3.09.2013

Subdued Hues

Hi friends - I hope you're having a good weekend! Every winter there are days when I completely neglect fashion and dress like I'm in Antarctica (unless of course I'm Kate Upton, which means I'm in a barely-there string bikini). Those days I pine for warmer weather, so my brain can come out of survival mode and function creatively again. Recently I was inspired by my mother's artwork to play with a more colorful palette. And what better time than winter to pile on those vibrant layers?


Shirt: Asos
Sweater: Barneys
Coat, Pants: Zara
Clutch: Michael Kors
Bracelet: Pandora (Available here)
Shoes: Corso Como (Available here)

I've always loved the hot pink and orange scheme, but never felt bold enough to wear the two together. This case was different because the top already had a soft orange element in the stripes, along with black and white details. I always find it easier to incorporate colors that are already present in another part of the outfit. For me it's important to balance vibrant combinations with neutral tones because it not only makes the electric colors pop more, but also prevents the look from becoming too theatrical. Black and white were the perfect choices for this ensemble because it's already present in the collar of the top. Grey and black (for subtle) or royal blue and white (for bold) could have been some other great options. Lastly, metallic details are always welcome to make an outfit more dynamic, without introducing new colors to the mix.

What do you think about my subdued hues layering technique? I hope my rundown was enjoyable, but more importantly, helpful! Thank you so much for reading and I look forward to chatting with you soon!

67 comments:

  1. Great layering technique, Jess!

    Smile On:)...Classy Pam

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  2. What a well thought out and classy outfit Jess! It's mature and fun all at the same time. It's definitely one of my favorite outfits of yours.

    xo,

    Jess
    What Jess Wore

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  3. love it!! you're looking absolutely wonderful!! especially the sweater!
    wish u a nice sunday
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  4. Love the heels! Great look doll.xx

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  5. your cardigan and sweater are beyond fabulous!


    www.anisacrament.blogspot.com

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  6. Very nice outfit and I like your sweater. Have a great day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

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  7. hey there u've got a gr8 blog.. want to follow eachother??? if so follow me and let me know i'll follow back for sure.. :) maybe we can follow eachother on lookbook and facebook too..

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  8. This is a gorgeous outfit <3

    I love your shoes!

    http://www.candyliquor.co.uk
    UK High Street Fashion
    xoxo

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  9. oh I really like orange and I also love seeing it worn by others.
    I think the layering here is just gorgeous and all those classy and bright cheerful shades look lovely together. and metallics indeed are hot these days so those heels make a perfect addition to your look.

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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  10. those shoes are great! and love the white pants!

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  11. I love the colors Jess. You are so pretty ! I like the styling.

    xo
    Sam
    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

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  12. love your shoes, great outfit. beautiful! xx

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  13. your mother is an artist? wow that's impressive! you certainly injected a lovely dose of colour into this outfit. the white pants finish the look off with a classy touch too.

    Metallic Paws

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  14. These colors work perfectly together! I love that super flattering jacket from Zara.. well cut!

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
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  15. very beautiful!!!

    wanna follow each other?
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  16. gorgeous outfit!

    the captoe is a nice finishing touch

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  17. lookin very chic and so fresh with the pop of orange! like it alot!
    tnx so much for stoppin by at my spot, wanna follow?! let me know, will follow back! =)

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  18. Really nice Look!!! I love your Shoes!!!!
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  19. Hey darling,
    Wondering if you would like to follow each other? :)
    Please let me know!
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  20. u've a great taste dear!!!! maybe we could follow each other?! It would be a pleasure for me :) big kisses

    TheGlamourDrama
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  21. Love the colors in your striped top. Such a great pop of color for this black and white outfit. You look gorgeous!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  22. What a stunning ensemble! I love the orange cardi with the white pants and dark coat. You look amazing as always.

    xo,Gina
    http://classyeverafter.blogspot.com

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  23. Really pretty!

    Yes ofcourse, let me know when you do!

    xoxo
    My Blog, Blonde but not least

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  24. wow, you look so elegant!
    I adore your shoes and coat <3

    beautiful!!

    http://www.candyliquor.co.uk
    UK High Street Fashion
    xoxo

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  25. yeah, You have such a great taste! And you inspire me so much, tho i just found your blog, but i must say i'm impressed!

    looking forward for your next post, dear..
    By the way, I'm your new follower now :D wanna do the same?

    Pink Promise

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  26. You are lovely in this look! I love the combination of clothes!Thanks for your comment on my blog and your proposal of following each other. I am following you now, I hope you follow me back, Kisses:)

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  27. really love this and those cap toes. and would love to follow you - done :)

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  28. ok honey :) I'm following you now ;) follow me back :*

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  29. Me encanta este look!!
    Saludos
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  30. Great colors! Like your heels with the metallic nose.
    Orange and white fits perfect!
    X

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  31. Amazing outfit! Love the combination :)
    You look so classy!
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  32. I love every piece of this oufit
    I would love to follow each toher, I follow you, follow me back so we can keep in touch
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  33. Wonderful dress, beautiful color combination!
    And thank you for the comment on the blog and for the offer to follow, now I'm your new follower, I hope for your reciprocity!

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  34. I love the white pants and those gorgeous heels combo !
    Really chic !

    Katerina from myneonrock.blogspot.com

    xx

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  35. this outfit is perfect! it;s clean and lady like :)

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  36. lovely blog :)

    I just posted a new outfit of the day. What do you think?

    i would also appreciate it if you follow my blog too!
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  37. You look so pretty Jess! I love the structured look of this outfit!

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  38. Great color combination! Love this look so much!
    xx

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  39. These colorful layers are fantastic - they contrast really well with the structured jacket and stark white of the denim.

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  40. I really like your blog, it's so inspiring. I'm following you now! :)

    -Doris

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  41. love your shoes and your blog,I began to follow
    I invite you to support me by following my blog http://mytributetostyle.blogspot.mx/ that is my style, where I show that you can look good with clothes any price and that the important thing is to feel sure of who you are and what want.
    kisses
    Yasmin

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  42. Very smart! Love your jacket & shoes!!! :)
    I'd love it if you visited my blog too dear! :)
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  43. Hi dear!! You have a lovely blog :)
    Nice post, i really like your shoes, you are so stylish and cool!!
    Take a look at;
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  44. This is a beautiful outfit! Awesome color combination too! Thank you fr sharing!

    Come by soon! Xx

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  45. i think you pulled off this look, girl! really stunning! :)

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  46. love your outfit. i suck at layering :( you totally pulled it off!

    would you like to follow each other on gfc and bloglovin?
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  47. I love orange and bright pink-it's such an energizing combo! And those shoes are awesome!

    Thanks for following-I'm following you back :)

    xx
    Sophisticated Lace

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  48. Well, you definitely should wear this 2 colors often as you look fab in it =)

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  49. omg ! you are so amazing ! I love your style ;)

    do you want to follow each other?

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  50. very elegance <3 great coat :-))

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  51. love your whole outfit! Love the orange-pink-white in one
    So gorgeous, dear :)

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  52. lovely outfit! you look very nice

    Delightful Ideas

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  54. This is a beautiful look ! Love the way you incorporate the colors <3

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    xoxo from Japan

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  55. Love love love the sweater! So bright, and perfect for mixing with anything!
    xx Emilee Anne
    http://www.eaemileeanne.com

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  56. I Love your shoes ! Thanks for sharing :)

    Cherry ~~

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  57. Love the white pants! It definitely looks great with the bright orange and pinks :)

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  58. you are so pretty, love your style :)

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  59. I really love the pattern of that shirt-the colors are great! You look beautiful, love! Have a great day:)
    Hugs & Kisses,
    Olivia

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  61. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Just followed you via GFC :) I absolutely love your top! The color combination is great, and its an awesome mix of tough and feminine at the same time with the little hints of silver and gold hardware. Very city chic!

    xoxo,
    E
    refined couture 

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  62. Anonymous6/17/2013

    Situated at the fringe of short distance to city, Sant Ritz at Potong Pasir
    (Singapore) in District 13. the interlace condo

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  63. I love your transitional layering here - great use of color!
    Chic on the Cheap

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