An Earthtone Summer Casual (and dress added)

Following Angie’s ensemble idea today, I wore this casual summer earth tone outfit. The jeans are Universal Thread from Target, the light blue shell is EF silk, the topper is a silk Citron of Santa Monica from eBay, a couple of years old. Gold loafers ( Sperry Topsider) and tiger bum bag worn as a cross body from Target. Belt is also Universal Thread from Target, earrings orange glass from the Denver Botanical Gardens. Does the shirt look ok as a jacket or too messy? I added a long thrifted necklace of multicolor glass fruit shapes in oranges, dark and tomato red and light turquoise.
I liked the earthy color of the jeans ( sort of al light rust). The waist is mid rise on me, but supposed to be high rise. Do the jeans look ok for a season or should they go ASAP?
ETA an earthy dress ( EF rust) plus EF beige linen open long cardi and a column of mustard plus dark denim and navy, also floral scarf topper.

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  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Sorry I can’t seem to edit my thread to add photos. Here they are:

  • Jane replied 1 year ago

    This looks very good, nicely put together, lovely soft autumnal colours, the green of the top is pretty. The jeans look good, I am slightly struggling to tell though. I like the colour. I think because the colour is so lovely, can you keep them a bit longer. 

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    Jazzy! Are you looking to switch to high rise jeans? These seem in good condition.

  • Cardiff girl replied 1 year ago

    Nice look,l like the earth tones with the turquoise/green top.The jeans are a great colour,is it the length of rise that bothers you?My only other comment is that I find the bum bag a bit busy with the patterned top as well,maybe a plain coloured bag with this look ?

  • Bijou replied 1 year ago

    Joy, I looked at the pictures first and thought you looked great in this, before reading your comments. Looking at the pictures, your jeans did not jump out at me to be too low rise. Now you have mentioned it, they are more low rise than lots of jeans around at the moment, but the colour is great and they fit you well. My vote is keep unless you don't like them yourself.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you, Jane, Rachylou, Cardiff girl, and Bijou. Rachylou and Bijou, I am trying to wear jeans and pants with a higher rise and wider leg. Most all that say they are high-rise are midrise on me. These hit 2inches below my naval
    Cardiff girl, that is good information. I need to be careful what I wear with that tiger bag. It is a lot of pattern and needs to be the star. I don’t mind animal print, even giraffe, shoes with it but they are farther away and neutral colors.

  • nemosmom replied 1 year ago

    I LOVE the color palette you've created, but have a horrible eye for fit. I say, if they feel good on you keep them!

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    Funny you should say that, Joy... my new Paige high rise are not as high rise as all that. My high high rise... they both come from el cheapo stores... Ross and a teeny bopper store. Hmm.

  • bonnie replied 1 year ago

    This is a really good example of earth tones worn in summer. The shirt pulls everything together and the tiger bag is a fun addition. 

  • Kate replied 1 year ago

    Very pretty color palette, Joy. I agree with you that a fair number of jeans that are described as high rise actually don’t rise to that description. I’m thinking of you, COS so-called high rise skinny. For that reason I’ve started buying my jeans by actual inch measure of rise, and my minimum is 11 inches. Shout out to Uniqlo for making some true high rise jeans that women with long rises like me can wear.

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    The colours, pattern mix, and palette are great, Joy. Extremely fun belt bag.

    I don’t think either of the three clothing items are an ideal fit though. The jeans look like they need to be pulled up, but I know that’s just how they fit. The top looks a little snug and the shirt a little short - at least worn this way. Perhaps not with a skirt. What do you think?

    Always fun to your creative juices flowing :)

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Angie, you are right on about the fit. The jeans are too big to stay up even with the belt. I will have to think about if it is worth having the waist taken in. The top is too tight to wear over my insulin-induced “fluffy tummy” as my doctor calls the phenomena. The shirt is probably from a time when shorter was the fashion. I will have to see if it will work with higher rise wide denim crops. It looks like a boxy camp shirt buttoned up the front.

  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    I really can't add to what  Angie said so I will just second her opinion. I think a button up boxy camp shirt might look fun actually!

  • Jenni NZ replied 1 year ago

    I’m thinking maybe 2 inches below the navel looks a bit low now? Mind you, we had a funny experience yesterday at a big mall where we were shopping for my husband for once, not for me. And going down the escalator he whispered to me, about a woman a few steps down from us, “Is she high-riding?” Which is what we used to say in the 90s I think, or at least the kids did!
    I said that I thought how she was wearing her pants was actually the fashion now! That high-waisted was back in :)

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comments Shevia and Jenni. I hope to find some high rise pants that fit and seenu to have had better luck with wide legs. I will keep looking.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    More inspiration from Angie’s blog post on earthy: a dress outfit for church and column of mustard with dark denim. Also features a navy floral print scarf top from consignment shop 3 ways.
    I would appreciate your thoughts.

  • suntiger replied 1 year ago

    Love the scarf and the rust dress! May need to carry them off :)

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you , Suntiger. I got the scarf to wear with a very basic navy dress but thought it could work with this dress too.

  • CocoLion replied 1 year ago

    My favorite is the EF dress outfit.  This looks like the perfect late summer outfit.  Cool, simple and with the right colors approaching fall.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Denise, I agree that that dress is perfect for whatever fall throws at us. I have at least 3 weights of toppers from light weight to warm with some wool that can be worn with it. Add a coat and brown boots and i’m set ‘ti winter.

  • RainB replied 1 year ago

    Love the dress on you. It's a beautiful colour. 

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    The earthy dress outfit is KILLER. What a great fit! Fun necklace too :)

  • nemosmom replied 1 year ago

    LOVE the rust dress! The scarf looks like it will be a great addition to your other pieces!

  • Style Fan replied 1 year ago

    Those earthy colours are gorgeous.  The jeans might seem to be on the low side for our eyes these days.  Funny how that works.  I am loving all the warm earthy colours of your outfits.  

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you, Style Fan, nemosmom, Angie and RainB for taking time to look and comment. It is so helpful to find out how things look to others. I had my doubts about wearing earth tones. Once upon a time when I was young and my hair was auburn, they were my best colors. Now i’m not so sure.
    Today I am wearing the print shirt as a blouse buttoned up with my black wide cropped pants ( Yay. I found them!). And have received several co pliments. I think the shirt looks much better this way.

  • lyn67 replied 1 year ago

    Love the addition of a good dose of black in the first-then  metallics, too!  Yummy spicy fall colors all together, YLF Joy!

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