Friday, October 9, 2015

Olive + Blush + Leopard

Since writing the post on ways to wear olive pants (HERE) I've wanted to do blush + olive.  Lucky for me, we hit a bit of a cold spell over the weekend, and though that only means it was 70 degrees and cloudy, it also meant I could finally wear jeans and didn't have to wait long to wear this blush and olive outfit.

I never thought of myself as the type to go for pale colors, and definitely not anything associated or close to pale pink, but it's really grown on me.  I especially love this shade that seems a little less pink and has a little more purple/grey.  It goes with a ton of colors (olive, grey, black, maroon, purple, tans and browns) and is an easy way to add color to an outfit even if you're color shy because it's so soft and subdued.

Seems like I'm not the only one that's into this color right now because it's in a lot of stores!  Below are a few, some of which are slightly dressier while others are more t-shirt-like and casual.

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six or very similar

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--sold out online but other colors here, similar, similar)
Jeans: Target (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Sole Society (exact, similar under $30)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact, similar, similar under $30)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

15 Ways to Wear Burgundy or Maroon Pants

Last week I posted 15 outfits with olive pants, and today is sort of a sequel with burgundy pants.  Mine are a little more purple rather than red on the spectrum, but we'll just roll with it.

Burgundy pants are my other fall/winter wardrobe staple, next to my olive skinny jeans.  I love maroon pants because they look great whether they're denim, corduroy, or more like twill or work-appropriate trousers.

I tended to gravitate more towards these than my olive skinnies when having to do business casual outfits.  It may have been partially that these are more fitted on me and therefore look neater whereas my olive skinny jeans have more extra fabric, however, I think it is more due to the color.  Something about this color is really easy to transition into workwear, and I think that's even more true with maroon pants (more reddish) than my purple-ish pants.  This pair HERE from Old Navy is a great example.

I stuck to a lot of black, grey, cream or beige, and navy.  For colors, I liked to play with ones close on the color wheel, like purple, poppy/coral, or light pink.  I said I was excited to pair blush or light pink with my olive skinnies, and I feel the same about these burgundy skinnies.  I loved it when I did it years ago (outfit #14) and now that I have this blush tunic I'm looking forward to doing it again!  And then of course, I also love this color with mustard!

Sooooo....seems pretty much the same color pairings as my olive skinnies, haha.  Perhaps the biggest difference is trying poppy or coral with maroon.  However, I didn't do animal print shoes once with these, whereas that was a pattern for me with olive skinnies.  I also didn't wear booties once with these and should definitely rectify that.

Here are a bunch of maroon/burgundy jean options.  All are jeans except #1.  The first row are all under $35 while the second row are all under $100 with current sales.  One pair I did not show below that actually looks really nice is this pair of Paige Denim HERE.  Though, it's pretty darn expensive.

Anyway, if you've got any good color pairings please share them below!

Links to Shop:
1. Old Navy  |  2. H&M  |  3. Old Navy  |  4. Macy's
5. Ann Taylor (40% off)  |  6. Madewell  |  7. Joe's Jeans - 6pm  |  8. Saks Fifth

P.S. Julie from Capsule Cricket commented on Tuesday's burgundy/maroon/marsala post telling me she had just done a burgundy pants remix.  I love her outfits!  Definitely go check it out HERE.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

On Trend: Ways to Wear Burgundy

In the Style Help Survey a few people asked about trends, in particular how to be trendy and still appropriate for work and life, or which handful of pieces could be bought to update your wardrobe.

While I don't actually pay much attention to trends and am therefore not a great person to talk about them, every season there is usually a trend or two that I'm pretty down with.  For me this year, it's the color marsala.  Why?  Well, because it's basically 2015's term for burgundy or maroon (though technically I think it's a little more muted burgundy, but no one will care), and maroon is a fall/winter staple color in my wardrobe anyway.  So, it being "in" is fantastic news for me, and I'll gladly lean into it!

I think it's a great trend to partake in because you can trust will have lasting power.  It's a pretty safe color, and while next year it may not seem as "in" as it does right now, I don't think will make you look dated in years to come once it's not "in" anymore, if that makes sense.  

Since marsala or maroon/burgundy "in" right now that means there are TONS of pieces out there in this color.  You could either incorporate it in accessories, like a bag, shoes, or a scarf, or you could buy a maroon top, dress, or skirt.

Some of my favorite color pairings for burgundy are with grey, tan, and black, or with colors like blush and peach.  I showed some examples below of different color pairings and how to incorporate the color into both business casual looks and casual looks.

Almost all pieces below are under $50 with current sales.  

Shop Outfit #1:
Top: Old Navy (exact)  |  Pants: LOFT (exact)  |  Shoes: Nine West (exact)

Shop Outfit #2:
Top: LOFT (exact)  |  Skirt: ASOS (exact)  |  Shoes: Steve Madden (exact)

Shop Outfit #3:
Top: LOFT (exact)  |  Pants: Old Navy (exact)  |  Shoes: Forever 21 (exact)

Shop Outfit #4:
Top: Nordstrom (exact)  |  Jeans: Old Navy (exact)  |  Necklace: Nordstrom (exact)  |  Shoes: Nine West (exact)

Shop Outfit #5:
Top: Old Navy (exact)  |  Jeans: LOFT (exact)  |  Shoes: Forever 21 (exact)

Shop Outfit #6:
Sweater: LOFT (exact)  |  Skirt: ASOS (exact)  |   Scarf: Old Navy (exact)  |  Shoes: Nordstrom (exact)

Shop more maroon pieces in the widget below.  (If you are in the Bloglovin' frame you will need to click out to see the widget.  Click HERE.)

Will you be wearing marsala/maroon/burgundy this fall?  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

How to Wear Olive Skinny Jeans - 15 Ways

I've been saying my olive pants have become one of my closet staples and are among my most worn bottoms, so I thought I'd do a little remix recap with them.

I knew I'd worn them a lot, but seeing them all together in one place--sheesh man.  I really have worn them a lot!  I also have some pretty strong themes in here, and seeing them all is inspiring me with new ways I can break out.

First, some of the themes:

Olive + navy -  It appears I love it, because I did it a ton.  Navy sweater, navy blouse, navy polka dot top, and navy blazer.  

Olive + leopard - I did this several times as well, but it's inspiring me to try wearing my olive pants with other patterned shoes I own too.

Olive + red flats - I like the pop of red as the "punctuation" or "period" to the outfit.  I need to do this more.

Olive + mustard - I LOVE the outfit with the white blouse and mustard scarf (#4 in the top row).  Pairing olive with mustard is another thing I'd like to do more of this season.

Olive is a pseudo neutral and can actually go with a lot of things, but I've mostly stuck to navy, grey, white, cognac, and a little mustard and red.  I could definitely work in some pale pink, dark purple, and some floral prints this season!

If you own olive pants, what colors do you pair them with most often?  If you don't own any and are looking, here are a few options from Macy's, Old Navy, H&M, and American Eagle, and almost all of them are pretty darn cheap right now.

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five

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