Summer Fashion - Neutral Colors
A warm-weather wardrobe of soft, creamy hues comes alive in Buenos Aires.
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the May 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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.