Today I am wearing a jumper with a jumper, depending on which version of the English language you speak.
The dress is a style I have always known to be called a jumper and I usually end up with corduroy versions of it as this one is. It's a style I have worn often in my life and frequently wore it in high school in the eighties, causing some eye rolling amongst my jeans and tee shirt clad peers. It's a bit of a preppy look and I don't usually go full on preppy but I suppose I do dabble in it. This one is originally from LL Bean, American made and came my way via a thrift shop. I like this pink paired with cream and for just kicking around at home I wore it like this. This could be considered a tinted version of marsala, lightened with white but of the same brownish-pink(red) colour.
Later I added a few pieces for warmth though am still fairly minimal with accessories. I am wearing my usual earrings which you can't see and three of my never take them off rings. I don't really like any more than that for around home.
With the sweater and scarf for extra warmth and my dark taupe (though not as dark as they look in this photo) suede western style boots I feel this is a very American Preppy look. I suppose a bit of makeup would help but I'm too tired to bother. The hair has reached a point that could be called a very short, layered bob, but photographs rather chunky and blocky. I have a lot of hair and have had to take thinning shears to it to get it to behave moderately. This outfit is all second hand except for the long sleeved tee under the jumper, the socks and tights and the underwear. All of which probably come from Target.
Some Thoughts on PinkI used to wear pink often but tended to shy away from it over the past twenty years, mainly because I associated it with youth and frivolity, which were two things I did not want other people to associate with me. I both love and hate pink, which I think has much to do with the type of pink that it is. The saturated pink plastic found in the girls' toy section and in Barbie's Dream House makes me want to scream profanities. Neon colours of any sort are not my friends and I have always had difficulties getting along with pastels. I avoid anything that seems sweet or which I associate with candy floss.
And yet there are pinks I love, as evidenced by these images which I pinned to my Pinterest board for their colour.
Pink is a very good colour for roses, for lipstick and for toenails if I can get the right shade of pink and in those three things I never did abandon the colour. I have embraced it again in my clothing and since realising that a certain shade of mauve-pink is inherent in my own natural colouring it makes sense that wearing this shade suits me. Guidelines I use when selecting a pink item include the use of specific terms. If I would describe the pink as a blush, shell, dusty pink, a mauve-pink, dusty rose or raspberry pink it is likely to work well for me. I can even get just a bit peachy with my pinks. Identifying particular shades often works best when they are compared with other shades so I find making collages on Polyvore is useful to train my eye. I pile on everything I think is 'the right' pink and then when I see them side by side I eliminate some which are too peachy or too Barbie.
This collage includes what is my best version of red, a dark raspberry colour, more of a dark pink than a red but not quite reaching burgundy. Burgundy usually works for me as well though and I suspect some variations on Pantone's Marsala are going to work also.
A Google or Pinterest search shows marsala represented as a range of deep off-reds, some of them warm and some cool but all with a bit of a brown undertone. Some interpretations of it look more rust and some more burgundy, making it widely suitable for many people. The rusty version is probably the more accurate one but I am happy to benefit from any mistaken veerings towards something rosier.
This interpretation of it would work for me. It is more of a rose brown than a rust and my understanding is that this polish colour is called Marney.
I know I have purchased similar shades from other brands and while it is a bit darker than I typically wear, I do dabble in it from time to time.
Do you love pink? Hate it? Feel ambivalence? Are you like me and inclined to specify which pinks? Do tell.