I used to be a neutrals-only kind of girl. It made sense. It worked. It could even be fair to say that the range of outfit possibilities is limitless when all of your clothes match each other. But I'm gonna offer up a different yet similar proposition...
Fill your closet with patterns and colors and you'll be surprised to find that they all still kinda match if you want them to. C'est à la mode, des motifs qui ne sont pas compatibles.
When I got to Paris, my host mom took one look at my blindingly-bright pink sundress in my closet and said, "Parisians don't wear this". Ouch. To be fair I wasn't expecting to wear it in Paris, more like on vacation, but I still feel the sting.
I wear multiple colors here. All the time, everywhere. One day I wore an orange satin snakeskin midi skirt with a lime gingham wool sweater. If that isn't the epitome of clashing, I don't know what is. It sounds like the jungle juice of outfits, doesn't it? However, I actually really liked the way they looked together and got tons of compliments (I only say that to emphasize that it wasn't just me who liked the outfit). Too bad I walked over a vent on the sidewalk on one of the busiest streets in Saint-Germain Des Prés and had my very own Seven Year Itch moment. Sigh.
Anyhow, yesterday I wore some of my favorite pants. I've had these pants for years but never got around to wearing them...they're silk, and therefore extremely delicate, and I didn't know how to wear patterns, and actually most of the time I've owned them, they were too tight. Like, enough that I either couldn't breathe or doing anything other than standing would have split the seams. But now that I can actually fit into them (how? Unsolved mystery at the moment, the feds are looking into it) I wear them ALL. THE. TIME. With everything. Including my green and black coat. I don't know. But I also paired it with a classic, crisp white oversized blouse that has trumpet sleeves, rolled back to add an air of chill. The saleslady at the store showed this to me. But my favorite part of the outfit is actually the neck scarf. Un foulard gavroche avec un dessin de sangles, it's vintage. It has nearly every color on it, and is completely clashing with the pants but I love it even more for that. Have a look-see (you can't really see the scarf and I'm sorry for that).
Also yeah the shirt is fairly large and of awkward length so gotta do that half-tuck. Love a good half-tuck.
*That neck scarf in that photo is a different scarf than the one I wore with the red pants, love it too though
The other photos are just random clothing updates. I really haven't been good about OOTDs lately!!
Blouse: Scarlet Roos
Red pants: J.Crew
Neck Scarf: Vintage Hermès
Neck scarf 2: Vintage ?
Charcoal pants: Vintage Lanvin