Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Anti-Frumpy

Unlike yesterday's outfit post where I felt like I was screaming COLOR, today is a little more subtle.  I was actually inspired by this pretty outfit of Sara's over at Orchids in Buttonholes.  Neutrals with an unexpected pop of color is just so darn fun.

If I'd had extra time in the morning, I probably would've swapped the yellow purse for a black one to allow the fuchsia tights to shine alone, but I certainly don't dislike the two colors together.



It would seem like this gray dress would be a cinch to style, but in actuality, 3 of the 4 ladies who received one of these dresses has expressed difficulty wearing it.  And the one lady who hasn't said anything about it is pregnant...so there ya go.  There's a whole lot of volume - both in the sleeves and the skirt that can feel a little frumpalicious if not careful.  Elaina has this dress in blue and has worn it successfully with a belt.  It was the first accessory I tried, but I fill out the top a little too much and the belt just ended up looking goofy with the empire waist.

All that being said, I felt that this combination was definitely a winner.  I didn't feel frumpy at all.  Yeh.

Scarf:  Wal-Mart
Tee:  Target
Dress:  Free from work via Target.com
Tights:  Target
Socks:  TJ Maxx
Boots:  JC Penny
Purse:  Ecko via TJ Maxx

9 comments:

Andrea said...

Adorable!!

Jane W. said...

Love the fuschia and the yellow with gray! I could see how this would present a challenge--but it looks great on you!

orchidsinbuttonholes said...

Oh I love this outfit! That dress has such great details, but I most love how you styled it. The fuchsia tights just pop (and I also love the yellow bag - the colors work really well together) and the scarf makes it look warm and cozy. You look lovely!

Thanks so much for the shout-out, too - it means a lot!

Ali said...

I like that dress! The gray is such a nice color, especially since all you see nowadays is black. Cute color tights!!

A Thought Is The Blossom said...

love the tights with it!

D said...

love the colors paired with the gray

alltumbledown said...

Orchidsinbuttonholes is one of my favorites as well! Your look is both sophisticated and fun.

Lemondrop Marie said...

Great job with color- I like the yellow in there. I love empire dresses but I sometimes fill up the top too much for a belt too. So embrace the empire...

Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
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eek said...

Fabulous look! I especially love your bright tights!