Y'know, sometimes you add something to your wardrobe purely on a crazy whim and you have a teeny niggling doubt about how well it is actually going to work? This ultramarine corduroy skirt, made using Vogue 1170 and first posted here; is one of those things. I grabbed the fabric without thinking about it very much during a mad Spotlight sale.. you know, one of those instinctive "ooh, pretty colour" moments when you are rushing past a table of fabrics on your way to the cutting counter and your brain is on autopilot, really focused on getting in the queue before it builds up too much.
I think one of the reasons I really like doing these 6 different ways posts for myself is because of that old old wardrobe rule of thumb taught to me when I was growing up... every new thing you add to your wardrobe must go with at least six other things. I am a very whimsical seamster, but once I've got something I do still like to mix and match and make sure a thing has several good options to partner up with; not just one other thing. One must be practical (sigh)
Luckily bright blue has slotted in very well after all, and I've grown to love its punchy shock of colour against my traditional pale and/or sludgy neutrals! I have worn each of these outfits over the past month or so, and taken each photo on the day that I wore it. With the exception of the first very summery one; I just put that outfit in there to show a bit of seasonal variety so to speak. The weather is still coldish here... well it is for me anyway. I am such a wuss in that regard. But things are warming up very nicely lately. Spring is in the air!
Below: at left; the skirt worn with the pretty knotted blouse that is from that very same Vogue pattern. They are designed to go together and I do think they look very nice together. I like the textural clash of decadent glossy silk against the homely corduroy. I will wear this outfit on a much warmer day :) At right; the blue holds its own when worn as part of a trio of bright colours. Colourblocking! Still a trendy concept, yes? According to the shop windows here-abouts it sure is anyway. Brights are gonna be "in" for the down-under spring.
Below: at left; these muddy mossy shades of green against bright bright blue felt "wrong" at first but then I really loved them and was pleased I had forced them together. Such an unexpected combination, it worked beautifully! I felt sorta "art student" or "urban hipster" in this ensemble. I felt cool. In my book that is a very good thing. At right; on a colder rainy day I wore a warm and cosy, all-charcoal-grey outfit with just one slice of bright blue corduroy showing to add a peep of colour.
Below: at left; playing it safe, letting the brilliant blue colour take centre stage and be the prima donna against neutrals of black and cream. A nice outfit, I liked it. It is plain, but then again maybe this is very me. I am plain! At right; worn along with all the other bright blue garments in my collection, and with just wine-red leggings to break up the colour scheme and add another shade to the mix.
What am I wearing today? well, actually yesterday I wore the last all-ultramine-blue-with-the-red-leggings outfit, just above. I meant to post this yesterday, but got distracted with writing my review for shape shape, hehe. Today I am still wearing the skirt, but with something completely different!