Outfit Formula: Teal Topper and Neutrals

Teal is a blue-green jewel tone. Some teals are more blue and others more green. They can be mid-toned, dark, or very dark. To me, turquoise is not the same as teal. Turquoise is also a blue-green combination, but isn’t as dark, and is a little warmer than teal because it has more yellow in the mix. 

If you enjoy wearing jewel tones and cool colours, you will probably like teal. That said, I have clients who wear warm earth tones with the best of them, as well as a cool teal. I also have clients who think of dark teal as a neutral, and wear it with everything. These outfits combine a teal topper with black, white and shades of blue. If those are your neutrals, think of adding teal to your wardrobe.

1. Moto

This look is easy to pull together. Combine a pair of faded blue jeans with a white top and snakeskin footwear. Top things off with a teal moto or blazer. A black or navy top can work instead of white. Light blue denim brings out the teal because it creates a contrast, but dark blue denim is great too. Black bottoms are another option.

Eloquii Faux Leather Moto Jacket

2. Wool Coat

A classic knee-length wool coat is very versatile. It can be worn over dresses, skirts, jeans, and pants at just about any length, and don’t worry too much about the difference in hem lengths. Just wear it! Here, a pleated back patterned skirt is paired with a black top, black bag, and black booties to pick up the black in the pattern. A teal coat tops things off, and I don’t think there is any teal in the pattern. It doesn’t match but it goes.

Ellgenc Long Belted Wrap Coat

3. Puffer

A teal puffer is a break from ubiquitous black. Feel free to top it over any outfit like this Athleisure look here. Think joggers, sweatpants and utility pants, with a tee or sweatshirt. I find longer puffers like the one shown here very versatile because they seem to effortlessly balance out the proportions of an outfit. Puffers can be very lightweight these days so you needn’t overheat in a long and heavy one. Light and long is a great option.

Ashley Stewart Belted Puffer Coat

4. The Kitchen Sink

This outfit is a maximal work of art. It effectively combines four patterns – plaid, stripes, floral and snakeskin – in the same colour palette which allows the eye to rest, and pulls the look together. A very texture-rich and dramatic coat in a blue shade of teal tops things off, and is in the same palette. A tee was layered under a midi slip dress, and finished off with tall laced boots, a coat, and newsboy hat. A little ‘60s and ‘70s, and totally delightful. Add jewellery, watch and eyewear as desired.

Who bats for Team Teal topper?

Michael Kors Distressed Shearling Sauvage Coat

Link Love: Second-Hand September

Second-hand September, now in its second year, is a campaign — organised by British charity Oxfam — encouraging people to avoid buying new clothing for the entire 30 days of the month to raise awareness of the environmental impact of fashion. More and more people around the globe are joining in, so here are a few links if you’d like to join in:

Fab Links from Our Members

Nemosmom liked this article that talks about how people might get dressed as they return to working in offices.

Nuancedream is excited about L.A.-based brand Almost There with their gorgeous and affordable collection of dresses as well as their commitment to size inclusivity and sustainability.

Liz directs us to this video about sewing the Dior collection: “I was fascinated as they pointed out the hidden details and master craftsmanship that went into these gorgeous items.”

Shevia encourages us to read these two articles about why fashion is not a trivial part of politics, and should not be trivialized (a pet peeve of hers).

Not everyone has the archive of garments that Jane Fonda does, but it is interesting that she has vowed not to buy anything new. Runcarla would like to see her outfits of the day for the past year.

Joy thought this was an interesting read about nail polish. She adds: “I realized years ago that my nails were stronger and healthier when left naked.”

Vildy was was amazed by this article about longing for an old normal, even to the extent of longing for a time we never experienced but imagine is safer and happier. 

She also really enjoyed this interview with Carine Roitfeld from a year ago: “Interesting to hear her talk about growing old, since she’s usually an example of someone who refuses to grow old/up. I guess all her advice to break the rules and be whole-hearted about new ideas wouldn’t sound like much coming from a woman half her age, but I think it shows the importance of enthusiasm in life. Interesting, too, is how she does trust and abide by the advice and opinions of her children. “

Team Pyjamas or Team Nightie

Today’s poll is about your preference for sleep attire. Do you prefer a one-piece nightie or T-shirt, or two-piece pyjama separates? Note that any style of nightie counts, from skimpy chemise to covered nightgown, and anything in between. Note that any type of pyjama counts, and it doesn’t need to match, but it does have to be two separate pieces.

I bat for Team Nightie by a billion percent. I do wear pyjamas as loungewear in the evening before I go to sleep, but I have never slept in them. I can’t wear any substantial shorts or pants when sleeping because they bunch up, and I don’t like the feeling of a waistband. A one-piece nightie or sleeping T-shirt stays put when it’s the right length. It needs to be simple, roomy, very soft, and not too wide at the neck. If it’s a T-shirt it mustn’t be too wide at the neck. When it’s very hot, I enjoy a long silky chemise. But more often than not, a nightie that looks like a very long T-shirt.

Over to you. Do you bat for Team Pyjamas or Team Nightie? Tell us why and no batting for both teams. I know very few people who wear nighties, so my guess is that Team Pyjamas will win this poll. I know that others experience the bunching with nighties or T-shirts the same way I do with pyjamas. We can be so different! I’m serving sanitized takeout boxes with broccoli quiche, hot purple potato salad, and pomegranate iced tea at the bench if you can’t pick a side.


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Individual Style After the Pandemic

I can’t accurately predict what our post-pandemic relationships with fashion and style will be like. One thing I am confident about is that there will be change. For some it will be slight, and simply an acceleration of change that was already underway. For others, the change might be more significant or unexpected.

As I ponder the future fashion and style needs of myself, my clientele, and friends and family, some themes emerge.

1. Sweatpants are Not Forever

I find it hard to believe that loungewear, athleisure, gear, and workout wear will rule supreme. There will be life after sweatpants. Casual comfy cozies that are easy to launder, wear, pack and maintain have gained popularity because of restricted social lifestyles, quarantine, an increase in outdoorsy life, a dire need to exercise, and lots of working from home. This makes complete sense. But things will change when people head back to their pre-pandemic work settings, socialize outside of their homes, and begin normal travel again. Although life in Seattle is still very socially restricted, I already see many more people in non-athletic casual wear, smart casual looks, and dressy attire. People seem to be craving a change in dress, and there is more of that in the pipeline.

That said, I do think that people will have a higher percentage of casual comfy cozies like loungewear, gear and athleisure in their wardrobes because some will continue to work from home, and work out at home, post pandemic.

2. DYOT is Stronger Than Ever

DYOT (Do Your Own Thing) is the most important trend of all. That means we will see it ALL on the street, at home, at work, when we travel, socialize, shop, and go about daily life. Sweatpants, leggings, jeans, ballgowns, faux fur, sheath dresses, suits, sneakers, slides, puffers, capes, boots, sandals, backpacks, satchels, and everything else. Remixed in an individualistic way that works for the wearer because we’ve reached the point where there is no fashionable in or out. Every silhouette and proportional mix can look stylish if it’s worn with conviction, confidence, ease, and is a good fit. Fashion trends are not completely irrelevant, but I do think they are losing their place as an essential component of one’s personal style. Fashion and trends are fun, but style is not dependent on them.

3. Continuing Simplicity

The global pandemic forced us to slow down and simplify many aspects of our fashion and style life, and some of these changes will stick. Maybe that means fewer shopping trips, fewer purchases, a simpler beauty routine, fewer manicures and pedicures, transitioning to naturally coloured hair, a low maintenance hairstyle, a more minimal style, downsizing our wardrobe, wearing fewer accessories, leaving off lipstick, giving up heels, and opting for naked nails. Or perhaps simply becoming less conscious and interested in fashion and style, making do with less, and spending money elsewhere.

4. Amplified Individuality and Authenticity

I’m not alone in doing some soul searching while spending so much more time at home. It’s been a good time to rethink our priorities, and hone in on what really makes us happy and fulfilled. As far as fashion and style goes, it’s given people the opportunity to rediscover what they do and don’t like to wear. People have been dressing for themselves instead of for others and an audience, and might continue doing just that. Or at least evolve their looks into a style that combines components of their pandemic style with how they dressed before the pandemic. The result might be an even more authentic style.

5. Dress Codes Stay Relaxed

Dress codes for the office and for special occasions will relax a little, or a lot, post pandemic. They will still be there, but not as strict as before. You might be able to wear dark jeans, sneakers and sandals to work when previously it was not up to code. Wear a tee or sweatshirt with a pencil skirt instead of a shirt or blouse. Break up a black-from-head-to-toe dress code with a pattern or colour. Weddings will become more casual, and so will going to the ballet, theatre, and socializing on most levels.

6. Sustainability and Ethical Fashion are a Priority

The need to protect and preserve our planet cannot be overstated, which means that making sustainable and ethical wardrobe choices will become part of our style conscience. More people will consider where and how wardrobe items are made, who makes them, what they are made of, how their laundering needs and longevity affects the environment, and how to pass them on responsibly.

It’s difficult to make sustainable and ethical wardrobe choices. There are no slam-dunk solutions, and many compromises. The socio-economic implications are huge, and reliable information is lacking. But we all have to start somewhere or things will never change. People will make the most sustainable and ethical choices that they can manage, and try to improve on them with each passing year.

7. Online Shopping Rules Supreme

COVID-19 has accelerated the transition to online shopping, and I think the change is going to stick. The trend was already well underway before the pandemic, and especially in the US where shipping is often free. There are an increasing number of retailers with no physical storefront, and more on the way. More and more retailers are putting extended sizes and additional colour options online, as opposed to displaying them in stores. And as more retailers close their physical storefronts, their online business continues. If we aren’t already, we’ll be expert online shoppers before we know it.

This is all speculation on my part. It will be interesting to revisit this post in a year or two, and compare my predictions to reality. In the meantime, over to you. How do you think our relationships with fashion and style will have changed when we return to a new normal after the pandemic?

Relaxed Polished Neutrals

A new outfit from Patricia Pastor, whom we introduced to YLF in January 2020.

Patricia jazzes up a casual black and white outfit with cognac accessories and gold jewellery that add a richness to the graphic black and white palette. She’s tucked a white scoop-neck tee into on-trend cropped balloon trousers. Tucking the tee and adding a belt with fun sparkly buckle emphasizes her waist, and tempers the volume of the bottoms A cognac satchel and flat cognac slides match the belt, while our blogger’s toenail polish echoes the white of the T-shirt. A chunky gold chain necklace, matching bracelet, and other arm candy add polished bling. Aviator sunnies and a nochalant ponytail bring a sporty touch to the look.

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