Neutrals With a Pop of Orange + Style With a Smile Link Up

Belstaff leather jacket Model KT bag

As a lover of bright colours I don’t often wear neutrals; I find they can make me look washed out. In general I feel much more comfortable in red, blue or green than beige, tan and cream. I often recall Sue Kreitzman’s warning: “Don’t wear beige, it might kill you”. So it was with a little trepidation that I put this outfit together.

My Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag in salamander lifts the neutrals with a pop of orange.

I bought the shirt from Zara on my last trip to Paris along with the hat I wore in this post. The print appealed to me instantly so I bought it without even trying it on. Out of my colourful comfort zone though, I struggled to find a way to wear it that didn’t look bland. Only one thing to do – add colour with accessories. My Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag in salamander lifts the neutrals with a pop of orange. I’ve featured the aubergine and teal versions of this amazing laptop bag on the blog before. I don’t often buy something in three colours, so that says a lot about how much I love this design.

I wasn’t actually planning on wearing the jacket with this outfit until the last minute, but it’s been waiting long enough for an outing.

While the shirt waited nine months to make its debut, the leather jacket had to wait a lot longer…six years in fact! I don’t know why, just one of those times when if you don’t find a way of incorporating a piece of clothing into your wardrobe straight away it ends up languishing on the hanger. Such a shame considering how soft and buttery it is…and that Belstaff jackets are very expensive. I wasn’t actually planning on wearing the jacket with this outfit until the last minute, but it’s been waiting long enough for an outing. I wasn’t sure if it’d work but I figured if it didn’t I just wouldn’t use those photos.

I bought the jacket when my daughter was a baby – I’d popped in to TKMaxx for some baby clothes and my attention wandered. Not being able to resist a browse I spotted the jacket on the clearance rail and had to have it. Even heavily reduced it was still expensive. I remember calling my husband from the shop to ask if it was OK to buy it, even though it was being funded by my savings! In my mind it was a treat to myself for going through a very stressful time.

The white piping gives the trousers a casual feel so they pair well with tennis shoes or flats.

When I bought these trousers from Asos I also ordered the matching jacket, but it was too baggy and a bit too matchy matchy for my liking. It looked great on the model styled casually with Stan Smiths, but it didn’t work for me. The white piping gives the trousers a casual feel so they pair well with tennis shoes or brogues. If I had a mid length camel coat I would wear that with the trousers for a slouchy look. That’s another thing on my “to buy” list, which seems to be never-ending. For now my motto is “keep calm and shop your closet”!

Do you love wearing neutrals or do you need colour in your outfit? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to link up!

Neutrals With a Pop of Orange Zara shirt Model KT bag Asos trousers Belstaff leather jacket Model KT bag

Neutrals With a Pop of Orange Zara shirt Model KT bag Asos trousers Belstaff leather jacket Model KT bag

Neutrals With a Pop of Orange Zara shirt Model KT bag Asos trousers Belstaff leather jacket Model KT bag

Neutrals With a Pop of Orange Zara shirt Model KT bag Asos trousers

Neutrals With a Pop of Orange Zara shirt Model KT bag Asos trousers

Neutrals With a Pop of Orange Jennifer Hamley Model KT salamander

Neutrals With a Pop of Orange Zara shirt Jennifer Hamley Model KT salamander

Jacket: Belstaff | shirt: Zara | trousers: Asos | shoes: TKMaxx (old) | bag: Jennifer Hamley | sunglasses: Roberto Cavalli


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25 Comments

  1. January 31, 2017 / 10:58 am

    I’ll join you in a splash of color!

  2. January 31, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Emma, I love this all neutral look! Those trousers are fabulous with that white piping down the side. And the print on your blouse is perfect. Add that amazing jacket and bag and you really nailed this look for a super sophisticated and chic outfit. Well done, my friend!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  3. January 31, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    First—I’m in shock that you didn’t wear that jacket for 6 years!! It’s super cool, and it’ll go with everything!!
    This is my favorite way to wear neutrals since I love color so much!!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • February 6, 2017 / 12:03 am

      I know, I feel like I should sit on the naughty step for not wearing it for so long!

  4. January 31, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    Oh, your orange bag is a great way to add some color to your neutrals! The piping on your pants is a unique and fun detail. I really like the new jacket, too! Also, I gave your new link-up a shout out last Friday. 🙂

    • February 6, 2017 / 12:01 am

      Thank you Jennie, that’s much appreciated! xxx

  5. January 31, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Emma, I adore your jacket! It fits you amazingly and adds structure to the look, love it! I also love the pop of orange with your bag. You have a purple one from this company , right? I like the print too, fun and whimsical! I have a thing for jackets so my eyes went there first.
    See you at THT
    Have a great week!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • February 5, 2017 / 11:59 pm

      Thanks Jess! Yes I have the bag in aubergine and teal as well 🙂

  6. Andrea Nine
    February 1, 2017 / 11:29 am

    LOVE that jacket…fabulous neutrals on a fabulous babe!!

  7. February 1, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Like you, I feel much better in brights. I have to say, these neutrals look great on you though. They’re very elegant and cool. Somehow I notice your hair more when you’re in lighter colours. Beautiful as always (and good lord, how amazing is your skin?). xx

    • February 5, 2017 / 11:57 pm

      Thank you Lisa! I’d been for a run before the photos which always makes my skin look fresher. If only I was disciplined enough to do it every day!

  8. February 1, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    My dear Emma, so much has changed in your blog, your hair, wowwwwwwwwwwwww
    I love it all to bits.
    I didn´t know you had a link up.
    I will make a note not to miss it.
    Much love, my sweet

    • February 5, 2017 / 11:54 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words Sacramento! So happy for you to link up here xxx

  9. February 6, 2017 / 1:59 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

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