Monday, June 8, 2009


Here's a relatively simple approach to mixing colors: select two colors as the primary ones for your outfit, then use the shade that results from mixing the two primary colors together as your accent. Here I've chosen blue and green as my two primary colors, and blue-green, or teal, as my accent. The accent color compliments both of the primaries equally, while providing more interest to the outfit and keeping it from being too matchy. In this case, the teal color also made the look a little more seasonally-appropriate, since it brightened up the otherwise subdued color scheme of the outfit.

Lately I seem to have gotten over my previous aversion to letting the tops of my socks show. I guess I always considered the look to be too school-girlish, but I've found that wearing shorter socks instead of tights or thigh highs is a great way to keep your feet warm while still bearing some leg in the supposedly warmer months (I say supposedly because San Francisco isn't very warm at all in the spring or even summer, and yet we're still expected to dress as if it is). Surprisingly, these mid-calf socks had no trouble staying up all day with no extra tugging or adjustment needed. Since most of my sock collection is comprised of above-the-knees and thigh highs, I think an order to Sock Dreams may be in my near future.

Shirt: Target
Jacket: vintage
Skirt: thrifted
Socks: Sock Dreams
Shoes: John Fluevog


Sheila said...

Oh, I love your 'Vogs. I wore a pair of mine today too.

I bought a gorgeous pair of to-the-knee socks like these (only red and brown argyle), and I must say, I am stumped on how to wear them without looking like I'm costume-y (and I'm over 40, so there's that). Any thoughts?

Diana said...

Yay for Fluevogs! I really like this color combination.

elena-lu said...

ok i have never thought of this color combo idea and i think its brilliant! awesome tip thank you :)

Anonymous said...

I've been seeing more and more sock-tops and wondering if I can pull it off ... love how those argyles look here!

Audi said...

Sheila: Depending on how bright the argyle pattern is, you may want to pair your socks with an outfit that is otherwise mostly neutral, leaving the socks to be your one pop of color. Knee-high argyle socks make a pretty strong statement, so you should keep the rest of the outfit fairly toned down, maybe even using some conservative fabrics such as tweed. If you want to pick up the red somewhere else in the outfit, do it with a small piece such as a necklace or brooch.

Malgosia Mackowiak said...

those socks are so cool, they look great with the shoes!