Although I have a reputation for being a little bit radical with my colour and clothing choices I do love neutrals and wear them frequently. They are easy to wear for work, go with everything and can be a good way to tone down something a bit obvious like a pink dress. I like wearing light grey or beige to work, especially in spring. It only takes a nice scarf to stop it looking boring.
In real life I would not necessarily wear grey with grey, or beige with beige, but I can. I suit cool colours at the lighter end of the scale and have accumulated a few nice fabrics over the last couple of years that I feel I should deploy. I would always find some bright colour too – pink, turquoise, bright blue for example – to stop it looking too sludgey. My friend Lyn Bromley commented:
Anything but beige, please!!! It’s so not you. I can’t even imagine you in beige when you are 101!
In my fabric cupboard I have a range of nice cool beiges and greys. There are some fabrics I have used before, but a few I have bought with no plan in mind. So I thought I would try a notional grey/beige swap and see if it might work for me. I would also rely on some tried and tested patterns that I have used before.
Pod 1; Grey
Pod 2; Beige
Beige skirt (with dinosaurs), beige linen blouse, beige coat
Grey silk dress, beige shirt waister
yellow trousers, bright pink top, colourful painted silk skirt
I am attracted to this collection which would be classic and calm and would actually extend my existing wardrobe no end. I am sure other SWAPpers would concur that just because you present an “outfit” or “set” in your SWAP pictures, we hardly ever actually wear the set together. It might be a bit too matchy-matchy. I love my SWAP outfits but I really mix them up and de-formalise them – here is how I actually look on an average day. .
If I do the beige and grey SWAP I would concentrate on some nice shapes, using lovely fabrics. I would be the first to admit that they do look a bit, well dull, piled up on each other. This is probably why they are an unmoving part of my stash – they don’t excite, do they? The other thing is – would the inherent calm of these fabrics provide me with energy, or would they sap it? Sewing for four months with neutrals seems a bit like purgatory, despite the wild cards.
Hmm. I do like a challenge, but maybe this isn’t the SWAP for me.