Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dots and Stripes Forever

There's a lot going on here, I know. Stripes, dots and animal print! Black and brown! I had two conflicting thoughts about this outfit: Obey Chanel's maxim to take off the last thing you put on (which would have been the belt), or challenge myself to step outside my comfort zone and just work it. I'm not totally convinced that it's not too much, but I'm proud of myself for sticking with it. I gotta say, though, I do quite like the mix of browns and blacks.

Striped top - Dorothy Perkins / Black ponte pencil skirt - Lane Bryant /
Scarf - Dorothy Perkins / Belt - Old Navy / Boots - Coconuts via DSW (gifted)

It all comes down to the fact that I really, really wanted to wear this scarf. Another Dorothy Perkins snood (just a Britishism for infinity scarf, methinks), the butterscotch brown and black dots make it somewhat hard to wear - I almost wish the dots were navy. But that's why I embraced the combination of colors in the scarf and mixed all those prints in the same color family. I like how the browns are on are the lighter side - more caramel than chocolate - which makes for a better contrast with black.

Handbag - Tano "Minilisa"

Mmm, now I want caramels...

Ring - The Limited / Earrings - LOFT

I always love how turquoise looks with brown, so it was an obvious choice for a little extra color against all these dark neutrals. Shoot, I kinda wish I had a turquoise belt now! It's always something, isn't it...


  1. If you had described this outfit to me I would have frowned and said... stripes, dots, and animal print... eww... what was she thinking? But you put a photo like the one above with the description and I would immediately say... risky... but super cute... LOVE IT!!! Job well done for stepping outside the box and working it well :)

  2. I love the snood with that top, and the belt with the skirt. Super cute!
    And I think I will now refer to all of my infinity scarves as snoods. :)

  3. Oooh la la! This outfit just SINGS to me. And I'm glad you kept on the belt. The combination of the three patterns is fantastic, and not too much imho. You look lovely!

  4. You inspire me to be more experimental with colors and patterns!  I always play it so safe, but outfits that look as great as this make me want to take a few risks.  The caramels and black are perfect.

  5. Dot, stripes and leopard - - love it!!


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