Thursday, 16 November 2017

Cashmere and Leather

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It's not Luxury if it doesn't feel right

So, the brown leather skirt gets another outing, with a cashmere cardigan, no less.

For me, luxury does not only mean quality and beauty but also how something feels on my skin. And cashmere comes pretty close to perfect in that respect. It feels soft and gentle on my skin, and doesn't make me itch (unlike wool).
Cashmere is also lightweight but warm, which makes it perfect for winter wear. I practically live in my cashmere jumpers and cardigans from November till April (yes, that's how long winter lasts in my neck of the woods...).

Of course, (good quality) cashmere can be a bit pricey, but I usually get at least one new jumper or a cardigan every year, to add to my collection. And this year I bought both a cardigan and a jumper, both in this peachy/salmon pink shade.

leather and cashmere

Choosing the right colours  

This warm pink is a relatively new colour for me; I usually go for cold-toned pinks, or fuchsia, or tomato red (like the Furla bag in these photos). So, at first I thought that this was a bit too orangey for me. Then again, I have been experimenting with warmer pink tones (= peach, coral or salmon pink) for a while now.

Besides, I do wear both cold and warm colours. Or rather, I often wear the warmer tones of cool colours and colder tones of warm colours... Confusing?

Well, to put it simply: I usually wear the warmer shades of blue (= with more yellow, so that they're closer to green) and colder shades of red (= with more blue in them, i.e. pink or fuchsia). I tend to avoid warmer shades of red and any yellowish/brownish colours, especially next to my face. Why? Well, because they make me look ill, whereas cool reds and pinks look fabulous on me.

Yes, I did study colour theory, long ago. And no, I don't really think about it when I put together an outfit. And I definitely don't care what 'season' I am.

All of that is just too... theoretical. And clothes, like most things in life, are all about practice. So, I just try something on. If it looks good, I'll wear it.

It's not intuitive or anything like that. I'm simply trying not to overthink everything and just go with what feels good. And that, my friend, does not come naturally. Because I tend to analyse and overanalyse everything (and I mean everything), until my brain is overloaded and I can't make any decisions.

So, to give my mind some rest, I consciously try to engage the more visual, creative side of my brain. That's why I love Instagram: I can just post pictures of whatever caught my eye, without having to analyse it to death.

And for the same reason, I decided to get this coral pink cardigan. Because it looked good. And it feels good. Does that make sense?

No, that's the wrong question.

See, this is what I mean: it's very difficult for me to not intellectualize everything.  So, instead of trying to analyse or justify it, I'll just say that I like this new addition to my wardrobe.

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leather and cashmere

Outfit details:
cashmere cardigan: Repeat / leather skirt: Jigsaw / striped top: Caroll / 
ankle boots: Tero Palmroth / bag: Furla / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana

How do you choose your colours?

Tiina

PS: my artsy, creative blog, Dilettante Artist also has its own Instagram account now.

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20 comments

  1. You look amazing. Those boots are fantastic!!

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  2. A leather skirt is fantastic! And the colour of your cardigan is great! I have nothing in cashmere, perhaps it's perfect for me as I always am cold.

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    1. I like this skirt more and more every day, and I've had it for a year or so... Odd, isn't it?
      You should definitely try cashmere, it's wonderful. But be careful: it's also very addictive...

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  3. Love this leather and cashmere look as I am a huge fan of red and black. This is perfect for the holidays, too.

    Come link this up with me today Tiina. =)

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  4. I love the way you pair warm and cool colors! This is such a cute look for fall. The cardigan looks really nice paired with your leather skirt, and you accessorized it perfectly.
    Thank you for linking up this week!

    ~xo Sheree
    PoshClassyMom.com

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    1. Thanks, Sheree. I'm getting a bit more experimental with colour combinations...

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  5. Funny isn't it how colours sometimes defy the rules. Maybe the cardigan works as it's not next to your face. Anyway as long as it works it doesnt matter. I like your cashmere rule. I haven't got any so should adopt a rule like that.

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    1. Oh, you must try cashmere! There's nothing better. But be warned: it's addictive...
      Thanks, Anna!

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  6. The cardigan is very pretty :-)

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    1. Thanks, Claire. I also got a v-neck jumper in the same colour...

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  7. You look great in coral. Thanks for linking up to the Top of the World Style party. Nicole of High Latitude Style

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    1. Thanks, Nicole. I never thought I could wear orange, but apparently there's a shade for everyone.

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  8. Great to see that skirt again!
    Thank you for linking up to #fakeituntilyoumakeit!
    Samantha
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  9. I think its a lovely color on you. i agree with you about color theory! In essence i probably shouldnt wear black, but i do from time to time and will wear a warm color near my face This is a flattering tone, and love it with the leather skirt!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thanks, Jessica. I think it's good to try something new (or at least new colours) every once in a while.

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  10. That colour looks fabulous on you! I love the luxurious mix of cashmere and leather, and those boots are gorgeous! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. Thanks, Emma. At first I thought it might be a bit too orange, but I decided to give it a go anyway. And I've been wearing this cardi (or the jumper I have in the same colour) at least 2-3 times a week recently.

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