What I Wore Sunday, June 9, 2013
- Coral 3/4 length top: Rue 21
- Cream cami: Some store in Asheville, NC – 2011
- Coral and taupe pencil skirt: Old Navy – Similar
- Gold flats
- Multi-leaf gold necklace: Chloe & Isable
- Single gold leaf necklace: Effloresence Necklace by Lia Sophia
- Peach rosette earrings
That skirt was a $3.97 impulse buy during an Old Navy sale. I bought it thinking that I had something to wear with it. Alas, I did not. I then accidentally scored the coral top during a Rue 21 BOGO sale. I only bought it because I bought one of the mint and thought, well, another shirt is free, so why not get this hip “new” coral color that seems to be everywhere. Even still, I didn’t put two and two together. It wasn’t until I had the skirt on this morning, almost opting to wear a boring white top, that I realized I had something that would work together. Further proof: My style is Fly By the Seat of My Pants. Er, skirt.
I tend not to buy too much coral, too much peach — bright or pastel. I started to form my style in the 90’s. Beyond the flannel and Doc Martens, knowing what “season” your skin tone, eye color and hair color made you was all the rage. I remember attending some ridiculous faith-based group for girls as a middle schooler. We talked about everything from sex (don’t do it!) to makeup (don’t wear too much!) to clothing. “Oh, you’re a deep winter. Look at that dark hair and those dark eyes and that pale skin. Oh yes, jewel tones only for you. Stay on the cool side. Never, ever, EVER wear warm colors.” A book that I had — that I pored over — informed me that if I wanted to be a powerful working woman someday, I had to wear the right clothes and the right colors. A college class, years later, taught me about presenting myself on camera; how to wear my makeup, how to wear my glasses (no! glasses! on! camera!), what colors to wear. More of the same: no warm colors for you! No browns. No oranges. No peaches. No corals. Stay with cool jewel tones.
And I did.
It’s not that I don’t like jewel tones. Perhaps you’ve seen me in a bit of true or kelly or forest or bright green. (Understatement.) I also look marvelous in true red and royal blue and deep fuchsia. Bright white, deep black, a bit of navy. All of these things look great on me — on my pale skin with my dark brown eyes with my dark brown hair.
I’m not one for rules. Or, I am. To a point. And, well, not really with fashion. I will go the speed limit. I will refuse to jaywalk. I will pay my taxes on time and to the letter. But if you tell me I can’t wear white after Labor Day, I’m going to show up on Tuesday morning with white pants and white shoes and a smirk on my face that says, “I wear what I want.” It took me awhile to get here, to this point where I feel comfortable dressing how I want — which mostly means dresses and skirts and lots of flow and fun and funk and, well, Jenna. But it’s a good place to be. And sometimes that means I wear browns. And corals. I own an orange sweater, but please don’t tell my grandmother. Do I gravitate toward those deep true jewel tones? Of course. But I like other colors too. I really just like color in general. So if it speaks to me — and it’s $3.97 — I’m going to buy it and wear it and own it.
Anyway, I loved my coral outfit today. Later in the day, I brought it back and wore a navy bathing suit at the beach to redeem my deep winter coloring. You can take the girl out of the 90’s…