December 31, 2011

2012 Fashion Resolutions

Though some of us have already reached 2012, many of us are anxiously awaiting the New Year. This turning point represents a fresh start. I'm sure you're familiar with the idea of making New Year's Resolutions; it's a wonderful tradition that supports and motivates people to make new goals and stick to them and to make important changes in their lives. It's difficult to remember the list you made throughout the year, but these ideas will always be lurking in the back of your mind, pushing you to be a better and happier person.
I, like most others, will be making my own set of resolutions tonight, but in the meantime I thought I would also compile a list of Fashion Resolutions - the title is self-explanatory.

1. I will work hard on Girl Loves Color, improving my blogging skills and making the site even better. I want to continue blogging regularly throughout 2012, even more often than I have in 2011. I will continue to be innovative and true to myself on my blog.

2. I will limit my shopping ventures to items I really need and will wear often. I will save splurges for special occasions and for the rare item that really calls to me. I will continue to colorize my wardrobe.

3. I will put together my outfits with care, but I will not second-guess my instincts when walking out of the house. I will be confident in my clothing.

4. I will regularly go through my collection of garments, accessories, and shoes and determine what I rarely wear. I will donate these items or give them to friends.

5. I will be innovative in the use of my fashion-related possessions, wearing things in different ways to maximize my options, so I don't have to buy so many new things.

6. I will continue to add dashes of color into every outfit, and I will encourage others to do the same.

What are your New Year's resolutions? What are your Fashion Resolutions? If you have any of the latter - or even none at all - I encourage you to add my #6 to your list. After all, a little color always cheers up any outfit.

I wish you a happy and healthy New Year and all the best for you, your family, and your friends.

December 27, 2011

The Color Collector

Today I was browsing through the Stylecaster website, a lovely community where you can find insightful articles related to fashion, beauty, and lifestyle, as well as upload your outfits and ask for style advice. The site also has a number of fashion editorials created exclusively by and for Stylecaster. It was this section that I was most interested in; the editorials are beautifully done. Of course, I was most inspired by the brightness of "The Color Collector," an editorial that is quite true to its name. I thought today I would do a simple blog post as the holiday season is winding down, just a little something to keep you inspired. I hope you enjoy.







Images from stylecaster.com

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Let me know what you think of this editorial and the Stylecaster website with a comment. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

December 22, 2011

Three Ways: The Little Black Dress

The holiday season has been upon us for a while, so I thought it would only be appropriate to do a helpful holiday-themed blog post. As I'm writing these words, I'm assuming that you have been invited to a number of holiday parties. Whether for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's, or whatever else you may be celebrating, I imagine that styling outfits for this variety of events can be stressful. If you're like me, you'll also want to add color to your respective ensembles, which can be a difficult task. Don't worry, I'm here to help. The solution is simple; every woman owns a little black dress (LBD). Work off of that, and you can create a stunning outfit that'll wow every pair of eyes in the room.
This is a different kind of three ways post, but I hope it proves just as useful.


By Malene Birger dress
By Malene Birger dress














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ASOS envelope clutch, BCBG pumps, Erickson Beamon necklace.




1 by mayabett featuring an envelope clutch



Why this outfit works: A bright clutch adds the dash of color a black dress needs. A statement necklace is the perfect amount of jewelry required and the colors of the jewels complement the clutch. Neutral heels that aren't solid black keep the attention on the clutch and necklace.
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ASOS clutch, Christian Louboutin pumps, BCBGeneration earrings.


Why this outfit works: Neutral accessories with some sparkle give the outfit some holiday cheer. Rose gold complements the rich magenta hue of the pumps.


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Lulu Townsend clutch, Nicholas Kirkwood pumps, Assad Mounser necklace.




Why this outfit works: A bright necklace serves as the color source for the outfit, as well as inspiring the hue of the shoes. A gray clutch doesn't attract much attention but looks sophisticated with the blue-green palette.

Which of these outfits are your favorite? What are you wearing to your holiday parties? I'd love to see your comments.

December 19, 2011

Baby, It's Cold Outside

I was on the search for a winter coat for a long time. This is a struggle for petites like me, who often face the issues of coat sizing. Many of the coats I have tried on in my journey are way too long: they hit at right above the knee, which wouldn't be a problem except for the fact that it diminishes my height further by cutting off my legs. Nor do I want a coat that is so cropped it can barely keep my warm; this obviously defeats the purpose (though this form of outerwear is quite stylish and flattering on me). I also need a coat that is fitted without being too small to accommodate layers of knitwear. As you can see, I have many guidelines. I'm quite picky when it comes to outerwear (unless, of course, said outerwear is a fantastic leather jacket). I'm proud to say that I finally found the perfect specimen: a toggle coat that hits me a little above mid-thigh. The coat is lined with a beautiful blue-green plaid and consists of good quality materials. Only one problem: the coat is black.
Black? But, Maya, you love color!
Well, I usually get quite annoyed when I have to don my winter coat for an adventure outside, as often said coat is a puffy marshmallow of down. This coat is different; I enjoy wearing it. Yet I still felt incomplete when I put on my jeans and black combat boots, covering any trace of color with my black coat. I would go outside and not quite feel like myself.

The dilemma was resolved when I visited the fantastic consignment store Tokio 7 in the East Village on Sunday. The store sells high-end brands such as Marc Jacobs, Prada, Gucci, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. Though some fakes have been spotted at the store, the selection is overall quite fabulous. The shop has a fantastic selection of Louboutin shoes, tons of cashmere sweaters, and a variety of unique yet wearable designer dresses. Most appropriate for this weather, however, is the huge amount of outerwear available (both mens' and womens'). I was casually browsing this section when I stumbled upon a hidden gem: a bright purple DVF coat exactly my size. The price was probably 40-60% off of what it must have been originally. And the coat was brand new - the tags were still on and the pockets still sewn closed. I couldn't believe it when I tried it on and the coat fit me perfectly. I knew I had to get it.
Today was my first day taking my colorful new coat out for a spin. I was happy in a way that no piece of outerwear had ever made me feel before.


Diane von Furstenberg coat, Un Deux Trois top (worn underneath), American Apparel black leggings, Free People socks, combat boots from TJ Maxx, Coton Deux scarf, vintage bag.

The coat also comes with a matching purple belt, gold clips on the ends, but I chose not to wear it today. I think the coat looks pretty great on its own. 

What do you think of my new find? Tell me about your winter coat(s)! I'd love to read your comments.

December 01, 2011

Feeling Blue

It's been a long time since I did a post focused on a specific hue (for those who haven't seen it, I also have a post about emerald green) so I decided that it was time.

Blue is my favorite color, and I am particularly fascinated with shades such as the ultramarine above, which could also be identified as royal blue or indigo. If you are a color fanatic like I am, you probably enjoy targeting specific colors that you wish to add to your wardrobe, going from shade to shade. Blue is a popular color, but I find ultramarine to be such an exotic shade, lending an unusual vibe to a broad color spectrum often synonymous with jeans. If you love blue as much as I do, ultramarine is a great hue to add to your collection of clothing and accessories. It's elegant and sophisticated, and it would be difficult to find a color that doesn't pair well with such a color. 
Below are some of my favorite ultramarine/royal blue/indigo pieces along with outfit suggestions.

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Rebecca Taylor wool-blend coat ($495), Rag & Bone shirt, Current/Elliott skinny jeans, Kurt Geiger platform heels, Suzanna Dai earrings.

Why this outfit works: Contrast classy elegance with a casual, laid-back appeal. Yellow heels are an unexpected touch but don't outshine the coat.


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Equipment denim shirt, Vince striped sweater, Witchery jeans ($130), Zara booties, Mawi necklace.

Why this outfit works: Jeans of such a vibrant hue naturally lend themselves to the double denim trend. A striped pullover worn underneath the denim shirt feels casually chic with sleeves peeking out and the neckline just visible when a few buttons are undone. Rugged boots add a warm, cozy feel and a sophisticated chain necklace is a great finishing piece.


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Helmut Lang blazer, Topshop sweater, MOTHER jeans, Suzanna Dai cuff, Steve Madden wedges ($100).

Why this outfit works: This outfit is built upon the contrast between casual and formal. Bright ultramarine shoes are an unexpected but fun touch. 

Which of these outfits is your favorite? Would you ever wear ultramarine or do you own a piece that color? Let me know with a comment!

November 30, 2011

Bright Thinkers

For most people, going to school isn't the ideal choice for how to spend one's day. I know that a lot of youths - especially girls - feel pressured to look a certain way or dress a certain way during school hours, according to the standards set by those considered "cool." It can be hard to wear something different to school, like colored jeans or a really great pair of heels, and I know that often I go to school not feeling quite like myself. Of course, I try to dress true to my personality, but I know I'm not the only one who has that little voice that tells you not to wear something because it's "too weird" or "no one will like it." In reality, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks of what you wear: you're the one who matters. But school would be a very different place if everyone was able to stick to that thought all the time. It's rare to find a person who isn't influenced by others' opinions.
Long story short, this is often why there is a lack of color in the wintertime at school. Most girls this time of year wear jeans (blue or black), boots (brown or black), and a sweater (black or white). This doesn't create a lot of variety, and to make things harder, it can be difficult to find apparel that is both comfortable and suitable for the climate.
I have an easy solution for us students, no matter how old you are: invest in a colorful bag for carrying around your books. An unusual tote or backpack can instantly reset your mood at the beginning of a new day; I've found that carrying a more cheerful looking bag makes me happier! (You may remember my post on the bag that I carry for school.) It's also an easy - and subtle - way to add color to your outfit in the gloomy wintertime. What more could you ask for? Here are some suggestions for backpacks and totes, as well as an example outfit.

ASOS


ASOS backpack
Multi Check Backpack, $64








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LeSportsac
LeSportsac Basic Backpack - eBags.com
Basic backpack, $88


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Vera Bradley
Vera Bradley Backpack-Happy Snails - eBags.com
Happy Snails, $88





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Which of these bags is your favorite? Where is/was your school bag from? Let me know with a comment!

November 26, 2011

Three Ways: Neon Tank Top

Neon is a tricky hue to master. Known as "highlighter shades," neons are the brightest of the bright, which is probably why they're so difficult to style. In this Three Ways post, I'll show you how to master neon in one of its basic forms: the tank top.





Christopher Kane top


Christopher Kane neon jersey tank, $145





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 Oasis coat, Pyramid Collection dress, Aymara socks, Madewell boots.




Why this outfit works: The neon orange works well with the color palette of the dress when layered underneath. A maroon military-style coat adds a cold-weather feel and thick knit socks and boots contrast the feminine dress while adding warmth.




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Reiss blouse, J Brand velvet legging, Jeffrey Campbell booties, Noemi Klein studs, Amrita Singh bracelet.








Why this outfit works: Wear the tank top underneath a neutral blouse for a pop of color. The velvet leggings add an interesting texture contrast. Elegant gold earrings are feminine but subtle and a bracelet with navy stones pairs well with the leggings. Booties elevate the look to a new level of chicness.




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JW Anderson leather jacket, blanknyc jeans, Forever 21 combat boots, Peter Lang necklace.


Why this outfit works: Orange and blue color block well, with a colorful necklace combining the shades. A tough leather jacket and combat boots add contrast.

Which of these outfits is your favorite? Let me know in the comment section! I'd also love to hear how you would wear this tank top.

xoxo

November 09, 2011

Three Ways: Colorful Statement Necklace

The name says it all: statement necklaces sure do make a statement. That's why many women shy away from them. It's difficult to wear something so bold in public, and even more so when the aforementioned item is extremely colorful. Another thing to bear in mind is that these accessories are quite costly; the majority are handmade, and a handful of them are even one-of-a-kind. However, statement necklaces are unusual and extremely beautiful; if you can afford one, it can be worth the investment no matter how often you wear it.
I've written this post to show you how to incorporate a colorful statement necklace into your outfits. I hope these suggestions are helpful to those who already own similar pieces or inspiring to those who yearn for them. The example I'm using is pretty over-the-top, but you can find subtler and less expensive necklaces at the end of the post.


Assad Mounser Wild Horses Mega Collar
Image from assadmounser.com


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Rag & Bone blazer, Balmain blouse, Citizens of Humanity jeans, Frye boots.




Why this outfit works: The purple blouse is a good backdrop for the statement necklace, whose color palette contains purple in it. Jeans add a casual quality to a dressy top-half and combat boots contrast the feminine blouse and necklace.

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Jil Sander belted dress, Brian Atwood platform pumps.




Why this outfit works: This formal ensemble keeps it simple. A goldenrod yellow perfectly complements the gold in the necklace. Choose pumps that match your skin tone for a lengthening effect; it also avoids taking the attention away from the necklace, which is the highlight of the outfit.

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Rag & Bone shirt, Theory shorts, H&M oxfords.

Why this outfit works: A combination of neutral pieces allows a statement necklace to steal the show and doesn't cause the issue of color clashing. The top and shorts combine casual and classy for an effortless look, while oxfords add boyish appeal. Add black tights for extra warmth or maroon tights if you're feeling edgy.

Let me know what you think of the three outfits I styled. Would you wear a necklace like the Assad Mounser one I used for my Three Ways?

October 30, 2011

Forever a Missoni Fan

On Thursday I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit the Missoni store on Madison Avenue along with some fellow fashion enthusiasts. We were accompanied by Luca and Judy Missoni, the son of the original founders of the brand - Ottavio and Rosita Missoni - and his wife, respectively. I learned a lot about the company and how Missoni garments are made, and I greatly enjoyed the chance to look at the merchandise of one of my favorite designer brands.

Missoni, as I'm sure you know, is renowned for its traditional knitwear, most famously the zig-zag pattern. The garments use a wonderful variety of colors and the quality of the fabrics is practically unbeatable.
In the beginning, the simplest movement to make on the knitting machine was that of the zig-zag, which later became a Missoni signature, but as time went on the level of creativity increased. Missoni patterns are created by moving the fabric as it is knit and by pressing the fabric in certain points for a lace-like effect. This led to many twists on the classic zig-zag. Missoni often creates basic straight knits that are fully fashioned, meaning that machines create shapes that are then linked together, so no sewing or cutting is required. There is also the most expensive technique of knit and wear, when a garment is made in one piece.
Missoni has always been innovative and unafraid of experimentation. Missoni was one of the first, if not the first, to use nylon in the mid-70s to create reversible clothing lined with weather-resistant materials, a first in the fashion industry. Missoni uses space dying, when the yarn is dipped in color, to achieve its unique palettes and patterns. For the look of glitter, laminated materials are knit into the fabric.
Missoni is timeless, always looking forward but always staying faithful to the original foundation of the brand. When I asked Mr. Missoni how the look of Missoni has evolved over time, his response was that of the approach to design. Experimentation "kept a kind of edge," and the brand adapted to evolving technologies. The ideas that worked are kept and adapted, and experimentation is solely for the curiosity rather than the need. Although the fashion industry is known to be fast-paced, Mr. Missoni explained that there is no need for the brand to expand quickly, but instead they must go slow.

Please enjoy my photographs that I took at the Missoni store of the lovely designs that stood out to me.









Photographs taken by me.

What do you think of Missoni? Let me know in the comment section.

October 26, 2011

Inspired by Graffiti

If graffiti were a currency, New York City would be one of the wealthiest locations in the world. It's difficult to spend a day in the city without encountering some sort of this street art - though the "art" term is debatable in some cases - whether it be on the side of a building or on the windows of a subway car. In many cases, graffiti consists of messily scrawled signatures, written in the stereotypical font style of graffiti artists. However, there are also examples of beautiful designs that are so imaginative that they cause me to stop and stare in amazement at the beautiful scene depicted on the wall in front of me.
Now, I'm sure you're wondering what this has to do with fashion, or perhaps you have the slightest idea after reading the title of this post. If you've read this far, you can probably guess that graffiti is a big source of inspiration for me. It is one of the most creative art forms that exists today, because there is so much freedom in its creation, despite the fact that it's technically illegal (ironic, right?). Graffiti has been so integrated into city life that New Yorkers are used to it, but occasionally we stumble upon that one example that takes our breath away.
The following photographs were shot by me in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on the day of the Vintage Crawl. For this post, I've used these images of graffiti/street art as references for fashion ensembles: my preferred art form. After all, it's slightly easier to assemble a fantastic outfit than spray paint someone's building.


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Giambattista Valli velvet blazer, Jil Sander sweater, Sandro corduroy pants, Vivienne Westwood fringe booties, Arielle de Pinto necklace (on top), Fiona Paxton necklace (on bottom), H&M ring set.

The first thing one notices when looking at this graffiti is the use of the color of green, which is the most prominent detail in the piece. Thus green is the highlight of my outfit, yet to create a monochrome ensemble one has to pair together different shades. In my case, I have a leafy green sweater with a texture that is somewhat reminiscent of the plant in the photograph, and dark green corduroys. I added the velvet blazer for sophistication, as well as for the purpose of creating a unique palette of textures. The fringe booties only add to this mixture, also giving the outfit an earthy and bohemian feel that stays true to the vibe of the image. Sculptural gold jewelry represents the architectural lines in the graffiti, which are piled together into layers of art, much like my more subtle translation using a combination of two geometric statement necklaces. The rings add femininity and finish off the outfit.


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Carven dress, Tsumori Chisato tights, Rough Justice suede heels, Delfina Delettrez circle bangle.

This outfit was centered around the idea of color bursting out of the darkness, like the rainbow flooding out of the gray trees in the street art. To stay true to this inspiration, I chose a neutral dress with elegant draping to represent the trees and their texture. The tights represent the fun and imaginative quality of the wall, and pop out from underneath the neutral dress. The blue heels are a portrayal of the sky and lend elegance to the outfit, contrasting the quirky and cheerful legwear. This bangle is so unusual and creative, just like the graffiti. 


All photographs taken by me.
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Matthew Williamson dress, Alexander McQueen leggings, Nicholas Kirkwood booties, Venessa Arizaga bracelets.




This outfit was based on the contrast between feminine colors and the toughness of skulls, represented by the jawbone of the graffiti in the photograph. The dress is colorful, and the drapes represent the "dripping" detail in the image, while the structure of the dress symbolizes how the art is contained by the shape of the object it is painted on. Neutral leggings with an abstract skull pattern add a subtle touch of toughness, which is only added on to by the fierce Nicholas Kirkwood booties. More color is added with neon bracelets, to help portray the fun craziness of this piece of street art.

What do you think of graffiti? Do you think that artistic graffiti and street art is still a bad thing, or a form of self-expression? Which outfit and graffiti pairing is your favorite?
Let me know with a comment! I read every single one.

October 17, 2011

Inspired by Artwork

When inspiration seems to fail me, all roads lead to Tumblr. An endless portfolio of beautiful images, Tumblr never ceases to motivate me to be creative and imaginative. For this blog post, I have once again turned to Tumblr to create a series of colorful outfits based on various photographs and pieces of art found on the site. Though I wish to give credit to the artists who rightfully deserve it, unfortunately Tumblr rarely notes the mastermind behind these lovely works. All I can say is that I found these images in Tumblr, and each is beautiful in its own right.
Enjoy.




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Dion Lee blue pleated silk blouse, Chloe green silk bow blouse, Pringle of Scotland cropped pants, Nicholas Kirkwood heels, Phillipe Audibert spike cuffs, bracelets (from top to bottom) by Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, and Lanvin.

I was going for more of an editorial feel here. Pastel tears are represented by the outfit, the green blouse layered under the blue one. These amazing heels represented the eyes, thickly coated with mascara, and their toughness. This fierce, almost scary vibe given off by the eyes is represented in the jewelry as well, which conveys strength and glamour at the same time. I like this contrast between hard and soft, which is also represented in the artwork with the relationship between the colorful streams of tears and the black holes that are eyes. However, the glossy red lips feel elegant, so I attempted to portray this as well in my outfit.


Images via Tumblr

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Catherine Malandrino cardigan, Zero + Maria Cornejo dress, Sergio Rossi booties, Cambridge Satchel Co. classic satchel, Marni necklace.

With this outfit, I wanted to portray the beauty and elegance of a sunset, which is what this piece of art reminded me of. I was inspired by the palette of a sunset with this beautiful dress. Both the silhouette of the cardigan and the dress are draped, which represents the waves depicted in the image, as do the lines of the architectural shoes. The satchel adds a classic feel and fits in with the color palette; after all, a sunset is a daily occurrence.

I hope you have enjoyed this post. It was a lot of fun for me to write, though it took a considerable amount of time. Let me know if you'd like to see more posts like this! And please do tell me which one is your favorite outfit. I'm curious to know.

Edit: The image for the first outfit in this original version of this post could not be located, so this outfit has been removed.

October 13, 2011

Three Ways: Bright Bag

Now that it's becoming chillier outside, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find colorful clothing in stores. Not only is black stereotypically a New York color, but as the temperature goes down neutrals always seem to be in fashion. For some reason, it just takes so much effort to find a neon sweater or colorful pants that are warm enough to prevent my legs from turning pink.
My solution? A colorful bag! This accessory is rarely seasonal; it can generally be used all-year round, making a colorful bag practical and worth the money, while it also adds pizzazz to any outfit in a way that nothing else can.
Many women seem to shy away from color when it comes to handbags, opting for black or brown in most cases. I can see why these colors are popular choices, but every female I know owns more than one bag. Why not make one of those a colorful one? Though sometimes pricier than their neutral counterparts, colorful bags will stand out from the crowd and will be sure to garner many oohs and aahs - just what any fashionista wants!
Here, I'll show you three different ways to style a bright bag for fall.
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Topshop sweater, Current/Elliott boyfriend jeans, Sam Edelman flats, Warehouse printed scarf, RJ Graziano gold cuff.





Why this outfit works: This outfit is comprised of neutrals, so the green bag stands out. The color palette of the scarf, however, helps incorporate the green into the ensemble. These shoes add some more excitement; I actually own this exact pair, and they have to be one of my favorite possessions.
A sweater and jeans create a cozy combination, but when the jeans are rolled up and paired with flat shoes the outfit feels suitable for fall, which is still a transition time.


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Topshop blazer, top, and booties; 7 For All Mankind skinny jeans; Anna Mcd cuff.

Why this outfit works: This outfit would be perfect for eating at a nice restaurant. Jeans feel casual, but a blazer and a somewhat fancy top jazz up the look, as do fierce platform booties. The green satchel adds a fun pop of color, while a fluorescent toned cuff adds an artsy touch.

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Tsumori Chisato cardigan, Madewell shirtdress, Topshop tights, Frye combat boots, Michael Michael Kors bracelets.




Why this outfit works: The green bag is simply adding color to a palette of mostly neutrals. A blue shirtdress has a sweet mix of masculine and feminine, while combat boots add a contrasting touch of toughness. An oversize cardigan adds warmth as do black tights, and these bracelets add just the right touch of glam.

Let me know what you think of these outfits in the comment section below. Which one would you wear? Let me know if you're inspired by one of my suggestions or by the idea of buying a colorful bag! I'd love to know.