WIW 06.04 [fishing for brights]

I felt like it had been a while since I pulled out my brights, although with all the white I wear one could argue that I never stopped. Either way, this outfit popped into mind perusing my Pinterest inspiration board and coming across this pin while looking for something else entirely. When I pinned it last year I'd noted that I was inspired by the color palette (mint + coral/orange + mid-blue + white), and I'm finding it just as delightful this year. Swapped the white for a blushy-tan, which makes the look a bit less graphic, but I rather like the softness it adds to the brights.

This outfit is full of things I haven't worn in a while. First the shoes: I'm definitely happier in light and almost-nude footwear these days, but these cobalt pumps are soooo comfy that they will remain in my wardrobe until they fall apart. Second the pants: probably haven't been worn since last summer, and I'm happy we've finally got the weather to start pulling them out again. And third the scarf: while this particular scarf is new, I have been off my scarves for a couple of years but do still enjoying wearing them from time to time; as a result, I've been making sure I don't purchase more than one or two a season (if at all). This particular scarf completely catches my heart as I have a soft spot for fishies, the print is beautifully soft, it's full of colors I love (mint, aqua, orange), and it's both super gauzy and huge in size. Pretty perfect for me.

Accented those three things with my brightest sweater in one of my favorite colors (go Team Orange), mixed metals (copper studs, rose-gold watch, gold sequin clutch), and soft pink lipstick. This is slouchy/soft/oversized to the max, with only the pumps and little bits of exposed skin providing the little bit of structure in the look. A little more old-school-Aida perhaps, but still a beloved silhouette.

Available items collected below. Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome.

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  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Absolutely stunning. Breathtaking, really. 

    I hear you on scarves, but this one is so pretty I just had to add it to my own "finds." 

    I really prefer not to wear them -- but sometimes they just add something so wonderful. Like warmth, on a chilly day. I brought a few to my retreat and it turned out that I needed one every day I wasn't wearing a turtleneck. 

  • UmmLila replied 6 years ago

    I looove goldfish (now I miss my Sequin, who was the inspiration for my website and business cards.) And, coincidentally I just finished imitating my daughter's mint and coral pedicure.

  • celia replied 6 years ago

    I still remember when those pants were the first ones of the slouchy vibe, and they still look amazing on you.
    Love the color combination of this outfit.

  • Elizabeth P replied 6 years ago

    Wonderful simple stylish outfit. I love the slouch in those pants, and the fishy scarf ties it all together so well.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Slouch as art. The combinations here are beautiful, fun and unexpected.

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    What a gorgeous outfit! This is one of my favs. That scarf is completely fantastic and the shoes look perfect with it. The colors all work together and look stunning on you.

  • Susie replied 6 years ago

    What a lovely color palette. That scarf is such fun and and really pulls all the pieces together.

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thank you ladies! I felt very happy in this cheerfully bright yet soft outfit. Happy to hear about other fish print lovers out there ^^

  • Mona replied 6 years ago

    These pants are amazing and the scarf is the perfect third piece. 

  • MsLuna replied 6 years ago

    That scarf is so cute! And I like that bright blue/orange combo. Complimentary colours never fail!

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Oh my word. What an absolutely gorgeous scarf. It matches gorgeous Aida in her fun outfit. xo

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    I love that scarf! Sadly, I pretty much abandon my scarf collection in the summer. What a fun outfit.

  • La Belle Demimondaine replied 6 years ago

    This takes my breath away - you look gorgeous!   Your outfit is far better than the original pin that inspired it.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Soooooo beautiful, bright and cheery with great visual interest.

  • Day Vies replied 6 years ago

    I love the scarf in aqua against the orange and how the cobalt is a beautiful counterpoint to both the scarf and the sweater. The trousers are a perfect neutral backdrop. Marking as a favorite -- this is perfection!

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Spooky! I pulled out a pair of shoes from the back of my closet in this exact color (as far as I can tell on my screen) for purge consideration but decided to put them back. I may have to wear them today! I am fascinated with how you made the scarf look non-scarfy and more architectural if that makes any sense. You look gorgeous as ever Aida!

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Wow thank you ladies, I really appreciate all the wonderful comments. While I may not wear this type of outfit often any more, I still love it. It's one of the first silhouettes that got me into the current soft-dressing leg of my style journey so I think it will always hold a special place in my heart.

    Janet, if my summers got as hot as yours I would ditch mine too! But with the milder (and often windy) weather we have they make a lot of sense. I do rather like the look with sleeveless tops, maybe that'll be the way I start wearing mine more.

    Shevia, you know, part of why I'd stopped wearing my scarves was that I was unhappy with how non-dramatic they looked. I realized that I needed bigger scarves to get the drama I wanted, and everything I've bought in recent years is LARGE though I've had a hard time convincing myself to purge the smaller ones because I still love a lot of their colors/patterns. I don't know too many ties, but architectural ones are definitely my favorites! This muffler tie is done using the technique in this tutorial (she's better at explaining than I am); I just made the folds less even so that they layered in tiers instead of in a stack, if that makes any sense. I hope to see your cobalt shoes soon :D

  • Nicola replied 6 years ago

    What fabulous fishies! And bravo team orange. Love the orange and mint together.

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    Love all the silkiness. Very tactile outfit.

  • jackiec replied 6 years ago

    Woohoo team orange!! Love it all - esp the slouchy pants :)

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thanks Nicola, Rachy, and Jackie!

    Rachy, a good tactile feel has been slowly becoming more important to me. This outfit definitely ticked a lot of boxes off!

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