The Space Between My Peers: Frugal Friday: Simple Color Scheme

The Space Between My Peers

From the bottom of the fashion food chain ...

Location: The Great Northwest

I'm a home-schooling, bible-believing SAHM with an annual clothing budget of about $500 American. The Space Between My Peers reveals my secret passion: analysis of the art and science of what to wear.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Frugal Friday: Simple Color Scheme

For this (second, I didn't play last week) edition of Frugal Friday at Biblical Womanhood, I'm killing two "I'll-try's" with one stone:

  1. I'll try to write a Frugal Friday post.

  2. I'll try to blog a picture of what I wore today.

How am I going to link those two, you ask? Check out my outfit. It's a perfect illustration of My Absolute Best Fashion and Frugal Tip: the personalized color palette.

Sweater = the color of (most of) my hair.

Design on sweater = resembles the reds/pinks in my coloring (cheeks, lips, palms, even gums, are where these colors are found).

Accents = brown, my eye color.

The style is different, but the colors are very similar to this one I thought I would wear today.

One more advantage to this sort of wardrobe planning: I am one fast shopper. Not to mention everything goes together. Which is probably what makes it so frugal.

Hey thanks Crystal for starting this new event!


    Blogger Crystal said...

    Now I want to see a picture with the head not cut off. :):) Just kidding, I understand why you do that. I'm majorly into only wearing my colors - it has saved me so much time and thought when shopping and picking out outfits.

    Thanks for participating this week!


    5:12 PM  
    Blogger Jennifer said...

    I would really like some more tips for picking your own color scheme. I'm Asian--black hair (only a little grey!), brown eyes, skintone on the darker side. I like to wear red, orange, hot pink, burgundy/plum. These colors don't always go together or with the same things, so it seems my formerly simple wardrobe is expanding greatly.

    My current dilemma is black vs. brown (the chocolate brown that is so popular right now)--I seem to have two "strands" in my wardrobe, and the things that look good w/black don't always work w/brown, and vice versa. My shoes are mostly black or colors (red, orange), and I'm getting to the point where I am going to need brown equivalents of all my black shoes. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    11:59 AM  
    Blogger Rebecca said...

    Hi Jennifer! Welcome to the blog.

    The simplest answer to your question, and the one I think will look the best, is to wear your black shoes with your chocolate brown.

    1) it's really hard to match browns. Brown shoes might end up clashing with your brown clothes anyway.

    2) the black shoes balance your black hair.

    Get something else black, like a black belt or scarf, to repeat the color in between.

    I'm going to try the exact opposite maneuver: black worn with my brown boots and belt from this picture.

    What else is interesting is that your "colors" you listed are the saturated versions of the tints that I wear. That is, I wear watermelon instead of red, peach instead of orange, and so on.

    (I also like red with brown, but my daughters think it looks like a blood clot. lol)

    Would you consider allowing me to use a picture of you to give an example of a color scheme besides my own?

    6:18 PM  
    Blogger Jennifer said...

    Sure, I'll send a pic, what kind do you want? Head & shoulders, or displaying an outfit in these colors?

    So, back to brown & black. Here is my specific question. I have a pink, red and brown printed cardigan and a dark brown shiny velour, knee-length skirt. If I wear black shoes, what color tights? Brown or black? What kind of black accent could I add? I don't really do belts, but maybe a black top under the sweater? I have low-heeled, black knee-high boots too; they seem too black and heavy with this outfit, which is why I was starting to ponder buying brown shoes, but your solution makes more sense and is less expensive.

    I do enjoy your blog! I homeschool, I'm a Christian and I love clothes too!


    3:57 PM  
    Blogger Rebecca said...

    Thanks for being willing to do a picture! Head and shoulders, I think, wearing those colors would be great, too. Maybe one of the colors in combination with one of the neutrals.

    About the outfit:

    Are your red shoes too sporty?

    The question about the tights is a tough one. The "text-book" answer is to wear bare legs or sheer pantihose. But if you want to wear tights, I could build a case for either color. I'm trusting you that you're not considering wearing clashing browns.

    The black top seems like a good idea. I do that alot, since I don't like alot of accessories or embellishments.

    BTW, this advice thing is fun, but I don't think I ever realized how hard it really is. hehe. I think maybe God brought me here to keep me humble.:)

    More on this topic when I post the outfit I wore to church today.

    5:29 PM  
    Blogger Jennifer said...

    Here are a couple pictures of me! I even have lipstick on in the first one, which is practically a miracle.

    The yellow wall on this one makes me look much more "yellow" than I really do:

    Yes, I could just do bare legs, somehow my knees look funny in this skirt though. Sorry I don't have a pic of the outfit in question.

    feel free to link to these pix in your blog if you're discussing color schemes.


    2:18 PM  
    Blogger Katmaxx said...

    I've noticed the theme of your wardrobe is hues of your own natural coloring. Does this work with makeup colors as well? I'm speaking of lipsticks, eye makeup, and polish not foundation which certainly should match. What about facial coloring you'd like to diminish not accentuate such as eye circles, birthmarks(my problem), and other spots?

    8:12 PM  
    Blogger Rebecca said...

    The short answer is it would probably be wise to avoid the color of anything you wanted not to be noticed.

    Thanks for clarifying that. Good point.

    I don't know all that much about makeup, so maybe future research?

    9:30 PM  

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