WIW: Utility pretty

When Angie posted this Utility Pretty ensemble, I though immediately of an outfit I could wear like it, and today is finally the right day for it.

The outfit (worn for a day off): Olive utility pants (Madewell, cropped by me); olive, blush, and purple floral floaty silk top (made by me); blush 3/4-sleeved cardigan (Halogen); blush clutch (J.Crew); and nude ankle strap pumps (ALG) OR pewter d'Orsay flats (Walk, Frankie).

I'm going to wear the flats today, because they feel less fussy, but I really like the pumps with the outfit. What do you think?

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  • karen13 replied 3 years ago

    Heavy on the pretty. I really like this outfit. Those pumps look wonderful, as do the flats. And the sweater and clutch make it so polished.

  • Ledonna N. replied 3 years ago

    Oh this is so spot on. I love the crop length on these. And the heels are perfect. Very great look.

  • Inge replied 3 years ago

    I love it, Sharan! Both with the pumps and the flats (the colour of the pumps goes extra well with the pinks in your outfit:-)
    That blouse is absolutely gorgeous, and the ladylike cardigan adds in extra pretty. Wonderful with the clutch too, and the pretty earrings finish off the look perfectly.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thank you, Karen, Ledonna, and Inge!

  • merwoman replied 3 years ago

    This is utility gorgeous! Love it all FC!

  • frannieb replied 3 years ago

    Great outfit. Utility pretty is a look i really enjoy. I have those AGLs and they are the most comfortable heels ever.

  • Mirjana replied 3 years ago

    Lovely outfit I like it do much especially with nice pumps. Blouse is gorgeous and blush cardigan with clutch add extra pretty look. Fantastic.

  • jill58 replied 3 years ago

    This looks wonderful. You wear everything so well. 

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Very pretty! This looks amazing on you. Comfortable and pretty. The blush shoes especially look lovely.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, everyone!
    High five, Frannieb! The shoes are amazingly comfy for pumps, I agree.

  • Jenn replied 3 years ago

    Very nice! I prefer it without the sweater, and with the pumps, but the pink and olive is a really wonderful combination! Reminds me of the pink and gray combo that was my favorite as a teenager.

  • Berkeley Girl replied 3 years ago

    It is a VERY pretty outfit! Lovely blouse.

    I love both pairs of shoes, and those pumps are great (I'd be drooling over them if I ever wore heels, and might still look into them for a special occasion shoe...), but I think the flats work better with this.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Jenn, ha! I don't need the cardigan after all today. It's going to be 89 degrees here!
    Thanks, Berkeley Girl. The heel is very low and easy to wear, if you do need an pair of occasion pumps.

  • JuniperGreen replied 3 years ago

    CUTE!  This looks like a good transitional outfit to me, too.

  • Berkeley Girl replied 3 years ago

    Thanks Firecracker! I think I will try them on, at least. I love both the style and the, obviously, the colors, which would be such a good match to my wardrobe. It would be great to have a pair of pumps on hand for those times when the need arises... especially a pair that is both pretty and comfortable! 

    ETA to add that they are, alas, sold out! 

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    BG, after I saw your first comment, I looked around to see if I could still find them, and I only found them on eBay. But there was a similar low block-heeled style by AGL more recently. It is a comfortable brand overall, when it fits your foot. Anyway, good luck!

  • Jane replied 3 years ago

    Very pretty utility. Lovely to see olive and the pink. I like it with the heels more I think, but the silver flats are good too. 

  • texstyle replied 3 years ago

    I agree it is very pretty - and the heels are great with it, but I would opt for the flats for a non-work day too. Olive and pink are a really nice pairing.

  • mtnsofthemoon replied 3 years ago

    Love, love, love it.  So pretty.  I love the color combo and those shoes!!  

  • JAileen replied 3 years ago

    Lovely outfit. Gorgeous top. Pink and olive look great together.

  • Karie replied 3 years ago

    A super gorgeous utility pretty outfit. I prefer it with the flats, probably because that's what I would feel most comfortable wearing!

  • skylurker replied 3 years ago

    I love the look. Yes, I really like the pumps with it too. Such a pretty outfit, the light pink and the pattern make the khaki chinos look polished.

  • Dianna replied 3 years ago

    This is great.  I love olive paired with blush. The print top adds more fun to the outfit.  I like it both, with flats and heels.  You always manage to look stylish, yet comfortable.

  • Deborah replied 3 years ago

    Beautiful outfit!  Love those tones together and they suit you so well. I am partial to heels too but both work :)

  • Lyn D. replied 3 years ago

    This is lovely!
    The heels look fantastic and everything fits beautifully of course.

  • unfrumped replied 3 years ago

    Oh very delicious! The top fabric print is fabulous. Made by you!
    I don't see you in pastels as much but these look great. And you are queen of olive( along with lisap).

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    My favorite part is the blouse - gorgeous, and the combination is fab too.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, everyone! Your comments just made my day.

  • lyn67 replied 3 years ago

    Oh, very pretty indeed! JUST LOVE IT!:-)

  • RobinF replied 3 years ago

    I like this, very pretty way to wear olive with the pink. I prefer the flats but do think the pumps look pretty too. Love that top - your sewing skills are just fab!

  • Elizabeth P replied 3 years ago

    Perfection!  Both shoes work well, although the pumps do push it up a notch in the prettiness factor.

  • Bijou replied 3 years ago

    STUNNING! I love this outfit so very much, especially with the pumps (although the flats are lovely too). Every element is simply perfect. 

  • Lisa replied 3 years ago

    You nailed this look.  It's the perfect transitional outfit.  And I have no shoe preference, I like both with this look.

  • Kari replied 3 years ago

    These colors are made for you. I love the blush and the metallics with the earthy pants-this looks chic and reminds me of the gleam from rocks or minerals in a desert. So beautiful.

    I'm rarely drawn to blush (one of my worst colors) but your outfit makes me a bit wistful for it!

  • Susie replied 3 years ago

    Oh so pretty! I love this combination with the blush; the colors are so lovely on you and both shoes look fab.

  • Sara L. replied 3 years ago

    Great outfit!  I love the pattern on your shirt.  I like it with both the pumps and the flats, but if I had to pick one, I like the pumps better.

  • citygirldc replied 3 years ago

    Love this!  I'm all about the hardness of the utility pants mixed with the softness of the light and floral top.  I would wear this outfit in a heart beat.

  • Berkeley Girl replied 3 years ago

    Firecracker, thanks for the tips on the pumps. I'm glad to know about the brand and will try it for size so that I can jump on future finds. I'm also going to be be on the lookout for shoes in that color palette, and will definitely check out the block-heeled version you mention. I am really a flats girl, but there are occasions, and outfits, that really do require footwear with a bit of a heel... 

  • FashIntern replied 3 years ago

    This is the perfect answer to my wine earlier today about how to wear blush in the winter. :)

  • Angie replied 3 years ago


    Fun to see you in dainty shoes, Sharan. 

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Ha! Fashiontern, glad to inspire you.
    Angie, I do have my dainty shoe moments! He hee. They certainly help put the "pretty" in this look.

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