2011-03-21

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Apricot pants? h&m
Silk shirt? Thrifted
Necklace? Borrowed permanently from my Mama (with her permission!)
Shoes? Dumond
Trench? Mackage, Winners
Calfskin purse? Winners

The last time that magazines and trend reports were yelling 'colour blocking!'and 'spring brights!' at us, I was in the middle of my university years. I distinctly remember the mall being over-run with mannequins wearing bright blue tube tops under hot pink mesh tees. Does anyone else remember this particular style or was it just a Canadian Urban Behaviour kind-of thing? I tried to google this look so everyone could experience the awesomeness but like usual, I goggle weird things that always end up taking an awkward turn. Pro tip: Don't google black booties and mesh tops.

At the time, I managed to resist the tube top and mesh overlay but I still jumped on that colour trend train. I recall A LOT of pink, a pair of banana shoes (described here) and a tight neon yellow top that I loved to wear with my low-rise, stretchy Levi's. I think I like my 2011 version of colour blocking better... though this look might not bring all the boys to the yard like my yellow top and low rise jeans did...
That's OK. This look did bring the best boy of all to the school yard to take these photos. Winning.

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53 comments :

The Suburb Experiment said...

I was trying to describe those protective cases shaped like a banana (to protect your easily bruised fruit) to my coworkers yesterday and googled "banana case" so they could see a picture. Um, not such a good idea at work - especially if you happen to work in law enforcement.

Long tangent aside, your color-blocking here is very pretty and sophisticated. :)

Vanessa said...

Those shoes are badass, and I am happy your style as evolved far beyond your yellow tube top days :o)

Christina said...

I believe I have the same pair of pants in my closet and a very similar top. I will be recreating this outfit!

Haute Muslimah said...

I find it so difficult to stop wearing so much black.. but I love the colors you've used together here. The whole look so simple, yet very stylishly spring.
And your hair looks good like that!

Jahn 'n Style said...

love the color combination!
you look so pretty :)

Emily said...

The mesh top should really be reserved for gay bars and gogo dancers.

andrea k (blonde bedhead) said...

Hahahah you seriously crack me up. And I absolutely LOVE this outfit. I want to try color blocking. I need to stop looking like I'm on my way to a funeral. You look so gorgeous!

Savannah said...

Holy smokes the mesh top sounds pretty epic, but I love this outfit as an alternative :) I'm especially loooving that purse and those heels.

savannah-joyofliving.blogspot.com

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

Love the pants and the background that highlights that WOW color.

Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Sal said...

I don't remember the previous color blocking trend you're describing, but wish I did. Sounds hilarious.

Your contemporary take is fab, especially with the trench.

Gracey said...

Very, very pretty. I love the color of the pants with that bright blue top. And your shoes are fabulous!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

i love the super bright colors together--and those pants seem like they'd be surprisingly versatile.
i wish i were half as cool as you sounded in middle school/high school. sadly, i was still wearing a uniform of gray and white even then.

Kate said...

I absolutely adore the approach you took to color blocking this time around. You look fantastic!

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Stephanie said...

fantastic shoes.

kelsey said...

I'm on my way to your house to steal those pants...

Rose said...

I love the two colors you've chosen to work with here, and the accessories are perfectly low key to balance it out, but still so distinctive...that giraffey print bag is delish!

Elaine said...

I absolutely LOVE THIS!

MONKEYFACE said...

You have the best ankles in the bizness. And I'm not talking style blog bizness, I'm talking the ankle bizness. I would buy a colorblocked mesh ankle bracelet if I saw it modeled on you.

Tanvi said...

I like you. Coz you wear colors like no one's business. Which I like :)

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Bekah: Matters of Merrymaking said...

I love your location here. And the playful red and blue together. BEAUTIFUL!

matters of merrymaking

Santina said...

Color block perfection! Those shoes are amazing; I love the printed platform.

ChiccaStyle said...

You look great!!!Love colorblock!
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Sara K.S. Hanks said...

Your color choices here are spot-on. I have a pair of pink pants that I'm now compelled to bust out. And the necklace on top is a great touch!

Patricia said...

Haha, I know exactly what your talking about. Although I could have sworn color blocking was in like 2 season ago. And then went out last year. And is now in again? I think? So confusing. But really, who cares?

Anyways, I LOVE the outfit. The colors go wonderfully together.

sartoriography said...

YES! I love that you referenced the banana shoes again! Best.post.ever.

You look gorgeous in your color-blocking. I have to admit, I'm kind of glad not to see any mesh, but then, I'm sure you could rock it. :)

briannelee said...

I really like that color blue on you. SO pretty!

I want red jeans...

Nadine said...

Is that a school? I was thinking, 'Why is there a bike rack in front of the fire station doors?'

Erin said...

I always wind up going to google with a "bad" search and end up with results that should lead to my termination at work.

I love the colorblocking here.

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

I'm sure everyone tells you all the time but you totally look like Katherine Heigl... in the last pic I could swear its her! :D I'm working on brightening up my closet but it's hard work, i've been very B&w and neutrals until now... :)
xxx

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Martine said...

I just love your style! I love how you can make bold colors work well together.

Martine :)
http://undeniablymartine.blogspot.com

Bre said...

I much prefer your 2011 color blocking as well. Oh and thanks for the google tip.
Cheers,
Bre

Kelly said...

I love the colours you chose together. They're both so vibrant! Love it!!

Kelly
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Michelle's Style File said...

Great colours!

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Michelle
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Jessica P. said...

HAHAHA! I do remember last time colour blocking was in! I also remember thinking :"What is wrong with people? Why is neon making a come back? (last time I remembered seing that much colour on one person was in third grade and my teacher wore all neon outfits!)Why can't I find a black shirt anywhre? ARGH" Or something like that.

I'll be sure to try it this spring and try not to turn like my third grade teacher. Your outfit is perfect!
Jess
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Kate said...

Yay, I love this! Much better than the tube top/mesh combo, me thinks! So bright & fun!

Tiffany said...

Two bright colors have never been better paired than these two. This is a chic, chic, chic outfit. Directly into my inspiration folder.

amanda said...

hmmm, yeah. i think canada was a little behind the times because i distinctly remember color blocking and bright colors back in MIDDLE SCHOOL. and i think we've decided that i'm older than you :) all joking aside, you look gorgeous. and i am totally rethinking the whole colored pants thing. REALLY wanting to pull this look off. but now what color do i choose.......

Sidewalk Chic said...

I love your 2011 version of color-blocking. I bet your yellow tube top is majorly jealous!

Tinfoils Tiaras said...

I think I have the same pants as you- I love the bright colours!

sisters4saymoreismore said...

yep... that necklace is amazing... pure magic, i need one yesterday... what is it made out of? i desperately need to knock one off! and those shoes are so gorgeous.... drool.

~selina

Jessica said...

I LOVE this red pant trend going on right now. Great way to rock it

Col said...

My husband and I were recently married(6months ago) in Ireland. Our photographer told us hewas submitting one of our pics to "Irish bride magazine" so my hubby looks up "irish bride" to see if he could find out if the picture was accepted and up comes.... Irish mail order brides....so funny. I am also laughing at the person who googled " banana cases"....so so funny.

Anna Jane said...

are those the $10 red(ish) pants from h&m?! i tried to buy them a few times and they never have my gosh darn size! they look totally rad on you though and now i definitely must find them.

myedit said...

Kelsey- don't steal my pants... get your own. they are $10, not on sale...crazy...
Nadine- yeah, it's a public school in the area. Matt was showing me some work his company did in the area and I figured two birds, one stone? I wish it was a firestation... goal in life, pose with firemen...

Anna Jane said...

oh, now i'm responding 10 seconds after your response...(i'm online, too :) thanks for the tips on the pants! they will be mine, oh yes, they will be mine.

basiccravings said...

This outfit sums up what I want my spring wardrobe to look like. Wonderful!

FutureLint said...

I love the colorblocking and the shoes and necklace are so cool!

Between Laundry Days said...

I'm a novice, and totally can't pull off, the colorblocking trend thing. YOU, however, are rocking it hardcore. The necklace is an awesome addition!

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

I love the blue and coral together. You look so amazing in this.

Linda said...

Google just got me in trouble about 3 minutes ago. Dang it Google! Ha ha!
OK, but seriously, I love those shoes. I may have to go find a pair for myself. :)

La Historiadora de Moda said...

I pretty much love this color combination, and those pants are fantastic!

Karla said...

Love this look! Those are some haute apricot pants! I am really loving all the shoes that are coming out in that shade as well. Great way to color block!

Lauren @The Little Things We Do.... said...

those are pretty much the exact pants i've been on the hunt for! i actually saw them at h&m, the other day, but didn't really think that the cut would be so flattering, and since the line for the fitting rooms is always a mile long, i didn't bother trying them on. BUT....after seeing your cuteness in them, i just might brave the fitting room line :). exemplary color blocking :).