It's been raining in London again and feeling positively autumnal. The September issues of the fash mags are out declaring the end of summer, ringing the death knell on summer fashion and hailing the arriving of transitional dressing. I personally wish this noise would stop. I'm tired of hearing this when it is barely mid August and I know others are too - see Jan's witty exploration of the late summer fashion blues over at Fort Smith Stylista.
I don't want the summer to end! Like Jan I am shopped out after the sales, am vowing not to buy any more summer clothes and desperately want to wear my new summer gear for just a little bit longer. I want to play around with all the exciting combinations in my wardrobe these new additions could bring without the limitation of not having enough warm days to do so. Hold off please autumn! I want another heat wave - an Indian summer. I want more picnics, more barbeques, more lying out in the garden soaking up the sun. Not least because I would like to wear these mint green leather shorts again before the weather turns truly inhospitable.
Have you noticed that even though the Pantene colour of the year was emerald, the shade of green to be seen in this season seems to be mint? Mint seems to be everywhere and not just in clothing, it has infiltrated the world of interiors and homeware as well. Recently we've been shopping for furniture and I've noted mint tinted outdoor furniture sets, minty green anglepoise lamps, trendy industrial pendant lampshades in mint enamel, bed linen in pale mint and mint washed walls in interior inspiration magazines. There have been a plethora of ceramics on sale in, you guessed it, mint - milky glass vases, dinner sets and tea sets. What happened? Who white washed the emerald?
Not that I'm complaining. I do love a deliciously cool and icy shade of mint. So enamoured am I that of late I have been known to sport almost head to toe mint combinations. Mint blazer, mint shorts, mint top (exception being shoes - still looking for a pair of mint shoes). I needed to stop this mint madness and de-mint - but then with what colour?
I find the fancifulness of colour names are a good starting point to get your creative juices flowing for outfit combinations. If a colour is named after something edible than it is fun to think of edible colour combinations, two ingredients to go into the mix if you like rather than thinking of just "pale green" and "white". Thinking of two ice cream flavours together inspired this outfit choice of mint leather and vanilla lace (because if anything goes well with mint ice-cream it is vanilla.)
Lemon and lavender coming up in a future post! Maybe I should start a series of food inspired outfits... What ingredients would you mix together when getting dressed?
Mint leather shorts: Theskyns' Theory; Lace top: Zara; Espardrilles: Spain