Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Color Trick

ann taylor gold knit sweater gray layered grosgrain skirt michael kors mk5430 red belt red patent heels yesstyle chanel flap purse

ann taylor gold knit sweater gray layered grosgrain skirt michael kors mk5430 red belt red patent heels yesstyle chanel flap purse

ann taylor gold knit sweater gray layered grosgrain skirt michael kors mk5430 red belt red patent heels yesstyle chanel flap purse

ann taylor gold knit sweater gray layered grosgrain skirt michael kors mk5430 red belt red patent heels yesstyle chanel flap purse

ann taylor gold knit sweater gray layered grosgrain skirt michael kors mk5430 red belt red patent heels yesstyle chanel flap purse
Forever 21 Layered Grosgrain Skirt (04/2010) - XS / $19.80 (similar)
Forever 21 Red Belt (borrowed from skirt) - XS (similar)
Michael Kors Chronograph Watch (MK5430) - $127 after giftcards (buy)

I've been on a roll getting inspired from my fellow Color Brigadiers!  Vicky submitted an outfit for Color Brigade Vol 7 that incorporated gold, grey, and red.  Once I saw it, I knew that I had to try these colors together for myself!

A few people have mentioned that it's difficult for them to incorporate so much color into their outfits without looking ridiculous.  So let me share my little secret:  start small.  One of my favorite ways to add in color is by throwing on a colorful belt.  Even if the rest of the outfit is full of neutrals, a bright belt can really add some dimension to the look.  And for me, I even will "kick it up a notch" and try to match one other accessory item to the belt -- shoes, earrings, bracelet, flower pin, headband...  you get it right?  I find that it really helps tie the whole outfit together and it's an easy way to add in color without looking like a clown.  :)



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65 comments:

Writeitinlipstick.blogspot.com said... [Reply]

Oh I like this look and your hair look amazing!

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Vanessa said... [Reply]

I think accessories are a great way to incorporate color.
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H Rija said... [Reply]

You look amazing and love your outfit =)
thanks for the tip!

PetiteLittleGirl said... [Reply]

I really like this outfit, Kileen. It's something I can see myself wearing. Your hair looks beautiful and health :)

Curls and Pearls said... [Reply]

This is perfect Kileen! I am usually more of a neutral girl but every once in a while I will put together an outfit fit for the color brigade, but this, this I think I could do more often!

Rebecca Hammond said... [Reply]

i reeeallly need to invest in some colorful belts. i have plenty of color in my closet but all of my belts are lame! brown, beige, tan, cream, and some black.

Kelly said... [Reply]

Great suggestions for adding colour without it being crazy... I'm going to try and come up with something colourful this week and link it :)

Londyn said... [Reply]

So gorgeous! One of my faves.

Manecoarse said... [Reply]

I love this look with your hair down. You look so pretty.

Jenn said... [Reply]

I love the skirt in your outfit and the pop of red! I can't believe the skirt if from Forever21. It looks so expensive.

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Nelah said... [Reply]

Those red heels are super hot and that matching belt. I really love it!!

Tanvi said... [Reply]

I like your Tip! I agree, that's a great way to start! Another winner of an outfit!! :)

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Leena1021 said... [Reply]

you look great!

katypbrooks said... [Reply]

so everyday i'm like, "okay that's my new favorite outfit on her!!" and then everyday is better than the last. you're really getting good!! love all your different looks.

Mindy said... [Reply]

This is a good tip that I will have to try. I have a red belt and shoes, but they aren't exactly the same shade. haha

hurricanekerrie said... [Reply]

Good advice! Some days I even like to go super matchy-matchy to overdo the point. :)

I don't even really care which colors "match" anymore. Somewhere, some time, there'll be no rules as to which colors go together. I look at NY Fashion Week and there are so many bright and beautiful colors that aren't usually strewn together... and they are beautiful!

Good Girl Gone Blog said... [Reply]

Those shoes, those shoes! I think every girl needs at least one pair of red heels- they're instant confidence boosters. You look so cute :)

Kileen said... [Reply]

I totally agree. all color rules are out of the window this season. and i
love it!! :D

Asma said... [Reply]

This look is beyond gorgeous! And so are you!
I absolutely adore a great red heel, and the belt really does kick it up a notch :)

Nekiah said... [Reply]

AWESOME outfit! The color combinations are so lovely. You look amazing! I love the skirt and shoes!

Jessy said... [Reply]

Great tip about the belt. : ) And they're always so fun & cheap at F21 and H&M!! I love how you matched the shoes & belt, but the tiered skirt and quilted purse don't look good together (imo) because they're different textures. Maybe it's just to my eyes though :p

Kileen said... [Reply]

Oh that's true about the different textures! I agree. Maybe go back to the LV in this case. :)

Justine @ Just Better Together said... [Reply]

sometimes I can't comment you because the comment box doesn't load :(

Anyways, I really do like your skirt!


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Jesicalovinggod said... [Reply]

your hair....AMAZING~

Ping said... [Reply]

kileen-- i really like this outfit. simple yet sophisticated and chic. i love the splash of red and i think a little goes a long way. i agree with everyone else, your hair looks great!

Penney said... [Reply]

It was so nice to meet you at the TXSCC. I'll definately be checking in on you from time to time. And hope to see you next year!

pandaphilia said... [Reply]

this is perfect! i love the subtle pop of colour - i really learned something about not taking colour over the top for a more professional look thanks!

Ellenreviewsblog said... [Reply]

great outfit. love the hair. :) up for your color brigade! :) yaay! :)

Amy Z. said... [Reply]

I love the black soles on your red shoes! Such an unusual combo!

Twentyyork said... [Reply]

That's a fantastic tip Kileen... I actually have been trying to look for more colourful belts these days!

And do I ever have a Colour Bridage entry for you for the next volume, can't wait!

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Lisachen08 said... [Reply]

ohhh i love your red pumps!! i've been on the hunt for a pair of red pumps!!

i'm always scared of wearing color because i don't want to end up looking like a 'clown' hahah.. and i thought some red pumps would really help ease me out of my comfort zone a bit.. i love how the red really brightens your entire outfit!

colletteosuna said... [Reply]

Great red accents.....loving the belt and shoes...and you are sooo right when it comes to adding color....a little goes a long way:)

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Courtney Thomas said... [Reply]

I love the tiered skirt, and the tip about incorporating color by starting small is a really good one!

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Kileen said... [Reply]

yay, i'm excited to see what you link up! :)

Ivonne said... [Reply]

That skirt is so chic and elegant! I love it!

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eclecticflair said... [Reply]

this outfit is perfectly polished and shows off your tiny figure very well! Love it!

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Cecilia Oviedo said... [Reply]

You do colors so good! Little tutorial sounds logic, love the way red shoes give life to this one, wearing nude pumps would've looked ok, but you made this look so fab!


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Samantha said... [Reply]

This is so cute. I love the shoes, I would love to do this if I could find a beige/gold that didn't wash me out! And thanks for the tip, I've got a pretty hot pink belt that's looking for something to match it :P

Kileen said... [Reply]

oooh, hot pink sounds awesome!

katou said... [Reply]

You look definetely chic and cute love teh touch of red and specking of colors i'm starting to incorporate splash of colors in my outfits daily hope i'll be brave enough to do the all-in color outfit :)
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Ang said... [Reply]

Love these color combos! That skirt is adorable...and of course I love your shoes :)

Callandra said... [Reply]

I really love that skirt!!...........I've got to remember to add belts to my skirts like you do, they add so much visual interest ;)

Lei said... [Reply]

I like the whole outfit! You're very pretty in it! I have a skinny red belt that I'd like to wear for a long time... now I know how to incorporate that red belt in other clothes that I may have! Thanks! :)

Tara said... [Reply]

Love the pops of red here...you look beautiful!

Alamodeetplus said... [Reply]

Very cute outfit, and nice tip! I agree with you that adding bright accessories to a neutral outfit is a great way to add color. I love pairing my hot pink pumps with a black top and jeans!
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Kileen said... [Reply]

Thank you!

Kileen said... [Reply]

Oh yes, hot pink and black is one of my fave color combos!

Melissa said... [Reply]

You never, ever look like a clown, it's obvious that you know what you're doing! :) I love the tip of just adding a colorful belt and/or shoes. I do that a lot too!

You look incredible and I adore that skirt with the tiers!

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Really Petite said... [Reply]

LOL I think I did a post like 1 year ago on that F21 tiered skirt but ended up returning it because it was too big.

Cute ensemble Kileen!

Kileen said... [Reply]

lol, sounds about right. i think i'm a size up from you in skirts!

Kate Olmstead said... [Reply]

Absolutely adoring this outfit. So chic and adorable!

silvergirl said... [Reply]

Good tips for those afraid of color
That skirt is just so cute and feminine
Love that you paired red with it
Brett

silvergirl said... [Reply]

Good tips for those afraid of color
That skirt is just so cute and feminine
Love that you paired red with it
Brett

Bekah said... [Reply]

gold, gray and red! its genius! this outfit looks so classy and put together! :)

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Angga Heinrich said... [Reply]

I really love what you did with your eyes!! did you do something different with your make up ??? I love it!!!
anyway I completely agree, start small, I collect belts and shoes, so usually I try to incorporate color on those items, but now since I gradually sell my old clothes and gain new ones, I tried to incorporate color in the new stuff that come in...
I really love the simple outfit but loving the ruffle tiered skirt!!
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Kileen said... [Reply]

hm, i used my Urban Decay Naked Palette today but otherwise i didn't do
anything different...

silvergirl said... [Reply]

Good tips for those afraid of color
That skirt is just so cute and feminine
Love that you paired red with it
Brett

From Suns To Moons said... [Reply]

There's nothing I don't love about this. Perfection.

Thejoyoffashion said... [Reply]

Very cute outfit!! I love the pops of red!

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kelsey williams said... [Reply]

I love love the pops of red!

Corrie said... [Reply]

Cute outfit! I love the red!

I used to be petrified of wearing color and as of recently something must have switched off in my brain because I've been buying really colorful and vibrant stuff without even realizing it. I initally started the way you said by adding one or two accessories (mine were hot pink heels) and now I'm adding vibrant color to near everything I wear. Makes outfits way more interesting!

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Kileen said... [Reply]

i agree. hot pint heels sound amazing!! you'll have to link them up to my
weekly Color Brigade feature (every Tuesday)!

Corrie said... [Reply]

Awesome! I'll do that. In the meantime I went head and linked up a post I did last week featuring my new neon pink blazer to your Color Brigade feature from this past week. :-)

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Kileen said... [Reply]

looks great! i went ahead and updated the title to indicate the colors you
used too. :)

thanks for submitting! i love your outfit.

aaez said... [Reply]

ahhhh LOVE that skirt so flirty!

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