Monochromatic doesn’t always mean black and white

And in this case it means dusty pink with burgundy and white stripes. All very rosy and fresh. And very flattering on someone with my natural colouring. 

Red tones are my go-to colours when I want to look my best. From pink to burgundy, (bluish) red tones give me that healthy glow that makes me look well-rested. It’s like an instant facelift.

However, I would not wear anything lighter than the dusty pink of these trousers. And I would never wear light pink next to my face. It’s too close to my skin tone and would just drain all colour from my face. I need some contrast.

early fall casual

I’ve learned that saturation is important, too: I look my best in colours that are not too light and not too bright.  Slightly muted  colours look natural with my very pale skin with pink undertones.  Of course, now, after such a long and warm summer, I’m tanned.

What? Tanned? Me?

Yes, this is what I look like when I’m tanned. I hardly ever wear sunscreen in summer (but I often carry a sun umbrella and stay away from direct sunlight. You know, to avoid melting into a puddle of sweat, or burning to a crisp…). And by the end of summer I usually manage to get a bit of a sunkissed glow.  Sort of. You can almost see it. Can’t you?

monochromatic pastels

How to wear Breton stripes over 50

casual chic

Outfit details:

top: Vila (old) / trousers: Noom (old) / shoes: Jenny /

bag: Coach / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs (old)

location: Uunisaari, Helsinki


What are your best colours?


PS: Do you like the new blog layout? You should see what my art blog looks like after a complete makeover, too!

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    • 21 September 2018 / 6:47 pm

      Thanks, Maria!

  1. Arlene Gomes
    23 September 2018 / 1:30 am

    .I like the new blog layout. You look great in those colors. Your photos are always so great with such pretty backgrounds.

    • 26 September 2018 / 5:23 pm

      Thanks, Arlene. I also have a great photographer: my darling husband.

  2. 24 September 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Your monochrome look is certainly your colours. I can see you are a touch sun kissed. My colours are the opposite , bright strong colours work best for me as my skin has a warm base. Love the sunset shot Tiina.

    • 26 September 2018 / 5:24 pm

      Thanks, Jill. That was one of the beautiful autumn sunsets I will miss so much now that the evenings are getting darker earlier.

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