Monday, March 28, 2011

Mixing Grays

Lately I find myself drawn to mixed-neutral color schemes, especially when the weather turns rainy and cold as it has been here for the past couple of weeks. So this crochet-trimmed cardigan and black knit dress were quite timely presents from my family; the cardigan is from my mom, and the dress is from my aunt. They always seem to do a great job picking out clothes for me.

Throwing in some gray is always a great way to blend brown and black together, so I added several items in varying shades of silver-gray. Grays can be tricky to mix, so it's important to pay close attention to whether items are a warm or cool gray; the easiest combinations will always be like with like. In past outfits I've mixed different bluish-grays (here's one example, and here's another), and in others I've gone with warmer grays with brown undertones (such as this outfit). Warm and cool grays can be mixed, as long as there's an intervening color that bridges the gap; in this outfit I mixed a soft taupe-gray with a deep charcoal, using plenty of brown to ease the transition.   

For more on mixing neutrals, click here to read what Sal has to say about it.

Cardigan: Solemio
Scarf: Eileen Fisher
Dress: Max Studio
Skirt: S
Belt: Urban Outfitters
Boots: Bos and Co.



 

12 comments:

Ravina Sniper said...

Cute! I always mix my neutrals with limited success, but this outfit is inspiring! =)

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a fabulous outfit. You truly are the mix-master!

Amanda said...

Really gorgeous outfit. Love the pretty details and the neutral-mixing.

Sheila said...

That's a beautiful cardigan. As always, Audi, you are a master at the details.

LGJ said...

How do you wash that cardigan? Hand wash, hang dry? Dry clean? I'm always nervous to get stuff with too much fussy detailing because I'm not sure how long it will last with my usual washing routine (no dry clean only clothes allowed!)

Sal said...

You are a neutral mixmaster, in my opinion! And hey, thanks for the shout-out.

a. maren said...

oo, very pretty. i love the laciness of your cardigan, it makes such an interesting border! and as always, love those boots.

Kristen said...

That is a beautiful cardigan. :)

Audi said...

LGJ: Well, since it's new I haven't had to wash it yet, though I'm pretty sure it's machine washable. I would definitely lay it flat to dry though, so that the lacy border retains its shape. I find that you can get away with machine washing all sorts of fancy stuff if you use a delicate wash setting, cold water only, and don't tumble dry. In fact I hang most of my clothes up to dry even if they aren't delicates, because it makes them last longer.

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

I love your new items and the mix of neutrals is so interesting. You have actually got a lot of different shades here but they play so well together.

angie said...

Love those boots, Audi! Great outfit as always. Like how your body art brings in another colour and textural dimension to the ensemble.

Who Moved my Birkin said...

I love the grays...I tend to wear them more then black lately!!