I love when you walk into a store simply for fun, not expecting to buy anything, and then find something you absolutely love. That’s what happened with this dress. OK and the gold necklace. And the shoes! I have been traveling a lot and keep finding great items! I got this dress whilst visiting a girlfriend in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho and the sandals in Salt Lake City while helping a friend shop for his grown up lawyer job. The sandals have fun gold studs on them, and we loved the way the golden light at the end of the day played with the gold tones in the dress, necklace, and shoes. Normally I don’t buy clothes that are orange, or anything bohemian for that matter, but that’s the fun side of fashion: getting to explore new styles and colors!
What’s something you never thought you’d wear but ended up loving?
It’s amazing how your style develops when you have a blog. Not only do I want to run around in flowing dresses more and more, I also get more adventurous with different shapes, patterns, and mixing color. Growing up I always thought everything had to match perfectly, but I am finding it fun to play around with colors; like these turquoise earrings with an orange sweater. Because they are nearly complementary colors, they contrast each other and therefore stand out more. I love how the orange in this grid-like pattern is brought out next to the green, and vice versa!
Because it took me so long to learn, here are 5 tips on mixing color:
Try to mix in a pattern as one color, rather than just two color blocked items. Although two plain colored items can look great, a pattern will add variety and make the color mixing less harsh. Or for a step further, mix pattern with pattern like I did with my sweater and flats.
If you are just starting to mix colors, start small with a shirt and contrasting bracelet or earrings.
Although mixing complimentary colors is fun, don’t forget about mixing monochromatic or analogous colors-also a good tip for petites! A monochromatic look can make you look taller by extended the line of sight.
Keep the color intensities similar, this will ensure both colors stand out. Otherwise, the lighter color will fade and only make the more saturated color look more intense. For example: jewel tones with jewel tones, pastels with pastels, etc.
When feeling adventurous, add in a third color! Keep two of the colors analogous and make the third a complementary color e.g. yellow, orange, and blue.
Top: Forever 21
Denim: American Eagle Outfitters
Bag: Forever 21
Flats: Banana Republic
Earrings: Bauble Bar via Nordstrom
When you’re petite, cropped shirts can tend to make you look wider, particularly when the shirt is cut straight down rather than tapered. When wearing this type of top, try to stay away from anything too fitted on bottom as it will only accentuate the boxiness and make you look bigger. For this reason, I paired my top with these loose shorts and boots (any extra height helps). Don’t be afraid to invest in a few shorter boxy tops, as that is something that can easily be fixed with a sewing machine or a tailor. I loved the lace on this top and just couldn’t pass it up. The pattern on the shorts also adds more visual interest, but doesn’t overwhelm the look.
A lot of my posts showcase my dressier moments, but this time I was feeling a more casual mood. I found this awesome NASA tee at Target and love it more every time I wear it. I am lucky enough to work in a corporate environment that is fairly casual so this outfit transitioned well from work to dinner with friends. Plus, a tucked in tee looks like you put an extra bit of effort into your look, rather than just a thrown on t-shirt and jeans couple. I’m not usually one to tuck in my t-shirts, but if this blog has done anything for me, it has helped me to push my style and experiment with new things! I think we as women (and sometimes men!) are always looking for ways to recreate the items we already have, otherwise we get bored and go shopping and our bank accounts hate us.
So here is my challenge to you: this week, find a new way to wear something you already have; and if you happen to get a NASA t-shirt and tuck it in, then good for you.
I’ve always loved the line from The Devil Wears Prada when Miranda says “Florals, for Spring? Groundbreaking.” Florals are not exactly an original concept, but one that epitomizes a Spring/Summer wardrobe above all else. My style lately has become more feminine and I find myself drawn toward lace, dusty pink, flowing tops and dresses, and floral patterns more than ever. This top was on an amazing sale at Anthropologie and I couldn’t resist. So what did I do? I threw a bunch of flowers on the ground and laid in the grass! Fingers crossed there aren’t any grass stains, because if there’s one thing I’m known for, it’s how accident prone I am; especially with white clothes!
What is your favorite way to wear florals in Spring/Summer?