Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Colour Combinations and Cleavage




Every Wednesday, Every Wardrobe Welcome.

Thanks so much for coming to play today - I have so appreciated the thoughtful and encouraging comments you have been leaving. If it's your first time, welcome - thrilled you've come!


So, apologies for the slightly inappropriate title - but I figure any male readers I have aren't tuning in for wardrobe inspiration, right? and I quite liked the alliteration.

Today I'd love your thoughts on cleavage and colour combinations

 Cleavage: 
I try to keep mine off show and being really honest I find large swathes of cleavage rather distracting myself so I can only imagine the difficulty some blokes have. Anyway, this particular dress has a cross-over and it keeps things covered except by the end of the day I definitely have some pesky cleavage on show. I'd hate to think people felt I was intentionally exhibiting but once you get to a certain, ahem, cup-size things get more tricky - especially as the lower and V cut styles are so much more flattering - seriously not a good look to see me in a turtle neck or skivvy. (I'd like to say you'll never see it but I can't rule out doing a 'things I shouldn't wear post at some point').

So there's that - what's your take? Do you like a little cleavage or do you find it inappropriate/distracting or are you a 'if you got it flaunt it type'?


Colour Combinations (or color for those that spell it that way)
What about colour combinations? Usually I tend to stick to 2 colours - so with this dress I'd usually do green and white but then it got cold and as I reached for a white cardi I thought 'why not pink?'. It's not as though I have an aversion to colour - in fact I very infrequently wear black but I do seem to stick to a 2 tone look most of the time. I'm not sure why that is and indeed if you don't count the white this is 2-tone too. I do love the way the pink and green play off each other.

Do you mix a lot of colour or do you have colour rules or certain colours you will not wear or colours you couldn't/wouldn't wear together?


This weeks combo:
Dress - handmade- the lace on the bottom is from a market in Turkey when I was pregnant with my now-6 year-old. (I keep things for a long time - you never know when you'll be pleased you did!)
Cardi - throw out from a cousin
Shoes - bought in a bundle from Trade Me (NZ's eBay) 25 cents!
Bag - a friend grabbed it for me at an op-shop about 10 years ago
Necklace - I call this my 'joy bell' it is a bauble with a bell inside that rings.


So what is Wardrobe Wednesday?
  • It's a chance to take some time once a week to peel off the polar fleece trackies (I have a pair too!!) and put on something that gives you a chance to feel good about what you have on!
  •  It's a time to celebrate and hopefully to embrace your body however you find it - post baby, young or old your body is lovely and functional and precious and I want this place to be a place for you to see other women (ordinary, beautiful women) who don't live in designer homes on designer budgets with designer bodies.
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32 comments:

Cat said...

GORGEOUS outfit there !! !! You certainly rock the colour - I'm a black and grey girl !
I used to be in my previous corporate life a 'if you've got it flaunt it' kinda girl but now I'm a 'i've fed two kids lets cover these puppies up' kinda sensible mama . . .

Daisy Nguyen said...

Love the outfit - that purse is too ADORBS! LOVE the detailing on that purse!
XOXO
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Meghan at MNM's said...

Love this colour combo....and that dress is SO cool!

Melissa said...

Yes those colours are fab. I need to be braver with my cleavage, I have never been a fan of V necks or even scoop necks but you're right, they are so flattering on post-children boobs! I will be braver this summer.

Ange (Tall, Short and Tiny) said...

Love your green and pink combo. Very spring-like :) You look fab, as always xx

I love colour, but most of the time, I'm wearing at least one item that is black or grey. Favourite combos at the moment are turquoise and green, and coral and navy.

I am very self-conscious about showing any of my own cleavage (especially at the moment, with my "I'm-feeding-a-hungry-3-month-old" puppies), but it doesn't really bother me so much if other people do (unless they have extremely impressive mammaries and have teamed them with an extremely low-cut top!). I've just put a stitch in my two new breastfeeding tops because the were too low for me, and even now, I keep adjusting them. It makes me uncomfortable.

Ange (Tall, Short and Tiny) said...

P.S: I am about to be SUPER-brave, and join up with you this week. I KNOW! I just about fell off my chair too!

Jess B said...

I really love your green dress. I think it looks great with the pink cardi. Maybe if the green and white stripes were wider it would look too busy with the pink as well, but they way they are means it works well.

I TRY to cover up my ample cleavage. After feeding three babes for a year each (just coming to the tail end of Mr 1 and my BFing relationship), my mammaries are much more, shall we say, considerate. Meaning there is considerately more of them than there used to be! I believe in being modest - my body belongs to God and is a gift to my husband, and him only. I don't need or want to go flashing my bosoms to everyone who cares to look, nor do I want to be a stumbling block for anyone, so I try to cover up. Not with skivvys (no way, ew!) but by trying to balance a flattering cut with modesty. Often that means wearing a singlet under a low-cut or crossover top, which I am totally happy about. Anyway, that's my essay!

Rosie said...

I love the the colour combo - looks so cheerful and fun. Due to my current expanding I have cleavage at the moment - not really sure what to do with it!! I think a bit is fine :)

Bamboo Bear said...

Hi Miriam

Linked in my very first WW, felt inspired by yourself and Nin!

Love the mustardy nail polish, sets the green of your dress off perfectly!

Holly

Notchka said...

Love colour. LOVE it. (are you surprised?) I think my only rule is to wear colours that don't suit me away from my face. I guess I tend to get dressed and then evaluate - take things off it it doesn't feel 'right'. If I'm feeling stuck in a rut then colour is a great way to break out. As for boob on show - I find it distracting and personally like to keep a little mystery around my person :)

Leonie said...

Love colour and love your combo! I tend to stick to blue, pink or white or combinations of it... but would love to be able to pull off other ones! Cleavage - mmm I dont have terribly much in that area but I prefer to keep them to myself :) Love your outfit x

still being [molly] said...

ah i love that dress so much!!! the a-line shape is so flattering on you! :) thanks for hosting! :)

Lins said...

Ummm....love combining colors/not so much love for the cleavage! I'm a pretty modest dresser so very rarely do my girls come out to play. Also, in the past 3 years my little girls have grown into women and I'm just not yet comfy with them!

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harmonybatham said...

That is such a cute outfit!! I like to mix up to 3 colors/patterns ~after that you start to look a little like a bag lady lol! I feel so awkward if my cleavage is hanging out! I try to keep them under wraps but it gets a bit tricky with a nursing baby...

Sarah Hulbert Style said...

On cleavage: I am a style professional and try to keep things on my blog somewhat professional by keeping "The Ladies" reined in. On color: the more the merrier! I could even see you belting this outfit with a sunny yellow belt. That green is lovely, Miriam!!! ~Sarah

Miriam said...

ha ha Cat - yes the post baby puppies don't seem to behave in quite the same way!

Miriam said...

Love the purse too - I get comments every time I take it out

Miriam said...

Thanks Meghan - I do like the way pink and green work together

Miriam said...

Brave without being brassy I guess that is the challenge. Being broad shouldered as well I think I do have to put thought into my necklines

Miriam said...

I add stitches to tops as well - nothing like realising you are hanging half open!

Miriam said...

YAY!!!! So pleased you've joined us. Yay for us

Miriam said...

I keep a stock of different coloured singlets for that very purpose!

Miriam said...

So true the expanding cleavage! :)

Miriam said...

YAY!! So pleased you've come to play. It's is a pleasure to have your company

Miriam said...

agree, agree, agree!

Miriam said...

Before babies when I was 'smaller' in the bust I used to refer to my cleavage (or lack thereof) as a valley!

Miriam said...

Thank you and thanks for playing!

Miriam said...

I imaging as a mother of girls there is more to think about in terms of your own dressing style

Miriam said...

ha ha a bag lady very apt description!

Miriam said...

love the idea of the sunny yellow belt. Lovely to see you here again!

rachel said...

i'm a first timer here and i have to say that i LOVE LOVE LOVE that dress! and the bag is super-cute, too. colors are gorgeous, and i agree with the above commenter about the yellow belt. that would be fab! big, awkward, IN YOUR FACE cleavage, or the kind of cleavage that is obvious that you're trying to show cleavage is lame, but i'm not 'offended' by yours, if that helps at all. and i'm kind of a prude! ;) think i'll join your link up, too!

Sophie @TheForge said...

I am with you on the cleavage thing. I am by no means blessed with a large cleavage so maybe I am being to harsh but I don't find it very tasteful when girls just kind of put it all out there. No fun in that is there?
I think yours is by no means offensive ;) it's just the whole pushed up and out kind that I'm talking about.
First time on your blog and following now.

xx
sophie
http://theforgestyle.blogspot.com