12.21.2012

FALL STRIPES: How to appropriate a spring dress for Fall

Stripes, especially white and navy, are another one of those quintessential patterns dating back to way back then.  For spring and summer, navy and white stripes are the basis for a nautical inspired outfit and I like to pair the pattern with bright red or yellow.  However the pattern is tricky to use in the fall and even more so when it's on a dress that just screams sunny weather and relaxing by the waters (doesn't help that it's called "The South Hampton" dress).
To overcome this challenge, I paired the dress with darker accessories and a trench.  The necklace with hues of brown tortoise beads and aged gold hardware compliments the classic aspect of the dress.  And the pumps with its brown-black color blocking works alongside the necklace to pull the look together.
This trench is more of a light jacket than a winter coat but it serves its purpose in keeping me warm.  I love the pairing of navy and khaki (this past look is one of my favorite outfits w/ this color combo) so it was only natural I reached for a jacket in khaki.  The leather sleeves and accent gives the classic trench a modern and edgy update but my only qualm is that the belt is permanently affixed to the jacket.  Since I didn’t want to tie the trench in the front and didn’t want the belt dangling around, I simply tied the belt into a bow in the back.  Problem solved.
BCBGeneration trench / RACHEL Rachel Roy dress / Manolo Blahnik pumps / 
Talbots necklace / Salvatore Ferragamo 'Ginny' clutch (used more formally here)

It is the Friday before the holidays and I can't wait to get the (long) weekend started!  I am looking forward to having dinner with family tonight and tomorrow Shane and I along with some friends will be participating in one of those live puzzle events.  Have a good weekend and happy holidays!!!

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