This post is about pairing pieces that by all accounts would never seem to go together, but making them look as if they were always meant to be. That’s one of the great things about styling. You should never be afraid to try something new. It almost always pays off. For example, one might be fearful in pairing a casual ill-fitted sweater (typically for denim and lounging) with a structured silk skirt (for dressing up and NOT for lounging). Moreover, one might even be terrified to do so when the colors are so far apart on the spectrum. But we shouldn’t. Taking risks is a must in fashion.

The next couple of pics you’ll see that I went out on a limb (for me anyway) with just about everything: the colors, the fabrics, the styles and even the expectations.

When pairing contrasting pieces, it’s important that the colors compliment each other. They don’t have to be in the same family, just be able to make a smooth transition for the eyes. Getting that right is really half the battle. The next big thing is making sure the fabrics mesh, or work together for the greater good, which means fitting perfectly on the body without competing with each other. I highly recommend pieces that hold their own. So if you have a strong bottom, you want an equally strong top for balance. You want the eye to focus on both pieces and not be drawn to just one.

As for accessories, feel free to be as basic or as bold as you want. Just be sure that they are along the color scheme of one of your contrasting pieces. In most cases, I tend to match my accessories with my bottoms (pants or skirts) only because there is usually more material there. I chose a shoe that was bold but kept the jewelry basic. BUT I made sure that the shoes worked well with the skirt. Hint: if you look closely, you’ll see some deep, deep, deep burgundy (appears black) in the spots. I opted for soft gold jewelry that complimented the sweater, the skirt and the shoes…and Voila!! Keep in mind, this approach is safe, but certainly not necessary. I’ll be sure to switch it up on another post another time, but for now let’s enjoy!

Today’s pick: a camel-colored slouchy sweater paired with a burgundy silk-like structured skirt, leopard haircalf heels with gold jewelry and a gold bag.

Sweater (Banana Republic); skirt (Banana Republic); shoes (Banana Republic); bag (Chanel)

Thank you for stopping by!!!

8 Comments

    • cherrypickedstyle
      Author
      October 16, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you so much!!

  1. October 25, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    That pop of leopard print sets this ensemble on fire!! I live it.

    • cherrypickedstyle
      Author
      October 25, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      Thank you so much!!

  2. Monique
    November 30, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Would love to find that sweater but when I clicked on link it was a different sweater.

    • cherrypickedstyle
      Author
      December 3, 2017 / 1:42 pm

      Unfortunately, the sweater sold out very quickly after this post. I linked other sweaters that are similar. Thank you.

      • Monique
        December 3, 2017 / 6:18 pm

        Cool. I was able to purchase one of the options.

        • cherrypickedstyle
          Author
          December 3, 2017 / 8:42 pm

          Yay! They are also great sweaters.

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