Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Purple on Purple

Dress: Target (shop)  |  Cardigan: H&M (similar)  |  Belt: Lulu's  |  Flats: Old Navy (similar)

This dress was last seen here and here.  

You know, I think in the past I only would have worn this dress with a grey or black cardigan.  Partially because those are the only two colors I owned, and partially because I thought it was "wrong" to pair such similar colors together in mass quantity.  But I learned through experimenting that sometimes it works, and the first time I dared do it was here and I loved it!  And I love it again in today's outfit.  

Sometimes you just need to experiment without worrying whether something is "right" or "wrong" in your rule book.  Throw the rules out the window and at least try it.  The worst that can happen is that you stand in front of your mirror, make this face, and change out of your outfit.  Or, you can discover new outfits that you didn't know existed in your closet.  I'd say a few of those faces is worth a FREE new outfit that makes you feel awesome.


  1. ooo love the dress!! I never wear the same colour cardie as my top/dress, usually its a grey one, I'm going to experiment with this, thanks :)


  2. Love the print and color!  I adore the shoes as well :-)



  3. love the purple on purple -that dress is beautiful.  and I'd like to see a pic of you making that face instead. :)

  4. You own the cutest dresses! This is such a cute look. 

  5. Purple is such a pretty color on you Audrey! And the purple cardi works great with the dress...love it :)

    The Other Side of Gray 

  6. The monochromatic purples look great on you, Audrey! Experimenting with new combos is a great way to open up tons of possibilities in your own closet :)

    The Tiny Heart

  7. sartorialsidelinesWednesday, May 02, 2012

    I love the mixing of purple - and that dress is really lovely, I love the subtle print.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

  8. cute i love this outfit audrey!! why has the rain and cold decided to return meaning i have to put my bare legs and dresses away? i want the warmth back!

  9. So pretty!!!! www.cathykhayes.blogspot.com

  10. My fave color! Your blog inspired me to start one. I love your outfit posts/ideas.


  11. ThreadsAndButtonsWednesday, May 02, 2012

    Haha!  A few of those faces are definitely worth a free outfit if it's as cute as this one :)

  12. This is cute. I love the purple cardigan :)

  13. Sometimes the most unexpected thing to do is to match! Everyone re-works and re-works their wardrobe these days, (which is awesome), but sometimes I do find myself forgetting the obvious choices. HA.  You look great in your purple on purple! =)

  14. Cute outfit! I agree that I like the purple on purple!  I love the print on the dress!

  15. 7TwentySomethingsWednesday, May 02, 2012

    I feel you there! I love this outfit and the purples. I hate when I am working at Gap and people need to match product x with product y exactly! I am like no people you have this all wrong!! Especially with dressing babies, you can have so much fun with not matching same colors (blues and purples OR going with the color scheme). I think it looks a lot better this way! 

    Sara :)

  16. Hi Pretty Audrey, how are you?

    I am not sure if you know but I have started reading your blog from the very beggining, since 2 months ago. I still haven't reached your current post. I have left you a ton of comments and even pinned a lot of your looks (cause I love them).

    I want to say that I love your casual yet girly style. You wear dresses so well and you layer them to perfection. =)

    That's one of the reasons why, today I tagged you on my blog because I gave you THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD!! Check it Out.
    I Appreciate it. <3 Ada.

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  17. love the purple, and the purple on purple is even better!! well done girly!!

  18. Haha!  You crack me up. I make "that face" all the time.  :)  I love this outfit.  You have inspired me--like always.  :)



  19. Haha! That face kills me. Love the purple on purple.

  20. I love this outfit! Super fun :)

  21. Lovely, Audrey!  I really like a monochromatic color look, and the patterning and details on the belt and shoes keeps it really interesting. 

  22. I always struggle with monochromatic looks too, but this is just right. The print on the dress is lovely, and the belt and the flats break it up so you don't look like a walking eggplant :P

  23. Yesterday, I wore almost the exact same outfit, haha! Not the same dress, but I had a darker purple-print dress, and I was the same way. Always black or grey. But I have that exact cardigan. Threw it on with some nude flats and I pretty much loved it! Purple's my favorite, but I was afraid it would be overkill. Not! Seeing how awesome it looks on you confirms it for me! :p I would pick your belt over mine, though. That thing is super cute!

  24. Love this outfit!!  I like wearing different shades of the same color together.  Especially with prints.  It really makes it look sophisticated.  

  25. amen girl - and the shadings compliment each other perfectly, love this!!


  26. Looks great!

  27. Love purple on you!

  28. the purple on purple is absolutely lovely! doesn't look too matchy at all.  I am absolutely adoring that dress!

  29. Hi Audrey,
    I've just discovered your blog tonight & I really like your fashion style. I've got a full wardrobe that I'm happy with, however pulling off "a look" can sometimes stump me. It's so helpful to read your Style Help section, and the diagrams you've drawn up are fantastic. I find them inspirational. I will be visiting here often to learn more of your fashion secrets so I can utilise my wardrobe to the max. My fashion addictions are scarves & layering & necklaces & handbags. My fashion downfall is not knowing what shoes to wear with my outfits.
    I'm a super-busy SAHM who likes to dress nicely every day. With colour. And style.
    Sorry for rambling but I've trawled the fashion blogs for days&days for just one blog that I can relate to and read at night, and this is it. Yay.
    Thanks! from Louise in Australia. 

  30. Hi Louise!  I love hearing that you are a SAHM who loves to dress nicely.  Whenever I have kids I hope to be able to do the same, though I know it's not easy.  I'm glad you're finding the blog helpful.  Thank you so much for commenting!

  31. Cute purple outfit, so cheery and pretty.  I just posted my cap toes too!

    <3  Cambriajupefashion.blogspot.com

  32. Love the purple on purple! It definitely pays to experiment with fashion! Great outfit!


  33. Hmmm...I think purple might be one of my favorite colors on you Audrey. So pretty for spring too.

  34. I was definitely the same way...gray or black colors all the time...until recently.  Love the cardigan w/the dress.
    dela chic

  35. Love this outfit! You look beautiful!! And I just finished a post about cap toe shoes - you are rocking them so beautifully! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    Style-Delights Blog
    NY Style Examiner

  36. I love the purple on purple. Great outfit advice, by the way! 

  37. Great post! You inspired me for my outfit today. I decided to wear a purple dress and first instinct was a to wear it with a grey cardi, then I remembered your post and decided to try one that was a lighter shade of purple than my dress. Much better than the grey! Thanks for your inspiration.

  38. Love this post! I've been throwing caution to the wind and wearing and pairing outfits that don't really make sense but work for me!

    PS. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award over on my blog :)


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