All I ever do is wear pants! I have to break this cycle but I think fashion and my age are conspiring against me. While you might think this outfit is all about the crazy shirt I’m wearing, it is really the pants with the half-skirt built into the front that I love. Anything that adds interest and spark to a pair of black pants is a keeper in my book. I don’t think I’d like these pants without a tucked in top, but perhaps a more cropped top would work. Hmmm… think I’ll try that next!
Shop my picks:
See another (similar!) way I’ve worn this green shirt:
Banana Republic has been really hitting it out of the park over the past 18 months. One perfect example is this embellished top – great as a mid-weight sweater in spring and equally good with a button up shirt underneath in cooler months. And, of course, I love anything forest green.
I’d like to wear outfits this simple every single day – top, bottoms, earrings, shoes, done. But then when would I ever wear my brooches, bracelets, scarves, belts, etc.?
I have chosen today’s outfit for several reasons: 1) as a discipline, bloggers should share the “meh” outfit photos as well as the spectacular ones – this one is a little bit “meh”, and 2) my silly glasses purchased as computer reading glasses but also used generally.
Readers, I look a little like an insect in these! While I loved the IDEA of this outfit, it fell short in execution. I was intrigued by the idea of tucking in my lime green cardigan, but I think it ended up looking lumpy combined with the shirt underneath and the baggy culottes. Happily, the stenciled saying “Not My Problem” on the culottes compensated for these other shortcomings!
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It has taken me a long time to pull together a handful of green clothes and accessories that I love. The latest round of green was inspired by these earrings that I found on a flash sale somewhere. I adore throwing all my greens together – from grass green to olive to forest green. And it’s another color that “plays well” with many other colors – navy, black, brown, yellow, and even red at a certain time of year!
Jeanne says: This was my New Year’s Eve outfit! I love these pants but I’m saving them for spring. They are a light synthetic crepe and perfect for California’s summer months. I am such a green/olive fan and I am always seeking out this color — often to no avail. Kate’s green pants are fabulous — the PERFECT green in my opinion. As usual, she sorta funks them up with a tee over her trusty chambray shirt. I really admire her style.
Kate says: These green pants really ARE the perfect green — bright and grassy! I have a few items in this color, but it is certainly hard to find. Green is the quintessential spring color, so I like to whip it out during winter to cheer myself up. And as Mom and I both show, different shades of green go perfectly together.
Jeanne says: I love emerald green — and, actually, all shades of green. So of course I purchased a pair of ankle pants in a green print. Despite the status of green as a recent “color of the year”, it remains hard to find fabulous green clothing unless you buy couture. I have coveted Kate’s emerald pencil skirt since she bought it several years ago. BTW, green goes with almost every other color: hot pink, red, blue, black, cream, orange, lemon yellow. Think about buying yourself an item in this versatile and trendy shade!
Kate says: I LOVE the color of this skirt, and it’s really hard to find similar pieces. It was certainly an investment piece (as J.Crew pencil skirts are) but I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of it. My biggest pet peeve is that it’s cotton so I can’t wear it with tights… I’ve paired this skirt with many colors, but gray and leopard are a no-brainer.
It’s that time again! I, of course, have already purchased most of my picks, while Kate is still eyeing some of hers. She is so patient and thrifty. But today is my day and here are my five favorite items for fall.
1) Long black vest: I have been looking for a chic but inexpensive black vest to wear with tees as well as dressier tops. My favorite affordable version has been this vest from Ann Taylor (left). But I found a great alternative at Choies. Although my version is sold out, here is another possibility from Halogen:
2) Silver or Patent Loafers – I love the look of the clunkier loafers that are showing up this year. I can see them with boyfriend or skinny jeans – even with midi culottes. Here are a few I’ve been eyeing:
3. More neoprene! OK, so I love my neon green neoprene pencil skirt with the ruffle and I’ll probably wear that all winter. Now I want more. Both my purchases are from Asos. The first is a wonderful and feminine dress. And the second? Midi culottes. I love , love, love both of these.
4. Green stuff! Yes, I want some green in my wardrobe — a rich emerald green. I cannot afford the gorgeous designer apparel, so I’m settling for green accessories — mainly these great pumps from Madewell:
5. Some updates for my sweater collection: I don’t actually believe in collecting sweaters, but I’m ready to move away from the J.Crew Tippi sweater a bit. Here are a few I am thinking about. I have to have something cropped!
So those are my selections. Sure, there are lots of other items I lust after — sleeveless trench! One more moto jacket! The perfect black pump! More culottes! But those will have to wait for sale season!
OK, so here’s the thing. A beautiful grass green was supposed to be THE color of 2013, right? But guess what? Green, a year late, is coming on fast! While we were out shopping for 2014 Pantone Color of the Year “orchid”, green was racing up on the outside lane. Apparently the high end designers never got the memo, or maybe they, like us, simply fell in love with the color green.
In either case, Jeanne, never wanting to be late on any fashion trend, recently hit her online sources searching for chic green clothing, shoes and accessories. But, while the couture world showed every shade of beautiful green for fall — soft light green, true emerald, and rich dark green — there was very little green to be seen anywhere else! Jeanne did manage to find some great green suede pumps from Madewell (see below) and even a green Zara bucket handbag but little else.
But mark our words — green is about to show up all over the place a year late and you should get on board. It is a glorious rich hue that shines with almost every other color — from burgundy to navy blue to hot pink. Check out Angie at You Look Fab for some additional green looks for fall. She calls green a fringe trend, but we’re here to say she is wrong in this one!
Jeanne says: This is a combo of my brilliant green jacket and faux leather olive midi skirt — an outfit that I love, love, love. It is hard to find olive-y green apparel and I am a sucker for olive or drab green (is this related to my camo fixation?) The shade of green in this skirt goes with everything — another universal neutral color. You’ve seen my DIY brooch necklace before.
I adore Kate’s outfit. First of all, her skirt is almost this year’s color of orchid; maybe a little darker but let’s not quibble. It looks fabulous with her yellow and navy button down shirt. And doesn’t she look like she knows she looks great? Don’t we all have those mornings when we get dressed and we say “yes, this looks just as good as I thought it would!” I think that is the exact look on Kate’s face in this outfit.
Kate says: I DID love this outfit. This yellow horse-print shirt and purple midi skirt are two of my favorite pieces in my closet, and it just seemed brilliantto wear them together. Yellow and purple are a great combination — as complementary colors, each amplifies the other. And the silhouette of silky blouse, full skirt and pumps is just so classic.
Honestly, this is not my favorite of Mom’s outfits, but I appreciate the way she plays with color and texture. I know these are two of her favorite greens, and the sheen of the jacket is so interesting next to the different-kind-of-shine of the leather skirt. This is also a great example of how Mom repurposes what most of us would consider an “outdoor” jacket — she’s great at turning these types of jackets into essentially blazers.