Remember Artsy in Boulder? She who brightened these pages back in March of 2013? Well, this Artsy Cousin is really Debbie in Colorado, and she’s returned, on request.
Right as much of the world has descended deep, deep into winter grays, (really, why do we call them the “blues?” What did blues ever do to us? Clearly grays are the culprit.) she’s back to show us another way to wear boyfriend jeans. With color, unsurprisingly. Happy, imaginative, carefree color.
Bring on dreams of spring. Reminding us that it’s summer in Australia, and trade winds blow in Jamaica. Lights, and, sandals.
Note that in every shot she’s wearing GAP Sexy Boyfriend Jeans. Almost all these outfits rely on a very moderate budget. In the first photos, the focus is on black, aqua and warm light reds. Also a smile.
Here she wears blue, in diamond geometries on shirt, scarf and shoes. Painting in the background for bonus points. Let us all seek out flame red today, and stand before it in our glories.
Below, more blue, but channeling here the Grande Dame. Elizabeth Locke earrings, a Chanel necklace, and Hermes scarf. Which reminds me both that I love Locke’s work, and that, while I could never manage a scarf and necklace together, it’s possible for the skilled.
One more version, in jaunty red. With an even jauntier hat and statement necklace.
As Debbie says herself, context is all. Even when it’s imaginary.
“An entertaining aspect of ensemble arrangement was, “Where would I wear this?” I’d choose the black floral-print outfit to meet Pseu, Tish, and Duchesse at a downtown cafe for a beverage; I’d change into the blue print mix to meet the Class Factotum for a good laugh over Sheldonesque husbands; I’d throw on the pink shirt/floral bag to meet you at a nursery to drool over hydrangeas (though, really, I’d switch out the sandals for some colorful Converses); and I’d swan along with good posture in the eau-de-Grande Dame outfit to meet Reggie for a “Do tell!” about outrageous characters who made our childhood homes more…unusual and colorful. Oh, and I’d wear the J Crew high-wattage Liberty-print outfit (but the Defcon 1 version, with an additional print or two) to a consignment/thrift store with Sally, where we’d extol the joys of pattern mixing and color play.”
Thank you Debbie. May the winter, and the world for that matter, return you the gift of good cheer.
All photo credit to Celia Bockhoff.