WIW: adding interest to an outfit

I read Angie's post today before I got dressed for work, so I had her concepts in mind as I put the outfit together. I planned to wear this olive dress today, but I wasn't sure what accessories or footwear I would add. The dress can be kind of a blank slate for me, as I have lots of warm- and cooler-weather pieces to add to it. (Which is a good thing, because I will be wearing it often through December, as it is part of my work "uniform" this season.)

Today I was wearing my white sports watch, and when I put on the dress, I liked the crisp white watch with it. So I decided to try my stone colored knit double-breasted jacket, and then added cream-and-taupe sandals that also echoed the light tones of the watch and jacket. The jacket and sandals are bookends, and I would say the sandals also bookend my hair--thus, I used idea #4, bookending, from Angie's list. The chunky sports watch with a dress and jacket is a nod to  #2, irregular juxtaposition, and I would say the jacket itself incorporates this idea, as it is a double-breasted blazer made out of a very casual fabric, linen-cotton knit, with raw edges. To go further with #2, I might have worn my white sneakers, but I felt there was enough sporty-casual going on already here.
On the dressy or more feminine side, I added brass-toned earrings, a statement-y bolo necklace with a stone that echoes the light tones of the jacket, and a brassy bracelet. I like to wear brass jewelry with the color olive; I prefer brass to gold, because it's more casual and muted. Perhaps this would be considered shine, as in #1, color, pattern, texture, and shine, but it is shine on my terms, i.e., not too shiny! I defnitely thought of #1 when I added the bag with a burnished pewter faux leather and mixed denim-based prints. I feel like this bag really adds something to this otherwise pretty quiet, subtle outfit.

The pieces: Dress Jove in olive and jacket Bony, in pearl (OSKA); cream and taupe sandals (P.Monjo); bolo necklace (Madewell); brass earrings (Marjorie Baer); brass bracelet (Jenny Bird); white sports watch (Casio, Baby G); mixed print bag with pewter faux leather base and handles (made by me).

It was fun to invent and analyze an outfit using Angie's tried-and-true tips for creating interest. Thanks for looking, and I welcome any comments or ideas you'd like to share.

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20 Comments

  • Joy replied 2 months ago

    I love the shape of your dress. You did make it interesting with the white and light accessories and jacket. Well done.

  • Firecracker replied 2 months ago

    Thanks, Joy!

  • Jane replied 2 months ago

    A great look, very creative!

  • Cardiff girl replied 2 months ago

    A very modern and interesting looking outfit.

  • Sal replied 2 months ago

    I like what you have done with the shine, juxtaposition and bookending. I can see the dress looking great with black for a moody look or with cognac for a warmer look.

  • Jenni NZ replied 2 months ago

    Wow! Love the dress, the shoes, bag and necklace especially- but that’s nearly all of it, right?

  • Bijou replied 2 months ago

    Amazing - a beautiful outfit so gorgeous on elegant you. You have used the style tips in a most lovely and in some cases subtle ways. A wonderful dress to have as part of your work uniform.

  • Firecracker replied 2 months ago

    Thank you, Jane and Cardiff Girl, for your comments!
    Sal, I like your ideas. I did wear it with black sandals, black-framed glasses, and a necklace with some black touches last time. I will have to try it with cognac, too.
    JenniZ, ha!
    Bijou, thanks! I appreciate your comment about subtlety; sometimes Angie's style tips can be work in ways I don't immediately recognize.

  • Angie replied 2 months ago

    Fab analysis and outfit! You look arty and elegant. Love the repetition of the white. It’s gorgeous with your hair.

  • Janet replied 2 months ago

    You nailed it. I think the shoes and the necklace totally make it sing.

  • lisa p replied 2 months ago

    Great look - I love it!  That dress is outstanding on you.

  • Firecracker replied 2 months ago

    Thank you, Angie, Janet, and Lisa!

  • The Cat replied 2 months ago

    Love how your bag, shoes and necklace add interest to your outfit.

  • suntiger replied 2 months ago

    Looks great, and very versatile! The purple version may need to come live with me!

  • shevia replied 2 months ago

    Love the final look and your explanation of how you got there. The shoes and the jewelry are all excellent with the dress and jacket. I know what you mean about brass too. 

  • rachylou replied 2 months ago

    Principles in Action! :)

  • Brooklyn replied 2 months ago

    What a great look for summer. I am jealous of that lovely dress. And you make handbags too? You are so talented!

  • Suz replied 2 months ago

    Fabulous! I love the lantern shape of the dress and you look great in this colour (neutral?) combination. Agree about the bag -- it really adds something special. 

    On white -- with my grey hair I have rediscovered it. When in doubt, add some white, is actually one of my new mottos. I almost never buy a pattern that doesn't include white now. And I wear more of it as a solid colour, too. 

  • torontogirl replied 2 months ago

    Fantastic - the overall effect is simple, but the details are so perfect and keep it interesting and intentional.

  • Barbara Diane replied 2 months ago

    I like how all the details of the jewelry and the pattern of the bag elevate an already great outfit.

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