WIW 07.31 [summer white and brown (and gray) ensemble]

Hope you're all interested in another summer white and brown ensemble ;) This is color combo (white+cognac) that I used to wear often in spring/summer, but I haven't been wearing much this season; I'd been planning to pull it back out for fall/winter, so this was a fun little test drive.

The combo with cognac as the brown and a little gray added in is a personal favorite, so I went that route: white with sheer stripes sweater (NAS), gray slouchy cotton long cargo shorts, cognac woven belt, and cognac heeled oxfords. I hadn't been wearing these shoes in spring/summer because they rub, but after discovering the magic of Body Glide I thought I'd give them another go. Unfortunately it's still not quite enough help so I'll probably go back to keeping these for fall/winter with hosiery, which is too bad because I much prefer how they look on bare legs. Accessorized on the glam side, with giant crystal earrings and a rich red-orange lipstick I usually reserve for fall/winter because it just works so well with the cognac (it's not nearly as neon as the photo shows though, had some color saturation issues today). Hair up to minimize the darkness, and stripy clutch to pick up a bit on my hair and also the sweater's sheer stripes.

I'm pleased with how non-earthy I was able to make this color combo, thanks for the inspiration as always Angie! Now I'm definitely feeling it for fall/winter.

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

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  • lyn* replied 6 years ago

    I see what you mean about your heeled oxfords; they do look so lovely with the bare leg, but if they're causing you discomfort, then that's no good!

    I really like this look on you... it makes me think of nautical/yacht clubs ... which is slightly strange because it's not a nautical look. Maybe it's the gold rimmed sunglasses that make me think Michael Kors. Or I'm nuts. Probably that :)

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    Those shoes do look fantastic with the outfit, that's too bad about the rubbing. Have you tried wearing a nude pair of peds? That might work as long as the peds don't show. 

  • Tanya replied 6 years ago

    The outfit is gorgeous, Aida, too bad about the shoes.  I second the idea of trying peds.

  • Diana replied 6 years ago

    Love this! I really like the pale cloud grey pants here. Like white out with a twist. The cool tone of the grey works really well.

    Bummer about the shoes. They do look great with bare legs. I guess in winter you could wear them with nude hose.

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    I love the slouchy shorts here and am very impressed with how the lipstick works with the cognac accents. Too bad about the shoes but the peds idea might be worth a try.

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thanks ladies! Unfortunately the shoes rub in places little socklettes wouldn't help: along my ankle and on either side of the tongue flap. I think I might try putting a little felt right along the inside in those places and see if that helps.

    Lyn, ooh I see it a bit now too. Perhaps the shadow stripes on the sweater?

    Diana, good thought on the nude hose. I'll definitely be doing that once it cools down closer to fall.

  • replied 6 years ago

    Ooh, I'm getting a fab 80's New Romantics vibe from this outfit :) I love it! I have some laced, heeled oxfords in a similar colour and height to your shoes. I wonder if I could pull off something similar... I adore the soft light tones in this outfit Aida and beautifully accessorised too. You look great!

  • Meredith replied 6 years ago

    Aida, this looks great. I also wanted to mention how much I appreciate how detailed you are about your objectives and how you achieve them. Very helpful to styling novices like myself.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Fabulous rendition Aida! Too bad about the shoes.

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Adorable! You have such an amazing complexion for pale colors and whites!

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Queen Knickerbocker. Soooo fun. 

    The '80s edge to your style is growing stronger, Aida. High five. LOVE. xo

  • kellygirl replied 6 years ago

    You are SO glamorous, Aida! I love these light colors on you. Proportions and perfect. You look amazing!

  • Keturah replied 6 years ago

    'Swonderful! I love the slouchy knee shorts. AND...I love the orange lippie! It does pair very well with the cognac and other items. 


  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    So sweet and sassy.  I love how light this outfit is but grounded by browns.  Hmmm, sounds like a bad 80s song.  'Grounded By Browns...."

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    I love this. It makes me think of Switzerland and Austria.

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thank you all for the comments, I appreciate them!

    Diane, you most definitely could! The shorts are capris that I pushed up and then tied, so they stay in place. I can see this style of pump working really well for you, would look super with a white out look ^^ I'm also thinking of throwing some blush in there, too.

    Meredith, I'm so glad to hear that! Sometimes I worry about sounding too detailed, but hey it's often those details that make or break a look.

    Angie, yes that 80s side is definitely surfacing more these days. I'm not entirely sure why that is (it's always there, at least a little). Perhaps my way of adapting the current trends to suit me is appealing to that side more than the 70s side?

    Una, hah! Let's have it rock by making it be a metal song \m/

  • rabbit replied 6 years ago

    I love that you wear knickerbockers and make them a bit of a personal style signature.  I see a touch of Mozart's pageboy in the bottom half, but then the top half is very modern and casual, and they work together. It's great.

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thanks Rabbit, I do love the knickerbocker style slouchy shorts ^^ I hadn't made the pageboy association, but you're totally right. I don't usually go that route (I don't do a lot of masculine/boyish elements), but it must have balanced out enough across other elements because I felt perfectly happy in this.

  • MsMary replied 6 years ago

    So adorbs!  Love the outfit, and the hair and makeup are making me swoon!!!

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thanks Mary :D

  • Lyn D. replied 6 years ago

    Clever hairstyle Aida- your curls must have quite a bit of length to enable an 'up-do' like this?

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thanks Lyn! Sorry for getting back to this so late I just saw it. My hair is longer in the front which is what makes this possible; the few shorter pieces in front are kept tidy because they're part of the pompadour front. The back and sides are just long enough to get up there, and the long angled bits in front are actually what give the ponytail its length :)

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Cherubino!  Or at least, the britches, and your vivacious smile, convince me that you could play Mozart's love crazed 14 year old boy from Le Nozze de Figaro. 


    Love the light tones and the sheer sweater grounded with earthy, but polished shoes!

  • Gigi replied 6 years ago

    I agree with the touch-of-Mozart comments. I love those female britches! So much character. 

    I'm loving the cognac...

    Too bad about the shoes. :(

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    Aida have you done something different with your make-up?  You look STUNNING!

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    What a lovely surprise, thanks for the additional comments Beth Ann, Gigi, and Coco!

    Beth Ann, what a fun connection! My opera knowledge is VERY rusty, but I think my voice would be too low to play Cherubino. My vocal range is more Contralto/Alto than Mezzo+, though I don't think I'd have good operatic control in my lowest registers if I'd sang opera instead of pop. 'Course I don't sing much of anything any more, but it was fun to think about again ^^

    Denise, I haven't changed my make-up (which is just tinted lip colors and mascara) but I have changed my facial skincare routine a bit with good results. This camera also tends to really soften skin in photos which probably helps a bit too; I actually have a lot more freckles than comes across in my face photos!

  • Niefern replied 6 years ago

    I love, love this outfit! The pants are very special and the whole outfit is unique and unexpected. Wonderful!

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    I love how you balance the masculine/feminine elements in your outfits. Your hair looks amazing :)

  • Missey replied 6 years ago

    You look sassypants awesome in this outfit!  Your hair and makeup?  Amazing!

  • unfrumped replied 6 years ago

    I like this outfit, too.

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