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Mar 28, 2012

InStyle's Hidden Treasures + Department Store Comeback!

I don’t know why I haven’t thought of it before….wearing different shades of green on green. After all, I look at green on green every day all around me woven throughout nature. But, I just never translated this natural color combination to my closet.

Until, that is, InStyle Magazine for April printed these cards to help us visualize which neutrals and colors look best together for Spring and Summer. I now have them in my closet and today I am wearing….yes, light green with olive green. I highly recommend you grab the April issue…if not for these cards alone…they really help!

Here is also an interesting business article from this week: Macys and Dillards are staging a comeback!! I am not surprised about Macys….their top of the mind awareness is huge right now with their presence on Fashion Star (Austin designer, Ross Bennett, has his shorts in Macys today!) and The Revolution. Add that to the regular advertising schedule….you see their name often.


I have not been to Dillards in a long time. This article may have convinced me to go say hello. The article reports: "Both retailers have cut costs dramatically, partly by closing stores; put a greater focus on private labels and exclusive brands; and built stronger online presences."  I would like to see if I notice any differences in the stores.  The battles between Macys, Dillards, JCP, and Kohls have been interesting to follow from a marketing point-of-view.

Green Blouse: Lane Bryant
Ralph Lauren Jacket: Macys
Lee Slimming Jean: Kohls
Wanted Flats: Marshalls
Bueno Bag: Marshalls
Red Wide Bone Bangle from INPINK

Happy Wednesday everyone!!

So, what do you think of green on green??  And make sure
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  1. I think the green on green looks FABULOUS! I always look forward to getting my InStyle magazine! Hugs! ~Serene

  2. GOOD MORNING BEAUTIFUL! Green, next to aqua, is my favorite color! And the shade that you are so beautifully wearing is my fav!


  3. Now that you mention it, I don't think I ever mixed green on green. I just thought up a new outfit combo thanks to you! xo

  4. LOVE the green on green!! I have that mag and immediately yanked those cards out to put in my inspiration folder!!

  5. Hey, that looks great! Very sophisticated with the olive. We don't have Dillard's here, but I have bought EF pieces from them on sale online. Our Macy's stores are a mixed bag, they tend to be a bit run down and with a lot of junky stuff crammed together, but I hope they'll address that.

  6. Great combo! I think mixing colors is hard for a lot of people and we tend to play it too safe. I'm going to look for the magazine and check out the cards.

  7. Pam, this is such a great look
    i have those pages torn out and on my inspiration board in my closet too
    it will be interesting to see if Macy's and Dillard's can pull this off
    sometimes it is just too crowded and jumbled up to find anything in dept stores

  8. The green on green is lovely on you! Also love your red handbag to kick up the whole outfit. Thanks for the heads up about Dillard's and the InStyle color cards.

  9. I love that green on green! I haven't picked up In Style in a long time, but those cards sound really useful. What a wonderful idea! I will definitely go pick one up.

  10. This is so timely! I just tore a picture out of a magazine (don't remember which one) that featured a green on green. it was a green jacket with green pants. Almost the same colors as yours, which I love!
    Dillards is our major department store. The only other store that compares is Von Maur. So for us, they are the only option around.

  11. I love your nature inspiration greens, Pam.

  12. An in-house brand gives a store the opportunity to do something that is harder to compete against.

    I think if you aren't tuned into color shading variations that the color on color mixing can go wrong. Both of your greens appear to have a yellow undertone. Some greens have more blue undertones, or even brown. I think they do better when they share an undertone, but I'm sure there are great combos that don't. Thinking about what you're mixing and how it goes with your other items is important.

  13. I like the way you put the greens together and added just the right accent colors! Thanks and keep up the great work!

  14. Green on green .... PRETTY!
    Have a Pretty day Pam!

  15. I really loved the pull out cards in the April InStyle issue. The green on green is a great look. We only have macy's in Chicago...and this was after they bought out the historic dept. store Marshall Fields.

  16. Hi Pam,
    The green on green looks fantastic. Luckily we do get the InStyle mag here and I'll definitely be buying it for these inserts.
    Have a wonderful day

  17. Great colour combination - and I like the red accessories too.

  18. That photo of the tree branches is gorgeous! Everything about it ... the lighting, the shadows. I just really like it. You look really great -- lime green is a hard color to wear, and you do it fabulously. (It makes me look really yellow.)

  19. Very inspiring, Pam! We love it in nature, why not on us? I'd love to see Dillard's revive - there's a big one just a few miles away, but it never seems to have exciting pieces.

  20. I was in Marshalls on Monday, killing time while the Teen did a group project with classmates. I so did not see that fabo bag! You look fabo, too! :)

  21. The 2 greens look really good together and I love the contrasting bracelet.

  22. I haven't been to Dillards in ages! I loved this post - lots of great ideas and fashion inspiration. Enjoy your day and thanks for sharing :)


  23. Green on green is an excellent combination and experimenting with clothes streches one's wardrobe and helps creativity.

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