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Mixing Muddy and Clean Colors

Does this outfit work? Readers weigh in.
This post is a slight diversion from my usual routine, but I found a recent comment by reader Kelly (read it here) to be especially thought-provoking, so I wanted to examine the topic a little more in depth, namely: Mixing muddy and clean colors in the same outfit. Can it be done? Successfully?

Looking at the world through an artist's lens, I think muddy and clean colors can blend together in the same ensemble—not to create a sense of harmony, but rather to create an intentional sense of contradiction, unease, even discord. Why would you want to do this? Art imitates life... Is every moment of every day happy? Nope. So why not let your clothing express a wide range of emotions and ideas?

Here's where I'll try to make the case that it's possible for muddy and clean colors to come together; obviously there's no right or wrong answer, I do believe fashion is subjective and deeply personal, and I'm curious to hear what everyone thinks:

Superga Sneaker Sale at Rue La La Now

There's a Superga sneaker sale going on right now at Rue La La, and since I was looking for cute sneakers for the spring, I picked up a pair in classic white canvas for $35. Superga's an old-school Italian brand, very popular wordwide, with celeb fans than include Ashley Olsen and Liv Tyler. Can't wait to get mine nice and dirty for a worn-in look (shouldn't be too hard.) They're going fast, so head on over now! If you need an invite, drop me a comment.

Win Cool Stuff: Lisa Kathryn Designs Headband

Please note: This contest is now closed, check back for the winner.

Time for another giveaway! This one's for a chic handmade hair accessory by Philly-based artist, Lisa Kathryn Designs. I'm in love with the pretty floral headband you see here, but the winner will get to choose any one (1) hair accessory of their choice from Lisa Kathryn's Etsy boutique. To enter, simply visit, then tell us which hair accessory or headband is your favorite in the comments. Bonne chance!

Lisa Kathryn Designs

Special offer: Lisa Kathryn Designs makes incredible accessories that are high on style, yet low on price. If you'd like to purchase something from her Etsy shop, just mention the Budget Babe sent you and get 10% off your purchase at Thanks LKD!

Be sure to use a valid email address and include info(at) in your address book so we can contact you if you're the winner. Comments must be posted by 12 noon ET on Monday March 16 to be eligible to win. One lucky winner will be chosen at random, and will be announced on Tuesday March 17.