Dressing down a red suit jacket

Today I decided to revive a great formula -- khaki's, striped tee and a jacket. This particular jacket is part of a suit (Tahari). I just liked how this outfit came off casual and polished. It was also a bit of a surprise that I'm wearing red white and blue but I don't look like a cliche.

Suggestions for other color combinations are appreciation.

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  • Adelfa replied 10 years ago

    Super cute! I love how the red is on the blue side which harmonizes with the blues in your outfit and looks less patriotic I think (less than scarlet).

  • rae replied 10 years ago

    Love this! So sassy and non-suit-like with the little nautical tee. The gold buttons make me smile!

  • Ornella replied 10 years ago

    Gorgeous. You are right, it's not screaming cliche at all.

    Do you mind me asking how tall you are? You appear very tall and so statuesque.

  • Deborah replied 10 years ago

    Oh my, this is stunning DV. It's so elegant and polished but still casual. Very clever styling. I see elements of Parisian chic.

  • Raisin replied 10 years ago

    Not looking cliche at all, DV! That suit jacket is fantastic, glad you broke up the suit to wear it. It does look fantastic with stripes and navy.

  • Karie replied 10 years ago

    I always shy away from the red/white/blue combo, but you have shown us how to do it right!

  • Day Vies replied 10 years ago

    Ornella -- I am 5'5" tall. I always wanted to be taller but that's all the growing I was allowed to do.

  • replied 10 years ago

    Looks great! I love how this is such a classic colour combination, but doesn't look staid or boring at all.

  • hedgiehog replied 10 years ago

    I love the way you mixed the suit jacket with more casual pieces to creat this look. Black and white stripes are one of my favourites and I especially love it with red. It is very chic and your legs look fantastic in those trousers. I have a lot of suits and it's nice to have inspiration on how to dress them down. ;)


  • Niefern replied 10 years ago

    Day, I too was under the impression that you were *very* tall.
    Anyway, you look so good in that outfit.

  • Sona replied 10 years ago

    as always you look glamorous and oh so tall. I love the navy khakis with the dressier jacket. nice combo of high end and less high end pieces.

  • Beth Ann replied 10 years ago

    I try to remember that so many flags use red, white and blue because it's so pleasing and fab! I like the crispness without formality of this look.

    Even in the freezing temps, you're creating the hope of Spring!

  • Tina.b replied 10 years ago

    Such an elegant and classic look. Those pants look so great on you and the fit of the entire outfit is just impeccable. Perfect for spring!

  • Angie replied 10 years ago

    Modern Classic Smart Casual Perfection.

  • Thistle replied 10 years ago

    You look waaay taller than 5'5"! Gorgeous, beautiful and perfect. Love this on you!

  • Ingunn replied 10 years ago

    I LOVE this. Really, this is perfection. The jacket is so pretty! The word cliche doesn't apply to your outfit at all, but I'm curious: When *is* a red-white-blue outfit a cliche? These colors are in our flag too, so the patriotic connection is there for me too. I'm feeling a little uncertain about how to pull off such a classic combination with success, the way you do here.

  • Jonesy replied 10 years ago

    This is playful but professional--love the stripes! Your legs look about a mile long; maybe that's why people were wondering about how tall you are :). You look gorgeous.

  • Suz replied 10 years ago

    I love how you are finally getting to wear that fantastic jacket and already are putting it through its paces. Great job casualizing the suit jacket! And yes, mile long legs is exactly it!

  • harmonica replied 10 years ago

    Gorgeous! I too was under the impression that you were really tall :-)

  • Day Vies replied 10 years ago

    Ingunn -- Great point -- I think cliche for me living in the US would be a literal interpretation of our flag: white stars on a dark blue background paired with red and white stripes. Also a flag motif would look cliche IMO.

    Color combinations associated with holidays, flags or other kinds of organizations can look kitschy when the colors match exactly, but I think when you play around with the hues things get interesting. Adelfa makes a great point about this when she said that the red of my jacket has a blue tone to it because the red in our flag tends to be a brighter true red. A variation on the red white and blue theme would be dark teal, burgundy and ivory OR aqua, red-orange and cream.

  • Jjsloane replied 10 years ago

    We are separated at birth! I love this. I always feel a bit overexposed in red, but love it. This is a great way to tone it down and keep it classy.

  • unfrumped replied 10 years ago

    I like it!
    Other color combinations that are fresh with red is with warmer or colors like certain beiges and tans, khaki's plus just a touch of black. That is a bluish red and might not work because a lot of those run yellowish, but you might have something in your closet.

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