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A Fall Ensemble

7 August 2008
This look, available on, is perfect for fall! I love the ensemble; the Trina Turk Bon Bon Blouse has a lovely geometric print in bold hues: magenta, turquoise, cerulean, eggplant, and black. Though 2008’s fall runways color palette consisted of colors that reflected the fall foliage or purples and blacks, this blouse is perfect for that splash of color against the more neutral shirts. The geometric print is balanced with the silk fabric, as well as the soft lines of the silouette. Offset the vibrant colors of the blouse by tucking it into a pair of skinny, black tailored pants or denim. High waisted pants should be avoided with this look; we want to see that print! Choose a moderate waistline; not to low, not too high. To finish this look, I personally would recommend a skinny patent belt to add dimension to the matte-ness of the fabrics and a pair of patent gladiators in black. Shopbop recommended the black, Kooba Josephine clutch with gold trim; I however, think otherwise. Instead of opting for black, choose a bold colored, patent tote, perhaps in a raspberry color that matches the blouse. The outfit has a lot of blues and black; bring out the red! I suggest this Mulberry Maggie Tote in Spazzaloto (its a leather; yes, I laughed too when I read it). It is a great structured tote in a color that coordinates with the Bon Bon Blouse (raspberry). The strong architectural lines definitely offset the looseness of the blouse, yet enhancing the geomety present in the hexagon pattern. The buckle details and turn-lock closure tie the belt into the look, and the patent, like the skinny belt, adds dimension to the overall look. Top it all off with thin silver bangles; you could skip a necklace with this neckline and the busy-ness of the top. Silver gives the impression of light and weightlessness, while gold gives off vibes of richness and heaviness. The bold colors are very saturated; gold would only add heaviness.
As for hair, I would suggest loose, wavey locks or loosely curled hair; once again, the looseness will balance the geometric print and structured bag. Go minimalistic with a neutral color palette for make-up to equalize the bold colors and black – au naturel has been the make up option for the past few seasons!
I know I mentioned a lot about balance and offsetting…constructing the perfect ensemble requires balance and feng shui! I guess I should make that a tip du mode then.
Tip du Mode #2: Outfits are all about balance, balance, balance! Compliment structure with looseness, bold colors with black or neutral, earthiness with metal (jewelry), etc.!
9 Comments leave one →
  1. Valentine permalink
    7 August 2008 7:02 pm

    That tote is to die for. The color’s so rich! It reminds me of glossy, sweet cherry candies. Yum.

  2. Cupcakes and Cashmere permalink
    7 August 2008 7:23 pm

    trina turk’s my favorite designer. lucky for me, i live close enough to her outlet store, which has all of her fabulous pieces for super cheap!

  3. Fashion Addict permalink
    7 August 2008 8:28 pm

    I would love to have a tote in that color, it seems like it could match a lot of outfits. Very chic looking too.

  4. La Femme Chic permalink
    7 August 2008 11:00 pm

    The color of that tote is superb! I love it

  5. J e s s i c a permalink
    8 August 2008 12:32 am

    i love the outfit !
    i followed your link from a comment you sent me today, and landed on this Jesus and bible thing. And i was like…no this can’t be it. I checked the spelling and you spelled blogspot like this blogpsot…or something ahaha. The Jesus site froze my computer…but then i finally found your site. Much Better. 🙂

  6. Trixy Tran permalink
    8 August 2008 2:12 am

    i love your “tip du mode” because it’s so true! — i really think that’s the key to looking great.

  7. fashionista permalink
    8 August 2008 3:21 am

    trina turk is FABULOUS. and that outfit is just perfect.

  8. Life's a Wardrobe permalink
    8 August 2008 11:22 am

    That pink bag is to die for!!! Great blog

  9. satin pump permalink
    8 August 2008 11:44 am

    Interesting blog! I think i have to go on your blog more often!

    Have a good holidays!!


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