Monday, July 26, 2010

Splash of Color


Sunday started out as a beautiful day, and after a low-key morning, D and I set out to run some errands. As we were leaving Bed Bath and Beyond (one of my fav stores EVER!) the skies opened up and it began to pour. Not just a heavy downpour, but winds so strong that it looked like it was raining sideways! Thank goodness I took the pictures before we left and it was still sunny.

I knew I wanted to wear this bright orange sweater, but because of the intense color I knew that I needed to keep the rest of the outfit pretty muted. Tip: This is a great way to help start an outfit in the morning if you are someone like me and stand in front of your closet full of clothes thinking that you never have anything to wear! Pick a piece that you want to base the rest of your outfit around (like a bright shirt, patterned skirt or even a great statement accessory) and then let that article of clothing guide you in putting together the rest of the ensemble.

I thought that a dark colored skirt would be too much of a harsh contrast to the sweater's splash of color, and I wanted to wear white undershirts - ruling out a white skirt - so I chose this light blue cotton full skirt to give a bit of contrast, but still keeping the rest of the outfit subdued. The sweater has a cute ruffle at the neckline so I decided to play up the ruffle factor by layering with a ruffled undershirt. The ruffle of the undershirt was also a great frame for the necklace! When tucking a shirt in, I am a big fan of a wide belt to hide where the shirt and skirt meet; this adds instant polish to the outfit. I just got these menswear inspired oxfords and I think they are a great shoe trend with which to jump on board. Not only are these shoes great now when you want a closed-toe option, but they will transition perfectly to fall! (As the midpoint of summer begins to pass, I tend to look for pieces that will transition nicely to fall when making my purchases.)


Sweater: J.CREW

White Undershirt: Elzee (in Brooklyn)

White Ruffle Shirt: J.CREW

Skirt: Gap

Belt: J.CREW

Necklace: Thrifted

Shoes: Steve Madden

What's your favorite 'splash of color' item in your closet??


alltumbledown said...

Love! the blog and your style. My favorite splash of color item is probably my hot pink satin shirt-- loud doesn't even come close to describing it.

Chandra said...

My favorite splash of color is...wait...favorite means ONE, huh? SIGH. I can't think of JUST one!! This summer, however, I'm enjoying coral/orange. In fact, my latest post features a bright orange dress that I recently wore!

Nice to see another modest fashion blogger!

More Modern Modesty

à la Modest said...

Hey gal,

I can tell that you are particular about the details of putting together an outfit---from the colors to the details! I like that you have an eye for it and that you aren't afraid to use color. You did this one pretty well!

I love the neckline in your photos! Everything I wear keeps that standard, which I rarely see around, so I am glad that you and I are similar in that way.

starlight said...

My favorite splash of color item are these bright red patent leather shoes that Bev (my mother-in-law) bought for me; I would never have bought them for myself. But now I'm so happy I have them! I'm still trying to figure out what to wear with them besides black. Any suggestions from the well-dressed ladies on this blog?

anat613 said...

I *LOVE* this outfit!!! I wish I didn't live in Florida and I could handle wearing gorgeous sweaters like yours!

Katie from Interrobangs Anonymous said...

Orange and pale blue - HEAVEN. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, and then you went and added the oxford and it became perfect.