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July 13, 2017 4 Comments


July 13, 2017 4 Comments

Here we are on outfit 4! I confess that I didn’t actually wear this outfit today. I have been wearing my outfits as I go but I diverged today. River and I are going to a little birthday happy hour after work and it is supposed to be hot and humid (like it has been for the past three days). I didn’t want to wear my long silk skirt if it was going to be sticky so I opted for one of my dresses. My goal is to squeeze this look in on the weekend so I can test it out.

Outfit Thoughts

I’m calling this my indecisive look. In all of my challenges I’ve had one look that I’m not 100% on board with. I don’t hate it but I don’t love it. But this challenge is all about testing your boundaries so those “eh” outfits are just as important as the ones you love!

So for now, eh. I love the elements, the pieces themselves and the styling with black accents but maybe just a different color for the top. Not white or cream because I’ve done that before. But something else…I’ll noodle on it.

Style Notes

| BLENDING RUST | I’m still unsure about this color combination but it was something that I wanted to test out. My pairing these two items together the colors seem to have morphed. The rust top now looks more orange to me and the skirt is a greyish brown. In my mind I don’t hate it but I don’t love it. I do want to continue blending my different shades of rust/cognac to learn how they can work together. Colors are seriously so fascinating.

| HALF TUCK | To make the overall outfit a little more structured I half tucked the shirt. The cut & material of this top allow you to tuck with easy and not look bunched or awkward. If I had tucked the full shirt in it would have billowed awkwardly so half tucking was the way to go. If you think your outfit feels a little bland try playing around with how you can tuck in your shirt. Sometimes so simple can easily make your outfit more interesting.

| RAW SILK vs. SILK | I never really knew what raw silk was until I ordered Jamie + the Jones swatch kit. I expected to feel more delicate and was surprised by how sturdy it actually is. In this outfit, my top is made of raw silk while the skirt is 100% silk. It’s a fun contrast and adds a nice textural element. I personally enjoy both treatments of silk. One is obviously more luxurious while the other is more equipped for everyday wear. Pro tip: if you’re ever curious about a fabric that a small brand offers reach out for a swatch! I’m sure they’d be able to send you a piece of scrap 🙂

| FORMAL | Overall this outfit feels more formal than I would typically wear. It also feels a tad too boho for me with it being an outfit of earth tones. But I love the silhouette and feel that it would be great for those rare dressy occasions. Maybe just a small update with colors.

Outfit Details

1 | blank canvas top | jamie + the jones / size: small / owned for one month / similar under

2 | belle skirt in silk | elizabeth suzann ss’16 collection / same in linen gauze / same in cotton poplinsimilar under $50
*I’ve heard that ES is bringing this skirt back in silk!

3 | harper clog on high heel | no6 clogs / size: 7 / owned for 4 months / similar under $100

4 | lazlo necklace | seaworthy pdx / owned for 1 y/r

5 | style bee x opelle bag | opelle / owned for 1 y/r / similar ethical version / similar for under $60

6 | super duper sunglasses / karen walker / owned for 1 y/r



  • Rachel July 14, 2017 at 7:28 am

    It’s interesting how the colours change each other. My first thought was how brown the skirt looked when it looked much richer and warmer previously. It’s good to experiment, after all it’s only clothes…

    • Allison Metcalfe July 17, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Hi Rachel,
      I think it’s interesting too! Color theory can be so fascinating. I agree it is good to experiment and not take these things too seriously 🙂
      xo Allison

  • Stacy July 14, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I love both of those colors individually, but I think it might be one of those cases of undertones making it "eh" for you. Maybe? I was thinking a blush pink top might look great with that skirt!

    • Allison Metcalfe July 17, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      Hi Stacy,
      I agree. I think it’s the undertones acting a little weird. I still don’t hate but I don’t love it either! Blush would be beautiful with the skirt! I will be keeping that color combination in mind. Maybe I’ll add this skirt to my spring capsule and try it out with some blush! Thank you for stopping by!
      xo Allison

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