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This Week I Love …

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… chartreuse.

This greeny-yellow has been an obsession of mine for over a year now. There’s something about the bright, unexpected, sour-tart look of it that just thrills me. And I’m surprised by how versatile chartreuse can be: It pairs well with neutrals like tan and gray, but also with jewel tones like magenta and purple, and even brights like cobalt. A little tough to find at times – I’m still on the hunt for chartreuse pumps – but worth the effort. Here are some chartreuse items I’m lusting after right now:

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Anthropologie Silk Top - $59.95

Mmmm, I can imagine this with slouchy boyfriend jeans and chunky sandals or tucked into a structured navy skirt. Love that it’s got a V-neck for easy necklace wearing, and it sounds like it runs pretty generous, size-wise. Definitely on my wishlist.

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Karen Millen Pleat Lace Skirt
 - $99

I saw this lovely skirt on a fellow blogger – and am now blanking on who it was – and was instantly smitten. The lace is denser toward the hem so there’s a very subtle ombre effect. Plus I’m a fool for a pleated skirt, especially one with a nice, wide waistband. And it’s now 50% off. Tempting!

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ASOS Curve Hammered Crepe Pant – $66.69

Just a basic cropped pant, fabulous for summer, and in a nice rich chartreuse. But the clincher for me? They’re high rise. A rarity for ASOS. And this link will take you to size 14 – 28, but they also come in sizes 1-14 regular and 00 -12 petite.

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ASOS HANSEL Wedges – $76.22

Fun, bright, summery, and with that chunky platform the incline won’t feel so severe. These guys look like suede, but they’re textile so vegan-friendly! Did you notice this is the second pick from ASOS? They’ve got lots of fun offerings in chartreuse right now including jumpsuits, dresses, and these marvelous pointy-toe pumps.

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Alberta Di Canio Handbag - $137

What a gorgeous shape. This color verges on kiwi/apple green a bit, but it’s still in the family. And at 7″ x 11″ x 15″ it’s nice and roomy. Chartreuse can be a very bright, bold color but in a bag with this classic design, it seems more subdued and wearable. Use code HAPPYOOX to get an addtional 20% off through June 19.

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Banana Republic Factory Cardigan – $38.49

I didn’t know you could shop the BR Factory stores online until I stumbled across this cardigan. It’s a lightweight linen blend, so even though it’s long it should still work for warmer temps. Love it with white and gray, as shown here.

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Kristin Cavallari Copertina Pump – $129.95

Now THESE pumps actually are suede, and a gorgeous rich chartreuse suede at that. D’Orsay detailing is very trendy right now but also eternally elegant, so these will have an of-the-moment feel, but staying power, too. Not a fan of monster wedges or heels? Check out these darling flats in a golden chartreuse.

Do you wear chartreuse? What other colors do you mix with this yellow-green shade? It can be a tricky color to wear – anyone love it, but keep it away from your complexion? Any of these citron and chartreuse items tickle your fancy?

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Reader Request: Opaque White Shirts

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I’ve had many, MANY requests flow in through Facebook, comments, and e-mails for help finding opaque white shirts. Some of you are hoping to find button-fronts, others tees, but everyone is frustrated by the dearth of opaque options out there. And I hate to say it – especially since I pride myself on being able to find virtually anything either in person or online – but I, too, struggle to find white shirts that are truly opaque. I’ll occasionally find a knit tee that works fine with just a nude bra, but button-fronts? Forget about it. The Foxcroft shirt shown above is among my most opaque, but even it has a bit of show-through in certain lights.

So I’ll give you my few meagre tips, and open the discussion to everyone in the hope that some of you have found a few brands or styles of white shirts that don’t require work-arounds to wear.

Double-front knit tops

They’re getting rarer, but they do exist – mostly among brands that skew slightly older like Coldwater Creek and J.Jill. Obviously, two layers of cloth – even if that cloth is white – will be more opaque than one. And since show-through is often more of a problem in the front than the back, this style of top can work.

Higher-end and legacy brands

Very few Old Navy or Forever 21 white shirts will be opaque. Bargain brands cut costs across the board to pass along savings to the consumer, and thick, opaque, white fabrics are generally better quality and spendier than thin, translucent, white fabrics. I’m not saying you won’t occasionally find an opaque blouse or tee for a bargain at Target, or that every expensive designer top will be totally opaque. Just that my Foxcroft shirt above is $76 and considerably less revealing than my $20 LOFT clearance rack one. When I thrift, I can tell a Pendelton or Brooks Brothers shirt from a Gap or Express one just by feel; The cloth is thicker, sturdier, and harder to see through. I can’t say as I’ve found any recent styles anywhere that I’d recommend, but I know from experience that older brands, more expensive brands, and brands that cater to mature women are generally less likely to be peddling white shirts that will show the world your bra.

Ribbed knit tees

I prefer ribbed knits because I find them to be less clingy than non-ribbed knits, but they also tend to be a bit sturdier and more opaque. Now, I’m not talking about the wide ribs like you find in tank tops, but instead about the type of knit used to make “baby” style tee shirts. In fact, many of the shirts I’ve bought that fall into this category are called “baby rib” since the ribbing itself is so fine. Zappos has some examples from Alternative Apparel, Splendid, and other brands. I stocked up on baby rib Amber Sun tees from Nordstrom last year, too, and they were fabulously opaque. Some are thin, but ribbed knits are often a bit beefier than smooth knits.

Nude camis

That’s right, three measly points in and we’re already at work-arounds! Since few of my own shirts are opaque enough to wear on their own, I rely on my nude camis to take up the slack. Mine are cheapies from Target, smooth nylon, and they’re not shapewear but just meant to add another layer between bra and world. (Like this one.) My primary show-through issue is my bra, and this type of cami helps create an unbroken torso line beneath my shirt. In my opinion, utilizing this layering system is more sophisticated than layering a plain white tank top beneath a white button-front. Less show-through, more subtle.

Nude bras

Why am I bringing this up? Because several jobs ago, I met a woman in her early 40s who was wearing white bras with her white tops. Until I mentioned how fabulously invisible nude bras were, and how essential they were for days when white tops were worn. Her eyes got about as big around as saucers, friends. So just in case: A bra that is nude to YOUR skin tone will create less show-through than a white, colorful, or printed bra. Hopefully you’ve got one. Or are going to nab one right after work today.

So why exactly are manufacturers content to churn out translucent white shirts year after year? Cost savings, undoubtedly. But just as women everywhere are baffled by the lack of sleeved dresses available to them, we’re all scratching our heads about this one. None of us actively wants white shirts that show everything, and just about every last one of us would be willing to shell out a few extra bucks for options that are truly opaque. Hopefully the market will hear our frustrated cries and make some changes soon.

Until then, anyone have resources to share for opaque white tees, tops, and shirts? Bought any lately that don’t require nude camis or other layers? Especially interested in brands that carry petites, talls, and plus sizes, but any suggestions are totally welcome!

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This Week I Love …

… stylist Elisa Nalin.

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And I know I’m not alone in loving her.

Most of the streetstyle swirl that accompanies the various Fashion Weeks bores me to tears, showcasing stuff that’s so expensive and over-the-top that no mere mortal could sport it. And the more subdued, normalish stuff is all black. Black, black, black, a little bit of gray to mix things up, and yet more black.

But a year or so ago I happened upon some photos of Elisa and absolutely swooned. Can you guess why? Yep, COLOR. Girlfriend is fearless in the color department, but also extremely skillful. She never looks like a bag of Skittles, but instead selects and groups her colors with grace and flair.

Italian by birth, Elisa has styled editorial spreads for Italian Glamour, French Glamour, and Russian Harper’s Bazaar and has steady consulting gigs for Benneton, Sessun, La Perla, and others. She also squeezes in designing for the French brand Ventilo and raising her 4-year-old son. And creating some of the most memorable and inspiring outfits to be seen.

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OK, you get the point. I’m totally in love. That smile, that messy pixie, that impression that she really, truly ENJOYS getting dressed and wearing gobs of color and pattern in innovative ways. Elisa, let’s be pals.

Anyone else a fan? Or a potential new fan now that you’ve seen her strut her stuff? Highly recommend a spin around Pinterest and Google Images for more Elisa eye candy.

Collage via B a la Moda, others via Caroline’s Mode, Red Carpet Fashion Awards, Caroline’s Mode, Valentine Avoh, Red Carpet Fashion Awards, Easy Fashion Paris.

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