Fashion Thesaurus: Orange Blazer

In yesterday’s post, you saw me sporting a new blazer from Forever 21 (double knit blazer in rust).  I purchased it on the weekend for $29.80, so I could create the look seen in Going Out: Coffee, Curls, & Cupcakes.

I deliberated over the purchase for a minute, though, because I already own a couple orange toppers.  Both are cardigans, but good alternatives to a blazer.  I had to make sure, then, that the blazer would be adding real value to my existing wardrobe, so I consulted the Fashion Thesaurus.

How to Wear an Orange Blazer:

1. Casual stripes for moving around on the weekend:

Dress—Max Studio via Marshalls

Shoes—Jeffrey Campbell c/o SoleStruck
Dark purple tights—Dolci Calze via Marshalls
Bag—Vintage via Borough Vintage

2.  A splash of orange for a casual work day:



Shoes—Me Too via DSW

Dark purple tights—Dolci Calze via Marshalls 

Bag—MICHAEL Michael Kors via eBay

3. Layers of orange (monoblock) for Sunday brunch:

Dress—Rachel Roy “Isadora” via Macy’s

Shoes—Jeffrey Campbell c/o SoleStruck

Dark purple tights—Dolci Calze via Marshalls 


In addition to its versatility, this Forever 21 double knit blazer is so well made.  The knit looks and feels luxe, and the lining is impeccable.

Close-up of the blazer

For another look featuring this Forever 21 orange blazer, see Going Out: Coffee, Curls, & Cupcakes.

Going Out: Coffee, Curls, and Cupcakes

Yesterday, I attended Coffee, Curls, & Cupcakes, a natural hair event in St. Louis.  I’ve been natural for over 15 years and still enjoy attending these types of gatherings.  There’s free swag, hundreds of women sporting fierce natural hairdos, and amazing vendors on site.

For the event, my hair was styled by Chi-Chi of ErthTonez.  The curly look was the result of a rod set on the top and coils in the back and sides.

Here are some shots of my outfit (taken after the event).  I wore my Gap asymetrical ruched dress with a skinny tan belt, grey tights, tan boots, and an orange blazer.

The Forever 21 blazer has a leopard lining (visible at rolled sleeves)

Belt—Ann Taylor
Blazer—Forever 21 (Double knit blazer in rust)
Tights—Dolci Calze via Marshalls
Boots—Jeffrey Campbell c/o SoleStruck

Check out a few more snaps from the event on Facebook.

Get the look:

Kendra Scott, Hue, Asos, Forever 21, Charlie Jade

Blazers by Forever 21
Earrings by Kendra Scott


Fashion Thesaurus: Pleated Basic Skirt

The January 2012 issue of Redbook magazine spotlights a pleated basic skirt as the new go-to skirt this season.  According to Redbook, the pleated skirt “has the same superpowers as a black pencil skirt.”

I recently purchased a Cynthia Rowley pleated skirt on clearance in TJ Maxx.  It was marked down to $15!  Unbelievable, right?  Today, I pull out the Fashion Thesaurus to see if this skirt could really become a go-to piece.

How to Wear a Pleated Basic Skirt:

1.  Nautical Chic

Tee-Loft, Scarf-Nordstrom Rack, Boots-boc via DSW

2.  Cozy Chic

Shirt-Loft, Sweater-Old Navy, Shoes-Adrienne V. via Marshalls

3. Party Chic

Tank-c/o CATO, Blazer-Banana Republic

And, remember the Fashion Thesaurus: Chambray Shirt post?  I wore the pleated skirt in that post, so it works really well with a basic chambray shirt too.  Here’s the skirt as featured in that post.

Shirt-c/o jcpenney, Booties-Franco Sarto via Marshalls

So, what do you think?  I think Redbook was right.  This skirt goes with everything.

Shopping for a pleated skirt? Here are a couple options, both on sale for less than $50.


Experimenting with the Color of the Year

The folks at Pantone INC named tangerine tango the color of the year.  Woohoo!  I’m a fan of the reddish orange shade and look forward to seeing what fab items appear in stores in the color.

I started looking at dresses in the color and remembered that I purchased the “red passion” Loft zip pocket dress last spring.  So, here’s that dress styled for a not-spring-just-yet day in early 2012.

I’m wearing my slouchy tan boots in this look, but I would wear a more structured boot if I owned one.  Strangely enough, I spotted the boot I would love to wear with this look in DSW last night.  It was the tan version of the following boot:

Shoes & Boots by Tahari at ShopStyle

In DSW, the boot is priced at $159.99 and has the blue savings code, which if I remember correctly, means that there is an additional 30% off.


Cardgian—Talbots Outlet
Tights—Cythia Rowley via Marshalls
Boots—Jeffrey Campbell c/o SoleStruck

Restyling a Bold Red Dress

I purchased a red sheath dress from The Limited back in the fall of 2010 and I love wearing it.  It’s bold, bright, and the kind of dress that makes you feel powerful when sporting it.

On the days that I want to turn down the volume on the bright red dress, though, I rely on some warm color pairings.  This season, I’m totally drawn to the mustard, camel, and red combination.  Divine, right?

The clean silhouette of a good-fitting sheath makes restyling a breeze.

Dress—The Limited (Calvin Klein alternative)
Sweater—Loft (on sale in stores now; Forever21 alternative)
Blazer—Gibson via Nordstrom Rack (recent buy-$49.97)
Belt—The Limited
Boots—Jeffrey Campbell c/o Solestruck