Tastefully Trendy

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Burgundy and Blush

During the month of September, I’m doing another style challenge on Instagram.  I like these for a few reasons:

  1. They challenge/direct my outfit picking every day.
  2. They allow me to gain more followers/friends.
  3. The potential prizes are awesome…

So, if you don’t already follow me on IG, feel free to do so now.  I’d love to connect with you @tastefullytrendysb!

My goal is to stay about a day ahead of the prompts with my blogs…then I can post on instagram with the intention of driving people back to my blog.  I know it won’t totally work as I’d planned, but I’m going to try it, anyway.

The prompt for September 1 is Burgundy and Blush.  We’re free to interpret these prompts however we’d like, but I took this one quite literally, by combining my burgundy harem pants with a pink and white striped blouse and pink pumps.

I like the tailored look of the blouse with the more free-spirited pants.  The shoes help give me height (so much blousy-ness could look quite frumpy on my short frame if I didn’t throw in some illusion), and also keep the look more on the professional than whimsical side.  Color-blocking from a years ago has been giving way over the past year or two to a more mono-chromatic look, so this outfit is more in line with that trend.

1 - Burgundy and blushWhat do you think of the monochromatic look – mine specifically, or the trend generally?  Do you miss color-blocking or appreciate the simplicity of sticking with one color?  Have you ever done a style (or similar) challenge on Instagram?  If not, want to join me – or just follow along?  Let’s talk!

Wanna See Some Magic?

Last week’s lace shorts outfit (which was one of my highest read posts ever, btw – y’all must have either been super bored last week or enticed by me teasing that it was an inappropriate outfit and using the word lingerie in the title…) inspired me to find a work appropriate version.  Also, these shoes inspired me to find an outfit to match.

So, when those two motivations collided, I reached the following result.  Ordinarily, I would prefer heels with this skirt, due to it’s length and style.  However, my new bow jellies (I really am a sucker for anything with a bow on it!) were still dressy and cute enough to get by with the lace.  It’s hard to tell, but the shoes are a blush color with a cream bow, so they paired perfectly with my off-white lace skirt and pink top.  I wore pink, lavender, and “diamond” jewelry, and tied it all together with a wide grey belt.

A note on wide belts – I don’t know that I’ve ever really addressed the magic of this accessory.  They really do cover a multitude of sins, particularly if you’re a person who carries weight in their mid-section (that’s me).  Skirts are also magical because they can be worn higher or lower on your waist, depending on the size of the burrito you ate the day before (or have eaten for the month before…)

But, say your skirt fits a little snug at whatever position you choose – in the case of the outfit below, mine’s sitting at the true waist.  Without the belt, you can tell that I’m a little squeezed in.  Pop on a wide-belt, and my waist looks intentionally cinched, rather than unavoidably squished.  Plus, the belt really just finishes the look.  Like a chair rail on a dining room wall (that’s a really weird analogy, but it just came to me, and I’m going with it).

Flattering belt widths and positions do vary by person, so be sure you’re playing around with what works for you.  But, they really can be the best thing for not only polishing off a look, but also hiding or distracting from things you may want hidden or distracted from.

Skirt: H&M
Top: somewhere cheap…
Shoes: Chinese Laundry by way of DSW
Rings: H&M
Earrings: Christmas stocking
Belt: NY & Co. 

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