Life’s racing along at a busy clip. We arrived home from Palm Springs to glorious sunshine and a few surprises. My scale is telling me I had one (several) too many date shakes and wasn’t active enough. It’s so easy to fool yourself on vacation, but the routine at home makes things all to obvious.
Welcome to reality and time to get back on track. I’ve already cut back on unnecessary carbs and added more veggies. I also have to drag myself to the gym when my cold is gone.
We saw our accountant yesterday to get a jump start on our taxes. I wore classic white and black.
For the business meeting, I wore a black tank underneath this lace top because I didn’t want to look undressed. A nude tank wouldn’t interfere with the lines of the tank but could appear more suggestive than a black tank that you can clearly see.
I wore 2 long necklaces to draw the eye down to a V and added simple silver hoop earrings.
My vintage leopard handbag added a bit of extra pattern.
Even though my weight is up, my hips and legs are still slimmer than my top so I wore lighter pants. These Renuar cigarette pants are pull-on style with faux front and back pockets. There’s no bulk from a zipper and snap which makes these great to wear under slim fitting tops.
I originally styled this with black ballet flats but they looked too heavy. The open pattern of these sandals added needed texture and looked airier.
I topped everything with a long jacket that is loose and camouflages a multitude of sins. Because the top and pants are both fitted, I needed a loose jacket.
I carried my vintage Kate Spade handbag to add extra pattern to this monochromatic outfit.
Style Tip: Place patterns to keep the eye moving around your outfit. The focus travels from the lace top down to the handbag pattern then down to the shoe pattern. The focus is balanced.
There is something so classic about wearing white and black then adding pattern to keep it interesting.
My entire outfit is available at Purple Poppy, a small boutique on Cape Cod that also sells online. They’re offering my readers a 10% discount with the code Poppy (capital P) at checkout.
Do you add pattern to monochromatic outfits?
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