Wearing the blues!
One thing that was pretty strange for me when I came to America from China was all the fuss over the college sports teams. In China the universities are just something you had to get through so that you could start making money! There they were more just a path in your life instead of a destination. I must admit that I find the college loyalty and pride that I see here and sort of feel like I missed out a bit. Although on the up side, you never got in trouble by cheering for the wrong team! Here in Michigan you really only have two choices. You either pull for the Green and White Spartans of Michigan State University or you’re a Wolverine fan and wear the Maize and Blue of the University of Michigan. I have family members from both camps so have to be diplomatic when it comes to the big game or when I’m putting together an outfit. When my stepdaughter looks at today’s outfit, she won’t be seeing the electric blue and pop of bright beautiful yellow. No, instead, this proud Spartan alumnus will only see the colors of her life long enemy! Oh well, beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder!
The color blue always seems to flatter me well. So when I found this rich and warm bright blue wool coat I knew I had the key to a great outfit. It’s really hard to beat wool for a winter coat. It cuts the wind and comes in such a rainbow of colors that you are never at a loss for choices. And if you happen to ever get really wet it’s one of the few fabrics that will still keep you warm! I found this modern take on the traditional pea coat at the end of last season and it’s been waiting patiently in my closet ready to pounce on a winter day.
I didn’t want the coat to feel lonely in its pouncing so backed it up with my trendy leopard pattern soft wool hat and my unbelievably useful leather and leopard booties. The vibrant blue is very rich but you know what they say, “you can never be too rich or too thin”. So I went ahead and added a rich hoard of bright yellow accents. The toasty warm infinity scarf and small clutch bag with shiny chain strap and edge bling really set the stage. With all this outer color I kept the inside on a steady keel with a cashmere sweater and my go to leather skinnies in basic but never boring black. I’ve said before that drawing from a three color palette is a key method for putting together a winning outfit. I think you’ll agree that today’s look is a sure lock!
Hat Vintage from Consignment Store Score!
Infinity Scarf @Forever 21
Blue Wool Coat @Guess
Yellow purse, Leather skinnies, Leather & Leopard Booties @Nordstrom Rack