Also, since I see this blog as a place to inspire others to try new things, find versatility in all things, & maximize your wardrobe, I felt that I couldn't go with stripes or black & white again.
So, there I stood shuffling through my closet trying to feel inspired with a new idea. Nothin. So, where do you go when needing inspiration? Pinterest! Nothin (all black & white or neutrals). I was frustrated! So, I walked away - retreated from the battle in my head since I was getting nowhere.
I came back after getting the girls off to school & it hit me (finally) & the outfit came together like this:
Dot & Bow Blouse // Sweater // Pants - Forever 21 (old) option, option // Shoes - Old Navy (old) option
I picked up this blouse on super sale from the LOFT mostly to use as a peek-a-boo layering shirt. I didn't really love, or even like, the tie at the neck but still purchased it because it was less than $8.00! Imagine my surprise that I actually ended up liking the tie in this outfit! Go figure! I love the cranberry & olive color combination that came together, especially for Fall.
In fact, here's a second outfit using the same blouse & my olive military vest - this time with bordeaux colored skinnies.
Dot & Bow Blouse // Vest - Old Navy, option // Skinny Jeans // Shoes - Nine West, option // Clutch // Bracelets - Target (old)
What I love the most about both outfits is the yin-yang of the ultra feminine blouse with the more "masculine" vest/cargo pants. In the end, I won this battle (albeit a small battle) - not only with one outfit, but it easily transitioned into two outfits! Double win!
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