The Anti-Matching.

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I’m always a fan of color. Spring is just around the corner so I find myself gravitating toward it a little more lately. I’m a firm believer that in fashion you don’t need to match, you just need to compliment. This goes for prints, textures, and color itself. While I still plan on doing a full color-breakdown post soon (I know, I know, I’ve been talking about it for a while), but here is one of my more colorful first outfits of spring.

I love the look of an elegant long sleeve blouse with shorts, and although it was mid-70s, this outfit needed to be comfortable enough to handle a busy day on the go, as well as taking my work out with me, and good for a transition into evening when it cools down quite a bit. To put together this outfit, I started with the shorts. Then I went through the blouse section of my closet to find a color that would give a fun little contrast without being too far off the spectrum. My sleeved-blouse choices were a blush, black, white, taupe, coral, orange, hot pink, black floral, yellow floral, sky blue, multi-colored floral, or this yellow pin dot number. For me, white was too easy, black was too dark, and I knew I wanted a warmer color that wasn’t as shocking in it’s bright hue as the hot pink shorts. It came down to the yellow with green and blue floral, or this solid yellow with tiny pin dots. The deciding factor: what shoes? I needed to pick shoes that would handle all the busy aspects of my day with no fuss, then that would determine the top.

Sidenote: I’ve given up on steaming these shorts. I love them, but they are the devil. I also have them in red, and for some reason, that pair cooperates and looks flawlessly smooth at all times. I’ve been forced to embrace inevitable wrinkles when wearing these pink ones. WTF!! But I’m over it.

I’ve been loving little pops of leopard here and there lately, and its such a versatile print that, believe it or not, acts really well as a neutral. The warmer tones of classic leopard complimented the bright yellow and pink without matching at all, and offered a nice contrast to the lady-like print of the blouse. And there you have it. 3 key pieces that are completely different on the color/print spectrum that work nicely together! My only matching accent: my beloved MAC lipstick in “Impassioned.” Hello, spring!

Top: Target
Shorts: Akira Chicago (similar)
Flats: Cotton On (similar here and here)
Bag: Urban Expressions, via DSW (similar style)
Rings: Zara, Brandy Melville

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