OOTD :: of monochrome and neutral niftiness

september 24

september 24

september 24

Alright, perhaps I was a bit premature in my celebrating.

Because I don’t know if 86 degrees Fahrenheit can be considered cool. Unless, perhaps, you live in the Sahara.

Still, I am closeted in my arctic classroom all day, so I’m going to proceed with my trouser theme with impunity.

Today’s offering is a study in monochrome and neutrals. After so many weeks living in bright colors and prints, it’s a bit refreshing trying my hand at understatement.

I’ve not worn these particular pair of trousers in a while because brown has always been such a trial for me. I like it on others but have a hard time wearing it myself. Maybe that’s why I’ve chosen it for my neutral day – the only thing I can think of pairing it with is a subdued pairing of off-white on off-white.

The deep V of the top’s neckline proved another difficulty. I tried several necklaces for this ensemble and was coming up blank. Then I remembered there are other neck accessories besides necklaces. Out came my scarf bin and with a little maneuvering – and a creative use of a sarong clip – I managed to fashion a nifty bit of visual interest while still sticking to the neutral palette.

I like this outfit a lot. Although I have a sneaking suspicion it won’t photograph well – light colors and flowy tops translate dumpy on camera unless one is a 6’2″ 105-lb. model – I feel polished and comfortable in it, and really, that’s all anyone can ask for, isn’t it?

P.S. Pardon the lighting and the photo quality. I dunno what’s going on today…

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – H&M (similar)
Cardigan – F21 (similar)
Trousers – Express (similar)
Shoes – Jessica Simpson @ Ross
Scarf – eBay
Purse – Merona @ Target (similar)

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2 thoughts on “OOTD :: of monochrome and neutral niftiness

  1. Amanda says:

    Actually don’t think it made you look frumpy at all! You looked great.

  2. jenortega says:

    I really liked this outfit : )

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