This was two months ago. But first I have to tell you something.
I was interviewed! You can read it HERE. I was interviewed by Sylvia, the admirable publisher of the informative site 40plusstyle.com, which in a gentle and accepting way helps women who (perhaps just like me prior to starting this blog) got a little lost, to find their beauty and shine again, as well as it helps a very diverse international group of style bloggers to connect with each other. Other than interviews with bloggers, articles about fashion, style challenges etc., Sylvia also writes about events in Singapore where she lives and her travels to other exotic places, as well as shares her outfits - and she has a very distinct contemporary sense of style, both fun and fresh.
It was a delightful experience, and it felt good (and a little surreal) to be "on the other side", because as you know, I'm usually the one who interviews people (you can read my interviews with inspiring bloggers by clicking here; I will also label this post to add to my collection of interviews). Hooray! Fireworks! Fanfares! See - I'm even wearing sequins! All right, I will calm down now, promise. (Squeeeeak!)
I will keep it short for this post. I wanted to do a purple monochrome outfit for quite a while. If you read the beautiful Suzanne Carillo's blog, you know how she suggests to play with monochrome - she has a series of posts about it. For me, the revolutionary idea was... to throw all the clothes of the color you work with into one pile and keep trying things and see what combinations work. Because once you've tried many combinations, you sure will find what you like. It sounds so obvious, yes? And yet it did not occur to me before. Outfits sort of happen in my imagination - some of them work, when I try them on me, and others, well, not so much. But I've never actually done what Suzanne does. As I wrote to her, I thought we were "supposed" to elegantly pick just the right items out of our closet, put them on - and you're ready to go. I did not know we were "allowed" to get artistically/scientifically messy! Did you? Do you play with your clothes like that? I think it didn't occur to me because, as writers, we don't get very messy. Our tools are pen and paper or a computer, very clean tools. An artist (and Suzanne is an artist) gets really messy. They work with raw materials ... paint, clay ... they are used to working through a messy, organic process.
So that day, in early March, I decided that it was time to see which purple things would work together and in what combination. In my head, I had only so many purple purple pieces (like the purple slacks and the sequin top). In reality, I had more pieces, about which I did not even think, like the pleather jacket and skirt (I don't think I wore it before, but it's a beautiful piece with decorative zippers, though you don't see them here because of the long top). I'm glad I played by Suzanne's messy method and found more purple combinations which work quite well.
To keep a monochrome look interesting, you just add different shades or hues of the same color, as well as different textures, like I did in the outfit #2 ("leather", silk, sequins, suede). I think it also helps to add one small accent in another color or use a pattern for more visual interest. This was my first such experiment, and I will sure try more. It's a fun exercise.
Do you wear monochrome outfits? Do you find them appealing or rather boring?
Would you like to share your own methods? Please do!
Photos are taken by my Dad (March 4, 2015). The blazer and pants are actually purple, and not blue as they seem on the photos.
All items are old/remixed. Some of them you can see in these posts: sequin top (Dec 2013), blazer and pants (Dec 2013), pleather jacket (Nov 2014), glass earrings (Feb 2014), silk bracelet (March 2015).
Blazer - Chico's
Sequin top, trousers, skirt & frog ring - Lane Bryant
Pleather jacket - Christopher and Banks
Tights - Hue
Snake pumps - Rockport
Suede shoes - Dansko
Red glass earrings - Chico's
Silk bracelet - c/o Chaos NY
Felt brooch - gift, hand made by my daughter, then 8 or 9 years old
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