Bright colors make me incredibly happy! They make a bold statement without you having to utter a single word. Note that I’m not one of those people who subscribes to the notion that bright colors should be limited to warmer seasons; I wear vibrant colors all year around! Might I add that I am a die-hard fan of bold prints as well? Dare I say that pairing bright colors and bold prints is one of my favorite style-related things to do. I mean what’s not to love about being a walking work of art? *chuckle*
Side note: I was recently featured in Chic Society Magazine’s Summer issue, where I talked about how to style print. Get yourself a copy of the magazine, if you haven’t already.
Today’s look features a flowy, yellow skirt that is an undisputed winner in my books, for more reasons than one. I don’t need to mention that the “you better notice me right now” bright color was the first selling point. Add to that the pleats, length, and A-line cut, and we have a lethal combination guaranteed to grab attention. In my (not always so humble) opinion, pleats give off a unique vibe that I am particularly drawn to. The trick is in the length or it can be a fine line between looking stylish and looking matronly. I choose the former, please! The slightly above-the-knee length is just the right amount of sassy but classy for me. Plus the high waist emits a vintage vibe that I absolutely adore. Speaking of waists, the elastic waist makes for a comfortable fit. You don’t have to worry about unfastening buttons after you’ve eaten a tad too much. *giggle*
Backstory: My love for pleats can be traced back to my childhood. I went to an elementary school that required the wearing of school uniforms. Our skirts were navy blue, pleated beauties. Ah! Sweet memories!
Can we talk about the top now? It’s an off-shoulder, ruffle and horizontal stripes union that I’m bouncing off the walls in excitement about! Some people steer away from horizontal stripes due to the tendency to make one appear broader; however, I believe that given a little thought, one can still pull off the look. The key lies in the size of the stripes, and the overall design of the clothing piece. Take this top I have on for example- the off-shoulder and ruffle overlay neckline has a slimming effect. Plus, the stripes are thin which ensures there’s not too much “visual noise.” Pairing the top with a bright colored skirt, also served to draw some attention away from the stripes. The elasticized off-shoulder neckline makes this top ultra comfortable to wear. Additionally, the soft lightweight jersey fabric is a plus in this blazing hot furnace also known as summer in Texas. I’ll toast to shoulders shrugging off sleeves this summer, showing some skin in style, all while enjoying the sun’s rays.
In keeping with the bold theme, I chose a pair of fuschia, tassels and fringe detail, lace-up, heeled sandals to complete the look. The contrast created by the yellow, pink and stripes is a win in my books. The shoes raise the finger-snap worthy look to the tenth power. Can you say a totally different level! I contemplated opting for a dark colored pair of shoes; however, I ruled that out as the outfit would not have been as eye-catching as it is paired with the fuschia heels. I kept my jewelry to a minimum because the outfit already speaks for itself. A gold choker and watch were enough to complete the look. Oh! I forgot to mention that the blue eyeglasses and multi-colored fan were strategically positioned for an extra dose of sassiness. (Lol).
A recurrent theme on this blog is versatility. If you’re new here, you might be wondering what I’m referring to, yes? Well, I’m a proponent of getting the most wear out of clothing pieces. Therefore, I gravitate towards pieces that allow for seamless pairing with multiple other pieces. This skirt can be paired with all manner of pieces, everything from button down shirts, to camisoles, to tank tops, to crop tops. The top can also be paired with a variety of pieces; think pencil skirts, shorts, jeans, slacks etc. Surely I’m not the only person who gets excited about creating new looks with the same basic pieces, am I?
As always, I’m all about sharing my style finds. I present to you specific outfit details, so you can recreate the look.
You can find the skirt here
That’s all folks! Now go forth and be dapper! 🙂