Week 6 :: of turquoise, vermilion, and first ladies

Welcome, my friends, to a brand new week and a brand new theme!

You know, I’ve actually built up a modest library of theme ideas that should last me through the school year, and my biggest decision now is choosing which to showcase.

This one is nearest and dearest to my heart because it totally appeals to the yerd (read: yearbook nerd) in me.  This week, it’s all about color wheels and composition, design and daring combos.

This week, I present to you:

Complementary Color Week

ColorWheel1First off, let’s define complementary.  No, that is not a misspelling.  I did mean the “e” instead of the “i” in the spelling of that word.  We’re not talking about colors saying nice things to us, folks.

Complementary colors are those that are opposite each other on the color wheel.

So, if you take a look at the figure to the left, examples of complementary color pairings are yellow and violet or orange and blue or green and red.

The best explanation of this from a fashion perspective is from ACADEMIchic, who say: Because they are complete opposites, complementary colors make each other seem more intense. To be frank, it can be difficult to wear complimentary colors together and simultaneously avoid looking like a page out of a coloring book.

Initially, I was going to do Monochromatic Week since that’s easier to craft and perhaps more pleasing to the eye.  But I’m not in the mood for easy, and I figure the week before my Spring Break deserves something bold and fun.

Today, then, we begin with the gorgeous pairing of blue-green and red-orange, but because I’m an English major and natural wordsmither, I’m choosing to call this my Turquoise and Vermilion day.


I have owned these two pieces for ever and I was even thinking of getting rid of the top because, frankly, although it is a jewel tone and therefore in my palette (I’m a cool winter), I’m just not a blue person.  I like looking at the color and I like seeing it on others, but I have a difficult time styling it for some reason.  Pairing it with this vivid vermilion, however, makes me rethink my ambivalence.

turquoise & vermilion

I am also pleased that I’m getting over my tucking in phobia.  It helps that the blouse’s material is silky and is cut in such a way that it blousons nicely and that the skirt’s material is stiff and structured, masking a multitude of mommy flaws.  (Oh, and it’s one size too big which also helps.  Eheh.)


Because the colors are so strong, I am choosing to keep my accessories pared down.  That may not seem the case with today’s choice, but think about it: leopard print is considered a neutral and the silver necklace, although chunky and multi-stranded, is less obtrusive than a matchy-matchy colored piece.  I’m sporting those Marc Jacobs shades again because these outdoor photos are murder on my eyes.  Thanks, sis!

I think I’m off to a good start for Complementary Colors Week.  If turquoise and vermilion together are not your cup of tea, then hopefully the following days will bring other pairings that are more to your liking.  But hey, if Michelle Obama is rocking this combo, I think you can too!

cc week turquoise and orange

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Marshalls
Skirt – F21
Necklace – Target
Shoes – ShoeDazzle
Sunglasses – Marc Jacobs

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17 thoughts on “Week 6 :: of turquoise, vermilion, and first ladies

  1. […] I immediately became Gollum with these suckers.  I threw the case in my purse, bid my sis a hasty farewell before she could change her mind about loaning them, and hightailed it back home for not one, but multiple photo shoots wearing my new precious, as seen here and here and here and here. […]

  2. Elba Ortega says:

    Love the color combo! I too am trying to get over the tucking in thing!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I think the trick for me is that the top’s material needs to be soft but not clingy and flared/cut away from the torso. Maybe try that?

  3. smashintwo says:

    I love this outfit and, since I am shoveling out my closet, I am going to look at my clothing in a MUCH different way. I can’t rock the heels like you do, but I bet I could put together some smashing outfits and rock my Toms with them! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, I wish I could do the whole Toms look. We just moved into a new building with concrete floors and I swear I’ll develop varicose veins by year’s end! But I need the heels to give me an air of “authoritay” with my students since I’m so darned short. :/. Would love to see how you rock yours, though.

  4. itsangelhoran says:

    Hello! Okay, first off this outfit. Cheese and Rice.This is one for the books. I adore this outfit, this is one of those Edwards outfits that can be worn once, the memorable outfits. It looked magnificent on you and clearly made you pop with color that as soon as I saw you today it put a smile on my face. I think others did a double take on this outfit as you walked through the school. (You really should parade through the quad at least 2x a week or something…) I absolutely love this week’s theme. By using FLOTUS as an example only depicts what the United States prides itself for. Having unique FLOTUS’ like Jackie O’, Nancy, Clinton, and Obama are just a few of the best for being the most prized First Ladies.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Okay, it must be late because it took me a moment to decipher FLOTUS. Must be one of them politician acronyms, eh, Senator? ;p

      And thanks for the high praise. I really didn’t expect this outfit to make such an impact.

  5. Shane Suri says:

    Holy WOW Batman! Where has this outfit been hinding because you look FABULOUS! I mean, right off the pages of a magazine fab, which is pretty cool if you ask me. The colors are so bright, vibrant and alive and they just go so well with your natural coloring that it is striking. Watch out in the wider world today becausey you are looking smokin’ haut!

  6. djtsmith says:

    I know I’m too matchy matchy and symmetrically unchallenged. I love looks on others, but can’t quite seem to break out of the “goes together” looks! Maybe if I just keep in touch here, I can help me!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ooooh! Definitely keep in touch! The teacher in me always feels so validated when I manage to make an impression or – dare I say? – a difference, and not necessarily in an academic setting either.

  7. When I read your title I was thinking yes that will look good because they are complementary colors! Then I laughed when you had the color wheel. I am a big fan of this combo and you look GREAT!! I am bringing these colors into my living spaces. I love the BOLDNESS. What a great idea to have a theme for the week. I look forward to checking in to give you more compliments during complementary color week! 🙂

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ah, and this is why I love English teachers – they appreciate a good pun. I, in turn, look forward to having you come visit me for the rest of Complementary Colors Week. Tomorrow should be fun! (Oooh…foreshadowing!)

  8. Cathy says:

    I’m still amazed we are 25 days into this event and I can still stumble upon blogs I haven’t seen before. Your post was so fun to read. I have little fashion sense so I’m thinking I should keep coming back to learn more. I enjoyed your outfit and your chat about complementary colors. They do pop! Enjoy your break.

    • mtsedwards says:

      I don’t know what made me more giddy: your saying my post was fun to read (in the fashion blogosphere, sometimes I feel words are superfluous and looked down upon) or your saying you should come back for more. Yay to new friends! I hope you do decide to subscribe. I’ll try to be both engaging and informational. And yes, break can’t come soon enough. Four more days!!!

  9. jenortega says:

    Love, love, LOVE this! And the first pic to the right makes you look like an old fashioned Hollywood star.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Aww! Thanks, BF! I was actually thinking of bequeathing this top to you since it’s your color, but after today, maybe not? ;p

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