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January 8, 2011

Resolution Solution #2 – Try New Things


In the interests of trying something new I started the New Year at the office with a chic departure and ended up trying several new things all in one go! 

I recently purchased Anna Scholz’s fabulous Cotton Cashmere Bow Tunic in a rich brown, and loved her look on the website (see above!) so much I went on to essentially copy the outfit.  I had intended to wear the tunic with leggings or slim pants but once it arrived and I tried it on it became clear it would look best as a dress.  Now, this is hard to admit, Fashionista that I am, but I do not wear many skirts or dresses.  I am simply not enamored of my milky pale legs and I don’t love the look of most hose.  But Anna’s colorful tight idea was something I was willing to try.

So I got myself over to for some amazing opaque tights.  I had read about this site but hadn’t taken the plunge myself.  They sell tights, socks and other hosiery items in regular and, bless them, plus sizes.  And most of their standard hosiery items come in more than fifty terrific colors – including a delicious bright plum (which, BTW they call Amethyst).  

I love the pop of some color with more classic neutrals and We Love Colors has some great choices at very reasonable prices.  I did a major stock up not only on tights but also scored a rainbow of different knee highs for perfect splashes of color with my ubiquitous trousers and flats looks. 

I trolled my closet to complete the look.  Taking a few tiny steps away from the bold orange/Chinese red accessories in the photo, I went with my own palette of plummy reds and purples, starting with a terrific pair of Sofft cherry red metallic patent Mary Janes.  These work really well with my beloved Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis Bag in Amarante – a deep burgundy that looks nearly brown until you get in the light, where it becomes this stunning purple iridescent color.  To keep the cleavage toned down, I added a cami in a plum color and  topped it off with a long mixed media necklace that worked the plum colors and added just a pop of green for contrast.   

Being quite a bit shorter than the model, the dress on me was at an office and age appropriate knee length.  My sweetheart totally loved the leggy look.  And the outfit garnered several complements.  So all in all the new things were a success and I will be adding this look to my repertoire.  

Now it’s your turn to try something new.  Copy a bold look you admire.  Try wearing something you usually wouldn’t wear.  Or just say good-bye to boring old black, navy, brown or beige hosiery and say hello to a little, or even a lot, of color.  C’mon, I dare you!

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