Many times, I like to make an accessory the focal point of an outfit. In this case, it’s the scarf. I was immediately drawn to its bold color when I saw it in the store. It seems like this chartreuse color is everywhere right now, and I am loving it. It should be a great shade to wear through the summer.
Did you know that the color name chartreuse was named after a French liquor called green chartreuse? Neither did I, so I found that interesting. I wonder if it’s any good.
Cardigan: LOFT pleated trim cardigan (similar colors)
Top: Ann Taylor pleated crossover top
Pants: Gap (similar)
Shoes: Naturalizer ‘Deino‘ in portrait leather
Bag: Tory Burch ‘Reva‘ clutch
Accessories: LOFT scarf (similar); Geneva leather wrap watch; OPI InStyle red nail polish (similar)
This is probably the first time that I have mixed merlot and red together. I have to admit, I was anxious to carry the red bag. It was a Christmas present, so I haven’t had it for much longer than a month and it was ready to come out of the closet. I think the red and merlot coordinate pretty well together. They provide a nice pop of color to the black and cream blouse.
I didn’t realize until after we took these pictures that the straps on the Mary Jane shoes coordinate perfectly with the black stripes on the blouse. I wore Mary Jane shoes years ago, but I started loving them again this season. I prefer the pointy toe over the boxy-shaped one. Many of my shoes are from Naturalizer, which is by far the most comfortable brand I have worn.
Blouse: White House / Black Market (similar)
Pants: Gap skinny corduroy pants (similar)
Belt: LOFT (similar)
Shoes: Naturalizer ‘Driven‘ Mary Jane suede shoes
Bag: Tory Burch ‘Amanda‘ logo clutch
Accessories: White House / Black Market necklace (similar); Express bracelets (similar); OPI nail polish in InStyle red (similar)
Neon is one of the top trends right now, and I know my closet would be happy to have any of these pieces. Electrify your own closet with pops of yellow, orange, turquoise, fuchsia, and hot pink.
1. Kate Spade ‘Delphina’ a-line skirt
2. Neon pumps (similar)
3. Tory Burch envelope clutch (orange is sold out)
4. J. Crew Italian leather skinny belt
5. Tangerine statement necklace (similar)
6. Madewell skinny colorpop jeans
7. Balenciaga handbags
8. Elliott Lucca ‘Cordoba’ clutch in Citrine
9. La Mer neon wrap watch
10. Tory Burch double wrap bracelets
One of my favorite patterns of all time is leopard. It is a versatile print that can be mixed in a casual outfit, worn as a dressy top, or added as a statement accessory such as a belt or shoes (which are currently on my shopping list, by the way).
When I was browsing in J. Crew about a month ago, I was immediately drawn to this shirt. Actually, nearly every time I see something in leopard I am drawn to it and then I have to remind myself that I may already have something similar to it in my closet. But that was not the case with this blouse. It turned out that my nearest J. Crew store was out of my size in this shirt, but a helpful sales associate tracked down one that was available and placed an order which shipped to my house. It was worth the wait. It is made of cotton and feels extra soft. I will say that the shirt is thin, but that’s what camis are perfect for. This just means that I will be able to roll up the sleeves and wear the top with a pair of shorts in the summer.
.. OUTFIT ..
Blouse: J. Crew leopard (similar)
Cardigan: LOFT (similar)
Pants: LOFT cords in black luxe
Shoes: XAPPEAL Dominique boots
Bag: Chinese Laundry clutch (similar)
Accessories: Charming Charlie necklace (similar)