Worn to: work, out for tacos
Sweater: Ann Taylor (outlet)
Tee, jeans, jacket: Target
Boots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Scarf: Upside by Tucker “Twofold Lucia Loop” (via Anthropologie)
Purse: Coach (gift)
Isn’t this color palette just gorgeous? I LOVE this soft yet crisp combo, it’ll be so great for spring! One of my favorite parts about it is that since it’s all neutral except for the orange, it can actually be adapted to whatever color is hot each season. This year it’s orange and emerald, and when next year is something else that’s an easy adjustment: brown + taupe + gray + cream + bright trendy color.
Earlier this month I stated that I wanted to limit the brown items I have in my wardrobe. This is a great example of the browns I DO want to have. Two of the four browns, the boots and the jacket, are “leather” (faux in this case); one of the browns, in the scarf, is the chocolate brown I specifically wanted to limit, and the scarf also has tan which I don’t plan to limit; and the last brown, the tee, is taupe which doesn’t quite fall into the category I want to limit. The main reason I like these particular browns is that they don’t blend into my hair, which keeps me from becoming a giant wall of brown, and also that they aren’t overly earthy.
Behind the outfit:
This outfit started with the turtleneck. I haven’t worn it in a while, and wanted to get a couple more wears in while it’s still cold. This sweater is too short for pants, so I needed to find a longer lower layer. Because it’s white, I worried about what I could possibly layer underneath that wouldn’t look funny showing through. My first thought was that I didn’t have anything long sleeved that was a light enough color, but then I thought of this tee. It isn’t currently part of my regular wardrobe (I moved it to loungewear when I decided to wear less tees), but after this outfit I’m definitely going to bring it back in as a layering piece. You can’t tell with the scarf there, but it works particularly well because of the high crew neck.
From there the rest of the outfit kind of fell into place on its own. I liked the lightness of the top, so chose my gray skinnies to keep things low contrast (the only “icy” color here in a sea of “autumn”). Then I decided to play up the warm side of the taupe tee, so I added brown boots and my brown faux leather jacket. It felt oddly matched, so I perused my scarves for some additional color; initially I grabbed my black and brown floral scarf, but that looked too matchy-matchy and the black was so heavy looking (probably would be fine if my hair was up, though). I also tried my light brown dotty scarf, but it felt too whimsical for the outfit. So then I tried this infinity scarf and it was just perfect! The small shot of bright orange was just what the outfit needed, the brown being mismatched against all the others fixed all my matching concerns, and the silk adds a wonderful additional textural interest.
The last detail I wanted to point out is that I am wearing a bold lip with this, and love how it looks against the soft colors. I used a bright coral lip gloss I usually wear in spring/summer for this outfit, and coupled with my face being framed in the darkest colors in the outfit (hair and scarf), it really brings the attention up to my face. All in all I adore this outfit, even though it’s considerably softer looking than what I usually wear.