Remember the original Modern Gothic Romance 4x4 Wardrobe shown above that I posted a couple of weeks ago? Black is obviously the predominant color here, and I featured a lot of black accessories in the follow-up post. But what if the wearer has a preference for the softer romantic shades rather than the gothic darkness of this collection? I thought I would create an alternative style board just for this person, reducing the black apparel and substituting others in the pastel and ivory hues. Here are the pieces I selected for the substitutions:
|Clockwise from top left: Lilac Armani Top in Stretch Satin; Chicwish Peach Baroque Embossed Mesh Skirt; Rosetta Getty Asymmetric Open Cardigan in Ivory; 3.1 Phillip Lim Women's White (Ivory) Satin-Paneled Silk Skirt; Center: Haider Ackermann Satin Trousers.|
And here is the amended 4x4 wardrobe style board:
Now let's change up some of the accessories to coordinate with this more romantic look. I always seem to start with shoes, so here are my shoe selections:
|Clockwise from top left: Softwalk 'Narina' Ballet Flats in Black Kid Suede; Hush Puppies Cyra Katelyn II Chukka Boots in Off White Perforated Suede; Trotters 'Dea' Slingback Pumps in Bone Leather/Taupe|
Patent; Louise et Cie 'Leyna' Slip-On Sandal in Vanilla/Black.
I took a decidedly lavender turn when choosing alternative accessories:
|Clockwise from top left: Vince Camuto Orchid Explosion Scarf; Calvin Klein Reversible Tote with Pouch in Orchid/Nude; Marina D'Este 'Laura' Silk Devorè Stole in Lavender; Kate Spade New York 'Henderson Street - Morgane' Satchel in Cement/Crisp Linen.|
The new jewelry pieces emphasize lavender and purple shades as well:
Peach was the color of choice for the new coat, with gloves to match, but more lavender shows up in the colorful jacket, and an ivory hat coordinates with both coat and jacket:
|Clockwise from top left: Village Hat Shop Toucan Satin Bow Cloche Hat in Ivory; Periwing Purple Brocade Butterfly Button V Collar Chinese Jacket; Fratelli Orsini Everyday Women's Italian Silk/Cashmere Blend Lined Lambskin Leather Gloves in Peach; Rochas Jacquard Coat in Apricot.|
I've even included a few more wardrobe pieces as a start to expanding this wardrobe, bringing in just a bit more black since the gothic element is in danger of getting lost in this lighter color palette:
|Clockwise from top left: Prada Lace-Paneled Crepe Midi Dress in Ivory; Sonia Rykiel Blazer in Ivory; Saint Laurent Velvet Skirt in Black; Clark's Lucette Drama Boots in Black Suede; Center: Reclaimed Vintage Satin Brocade Backpack in Gold.|
I fell in love with the pale gold brocade backpack as I love the juxtaposition of luxurious fabric with utilitarian function. The backpack actually coordinates well with the new ivory blazer. And depending upon the accessories chosen, the midi dress can be fancy or casual.
This completes my foray into modern gothic romance for the wardrobe. Next week I will take you in a completely different direction, using the upcoming fall season as an inspiration.