They say you eat with your eyes first. Visually appealing food somehow tastes the best, simply because it is presented well. And when you’re presented well, you look your best. These food-inspired color palettes take inspiration from the texture and decadence of some of the world’s most comforting and delicious foods.
Take a fashion cue from food
White, milk and dark chocolate
Is there anything more appetizing than a plate with pieces of white, milk and dark chocolate? Add in a little caramel and you have a seriously gorgeous color palette that will not only tickle the taste buds but the eyes as well. We paired the lovely texture of this slouchy knit sweater (Amazon.com, $30) with the structure of stark white skinny jeans (Yoox.com, $51). Then we added deep brown combat boots (Zappos.com, $58), a rich brown shoulder bag (Aldo.com, $40), a mixed media scarf (Nordstrom.com, $28) and the simplistic elegance of a classic golf-faced watch with a luxurious brown strap (ASOS.com, $39). Doesn’t it look tempting?
Cranberries and spice
This holiday staple feels homey but has an upscale feel. Here, we combined the best of the season with a cranberry dress with sexy sheer elements (Modcloth.com, $53), spice-toned tights (Modcloth.com, $11), a turn-lock buckle mini bag (Aldo.com, $30) and casual but classy boots (Forever21.com, $39). We finished it all off with a hint of sparkle with these teardrop cluster earrings (Maurices.com, $8) — a subtle nod to cranberries. It’s sugar, spice and everything nice.
Candy canes on the tree
Perfect for the holidays, this super-cute party outfit is a subtle nod to Christmas without going full-on ugly sweater. We started with this classic red mini dress (Chiarafashion.co.uk, $29), then added striped white tights that hint at the candy cane theme (Colehaan.com, $25). Finishing touches include nude wedges that don’t distract from the adoreableness up top (Modcloth.com, $43), a bow bracelet (Lordandtaylor.com, $27) and green emerald stud earrings that would make Liz Taylor proud (Macys.com, $30).
Wine and cheese
Is there anything more effortlessly classic than wine and cheese night? The muted colors of cheese mixed with the deep, rich, vibrant tones of wine make for a visually stunning starter. Here, we paired merlot-toned trousers (Windsor.com, $40) with a simple camel cami (Yooxs.com, $35). Then we added a slouchy beige cardigan (Amazon.com, $21), an olive green necklace (JCPenny.com, $14), a plum clutch (Nordstrom.com, $88) and of course, chocolate platform wedges, (Heels.com, $90).