Friday, May 29, 2009

Rainy Day Blues

Just when it was starting to feel like summer in LA, weather happened. It's been like 65 degrees, overcast, and misty all day. Maud and I were at Disneyland last night for Grad Night, and it was cold and consistently sprinkly for all 6 hours. It was this odd mix between fog and rain, like the misters you can buy during the summer. Anyways, all this wet, chilly weather is making me want to put together a practical, cute, winter meets summer outfit that I'm going to pretend I'm wearing right now (full disclosure: I'm in sweatpants. Chic, I know).

Elizabeth and James Margo Dress, $395 at, Current Elliot Biker Jacket in Night, $275 at, Opaque Pantyhose in Asphalt, $14 at This dress is totally flowy summer goddess amazingness. The creamy white hue, soft ruffles, and drapey fabric are very warm weather appropriate, but it's not too skimpy for cooler weather, and the scoop neckline and waist tie keep all the volume in the skirt from being overwhelming. I'd pair it with a tougher, slightly warmer piece like this Current Elliot biker jacket. The zipper details and dark shade balance out the girliness of the dress, but the jacket is simple and clean enough not to overpower the dress. The jacket itself adds warmth, but I'd add some tights underneath for extra insulation. Those tights are supposed to be grey (something is wrong with that pic) which I like because it kind of mediates between the white dress and black jacket, so it helps the summery piece connect to the more wintery piece.

Hunter Boots in Green, $115 at, Treesje Turner Satchel in Gray, $595 at, Citrine by the Stones Single Stone Pendant Necklace, $140 at I'm trying to practical with the rain boots here. Obviously rain boots are necessary if it's raining (unless you're like me and ignore the weather while tramping around in flip flops), and I think these rain boots work with this outfit because they're actually chic. Those rain boots are simple and streamlined, like the jacket, and the hunter green is a nice pop of color in this neutral outfit, adding a bit of a summery punch to the ensemble. I like this charcoal bag because it's slouchy and relaxed, the stud detail gives it a bit of extra oomph, and the grey shade doesn't compete with the green boots. Plus that bag's big enough to fit an umbrella in! See, I can be practical. I'd finish the look off with this pink necklace because who doesn't need a little pink when it's rainy and overcast? The stone is small enough that pink doesn't fight with the green boots, and the chain details keep the pink stone from making the necklace too girly.

The key with this look is that it's mainly neutrals with pops of color, and that you're mixing a summer piece, like a sun dress, with a heavier, wintery piece like a biker jacket, and practical pieces like a big bag and rainboots, while keeping it fun with a whimsical piece of jewelry.

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Elizabeth and James dress:, Current Elliot jacket:, Tights:, Hunter boots:, Treesje bag:, Citrine necklace:

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