March 25th, 2021
Vogue Paris

Color (In) Theory

These two images from April Vogue Paris make me happy — the colorful florals are gorgeous and uplifting. So, why don’t I wear them? Because I’m Color Challenge(d), which I wrote 11 years ago, almost to the day. And looking at a recent wardrobe post, I realize that I haven’t changed at all. I have one red floral, Marc Jacobs dress circa 2011 that is my go-to when I have a yen for a little pizzazz. But, I know I can do better and am rechallenging myself to add some color to my neutrals-only closet.

Top: Photography by Oliver Hadlee Pearch and Styling by Aleksandra Woroniecka  Bottom: Photography by Inez & Vinoodh and Styling by Emmanuelle Alt 


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Oversized round sunglasses


Hooded leather-trimmed shearling jacket


Leather-trimmed cashmere tote


Hooded quilted coated-shell jacket


Metallic leather sandals


Leather-trimmed cotton-corduroy blazer


Hooded shearling jacket


Giselle jumper


Libra ribbed cashmere bodysuit


Lilibet wool and silk-blend crepe midi dress


Tubular Leather Knee Boots


Denim jacket

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  • I can really relate Preston, black white cream & tan. My splash of colour is navy;)
    Time to change it up..

    SusanMarch 25th, 2021  8:11 AM

  • Same Preston. Same Susan ( and I was pretty proud of my self for the navy infusion). Denim is a colour right? I wish you all the luck as I linger here behind the black/grey/white/tan bastion.

    SueMMarch 25th, 2021  9:46 AM

  • Preston- Nothing makes me happier than liberty of London . J. Crew is doing some great collaborations with their beautiful fabrics. I just bought a beautiful Shirt dress and ruffle collar button down. You cannot go wrong. Especially the price! I love going on line to liberty of London as well. You. Just have to pay attention to British sizing.

    HeleneMarch 25th, 2021  11:00 AM

  • The only thing colorful in my life are my salads. Color challenged and proud!

    KarinaMarch 25th, 2021  12:32 PM

  • I love colour! You may like the female owned British brand Pink City Prints. Great cotton dresses, shirts and skirts.

    MMSMarch 25th, 2021  1:54 PM

  • Preston, I stick with black, navy and charcoal gray. Then I throw in pops of red in the summer…with red stripes in my Saint James Breton shirts…and a red handbag. The only time I wear florals is when we are in Hawaii! Love, Pamela

    Pamela TaftMarch 25th, 2021  2:45 PM

  • Hi Preston,

    That top photo is just glorious! Do you know who makes the dress pictured?

    Many thanks,


    AnitaMarch 26th, 2021  8:05 PM

  • It’s Prada

    PrestonMarch 27th, 2021  5:38 AM

  • I used to wear more color…and prints. The older I get, the more I have scaled back to neutrals and solid fabrics. I may venture out occasionally to navy or pale pink (treated like a neutral). Thankfully, for my stepson’s wedding in May (the party…they married last August) the mothers are to wear navy. Very pleased about that!

    SharonApril 3rd, 2021  9:44 AM


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