Thursday, January 24, 2013

An Ode to E.

Dress: Target (similar, similar)  |  Cardigan: H&M (similar, similar)  |  Belt: H&M  |  Tights: We Love Colors  |  Boots: Dolce Vita (see here for options)

I was really sad when one of my favorite style blogs, Academichic announced they would stop posting about a year and a half ago.  I recently searched back through their archives to find some outfit ideas for my pregnant friends, and I was loving the inspiration there.  I particularly love E's contributions because of how she can take clothes that are plain solid colors and simple on their own yet combine them in interesting color combinations for fun and unique, but accessible looks.  I was inspired to do that with this outfit--all solids, but a little quirk with maroon tights.  I'm only sad that the length of my dress and boots don't allow the tights to be seen more!

I love going through the archives of my favorite blogs because though I may not have identified with an outfit when it was first posted, that old outfit might speak to differently now that my style has grown and evolved a little.  I see old outfits with fresh eyes and get to find gems that were right in front of me all along!  

32 comments:

  1. any other suggestions for good maternity style blogs to check out? would love any ideas!

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  2. I have some tights that color and I always struggle to style them, so I think I will borrow this idea. Maybe I am overpowering myself with the tights and a patterned dress...

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  3. so true! I love doing that, too....especially in different seasons! :)

    The Mrs. and The Momma

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  4. This outfit is perfect! I love the simplicity of all the pieces, but together, they look very polished.

    I miss Academichic sooo much. I also enjoy going through the archives of other blogs. Academichic has the best archives - they have a wide range of styles, brands, price ranges, seasons, life stages, etc.

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  5. HappinessatmidlifeThursday, January 24, 2013

    I struggle with using colored tights. I just attempted my first try with them just the other day. You did a great job!

    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com/2013/01/red-tights.html



    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  6. If you feel the dress is too long to show off the tights properly, then maybe next time you could tuck some of the excess length into the belt (assuming you don't mind shortening it a little bit)?

    You don't need to do it by a lot (for modesty reasons), but even just a little more could help show off those cute tights!

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  7. I do agree that as your style evolves you see different pieces in new light. I just cant seem to work any colored tights into my wardrobe. It looks good on you but I doubt I would be able to pull that one off. But then again that's how I felt about a mustard cardigan and now I wear it with everything. I have it on right now!

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  8. Jen's Outfit JournalThursday, January 24, 2013

    I miss academichic and I also like to go to their archives from time to time to get inspiration. You did a great job styling these colored tights. I personally like the length of your dress and your boots, allowing the maroon tights just to peek through. I think it's very flirty and feminine, and the tights don't overpower the whole outfit but compliment it.


    Jenny
    www.jensoutfitjournal.com

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  9. Whenever I try to pair a cardigan with a dress, I look frumpy... How do you do it?

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  10. So often you post outfits that look amazing, but for some silly reason I feel like would look totally ridiculous on me. I guess I feel like I couldn't pull it off :) This one is something I could actually do, the most stylish I ever get is to mix colors :) I love it!

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  11. So is it "okay" for your belt to not match your shoes? I always struggle with wearing a belt with shoes/boots that aren't the same color. I see yours don't match exactly... maybe I'm just too OCD about it :)

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  12. Ha! I can't even spell my own name right!!


    Chandra

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  13. Good point! I started going through your archives to get better acquainted with your blog. Have you ever gone through your archives to find ways to restyle outfits or realize you've outgrown a style you used to love?

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  14. Yeah, it's not like you have to be wearing colored tights. It's fine to let it evolve naturally as your style and comfort levels evolve. I still don't wear them that often, but I find that maroon or dark purple are safe places to start, versus like red, yellow, or turquoise.

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  15. Have you tried adding a belt? Especially with jersey dresses, I usually add a belt and it fixes the frump factor. Examples: the two pictures in dresses near the end of this post: http://www.puttingmetogether.com/2012/02/building-remixable-wardrobe-part-1.html

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  16. Most of my outfits are just in jeans! You could probably do more of them than you think you can. :) But I'm glad today's is one you feel confident that you could do! Mixing colors is great!

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  17. You definitely should! If nearly all of your clothes are solid, I think E's outfits will really give you some great ideas. I'm going to sift through her stuff again soon to get more ideas!

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  18. I love this look! Very wintery (which is still needed where I live) but also vibrant. All my dresses are solid so this gives me inspiration to start mixing more colors with them. Thanks Audrey!

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  19. jennifoundinmyclosetThursday, January 24, 2013

    Great look....I too love the unexpected fun pop of color the tights brings to the look...you look fab! =)
    Jenni
    www.foundinmycloset.blogspot.com

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  20. Yeah! I always think of what Clinton and Stacy say on What Not To Wear. "It doesn't have to match, it just needs to go." As long as the colors look good together, as long as they "go together", then you're fine.

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  21. Love your boots! I wore this exact outfit last month for the SAME reason! I found a pin of E. wearing this outfit and was struck with nostalgia and inspiration to re-create it. So simple, but fun. I miss Academichic way too much.

    It also inspired me to make more use of my maroon tights. I try to whip them out when I'm wearing a navy dress or navy striped dress. I also wear them with this casual mustard dress I have. Makes me feel really Harry Potter-ish, but I like it! Haha!

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  22. What a great idea to mix different solid color pieces! I love it! The pop of maroon tights is so cute.

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  23. I love the pop of color the maroon tights give!! Cute outfit!

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  24. One of m favorite looks. I am going to copy!!

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  25. This made me miss E. (and all the chics) all over again. She was the reason I started style blogging--I was so inspired by the colours and silhouettes she wore. You pull off the E. look perfectly!

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  26. I never thought to pair my burgundy tights with a navy dress! Youre so good at "putting you together" ;)

    <3 Danielle
    Goodwillista.blogspot.com

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  27. Such a fun look! I have all those pieces. In my closet or than the tights. I just love that pop of color, it makes the look perfectly unique. :)
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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  28. Aww ... I remember Academichic's blog and stalking it like crazy. It was one of the first blogs I discovered and those ladies definitely influenced the way I dressed. I looked at them and then looked at what I was wearing and knew I had to evolve and dress more 'grown-up'. This outfit has all the elements of an E outfit! Oh, I miss them. But I'm glad you're carrying on the legacy.

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  29. Thanks for introducing me to Academichic! I'm a college professor with a closet full of solids, so I think it's going to be a wonderful resource for me. Especially since I have so much trouble trying to figure out how to pair colors up.

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  30. I really love this dress on you. It is really flattering.

    www.expressionthrustyle.com

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  31. so, as soon as i saw your post title and your picture i knew right away what picture you were inspired by from e. because i have the same picture saved in a folder on my desktop (this was way before pinterest came around). you look awesome -- and i too miss those 'chic ladies but i'm so glad their site is still active (i reference the color wheel posts a lot, which i notice you have recently too, such good info there).

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  32. love your boots really.

    Republik Hijab,
    Inspirasi Hijab Fashion Indonesia

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