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Peaches and wine?

Unique color combinations are my favorite.

InStyle magazine (which I used to read regularly, because I also used to live at the beach and had an excuse to read magazines…sigh), always has a feature color which they show paired with some different hues. Three of the paired colors are normal; everyone would think to do those combos. But, then they throw in a “wild card pairing”, and it is always my favorite combination. There are some colors that just DO. NOT. GO. TOGETHER. But, really, I think that list is much smaller than we have been led to believe.
Do you have some unusual color combos you like to wear? Another I think of frequently is orange and blue – thank you, Florida Gators, for making these colors socially acceptable to wear together, because really, in the right shades, they can be quite lovely.

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

A Dress for All Ages

Before I dive into this post featuring a BRAND NEW DRESS!!!, let me give a couple disclaimers:

  1. I still don’t know how to take pretty pictures. Even if I have a fancy camera. I just need to embrace it.
  2. I rarely enhance my photos, other than to adjust the exposure, etc. But, I for sure used an editor to make my legs look not quite as neon. You’re welcome.
  3. I don’t think this dress is quite as short in real life and when I’m not bunching it up on my hip. I say that only because my parents recently talked to me about “dressing my age” (feel free to roll your eyes…believe me, I did much more than that), and now they’re in my head.

With those things out of the way, I love this new dress.

It was one of my Old Navy finds, and although it’s about to go out of season, I’ll wear it another time or two before I save it for next fall. Burgundy/wine/maroon, etc. was for sure my color this winter, and I’m sincerely lacking in fall/winter dresses, so this is a perfect addition.

I’m wearing sunglasses in this picture because I thought I looked cool and they matched. But also because I cried most of my eye makeup off in church and took this right after, so, there you go.
Have you started switching to your spring clothes yet? As you can tell from the leaves and trees behind me, spring hasn’t permanently come to Nashville yet, but it’s sure trying! And as much as I like this little dress, I will not be sad to put it away for a few months, if it means warmer weather!

Greenery

I tend to wear colors in phases. Earlier this year, I couldn’t get enough peach/soft coral. A summer or two ago, I was all about the hot pink. Burgundy/wine is still riding high in my esteem. But, lately, I’ve really been feeling green – particularly, rich greens, like forest or emerald.

Imagine my smugness, then, when I learned that Pantone has declared “Greenery” as the 2017 color of the year. While that spring green shade isn’t my favorite, I felt very ahead of the trend by already deciding I needed more green in my wardrobe. (Please note: this decision might have been influenced by the greens already beginning to creep into stores. I think this is a chicken/egg argument, and I’m maintaining that I was ahead of the curve.)

Here is one of my favorite recent green purchases – an off-the-shoulder top. Of course.

off-the-shoulder-green

I like to call the full outfit, “how many trends can I wear at once?” How many do you see (it’s like one of those games from Highlights magazine when we were kids)?

1-off-the-shoulder-greenAlso, my dad calls these the shoes that every woman owns. I don’t know why he says that. Do you own shoes like these? My dad is not usually on the cutting edge of fashion, but maybe he’s discovered something I haven’t. Please weigh in on the great shoe debate, and have a happy weekend!

Totally Turtleneck?

If you follow me on my new/additional Instagram account (Tastefully Trendy!), then you probably know I’m doing a style challenge again! I’ve done these in the past, and they’re a great way to stretch my creative muscles, as well as to meet other fashion lovers.

Today’s prompt is Totally Turtleneck, which was tricky for me, since I don’t a) wear turtlenecks, or b)have anything with turtles on it…  So, I’m choosing to focus on the “neck” part, and wear an outfit that has a lot happening around my neck.

dsc_0011I’ve talked a lot (probably ad nauseum, at this point) about my love for chokers. Well, one of my favorite things about the current version of the trend is layering. Whether I combine it with a longer necklace(s), or add a scarf as pictured here, my choker usually has a friend. I’ve never been what you might call a minimalist…so this trend works out great for me. 1-blanket-scarf-and-chokerHow do you feel about layering your chokers? Is too much of a good thing, a good thing, or are you of the less-is-more camp? Also, how would you interpret “Totally Turtleneck”? Am I the only short-necked person not wearing these??

First Day of Work

In yesterday’s mea culpa, I talked about how busy I am right now, blah, blah, blah.  Really, though – I’m teaching two online classes of about 45 total students, I have a part-time job on Saturdays, and then my full-time job which requires over 40 hours on a regular basis.  But, I’m not complaining.  I’m grateful for the extra funds to help me get back on track financially, post-unemployment. And I really love my full-time job, so the time goes by quickly and easily.

Working in the “music industry”, there’s obviously a lot of leeway in my fashion choices. We can get away with alot under the guise of being creative. But, on my first day, I wanted to err on the side of professional.

So, I pulled out the pencil skirt (at the not-as-flattering, but very on-trend below the knee length), a cute blouse, and to keep me from being too stiff, polka dot tights. I didn’t fit in at all, but I was comfortable with my first-day choice, and it is a cute professional outfit, should I ever need one again.
1 - burgundy blouse, high waist skirtI’m a little self-conscious about patterned tights, honestly.  I love them in the package, but then I buy them (or, in this case, am given them), and think they look funny.  Like I have the measles all over my legs or something.

How do you feel about patterned tights? Do you wear them or are you self-conscious like me?  Does anyone else think these look a little bit like a skin disorder???

My Grown-up Christmas Dress

The other night, I went to a formal Christmas party – which, really, is the best kind of Christmas party – and it was fancy.  I mean, yes, it was formal, so it was fancy in that sense. But, it was also fancy because with my master’s degree, I was one of the least educated people in the room. I would have been intimidated, had I not been wearing this amazing dress (also, everyone was super nice, so it was fine).

I will tell you a secret about this dress, though…it was free. I was given this dress, brand new, because the zipper was broken. But, you know, zippers are easy to fix, so with a little help from my neighborhood seamstress, I had the perfect dress for a formal Christmas party that cost me nothing* (*okay, she didn’t fix it for free.  So, technically, my gown cost $20).

I chose to keep the look simple with classic gold and silver jewelry, and soft gold shoes. The black panel in the middle is actually of my own invention because I need to do a few more crunches before I could wear this dress sans panel…

Btw, slits are pretty hard to get a picture of without pulling an Angelina Jolie, but when I was a kid, I was a little obsessed with slits (they seemed so adult and sultry in a socially-acceptable way), so that picture in the bottom corner is for 8-year old me’s benefit.
1 - formal Christmas partyWas there an element of fashion that captured your attention when you were a kid?  Slits, shoulder pads, stirrups, elbow pads on men’s jackets (with those leather buttons that I always thought looked like crushed junior mints)?  Do you have any of those things in your adult life, or did they fall casualty to adulthood practicalities and changing style?

Twofer Tuesday: Christmas Edition

As I think I’ve probably made abundantly clear, I really love Nashville.  There’s so much to do here, and people are super nice.  Like meet you in the morning and invite you to their Christmas party in the afternoon nice.

So, I’ve had a lot more opportunity to wear my ugly Christmas vest (not sweater, because you know I always have to be a little different) this year than I had the past couple of years.  Best $3 investment I’ve ever made.

In version one, I was going to an ugly sweater benefit concert featuring a bunch of people, but most significantly for me, Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots were playing.  If you live under a rock (or just don’t listen to country music in select iHeart radio markets), Bobby Bones is a syndicated morning show host and the only talk radio I ever willingly listen to. I’ve been a fan for years, so this was a big deal.

Of course, this picture doesn’t quite capture the outfit as well as I would have liked. The tights aren’t the same blue as my blouse, but they matched better than it appears here, especially considering they would only be viewed in the dim light of a music venue.

1 - ugly Christmas vest 1Version 2 was for the afore-mentioned new friend’s Dirty Santa party. Other than the girl who invited me, I didn’t know anyone at the party, so I wanted to make a good first-impression without looking like I was trying to hard: nice blouse/cute jeans, but flat boots to tone it down.  Really, the vest is perfect for me because I can still be tacky and festive while wearing cute clothes.

1 - Ugly Christmas vest 2So, who wore it best?!  Seriously, though, isn’t my vest perfect for ugly Christmas parties?  Do you have one that you regularly wear, or do you buy/make a different sweater each year?  I’d love to see pictures!

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!

Twofer Tuesday: Mint Green Tee and Scarves

This week’s two-fer Tuesday feature my favorite mint green tee, paired with a couple different scarves…and an awkward story.

First, the maxi skirt outfit.

1 - gold maxi, coral scarfThis one is pretty straightforward.  I love mint and gold together, so it was fun to bring out the metallic sheen in my maxi.  And the pretty scarf was a birthday gift, originating from Francesca’s.  I love that store.

Now, for the genie pants.  As you might guess, this is where the awkward story comes in:

1 - genie pants, mint green, scarfI honestly really love these pants, but I could see how they could be an acquired taste.  So, when a girl on the street said, “It takes a special person to pull off those pants”, my first instinct was to thank her.  But, as the words were about to come out of my mouth, I realized she might be insulting me, and I stopped mid-sentence.  I think she also realized how it could have sounded, though, as she quickly followed up with, “You look great!”  I could tell she was sincere, but in case I wasn’t sure, the guy with her told me I looked beautiful, which then led to all of us talking at the same time, everyone assuring everyone else there was no offense…as we’re all crossing different streets.  It was a social interaction disaster.  But, they really are great pants.  I think.

What do you think?  Does it, in fact, take a special person to pull off harem pants, or do just not enough people try?  Would you be more comfortable in look A or B?  And, maybe most importantly, how do you handle awkward interactions?  I may need some lessons!

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

I’ve been trying to get creative with my clothing lately.  Although I own so many pieces, I still sometimes get bored with my closet, and I’m always trying to think of new ways to wear things, especially with dresses and heavy sweaters which can be pretty limited in styling options.

So, a few weeks ago, I decided to try tucking a heavy sweater into my skirt and seeing what happens. And you know what, I actually really liked it!

1-sweaterandskirtI think I started with my boots here. These are the ones I’ve been trying to show you unfolded and over the knee – only in this outfit and with the way I’m standing, you can’t really tell.  I tried.  Anyway, to showcase the boots, I needed a shorter (but still warm!) skirt, and the outfit evolved from there.

A bulky sweater tucked in only makes more bulk, so I think this look could be tricky to pull off, depending on the skirt – where it hits, the way it hangs, one’s particular body shape.  I also needed the belt to make the outfit look complete and intentional – not just like I’d forgotten that sweaters aren’t made for tucking in.  But, with that touch, the stars aligned and I got a cute new way to wear one of my favorite sweaters.

Do you ever experiment with your clothing choices?  Have you stumbled upon something unexpectedly fun?  Let me know in the comments, and have a great weekend!

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