Case Study: Colors as Neutrals

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I’ve spent years editing my wardrobe and as a result, many of the bright colors and printed pieces have been donated or sold in favor of solid neutrals that are more timeless. Every year I get an itch to invest in a little color, but my only criteria is that the color must act as a neutral in the way that it still coordinates with the rest of my wardrobe. This editorial is a great example of how the idea of ‘Colors as Neutrals’ can work successfully. Stylist Elodie David Touboul effortlessly pairs soft yellow and terra-cotta with a base wardrobe of black and white. The simplicity of a single color, livens up any look when paired with neutral essentials. This editorial is two years old, but the mix of colors still feels fresh, which is essentially the ultimate goal. Do you wear a color that you consider a neutral? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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View more work from photographer Axel Filip Lindahl here.

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Weekly Instagram Selects

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With all the political unrest here in New York City over the past few weeks, it’s hard to think of much else. I go between obsessing over the news and reading every article to having a media-free day where I bury my head in the sand. It’s refreshing to find some solace and hope through those who I follow on instagram.

I follow Camilla because she is a creative force of nature, but her instagram stories provide great political insight into articles to read and steps we need to take with our senators. @camilladeterre

An image from models/artists Laura Kampman and Marte Mei van Haaster that explores the cross section of art, imagery, life and editorial photography. View the full project here@alessandra_baraccoao

The Row offers an update to the classic slides for spring with their new Capri slides.  @matchesfashion

I’ve recently found myself engrossed in simple still life images. The work of Caylon Hackwith is a new favorite. @caylonhackwith

This yellow tie-back dress points to sunnier days ahead, hopefully in a literal and figurative way. @blueeyedfringe

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Invest in Timeless Design: DE SMET Shirt Jacket

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When investing in new pieces for your well-edited wardrobe, versatility is key. I always ask myself, can I wear this garment for more than one season, more than one occasion and will it withstand my bi-annual end-of-season purge? This is how I design pieces for DE SMET, including the Shirt Jacket that launched yesterday. Pictured here in white, this is how I like to wear the DE SMET Shirt Jacket for winter: Layered between a light-weight turtleneck and a kimono coat, tucked into high-waist jeans. It adds a fresh pop of white to an otherwise somber ensemble. Come springtime, I will wear this style as a jacket over my favorite t-shirt or on its own as a shirt.

DE SMET Shirt Jacket worn with // Turtleneck // Kimono Coat (similar here and here) // High-waist Jeans // Boots // Sunglasses

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Repaired Beauty

In an effort to reduce waste, I always aim to repair things before replacing them. From holy sweaters to broken dishes, there is a subsequent beauty in repaired objects. Romy Northover explores the beauty in the broken dishes of her series entitled Fracture. Shop the entire Fracture collection at The Garnered. The best part, there are no two dishes alike.

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Interior Inspiration: Minimalist Fireplace

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After a quick trip up north where I spent most of my working hours sitting in front of a fireplace, my obsession with having a minimalist fireplace in our New York apartment grew exponentially. This dream will have to wait until we build our own minimalist home one day. In the meantime I am gathering some major interior inspiration on the subject. Everywhere you look, from New York and New Mexico to Italy and Greece, minimalist fireplaces quietly adorn spaces all over the world. A bare space to build your fire allows the fire to take center stage. There are no ornate mantels or complicated doors to obstruct the view, just a simple setting for a warm fire. Here are my current favorites, oh and don’t forget about this one. Visit me here for more interior inspiration.

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