Many people have no trouble finding individual pieces of clothing that they like, but are unsure of what to wear with what [else]. I am planning a series of posts on this question (working title, This Goes with That!™) because there are a number of things to consider: colors (complementary, numbers, and placement), silhouette, formality, fabric, etc.
To tide you over, I will offer one easy piece of advice right now. You will always look put together if you wear either: (1) a jacket (or sweater) and blouse in the same color with a pair of taupe, grey or black pants (e.g., red sweater, red blouse, and grey pants) OR (2) a sweater (or blouse) and pants in taupe, grey or black with a jacket (or sweater) of a different color (e.g., grey shell, grey pants, and red cardigan).
A black sweater, black wool twill pants, and an orange jacket that looks like a clam-shell!
This cut is not the most practical, because it can’t, really, be closed. And because it can’t be closed, it will never look svelte. But nevertheless, it’s distinctive and charming, right?
For those of you who sew, you know that fabrics sold as liners tend to be inexpensive synthetics. I wanted something more luxurious, so I drifted to the Chinese silk brocades, which feature the most beautiful, intense colors. I picked out something that would coordinate with the color of the jacket, and then decided to use the reverse side (a trick learned from reading about the interior design work of Nancy Lancaster), which is as well finished as the front.
And now, as a special bonus, a self-portrait of the Photographer and His Model
Am just realizing that I failed to take a snap in profile, so that you can see how the jacket falls from the side . . . Will have to amend this post in the near future.
Jacket: Anthropologie; Sweater: JCrew; Pants: JCrew; Shoes: Tory Burch; Scarf: Liberty (from eBay); Bag: Coach Gramercy Satchel