Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Among the Living

This outfit was inspired by S. over at Academichic, who has been sporting some really sophisticated looks with shorts recently. Her use of mixed neutral tones and rich scarves gives her shorts ensembles a cosy, winter look; this outfit in particular was what inspired me to pull out my brown wool herringbone shorts and try a look of my own. I especially liked how she used a casual blazer to give the shorts a more 'grown-up' feel, so I borrowed that idea for my outfit.

I knew my beloved Bata boots were not going to give me the contrast I wanted against the black leggings, so I chose my dusty gray cowboy boots instead, which gave the outfit an element of casual playfulness. Not wanting to drown the look in too much black, I then chose a bright silver shirt and charcoal waistcoat, and let the leggings be the only black item in the outfit. Finally, I topped it all off with a brown silk scarf, which kept the washed-out silver color away from my face.

Richly-colored scarves are a great trick this time of year for combating pale winter skin. With my olive undertones, my skin has a tendency to look sallow if I wear too much pale color right next to my face. Even a small amount of bright or saturated color near my face does wonders for keeping me looking like I'm still among the living, and allows me to wear colors that might not otherwise be flattering on me.

Scarf: Banana Republic
Jacket: La Redoute
Shirt: thrifted
Waistcoat: Last Kiss
Shorts: Mango
Boots: eBay


Alison said...

Very fun combination. I like your use of the gray cowboy boots. I just got my gray boots in today and cannot wait to wear them the next couple of days.

WendyB said...

Ooh, loving those boots. Such a great color for cowboy boots!

Marie said...

I'd be happy in that outfit all day, the scarf color is gorgeous and flatters you!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
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Sheila said...

Love this outfit! That scarf makes me want to snag my husband's and wear it!

La Loca said...

Love your iteration of this look--especially the scarf, which really complements your hair.

Anonymous said...

Really love this one!!! Tweed, a vest and a beautiful scarf really does it for me.

Franca said...

I love it! The cowboy boots make this outfit!

Anonymous said...

It's so true - a scarf can save an entire outfit from washing you out. Love this S-inspired ensemble!

Northmoon said...

Love this look!

for myself I wouldn't go for shorts, but substitute a skirt and this might work!

Academichic said...

Hey, thanks for the shout out! I love this look of yours, and I'm so flattered to have provided any of the inspiration for it, it looks so good. Especially that addition of the suit vest underneath the jacket - fantastic! S.

Unknown said...

I like almost everything, but the cowboy boots and the shorts make your legs look very short, with your bata boots those shorts look a lot better!