Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Monet-Inspired Color Palette

It seems that designers have drawn inspiration straight from the brightly-hued impressionistic canvases of Claude Monet, utilizing a brilliant color palette of greens and purples that is as uplifting as it is chic. These decidedly bold color choices are most striking when implemented in moderation, so choose one or at most two boldly colored articles of clothing or accessories to be the focal point of your outfit. Clashing is all the rage, so don't be afraid to mix a green jacket with a black dress and lavender tights. Here are a few easy ways to implement the trend for under $200:

1.) J.Crew's Donegal Tweed Ecole Jacket in sea green: This impeccably tailored traditional blazer takes on a whole new look in this striking green hue and becomes extremely modern and luxe.

2.) Melissa's Happy ballet flats in purple: These affordably-priced grape-colored flats combine velvet and patent-leatherish (Melflex) for a totally chic Breakfast-at-Tiffany's style elegance. The detachable bow is icing on the cake.

3.) Eugenia Kim's Daniella Watercolor Reversible Headband: This multi-colored silk headband is so easy and comfortable to wear for an effortlessly pulled-together look. The watercolor pattern is so beautiful, I wish that they made a cocktail dress in this print.

Burn one of Jo Malone's Lotus Blossom and Water Lily Candles to really get into the Monet frame of mind.

photo credit blazer: http://www.jcrew.com
photo credit shoes: http://www.sodafine.com
photo credit headband: http://www.shopbop.com
photo credit painting: Claude Monet, Nympheas, 1904 (http://www.bkoomberg.com).

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