Day-time sparkle with print

I usually try to save the sparkle for evening unless it's jewelry but I think I broke that habit when I purchased this tee (BR) about 2 years ago. It's a lovely shade of smokey blue with sequin and bugle beads. I usually wear this with a black bottom and a black sweater (nice and boring for when you're working).

Today I decided that I could pair sparkle and print in the same outfit to meet a colleague for lunch. The skirt is a dream -- I picked it up from H&M about 7 years ago (has it really been that long????!) I love the graphic floral pattern, and the full swishy skirt. I thought it looked sweet yet modern paired with the black cardi and tee. I have pictures with and without the cardi -- but I wore it because it's about 70 degrees today and this looks so much more "finished"  to me with the black cardi.  

I love this shade of blue with black because the blue is so amorphous that it's difficult to tell what shade it truly is (gray or lavender would be valid choices) and the black on the other hand is so severe and definite that it creates a nice contrast. 

To recap I am wearing:

  • black cardi -August Silk 
  • Sequin smoke blue tee - Banana Republic 
  • b/w skirt - H&M 
  • Ballet flats - Vera Wang Lavender
Are you shy about pairing sequin and print? 

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  • hedgiehog replied 9 years ago

    Lovely to see your smile again! I think you absolutely nailed this look. The sequins aren't scream out loud and they're somewhat toned down by the cardi. Love the pairing of the print skirt with it and the bejeweled shoes. You achieved a very chic outfit without looking OTT. :)

  • Jjsloane replied 9 years ago

    If I can do it as well as you I would not be shy at all! I agree with your assessment of the cardi finishing it all off. How nice to mix an old favorite and still be so fresh!

  • replied 9 years ago

    Looks really cute and not too much at all!

  • Vildy replied 9 years ago

    I love these colors and love how this is thought out.

  • deb replied 9 years ago

    Those shoes are darling. Your sparkly top matches your sparkly smile.

  • Thistle replied 9 years ago

    Such a pretty yet refined look. The skirt is so fab,. That is a timeless workhorse if ever there was one! The sparkly sweater is a nice top with it, but I agree, the cardi really finishes it as does the belt. Ahhhh, so love seeing your WiWs!

  • pil replied 9 years ago

    Very nice pattern and sparkle. Such a nice skirt, what a find!

  • Karie replied 9 years ago

    The skirt is fabulous, and the cardi really ties the outfit together nicely. I do wear sequins with prints!

  • Joy replied 9 years ago

    Day, is there any color you can't wear? I don't remember you in smokey tones before but love how you have styled this top with black and even a print. I hope lunch with your friend was fun.

  • Day Vies replied 9 years ago

    Joy -- I am not sure if there is a color I just won't wear. If I really like it I'll try to sneak into an outfit anyway -- away from my face. I used to avoid lavender but I found colors that work with it (lavender and me so I guess that's my strategy.

    Deb- my shoes have got nothing on your collection of kitten heels.

  • Jeanie replied 9 years ago

    Really pretty color combination.  I am learning a lot from your posts.  I may have to try to copy this one except I have belt phobia!

  • Day Vies replied 9 years ago

    Jeanie -- don't be scared belts are your friends :-) I have a really round tummy and at one time could not be paid to tuck or wear a belt where it would show. Then I realized the reason why -- I'm short-waisted.  Play around with thick and thin ones, belting high and low until you find your sweet spot.

  • Jeanie replied 9 years ago

    Thanks for the belt encouragement Day Vies!  I will give it a try an let you know :) 

  • Asingh replied 9 years ago

    DV, I love that skirt! So ladylike. And I like how you've tied your belt.
    Don't think I'm shy of pairing prints with sequins. I think the best outfit combos are a result of trial and error. :)

  • lyn* replied 9 years ago

    You have the cutest skirts, don't you? :)

  • Ingunn replied 9 years ago

    Another winner from you, DV. Sparkle and pattern never looked better in daytime. I absolutely LOVE the pattern of your skirt and the fabulous color combination here. The subtle sparkle adds interest without stealing the show from your skirt. I prefer the cardigan on, too :)

  • Ornella replied 9 years ago

    It's no secret I'm a huge admirer of your style and this is why. Delightful outfit to read about, even better when looked at: creative and so feminine, but not sugary. Perfect example of the response you left on lyn's thread about rude comments - this IS dressing with care. I especially love the fact the skirt is a) from 'plain' H&M, and b) so 'old' but will keep going strong for a long time. The way you describe the colour of the top makes me wonder how my wardrobe can survive without something similar. 

    Next please.

  • Jaime replied 9 years ago

    You are so articulate and clear about your outfit descriptions - a pleasure to read. And, of course, you are a pleasure to see. Great outfit!

  • christieanne replied 9 years ago

    Way to sparkle! Love the combo. And the patterned skirt is a big step up from a plainer black trouser or skirt but it's the other pattern (the shoes!) that add the third layer of interest for me. Brilliant!

  • Lantana replied 9 years ago

    I admire your outfit and your analysis too.
    Would I mix sequins with print? Yes, I would if I could but I find the light here in my part of Australia is too harsh for daytime sparkle.

  • Sarah A replied 9 years ago

    So glad to see you and your fab inspiring outfits and great analysis back! Spot on on the color of the T. Perhaps un-nameable but OH so lovely! and perfect with the cardi. :)

  • JennyAnne replied 9 years ago

    What a great pairing!  You look fantastic.

  • amiable replied 9 years ago

    Wow!  This is a drool-worthy outfit.  You are stunning!

  • cobaltblue replied 9 years ago

    I love your skirt and shoes, especially! You've definitely mastered the perfectly-placed belt. Charming!

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    What Ornella said! It's true -- these are not new items, not expensive items, and yet you look fresh, current, and absolutely fabulous in them. And each item compliments the others. 

    I love what you said about the blue of the top. i always think of it as a smoky blue, and it is one of my absolute favourite shades in the world for exactly the reasons you give. It's especially stunning here with the black and white. 

  • Day Vies replied 9 years ago

    Suz -- I have to admit, most of my summer clothing is not very expensive -- I do however require that everything I wear is well made which means I put a lot of time into selecting individual pieces. I have this concept of "play clothes", which that it's no big deal if the piece destroyed. None of these pieces cost more than $30 when I bought them. The most expensive thing I am wearing are the shoes. They were a splurge but I bought them at Nordstrom Rack on sale -- they have been loved a lot too.

  • rae replied 9 years ago

    Eek! Those shoes! *plonk* 

  • Lisa replied 9 years ago

    That skirt is 7 years old?  Now THAT is a classic piece!  I don't think I own anything over 3 years. I purge too quickly sometimes.  I like that you have some sparkle for daytime but it's not too much sparkle.  I would sport sparkle myself, just in small doses for work.

  • rachylou replied 9 years ago

    Lol. I couldn't help myself. I thought: Now this is *shades of grey* done right...

    Ya ya. My bad. And yet true I tell you.

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