OOTD :: of Marsala, paisley, and closet orphans


For the month of January, Selah and I challenge you with this: Favorite Literary Man. Now mind you, we’re talking literary, not literate. Although I suppose your literary man could be your fave because he was literate.

Ah, I’m making things too discombobulated again. Just pick your fave guy from a book you’ve read and use him as inspiration for this Thursday’s T3 linkup, would ya? Thank you very much. πŸ™‚




Today, 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 me. Thus, rather than creating looks for the entire complement of colors, I’ll just do one outfit highlighting the color I do like. Happily, it is also the Color of the Year.

Marsala – it evokes richness and wine and winter and decadence. I think Renaissance and Baroque in one happy anachronistic amalgam. That said, I really wasn’t in the mood for costume today, so my interp of Ren-Baroque is rather tame. I am sporting some fab Marsala pants, though, purchased for a steal at one of those Kohl’s super sales. They’re lined and coated and warm and could perhaps eclipse my $7 Forever 21 jeans as my fave pants.

I made good use of this palette

pantone2015when I chose my top. Initially, I was gonna go greens and blues, but this blouse – one I’d acquired when I was Mad Hunting for paisley and which subsequently ended up in the depths of my closet when the urge for the print waned – leapt out and begged to be worn. I was pleasantly surprised with the way the colors all harmonized in real life and will never doubt the Pantone gurus again.


:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
TopΒ  – unknown label @ eBay
Pants – Rock & Republic @ Kohl’s
Booties – Fergie

Β :: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl
Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet

:: Grooveshark it ::
Whoa by Paramore



19 thoughts on “OOTD :: of Marsala, paisley, and closet orphans

  1. […] done baroque before, of course (see here and here and possibly here) but I never tire of it so I guess we can safely say that it’s a fashion genre that’s […]

  2. Jan Graham-McMillen says:

    ( I’m playing catch-up, with apologies for being so late.)
    I’m always up for these classy, cool, nerdy-subtle colors. I really think the ability to appreciate a beautiful subtle shade is a brainy talent. So, you’re looking very smart in a lot of ways here!
    Elegant and edgy.

    • mtsedwards says:

      No apologies necessary, my friend. Getting a comment on an older post is like getting belated Christmas presents – always a winner in my book. πŸ™‚

  3. Is it going to be the third Thursday of January already!?! My head has been all over the place lately! Hmmm, I have a very clear idea of the character I would like to portray but don’t yet know what to do with him!

  4. Kezzie says:

    Sounds intriguing! Could I somehow manage a Mr Tilney?!!?x

  5. I’ve tried a few pairs of coated jeans, and just don’t feel like they work for me. I guess I’m not as badass as you. πŸ˜‰

    Ashes of Roses? How Victorian!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yes, the names have a decidedly Victorian cast to them, don’t they?

      And I think you just need to find the proper pair of coated pants to fall into your lap like these did for me. I do think you have a certain secret level of badassness that you let loose on occasion.

  6. Val S says:

    Another unexpected combination of light blue with a red-tone (see Tiina at Elegance Revisited – http://www.elegance-revisited.com/2015/01/i-can-do-pastels.html – for another great combination). I love it! And I’m liking you in pants, but still with your lovely high heels. Another cool combo!

    My last thought before waking this morning was “Javier Bardem in a boat.” Not that he’s a literary character, but I just thought I’d share that lovely thought with you. πŸ˜›

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, you’re right! I like her color combo too! Ah, the beauty of the blogosphere, eh? Inspiration can be found anywhere. Even Javier Bardem in a boat. ;p

  7. Patti says:

    Nice use of Marsala! (I can’t get used to that word, but you, you look fab : > Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xo.

  8. Anne the SpyGirl says:

    Well played with the marsala! I agree, it’s kind of drab. Your paisley livens it up nicely. Thanks for linking!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Told ya I wouldn’t abandon 52 Pick-me-up! You are the very first linkup I owe allegiance to and I just have to stop being so overambitious with it and have fun again.

  9. chessakat says:

    Oooh, those pants sound (and look!) amazing. Loving that top! I’m still so print averse when shopping for myself, but baby steps right?

    • mtsedwards says:

      And once again, you are up at this ungodly hour. Crazy lady! Kids woke you up again? ;p But yes, baby steps indeed. After all, look how far you’ve come with white!

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