Monday, June 20, 2022

Monday Mix: Pops of Orange

Another Monday, and as we approach the summer solstice, it looks like we might actually be getting some summer in our future! 

New clothes always provide me with motivation to mix and match, and see how they fit with my wardrobe. 
This blouse is the new-to-me item that I built this outfit around. I like wearing new things immediately so that I can get a feel for them. If they don't work, then I just put them in the Giveaway Pile and move on. 

  • Blouse - T. Babaton, consignment; purchased here for $32.00
  • Skirt - Talbots, consignment; first seen here in January with burgundy and black
  • Shoes - Groovy Aubrey, Fluevog; last worn here in May with blue birds and orange tiger
  • Jacket (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last seen here a couple of weeks ago

So far, I'm feeling good about this blouse. I love the colour mix of periwinkle/lavender and bright orange. It's feminine without being too frilly. 
The buttons did not pop open, and it didn't come untucked. It's a very thick and opaque silk - that seems to be rare these days.

I wore a vintage camisole under it anyway. 
I struggled a bit to figure out what to wear with it. The shoes were the easy part - what goes in the middle? 

I ended up with this woven black and white houndstooth skirt, on its second wearing (and first of the spring/summer season). 
I liked how this looked in person - the orange really pops - but small patterns never photograph well. 

Masked up. 
What would you wear with this blouse? I have a couple of ideas for next time, but I'd love to hear from you. Do tell! 

It's a mere 14 degrees out there, so even though it's sunny, I was still glad I'd worn a coat and a scarf. 

My scarf is a tourist fake designer souvenir from Italy, the kind of thing you pick up from street vendors. It is 100% silk and is from the early to mid-00s. I found it years ago at WIN for $3.95.

  • Scarf - fake Louis (Lewis!) Vuitton, thrifted
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
These shoes are wonderful to wear. I love the pink buckles. 

Black and white bling: 
In other news, I like pops of white too.

  • Bangle - Sziska
  • Octagonal cuff - vintage fair
  • Earrings - vintage fair
  • Steel/acrylic ring - Calvin Klein
  • Orange ring - Italian, vintage 60s, vintage mall


  1. I think it would be a good fit with boss lady pants. I know you shop consignment and the pieces are a bargain compared to new, but I'd struggle spending so much on something that may not work. I do need to up my wardrobe though.

    1. Agreed, Sam. I think also my white jeans would work. I know, it's $32.00 - that's nothing to sneeze at. Sometimes it's hard to tell how something will work out until you've worn it a few times, though.

  2. I am a sucker for a houndstooth print! It always looks so elegant and feminine! Fantastic skirt!

  3. Beautiful outfit. I would pair this blouse with one of your maxi skirts, maybe the golden or bronze pleated one.

    1. I don't know if I would do gold/warm tones with this, Ivana, but I trust your artistic eye.

  4. Lovely outfit and what a fabulous colour combination in the new to you blouse. I think the houndstooth skirt was a brilliant idea and can only suggest more black and white patterning (small); lavender/purplish shades or oranges/russets.

    It seems odd seeing you wearing coats and scarves when we are sweltering here...

  5. I personally love orange. Don't think it loves me.

  6. I cannot help it, I have to go through your posts in a hurry. A weeks holiday and only having one eye left to see at the moment (cataract surgery on right eye this morning) and sooo much to catch up upon...Greetje

  7. Love the blouse, it's very you and looks awesome on you! White was my first thought as well--pants, or a white skirt. A compatible shade of orange could be good but I really like the idea of indigo or cobalt (or denim?), possibly with a silver accent. I don't think I'd put solid black with it, actually. Too "heavy". I could see a deep blue or silver skirt, with those shoes or a dreamier pair--don't you have some swirly white/gray 'vogs?--and a white leather jacket. :-)

  8. That is such a cute blouse on you! I really like it with this skirt - I can see it working with lots of other skirts that you have in your wardrobe too - although of course I'd stick with the standard black and white if I was wearing it myself. Do you have anything navy? I like pairing blue with more blue!

    1. I actually gave up most of my navy - I wasn't reaching for it. I do still have my pouffy navy skirt with orange floral embroidery, and I'd paired this blouse with that skirt initially. I may still do that, maybe the next time I wear the blouse.

  9. I do love a bow blouse! I think you are much better at puttinb together outfits than me so I will leave it to you!

  10. I'm seeing that pussybow blouse with your red Boss Lady pants. xxx

  11. I love that pussybow blouse and I think Vix is right and it would look fabulous with your red Boss Lady pants! It's looking super cute with that skirt as well, and I'm loving how your shoes echo the colour of the blouse's bow! xxx


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