OOTD :: of not just Halloween anymore

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Because black and orange shouldn’t be restricted to one specific holiday. Especially when you pair both with a sharp shot of white for contrast to eliminate their traditionally gloomy associations.

This week is Stripes Week over at Anne’s neck of the woods, and I decided I needed to expand my stripe horizons by utilizing pieces that haven’t gotten much play since I’d bought them. And trust me, I’ve got quite a few pieces that were purchased merely on an impulse whim (the current impulse whim being anchors, btw) but were then relegated to the back of the closet upon receipt.

This gem of a blazer was acquired about three years ago when I first dipped my toe in the fashion blogging pool and it was the “in” thing to have. I searched high and low for a reasonably priced version and stumbled upon this one in from Daily Look before they’d morphed into a “box” program.

I guess I was satisfied with merely owning the darned thing, because quite frankly I don’t remember if I’ve ever worn it. Anne’s challenge prompted me to give it a whirl, however, and I’m happy to report that its purchase was a wise one. I like how it plays nicely with the orange; I like how its forgiving fabric makes allowances for my no-expanded girth; I like its cropped length that hits me at that perfect sweet spot so I don’t look either too stumpy or too dumpy.

And I like how effortless this entire ensemble looks. With our schizophrenic weather, I do so appreciate un-fussy outfits.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top  – F21
Blazer – Daily Look
Trousers – Old Navy
Booties – Fergalicious

 :: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl

:: plug.dj it ::
To Be Continued by Kaori Sadohara

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14 thoughts on “OOTD :: of not just Halloween anymore

  1. Love it! I’ve been dealing with this feeling, too. I love black and orange together, but I’m always worried people will think I am dressing oddly given the time of year. You made this look bright and ready for summer.

    • I think the trick is to pair them with a third color? Or perhaps a pattern in one of the colors? I shall continue to experiment…

  2. Hello lovely! Great stripes and SO nicely teamed with orange! I have had that thing with ‘owning it, not wearing it’ – not deliberately but it happened!
    So I once had an oversized navy and white striped blazer (vertical stripes rather than horizontal) and it really looked like an English Public School boy’s blazer and I had this Conductor friend who really adored it and told me how much he loved it every time I wore it. I knew that was because it reminded him of the fact that he went to a posh Public school!x

    • You MUST tell me more about education in England. Is public better than private? Why is it “posh”? It’s the exact opposite of the U.S. system! I’m so intrigued…

    • They’re a perfect blend, so even though it feels and moves like linen, there’s minimal wrinkling. It’s the best purchase I’ve made in a while.

    • Ah, a rose by any other name…When you call it “tangerine” instead of “orange”, it totally makes it more chic, n’est-ce pas?

  3. Ohh! I love it! That blazer is wonderful. Although you know I love anything with stripes. I didn’t realize that was Anne’s theme for the week but my outfit today conveniently works. Probably because I’m wearing stripes most of the time…

    • I was contemplating cutting off the trousers so I can wear them with flats. Who knew linen would be so comfortable?

  4. My post is finally up! Tech difficulties, still not totally solved. Plus sloth. HAD to take a day off yesterday!

    This is a GREAT jacket and I can visualize it mixing with all sorts of items in your closet. That black + orange = Halloween thing irks me to no end. I think you avoided it adroitly here.

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