COLOUR OBSESSION: THE PATTERNED SILK BLAZER! A CHALLENGE OR A STAPLE?

Where would I go dressed like this?
At a style event paired with a fancy skirt and some bold jewels. At a casual lunch meeting matched with a cigarette pant in a solid colour. Out celebrating a wedding anniversary in a fancy place, why not with a little dress underneath. Browsing a shopping bazaar by dressing down the glossy outerwear with a pair of jeans and sneakers. The long desired silk blazer became unexpectedly one of my wardrobe staples.

Where would I not go dressed like this?
A silk blazer does not like extremes such as formal business meetings or activities with children. Business functions require more conservative wardrobe choices and a patterned silk blazer is anything but conservative. Going somewhere, actually anywhere with young kids normally involves carrying extra handbags, shopping bags, toys, snacks, pizza and ice cream gobbling, ice skating, dealing with fighting siblings, mopping up tears. Things can escalate and get messy in a blink of an eye and a mother needs proper armor, not a delicate blazer with slit sleeves.

Who could wear it?
If your top half appears to be smaller than the bottom you will want to bring the attention to the upper part of your body. Trust me! You will bring A LOT OF ATTENTION there with a detailed, patterned, vibrant jacket like this. Just make sure that it ends either above or below the widest point of your hips and bottom. Is it even necessary to mention that a woman with hourglass body shape would look great in it? If your bottom half seems smaller than your top half, you can still wear a patterned silk blazer, perhaps with a revered collar and by choosing your best design amongst stripes, checks, geometrics, squiggles and spots. A Style Consultation would give you all the knowledge you need for a flattering, functional wardrobe and a smarter shopping attitude.

The add-ons: This blazer is tremendously dramatic on its own, but somehow it looks stunning with bold golden jewels. The gorgeous slit sleeves are such a show off and I usually wear the blazer with a Cavalli bangle and an oversized snake ring; a golden clutch adds glamour too. Complete your sexy look with a pair of killer heels or dress it a bit down with your best-loved sneakers.

A little thought about the colours:
Imagine I never showed you the pictures of the silk blazer. Now close your eyes and keep reading ☺. Can’t do that? Me neither, but I can visualize snorkeling in the shallow coral reefs of the Caribbean atolls escorted by angel, butterfly and surgeon fishes. This is how I feel when I put on my silk blazer. Bonus: I never ever came face to face with a shark or with a lionfish. Want to learn how to navigate in your best colours with confidence? A Full Colour Analysis is the right thing for you.

How did I feel while wearing it? Whenever I want to feel glamorous, striking, unusual, I reach for my silk jacket. Instant gratification!

Any compliments? I remember visiting a shopping event in Hong Kong and being stopped by every other woman. They all asked the same questions:” Is this a Cavalli blazer?” and “Where did you get it from?”

Little curiosity: I got the fabric years ago during a visit in Shenzhen without knowing what I would use it for. I loved the colours, the pattern, the lustrous texture. I admit it! I am patient! A dreamer too! I love the feeling of achieving something after I waited and dreamed about it for quite a while. The design? My tasteful mama found it while browsing some fashion magazines.

Colour obsession – Turquoise..whatever..whenever

Where would I go wearing turquoise?

Turquoise is one of my favourite colours. It is a certainty! I can tell by the magnetism between me and anything in this hue: a crossbody bag, a bold necklace, an oversized cocktail ring, a pair of sunglasses, a dress, a cardigan, a felt fedora, a bikini, a…nail polish. Some days the attraction is so intense that the desire of wearing something turquoise transforms in a NEED. So I pair the necklace and the handbag with a black jumpsuit if I’ve got to run a few errands, visit the hairdresser or ride the ferry. Or, I transform into a turquoise queen by pairing nail polish, a cocktail ring, a dress and a …’throne’ in the same tone and Voilà! All set for a date with a bunch of other queens 🙂

 

Where would I not go wearing turquoise? I would not visit ancient Mexico as it is said that turquoise was reserved for the gods and the mere mortals should not wear it. I have zero curiosity finding out what was the punishment for wearing turquoise in ancient Mexico… 

Who could wear turquoise? This is one of the very few colours that looks great on EVERYONE.

What colours to wear with turquoise? A versatile neutral and a great accent, turquoise works beautifully with almost any other color. Pair it with white, black, beige, grey, navy, chocolate brown or camel to achieve a balanced, polished look. Go a little crazy by matching it with burgundy, mustard or chartreuse. Opt for monochromatic, by wearing blue-greens garments and accessories for a sophisticated, feminine effect.

A little thought about the colour: Turquoise, as a blend of blue and green, has some of the same cool and calming qualities. At a psychological level turquoise means open communication and clarity of thought. To me, it screams ‘ I am enjoying life!’ as my perception of this colour is as one of the friendliest and happiest in the colour spectrum. This magnificent hue is associated with an amount of positive meanings: energizing, feminine, calming, sophisticated, revitalizing, wisdom, serenity, creativity, emotional balance, good luck, spiritual grounding, friendship, love, joy, tranquility, patience, intuition, and loyalty, integrity. I love, I want, I need them all! It’s easy after all, just wear your turquoise…whatever…whenever!

 

How do I feel while wearing turquoise? Not only this colour uplifts my mood, but it also makes me feel eternally feminine and attractive.

Any compliments? One of my best girlfriends: “…I absolutely love the dress! Pairing it with nail polish and a cocktail ring…you are too much!” Me: “ And then I found a matching ‘throne’ and was about to carry it around, but my girlfriends said I was exaggerating. I think they were just jealous :)

 

 

Little curiosity: I found the beautiful felt fedora you are seeing in one of the pictures during a styling event in a Hong Kong boutique. I absolutely loved it and everyone around loved the look, but I could not buy it. I am on a six-months-shopping-detox. If it is meant to be mine, I am sure the pretty turquoise fedora will wait until the end of…November . Perhaps I will even find it at a discounted price…