pink and red – a clash course

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Monday, Monday.  And gloomy here too on the east coast – but what a beautiful weekend, right?  I guess I can take a rainy Monday if it means that we have two days of sheer beauty on Saturday and Sunday.  I hope you all had a great weekend and got to spend time outside.  Late last week I started thinking about pink and red.  I wanted so badly to wear these two colors to dinner on Saturday night to only realize that the majority of my wardrobe consists of neutrals (note to self: start buying color!)  I wound up in dark plaid and am now on a mission to find a few pink and red pieces to incorporate into my wardrobe!  Some feel this combination could head into clash-ville, but I’m here to change those naysayers minds (or at least give you the low down!)

Pink and red live in the warm family on the color wheel.  This means that they are “associated with daylight or sunset” according to the color theory.  They sit directly next to each other on the spectrum because of the similarity in tone.  As a visual merchandiser who has spent the last 10+ years working in retail, pink and red almost always sit side by side on a table top item progression to avoid harsh color contrast and a choppy presentation of color.   Warm colors flow beautifully with ease and are gentle on the eyes.

With head to toe (of the same) color trending in a major way this season, pink and a red is another option if the one color look isn’t for you.  So what do you think?  Have I convinced you?  How about trying this… *above photo via here

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  1. Topshop sleeveless shell top, $64, topshop.com
  2. Mango super slim trousers, $39.99, mango.com
  3. Topshop notch jacket, $110, topshop.com
  4. Miguel Ases beaded earrings, $185, shopbop.com
  5. Asos 2 pack cuffs, $24.94, asos.com
  6. Milly fringe clutch, $350, shopbop.com
  7. See by Chloe metallic pumps, $295, shopbop.com

that’s so clutch…

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If it were up to me I’d carry a clutch endlessly.  I would have to figure out a way to magically shrink my essentials to fit into the compromised space – but since we now have Jetson’s-like conversations between iphones a la facetime anything’s possible, right?  I digress.  Clutches are the perfect outfit completer and can take the most casual head to toe ensemble and transform it into a super stylish look.  If it’s a work day and you have a date or a dinner with the girls – I’d suggest throwing one into your (most likely over-sized) day bag.  When it’s time to head out, leave the bulky stuff in your desk drawer – exchange your hobo, satchel or tote bag for the handheld chic one and grab what you need for the evening – cash, keys, id, phone and a touch up lip.  Now how clutch is that?  I’m loving these…   *above photo via here

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  1. Diane von Furstenberg leather clutch, $295, net-a-porter.com
  2. Zara metallic clutch bag, $35.90, zara.com
  3. Lizzie Fortunato envelope clutch, $733, matchesfashion.com
  4. Christopher Kon allison clutch, $215, shopbop.com
  5. Clare Viver hair calf clutch, $165, saks.com
  6. J.Crew colorblock convertible clutch, $218, jcrew.com
  7. Wendy Nichol midnight rider clutch, $518, lagarconne.com
  8. Marc by Marc Jacobs two tone clutch, $298, shopbop.com

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