Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Embracing Orange












Top: Gap; Skirt: H&M (similar); Shoes: BCBG via TJ Maxx; Necklace: Hillcrest Aids Foundation; Bracelet: Massai Beaded Bracelet 

If I had my way and an unlimited budget for dry-cleaning and lint-rollers, I'd wear black everywhere and to everything. It's super flattering on the body and looks good with everything (handbags, heels, belts, etc.). You can go hog-wild with accessorizing black and it makes everything else burst with color. This just doesn't happen with colors like orange, or yellow, or brown. They simply don't lend themselves well to being mixed. But I don't look great in black. It doesn't make me look rosier cheeked, or tanner. It doesn't make my eyes pop, or my hair pop for that matter and it collects every single piece of fur my cat leaves on me in the morning. Thanks, Archer! And so I'm trying to drift away from only buying navy blue, black, and grey, and into the realm of brights, basing all of this off of my mom's eternal wisdom about dressing.

My mom says that I have a perfect length for skirts and dresses (it happens to be the length of the black pleated skirt from the Loft) because they make my legs look thin and minimizes my thighs.  She says that just because it's in style, doesn't mean it should be in style for you. This was in specific reference to the mini bubble-dress trend. Not flattering on my thighs, but I sure wanted one in yellow badly for my envisioned dream-prom. And she also reminds me that I also have colors and I do not have colors. Pale pinks and yellows are not my colors. Reds, oranges, and purples, however, are.

My mom is wise and I am betting your mom is wise too. When my mom told me not to wear green, crystal embellished halter tops and navy espadrilles to school, I am guessing she knew what she was talking about. When she cautioned me against scrunched up jeans and graphic tees that said things like "MODEL" on them in black felt, I am guessing she really knew what she was talking about. I think we could all benefit from taking a bit more fashion advice from our moms, classy ladies that they are, because really... that distressed jean mini skirt with the "My Eyes Are Up There" Hollister tee was, well, a mistake.

Enter the Target giveaway from The Fat and Skinny on Fashion here. Linking up with WIWW, Random Wednesday, and Keeping it Casual.

30 comments

  1. Lovely outfit and unbelievably true post. Sometimes, moms just know! The key is to not go so far into their taste-range that you act as an enabler for them stealing your clothes. . . haha!
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  2. STUNNING colour combination! xxxx

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  3. Rock it girl! I love orange..hmm..i think you've opened my eyes to a new color this summer! Love those shoes too. That beaded bracelet is pretty awesome too.

    Nikki

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  4. Orange is one of my favorite colors and your mom is right--it looks stunning on you!

    xo Amy

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  5. you look great, lady! it was queens day here in Amsterdam yesterday and we were talking that it's extremely hard to pull off the orange colors, but you done it just right!

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  6. The orange really spices up this professional look! I get dog hair on all my clothes...I have A LOT of lint rollers :)

    -Sharon
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  7. The same thing with black happens to me too! My kitten has light orange fur and it shows up on anything dark!
    I love the orange on you, it's so pretty!
    And, ah, yes our moms. My mom has given me some great advice and restrictions. I remember in middle school begging her to let me get my lip pierced and dye my blonde hair black. Thanks goodness she said no.

    xo Chelsea

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  8. love orange for the summer x
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  9. love your look.. :)

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  10. Haha!! So true!!! You look great in orange... it's a fabulous color for you.. but I expect all jewel tones would be! Great post!
    Hope
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  11. I definitely don't wear enough orange. The color is great on you!

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  12. This top is GORGEOUS on you!

    xo Ashley
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  13. Orange is definitely your color <3

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  14. What a great outfit! It's so lovely and you can pull of that orange colour amazingly.

    x Sam

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  15. I love orange and red! That top looks great on you!

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  16. Cute, cute shoes! They look really comfortable.

    -BFF
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  17. Such a cute outfit, very office chic! And your mom was right, orange is definitely one of your colours. I love bright colours, I don't think I could do all black!

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  18. I want this outfit for interviews, it is so perfect. And indeed, that is my favorite length of skirt - just above the knees. Anything below the knees I start to look stumpy!

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  19. Love this outfit! Who said professional could not be cute!

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  20. LOVEEE that tweed jacket! Great suit combo.

    xo
    Emily Jenny
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  21. love your blog
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  22. great photos! like this outfit
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  23. I think you always look great! I'm loving orange on you, it goes really well with your skin tone!
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  24. darling outfit! love this neat skirt!
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