Whereas SPORTING TYPES stick to one particular color combination to show their spirit, and SYSTEM SEEKERS do the same to simplify shopping and dressing, COLOR CONNOISSEURS are obsessed with color in general. Accordingly, their wardrobes tend to be multichromatic, varied, and bright.
Welcome to part three of our wardrobe-basics series, WHAT DO (SLATER ZORN) WOMEN WANT?
In the first part of this series, we revealed the three types of women who shop SLATER ZORN: SPORTING TYPES, COLOR CONNOISSEURS, and SYSTEM SEEKERS. If you don’t know your style personality yet, you may want to go back and find out.
If you’re a COLOR CONNOISSEUR, you may be committed to a particular team (like a SPORTING TYPE), and you may prefer a simplified wardrobe (like a SYSTEM SEEKER). But, unlike them, you’re not loyal to a particular color combination. What you’re loyal to instead is the idea of color itself: lots of it, in many different hues.
Without a doubt, of the three style personalities we’ve observed, COLOR CONNOISSEURS embody the most diverse, complex, and quite frankly hard-to-achieve aesthetic. Styled effectively, ensembles can be regal, sumptuous, undeniably glamorous. However, there are some potential pitfalls to this approach, resulting in looks that are messy and disjointed. For more of the former, and none of the latter, take advantage of these tips.
FIRST, when building your wardrobe, aim for colors of roughly the same intensity. For example: all pastels–or all brights. One of the advantages of shopping SLATER ZORN is that, with a few exceptions (such as light blue), most of our color combinations are literally on the same wavelength. Some of them even incorporate neutrals, like white and navy blue.
SECOND, prioritize solids over patterns. Exceptions can be made for prints that are bold, graphic, and/or geometric. For example: stripes, chevrons, and polka dots. But other, finer ones–such as florals–are exceedingly difficult to integrate into a technicolor wardrobe.
THIRD, sometimes, wearing nothing but bright color–from head to toe–looks garish and/or imbalanced. Until you’ve truly mastered color-blocking, avoid this fate by pairing your colorful pieces with more neutral ones. Interestingly, this doesn’t make you look toned down–not at all. In fact, when contrasted against neutrals, colors appear even bolder, brighter, braver. While you can opt for just about any neutral, sticking to a limited palette–black/white/grey, navy/olive/brown, or tan/taupe/beige–makes life easier.
Now you know what not to wear. What to do instead? This is where it gets interesting.
As a committed COLOR CONNOISSEUR, founder BETH WITTIG regularly surrounds herself with
bright, jubilant hues–even on days that she wears black and white.
Somehow, somewhere along the way, we’ve become a little too obsessed with novelty. We find an item that we love–it fits us perfectly; it makes us feel happy when we wear it; it’s an incredibly, lovingly well-made classic, one that makes for an ideal investment piece–and yet most of us hesitate to acquire it in multiple colors. How boring, we’ve been trained to think. What a waste of money, some of our friends and fashion authorities might say.
Think again–because color changes everything.
At SLATER ZORN, many of our items are deceptively simple in terms of shape and concept. What makes them come alive–and what makes each one of them different–are the luxurious materials, the conscientious craftsmanship, the generous application of color, and the multiple ways they can be worn.
For example: the SUITE BLOUSE. This double-layered silk-georgette number features a high-contrast club collar. It can be worn loose, or tucked in, under a cardigan or by itself. It’s so versatile that multiple colorways are definitely recommended.
Also recommended: the COURT DRESS. It’s so bold that you could wear a different one every day, and no one would ever ask: Isn’t that the same dress you wore yesterday. All they’ll remember is the bright color–and how confident you must be to wear it.
LEARN TO LAYER WITH ABANDON–AND SOPHISTICATION.
Most of the time, when you’re dressed in layers, the removal of one item–for example, a jacket–doesn’t necessarily transform your head-to-toe look. However, when your cape, poncho, or cardigan is an entirely different color, putting it on or taking it off changes everything–a completely different type of novelty and surprise.
Made in Scotland, our COLOR BLOCK PONCHO is famous for this.
So is our COUNTRY CARDIGAN, with its dramatically draped collar and its contrast banding down below, turning humble pockets into chic design accents.
Similarly, our REF VEST doesn’t just elongate your form with its wide, vertical, awning stripes. It calls for pairing with unexpected under layers. To give you just one example, we love it in black and yellow over a pair of wide-legged, high-waisted grey-tweed trousers and an emerald-green or poppy-red blouse. (Note: For even more drama, try belting it.)
Statement pieces like the COLOR BLOCK PONCHO work as both apparel and accessory,
providing not only warmth and coverage but also generous helpings of color that
Brighten even the most basic of ensembles.
DEVELOP A TASTE FOR COSTUME JEWELRY.
Please don’t get us wrong ; precious stones and metals offer an eternal, universal appeal that can’t be denied. Shaped and formed into jewelry, they’re impressive to look at and thrilling to wear. That said, in terms of color blocking, they don’t offer much punch.
Contrast this to costume jewelry and its attractive price point, which makes the purchasing of multiples not just practical but intelligent. Luminous old-school bracelets can be stacked, and intricately beaded necklaces can be layered, in so many different ways: adjacent (red, yellow, and orange), complimentary (red, blue, and purple), or vaguely monochromatic (grey, white, and sandstone).
In fact, for women who love color but already have large wardrobes and are hesitant to invest in brightly hued sweaters, dresses, et cetera, we often recommend dressing in head-to-toe neutrals, then accessorizing with bags, shoes, and our RESIN BANGLES and COLOR BLOCK NECKLACES.
What do you think? Need any more COLOR CONNOISSEUR styling advice? Have any ideas of your own you’d like to share? Send your messages to INFO@SLATERZORN.COM. We may not be able to answer each one personally, but we can reply to your frequently asked questions–and share your best advice–in a future column.