One of my favorite color combos is orange and blue. I just love the way they look together, so today I have paired this cute orange tank with my dark cropped skinny jeans.
In the before photo my jeans are a bit longer than the ones on the right- it’s subtle, but honestly it does make a difference. Also, I have on a bright orange work out top- which is a little too clingy and shows everything. Plus, I always feel weird wearing a work out top when I’m not actually working out! The patterned tank on the right is made of rayon, which is much more forgiving and drapes well (and hides any lumps or bumps). As usual, I have done the ‘half tuck’ to define my waist. I also like the cute brown leather sandals instead of the casual flip flops. To me, this outfit just looks more pulled together.
After my streak of black and white (and grey and white), I decided I needed a burst of color in my OOTD, so I chose this bright orange tank and paired it with blue jeans and a cardigan.
In my ‘before’ look my straight leg jeans and black ballet flats are a little dated, and there is something about wearing orange and black that reminds me too much of Halloween!
To fix my outfit, I changed into skinny jeans (these are my Gap ones, which seem to be my favorite), tucked in my tank, added a belt and then threw on this cute shrug cardigan. To complete my outfit, I decided to wear these fun T strap black Paul Green shoes. I am a HUGE fan of Paul Green shoes. Yes, they are expensive, but since my feet hurt all the time, these are a dream. They are very well made and incredibly comfortable. Plus, I think they add an edgy/ unexpected touch to my outfit!
Tank- TJ Maxx
Sweater- Forever 21
Shoes- Paul Green, Nordstrom (this is similar, my shoes are a few years old)
When it’s a holiday, especially Halloween, some people really feel the need to dress for the occasion. If you have small children, it can be fun for them to see you get into the spirit of things- but keep in mind, a little goes a long way.
No need to rush out and buy a pumpkin sweater, vest or earrings! Just look in your closet for something that has a little orange in it- and incorporate it into your regular outfit.
Today’s outfit is another dress that I have turned into a skirt. By layering a white tank over the top- and then adding a long cardigan I have transformed the look of this dress. I then added a touch of orange with my scarf. Because it’s soggy and wet out- I’ve selected gray tights and my Hunter rainboots! It’s a cute way to recognize the holiday without going overboard!
If you want a little more orange- here is another option!
Just to be clear, I’m not talking about my weight here- I’m referring to my scarf.
As you can see by this scarf on the right- being too thin can actually be a problem.
The scarf looks awkward and doesn’t really make any sense.
I have a few girlfriends who refuse to wear scarves- and I honestly wonder if it’s because they haven’t found the right one yet!
As you can see on the left, this bright orange scarf not only is a lot thicker than the one on the right, but is also has amazing texture due to elastic thread, giving the scarf some bulk and some interest.
Now it’s the focal part of my outfit, instead of a distraction.
When you are out shopping and you see a scarf- try it on! Loop it around your head twice and see if there is enough fabric to still tie it. I have turned down many amazing scarves because they are too thin- or not long enough.
A few more suggestions, i.e.: note to self:
You might also want to get rid of your plain white long sleeved t shirts, and mom jeans…
There, now isn’t that better?
Jeans: Anthropologie, Shirt: H&M, Scarf: Boutique in Queen Anne (Seattle)