I post my outfits on the blog every day at noon (12 p.m. EST) under this Style category #OOTD Daily Style and then I do a summary of all the looks in my Month of Style roundup at the end of the month.
It’s really hard to go wrong with this formula: Top + Skirt + Belt to hold it all together with some heels to end the look.
Here, I am trying to play with the colours – the dark forest green with the navy blue (seems pretty basic and not that jarring as a combination), and then an unexpected addition of a necklace that has something and nothing at all to do with the look – something on a bright orange suede ribbon with turquoise.
(Hence the name – FOREST ELF!)
The turquoise and gold go very well against the scarab green colour of the sweater, but the orange is a complete contrast and almost the opposite of the green on the colour wheel (the real opposite is red, but I would NEVER pair red + green together because it has Christmas vibes, just as I would NEVER pair orange + black together for Halloween vibes).
The orange and green clash, but not overly so, it’s just unexpected and draws your eye right to the necklace which the point of such a basic outfit.
Throw on a cute knotted belt to ground the look (it looked strange just with the sweater and skirt), and I needed a kind of leather neutral at my waist.
I chose a dark medium brown over a cognac brown because it felt better to keep to a somber palette of colours, and I rejected black because it’s too harsh for this kind of Forest Elf vibe I was going for.
The skirt is VERY PRETTY. It’s so pretty that it’s hard to wear anything but heels with it, especially given its midi tea length, which screams “ADD SOME HEIGHT TO THIS OR RISK LOOKING STUNTED!”
I also went matchy-matchy on the leather and the heels match very closely to the belt. That’s another rule I tend to avoid but in this case, I felt like I already had too many colours happening and I wanted to keep the vibes neutral and somber with my necklace being the star.