Crimson and burgundy (or some similar version of red and wine) was a favorite color combination of my father’s and he is the inspiration for featuring this pair. He passed away a couple of years ago and today would have been his 90th birthday. In the last few years of his life, my father would lament each time he heard about the death of someone he knew, whether it was a family member, a personal friend, or a celebrity, at how young that person was compared to him. Both of his parents had died at the age of 72 so I guess he felt like he was in uncharted waters by living 15 years past that age.
My father had just two daughters so living in a household of three women meant that he was subject to their scrutiny when he dressed for any occasion other than work. There was one favorite ensemble of his that usually got a reaction from all three of us. The ensemble consisted of a bright red shirt and wine colored slacks. My father saw nothing wrong with the combination and at times, depending on where we or my parents were going, we might let it pass. It’s amazing how much has changed in concepts of color and pattern mixing.
The sleeveless tunic sweater I’m wearing is a fairly new acquisition and to be honest, until recently the concept of a chunky knit tunic with no sleeves didn’t make much sense to me. If it’s too hot for sleeves, then it’s too hot for a heavy knit and turtleneck, right? But, I reasoned, they look so smart and can be a layering piece either under a heavier cardigan or over a t-shirt or blouse. I found this one at Marshall’s so for the price, I was willing to give the style a try.
Sweater – Cable & Gauge; Pants – Mossimo; Jacket – Merona (listed for sale in my Poshmark closet); Pin – Chico’s; Boots – Guess
While it’s not quite the same bright color as my father’s favorite shirt, I don’t have much in wardrobe in the red family and my first instinct was to get the sweater in the other color offered which was gray. It was a pretty shade but I already have several gray sweaters so it would be hard to justify buying another and the crimson color seemed to be calling to me. Normally I would have worn the sweater with jeans or black or gray or perhaps even brown but a vision of my father in his favorite outfit popped into my head and inspiration struck.
While searching through my collection of brooches last month for Color My World: Loden and Teal, I spied the one you see in the photo above. I bought it (actually two of them, one to be given as a gift) several years and it fits so well with Fall that I made a mental note that I should wear it in a future post. As I was fussing with the collar of the sweater, I remember a trick I had seen to use a brooch to hold a turtleneck or cowl in place and my mental note signaled to me. Who needs Siri?
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Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor is another new link up participant. Stephanie, from Go Fashion Deals, describes herself as “being fabulously geeky and chic” (she hopes) and I think you see from this photo that she is definitely chic.
It’s easy to find style inspiration in fashion magazines or Instagram or Pinterest but are there people or events in your day-to-day life from which you get inspirations? Crimson and burgundy remind me of the wonderful man my father was and not a day goes by that I don’t think about him and miss his presence in my life. Happy birthday, Dad.
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