Not long after I posted about my color and style analysis, someone asked me “would you give up wearing something you loved because it wasn’t in your color palette or style profile?” My answer: No. I still believe in “tools, not rules.” So I might style it differently, but would try to find a way to make it work.
Casual Look With A Leopard Sweater Blazer…
Earrings | Sweater Blazer | Tee | Jeans |
Pearl Bracelet | Wrap Bracelet (similar) | Bag | Sandals
Take this “sweater blazer,” for example. It’s a style I love and have purchased in multiple colors over the last couple of years. This leopard print is a new, and slightly lighter, softer fabric. On the minus side, there’s quite a bit of black in it (not in my palette) and the style isn’t exactly “gamine” (too long, too unstructured). But it was love at first try on, and there are some ticks in the Plus column too: the base color is close enough to the “beige” in my palette, and the print is fun and a little funky.
Before, I probably would have thrown this leopard sweater jacket over a black top and called it a day. But now I know I look best with some color, so styled it with a bright coral-red tee. I think it works.
About the tee…I love the color and fit, but can’t recommend it. The fabric developed holes in the front after just a couple of wearings. 😟
These earrings are new favorites. I first spotted them in the San Francisco Banana Republic store, but didn’t purchase. I kept thinking about them though, and went hunting for them out at my local store. I’m using the Levears backings with them, and they’re comfortable all day long.
I’ve had this Loewe puzzle bag for a couple of years now, and it’s one of my most often-used bags. It was pricey, yes, but other than the leather softening a bit, it hardly shows any wear. I anticipate continuing to use this bag frequently over the next few years, so the ultimate cost-per-wear should be quite low.
These sandals may be a bit “rugged” but they’re extremely comfortable, and I’m finding this color goes with all of my casual outfits.
Do you have styling tricks to make your “outlier” pieces work?
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