This post is sponsored by ABLE, a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances.
In the last three and a half years I’ve taken my closet through a major overhaul. It all began in the spring of 2014 after my last baby was born, and I felt like I had nothing to wear. Worse, I didn’t even know what to buy, in order to feel like I had something to wear. With the help of Caroline’s capsule methods I began stripping down my wardrobe to the things I loved. Those turned out to be basic and modern shapes in very neutral colors. Since then my closet has been comprised mostly of: black, gray, navy, blue, white, cream, with the errant tan or brown.
I felt like anything that wasn’t black/tan/gray or white just wouldn’t be versatile or neutral enough to wear over and over again. I wanted everything I owned to be well-utilized and worn often, so I stuck to a strict palette.
Slowly, I’ve grown more confident in my personal style, and I’ve begun to add in new shapes and silhouettes. I’ve also started adding in a few colors – olive and burgundy (and shades in the burgundy family, like rust).
Little did I know, olive and burgundy could be just as versatile and worn just as often as my go-to’s of black and brown. In fact, I’d dub them ‘new neutrals.’ To show you what I’m talking about I decided to take my olive and burgundy pieces and style them together in two different looks. I truly believe this is just scratching the surface on the styling potential of these colors, but I wanted to give you some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
As soon as I started brainstorming looks for this post, I knew I wanted to pull this outfit together. This sweater is a winter and fall staple for me, and I love anything that complements it. When it comes to building out my color palettes, black is what I have a lot of, and black and cream isn’t always my first choice. I prefer midtones with cream because they pair so well together. Here, I absolutely love the way these, mossy, olive mules work with the muted blue jeans and cream sweater. The burgundy bag brings the pop of warmth that I’m usually craving this time of year, rounding out the palette of this outfit nicely.
Maybe we can all finally agree that our bag and shoes don’t have to match.
The Miriam Mules by ABLE are very easy to wear. I have them in a size 10.5 (up a half size) and the low heel makes them quite comfortable. Unlike some of my other mules (which I love!) these have a rubber sole, which makes them easier to wear in the rain. These have a looser fit at the instep than other slip-on shoes I own, which makes it a lot easier to get my foot all the way in the shoe. This also means they fit slightly looser when walking, but not enough to make a noticeable difference in comfort or how well they stay on my feet.
For this look, I challenged myself to bring another color (light blue) into the palette. Also, it’s hard to see in the photos, but this sweater is actually charcoal gray, not black. I’ve got a cool-toned palette of clothing, but the olive mules and the burgundy bag work fabulously with it! Makes me wish I had started incorporating color into my wardrobe a little sooner.
The Tirhas Saddle Bag by ABLE has caught my eye many times over. I love the classic saddle style of the bag, and the size is quite nice – roomy enough, but not too big or bulky. ABLE bags are very unique in that they are made from distressed leather. It’s not smooth and polished like most leather bags. This handbag is a little rough around the edges, in the best way possible. This is the second ABLE bag I’ve owned, and I treated it like the first, applying leather conditioner right away, to help seal up the bag and add moisture to the leather. The leather is very thick and sturdy, and I expect it to look better with age.
The color of this bag is perfect for this time of year, when I’m often donning black coats and shoes to keep warm and dry. The burgundy is a nice shade to add to my look instead of yet another black item!
* * *
FashionABLE >>> ABLE: You may have noticed that FashionABLE has evolved their name to ABLE. The exciting change was made to reflect where they are headed as a company. The root of their mission has always been ensuring that women are able to overcome. The brand is focused on ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome exceptional circumstances, manufacturing directly in the communities they intend to impact. As the company has grown, their goals have deepened to include a new chapter called accountABLE, a radically transparent reporting process that discloses the social impact of their employment and manufacturing processes, particularly among women. You can read more about the amazing four-part goal of accountABLE here. To sum it up, the new name merges the brand’s past with the brand’s future: ABLE.
How do you use olive and burgundy in your wardrobe? Do you pair them together or use them as accents?
This post is sponsored by ABLE. All thoughts, ideas, content and writing are by me. Photography by Kiara Rose.