I regularly participate in Angie's Youlookfab forum. Not only because her blog is probably one of the major reasons that I started paying attention to style back 2007 or so, but also because I like the community of women (something that I am a late adopter to valuing).
Recently a forum member issued a challenge chain, in which forum members would get to know another person's style and challenge them to dress outside their comfort zone. Anne (not the co-contributor) very astutely noticed that I am a skirt/dress and neutrals kinda gal. It's hard to break out of my style rut, so this was a great activity. She challenged me to pants and some of the spring palette colors, which include turquoise, coral, violet, aurora and amparo blue. These are not colors readily available in my neutral heavy closet.
Image from http://www.pantone.com/
However, in a fit of fabric frenzy, I did pick up a few yards of faux eyelet coral summer weight woven cloth, which I quickly ripped into a raw edged scarf, and paired it with a lavender-ish long underwear shirt. I threw on my "professor" blazer and skinny jeans. I popped the collar and scrunched the sleeves to make it more casual. I hope I don't look like one of my frat boy students.
edit: It's spring break. Only the folks at the laundromat saw me so far.
I don't wear pants that often, mostly because I like the comfort of skirts and because I think they flatter my longer torso more than pants. Also, when I moved to NY almost 2 years ago, I lost that 7 lbs from stress (ah, New York), and I have been loathe to invest in New Pants (which is a laborious activity for me). I did pick up these skinny jeans last winter, but the jury is still out on them. I think they look better with a longer top, as I am not overly fond of my hips in skinny pants.
I am also scared of oranges and yellow close to my face because of my skin tone. Any thoughts on the coral scarf?Scarf: self made (ripped), probably about $0.50 (at $2.99/yard in the Garment district)
Shoes: very old 9 West
Thermal underwear shirt: Uniqlo
Blazer: Esprit (two seasons ago)