WIW: Raspberry Lemon Chocolate (inspired by Turkey Vulture!)

This is a really yummy sounding outfit, isn't it? :)

I loved Turkey Vulture's look where she paired the Anthropologie Lemon Liftoff blouse with a raspberry dress for her Anthro interview:
Since we are blouse twins (I also bought the same blouse at the Anthro sale), I was inspired to do a similar color combination.

This short sleeve pussy-bow blouse is bright yellow and from a distance looks like it has white/brown polka dots, but if you look closer you'll see that the brown spots are little owls. I love it! I had tried on this blouse a long time ago but didn't buy it (bought the green dot blouse instead), but once it went on sale I had to grab it. It kind of reminds me of the bee blouse that MaryK and I have, where there are "secret" animals once you look closely. Maybe a little too whimsical for some, but I adore it! I paired it with my raspberry Tulle blazer. I would never have thought of magenta and yellow together but thanks to Turkey Vulture I gave it a try!

And the best part is I was able to rescue a closet orphan...I haven't worn this chocolate brown Ann Taylor skirt in over 10 years and I was debating about tossing it when I was doing my closet purge, but you all convinced me to keep it. But I wasn't that happy with the AT berry tank that I bought it with (I don't like how the halter style exposes my shoulders so much) so it was languishing in my closet because I didn't know what to pair it with. Until now! I love it because even though this is a wild color combination, the brown skirt matches the brown owls and the small berry colored embroidery stripe at the bottom matches the raspberry blazer. So the orphan skirt ties the outfit all together!

I wore chocolate brown Clark pumps with a curved criss-cross strap over the top of the foot (kind of retro-looking). I have had these pumps for a long time as well but rarely wore them. Now that I am wearing heels more, I am surprised how comfortable they are! Very cushy and mid heel height...I can wear these all day. And finally, I paired it with a chocolate brown Jack Georges briefcase that I've also had over a decade. I've been ignoring it and using my bolder bags like my red tote and my floral tote, but in this case I think the more subdued bag works better since the outfit is already so colorful.

Yay, I love how these two new items (blouse and blazer) have rescued three underused items in my closet (skirt, heels and briefcase)! Also, I feel like I'm wearing a suit, without wearing a Suit (I don't like wearing those matchy matchy corporate suits). It feels professional but still fits with my personality (hopefully the raspberry & lemon isn't too loud!). Plus this outfit is a lot of fun to wear! Comments and suggestions welcome as usual, thanks for looking!

So thanks Turkey Vulture! BTW hope you got the job!

1-4. The WIW outfit.
5. Orphan skirt and tank from my closet purge thread.
6. Turkey Vulture's inspiration outfit.

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  • MsMary replied 8 years ago


    You'd better lock up those pieces lest I fly up to Marin and snatch them out of your closet!!

    I would love to see a belt over the tank in #5! (Maybe an animal print belt?) And the raspberry jacket over the berry tank. Just sayin'!

  • DressLover replied 8 years ago

    Fun color combination! I think the raspberry is the perfect pop for the outfit and keeps it from evoking certain imagery. Funny kid story: I had a dress that was an abstract geometric pattern of yellows and chocolate brown and white. When I purchased it I knew there was something odd about it, but the pattern really spoke to me so I ignored that internal voice.

    I wore it over to a friend's house before we went out and her PJ-clad son was still up when I arrived. He cocked his head at me and stared before pointing at my dress and yelled, "Pee and Poo dress! Pee and poo!" and started laughing hysterically. Normally I take opinions with a grain of salt, but kids are almost always right since they don't over-think things. Needless to say, that dress was gone.

  • Lynne replied 8 years ago

    Raspberry and lemon....*drool*! You look wonderful, Natalie, and I love your detailed photos. Aren't Clarks shoes some of the comfiest ever?

  • goldenpig replied 8 years ago

    DL, you crack me up! Although given my line of work, I think that combination might be completely appropriate! HAHAHA!!!!
    PS I'm sorry that dress didn't work out for you!

  • suzanne m replied 8 years ago

    LOVE it! You took that color combo and made it sing.

  • nancylee replied 8 years ago

    Love it. I would never have thought to put these colors together, but they look fab!

  • DressLover replied 8 years ago

    Ahahaha, GP! Good point! I think it helps to when the pieces are distinctive. The whole dress was the pattern and there were blobs of yellows and browns on a white background. Even wearing contrasting accessories didn't detract from the obvious. I still laugh with my friend about that one.

  • replied 8 years ago

    Yummy combo. Also good for you for rescuing old orphans! Also, that tank would look great under a yellow cardi to make a complementary outfit. If you'd styli it that way, you could try belting or tucking to make the proportions more uneven ( right now it's visually 1/2 top and 1/2 skirt. your yellow blouse is more short hence the 1/3 top , 2/3 skirt proportion, much more flattering)

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Oh...now you have me craving dessert!!!

    You look positively scrumptious in this outfit, truly. What a lovely way to rescue some orphans. And I love those shoes!

  • replied 8 years ago

    I'd say the bouse/blazer combo certainly rescued the skirt from the donate pile! Try that skirt with burgundy or teal, too. Sometimes those colors look better when worn with brown than black.

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Super outfit, love those colors on you! They're... delicious together :D (Ok bad pun, my apologies ^^) I think you could easily swap the blouse for another and be able to wear this skirt quite happily.

  • Deborah replied 8 years ago

    Amazing colors and who would of thought of combining them:) Really lovely and the skirt must be very happy to have found a home :)

  • krishnidoux replied 8 years ago

    Goldenpig, this is so funky and superb all at once. It's such a delightful mix of color, playful, complimenting, pretty. The beautiful shoes really bring it all together.

  • Fruitful replied 8 years ago

    I swear, your outfit is releasing dopamine - I can feel all these feel-good chemicals flooding my brain from seeing it!

    The shoes. With their burnishedness and their interlocked straps.

    The raspberry lemon chocolate colour combo (very moreish)

    The bag, the brown bag in its rightful home! Best supporting actor for the vibrant stars (mixing metaphors, please forgive)

    And the wow, the satisfying ending to the story of the orphans!

    The Ugly Duckling is one of my favourite fairy tales, and you proved again why. This skirt wasn't really ugly, it just wasn't a duck - it was a swan! Okay, my metaphors are really falling apart now, but I hope you get my meaning: the skirt didn't look amazing because it wasn't with its rightful family. Now that it is, it's a positive stunner.

  • rute replied 8 years ago

    So pretty! Love the colors, the shoes, the skirt and your smile, of course!

  • sarah replied 8 years ago

    Such a pretty combo!

  • Jonesy replied 8 years ago

    This is such a great fall look! This outfit really looks like *you*.

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