Periodically, I take a hard look at my closet to see whether I could make more or better use of the clothes therein. One of my methods is to focus on color. I select a color and pull out everything of that particular color (regardless of shade, style, or fabric) to see what might go with what.
Today, we’ll look at the greens.
Behold the green blouses and sweaters of my closet!
Disclosure: I have two fatigue green jackets, but they have been excused from this exercise.
Here are the blouses and tops:
The sweaters are:
an apple green JCrew cashmere twin set (shown left),
a dark green chunky half sleeve cardigan from Vince,
an argyle cardigan in olive green, cream and grey, and
a light chartreuse rollneck pullover also from JCrew.
Here are the combinations I came up with:
Obviously, the chunky dark green cardigan would work well with the olive green striped tee-shirt. That’s child’s play.
But Chunky Dark Green is turning out to be the Jose Oquendo of this exercise.
So, who are the loners here?
I didn’t find a match amidst the greens for the argyle sweater or the olive green cowl neck top. Ease your mind. The argyle sweater looks good with a white top, a grey tee-shirt, or a micro-striped (white/grey) tee-shirt underneath. The olive green cowl neck looks very good with one of my un-pictured green fatigue jackets.
Done and done!
Seeing how the greens do (and don’t) work together prompts a little more thinking about these particular greens. The Margaret O’Leary sweater looks brighter in the photos above than it does in person; it is such a dour shade of green (a brown-green) that it looks better with intense, dark blues than greens. I generally wear it with a navy poplin jacket or an ultramarine cardigan. The apple green sweaters are such an extraordinary color that they stand on their own, but they also are very striking with teal and other rich, blue-green shades.
Perhaps you are wondering who Jose Oquendo is? A St. Louis Cardinal who, over the course of an 11 year major league career, played every defensive position including pitcher and catcher. That’s utility.