WIW to match the landscape

The other day I went for a walk. #1 is what I saw.

#2 is what I wore the next day to mimic the landscape. Um...at least while I was indoors. Couldn't wear the jeans out on my walk that day, alas, and had to change, or risk making myself a complete mess. 

But the photo shows how fitting pastels in winter are -- at least in my part of the world. We tend to dress in darks in winter -- and obviously, there are practical reasons for that. But really, it can be very refreshing to mimic what we see. And the practice calls us to attention in a good way. I may -- and I do -- complain sometimes that winter is dull and grey. And sometimes, it truly is --- but obviously, at least on some afternoons, it is not!! 

This outfit is really just a version of #3, which was in turn an attempt at #4, Angie's classics and pastels ensemble. :)

I was much taken with Ornella's series of landscape dressing posts a while back. Thanks for the inspiration, Ornella -- and Mother Nature! 

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  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    Sooooo gorgeous Suz - the landscape photo and you! I wanted to wear my white jeans today actually but it's just too messy to go outside with them on.

  • replied 8 years ago

    Pretty sky! I love that kind of winter sky. You've inspired me, maybe I will try my chambray shirt and white jeans at some point :)

  • sarah replied 8 years ago

    So pretty, Suz, both the landscape and your interpretation. That sweater sure has been a great one for you.

  • Astrid replied 8 years ago

    So pretty! Both the outfit and the landscape.

  • Lisa replied 8 years ago

    Nature provides the best inpsiration, and never gets the color mixing "wrong." It just always works, and so does this outfit!  I think the biggest challenge with light color winter dressing, is finding warm items in light colors!  For myself, part of why my winter wardrobe is so dark, is because that's what I see in the stores.  Only now with spring items arriving do I start to see pastels and softer colors, but the materials are often not as heavy in weight. 

    This is a great outfit, and I was just rummaging around in my 'boutique' for the spring side of the closet (still working on the post) and have a light blue poncho, I may have to try out this look.  I just have to figure out how to make a short sleeve poncho warm. :)

  • Gracie replied 8 years ago

    What beautiful snowy inspiration and outfit down to the spots on the sweater matching the color of the trees and you beautiful skin matching the sunrise (sunset?)  colors. It is refreshing to see pastels emerge in the forum, little by little.

  • JayS replied 8 years ago

    Great inspiration. Great outfit. Love the sweater with chambray.

  • Sarah A replied 8 years ago

    Lovely outfit (i like the version with sweater on top best) and the inspiration pic is beyond beautiful. Im in white for the snow today too!

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    WOW. So much snow. Heavens. 

    You look fresh and stunning, Suz. I love both renditions. I think I'll wear white jeans today too - but to complement the rain and grey sky. 

  • JAileen replied 8 years ago

    Really lovely - both the landscape and you!

    If I were to dress to match the landscape, I'd have to wear brown from head to toe!

  • gryffin replied 8 years ago

    Suz - you look stunning!!  As always!!  Such a pretty outfit!  I know E dresses for the landscape, I had never heard of that before (missed Ornella's post) and I think that's just enchanting!!  So if you are sky and snow today, well I guess that makes me dirty sooty slush in black & gray!!

  • Emily replied 8 years ago

    Beautiful photo, Suz, and a fab outfit to match.  

  • texstyle replied 8 years ago

    LOVE this - both the colors and the idea. Beautiful place to walk!

  • AviaMariah replied 8 years ago

    Such a great point about brightness and color in winter.  We had bright sunshine yesterday.  Now I need some winter yellow!  Your landscape picture is beautiful and so are you!

  • Helena replied 8 years ago

    Beautiful Suz, and a great observation. My parents (who are from England and Ireland) always remind me how lucky we are to have so much light in winter ... it really can be so pretty, even ethereal at times. Lovely post all round!

  • kellygirl replied 8 years ago

    So pretty, Suz! Pastels suit you especially when paired with white. Love the landscape photo too. I can see how that could inspire!

  • replied 8 years ago

    Both outfits are fab Suz! Such lovely pastels. The leopard prints make the outfits a touch playful which I love. You look great!

     What a gorgeous snowscape in #1 too.

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    Lovely, lovely. I feel taken in by the colour blush, that little bit of blush in the sky, in the handbag...

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Thanks, everyone. More snow today. We're getting the tail end of the big storm.

  • nancylee replied 8 years ago

    So beautiful and so creative, Suz!  That's a lovely winter scene, and you've translated it perfectly.

  • Angie_T replied 8 years ago

    So creative.  And both outfits are a nice hot cup pf awesome. 

  • Caro in Oz replied 8 years ago

    Beautiful & beautiful :)

  • kkards replied 8 years ago

    great outfits. i wore my white jeans on sunday when it was snowing, and it felt so good. i actualy liked that they matched the landscape and it somehow made the snow easier to take. (not that we have anything like you have!)

  • Sona replied 8 years ago

    I love this. The chambray/light denim is a great way to introduce some spring colors into your wardrobe. This works particularly well with your complexion. I hear you about how fitting pastels can be in late winter and why Angie has been gently nudging us all in this direction. What a spectacular vista- thank you for sharing.

  • Debra replied 8 years ago

    Lovely view and lovely outfits. Your wardrobe seems to be working perfectly for you. :)

  • Joy replied 8 years ago

    What a wonderful way to celebrate the beauty of a winter day! Both outfits are lovely on you, the I like the second version best only because it is the least casual.

  • Raisin replied 8 years ago

    Beautiful snow photo Suz!  And you're right, those pastels and winter white do work perfectly in the winter.  

  • Karie replied 8 years ago

    Beautiful snow photo! We're currently buried under two feet of the white stuff. I love how you were inspired by the landscape for your outfit. 

  • E replied 8 years ago

    Oh I loved this post Suz. :D You're right: pastels can look so beautiful in winter. In fact, I think the colours associated with 'summer' in colour season theory actually make more sense in winter, when muted and more delicate shades seem to come into their own in the more slanted sunlight.

    I didn't think you talking about the greyness of winter was complaining/not appreciating what's around you. I just thought it was funny how unusual my own overcast preferences! A lot of times when it's bright and sunny out, everyone around me is talking about how cheerful the weather is while I'm muttering about the blinding and/or brutal light. ;) It's just interesting to me how perceptions of the same weather can vary so much between people.

  • carter replied 8 years ago

    You're so good with layers. These are both great. Beautiful picture!

  • Elizabeth P replied 8 years ago

    This is brilliant Suz!
    I picked up a chambray shirt tonight at ON for about $6, so am looking forward to playing with it!

  • Windchime replied 8 years ago

    What a gorgeous inspiration pic, and I love your renditions. You even got the colors in the right places-- white on the bottom for the snowy ground, and blue and blush on top, representing the colors of the sky. You look pretty and warm in both outfits.

  • Kiwibird replied 8 years ago

    Beautiful photo Suz!   Love both outfits too!

  • Greyscale replied 8 years ago

    Your landscape makes me miss real winter so much. And your interpretation of it is brilliant!

  • Ornella replied 8 years ago

    Suz, this is amazing. The scenery, your interpretation and the variation too. I have been thinking a lot about style in Winter (my own and people I see on the street) and regardless of how bare, dry and discoloured it may seem, you prove that we just need to open our eyes and souls for the inspiration.

    Thanks for the shoutout :-)

  • jurocha replied 8 years ago

    I prefer 2 to 3. But both fit this beautiful scenery and daylight. Winter HAS the best sunny days; I keep telling people. (The low temperatures might be irritating some times, but no spring/autumn/summer day beats winter when it comes to light play on the sky... IMHO)

  • Lyn D. replied 8 years ago

    Such pretty colours in your pic Suz!
    You are looking warm and lovely here.
    Alas, now that Autumn is approaching I saw nothing but black/ white and orange in Target yesterday. At least I didn't even stop to browse.

  • Sveta replied 8 years ago

    So beautiful! I agree that pastels and white suit winter time well and your interpretation is amazing!

  • Sharon replied 8 years ago

    So lovely! (Both the inspiration picture and you). Every time I see a picture like this it makes me want to visit the Northern Hemisphere in winter. Your interpretation is beautiful and those colours are perfect for you.

  • catgirl replied 8 years ago

    Beautiful! We are desperate for snow here. You look radiant and very Alpenglow-ish.

  • Jaime replied 8 years ago

    Snow is so beautiful - especially in pictures. You look terrific as ever Suz!

  • Neel replied 8 years ago

    Love this!! The snow and the outfits!!

  • Beth Ann replied 8 years ago

    What a fabulous inspiration photo, and a great interpretation of Angie's recent outfit post.  I find white jeans work well on days when the it's cold enough to keep the streets devoid of slush!

    There is beauty in winter snow -- and winter dressing!

  • Vicki replied 8 years ago

    Look at all that SNOW!  But, you make it look beautiful, Suz, and I love your layered look.

  • replied 8 years ago

    Love the look. I just bought my first pair of white jeans (ever!) last week and your outfit is an inspiration. May I ask where the chambray shirt is from ? I have one on my "wish list".

  • leopardluxe replied 8 years ago

    Great outfit. It looks fantastic on you! I love the idea of being inspired by the landscape to create an outfit. I'll have to try that idea out!

     I often find that when the weather is gray or wet I coincidentally seem to wear a lot of monochromatic grays that day.

    One of my co-workers said something to me recently that made me laugh. She gets worried that if I'm not wearing orange in my outfit that day (my favorite color in all it's glorious shades) then I'm not in a good mood.

    It's not really true but I thought it interesting that she would draw that parallel of my mood being tied to the color I'm wearing.

    I still haven't brought myself to wear white jeans. I bought a pair of skinny jeans in white at the thrift store last month. I read Angie's post and have tried out some of the ideas but every time I actually put them on I feel like the outfit just doesn't look good on me. So seeing you rock the white jeans is really inspiring me to try again!

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Thanks, all! 

    Pam, my shirt is a Halogen one from Nordstrom. They don't actually have the exact same one anymore, it looks like, but this is similar: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ha.....in=keyword

    Leopardluxe, I found that I felt extremely weird and "not me" the first three times I wore my white jeans in public. I thought my thighs looked like whales and everyone must be staring in dismay. But after that I got over myself! :)

  • lyn67 replied 8 years ago

    Oh, this is surely a landscape to dress for, Suz! Love your interpretations, and agree pastels can be so in tune with a painting like this:-). You are so lucky to be part of that beauty! By us is grey and gloomy. Everyday. We barely had snow this year, and I miss it!

  • Marina replied 8 years ago

    What a controversy. In my neighborhood there are lots of snow in wintery season, yet not this year. 

    Nonetheless, I like your outfit, and, I guess, matching the colors of the surrounding landscapes might become a real fashion trend in some time in contrast to commonplace preference of contrasts! You're posted examplary outfits! Thanks for sharing!

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