Why is it that when I think of midnight blue, I conjure up visions of able-bodied seamen and shiny, brass buttons and anchors away? Is it because of its alternate name? I mean, you can’t get any more obvious than “navy”, right?
Anyhow, we cap off Complementary Color Week with an unorthodox nod to the nautical. (How’s that for back-to-back alliteration?)
I’m usually leery of wearing navy because one of two things can potentially happen: you can either look really stuffy and dated and old-fashioned (think Mr. and Mrs. Howell from Gilligan’s Island) or, conversely, you can come off as a J.Crew catalog wannabe.
Since I’m neither, I think it’s totally brilliant that navy’s complementary color is tangerine.
It’s brilliant because the cheekiness of tangerine is a perfect counterpoint to the severity of navy. Another way to skew tradition is the fact that the top – a cardi/dickie combo I’ve owned forever – feels more varsity prep than Captain Ahab. Sure, its got shiny, gold buttons, but check out that sleeve stripe and Harry Potter-esque crest.
Also, the stripe of the false-shirt front is vertical as opposed to horizontal, which also minimizes the nod to the nautical. Throw on a pair of tasseled oxfords, and you’ve got a juxtaposition of fashion niches that is fresh and recognizable at the same time.
Think Ralph Lauren meets Napoleon Bonaparte.
I really had fun with the theme this week. Not only did I receive the most recognition for my sartorial efforts to date, I also made some valuable discoveries:
- I don’t do pastel.
- I like writing copy unhurriedly and thoughtfully the day before.
- I feel a lot more comfortable in front of the camera when I’m not actively posing.
- Neighborhood kids make surprisingly adept photographers in a pinch when your daughter is too busy playing teacher with other neighborhood kids.
Have a fabulous weekend, my friends! I know I will – it’s the start of my spring break. Finally! Three huzzahs and a pint of Guinness for all!
:: Just the facts, ma,am ::
Top – F21
Jeans – Rewind at Kohl’s
Oxfords – Kohl’s