Monday, March 11, 2013

Rich Texture and Tone: Velvet & Royal Blue (and Quick Review)

At times, one's desire of showcasing an outfit doesn't go as planned. I assume this must be common, especially among fashion bloggers, as chasing the sun to capture natural lighting for photos can be quite bothersome. After a busy day of errands, the sun has long set by the time these photos are taken. Despite poor lighting, I still want to share them because I really enjoy the texture and tone of the outfit. The velvet legging not only keeps me warm but its rich texture also pairs luxuriously against a royal blue blouse and completes the outfit with my black wedges.
Blouse: Lands' End
Legging: Aerie
Purse: Forever 21
Shoes (worn with low cut socks): Ann Taylor

Quick Review

The legging has a good weight to it (doesn't feel cheap), wide waist band, and size XS fits me well throughout. I totally recommend it! It's a wardrobe staple for dressy or semi-casual days. For the blouse, size 2 (smallest size) is a little roomy in the sleeves but the semi-tapered cut on both sides of the blouse drapes nicely. Also, the (not-intended tunic) length works out for my petite frame as it covers the tush and crotch appropriately! A major con is the 100% polyester fabric is thin and clingy. Before heading out, I rub a dryer sheet on my cami and the inside of the blouse to prevent static cling as demonstrated here by Chriselle Lim. If interested, both legging and blouse are recent purchases so they should still be available.
Coat: Hollister

Friday, March 1, 2013

Colors Pairing: Burgundy & Pastel Lavender

As silly as it may sound, discovering good color pairings by chance makes me giddy. A huge smile suddenly appears on my face while I make mental note to take the outfit out for a spin when opportunity beckons! I adore the color combination of burgundy and pastel lavender. Together, they contrast yet exude subtle harmony. Personally, this color scheme is quite uncommon than a neutral with burgundy.
Sweater: American Eagle
Coat: Forever 21
Pleather Legging: Decree
Purse: Pac Sun
Shoes: Sam Edelman

Wanting to don something casual and comfortable, I use pleather legging as my base and pair the rest of the outfit around it. The wedge sneakers against the knit texture and smooth-finished of pleather add chicness to an otherwise casual outfit. Although I'd prefer if the knitting of this sweater is smaller, its slouchiness (comprises of dolman sleeves, wide neckline, and tunic length) makes it comfortable to stroll around in.