Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Colored Belts and Breaking Up Neutrals

Top: Forever 21 (shop similar: one, two, three)  |  Shorts: Loft (shop similar: one, two)  |  Belt: Target (shop, similar, similar) |  Wedges: Target (shop, similar, similar)

Since it's still in the mid to upper 80s here, I'm pretending it's fall by choosing neutrals instead of crazy brights.  I get weird about wearing all neutrals, especially pale ones, so I added a pop of green.  It's a little trick to help break up neutrals, and while it's really subtle, it makes a HUGE difference.  I was reminded of it while watching a video from Wendy's Lookbook the other day.  I wish I had taken pictures without the belt to show you the difference, but you'll just have to trust me and experiment for yourself.  I've also decided I need a couple more of these cool Target belts in other colors, now that I finally found which local Target has them in stock!  I've already got a yellow one and this green one, but what's next?  Pink?  Orange?  Blue?  Can't decide!

Have you tried colored belts?  What colors do you have?

42 comments:

  1. I have pink, orange, lime green, and blue belts, but I most often wear the pink and orange ones. My clothes are mostly neutral, blue, and green so I find the pink and orange pop.

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  2. I think I need some more Target belts too. Like you it is still super hot here, so I am wearing more "fall" colors in the hopes that I can entice fall to come this way!

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  3. I have green and pink skinny belts. I have the same belt from Target as yours but it's more neutral (a mix of pale purple and taupe) and I like to wear it with bright tees, skirts or colored pants.

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  4. I have a white one and a lime green one. I haven't worn the lime green one yet, but I'm hoping to get my hands on a pink one and a red one.

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  5. That belt is addictive... I have cobalt, turquoise, fuchsia, citron, tan, cream, and grey... and they're awesome.
    I love it when you keep your looks simple with a little zing. Gooood lookin'.

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  6. I really love this outfit. I think I have a problem...I want to wear lace in every outfit. I just bought a lace shirt and I've worn it like three times in the past four days. hehe! Maybe I'll buy a new colored belt just to break up my outfits a little bit. I love the pop of green in your's!

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  7. It goes against the grain for me, too, to not have a pop of color somewhere in my outfit. You inspire me with you simple yet chic outfits. Love!
    -Kristen
    The Mrs. and The Momma

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  8. Kate, I think you should know it is indeed YOUR fault that I am getting addicted to these belts. I don't know whether to thank you or to groan at my new addiction haha. I tried to resist for a while, but you make them look so dang good.

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  9. Very cute outfit! I tend to wear a lot of neutrals with bright pops of color in my accessories, but I tend toward the all-dark versions. I like the all-light neutrals you styled here!

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  10. Steeeeep into my weeeeb.
    And I don't know if I should cackle or apologize profusely.

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  11. I love the little pop of green in this outfit, so cute! I too share your passion for belting...I might have to check out those from Target! Also, your lace top is sooo pretty, I love lace!

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  12. LOVEE the pop of green. it really is the perfect way to break it up, you are totally right!

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  13. Your lace shirt is so pretty. And I love the bit of green! I'll have to remember that trick.

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  14. I agree, the outfit wouldn't be the same without the pop of color on the belt. Btw, thanks for the link to the video. I just bought my first pair of colored jeans(non-black, white or gray) and it's the same color as in the video.

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  15. Great outfit! I have never tried colored belts because they've always seemed like a waste of money to me - why spent $15 on a plastic turquoise belt you can wear with a few things when you can get a decent brown leather belt for just a little more? But I think my wardrobe is boring because of this! Do you have any advice for budgeting your clothes money? When to get a basic and when to spring for a "pop" of something more unique? I'd love to have more statement pieces, but always feel like I need an update to something practical. I would love to hear any insight you have into balancing your wardrobe between basics and statement pieces.

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  16. I totally agree with you, and I have the same issue. I'd balk at a $13 belt from Target... but H&M has them for $6 right now... and THAT I can do! :)

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  17. I'm not a huge belt person until recently, and I did add a few colored belts to my closet. A turquoises one and an orange one. This is definatly a good tip for adding a pop of color to neutrals.

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  18. Jessie, I'll see if I can articulate the balance between the two in a future post. Great idea! To be honest, I think I'm still learning that because like you and Jenni have said, it's hard for me to spend $15 on a belt too. But since I already have a brown leather belt, it's not like a decision to buy a green one has to compete with that. What a green belt would compete with in my shopping budget is a brightly printed top! But as I learn to use belts more and more (not just for function but for changing up outfits) I'm starting to see that a colored belt actually gives me more outfit options than a new shirt! Kinda crazy for me to believe that still, cuz I always want new shirts haha. However, like Jessie said, it's a balance between basics and unique. If I have my basics covered, then a green belt multiplies options. But if I have too many crazy unique pieces, a green belt might do nothing for my wardrobe because it may not match with anything. I feel you ladies, though! This colored belt thing has been a slow revelation for me.

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  19. Jessie, great thoughts! I responded to you and Jenni below.

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  20. I need to go see if my target has that belt! Love it!

    www.daisyraeboutique.com
    www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

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  21. I love colored belts... I have so many that it's kind of a problem. And by problem I mean, it's awesome. :)


    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  22. I love this. Your belt really is the star. You have fun textures and just a hint of color impact with your belt. lovely!
    work-it-blog.blogspot.com

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  23. Any time I can acquire any kind of bright color, I tend to jump on it. I think this means I need to run off to Target.

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  24. Avon (Mark) has a set for $18 - Orange, Black and Snake Print
    I'm digging colored skinny belts also, You never know when they will come in handy
    http://pinterest.com/pin/186758715768804812/

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  25. I am a big fan of belts (I don't even want to admit how many I own). I find that I always go to my pink or leopard printed belt.


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlfie.com

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  26. Pretty! I have a shirt similar to this! Will definitely be trying this!

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  27. I reallllly want to get a yellow belt! I borrowed one from a friend and loved it! Right now I have light blue, light purple, light green, pink suede, gold, silver...Love my belts! :) I'd also love some of fall-ish colors since mine seem to be more spring-y. We'll see.

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  28. This top is so pretty! I love wearing all neutrals too...I'd be perfectly happy with all black, white, cream, and gray!

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  29. Great look, love how the green belt and lace work together. Sometimes the outfits that seem like they are simple look the best!

    Raj
    Pink Chai Style

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  30. so cuuuteee :)


    http://glamourgirl-bg.blogspot.com/

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  31. I'm pretty sure you've worn this lace shirt on your blog before, but i just now noticed it because I was recently looking for a lace shirt and this is exactly what I picture it would look like. AND NOW I WANT IT. Did you buy it recently? Have you ever thought of selling it, preferably to a certain blogger friend (ME)???? Looks like the Express one you linked to is sold out, but the Madewell one looks promising... if only I was rich.

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  32. Love this look! And you're right, just adding a belt can make a huge difference to an outfit.


    I can't wait until fall hits, we're still in the 80s as well. *sigh*

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  33. I got it over a year ago, and I've worn this so much that it's dying (and because I've kind of abused it.) I've seen similar ones at Forever 21 still. There are also a few very similar ones at Dorothy Perkins, but I don't know how much shipping will be since it's a UK brand.

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  34. i just wanted to tell you that i really love your blog. it got me thinking about all the things in my closet that are just sitting there... i have mixed it up and discovered tons more outfits than i ever had. i also bought 3 pairs of colored jeans at old navy, (which are on sale right now for $19!) and it has massively improved my wardrobe. just wanted to say thanks! i don't feel like a momma who let herself go anymore. -savannah

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  35. I really like your wedges - and they are from Target? Awesome!

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  36. This is awesome, Savannah! I especially love your last sentence. :)

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  37. Audrey, I'm new to your blog and you have inspired me beyond measure! Just since I began reading I've purchased skinny jeans, belts, and metallic strappy shoes! (pretty impressive since I was coming from boot cut jeans, fitted tee's and flip flops) Thank you!!! And in response to Jessie and Jenni's comments (if I may)..have you considered shopping at thrift stores for belts? Just today I bought a bright pink skinny belt, a white braided belt, a turquoise with some sequins fabric belt, and a stretchy yellow fat belt! All for $1 each at a local church owned thrift store! And last week I bought a medium thick black braided belt at a yard sale for 50 cents. :)

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  38. Oops I posted this up top and then realized I should have put it here...sorry. :)

    Audrey, I'm new to your blog and you have inspired me beyond measure!
    Just since I began reading I've purchased skinny jeans, belts, and
    metallic strappy shoes! (pretty impressive since I was coming from boot
    cut jeans, fitted tee's and flip flops) Thank you!!!
    And in response to
    Jessie and Jenni's comments (if I may)..have you considered shopping at
    thrift stores for belts? Just today I bought a bright pink skinny belt, a
    white braided belt, a turquoise with some sequins fabric belt, and a
    stretchy yellow fat belt! All for $1 each at a local church owned thrift
    store! And last week I bought a medium thick black braided belt at a
    yard sale for 50 cents. :)

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  39. I have that belt! I love the Target skinny belts... So many colors!

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  40. i like how your lace top is casual rather than being traditional form fit lace shirt. it goes very well with the shorts.
    http://tangoella.blogspot.com

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  41. michele_loves_you3Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    I am a huge fan of this relaxed color pallet, especially since it still has color ! I am just as excited as you are for fall, I'm already wearing cardigans and thanking God my classrooms are always just cold enough :)


    I always love reading through your blog, because inspiration just comes to me at random when I am getting dressed, and I will remember something I read a few weeks ago or a picture I saw and integrate it into my wardrobe. It's so helpful ! I haven't even gone shopping in a month or so, because I just reinvent from what I have. I'm learning that no matter what facet of life, it is just so helpful when others share about what they have learned and it helps me relate to it and do things, like dressing awesome everyday. Seriously, I will come out of my room and my friends are like "Have you been reading that blog again, you look so cute!" haha Thanks Audrey

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  42. Haha this is awesome, Michelle! Thanks for sharing and taking the time to write. Super encouraging!

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