The time I WASN’T gonna go monochromatic …and then

Thanks to the many style connoisseurs and fashion lovers I follow on Twitter such as @naveastyle, I was able to get my first glimpse of Paris Fashion week Spring /Summer 2013. After staring at the master pieces created by Valentino,  Alexandre Vauthier , Zuhair Murad and of course CHANEL, I tried to deny the fact that I was staring at A LOT of monochromatic designs. Not that monochromatic is a bad thing. It’s a classic look that will never go out of style i.e. my ultimate fashion icon Jacqueline Onassis, who I think was the queen of well worn, monochromatic outfits.

Jacqueline Onassis, style queen!

Jacqueline Onassis, style queen!

Monochromatic has been the BUZZ word for some time and will continue on through spring/summer 2013. The style brings a clean, simple, chic look to women of all shapes and sizes with a touch of timeless class. But what does that mean to the average shopper? Do we go and buy our spring/ summer wardrobe all in black and white and say bye-bye to color for this year?  I have always been a firm believer in having monochromatic staple pieces in your wardrobe. A great pair of black dress pants (I have this great pair from H&M), black, white, royal blue button down shirts and a classic black pencil skirt (maybe a daring cobalt blue pencil skirt?). All these pieces I believe are a must, as they can be interchangeable and last many seasons. But I have been very hesitant to go all out monochromatic for this year.

Chanel S/S 2013

Chanel S/S 2013

I diagnosed myself as a visual learner which means I love bold colors and patterns. The sun shining and a faint warm breeze is enough for me to go grab some bright colors and mix and match an outfit that is a direct response to the great weather. (And by the great weather I mean, the one I imagine as I hold a flash light in one hand and blow-dryer in the other to replicate the feeling of sunshine and a warm beach breeze).

As I start my shopping, I see all these great colors and patterns coming out this season that I am super excited to wear. Piece by piece, I hit the shops with my loving and super patient hubby who surprised me this weekend as he picked out one great mint colored dress and dare I admit this to the blogo’sphere, black and white printed pants. I thought he was joking at first but alas, he was dead serious. I decided to humor him and put on these pants that I thought were ok for a preppy kinda girl and someone “smaller” than me. To my shock and amazement not only did they fit, (insert YAAHOOO here) but the B&W pattern and cut were actually very well done. We both looked at each other and he said “guess you won’t be anti-monochromatic now huh?” I guess not.

Live in Color!

Live in Color!

The pants are just that, a simple pair of patterned pants but they have opened up my fashion horizon and helped me break my own CCZ (Clothing comfort zone). It’s a small step into a different look for me and yet a huge breakthrough for how I project myself to the outside world. All while successfully not breaking the bank @ $44 at Francesca’s Collection.  This clothing piece has opened my eyes to the great looking monochromatic peplum tops, lace adorned garden party dresses and the color blocked shoes  that I will partake in this year, SORT OF.  I still have to insert my bright peaches, cool mints and fresh pinks into my wardrobe as my inner 80’s Rainbow Brite child won’t have it any other way.

Keepin it Confident!

Patty

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