It’s September 23rd and I am still showing you summer clothes. I have another 3-5 summer posts before we’ll change seasons. I hope you can accept that. (Note: There is no alternative.* Also, I have no ideas — yet — for fall.**)
Fortunately, the seasonal dissonance you might experience by looking at my summer clothes in September is reduced by the fact that I saved the most fall-ish colors and fabrics for the end of summer. Not intentionally, but that’s how it’s worked out.
Witness this smocked silk top — Marni, purchased from The RealReal — in a rich cinnamon shade.
I am a little torn over this color. Half of me thinks it’s beautiful and sophisticated and the other half (perhaps it’s just a third or a quarter) thinks, “Is this RuST? Ugh.”
Love it or hate it, I think it’s best paired with optical white. In fact, I can’t picture it with another color. With black it might read muddy. Perhaps it could be worn with dark denim or just the right shade of tan? I am curious to hear what you would wear this shade of orange-brown with. Do tell!
The high-neckline and smocking on this top make it more interesting than the average sleeveless summer tank. You can’t see the back, but it closes with three snaps that are spaced 4 inches apart — which adds a little needed nonchalance. I am wearing a black silk camisole underneath for coverage, but red, ivory, or bright orange could be worn, too, for a little extra visual interest.
To dress things up, I’ve added a necklace.
A pendant that looks like an old-fashioned pocket watch, filled with tiny silver beads.
This necklace seems slightly gothic, a touch steampunk, to me.
In the alternative, a little extra color can enliven this cinnamon top: melon, teal, olive, aqua, pink, raspberry, ochre, cranberry with RuST. How is this combination working?
These wonderful beads are both playful and sophisticated at the same time: the combination of colors and patterns achieve an extraordinary harmony even though they neither match nor
How and why I cannot explain. This is an instance where we must just accept and enjoy the mysteries of the universe!
If you haven’t seen last Thursday’s post, please take a look. I thought all of you (the DIYers, the Avant Gardists, the diligent accessorizers) would go wacko for my Anthropologie necklace hack — but the reader response was far greater to Monday’s old white pants. Another mystery of the universe that I must simply accept and enjoy.
Top: Marni from The RealReal; Pants: JCrew; Shoes: JSlides; Bag: Sophie Hulme Bolt Bag; Silver necklace: Ann Demeulemeester
* I guess there is one alternative. You could boycott. But you wouldn’t, would you?
** The impending lack of inventory and inspiration is our bigger problem. If you have an idea for a post — Ask The Directrice! — please submit it now.