A while back, I started a Pinterest board called, “The Friends of Khaki.” I’ve been collecting images of sand and camel and, yes, khaki, ever since. In December I pinned this photo, via Sally at Already Pretty, and thought “Perfect! Camel, black, and turquoise!”
And just as quickly thought, “Horrors! Pointy-toed high-heeled turquoise pumps!” Foot pain meets pop of color just aren’t my gig, as they say. But the inspiration stuck, the color mix perched in my imagination like a blue migrant in a winter tree.
Last month, in the after-Christmas sales, I passed a MaxMara store at the Stanford shopping center. In the window, a perfect coat. Camel, perhaps needless to say. I wasn’t looking, per se, but clearly the concept was blowing around somewhere in the back of my mind.
The process of developing and executing style is rarely linear. The word inspiration is related to breath and wind, regular but not mechanical. Buying a coat is nothing poetic, but our creative processes show up everywhere.
Although I celebrated Old Black Cashmere – a 35 year old wrap coat – on my recent trip to Manhattan, it was clear even then her time had passed. And a sale of MaxMara cashmere comes along only once in a blue moon. Or maybe I should say turquoise. The coat is light, roomy, soft, informal, and elegant. I’m hoping it’s good until 2048. I’m also wearing a pair of black J. Crew cords, a black cotton turtleneck tee, and black Beautifeel lace up heels. It’s rarely hard to find black clothes to finish up a look, at least in my particular closet.
Not to mention Costco sunglasses, a paisley Etro scarf my brother gave me 10 years ago, and these little earrings.
Interpretation is allowed, even required. It’s always hard to say whether inspiration originates ideas, or simply articulates something we already know or feel.
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Camel skirt from Talbots Spring 2011 via Style.com