I always look forward to receiving InStyle’s annual color issue. It’s no secret that I am a fan of bold color…and color blocking is among my favorite reining trends over the last couple years (coming 2nd only to leopard print, duh!). I usually flip through magazine’s a few times before marking it up and ripping out pages for inspiration, but the April 2012 issue of InStyle served up a bit if insta-inspiration with five awesome tear-out friendly, mini “Neutral Know-How” guides — quick and easy guides for pairing neutrals with unexpected colors “for a fresh twist.” The guides are perforated, and about half a page wide, so they are super easy to rip out and pin to your inspiration board, or tack to your closet wall!
Usually when the seasons change I am compelled to buy a whole new wardrobe, but the truth is I probably have some representation of just about every “new” trend in my closet already. Let’s be honest, I don’t need new clothes…I just need a little bit of remixing inspiration, and color is a GREAT place to start. The great thing about using color pairings as inspiration is they aren’t necessarily dependent upon having a specific piece in my wardrobe…I just have to have the right piece in the right color! With all this in mind, I thought why not do a series inspired by InStyle’s “Neutral Know-How.” 5 Neutrals, 4 Color Pairings, 20 fabulous looks.
No Shopping. Honestly, as I look over the color-pairings they’ve suggested, I am pretty sure I might be missing pieces in at least one or two of the color pairings they’ve suggested, so I guess we’ll just have to improvise…that’s the fun of fashion, right?
First up… Navy + Bubblegum (HOT Pink).
InStyle Says: “A trademark of sailor stripes and preppy blazers, this classic blue looks brand-new when it’s allowed to go a little crazy.”
I couldn’t agree more, InStyle! And, thank you for inspiring me to whip out this hot pink blouse, which I bought at Goodwill a few years ago and only wore once! This challenge is turning out to be beneficial already!
Tomorrow, we’ll be doing Style Me Friday, and we’ll be back at it with the InStyle “Neutral Know-How” challenge next week!