Tone on Tone

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So, this is a feeble attempt to counteract the mismatched reds in my last post. Or an antidote to it, whatever.

In any case, I’ve gone full on tone on tone, matchy-matchy here. Look, I even matched the background to the outfit! OK, that was pure co-incidence (it’s not exactly difficult to find pastel-coloured buildings in Helsinki…).

I chose berry, burgundy and blush tones mainly because my wardrobe is full of clothes in these colours. Why? Because these colours really flatter my natural colouring and always make me look my best.

One thing that blogging has taught me is that I should listen to my intuition when it comes to colours. I know what suits me. And I should stick with that.

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However, every now and then I get bored (with my wardrobe, my favourite colours, life, whatever…) and decide to try something wildly different. 

Of course, it’s OK to try new things (and clothes, and colours), but I usually end up with an odd collection of items in weird colours that, in retrospect, only make me want to scream ‘what was I thinking‘. You know, like a top with funny sleeves in mustard yellow, or chartreuse, or neon green (been there, done that, hid the evidence). In other words, items that looked fantastic on someone else, but made me look a bit sickly at best, and a total fashion victim with zero taste at worst.

So, next time you find me going on and on about the latest colour-of-the-moment and how I’m going to ‘make it work‘ for me, please remind me that putting together an outfit shouldn’t be so difficult, and the right colours always look good without trying too hard.

berry shades

Outfit details:
jacket: KappAhl (old) / top: Esprit / trousers: Marks and Spencer (old) /
bag: Coach (old) / gloves: Sauso / scarf: A + more / shoes: Nero Giardini (old)


What are your best colours?

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  1. debwlv
    December 4, 2019 / 4:51 am

    Once again, everything you said in this post rings true to me! I’m getting there, slowly but surely….As I detest shopping, it’s getting easier and easier to stick with the tried and true and leave the experimenting to others. Love those colors on you and, as you said, the outfit works effortlessly for that very reason….thanks for sharing,,,

  2. December 4, 2019 / 11:06 am

    woww, I love so much those rich burgundy shades and you’re so brilliant picking them and making them look so fabulous on you!. You’re right, choosing colours that make us look (and feel) better is key. All we have those ‘what was I thinking’ moments, after buying something in a color which doesn’t flatter and never will do. I think that blush or pastels make me look sick, so I usually pick jewel tones. They are my favourite ones!.

  3. Flora
    December 4, 2019 / 5:51 pm

    It’s tempting to buy a colour that you love but doesn’t do anything for you. I remember when I was young a fashion for coffee and cream combination which looks great if you are a Mediterranean beauty with matte olive skin but although I was a brunette/auburn I got my pale skin from my red headed Irish Grannie. I looked awful. Your outfit is great for a December day.

  4. voguefauxreal
    December 4, 2019 / 6:36 pm

    Apparently everything in the red spectrum works for you….burgundy….pink…red – because you look fabulous! I’m in love with that Coach bag and the striped shirt and the gloves!


  5. December 5, 2019 / 5:16 am

    We’re twinkies! I wore the same shade of red today, too! Thanks for linking up with The Style Six!

  6. December 6, 2019 / 6:18 am

    You look stunning in burgundy. It’s such a great neutral color. In winter, it’s a nice change with respect to the gray and black everyone is wearing. Looks like you had already your first -25C. We have -27C right now.Why is it that the first cold snap always feels so bad?

  7. December 8, 2019 / 4:03 pm

    Oh too funny – as I think yes, maybe lots of us have been in the “I LOVE that colour” moment with a new and exciting colour and then sadly realizing that colour DOES NOT love us, and yes, I am a cool colours person – put me in mustard or chartreuse or rust and I look horrific. Put me in “winter colours” cold and bright and pure and I look human – give me raspberry, fuschia, blues and cold greens and I am happy, as to what to do with those pesky colours that tug our heart strings and do us no favours – hmmm I don’t know as they dont look good on. Still I content myself with all the colours I can wear dont necessarily look good on someone else – and there are plenty of colours for everyone

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