Pantone Fall 2016 - Dusty Cedar

I am nearing the end of the Pantone Fall 2016 color line up. Today we are looking at a lovely fall color called Dusty Cedar. When I looked through my closet, I realized I had this cute faux velvet jacket and it manifests Dusty Cedar perfectly.

Dusty Cedar outfit
Dusty Cedar outfit

I decided to try wearing this jacket with a pair of white jeans. I think the colors are great, but I am not really excited about the bright white on my bottom half. I think maybe a pair of skinny jeans would have been a better choice or maybe not white at all. What do you think?

Dusty Cedar Outfit

I wore a sleeveless print top under the jacket and added silver accessories. The necklace has a few pink beads on it as well which ties in the dusty pink of the jacket and the pink of the top.

I also carried a silvery bag and wore my pewter heels.

Dusty Cedar outfit

Here is another view with the jacket buttoned. 

What do you think of the Dusty Cedar color? Do you like velvet? While this jacket is not true velvet is has that look. What do you own that is velvet? I'd love to have your feedback. 

I hope you enjoyed today's post. Check back on Thursday as we look at another perfect piece to have in our wardrobe. 

Have a great day.

Photo credit Rebecca Trumbull.

Shopping for Dusty Cedar:

3/4 Length sleeve tee - Macy's - $39.50

Chiffon top - Redbubble - $36.00

Bag - Society6 - $18.70

Monday linking up with Tif of Bright on a Budget, and Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb. Tuesday linking up with Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish. Wednesday linking up with Allison of Sydney Fash Packing, and Tania of 50 is Not Old. Thursday linking up with Nicole of High Latitude Style. and Ada of Elegance and Mommyhood. Friday linking up with Nancy of Nancy's Fashion Style, Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots, JoLynne on the Fashion Friday Link Up, and Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge.

Pantone Fall 2016 - Spicy Mustard

Of all the Pantone Fall 2016 color line up, Spicy Mustard is the one that surprised me most. I am not a big fan of yellow. I think yellow is a lovely color, but I don't tend to reach for it and don't have many yellow pieces in my wardrobe. Spicy Mustard, however,  seems to be a versatile yellow, one I keep reaching for. In fact as I write this I am wearing the same tee you see in this post, with a pink fly away cardi and flared jeans. Check out my Instagram post from Monday.

For today's post I decided to style the Spicy Mustard, 3/4 length sleeved tee with a snakeskin print skirt that I have had for a long time. The skirt itself seems to carry a bit of that same yellow throughout the pattern. 

spicy mustard outfit

Since the skirt takes on the role of pattern for the outfit, I decided to downplay my accessories and keep them a relatively neutral color. 

spicy mustard outfit
spicy mustard outfit

The bag and shoes are a pewter color, while the jewelry brings in the browns and creams in the skirt. 

spicy mustard outfit

It is hard to get a good picture of shoes when you are standing in grass and the ground is soft! Ha, ha. 

spicy mustard outfit

Here is a close up of the skirt snakeskin pattern. 

Be sure to check out Liz at With Wonder and Whimsy for her take on Spicy Mustard. 

What do you think of Spicy Mustard? Would you wear it? How would you style it in an outfit? Let me know in the comments section below. 

I hope you enjoyed this post. Be sure to check back on Thursday and see which Beautiful Blogger inspired my polka dot outfit. Until then, have a great day. 

Photo credit Rebecca Trumbull. Make up Rachel Christensen.

Shopping Options:

Spicy Mustard top - Nordstrom Rack - $34.97

Snakeskin pants (skirts available at Poshmark and other online used retailers) - Macy's - $35.99

Strappy Shoe - DSW - $39.95

Bag - DSW - $49.95

Monday linking up with Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb. Wednesday linking up with Allison of Sydney Fashion Hunter and Tania of 50 is Not Old. Thursday linking up with Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and Nicole of Hight Latitude Style. Friday linking up with JoLynne of JoLynne Shane, Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots, and Nancy of Nancy's Fashion Style.


Piece Perfect - The Pleated Skirt

Like a puzzle, our wardrobes are made up of individual pieces, that when put together make a pretty picture or in this case ensemble. Most women have certain basic pieces in their closets. These pieces usually include basic pants, blouses, sweaters and so on, as well as jackets, bags and accessories. I have found that I sometimes own a piece that I really don't know what to do with, so this column is, in part, my attempt to style some of the things hanging in my closet that I haven't worn very often.

Today's perfect piece is a pleated skirt. Whether it be a maxi, a midi, knee length or above the knee, pleats create an outfit with a classic look. I usually think of pleated skirts as being more dressy, so I challenged myself to come up with a casual look, or in this post a work look and a more dressy look.

gray-maroon outfit

Yes, you did see this skirt earlier in the week when I paired it with a chambray shirt (here). For this look I kept it casual by wearing a white tank with a little strip of beadwork around the neck. The wide black belt and the black denim jacket give it an edgy vibe. I added a simple chain necklace which I double wrapped, a fringe drawstring bag with metal detailing and black wedge espadrilles.

gray-maroon outfit
gray-maroon outfit

You can see the metallic beadwork on the jacket, a little bit on the tank and the detailing on the fringe of the bag. 

black espadrilles

And we don't want to forget the shoes. I love this pair of Chaps that I found at Kohl's. They have a wedge heel with an enclosed toe. What I love is that they slip on and the wide black strap is elastic. They are super comfy and secure. Like, I've said before, I like the security of a shoe that won't fall off. 

For the more dressy look, I exchanged the stiff denim jacket for a gray chiffon drape. I also swapped the chain necklace for a gray beaded double stand choker.

gray-maroon outfit

I also used my sparkly pewter clutch, which just keeps making appearances, and I changed the casual espadrilles for pewter square toed heels.

gray-maroon outfit
pewter heels

Here are the two outfit ideas side by side.

I think these two outfits are great transitional ensembles for late summer heading into fall. I see more possibilities for this skirt in the future. I can see it paired with tights and flats with a cute blazer for work, or boots and a chunky sweater when the days get colder. 

Let me know if you have a pleated skirt and how you like to dress it up or dress it down. Be sure to like my posts on Facebook and Instagram as well. I appreciate the support. See you next time.

Photo credit Rebecca Trumbull. Make up Rachel Christensen.

Shopping for a Similar Piece:

Pleated Skirt

 Nordstrom - $55.90 (Anniversary Sale - ends Aug. 8th)

Express - $69.90

Kohl's - $24.99 (juniors)