Daily Outfit: 7/6/11

Already Pretty daily outfit featuring citron cardigan

Citron cardigan, thrifted – similar cutmore citron cardigans
Tank, Target
Plaid silk skirt, thrifted – more plaid skirts
Slingbacks, Aldo (no longer available) – similar
Cuff, don’t remember – similar
Necklace, Fossil (no longer available) – similar

My cardigan and shoes aren’t the same shade of yellow. Not even close. And about two years ago, that would’ve driven me absolutely insane and I would’ve chosen a different pairing. Swap in pink shoes or a white cardigan. But I’m either getting more relaxed or lazier as I age because today I looked at them and thought, “They’re both yellow and they’re about three feet apart from each other. Works for me.”

It feels good to slowly let go of my detail-focused perfectionism, in dressing and in life. It helps me keep my priorities straight, helps me focus my energy on important tasks, helps me spend less time worrying about who might judge me for wearing a neon/citron cardigan with sunshine yellow shoes. Because I’m starting to realize that virtually no one cares how closely matched I am, or if my shirt is perfectly pressed, or if my hair has a minor frizz halo. And that’s kinda freeing.

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  • E

    Before reading the text I thought that the two different yellows looked very chic together.

  • I actually prefer the slightly different shades/versions of the same color idea. Adds more complexity to the outfit, yo!

  • Tia

    Oh wow, that skirt is pretty amazing. There are so many colors in it! I’m a bit enamored, actually.

  • Same yellow family, though, and that amazing skirt ties them together, so I don’t think you’ll be abdicating your Matchy-Matchy throne just yet πŸ˜€ I love the way the colors flow in this outfit, head to toe, including your ink!

  • Good for you, it makes dressing so much easier πŸ™‚ I came to this conclusion, too, and sometimes I even like it better that way. I say they have to harmonize, not match, and I’m good with that. Come to think of it, I even wore mismatched yellow for a guest post on Monday! See here!

    Relatable Style

  • Dom

    That plaid skirt is ADORABLE.

  • Becky

    Didn’t even notice until you pointed it out. Looks great to me. What an amazing skirt!

  • Cindy

    I agree with the others. Using colors of the same shade instead of perfectly match makes the outfit look more interesting – and, may I dare say, makes colors look “cool”. πŸ˜‰ On another note, the lust I have for that skirt would make you blush!

  • That skirt is my very favorite cut, on you and on me (and probaby the whole world). I love the wide waistband and the bias cut soooo much. Rock on with your two yellows, you look gorgeous.

  • Bekka

    This is the happiest outfit ever! I just thrifted some yellow shoes- can’t wait to wear them!

  • eek

    oooh – I love the plaid with yellow! Amazing!

  • Snapper

    You can’t always be Mayor of Matchytown you know. πŸ˜‰
    You look fab!

  • Kristina

    My first thought was, “how clever to match the shoes with the cardigan” and not “wow, those aren’t the same shade of yellow.” Love the skirt.

    Our kids’ pediatrician told me a saying years ago, and it has really stuck with me: “When you’re 20, you think everyone’s looking at you. When you’re 40, you convince yourself that you don’t care who’s looking. When you’re 60, you realize no one was ever looking in the first place.” Though I’m in my 40s, I try to emulate my 60 year old friends, some days with more success than others. . .

  • That skirt is ever-so fabulous!

  • I’m in love with that skirt – it’s just stunning!! πŸ™‚ Finding another plaid skirt with such an array of colours is going to be challenge πŸ™

  • Nadine

    Love the outfit! You REALLY suit this silhouette. Your skirt looks good with your tatts. πŸ˜‰

  • Holy crap, you look amazing! I wouldn’t have noticed the two shades of yellow. Way over my head πŸ™‚

  • Susan

    You look FABULOUS in this oufit. It really suits you and the fit and style is very flattering. Love the two yellows together.

  • Emma

    Amen!

    I’ve recently gotten my mom to slowly let go of the need to matchy match everything and she’s stunned to find how many more outfits she suddenly has.

  • What a cute outfit! The colours totally pop and the sweater and shoes go together so well! They look like the same shade πŸ™‚ I used to be the same way….bag and shoes HAD to be the same but not anymore! Some variation is good in my opinion!

  • Allison

    Sweet Sal – that is THE perfect plaid skirt! <3 it!

  • Angeline

    I love the different shades of yellow…I thin it gives the look some layers and depth. And that plaid! So pretty.

  • Oh I love all the yellow you are wearing, it’s so bright and cheery πŸ™‚

  • Yeeeaaah for funky plaid!
    So funny reading the comments; something that you thought was perhaps ‘careless’ (two different yellows), others interpret as creative or intentional! I’m not sure it’s that people don’t care, it’s that we all have our own interpretations and preferences, and that’s very cool (and freeing!).

  • Oh, that skirt is *lovely*!!

  • β€œThey’re both yellow and they’re about three feet apart from each other.”
    Yes, that sounds like a good system for coordinating colors to me. πŸ™‚ I love skirts like that one, with a fitted yoke that flares out into a fuller skirt.

  • Spacegeek

    I prefer the same color family but not exact same color myself. I avoid matchy personally but like “it goes”. :-). You rock.

  • Wow. I saw this outfit in my reader this morning and thought “I love that she’s paired yellow shoes with a yellow cardigan!”. Not for one moment did I think about them being different values of yellow. lol.

    Amen to not being so nit-picking about some of the details in things (like dressing). I’ve loosened up a bit this year myself. I don’t have to look perfectly put together to have a successful outfit. As long as I’m happy, comfortable and appropriately dressed for the situation, that’s all that matters. πŸ™‚

  • I. LOVE. That. Skirt!!!!

  • Cel

    Well the whole point is to enjoy the colours, not to be slave to the colours, right? And you look lovely πŸ™‚

  • Bubu

    I adore this outfit: summery, feminine, elegant, perfectly fit and flattering (as yours always are). And echo the comments that the slightly different yellow shades make it that much more elegant and refined, “going together” rather than matching. I’m trying to do this more myself- colors that go rather than match – as if I get too matchy-matchy I fear I start to look a little elementary school-ish.

  • Stacy

    I really like your daily style and always admire your combinations, but this one made me stop and take it all in, piece by piece. I really, really love it. And I didn’t notice the differences in the yellows until you pointed it out. πŸ™‚

  • Love the skirt! Very Vivienne Westwood.I really enjoy your bog. It’s great to see women over 30 blogging about fashion and their bodies. Accepting who we are so vital to a healthy life.

  • This skirt is FANTASTIC! You look great!

  • I used to hate blacks that weren’t the same shade of black. Then suddenly, a few years ago, I stopped caring!

  • ooo! I love the skirt & the yellows look fantastic with it – the different shades only enhance it πŸ˜‰

    Corinne xo

  • rb

    If your shoes had exactly matched your cardi, I would have thought, “how matchy matchy.” But the intentional mismatch is more interesting and creative. Love it!

  • CC

    I love, love, love this outfit! That skirt is stunning and the two shades of yellow are just wonderful together. The darker shoe actually looks intentional, like you’re grounding the look a little. And the paler yellow near your face looks just amazing with your dark hair. Beautiful.