The Comfort Zone
A monochromatic wardrobe, while fantastic for packing, can get, well, monotonous—unless you build in a range of textures. Here, pieces in the same essential palette (eggshell with the faintest underlay of peach) get extra dimension from different weaves: silk that's both fine (tank top, $355, and skirt, $1,325) and hand-knit (cardigan, $1,495; all Devi Kroell). Ballerina flats in rose gold leather (J.Crew) are comfortable for walking the cobblestone streets of the city's arty, history-laden San Telmo district; they also look terrific—very Audrey Hepburn—with a full skirt. Echoing the shine of the shoes are long, casual necklaces, one of hammered rose gold links, another of clear quartz (both Ippolita), and a third strung with smoky quartz (Suzanne Kalan). Photographed in one of the courtyards of Pasaje de la Defensa.
It's not Evita's balcony, but this 1913 neoclassical townhouse—restored and transformed into the hip bar-restaurant Milión—is a splendid setting for a long, regal column dress (Calvin Klein, $248). You don't need to be svelte to wear the figure-skimming shape; the tiers, edged in gold sequins, seem to elongate the body. Gold accessories—including large teardrop earrings (Laurie Kaiser), an armful of bangles (Marcia Moran at Supplements NY, Armenta, KC Designs, C. Greene, Alex Woo, Moritz Glik, Amrita Singh, Ippolita), and gilded sandals (Dolce & Gabbana)—help light up the nights in Buenos Aires, which are lively and long: Dinner begins around 9 p.m.; closing time usually isn't until 4 a.m.
A Delicate Matter
The long, rich history of Buenos Aires—it was founded in the 16th century—speaks through the lovely faded, layered reds and pinks of its houses.
This isn't bubblegum, baby-girl pink but rather a subtle blush, like the gorgeous old walls of the Palermo Viejo district (once a hangout for intellectuals and revolutionaries such as Jorge Luis Borges and Che Guevara, now a renewed, stylish quarter with restaurants galore). The pleated silk georgette dress (Tommy Hilfiger, $848) has a vintage quality: flattering cap sleeves, an easy-fitting shape (good for curvy figures), pretty details like satin ball buttons. Try it for a daytime wedding or outdoor party. Rose metallic sandals (Claudia Ciuti) bring out the dress's pinkish undertone. Earrings, Michaelisa in Technibond. Necklace, Kimberly McDonald.
New World energy joins forces with Old World charm in a skirt that bridges continents—and guarantees grand entrances.
Separates that look like a dress (Chris Benz top, $595, and skirt, $1,295) are the best of both worlds: A stretchy, slouchy, off-the-shoulder hip-length top in the palest iced coffee explodes into a three-tier mega-ruffled skirt in a color that's a couple of shades stronger. Hoop earrings and a thin bangle (Suzanne Kalan; KC Designs) subtly suggest a Spanish influence, and the platform shoes (Sergio Rossi) are great for dancing—as people sometimes do on the 16th-floor rooftop terrace of this fanciful and eclectic building. Known as the Palacio Barolo, it dates back to 1923 and was designed by an Italian architect whose inspiration was Dante's Divine Comedy.
Getting a taste of Argentina's past is easy—just inside the door is Bar El Federal, founded in 1864 and famous for its authentic, unpretentious atmosphere and decor (original tile floors; carved wood and stained glass over the bar). Getting in the swing of the city isn't hard, either, in a flounced suntan tank and matching vest (Derek Lam). The look is modern, but the ruffle suggests an outrageously romantic culture. Balance the loose, floaty top and larger bag (Leonello Borghi) with narrower bottoms, like these sleek cigarette pants (Piazza Sempione, $370). A touch of color and gleam on the wrist (bangles, Amrita Singh and Ippolita) and divinely feminine silk jersey shoes with a translucent heel (Derek Lam) underline how well femininity plays in the city.How to Wear the New Neutrals:
Skin colors aren't simple, says color consultant and author Leatrice Eiseman (MoreAliveWithColor.com
); they have undertones that may be warm, cool, or a mixture of the two. So when you shop for neutral clothing, choose shades with an undertone similar to your own natural complexion. Some examples:
*Light skin (cool): Wear neutrals with very little undertone. Avoid shades with a warm pink or yellow cast.
*Tawny, olive, rosy (warm): Choose pales with a touch of honey, café au lait, or pink (but not blue-pink).
*Light brown (warm): Try neutrals with gold or coppery undertones.
*Dark brown (cool): Go for light beige with a drop of rose.
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