I've been playing with my recently finished burnt-orange skirt, styling it up for a variety of seasons and the different degrees of formality that my lifestyle requires. When I bought this silk hessian I knew its autumnal shades would go with a lot in my wardrobe. But I had such fun putting together outfits based on this skirt... OK, sure I always have a lot of fun playing in my wardrobe, but this time was an easy breezy spoilt-for-choice kind of a fun; because this skirt really goes with just about everything I own! I could have had twice as many outfits as I have pictured here... either a sign that I have far too many clothes (a distinct possibility), or that I am getting a lot better at colour matching my fabric purchases to each other, and to myself and my own colouring. The latter can only be a good thing; the former... hmmm, well we won't go there...
I made this little skirt during the tail end of winter and styled it then with charcoal grey and black here, and I thought the colour of the skirt added a nicely rich yet still citrus-y zing to those sombre winter-y shades. Naturally the orange will also look fresh and tangy with a pure white top during the warmer months, so I avoided that obvious choice here, with just one exception which I'm guessing will be a much harder item to mix-and-match in my wardrobe...
namely this avant garde white dress, at left. It's quite short on its own so really needs at least a little skirt underneath. To be honest, I'm already re-thinking this white dress (it's pretty ....er, voluminous) and have a few new plans... watch this space. But in the meantime, wouldn't this be a good choice for a half-way glamorous, semi-formal summer do? Just imagine the champagne glass in my hand... yes?
At right; for a more casual kind of a summer's day, well my top here is of shot silk, with an orange warp and a blue weft, so its resultant drab pink colour is actually a mixture of the other two colours in the skirt and scarf of this outfit... how's that for painterly colour analysis of an outfit? Sorta impressive...huh?
For days of middling temperature:
At left; Casual required? I would wear this outfit, and thus serendipitously be sorta colour-blocked. The current fashion buzz-word.
At right; going somewhere nice? Mixing the burnt orange with milk chocolate brown, khaki and rich brown leather; and getting into those toasty autumnal sorts of shades here.
At left; I wore these denim-y blue garments with my rusty red skirt during SSS11, and I really like them with the burnt orange skirt too. Will definitely wear this on a cold and casual day next year... hopefully these tights will hold out that long, fingers crossed :S
And lastly at right; for a semi-smart winter's occasion, the burnt orange colour works beautifully with the rich jewel shades of ruby red, purple-y red and with the chocolate brown in my tights, boots and bag... well rugged up, and these colours are psychologically half warming me up already!
What am I wearing today? well I met with a friend for her birthday lunch, and I wore the "brown" outfit with my slouchy boots. It was perfect for visiting a cafe, and for these pleasantly warm but not hot days that we are getting now.
Which outfit here do you like the best?