Thursday, March 22, 2012

Complementary, My Dear Watson

[Apparently while Jessica Alba has been absent from movie-making (um, what was the last film she was in?), she's been learning how to expertly add color to her wardrobe in the most fun way.]

As a Chicago girl, I grew up carefully avoiding pairing the colors blue and orange; they're the official hues of the Bears football team, so wearing the color combo either signified an impending game or a sports spirit day. But spring's fresh juxtaposition of cool aqua and playful orange has me rethinking this hang-up. As recently seen on stars like Jessica Alba and Emmy Rossum, the unlikely collaboration just works, allowing each color to pop to its fullest. But blue and orange are complementary colors (they're across from each other on a basic color wheel) so the collaboration actually makes sense both scientifically and artistically. And sartorially too, since whether you top persimmon pants with a sky blue sweater or just swipe on tangerine lipgloss to flatter your cornflower dress, you're guaranteed to look more like a fashionista on E! than a Bears fangirl on ESPN.

1. Freida Pinto mixes it up in a Marni for H&M dress (bonus: it's only $79.95!)// 2. Gumdrop Studs, $38.00, 3. Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Excite, $24, 4. Lattice Back Crop Vest, $48, 5. Emmy Rossum flaunts her aqua covered shoulders with the help of orangey lipgloss.// 6. Kimchi Blue Envelope Tote, $59, 7. Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette in Blue Dahlia, $45, 8. Muted Shade Buttondown, $88, 9. Jessica Chastain offsets her copper locks with a watery blue frock.// 10. Poppy Orange Skinny Jean, $44.50, 11. Jessica Alba once again exhibits what a color connoisseur she is in a turquoise blazer and orange blouse.// 12. Elizabeth banks glows in a neon Atelier Versace mini. A shade this bright could easily be tempered by adding robin egg's blue heels.// 13. Larysa Platform Sandal, $79,
Photos via retail sites and
xo Heidi

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