Thursday, September 22, 2016

Floral Pants with (Mostly) Muted Tops for Fall

In Sunday’s post, I wore my new Banana Republic floral pants with a red shirt.

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When I got the pants, I was drawn to them because they are very similar to the pair they replaced (and I LOVED that pair) and because I love all the different colors in the pants and think I will be able to wear them for most of the year here in California. 

Floral Pants with Muted Tops for Fall 

So I got out some fall and winter tops and sweaters and experimented. Since I’ve been under the weather all week, I didn’t take photos wearing the outfits (believe me you wouldn’t want to see me!), but I’m showing you the combinations I am thinking off. I know there are more possibilities hidden in my closet, but it’s a start: 

First up are the pants with a basic grey sweater. The grey of the sweater matches the grey in the pants and definitely mutes the outfit. 

Floral Pants and Grey Sweater

I also got out a deep red sweater. It matches some of the darkest reds in the flowers. I like this combination.

Floral Pants and Dark Red Sweater

Next I tried pairing the pants with a green blouse; I like that the green of the blouse matches the dark green in the pants.  

Floral Pants and Dark Green Shirt

And then I got a bit adventurous. I dug out a blazer I’ve had for about ten years. I bought it when my mom visited. To be honest, I didn’t really like the blazer, but she LOVED it, and so I bought it (not a good reason to buy clothing!). I’m not sure it actually goes with the pants, but I’ll have to make a decision about the blazer soon. In the ten years I’ve owned it, I’ve only worn it about five times. So either I’ll start wearing it, or I’ll have to find a new home for it.

Floral Pants and Purple Jacket

It is very good quality with nice fabric and interesting details. But I’m just not sure it’s me… Maybe I’ll just have to experiment with different outfits. 

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Lastly, I got out my yellow chunky sweater for a day when I want to make a bold statement. Maybe to brighten up a rainy day? I’m actually not sure I’ll ever be that daring. We’ll see...

Florla Pants and Yellow Sweater
  
Questions: How long do you hold on to clothing you haven’t worn in a while? At what point do you decide to find a new home for them? Have you ever been influenced by a shopping partner or salesperson to buy something you weren’t sure about? 

Click here to check out the fabulous bloggers I’m linking up with.


Be well,
Andrea

34 comments:

  1. I love the Green blouse with it but the yellow sweater is also great! When new clothing doesn t fit in my closet, then its time to say Goodbye!!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! And, yes, space is certainly a concern...

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  2. Nice options. I like the Merlot sweater with the pants.

    Mary

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  3. I like how you're showing the pants with different tops instead of just saying them!!
    It's always nice to try different color schemes...especially ones out of our comfort zones!!
    That blazer is quite gorgeous Andrea---I can see why your mom loved it! Sometimes I think certain items aren't "us" just for the fact that we don't wear them regularly. Maybe if you wear the jacket with jeans & a t-shirt first, it might feel less fussy???
    If you decide to chuck it---I'll be happy to be it's new owner!! :)
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Jodie! I like having the photos so I can remember all the different options... So often we forget what we have (even though I don't have that many clothes...).

      I think wearing the blazer with jeans and a tee is a great idea. If it doesn't work out, I'll keep you in mind! :-)

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  4. Love your floral pants, Andrea! SO chic and I love the idea pairing them with chunky knit sweater for fall!
    PS: Thank you SO much for your sweet pregnancy wishes! Words cannot describe how much they mean to me! I'm so glad we connected! Much love, always!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! I'm thinking of getting one more chunky sweater for fall; maybe it'll go with the pants...

      I'm so excited for you and your family! Can't wait for Monday's announcement! :-)

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  5. Yes, now that's the way to head into a new season with a great pair of floral slacks! Enjoy the first day of autumn #PersonalStyleLinkUp

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  6. The post is so great! I love it so much:)
    Have a nice day!

    irenethayer.com

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  7. Thanks for linking up to the Top of the World Style party. These pants are so cool. I love the colors!

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  8. Yes I'm liking these trousers and so many options! I love an item like this, gets many wears. Nice to link up with you. Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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  9. Floral pants are a Fall staple to me!!

    I am launching another 3-part collaboration with fashion-forward brand STAYING SUMMER this week at the blog - come on over and see what I am super excited about!

    Happy Friday!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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    1. Florals are fun in fall! Looking forward to checking out your post!

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  10. The new trousers have many different colours and so they are easy to match. All your combinations are lovely, my favourite is with the deep red sweater.

    My time to hold on clothes I haven'the been wearing is about two years. I have realised that after that time I probably won't wear them anymore!

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    1. The red (wine?) sweater and the green blouse are my favorites! :-)

      Yup, I think two years is a good amount of time...

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  11. Wow! You are going to get a lot of wear out of those floral pants!I love all of those tops with them. I don't know why I'm so scared to buy a pair, you make it look so easy!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! I was really happy when I realized that I had more tops (and I think there are still more...) than I initially thought!

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  12. I come just to read! I have no new clothes & useless on all the fashion stuff but I read about it here! :)

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    1. I always love it when you stop by, Jody! It's like a visit from an old friend... :-)

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  13. People I shop with (mostly girlfriends) influence me all the time. Which is why I buy dresses when I am with adan in Italy for instance. Usually it isn't a good thing but apparently I don't lose my brains, because so far I only had to return to the shop to change the size of a pair of trousers. Oh.. just remembered.. my 5 friends I went to Spain with. They have convinced me a couple of times and not everything was that good. For me. An item can be beautiful, if it isn't you and you cannot make it you, give it away.
    I give things away as soon as I cannot hang my new clothes in the closets anymore because the hangers are too tight together haha. I give things away very regularly. But there are trusted pieces which I have over ten years and will never part with.
    Greetje

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    1. Oh rats, I totally forgot to say that I think your trousers are great fun. Love the pattern. And you have nailed the colours of the tops perfectly.
      The yellow one will make a bold statement, but yellow and blue go well together. Perhaps with a blue necklace? To bookend it?

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    2. You are so right, Greetje, an item can be beautiful, but if it isn't you, it'll never make you happy...

      Yes, I'm actually getting excited about the yellow sweater! It's definitely out of my comfort zone (even the sweater on its own...). I like the idea of adding a blue necklace!

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  14. I love the floral pants, especially with the yellow sweater! One trick I read was to turn all of the hangers in your closet backwards, then rehang the clothes you wear correctly. At the end of six months, get rid anything on a hanger that's still backwards. But I haven't been able to do it!

    Maggie
    www.thriftshopfashionista.com

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    1. Yes, I do a similar hanger trick in my main closet, and it really helps me to wear what's in it! The jacket is actually housed in a section of my son's closet... Yes, I'm cheating, and it should probably tell me something about whether to keep it or not...

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  15. Andrea, love the floral pants!! I like all the combos you picked out but I think my favorite is the yellow sweater.

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    1. Thanks, Keri! The yellow sweater was an afterthought and out of my comfort zone, but I'm looking forward to challenging myself! :-)

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  16. You look great in these pants, no wonder you love them so much. So many colors that you can pair up with them. I think I like the grey and the pink best, and I'd love to see the gold sweater with them, I'm really liking the contrast, and with your coloring it would look great. I hope you are feeling better!

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    1. Thanks, Nikki! I'm really happy with all the options I have with the pants; so often we think a "loud" piece of clothing is very limiting. I wore the pants last week with the green top (and carried a dark bag), and the overall effect was quite muted...

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  17. I am so digging the floral pants, you can pair it with any tops. I have to run and look in my closet for something like these. I think I have something that looks like this, it's not the same but it has some floral designs that I may totally rock with some yellow top. Now I'm ready to go out but I have yet to finish searching for some college paper service online. Thank you for inspiring me to dress up today!

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