The Colors of Autumn
Recently I was bemoaning the fact that summer is quickly receding giving way to Autumn, that is before I took outdoor photos of some trees where I live. If there was any doubt that Fall was approaching it was quickly dashed when I noticed the turning of the trees.
I love the color of harvest season when the leaves start to turn, it’s almost magical. Living in the hills of Pittsburgh we are presented with spectacular views where we can look across a valley and take in the vibrant display of trees. Reds, oranges, yellows, purples and browns together form a fiery collage like an artist whipping their heavy paint laden brush in the air across their canvas. There is no rhyme or reason but the end result is an astounding work of art the likes of which only God could create.
When I think of Autumn I remember childhood rides on tree-lined country roads where you could revel in the totality of the brilliant fall colors. I remember running, jumping and rolling around in piles of leaves with carefree abandon as only a child could.
Collecting the most beautiful leaves to use in crafts was hard because with each leaf I settled on there would be an even prettier one to choose. The crisp early evening air and the heavenly scent of a crackling bonfire,made me long for the warm sanctuary of indoors and hot apple cider.
If spring can be considered the season of anticipation, then autumn would be a time of reflection. Both seasons are equal in beauty and how they assault our senses, yet vastly different at the same time.
Burgundy + Olive + Mustard = Autumn
It’s been awhile since I’ve taken photos with my cane and I’m hoping to be able to begin again within the next week or two. In the meantime I wanted to share with you how well the three colors mentioned above work with one another. Marsala, the color of the year, is a reddish-brown cousin to burgundy which can be seen just about everywhere you turn.
In the pictures included with today’s post I demonstrate how the colors look next to one another in a few household items I chose from Polyvore. I’ve also included a picture of several personal wardrobe items, a mustard shirt, burgundy handbag and embellished olive wrap.
With fall now upon us this is a great time to do a wardrobe edit while simultaneously swapping out seasonal clothing. Donating clothes you know longer need or want, discarding those that are too worn or damaged to donate, trims down your inventory allowing you to get a clearer picture of what is missing or needs to be replaced. I do this twice a year to keep my wardrobe to a minimum..
It was during the process of going through my inventory that I found to my dismay I only have the one mustard shirt – bummer. This really isn’t an issue though because I decided mid-summer that I would incorporate a couple of olive pieces and throw in an additional burgundy item but I refuse to buy unnecessary things I do not need. On a side note I lucked out on finding a pair of olive heels (on sale last month) to go with the wrap that I’ve had forever.
Just because these three colors are pretty dominant this doesn’t mean you have to run out and buy, buy, buy, or even wear all three colors at once. Pairing with other complementary colors or adding an accessory like a hat, scarf, belt, or jewelry will still provide you with a pulled together look. Following are six combinations of clothing utilizing the colors I talked about:
- Burgundy flyaway cardigan, black pants, white top, burgundy snood, black bag and shoes
- Burgundy top, gray pants, gray cardigan, burgundy shoes, gray handbag
- Olive cargo jacket, navy & white striped sweater, blue jeans, brown booties, brown handbag and multi colored w/brown scarf
- Olive khakis, cream-colored sweater, burgundy booties, burgundy handbag
- Mustard pullover sweater, navy print skirt, mustard shoes, navy & tan handbag
- Mustard blazer, gray dress, black shoes & handbag
You’ve probably noticed that in the above combinations I used navy, black, white, gray, cream and tan to work alongside any of the three main colors. A felt hat could be worn with any or all of the combos.
When feeling and looking good come together, the natural outcome is confidence.
Have a great evening! ~Seph