Musing with Manouska: Feeling blue

I’ve been feeling pretty blue lately, but in a good way I’d like to think.

All in the family

Maybe it’s the winter chill, but I kept the color pallet in this look very cool, sticking with a soft grey V-neck sweater, navy blue cargos and my different blue denim. I like playing with the same color, almost in a color-blocking way, to see how far I can go before it gets way too monochromatic. Playing with different textures of the same color is a nice way to keep a look interesting. That way your colors aren’t competing, but rather complimenting each other in different textured ways.

Denim on denim on denim

Yes, that’s a play on YC’s “Racks on Racks,” but I’ve always enjoyed mixing different denim washes. Right down to my DIY braided bracelet, made from old cut-up jeans and a neon-colored shoelace. I start off with a lighter wash (i.e. my light-blue denim button-up), working my way up by layering on darker washes(i.e. a vintage Disney denim jacket) to see what works best. There’s a lot of “trial and error” but at the end of the day, there’s no real formula — just find the right balance of blue.

A subtle “POP” of color

Whether it’s from my tiny carmine pink studs or the mustard-yellow socks, I like to pull a look together with the smallest detail of color. When it comes to accessorizing, less is more to avoid a “busy look.” Focus more on the overall look, and then zero in on the splashes of color that seal the deal. Besides, I think the contrast between the yummy orange-covered boards and my different tones of blue does enough “popping” for themselves.

Photos by Yuting Zhang

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