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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mix and Match: Floral Skirt & Color Choices

I often get questions asking what color to wear with a certain piece besides white or black, so let's focus today's mix and match on colors using this floral pencil skirt from Target.  

First...I was sad to see the website say this skirt is sold out in many sizes and not sold in stores...BUT IT'S ALL A LIE!!  I went to Target yesterday and found it stocked in plenty--and my Target is typically on low supply.

It fits true to size, which means it's *just* too small around my big hips and non-jersey pencil skirts and I aren't usually good friends anyway.  Boo.  But it's still a fun skirt that's worth a shot.  And if you usually don't have a problem with pencil skirts it should fit you fine.  It's a little brighter in person, and a few spots of the pink are kind of bright pink.  Not in a bad or good way--it's all just a little more vibrant than how it appears on my computer screen.  

Anyway, a mix and match focusing on colors!  





Outfit 1:
When a piece has multiple colors I often find it easier to mix and match because you can pull out any color from the skirt and work from there.  A safe way to do it is to pull just one color into the top half and pair it with white or black.  For example, using a maroon cardigan and keeping the shirt white.  However, another thing you can do is pick colors that are close to each other on the spectrum.  A pale pink is in a similar color cluster to maroon--soft reds and pinks--and using that rather than a white tee gives this outfit a more interesting color palette.  

Shop Outfit #1:
Top: H&M
Cardigan: H&M (second option here)
Skirt: Target
Boots: Target
Necklace: Forever 21




Outfit 2:
This is an example of using neutrals in a richer way.  Rather than going with black or white, a camel sweater is a rich alternative, especially because it echoes the tiny bit of rust orange in the skirt.  Matching boots and a pale coral bag keep the rest of the outfit in a similar color family without being exactly matchy-matchy.  

Also, I love the idea of a sweater with this skirt to play with texture in the outfit, especially mixed in with leather.  Playing with different textures is another great way to make neutrals interesting.  (For more tips on making neutral outfits interesting, click here.)

Shop Outfit #2:
Sweater: H&M
Skirt: Target
Bag: Target
Boots: Target
Necklace: Forever 21




Outfit 3:
Lastly, you can use multiple colors from the skirt in different parts of the outfit.  This top from Old Navy is in a beautiful green that's pulled directly from the skirt.  Then I added maroon accessories to tie together a look for work in a sophisticated color palette.  

Shop Outfit #3:
Top: Old Navy
Skirt: Target
Bag: Target



I hope this gives you some ideas on how to play with more colors!

16 comments:

  1. I love all those boots! I really want to get a few floral pieces.

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  2. Thank you for this. I was under the impression that solid color skirts were more versatile. But you have shown me how a floral skirt is a great addition to my wardrobe. Always great posts. Thank you!

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  3. All of the color variations with this skirt are just perfect. I love it so much!

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  4. EveryBootyIsBiggerInTexasThursday, October 02, 2014

    Hi! I don't think I've ever commented on a blog; I just wanted to say that part of the reason I follow you is because of your "big hips." I am also pear shaped with a little waist and all of your outfits are perfect for my figure. Just a note- I finally discovered the key to fitting our womanly proportions... a tailor!!! Why did it take me 27 years to figure this out?!?! Now I don't blame my body- its the clothes fault for not fitting dangit! And I just spend a few extra bucks to make them fit. Its seriously life changing.

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  5. I love this post! I have a couple of patterned skirts that I love so much, they've stuck around longer than almost anything in my closet--since high school! But I always just pair them with white, black, or chambray tops. I'm excited to try branching out :)

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  6. Great post! I'm always trying to find ways to add more color in my outfits.

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  7. Thanks!! So happy you did this post! I bought this exact skirt on a whim a couple weeks ago and was starting to think I could only wear it in a traditional "office" way. I would have never thought of the neutrals or my boots. Amazing insight, as always!

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  8. My mom actually just bought this skirt for me! I've already discovered that it goes with several pieces in my closet--definitely a versatile piece. Pinning this for future outfit inspiration!

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  9. Hmmm. I wonder if I went up a size if it would fit? I'm starting a new job, and /I get to wear office clothes again. I've got to get to shopping!
    -Ash
    www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

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  10. Those Target pumps are awesome!


    xo julesinflats

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  11. I'm a SAHM, so don't really have occasion to wear a pencil skirt, but I got the shirt dress and a shirt at Target in this same print and love them for fall!

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  12. This post is very helpful! I needed this tips for color coordinating! Thanks ! Susan

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  13. Ah! I saw this skirt on the rack at Target and I was smitten with the print! Unfortunately, I'm not a pencil skirt kind of woman at all, so I was able to walk away...but I still adore the print. I wish it came on a nice fit-and-flare dress, haha! I really like the outfits you styled with this skirt, by the way. You have such a knack for color combinations and accessorizing :)

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  14. That skirt is beautiful AND it goes with everything!

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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  15. This is so exciting! I bought this skirt a few weeks ago and it's a bit out there for me (I NEVER buy prints), but something about it spoke to me (even though my fiance said the print looks like the wallpaper in his grandmother's guest bathroom - ahem and admittedly it does - hahaha - don't care, still love it!). I'm so glad to see this collage to help me figure out how to wear it in more interesting ways!!

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  16. Hahaha! Dontcha know that shabby chic grandma style is totally in? ;)

    But seriously, the skirt can definitely be modernized with the right pieces. Have fun!

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