Thursday, February 24, 2011

Remixed Raspberry

While ruminating over yesterday's ode to raspberries, I came across this lovely top. While the bold stripes and flowing construction scream summer, the rich color of the stripes makes this a perfectly versatile top now through the fall. First, the top:

 (Topshop, $70)

This time of year, I'd pair the top with a pair of dark wash skinny jeans and a thin black belt. I'd keep the shoes simple, with a pair of basic black flats or pumps, and focus on accessorizing with a statement necklace. I love geometric patterns of this necklace, as well as the way it subtly pulls a rainbow of colors into the outfit. Unique necklaces can drastically alter the overall look, so a blouse looks fresh with repeated wearings.

(Ann Taylor, $38)

(Fallon, $550 - There are plenty of cheaper versions to be found, I just really loved the look of this piece for demonstrative purposes)

In the summer, I'd balance the breeziness of the top with crisp white shorts. The gold zipper detailing lends an element of toughness to the look, and also ties in gold jewelry. Also, an added bonus: because of the decorative front of the shorts, a belt isn't necessary (though you could tie on a thin brown leather belt if it suited your fancy). The brown wedges elongate the leg, and while a bit dressier than flip flops, are still comfortable enough to wear all day. Of course, wearing your finest jewelry at the beach or pool isn't advised, so accessorize with an inexpensive set of mixed bangles that ties together the raspberry and gold notes of the outfit.

(Express, $60)

(Pacsun, $10)

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