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Fringe theater

Didn’t I just say that I never wear patterns of things — martini glasses, poodles, flamingos? Well, take a look at this scarf. It’s a pattern of lipsticks, necklaces, and similar girly things. Something about the color and irregularity of the pattern, however, make it less obviously representational than it really is. It’s a gorgeous scarf of a thick, heavy silk, and I always get compliments on it, and I can’t for the life of me remember where I got it.

I wore this to the theater with a black leather skirt and a sage sweater.

Skirt: eBay
Sweater: Eileen Fisher, eBay
Pearls: bought while traveling
Scarf: ???
Rhinestone hoop earrings: eBay

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Spooky style

If you aren’t the costume type, it’s easy to dress “up” for Halloween without dressing “as.” One way to do this is to start with a black base and add accessories in appropriately Halloween-y colors. On Friday I did a segment for NECN on tips for appropriate Halloween style, wearing a little black dress, orange tights, and an orange ruffle scarf:

Poison-green tights would also work beautifully with a black dress or skirt, particularly if you have pointy black shoes to go with them. (A similar look can work for men: a dark suit with green or orange socks and tie. Modified, the style can work year-round: check out this sharp dresser caught on camera by PeaceBang.)

Color-blocking on a black base also works. NECN morning host Bridget Blythe’s gold jacket is festively autumnal. Orange isn’t your only option: fall colors, like Bridget’s, work, as do “evil” colors like dark or vivid green, red, or purple. Mrs. Obama wore glowing fall colors to dress up-but-not-as for White House trick-or-treaters:

Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Images

Another option is to add a touch of punk or goth to your usual look. I scored a grey cashmere hoodie at Found in Davis Square last week. It’s got a rhinestone skull on the back. I plan to wear it tonight with a long-sleeved lace t-shirt, leather skirt, fishnets and short boots.

I do love gothic and spooky jewelry, from antique cameos to steampunk inventions to more directly evocative pieces. This necklace is called “Scar” and was designed by my friend Yleana Martinez:

Happy Halloween! Be spookyfabulous!

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Palette: Make like a leaf and display an ever-changing symphony of rusts and golds

I haven’t quite figured out the calculus of this, but sometimes colors that don’t “go” can be made to harmonize if surrounded by enough other colors. I wouldn’t normally pair a rust-colored tank with an orange cardigan, but here it works as part of an autumnal theme.

Brown tights: We Love Colors
Rust tank: Chicos, eBay
Orange cardigan: Max Mara Weekend, eBay
Brown skirt w/zippered gussets: Looks boutique
Denim jacket: Levi’s, Oona’s
Brass & crystal bracelet: eBay
Pearl & grosgrain necklace: Talbot’s

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Palette: Pattern fix

What patterns do you like to wear? Do you mix patterns? I wear stripes, florals, animal prints, geometrics, and lacy/architectural patterns like the below. No polka dots, plaids, paisley; no whimsical teacups or high-heeled shoes or Eiffel Towers. Nothing against those patterns, which do show up occasionally in my scarf collection, but overall but I find them harder to integrate.

Stripes and animal prints are so easily assimilable, visually, that they can almost function as solids. You can easily pair a floral print with a subtle stripe, or wear a leopard or tiger scarf over a houndstooth blazer. Lacey, gothic patterns also blend well with all of the above, and with each other. These two shirts go together so well I keep them on the same hanger.

The white t-shirt is from Target — I bought two of them, and wish I’d gotten a couple more. (No good finding them online, as the brand/manufacturer’s name is LOL. You try googling that.) I often wear it under this v-necked cotton hoodie from Raspberry Beret.

I wore this over jeans (Marc Jacobs, Second Time Around) with bracelets by Victoria Tane and Ettika (Ideeli).

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Palette: Back to the drawing board

Monday turned out to be colder than expected, so this cheery ensemble had to be re-thought: I traded the yellow cotton cardigan for a heavier grey one, and added tights.

Yellow cardigan: Boston Proper, eBay
Aqua tank: Chicos, eBay
Grey jersey maxi skirt: Old Navy
Rhinestone starburst pin: eBay
Freshwater pearls: boutique
Aqua belt: Target

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Palette: Happy New Year!

We eat apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah to symbolize our hope for a sweet new year. For service yesterday, I wore a silk and lace jacket trimmed in red and green over a textured gold skirt. Honey-apple colors.

Lace & patchwork jacket: Susannah’s Boutique
Black tank: Chicos (eBay)
Gold skirt: Thrifted
Orange crystal necklace: Naschmarkt flea market

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Palette: Sturdy style

Thursday was a long day of office, appointments, schlepping, and theater. I wanted to look pulled together, but not necessarily formal. When I’m going to be running around a lot in my home town, I’ll often wear some of my travel staples, like this crocheted skirt and my striped pashmina.

Striped pashmina: Boutique in London
Grey tee: Old Navy
Crocheted skirt: J Jill, eBay
Gold braided belt: Target
Necklaces: Raspberry Beret, other
Black pearl earrings: gift
Black cord & crystal wrap bracelet: Miami airport store

The necklace with multiple chains and beads is from a consignment store. The other is my talisman.

My mother gave me the Star of David on the silver chain when I converted. Last Thanksgiving, she brought me my paternal grandfather’s pocket knife. It has four tiny blades, a small sapphire on one side, and his initials engraved on the other. This necklace is one of my favorite things.

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Palette: Fortune cookie Tuesday

Tuesday, I wore a sleeveless black wool shift dress with a vivid pashmina-style shawl for my WGBH interview and a series of meetings and coffee dates. This fortune-cookie necklace is one I picked up at a Macy’s clearance table in Kansas City for $5 some 20 years ago. I get compliments on it every time I wear it. There used to be a little metal fortune inside that said, “A thing not looked for is seldom found.” That’s silly. Do you think I went into that Macy’s looking for a fortune-cookie necklace?

Shift dress: Eileen Fisher, eBay
Shawl: Gift
Necklace: Macy’s
Bracelets: various

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Palette: High-contrast Monday

I dress as much to get myself in the proper frame of mind as I do to shape other people’s impressions of me. Monday morning, I wanted to bust out of the gate and get a whole lot of things done. Bold colors and contrasts made me feel assertive. This is not an outfit easily ignored.

Yellow corduroy skirt: Anthropologie, eBay
Black & white striped long-sleeve tee: Old Navy
Patent-leather belt: Ann Taylor
Cubic zirconia bangles: eBay
Crystal studs: gift
Pearls: various

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Palette: Bad-girl blues

Rocking a motorcycle vibe for a cocktail party on Sunday night, in a snug-fitting graphic tee with zippers on the collar and sleeve, jeans, sturdy pewter wedge sandals, and purple toenail polish and lipstick.

Graphic tee: Custo, thrifted
Jeans: Marc Jacobs, thrifted
Bracelet: J Crew, eBay

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Palette: Somber celebration

Saturday I attended a memorial service that was very much a celebration of the man’s long, accomplished, and joyful life. This palette reflects light, as did our friend, but is subdued enough to be respectful.

Beige raw silk jacket: Looks Boutique
Textured tank: Chicos, eBay
Green satin skirt: Looks Boutique
Necklace: Talbots
Bracelet: Victoria Tane

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Palette: Back to school pinks

I’ve decided to resume style blogging with the new school year. Today’s outfit (for errands in Harvard Square and a meeting with my HBS boss) featured grey and pink:

Dark grey jersey maxi skirt: Old Navy
Dark grey open cardigan: Old Navy
Rose tank top: Chico’s, eBay
Pleated reversible rose scarf: Boutique in DC train station
Smoky quartz earrings: Ditto
Pearl & grosgrain-wrapped chain necklace: Talbot’s

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