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The Virtues of Ivory Cords

 
My clothes veer toward a dark palette for the winter months, but I don’t like to wear dark things everyday. There is a reason why bright colors are used to paint exteriors in the far northern climates like Greenland and Newfoundland.
 
But what do you wear a bright colored sweater with on a cold day?
 

 
 
 
Ivory corduroys, bien sur.
Ta-da

Ta-da

Red shoes = too much; purple patent leather = just right

Red shoes = too much; purple patent leather = just right

 
 
 
I am carrying a red bag, but red shoes would have been too much, so I am wearing dark purple, patent leather flats.

I always have at least one pair of ivory cords in my closet. These are trouser-style with wide legs, but I also like 5-pocket ones, styled like straight legged jeans.
 
JCrew has sold both styles every year over the last decade and this year . . . they don’t have them. Talbots does, however, and they look very good and are cut to fit a range of body types. You can visit them here.

 

Yes, you do want to hear more about my sweater?

Yes, you do want to hear more about my sweater?

 
 
I think a little more on my sweater is warranted.

I bought this sweater years ago because (a) it is tie-dyed and (b) is softer than a baby rabbit (a pet, not a fur!) but I never wore it because it didn’t look right with anything I tried.
 
This sweater is fairly short and therefore needs something to create balance with my hips. Perhaps I should have tried something as simple as wearing it over a red or orange tee-shirt or slim sweater with jeans. That’s actually a good idea.
 
 
But what eventually occurred to me is that this sweater doesn’t need to be toned down. It deserves to be electrified. So I paired it with this patterned blouse.
Quirk out

Blouse is predominantly red and white, but I love this touch of robin’s egg blue


 
Regardless, the ivory corduroys are the key here because they set off these colors so beautifully, and give the outfit a visual lift. This is not to say that red/black and red/grey are not effective pairings — of course they are — but sometimes a lighter touch is needed.
 
 
 
See how this apple green sweater set is also set off beautifully by ivory? It just looks so fresh.
same here

I am so fresh


color

I am so lazy

 
As I look at myself here, two things occur to me.
 
First, leopard print shoes would look good with this color — assuming that the leopard background was a true camel/caramel color. I like leopard with pistachio green, too.
 
Second, if I had been a little less lazy when taking these pictures, I would have shown this sweater set with a bag — either a bottle green or my iridescent eggplant purple bag (which appears bottle green in certain light).

 
For those of you who wonder why Posy isn’t featured in more pictures, I thought you might appreciate this series, which was snapped in less than one minute.
 
Posy wanders into the picture

Posy wanders into the picture

which the Directrice interprets as a sign that Posy wants to be in a photo

which the Directrice interprets as a sign that Posy wants to be cuddled

a brief discussion ensues

Posy seeks strength from above, or perhaps is rolling her eyes


and then suddenly Posy has 8 legs instead of 4

and then suddenly Posy has 8 legs instead of 4

Octo-cat works in earnest

Octocat works the problem in earnest

And quickly gains freedom; by the next click of the shutter, she is out of the frame

and quickly gains freedom; by the next click of the shutter, she is out of the frame

Ivory corduroys: JCrew; Red sweater: Barbara Who?; Red blouse: Liefsdottir; Purple Flats: Tory Burch; Red bag: Coach; Green sweater set: JCrew; Black flats: Coach Noella Flat on sale now

5 thoughts on “The Virtues of Ivory Cords

  1. Ivory . . . a color that I’ve always thought of as capable of taking my thighs from ample proportions to astronomical ones. Yet you look so balanced. Perhaps a similarly zillion-watt top would distract the eye. Tell me about cords. For light colors, do you prefer cords to a less textured fabric? Or is that just a winter thing?

    • Hi Regina — I prefer fine wale corduroy. I think wide wale is hard to carry off unless you are tall — it tends to be thicker and stiffer than fine wale. More fluid fabrics work better for short women and smaller women.

But what do you think?