Celebrate The Solstice With Icy Hues
featured photo credit – boegh
The winter solstice is here once again. And hopefully the Mayan calendar was wrong and you’re actually sitting comfortably somewhere, reading this. If not, goodbye cruel world! I have the feeling everyone is fine and dandy though, thinking about the big day that descends upon us on Tuesday. But today is the winter solstice. The shortest day of the year and the first official day of winter. And since we don’t have an ancient circle of stones or pagan goddesses hanging around the full clutch offices, my choice is to celebrate with some garments, accessories, and makeup in beautiful wintry and icy tones.
Of course the color that is top of mind during winter is white. Unless you live in a temperate climate, you probably see a lot of white this time of year that lasts into spring. White can be a hard color to wear, especially in winter, but the right pieces will make it a lot easier to pull off. The dress shown from Topshop has a modern structure to it, so you don’t risk looking too much like a bride. The pearl bib from Anthropologie can be worn with that dress to soften it. The boots are a little too casual for the dress, but the ivory color contrasting with the stacked wood heel was too lovely to pass up.
Silver starts to lean a little less “icy”, and more grey. Still, it’s a very popular color this time of year, especially for it’s shine factor. Have a roaring 20’s themed NYE party to attend this year? How fun of an addition would that fringe bag make to your outfit?! As for the Tom Ford nail polish, that’s quite the price. Anyone every tried it, and is it worth it? Well regardless, it’s a beautiful shade of silver. And finally, the Ralph Lauren sweater would be the perfect top for a more casual leaning New Year’s Eve.
Ah, iced tone blue. Such a pretty and calming color. Icebergs in the arctic, with their dense layers of ice, reflect this beautiful color blue. At left, we have a hobo bag from Express, at a really reasonable price. Of course it’s faux leather, but that makes our vegan friends happy. And at 15″ x 15″, you can fit a lot in this bag. The Kendra Scott earrings are 14k gold plated brass and semi-precious stone. They have that fun, retro gem look to them that was popular this past year. The Texile Rebels scarf blends hues of blue, from icy to navy. A linen, viscose, and modal blend, so perfect for spring, but can pull duty in the cold months as well.
Pale pinks can be very complimentary to many skin tones, and they’re not as retina searing as their neon cousins. True icy pink is a hard color to find though. More saturated pinks are the norm. The cashmere duster from White + Warren is pretty darn close to a true icy pink color. Notice that the undertones lean more blue, or cool. I would love to have one of those dusters for lounging around the house on a Sunday morning, but it’s not necessarily my cup of tea for going out and about. As for the Forever 21 necklace, talk about opposite ends of the price spectrum! A lovely (albeit cheap) necklace that incorporates several shades of pink, including an icy one. The Jill Sander skirt at right isn’t really icy at all, but it’s really hard finding a true, very light pink skirt. Really cute though, so I decided to include it.
Light blues and greens can quickly become one and the same. I say blue, you say green, and we agree to disagree. I see both colors in the items above, but green stands out a bit more to me. When I think of icy green, I think of mint (especially mint chocolate chip ice cream, yum!). The Pencil Dress from ASOS is one of these that, although listed as “blue”, it struck me more as green. A very sweet and feminine frock, and best for spring and summer. Also available in a fabulous yellow. The Ann Taylor scarf, with it’s big, bold blue section, contrasts the aqua color nicely. And the “vegan” Bandolino pumps would look incredible paired with the white dress up top from TOPSHOP.
Enjoy the solstice, and this holiday weekend! Tip your hat off to winter with some mint chocolate chip ice cream.