Lilac for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: With Brown
Quote of the day: “There are no ordinary moments.” Dan Millman
I haven’t posted a series on dressing with color combinations lately, so I thought it was high time! I picked lilac because I started planning this in early spring and springtime is when one imagines wearing pastels. But then, lo and behold, I didn’t have any lilac items so I had to buy myself a lilac piece (can you believe I was without?). I realize that one could easily pair their lilac pieces with white—since these are the warmer months, but I wanted to challenge us using this color with different combinations. So voila! here’s lilac with brown. It may not seem very summery, but I could argue that it helps tone down the pasteliness of the purple? I searched for 3 different lilac items for us to wear—-I found some jeans, mom has a cardigan and Nancy’s wearing a blouse (although because her blouse is unbuttoned in all of the pictures, it doesn’t seem much different than mom’s cardigan really—but buttoned up you could imagine it as a shirt, right?) And even though I classify all of these pieces as lilac, you can see they are still somewhat different in saturation & value!
50’s Outfit: I love this silk shirt that I picked up years ago—I was trying to show the fun embroidery that comes down the sleeve!! I originally bought it because of the embroidery that runs down the front trim so it would show nicely under my blazers that I use to wear at work. But the best part about it, is it’s machine washable!!
As for the jeans, they have quickly become my favorites, one reason being because they don’t stretch out too much at the end of the day! And I think they are a pretty good length with these booties (some of my jeans, I have to cuff up). I also like the slits at the hems—the side seams actually curve around to the front, I’m not sure why the company did this, but I like that I can see them more!
And this necklace? Definitely one of my great finds at Ann Taylor many years ago for $10! I wasn’t sure I’d really wear it much, but I find I reach for it at least once a week!
Jeans: Free People–thrifted (similar here)~~Blouse over top: Da-Nang (I couldn’t find anything like it, here’s the closest I could get similar here)~~Top: Frazier Lawrence (similar here)~~Boots: Indigo Rd. (similar here)~~Necklace: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Earrings: Bauble Bar (similar here)
60’s Outfit: Nancy’s lilac blouse is one of those great basics. It’s stiff enough to hold it’s own, yet nicely fitted with the darts. Nancy always loves a shirt with 3/4 length sleeves so they don’t have to be shortened—it’s her pet peeve to have sleeves too long!!
The brown print capris have been a great staple in Nancy’s closet. I know there have been many articles written about how capris are hard to wear and unflattering, but I truly think the piece is just like any other item of clothing. With the correct silhouette and fit for your body, they can be fabulous for the warmer months!
Pants: Chicos (couldn’t find any in a brown print but this one comes in solids and other prints-similar here)~~Blouse over top: Apt. 9 (similar here in many colors–no darts though but that’s easy to add)~~Top: Mossimo (similar here)~~Shoes: Blowfish (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
70’s Outfit: I’ve decided that mom likes the idea of this blog, so she can show off her great creations—and who blames her? So the question is, what did she make in this outfit? It’s the skirt and blouse! The trim she added to this skirt is actually leftover material from a dress she shortened for me about 5 years ago (and yes, I still have the dress—you can see it here under my sweater!) She hates to throw out any material, so this is one way she uses up the scraps!
I never used to love the fabric flowers that mom has a ton of in her closet, but I’m starting to see the light—I think they add a nice touch on this ensemble! The flowers are another way she uses up scrap material although I don’t think she made either of these that she is wearing. She’ll correct me in the comments, if I’m wrong—I’m allowed to forget these things now that I’m 50!!
Skirt: Mom made (similar here-not with any trim, but the same shape–and if you think it’s too short, you could always add trim to lengthen it. Here’s one that looks like it has trim!)~~Cardigan: Hillard & Hanson (similar here in shape but a tad more pinky)~~Top: Mom made (similar here)~~Shoes: Nine West(similar here)~~Flower Pins: (similar here in pink, here’s one in metal)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
I truly hope you enjoyed reading this!
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Of course, I have all your lilac needs covered—here’s some items for the bottom half of your body: