Denim has always been considered a ‘classic’ on our side of the pond, but glance at the store windows in Europe and you’ll find that not only is denim featured in its structured form, but it also shows up distressed, and often times as a motif, with its faded-blue hue as part of a larger color story at hand. This hue, you’ll notice, is best interpreted with the use of another classic ‘color’, white: no color combo eases you into the spring season better than the relaxed effect of pairing white with denim or denim-hued garments.
While denim head-to-toe would no doubt look strange, denim for shoes and denim over the shoulder looks fabulous as a subtle item of intrigue amidst easier spring dressing! Save your ‘saturated denims’ for fall, and instead opt for a ‘softer’ version… the crisp white of a shirt or pants with a diffused denim ‘foils’ the effect of a harsher, heavier fabric. Accents or details in a brushed down or burnished silver (think pewter) complement this look.
For outfits, take from one of the several cues featured in the below ensembles: white lace makes denim appear less structured, and more delicate; the color-blocking mix of mostly denim-blue, a hint of white, and the subtle addition of black look immediately ‘pulled together’ with a simple white tote.
Look for Scout’s NEW ‘Indigo Go’ fabric to arrive SOON for spring 2011! Shown here in the Grand Plan tote, Indigo Go is sure to be Scout’s new signature fabric. Like its cousin, black, denim fabrics work seamlessly with the millions of other ways you dress for spring!
In addition to the fabulous European fashion we photographed and readers saw featured throughout this week of Yo Deb, we felt that the best way to round it out was with, what else, Scout! As you can see in the following pictures, Scout around town seems to be the norm on the streets of Milan, Paris, and London: whether sitting in store windows or standing in a crowd, Scout’s plaids (and one Scout dog) are driving and inspiring European style.
Seeing Scout in action definitely encourages us to keep building off of our signature plaid & dachshund prints, and we hope you’ll continue to feel inspired to mix & match these different prints!
Clockwise, from left: a blue gingham print on this chair rings true as ‘signature Scout’; male readers should feel emboldened by this style guru; great example of the practicality of a Scout tote and the simplicity of a Scout plaid, part of this woman’s chic ensemble; an older model of classic black gingham that inspired our original ‘shlepping’ tote; a round of applause for this oldest and wisest of all… perhaps Scout’s cousin?!
Everyone knows that the easiest way to stay warm is by wearing a heavy coat… but before you grab your longest or boxiest favorite, we suggest that you try a colorful, cropped, or even a wildly printed version! We’ve found a couple great examples within each style to ease you into this process, so that the next time you’re strolling in the cold, consider heavier weights and thicker fabrics in tailored, ladylike, or colorful styles.
In a number of these street shots, notice that the key accents are tights and totes: tights or trim pants are the most flattering beneath the oft-larger size of a winter coat; when a heavier fabric yokes up top, a smarter and more comfortable bag alternative is the handbag, or even just a tote that you carry in-hand! Maintain this balancing act through the end of winter walks, and save ‘over-the-shoulder’ for spring… coming soon!
Laundry: some love it; others loathe it. Most can agree, however, that the mere thought of clean clothes cajoles any & every anxiety that plagues the subject of laundry. Let Scout be a token of comfort here as you prep for a tidier laundry space!
For starters, we suggest saving a few bucks to buy an item from our upcoming Spring line (a throwback to older Scout totes), the XYZ Deano in Turquoise Gingham. This item will be available next month on the Bungalow site as well as in the stores of your fave Scout retailers! It’s perfect for tossing in a heap of dirty clothes on its way to the washer.
For an easily washable rug, opt for Fo Flor’s Basket Weave Runner, which spans the length of a washer & dryer side-by-side! The pattern shucks the need for a laundry basket (that’s what the Deano’s for!)
For beautifully-packaged and well-crafted laundry supplies, we choose The Laundress: their detailed detergents and accessories maintain a chic black & white theme in your space.
Choose an inexpensive and completely useful hanger design from the Container Store: we love their Soft Touch Hanger, available in pink & turquoise!
Top off your all-around clean look with a bright blue clock from Jonathan Adler… sure, your appliances may have their own separate time-keepers, but how can you resist this unique piece?!
For the Family Room, we suggest that you enhance a ‘relaxed’ vibe picking natural hues of brown/orange & purple in household objects that are fun, useful, and most importantly, cozy!
Kick back, relax, and check out the following web sites for our top picks of Family Room ‘bonuses’:
Visit Bungalowco.com and check out Scout’s Junque Trunk in Elvis Paisley, a great stand-out storage piece!
Click around on MXYPLYZYK.com for fun household items… the Cardboard Safari elk head competes bravely next to a giant flat screen TV!
The Designers Guild Battista Saffron Blanket complements the colors in Scout’s Elvis Paisley pattern, as do the company’s Varese Velvet Throw Pillows
ABC Carpet & Home offers tons of options for rugs! Try the Fashion Shag Rug for a fun twist
Top off an end table with Design Within Reach’s Half Moon Table Lamp, part of the company’s ‘plum’ color story
For re-vamping your bathroom, start with basic blacks & whites: we like Scout’s Shouldah Bin in Ginghampton Noir, coupled with two Travel Accessories in Scout Signature, Packin’ Heat and Crown Jewels. This leaves plenty of room for color!
While it is fun to use color throughout the bathroom, stick to a few bare necessities:
We’re loving cooler colors for this, primarily greens and blues:
Standout brands that incorporate great color into their bath & beauty products products include Fo Flor, Marimekko, Paul Smith, Mason Pearson, Marvis, and Molton Brown
Putting the finishing touches on otherwise ‘tired’ bedroom décor involves little more than a few calming colors & prints. For this room we suggest Scout’s Shouldah Bin and Junque Trunk in Graceline Stripe, as well as the Hang-10 Bin in Elvis Paisley. Whether as a burst of color in your closet, or at the foot of the bed, these bins work perfectly as storage for blankets & bedding!
Visit the following designers’ web sites to become inspired by pinks & browns:
Target’s feature on designer Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic collection of bedding; Jonathan Adler’s camel & pink graphic pillows; Hermes’ classic and cozy Avalon Blanket with their signature ‘H’; the Container Store for a colorful variety of sturdy plastic hangers