outfits spring style

the elements of flattery

LOFT peplum and sneakers
LOFT peplum and Gap utility jacket
ruffle peplum tank
pink and blue outift
olive green and blue
jacket: Gap Outlet (similar) // top: LOFT // jeans: Forever 21 // shoes: LOFT

photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

Prepare to see a lot of these sneaks because, well, I’m in love.
You see, a few weeks ago Katrina ‘grammed a cute pic of her wearing a sleek pink trench coat. I commented that I love the sweet alternative to traditional tan, but that I couldn’t pull off that shade myself. Over the years, I’ve had to accept the fact that I just can’t wear pink — near my face, that is. Whether it’s bright hot pink or a more demure shade of light pink, it makes me look sickly and washed out. When I was leaving the comment on Katrina’s photo, I realized that even though I can’t wear pink near my face, I can definitely wear it on my feet!
And that’s where the hunt began. I had previously been lusting after grey and gold pairs of slip-ons, but these newly-imagined light pink sneakers just wouldn’t leave my mind. I scoured the Internet for a couple of weeks until finally LOFT introduced their new collection for spring and BAM there they were. They are the loveliest color; light enough to be an almost-neutral, pairing equally well with feminine mini skirts as they do cute sporty looks.
Seeing as I was strategically wearing pink on my bottom half, I wanted to create an ├╝ber-flattering look to show how to use colors to your best interest. I may not be able to wear pink near my face, but blue is a universally flattering color that anyone can (and should!) wear. I picked up this gorgeous blue top at LOFT over the weekend. I loved the mixed fabrics of the shirt for a couple of reasons. The cotton top part is casual and cool, making it a great transition piece for spring into summer. The ruffle peplum starts in the ideal spot on my torso to hide my “problem area” in my lower tummy. The loose, flowy fit is feminine without looking frumpy because of the smart tiers. If you’re looking for a dressed-up yet easy tank for the season, I recommend this one!
I threw on my utility jacket for a little contrast to the soft peplum and visual interest. The olive shade is in the same tone as the blue and complements the pink, making it an excellent “completer” piece to pull the outfit together.
What colors do you gravitate towards for a flattering look?
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