Oh, novelty prints. They are the crowning jewel of vintage in many's opinion, and I am also a fan. However, novelty prints throw off my wardrobing plans.
I have this underlying plan of curating my wardrobe over time to be certain colors, styles, and looks that can all mix and match. However... this novelty print will be the odd man out in the closet. I bought this fabric because of the Middle Eastern type print of turbaned men on horseback hunting deer, and it's just too good! However, the colors are what have thrown me off as far as styling goes. I wondered for a long time what to make out of the fabric, and I finally settled on a gathered skirt because it's simple to make and wear and easy to mix with other pieces.
HOWEVER, the ease of mixing really only applies if you have anything else in your wardrobe that is any one of the colors in the print. This print has purple, kelly green, sky blue, chartreuse, and pink... all colors I have exactly none of in my wardrobe.
Seriously. I tried to accessorize, tried to find a hat, tried to find shoes... and all I had was these blue earrings. So..... in comes the neutral top, shoes, and belt! I'm going to chalk it up to a fashion choice of letting the skirt be the "focal point" of the outfit. Yes, that's it. It's not an orphan garment... It's a focal point...
Anyone else have orphan garments that match nothing else in your wardrobe? Do you get rid of them or find a way to make them work?