Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rule breaker

[Summer 30 for 30: Outfit 18]
Tank top: Karen Kane
Skirt: Karen Kane
Belt: Nordstrom
Shoes: Target

I'm breaking all sorts of rules today. Mixing patterns AND wearing brownish shoes with with black*. I would have worn black shoes, but last time I wore this skirt with black flats, my legs looked like stumps. My 30 items doesn't include black heels, so what could I do? But the stripes and floral is something that I've been intending to try out, and I kind of liked it.

I also cheated a bit and wore a cardigan over this outfit at work. It was necessary because the majority of the shirts I included are tank tops, and I only have two cardigans and a blazer for cover-up. Bad planning on my part. I'm not going to wear just a tank top into the office! Not that we have a rule against tank tops, but it's just not tank-top weather here in Seattle. It's a little depressing when stores are bringing out their fall lines and we're still waiting for summer to start.

I thought this picture was hilarious and accurate:

political pictures - america - heatwave - Weather You Like it Or Not

Yep, that about sums it up.

* I wear black and brown together ALL the time, but I usually try to tie in something brown like a brown belt or brown-ish tones elsewhere in the outfit. This outfit was an exception.

26 comments:

  1. Love the pattern mix up!

    oh my, that picture is soooo hilarous! andddd very accurate...ahh poor NW lol

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  2. Wouldn't have guessed you were breaking any rules! You look great!

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  3. haha that picture is hilarious! I also agree about the tank tops in the office, Halifax is the same way, the weather just isn't hot enough here often enough to have office-types warm up to the idea.

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  4. AND I love how you matched florals and stripes, you did it verrrry well

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  5. You are such the rebel ;) - I think the brown is dark enough that it is hardly noticeable. Love your pattern mixing too.

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  6. Stripes and florals FTW! You look awesome. Brown and black and everything. And I love that picture!

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  7. Cute outfit!!  I totally get the drawing, what with living here in Vancouver :(

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  8. I love your pattern mix. It's actually a huge trend for now and fall; so you're on top of it. The weather summary is also perfect.

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  9. Lol! Loving the pic! When we were up there end of June/beginning of July it was still in the high 60s/low 70s.  Was a nice break from the Vegas 90s/100s!  :)  We will be up again in August...hope it will be a little warmer then!!

    Your stripes and florals worked out great!  I love that skirt!!

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  10. love the mix of stripes and florals, girl!!

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  11. Please tell me that Keanu. 

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  12. I think you look great! Fashion rules are made to be broken!

    I hope the sun makes his way in your direction soon :)

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  13. hey! i just found your blog from Janine, Salt Water Joy. I love you style! now following :) mysoulisthesky.blogspot.com

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  14. Aw, sad Keanu. I like the pattern mix! The floral is just subtle enough to blend nicely. Well done.

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  15. We have a pretty laid back office, so tank tops are fine, it's just not hot enough to warrant baring that much skin yet! :(

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  16. I know, right? At least this weekend is supposed to be nice! :)

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  17. I hope so too! Just not TOO hot though, because Seattle is not used to extreme heat. Very few houses have A/C (because you only need it 5 days out of the year) so when it gets hot, it's unbearable.

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  18. Thanks so much for following!! :) I'm loving your blog as well!

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  19. Great job with the EBEW challenge! Your florals and stripes are fantastic! I also chose a black and gray top :) The weather map pictures is perfect. So true.

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  20. I love the stripes and florals together! Who needs rules, right? I got a good laugh out of that picture, honestly I'm wishing for a little relief from the heat right now.  I guess the grass is always greener on the other side!

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  21. I absolutely love this! The black and white stripes look great with the light, airy skirt!
    -Meaganhttp://spunkychateau.blogspot.com

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  22. Haha!  I need to send that picture to my mom.  My whole family lives in Seattle and I am a crazy who moved to Arizona.  I complain to them about the 113 degree heat and they tell me that they are FREEZING their bums off.  A perfect medium would be GREAT, but I guess it's not happening.

    I LOVE that outfit.  I really need to try stripes and floral.  I have been pinning stripes and floral on pinterest for a while now, but I think you are giving me the kick start I need to just do it already.  Great outfit!

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  23. I personally am a huge fan of mixing stripes with floral. You pulled the look off really well. So cute! - Katy

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