OOTD :: of Pantone, placid blue and violet tulip

Ever heard of Pantone?

Well, if you’ve got even a pinkie on the pulse of fashion, then you’re very much aware of their secret meetings and the annual grand reveal of the Color of the Year.

As a style blogging newb, I was vaguely aware of this bit of industry arcanum, but it recently came to the forefront when I was introduced to Alex @ Undergraduate Style. It seems Alex was doing a weekly highlight of each of the 10 hues from the Pantone Color Report for Spring 2014, to culminate this week with a celebratory linkup beginning this Tuesday.

Now, I already knew all about Radiant Orchid (2014’s Color of the Year), but Alex clued me in to the rest of the lot via a lovely infographic, and wouldn’t you know: 10 colors. 5 pairs. 5 days of the work week.

I sensed a weekly theme coming on.

And since Anne @ Spy Girl is discombobulating me with her I Pity the (April) Fool/Mr. T as fashion muse challenge, I’ll gracefully bow out of that and focus instead on Alex’s. This week, then, my friends, I present to you Pantone Party 2014.

We kick off the week with Placid Blue and Violet Tulip.




I’m not gonna lie – I purposely purchased this skirt for this day because I really don’t own a lot of purple, and the purple I do own has more of a grape hue. So bad news: I shopped out of my closet. But good news: I bought it on eBay for a fairly reasonable price considering the brand name, and therefore, not only did I get a deal, I also get the opportunity to link up for Caitlin’s second hand soireé.

This is an out-of-my-comfort-zone outfit. It’s flowy and oversized all at once, with nary a juxtaposed slim silhouette in sight. It’s that odd length of skirt, the one that makes me feel stumpy and matronly. It’s got a palette that’s washed-out pastel, no pops of color in this neck of the woods.

The whole vibe is soft and femme – reminiscent of boho flower power – and it’s so. Not. Me.

Rather than apologize for it, though, I chose to go whole hog, even playing around with a soft focus filter to emphasize the effect. Because this is something I wouldn’t normally wear together (I’d normally have donned a pair of skinnies and moto boots with the top or thrown on a graphic tee and moto jacket with the skirt) I feel slightly self-conscious and thus very visible today, but at least I think I managed to do well by this first color pairing.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Mossimo @ Target
Button down – Old Navy
Skirt – Ann Taylor LOFT @ eBay
Pumps – Janine @ Payless
Necklace – Target

:: Linking ::
Remix Rewear Restyle @ Greater Than Rubies
Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet

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13 thoughts on “OOTD :: of Pantone, placid blue and violet tulip

  1. […] I was inspired by Anne’s call to Pantone. I’ve done my take on interpreting last year’s colors before, but this year’s choices feel a bit anemic to […]

  2. […] is not my usual cup of tea, and like my previous attempt at flowy and fancy free, I don’t think I’ll be revisiting this particular outfit any […]

  3. jangrahammcmillen says:

    You look lovely in it though … this is a modern looking silhouette, and it’s problematic, but you handle it well. The thing is, people know you have a figure
    underneath the outfit, and it has the effect of emphasizing your petite-ness.
    I’ve been playing with similar issues, so I know what you mean. This is just another look for you to pull out and rock when you’re in the mood!

    • mtsedwards says:

      You’re right, of course. It’s the whole being petite thing. This look is probably best served by our taller sisters, eh?

  4. Caitlin says:

    Love that you’re pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, Maricel! These colors are beautiful with your skin tone and hair color. Hope you’re having a fabulous week, friend!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I’m trying, Caitlin. Glad my efforts seem to be paying off, regardless of my own dissatisfaction. My week will be even more fabulous once Friday comes rolling around. 😀

  5. AHHHHHHH a mega plug/weekly theme! Wowie wow wow. Thanks for your support!!!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Any time, girl! We little fish have to stick together in this big pond! Just waiting for your link to go live. May I post all my outfits this week or shall I choose just one?

  6. Never apologize for your style! i really like this look, and this deep color. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday! xox

    • mtsedwards says:

      I do love the deep purple and the skirt is swishy. Maybe I just have a case of the Monday blahs. So thank you for your kind words!

  7. You don’t look matronly or stumpy, not with your shapely calves and ankles! I’d love to see you style these pieces again, in the more YOU ways you mentioned.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Haha! And then of course the weather turned and I subbed out the pumps for a pair of booties which hide more of my “shapely ankles” but it’s Monday and overcast and I’m having a bad hair day and more and more I’m realizing that our scheduled Spring Break is much later than all the other districts’ and I’m just tired and don’t feel cute at all. Bleh.

      (But yes, I am in love with this Target top and am imagining many more “me” ways to style it.)

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