Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Try-it-out (Wednesday): texture + sparkle

     I wore this on Thursday and felt pretty and put-together all day. :)  The funny thing is, I just threw this together without the pondering and thought that's gone into other outfits. Does this mean I'm improving at this getting-dressed business, or just got lucky?

Collective Concepts top, previously loved by stylish cousin K
Banana Republic cardigan, previously loved by mom
petite pencil skirt, Calvin Klein outlet store
necklace, Forever 21
Jeffrey Campbell Tab-2 shoes, Nordstrom Rack

    Either way, cozy cardigan + top with pretty colors and a dainty floral pattern woven into the fabric + sparkly necklace = happy.

     While the photos show this outfit with a pencil skirt and heels, I actually wore this with jeans.  I didn't get to take photos the day I wore this outfit, so for the photos I thought I'd see how it looks with a pencil skirt and shoes.
    I think I prefer wearing this top untucked and with pants, because tucking makes it poof out and makes the cardigan poof out, too. Although I did experiment with a different, leaner tuck which I have dubbed the origami tuck because it results in some interesting pleats.
Origami tuck = less poof

        I don't play with texture enough when I get dressed (although every time I do, I love the results), so that's what qualifies this for Try-it-out Wednesday. Also, I have to confess to being excited about how easily this outfit came together and how much it feels like "me" -- it's visually interesting without being over the top, it features a print and pretty little details, and a pencil skirt. And I'm even wearing shoes in these photos! (Major bonus points.) :)
    Happy Wednesday!

29 comments:

  1. That's a great top. And I love how you paired it with the pencil skirt. I bet it also looks awesome untucked with the jeans!

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  2. am loving the top here..and this whole outfit really looks nicely put together!!

    http://sushmita-smile.blogspot.in/

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  3. fashionforgiantsMay 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Love the origami tuck (and will borrow that phrase) and love the color combination. The whole outfit is just so sleek and lovely. You look wonderful!

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  4. I reckon you are getting better at this dressing business haha :) Shows in your diversity of styles and that you are not just going to the Tshirt and jeans thing :) Love the look

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  5. chillairandperfumeMay 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    I love the pattern on your top, Carrie! Very pretty.

    xo,
    Hannah
    www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

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  6. Thank you, Hannah! I love a good hand-me-down. :)

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  7. Thanks, Kat! For the summer I might send my jeans on vacation for a week or two and challenge myself to only wear skirts and dresses ... :)

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  8. Thanks, Gracey! Yellow and gray are not usually colors I gravitate towards, but this top just might become a favorite. :)

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  9. Thank you for dropping by and the sweet comment. :)

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  10. Thanks, Katie! :) I seriously need to wear this pencil skirt more. :)

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  11. Playing with textures is so fun. Love this look.
    XO Wil Harris

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  12. hey, carrie. i'm a huge cardigan girl. love how you layered this look. great necklace!

    xoxo
    jasmine
    AdamAlexMommy

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  13. I always love sparkles on outfits, it just makes it so much more adorable lol

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  14. Love sparkles and I so love yellow. Pretty look.

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  15. Thanks! It's hard to have a bad day when you're wearing something sparkly. :)

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  16. I love the way you tucked it in! It looks like that was how the shirt was made. What a great way to change it up!

    Amy

    fashionandbeautyfinds.blogspot.com

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  17. Thanks, Amy! It's fun to find a new way to wear something. :)

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  18. I think you did a great job putting this outfit together! I especially like the origami fold!

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  19. Classic outfit :) love it!
    x

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  20. What a pretty top - and LOVE the origami tuck, looks so cute!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  21. big fan of this outfit! I love that time when you realize that putting together outfits that fit your style starts to come more naturally:)

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  22. good job with the layering of the necklace, top, and cardi! it definitely means you're getting great, not just lucky :)

    - Marie
    So What If I Like Pretty Things

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  23. Thank you, Joanne! It's encouraging to find an outfit that just feels right. :)

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