors together that makes us freaked out? It’s not like someone is going to show up at your house with some handcuffs if you wear black and brown or purple and yellow, or, in my case black and navy and red and green. It’s all about finding a way around the rules! If you have to try something different like I did, try to pair those criminally opposed colors in small doses.

  • When wearing navy, it’s totally okay to wear black or grey shoes (or any other “wrong” combo). It’s RARELY noticeable, especially if it’s a skirt or dress and your legs break up the colors.
  • Try pairing your “wrong” colors in deeper tones, like if you’re doing red and green, choose a super dark green and a small amount of red. It’s less Christmassy, more sophisticated this way.
  • Distract from your mis-matchedness with a super busy item! I’m wearing a skirt with a mish-mosh of colors, so it looks like everything goes!

Try something you normally wouldn’t this year, why dontcha? These ruts might turn out to be moments where you throw stuff together and start seeing everything differently! Of course, if you need a second pair of eyes to help inspire, I am just a phone call or email away!

mismatched colors outfit

mismatched colors outfit

Sweater: Vince, Skirt: Anthro, Tank: Target, Shoes: BC, Necklace: KouklaMou Designs

mismatched colors outfit

January 9, 2012

3 Responses to Escaping Your Rut

  1. Sarah says:

    I have that same skirt and it never occurred to me to wear it with navy and dark green. I just figured it would be too light for wintery weather. Now, I need to dig out and see what other colors I can put together.

  2. Lyddiegal says:

    Sometimes I feel like I have too much inspiration and not much execution. Of course I feel like if it were warm enough for sandals and bare legs I would not have any problems at all, since all i want to do right now is get back into my open toed shoes.

  3. Jamie Rose says:

    Hey we have the same color issues! I’m all about mixing colors but I have an issue with black and navy blue and red and green. I definitely need to try those combinations out!

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