TEST – Daily Outfit: 1/21/10

Yellow cardi, Talbots
Teal long-sleeved tee, Target
Purple moleskin skirt, Boden, shortened by me
Teal tights, Target (yes, I appear to have two pairs …)
Purple peeptoes, Opitz Outlet
Yellow necklace, The Mexican Shop
Navy belt, thrifted

In an ideal world, that belt would’ve been purple. I didn’t want my little trio of colors to become a quartet, but for the most part the belt just appeared to be a dark generic color. So that’s a’ight.

I tried this cardi on two weeks ago and reluctantly passed on it. I was wearing purple and teal that day, and thought it looked phenomenal with those two tones. When I snapped it up as part of the birthday spree, I knew I’d want to wear it just like this for its first outing.


The purple peeptoes are a birthday purchase as well. A smidge big, especially with slippery tights that make me slide downward. But they’ll be killer come summer.

I’ll tell you two secrets about this outfit. The first one is that I used fashion tape to keep my cardigan open, so as to better display my necklace.


The other is that I’m wearing a Bumpit.


My hair is in transition right now. During the winter, I need to wear it up a lot for hat-related-hair-squishing reasons. And while I adore my layered, short cut for the balance it affords my big rectangular head, it can basically only be worn up in two tiny buns at the back of my head. It’s too short for a ponytail or single bun … or anything else, really. And it gets tiresome to do two tiny buns at the back of my head all the time. Not a hairdo that GOES with everything, ya know? So I’ve decided to let it get a bit shaggy in hopes of being able to pony-ify and single-bun-ify it for the remainder of the winter.

But my hair is VERY thick, so it weighs itself down when it gets long. And then I look flat and sad and awful. So I decided to give a Bumpit a whirl to see if it could give me a volume boost during my hairy transition.


The back view is pretty weird, I’ll admit. Pointy. I might need to make a smaller front part and move the Bumpit forward, or try the large size instead of the medium.



But all the other views look pretty decent, don’t you think? A wee bit of a lift in the back, but nothing dramatic. And since my hair is so thick and heavy, I didn’t have to deal with the teasing that they insist you do to keep the contraption in place. Thank goodness.

I might try the large size out just for kicks. No one even noticed I had this puppy on today, or if they did, they were too timid to speak up. Which means I’m tempted to envelope-push!


  • orchidsinbuttonholes

    I've added, and have now underlined "color color color" on my list of things I want to bring into my closet after the break is over. This outfit so inspires me to further embrace color (although I just can't do yellow, unfortunately). You look amazing – those colors play off each other so well.

    Genius idea to use fashion tape to keep the cardi open, too! Yesterday I needed this idea because my dress kept closing around my neck and hiding my necklace.

  • What Would a Nerd Wear

    oh sal you look GREAT! i love the silhouette of these pieces and the bright colors–so cheerful!!

  • Kasmira

    The bumpit is a great accessory for your hair type. I understand how just a little lift in the back can transform the way your hair frames your face. I bet the bumpit combats hat head a little, too.

    I like the fashion tape trick, but I like the concept of pinning back the edges of your cardigan collar (whatever the method) even more. I think using two mismatched brooches (of similar size), would be a fun way to open the neckline, too.

  • Diana

    I love the mix of colors in this outfit. That was clever to use fashion tape to keep the cardi open.

  • J.

    You are rocking the colors lately. Love it!!!

  • Erica

    I love the belted cardi look, but I'm not sure how to do it properly since I've got a bit of a belly. My figure is otherwise pretty slim, but my tummy is where any and all extra weight goes. So I feel like I'm just emphasizing my pooch when I wear a belt on an otherwise streamlined outfit like a cardi over a straight skirt. Any suggestions?

  • QuiteLight

    Mmmmm… teal & purple… Now I will stretch my mighty brain & figure out what I would do for a 3rd colour, since yellow makes me look like a dead fish.

    Like the Bumpit! I could only see it in the 3rd & 4th pics, & then only barely, & I was LOOKING! I think your haird texture really helps hide it; mine's too straight & thin (I mean, FINE, straight & FINE! Dang.), I think.

  • Kelly

    You know, I'm not usually a fan of the bump-it. I've only see a few women (like byHillary) wear it well…usually it just looks like "hey there's a bump-it under here!" but I think it's PERFECT on you. Maybe because your hair is already thick and wavy…it just looks naturally voluminous.

    Francesca – they have it at Target and Walmart! Look with the bra accessories (there is usually a rack with extra straps, push-up pads, etc).

  • Chelsea

    Oooh, I love the color combo you've got going on here… I need to invest in some fashion tape for similar purposes!

    And the bumpit looks fabulous! You can't tell it's there at all, but I love the added volume.

  • cwhf

    Absolutely love these colors together. That shade of yellow is surprisingly versatile and it looks so rich with the deep purple. I also love anything purple so I am sold.

    Totally wouldn't have known there was a bumpit; just thought your crown had a little extra ooomph.

  • Alli

    This.
    Outfit.
    Is.
    AWESOME!

    Love that color combo! You look so cute and fresh and fun… you'd never know it's winter out!

  • E and O

    your kicky poses are so much fun here. :)

    I never would have thought to use fashion tape at all, let alone to do something handy like keep a sweater hanging in the right manner. thanks for the tip.

    (may I ask: what makes fashion tape different than other tape? could any double-sided tape work?)

    I hear you on the curly hair + winter hat dilemma. I'm always struggling with this. My current solutions are as follows:

    1) cut my hair super super short in the winter so hat head isn't an issue — though this then means I always have to wear a hat. kinda catch-22. and short hair doesn't always work for me.

    2) grow my hair really long so I can put it in a bun or ponytail. problem here is that hats don't play well with the bump in the back of the head. I recently found some sport/ski hats that have a loop in the back for a ponytail, but they're not really appropriate for work or dress-up styles.

    3) wear a looser hat, like a newsboy hat or like the one shown here: http://www.styleclicker.net/2010/01/17/vintage-love-munich-klenzestrase/ — though in order to have the hat loose enough not to squash my hair it ends up kinda sliding around on my head.

    4) wear a hoodie hat instead, though this doesn't keep my ears warm.

    …none of them are really ideal. ;)
    While I probably wouldn't have the energy to do a bump-it each day, I do admire your ingenuity there for combating the hair-squashing hat issue. :)

  • Law Girl

    Love the color combo! I especially love the purple shoes. I have a pair of peep toe purple pumps that I absolutely ADORE!

  • A

    I'm also a big fan of this color combo! you are wearing it so well today. (I'm wearing 2 of the 3…yellow cords, teal long sleeved T, and grey sweater). I really love that skirt.
    ~mandy in CO

  • WendyB

    Nice job with the bumpit! Very natural looking!

  • Alyssa

    love love this outfit~! Really interesting colors your put together. Very creative. Thanks for sharing. :D

  • lopi

    Ok, I officialy declare this my favourite outfit of yours so far. I love the silhuette, the hair, the colors, everything! Really, the belted cardigan thing works really good for you… And of course, love the poses!!!

  • April

    love all the color that's going on in this outfit and LOVE that you're wearing a bump-it! :D

  • FashionAddict

    OMGOsh, I am going CRAZY over this outfit! The colors are just amazing, and you still look very professional. Love the hair, too :)

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Daily Outfit: 1/21/10

Yellow cardi, Talbots
Teal long-sleeved tee, Target
Purple moleskin skirt, Boden, shortened by me
Teal tights, Target (yes, I appear to have two pairs …)
Purple peeptoes, Opitz Outlet
Yellow necklace, The Mexican Shop
Navy belt, thrifted

In an ideal world, that belt would’ve been purple. I didn’t want my little trio of colors to become a quartet, but for the most part the belt just appeared to be a dark generic color. So that’s a’ight.

I tried this cardi on two weeks ago and reluctantly passed on it. I was wearing purple and teal that day, and thought it looked phenomenal with those two tones. When I snapped it up as part of the birthday spree, I knew I’d want to wear it just like this for its first outing.


The purple peeptoes are a birthday purchase as well. A smidge big, especially with slippery tights that make me slide downward. But they’ll be killer come summer.

I’ll tell you two secrets about this outfit. The first one is that I used fashion tape to keep my cardigan open, so as to better display my necklace.


The other is that I’m wearing a Bumpit.


My hair is in transition right now. During the winter, I need to wear it up a lot for hat-related-hair-squishing reasons. And while I adore my layered, short cut for the balance it affords my big rectangular head, it can basically only be worn up in two tiny buns at the back of my head. It’s too short for a ponytail or single bun … or anything else, really. And it gets tiresome to do two tiny buns at the back of my head all the time. Not a hairdo that GOES with everything, ya know? So I’ve decided to let it get a bit shaggy in hopes of being able to pony-ify and single-bun-ify it for the remainder of the winter.

But my hair is VERY thick, so it weighs itself down when it gets long. And then I look flat and sad and awful. So I decided to give a Bumpit a whirl to see if it could give me a volume boost during my hairy transition.


The back view is pretty weird, I’ll admit. Pointy. I might need to make a smaller front part and move the Bumpit forward, or try the large size instead of the medium.



But all the other views look pretty decent, don’t you think? A wee bit of a lift in the back, but nothing dramatic. And since my hair is so thick and heavy, I didn’t have to deal with the teasing that they insist you do to keep the contraption in place. Thank goodness.

I might try the large size out just for kicks. No one even noticed I had this puppy on today, or if they did, they were too timid to speak up. Which means I’m tempted to envelope-push!


  • K.Line

    OMG – that hair thing is amazing. I would not have known it was there. Very natural volume!

  • Charlotte

    Sal, I bought your purple belt on sale at Target today for $3.76. These colors are superb together.

  • Francesca

    Fashion tape? To keep a cardi open? Great idea! And I thought it was only used by celebs who wore navel-grazing necklines! :o) So where can I get this stuff?

    Love that you shared that trick! Sounds like a fun little post — "What it took to get my outfit to look this way…"

  • Francesca

    BTW, great color combination! I love a sunny yellow in the dead of winter.

  • Clare

    These are great photos, and I ADORE the color combination. Also, the Bumpit is genious. My hair is a lot like yours when it's longer, and that's definitely a good trick to keep in mind!

  • Rosie Unknown

    I love this colour combination!

    And amen on heavy hair! mine get so heavy that it pulls all the curl out of my roots :(

  • Ally

    Love the outfit and love the hair. It's big hair but not BIG HAIR. However, if you work some State Fair Hair, I may love you more than I already do. :)

  • Sonja

    Love the way you work the colored tights! I've gotta get me a skinny belt to wear with cardis. Thanks for sharing your bumpits experience. I see those and always wonder what they really look like in use. I definitely wouldn't have guessed you were wearing one. I really like how it bumped up the volume. May have to snag one for myself. But my hair may be too fine. We shall see…

  • Sheila

    I would not have known you had a Bumpit in if you hadn't said so!

    I adore this colour combination – I've done teal, purple and mustard before and LOVE how it looks. Lovely, Sal!

  • Beatrice

    Great outfit!
    Is that a real bump-it in your hair? If it is, that is the first time I have ever seen it look so natural, and not Snookie/Jersey Shore-like.

  • Alison

    Love the color combo and the new shoes and cardi are really great too! I hear ya when the hair gets a little too long. I put alligater clips in my hair on top while it is drying and that gives me enough lift for a few days. I have curly locks too.

  • Sal

    Charlotte: Oooh! Perhaps I'll have to visit Target this weekend …

    Beatrice: It's the real thing! Bought it at Walgreens and everything. I should've included a photo of the actual Bumpit.

  • Sal

    Francesca: I got a pack at The Container Store, of all places. But you can buy online, too. Just Google "Hollywood Fashion Tape." It's cheap stuff, but wondrous!

  • Ecc3ntricCynic

    I looove teal and yellow together. The purple is a great touch too. The bump-it isn't terribly obvious but it does give you some good volume.

  • Kyla

    I love the color blocking in this outfit and the shapes are uber-flattering!

  • The Cake Decorator’s Daughter

    This may be my favorite outfit of yours ever. For serious. You look so… enviable.

  • Leproust Vintage

    This is so pretty! You always put together outfits with the most gorgeous color palettes!

  • dawn

    I wonder where else that Bumpit might be useful? hmmmm…..

  • evanadine

    loving this color combination! it actually made me say "ooh!" all out loud n stuff!

    i have wanted to try bumpits to get a similar sort of volume, but alas, my hair is very straight and very thin, so i doubt it would stay in on its own or look nearly as natural as yours does…