Playing with neutrals

This was my Sunday brunch outfit. I think it's a nice play on classics. This sweater fits more snugly that it used to so I thought it would look best under a jacket and paired with some wide-legged bottoms. The proportions work out better for my body type. I have not worn this pair of khakis in quite some time but because they are shorter (meaning regular length) than most of my other khakis as a result they work better with flats. I also loved how the over-sized navy and cream houndstooth print played with black and tan. I think it's a pretty nifty outfit for Sunday brunch.

I'm wearing:
Tan Talbot's flannel blazer
Navy and cream GAP sweater
Black BR khakis
Silver Vera Wang python print ballet flats
new favorite "pearl" earrings from Target

Happy Monday!

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  • replied 7 years ago

    Lovely! I love the lightness that the white gives to this look and you're right, the hounds tooth does play nicely with the black and tan. I like the sweater length with the pants and the touch of animal print is very fun indeed.

  • Nebraskim replied 7 years ago

    So glad you're back and looking so stylish.

  • Olivegreen replied 7 years ago

    Proportions look just right. You can carry a pattern. Envy!

  • UmmLila replied 7 years ago

    I like this combination a lot. I might have worn a more substantial shoe.

  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    So glad you are back! I have missed you! And you look amazing.

  • Day Vies replied 7 years ago

    Una - I missed you too, thanks so much; I'll take amazing any day.

    UmmLila - When I play with neutrals, pattern and shine must come to play or else I'm just not being myself. When I'm not wearing color, a subtle shoe is not a good choice for me. 

    Olivegreen - I used to be afraid of pattern. Since joining the forum I've gotten better about incorporating pattern. I am still not where I'd like to be.

    Diane G. - you make a good point about sweater length. I have noticed that depending on my pants, the length and width of the leg, I may need a sweater with a longer or shorter hem. I'm sure there's some golden ratio governing outfits at play but don't ask me to explain it :-)

    Nebraskim - I was able to squeeze in a little stylish time for me because DH was conducting daddy-daughter time with DD.

  • Helena replied 7 years ago

    Day Vies, I love this - great neutrals-mixing and still a nice pop with the strong pattern of the sweater. The earrings are a great modern classic touch!

  • jackiec replied 7 years ago

    Absolutely nifty :) I like the print of your sweater. Hope brunch was yummy!

  • Mochi replied 7 years ago

    You look swell! Very chic and assured, and the fit is great 

  • UmmLila replied 7 years ago

    I like the shoe color/pattern, being a fan of light colored shoes ... I meant something like a little heel or chunkier sole so the shoe would show more!

  • CocoLion replied 7 years ago

    Wow … Ms Legs … I would have to be wearing 4" heels to pull of proportions like that!  You look fantastic.  I continue to admire your skill with color and proportion, always learning from you!  So good to see you back here too.

  • UmmLila replied 7 years ago

    I was surprised when you said in another thread that you are 5'5" ... I always thought you were taller from your photos. I think Cocolion is right about the legs!

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    Love the crisp navy/cream pattern against the tan.  And layering sweaters under a jacket is practical this time of year and polished.

  • Karie replied 7 years ago

    Houndstooth is one of my favorite patterns, and it looks fantastic on you. It goes really well with the black and tan, and makes a perfect outfit for Sunday brunch!

  • Day Vies replied 7 years ago

    Torontogirl - I love these earrings they have a little edge to them and edge is not what I would use to describe my core style

    Jackiec- brunch was very yummy.

    Mochi - Thank you!

    UmmLila -- gotcha! I love a heel too. I wear more substantial heels when my pants are longer. These are only about 30-31" and I need 33-34" to do a heel w/o looking like I am waiting for the flood.

    Coco - I have come to terms with the fact that proportionally I have no torso and really long legs. The benefit is I look really tall ;-D

    Beth Ann - Best idea I've had all year ... toasty!!!

  • Jaime replied 7 years ago

    Very nifty indeed! You are so good with outfit proportions - wonderful that you are back!

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    You belong on a fashion magazine cover in that outfit. So elegant.

  • columbine(erin) replied 7 years ago

    I love the pattern mixing you've done here!

  • Sal replied 7 years ago

    Wonderful outfit, lovely to see neutrals looking so powerful!

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 7 years ago

    I agree this outfit is terrific on you. I love the neutrals together. They give your signature modern classic style, and you have the fun, feminine touches with the shoes and earrings. Is that a pearl back on the pearl earring? It looks really cool--classic with an edge. And are they reversible--i.e., can you wear the small pearl on back and big on front, too? That would be some fun versatility.

  • retailgirl replied 7 years ago

    Great combo! I noticed the earrings right away and I love them! I'm a big pearl fan, you know, classic pearls but I think I need some earrings like that.

  • kkards replied 7 years ago

    love the layering of sweater and blazer, i used to do this all the time, need to revisit this.  
    and wow, i don't believe that you are only an inch taller than i am! you were made for pants like this!

  • Day Vies replied 7 years ago

    Columbine - I was wondering if anyone could see that the khakis have a tonal stripe woven into the fabric. This is about as daring as I get on the pattern mixing.

    Joy- you are so generous with your complements - thank you!

    Firecracker - Absolutely - the earring is essentially the small pearl in the front and the earring back is a huge marble-sized pearl. It is a reversible earring I believe the design is a Dior knock-off. I wasn't looking for this earring when I stumbled across it but I was happy with the result just the same. I agree it  is classic with a little edge. I've tried it with the big pearl in the front but the impact is not quite the same. I did mix it up and tried the front with faux diamond studs -- that was interesting. I am having fun with these earrings.

    Kkards - Pants like this treat me very well. They don't slide around like jeans (no stretch) and have the same level of durability. (This pair is like 8 years old!).  They aren't precious so if DD drools on them no harm no foul.
    I was motivated to add a jacket simply because I love this sweater but I can't wear it with everything because it doesn't drape. If you have a sweater or 2 with the same fit issue it/they will do nicely under a jacket (make sure the jacket is lined!)

  • Lisa replied 7 years ago

    Lovely outfit for Sunday brunch.  If you have red or orange or some other bold bright colored trouser or jean that houndstooth sweater would remix quite well with it too.

  • lyn67 replied 7 years ago

    YLF, Day, happy you are back!:-) Love that mega houndstooth and  this is such a stylish, well put together and chic outfit! Applause!

  • celia replied 7 years ago

    You look wonderful!

  • Sara L. replied 7 years ago

    Fun sweater!  I like the oversized pattern.  You look great and I hope brunch was yummy.

  • rachylou replied 7 years ago

    Ooh, I like! I'm into black and tan.

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