This is such an interesting ensemble for me. I rarely wear beige and the idea of combining beige with camel is just not ME. (Where is the color? I need color.) But I loved how this turned out and I think the gold accessories really made the look. I can tell you that immediately after I wore this, I put the vest away until fall – way too warm for spring weather in California! I hope you too have those days when you look in the mirror and say “I nailed it!”.
Does anyone besides me remember this Gap coat from about four years ago? A brilliant design, I thought. But I never guessed that it would match my new Anthropologie skirt so perfectly! Color blocking wins again!
But seriously, we often decide in favor of basic coat designs – not too radical, neutral colors and probably not a print. I’ve collected wonderful coats over the past ten years by shopping Gap, H&M, etc. Not a lot of money, but full of pizzazz for the dreary winter months!
I love this simple dress and sweater set. The beige dress can stand on its own or with another sweater or skirt, but it looks especially good with its matching sweater. And you can mix any other color with beige. This is definitely one of those ensembles that will have no place in my life once I retire, so it’s important to enjoy this kind of look (at the hard to beat Zara prices) now!
Remember, knits aren’t just for colder weather. There are lots of cool summer knits around!
Jeanne says: Yes, I admit it: this is not a gray skirt, but a colorblock midi skater dress from Asos. I wish this WERE a skirt because wouldn’t it be the ultimate in girliness and versatility? Kate’s little gray skirt is also pretty girly, although she works to toughen it up with black tights and yellow and animal print accessories. Which just proves my point about the versatility of a great gray skirt!
Kate says: You guys have seen this skirt in many different outfits. Generally I like pairing it with bright colors and prints, to keep it from looking too neutral or dowdy. Here I think it’s perfect with bright yellow and a polka dot tee.
Jeanne says: What a great skirt this has been! It cost almost nothing in the spring of 2012, machine washable and only now beginning to show wear. And I personally think it would be flattering on anyone because of the shape and the diagonal stripes (Kate doesn’t agree!). It goes perfectly with my faux leather (also cheap) moto jacket. If I look good, it is because I feel so good in this look!
Kate has another daring look on today. This is supposed to be “neutrals and stripes” but she looks anything but neutral in this saucy little ensemble. Neons! Little socks with her booties! Maybe she has dressed warmly because it obviously snowed and she is on her way to work, but all the pieces together work. I always like little dresses with heavy sweaters grounded with black tights — a great way to extend a light summer dress for year round wear.
Kate says: Don’t you love it when two unexpected items come together so well? I had never thought to wear this oversized cardigan with this dress before, but I loved the result, and felt so cozy! Even though the sweater is black and gray, and the dress is a beigey-taupe, I think you can mix neutrals like this pretty easily. And of course we all know I can’t resist a few pops of color 😉
Mom looks super sleek in her outfit. I have always loved this skirt on her — very flattering on her narrow frame. She’s also great at wearing her cheap faux leather jackets more like blazers, meant to be worn all day inside. And I think she’s picking up some habits from me — check out that neon necklace!