LEFT: The color is “erba” (grass in Italian), and this nice, trim Cashmere Shrunken Button Cardigan is $375 from Vince. It’s also available in black, heather white, pale walnut and sea stone (a pale gray).
TOP RIGHT: From Garrett Leight, Paloma glasses are tinted champagne/gold, with a stainless steel frame. They’re $390 from vince.com.
BOTTOM RIGHT: I don’t know how many more sandal-wearing days are left this year, but it may still be possible to amortize the cost of these luscious Marni Criss-Cross Calfskin Fussbett Sandals, $690 at Marni.com. In addition to green (shown), they come in powder pink, lilac, charcoal—10 colors in all.
By Nancy McKeon
IT MAY JUST BE that I bought way too many white shirts over the past decade. And I continue to regard them with a worship that borders on fanaticism. But.
But I find myself flipping through catalogues and browsing fashion sites and being drawn, strongly drawn, to deep, luscious color.
It began with a tank top I bought this summer that was somehow both deep and radiant teal. I bought it to wear under a crisp white shirt, of course, there being nothing as flattering against a middle-aged woman’s complexion as crisp white. But somehow that teal tank changed the whole dynamic. The white was still crisp, but the teal added a glow to my skin, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in quite some time.
So now I’m on the prowl for more flattering colors. I’m not locked into one color palette—you do you—just going where my eye leads me. So far it has led me here, above and below.
CENTER: The amber, burgundy and burnt-orange blooms on the weathered blue ground of this Mojave Rose Anorak are what got my color cravings juiced this season. The waterproof polyester jacket won’t ship till November. which means its roominess will allow for layers as weather sets in. It has a detachable hood and pockets and a two-way zipper and is $229 at Peruvian Connection.
RIGHT: Navy tracings on curry—I call that color. Also from Peruvian Connection, the viscose Yellowstone Dress has slightly blouson sleeves and is 37 inches in length, which may call for navy leggings. It’s $329.
RIGHT: I carried something like this Slouchy Suede Shoulder Bag when I was in college. It still looks like a great idea. This one comes in dark red (shown), also in a chartreuse that looks more like goldenrod to me. It’s $148 at Anthropologie.
Lamarque’s slightly oversize and full-sleeve Karry lamb leather jacket is classic when you want it to be (right), friskier when you are (left). It’s on sale for $330 at lamarquecollection. Shown here in vetiver (olive green), it’s also available in black.
RIGHT: If there’s anyone’s cashmere I trust to be the best, it’s Loro Piana’s. You pay for that kind of imprimatur, of course: This San Babila cashmere turtleneck, with a form-fitting ribbed body and over-long plain-knit sleeves in gradient coloring, is $1,785 at loropiana.com.
I still envy my sister the fringed suede jacket she had in high school. Now may be the moment to finally buy one for myself. The Big Sky Jacket, $448 at Sundance, comes in the fawn color shown and a pale moonstruck (ivory-gray). The catalogue warns it runs a bit small.
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