WIW 04.22 [cherries and olives]

(Going to try this whole posting daily thing, we'll see how long I can keep it up before reverting back to weekly ^^)

Last week Joy suggested I pair my blush moto and olive pants, so armed with the inspiration of this outfit, today I'm donning a color combo I generally avoid: olive and pink. That said I quite like how it looks with this soft blush pink as opposed to a more saturated pinky-pink. Of course having a big dose of white doesn't hurt, either ;)

These skinnies are quite long so initially I tried the Big Roll, but without any inside contrast it didn't look right; instead I thought I'd give the low roll a try, a look that's been slowly growing on me. To help counter that I did an asymmetrical semi-tuck (the low-contrast-on-me white pumps also help with lengthening). I did also try adding a white belt, but didn't like the way it messed with the tee's drape.The only thing I'd change, though, are my coral earrings; I think I'd rather have worn white to keep the color palette clean. Finished with a cherry-pink lip gloss. Interestingly, this is the second time in a week's span that I've pulled out my drapey white tee after not wearing it for over a year. Hmm...

Incidentally my cherry trees and early rhodies are all a-bloom, and I felt like I matched my property quite nicely today with the white, pink, and green :D

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome.

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37 Comments

  • Joyce B replied 6 years ago

    I love your outfit, such great colors and so pretty.

  • rabbit replied 6 years ago

    This is really beautiful on you.  Lovely colors together and the textures and angles play nicely too  (I think there might be something about leather jackets and pants with wrinkles that works mysteriously well - maybe it's the echoing of the elbow scrunch that happens?).   I also like how the roll you chose works, and the tee pulled down on one side.

  • MsLuna replied 6 years ago

    You are sooo my new style icon :) I really enjoy your WIW posts, Aida!

    I love how you can take such a "delicate" colour as blush and toughen it up yet make it look tres chic! :)

  • tricia w. replied 6 years ago

    Love this color palette, and it loks fab on you.

  • Kristin L replied 6 years ago

    The blush jacket and olive pants look great together! Very fun. And extra points for matching your landscaping. :)

  • Mo replied 6 years ago

    I'm surprised to hear you avoid this color combo!  I'm pretty shy with color pairings and this one is on my short list.  looks fabulous on you.  And you do look like your cherry trees :)

  • cciele replied 6 years ago

    This color combo is divine on you! Good suggestion, Joy :) I can't see your earrings very well, so can't comment on that, but your idea of streamlining the color palette is a good one. The low roll and asymmetrical tuck work really well with the whole look.

  • merwoman replied 6 years ago

    I love the pink and olive together - what a great combination for gorgeous you! I hear you about the belt, sometimes I just like leaving it off to streamline the outfit.   As long as my pants stay up, I figure it's all good.

    Soooo jealous of all your blooms...sigh...at least our snow has melted,

  • Gigi replied 6 years ago

    This is gorgeous, Aida! I had never thought of trying an asymmetric tuck. And I normally don't roll my pants if they are full length, as you have them here. I will have to try these things!

  • crazyone replied 6 years ago

    I love the color combination!  

  • columbine(erin) replied 6 years ago

    Thanks for the glimpse of Spring! I really like the color palette on you. 

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thanks for the comments ladies!

    Rabbit, maybe it's a soft-slouchy echo that works with the wrinkles and leather.

    MsKatieKat, aw thank you very much! I think getting those soft colors in unexpected or rigid garments goes a long way (like this blush moto or my periwinkle woven pencil skirt). Of course, any color on a moto is going to get instantly toughened up, I suppose ^^

    Mo, I think it's just that I have trouble with pinks in general. So girly ;) Blush is the only shade I wear, with the occasional fuchsia and coral accent.

    Merwoman, hey the snow melting is the all-important first step!

    Gigi, this is the first time I've tried rolling full length pants myself and I have to say I like it more than I expected! The asymmetrical tuck works best with truly drapey materials, though you'll probably get more "did you know your shirt is stuck?" comments than with a normal semi-tuck ;)

  • Cindy S replied 6 years ago

    Simply lovely!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Well you know I'm gonna give this combo a try since I also have this outfit pinned. I think it looks stunning. End stop.

  • Peri replied 6 years ago

    This might be my favorite thing you've posted. I love those colors on you and your hair looks fantastic!

  • jackiec replied 6 years ago

    Ooooooh wow I love EVERYTHING about this!!! I need to save this for reference!!

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    You look great - love these colors and all sorts of spring blooms. Here it is citrus trees and everything smells and looks fabulous!

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    Fantastic outfit! I love the color combo, and the low roll on your pants looks perfect. 

    What gorgeous flowers! I am anxiously awaiting ours to start blooming :)

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Aida, I love this...everything about your styling!  The olive and blush and even the white all look soft like your flowers.  I especially like the way you cuffed the jeans and the white pumps that finish the look.  You look much more stylish than the inspiration photo.  I think your blush jacket is the perfect tone for you.

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Sighing with envy. Love the low roll... why do you have to look so perfect on a day I felt crummy in everything?? ;)

  • Laura (rhubarbgirl) replied 6 years ago

    This is a really lovely color combo and it suits you to a tee. I just picked up some olive pants at the thrift store so I'll have to try them with my blush cardigan and see if it works nearly as well as your version.

  • Kiwichik replied 6 years ago

    The colours work beautifully together and I like that you didn't add the belt. You definitely mirror the gorgeous blooms in your garden. I look forward to your daily posts - long may they last.

  • lyn67 replied 6 years ago

    Love this Aida! A great  low contrast springy outfit! And, I always love a low roll much better than a higher one, for a matter- I think is looking dressier than the bigger, higher one. The assimetric tuck is quite intersting, and looks so well on you! YLF, as always+love your cherry trees:-)

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    Beautiful you and the cherry trees! Marking this as favorite to copy :) ....

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Beautiful. I think Olive may have been created to go with Pink/Blush :)
    Very flattering. Soft and pretty.

  • pastrygirl replied 6 years ago

    This looks amazing! Now I'm trying to figure out if I have the pieces for this color combo. It looks SO good!

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    This is stunning on you, Aida. You look a vision of springtime. Love the olive with the soft pink/ blush. 

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    I love YLF!  Joy's idea was fab, and your execution makes it completely yours.  I love the unexpected (and Angie-esque) addition of light pumps to the cargos and leather.  And, as always, your fits are flattering and casually modern.  The slouchy not sloppy vibe is so hard for me to achieve, except with my bfs.  Are you picky about the weight of your trouser and jean fabrics?  The amount of stretch?  How do you know that a relaxed skinny or slouchy pant is "working" when you try it on?

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Killer Stunning Beautiful, you gorgeous creature. Go Team Pretty. I love cherry blossoms. That's why they feature as backdrops in photo shoots. xo

    YES. Olive and Pink are fab together:

    http://youlookfab.com/2014/02/.....-and-pink/

  • texstyle replied 6 years ago

    So pretty on you Aida - love this combo and the style of it all as well.

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Oh wow, thank you all so much for the lovely comments!!

    Angie, thank youuu <3 Our cherries are very late blooming and almost always get washed away before we can enjoy them, so I am so happy that they're actually looking so good this year! I must have missed your olive/pink post so thanks for the link; I love the idea of adding in metallic shoes and a splash of citron.

    Shannon, JackieC, Laura, and Neel, I hope you'll share your versions :D

    Shevia, oooh yum, citrus tree smells sounds wonderful.

    Lyn67, strange but I think you're onto something about the lower roll being slightly dressier. Perhaps it evokes a cuffed trouser feel?

    Beth Ann, hmm now that is a great question. With many of my outfits I'm really not sure if the casual viewer will realize "slouchy" as opposed to "sloppy", and often those slouchy look do require a lot of fiddling to add the right amount of structure back in. Here's a very long answer for you:

    I'm not sure I have a good answer about trying and knowing right away if something is working, unfortunately. The bulk of my slouchy and oversized things are that way due to my shrinking out of them or sizing to fit my shoulders, and since slouchy is trendy I figured I could put off replacing those pants for a while. I will say that now that slouchy is so very mainstream I am eternally frustrated with getting fits that I like.

    I am less picky about denim weight but am VERY picky about stretch. I have found that I highly dislike the slouchy effect with my stretchy denim, and much prefer the look with the very lightweight and not-too-stretchy jeans instead (or in the case of my BF jeans, zero stretch). These olive pants are a thin cotton twill with just a wee bit of stretch, so I'm OK with them being slouchier. Soft and thin fabrications feel best for slouchy jeans to me, except in the case of BF jeans. Trousers are a whole other story, I'm picky about everything there ;)

    As for telling whether or not they "work", it's hard to determine that in isolation. I have to consider specific pieces I'd pair with them, or at the very very least the ways that I would need to style and add structure in order to feel comfortable. For example, with my slouchy lightweight wide leg trousers, I know that in general I will be happiest pairing tops that can be tucked, semi-tucked, or that are borderline-cropped or hi-low; nearly any other style is going to feel too unstructured. Of course, I'll experiment with other things but I do try to have some guidelines in my head. Otherwise the piece won't get worn, because I'll feel grumpily sloppy instead of happily slouchy.

    I haven't needed nor tried to purchase purposefully slouchy skinnies, but I have a hunch that buying a pair that actually fits you in a size (or two) up is the way to go, especially if there is fading that is done well; they'll have volume in ways that don't add anything odd to you, because they mirror your shape. The pants will look like something you've just had a long time that have eased up. At least, that's the look I go for. Hope this novel was helpful ><

  • cheryl replied 6 years ago

    You are as gorgeous as your flowers! Love that color combo. 

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    This is really beautiful, Aida. Blush pink and white go so well together with olive. It is a dreamy outfit!
    I am envious of the flowers you guys have. We just started on crocuses last week and now some daffodils - and I saw first star amgnolia blooms yesterday! but rhododendrons are so far away yet...

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thank you Cheryl and Sveta!

    Sveta, we have a LOT of rhodies and most are mid-to-late blooming but we do have three (two cream and one miniature blue) that are early blooming. It's amazing how having that early color can perk up the mood!

  • Laurie replied 6 years ago

    Aida -- this is an especially great outfit in a series of great outfits and looks that just never miss! i'm completely inspired by the color combo. I love how you have been pointing out your make up choices lately, as well.

    Our neighborhood's streets are lined w/choke cherry trees that have just (3 weeks late here in the DC area) burst into bloom. We'll have 4 beautiful days then they'll come down like pink snow and it will take weeks to clean it all up!  so, today would be the day to don blush and olive and get out there with the camera!

     

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thank you Laurie! I wear so little makeup (mascara, lip tint) that sometimes I'm not sure if it's useful but I do change my lip color to match my outfits as well as sometimes going heavier on the mascara. Your neighborhood sounds beautiful, but I hear you on the cleanup! Those little petals sure get suck in everything, don't they? ;)

  • Lisa replied 6 years ago

    The blush and green are lovely paired together.  And pretty trees!

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