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Once upon a time, the fashion world set rules a girl had to follow if she didn’t want to get dissed by the style police. No white shoes after Memorial Day. No white garments in the winter, period. Wear maroon and sea foam green together? Well, what are you willing to risk to look sensational? Designers and fashionistas are so much more open to color combinations that might, at first blush, seem offbeat. These days, combinations like this color pairing make headlines, so jump in and take that risk.
Emphasize Maroon in Winter
When cold winds blow, perk up your wardrobe with a maroon statement that sets you apart from women who climb into black for the duration of the season and never emerge from the funeral. Maroon suits for work, sweaters and leggings for play and a trendy maroon leather jacket are all great choices, particularly if you pair these outfits with sea foam green gloves, scarf and hat. Slide on a pair of sea foam leggings beneath a maroon tunic. Using sea foam as a winter accent color announces the coming of spring and you’re the girl who’s happy to spread that news.
Adopt an Exotic Look for Spring
When former "The Real Housewives of D.C." reality star Michaela Salahi breezed into the White House for a dinner to which she hadn’t been invited, she adopted an indigenous fashion strategy by wearing a sari. Follow suit by adorning yourself with a remarkable pairing of maroon and sea foam, as sari designers don’t know the meaning of ho-hum color mixes. If you’re only willing to dip a toe into the ethnic scene, a solid maroon sari paired with a sea foam under blouse and scarf can look smashing. Perhaps going ethnic isn’t your thing. No worries. Pair sea foam separates with a maroon jacket, adding gold jewelry studded with amethysts to put together a lively ensemble.
Celebrate Summer by Color Blocking
When Marc Jacobs sent his models down the runway in 2011 to show off his earthy peasant blouses, silk jumpsuits, crocheted accessories and dresses, he color blocked the collection, using pink, maroon, purple, orange and gold to separate his looks from those of competitors. Follow his lead by adopting a 1940s sensibility to mix and match several shades of maroon separates and then accessorize these summery ensembles with sea foam green sandals, a matching bag and cuff bracelets lavished with authentic or faux peridots. Wear maroon silk flowers with sea foam-colored leaves in your hair to pay tribute to Mother Nature.
Welcome Fall Colors
The color blocking trend works for fall too, but try pink as a third color. A maroon suit in any new silhouette over a pink and sea foam green patterned silk blouse is going to make the following statement -- you’re not willing to kiss summer goodbye. To make certain you don’t go all Easter Bunny in a pink/sea foam palette, make it your only print, but pick up the green with sea foam pumps if footwear’s your guilty pleasure and you own a pair in this hue. Bottom line: embrace maroon and sea foam. If your crowd is paying attention, you may see gal pals sneaking this combination into their closets, too.