Casual Rust and Navy

Inspired by Angie's rust and navy ensemble post, I shopped my closet and found this version with Hudson dark wash jeans and a really old EF rust linen open cardi and shell. Loafers are Adam Tucker for Me Too. Beads are Ten Thousand Villages. I used my new rust snake bag. Does this work?
After taking the photos I changed the beads for some low contrast dark rusty red ones. The blue beads seemed too much with the patterned bag.
Does this work? Too matchy? Is the top too short?

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  • Ankita replied 3 years ago

    Naice! I think you look amazing ☺
    The loafers were such a nice addition.... YLF! xo

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Thank you, Ankita. I added the loafers to Finds. Loafers seem to go well with rolled jeans.

  • kellygirl replied 3 years ago

    This is terrific! I think the proportions are spot on. I really like the turquoise beads but imagine the red ones might lend a more sophisticated look.
    You have some great pieces to play with in your closet!

  • Maneera replied 3 years ago

    Love it! Such gorgeous, deep colours...I love the necklace you have added and the shoes too. You really seem to have a wonderful closet, Joy! 

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 3 years ago

    Another nice interpretation Joy.  Using a dark wash jean for the navy is a great way to casualize the look for your lifestyle.  I purged a few pieces in a similar color of rust/red because it doesn't suit me but am now thinking about trying again with it on the bottom.  


  • replied 3 years ago

    Another great look! certainly not too matchy for me, but then I love a good match ;). The bag is great with this outfit too, it's proving to be a very versatile addition to your wardrobe. And I agree on the beads: though there's nothing wrong with the pop of colour, the lower contrast look seems a bit more elegant and 'you'.

  • unfrumped replied 3 years ago

    Beautiful deep colors! I can see the bag is a great accent.
    I think the lengths work. I can use more education on how to wear cardigan/ toppers with the semituck. The semi tuck gives legkine and structure so does the cardi length fight with that? I like highlighting belt though and that would be lost if wearing theme teinset look.

  • Windchime replied 3 years ago

    Rust looks beautiful on you, and your jeans are fab. I need to think of my dark blue jeans more often when I want navy on the bottom.

  • Mona replied 3 years ago

    This is beautiful, Joy! I love the deep rust with blue jeans. The bag is a killer. Is it a new buy?

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    Love -fantastic! I like the light blue beads here but you are not holding the bag so it is hard to say. Already told you the bag is great I think!

  • Elly replied 3 years ago

    This one is just right out of the gate--- it is hard to tell if the rust color flatters you, but the proportions and modernity are there.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    What a happy surprise to find all your lovely comments this morning. I've lost a long reply already so may divide this up.
    Aliona, Shevia and Mona, I am enjoying that bag. Mona, the bag was a recent gift from a friend. She said she really agonized over whether or not I would like it.
    Kelly and Maneera, I am happy with my summer closet this year. Usually I am out shopping for more summer things about now, being so bored with the long hot summer season.
    Cheryle, rust would be a great color to wear on the bottom. I could see it as a neutral.
    Unfrumped, I had to play with top and belt. The belt is necessary to hold up these jeans. Here I did what Angie sometimes does and let the edge of the top rest on top of the belt buckle rather than cover it.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Windchime, I' m glad that the dark jeans can stand in for navy. My only pair of navy pants are very dark and something I find hard to style.

    Elly, I think rust is just flattering enough these days. Before going grey, it picked up a reddish tint in my brown hair. Now rust is my burgundy as it is a warmer, less blue color.

    To those who mentioned the beads. I love the turquoise with rust and maybe need a teal bag?

    I forgot to mention the belt, most of which can't be seen here. It is a snake print that seemed to go well with the bag. I need to add it to custom Finds.

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Terrific. Love the hint of turquoise in the mix. 

  • Carole replied 3 years ago

    Looks great, Joy! That bag is gorgeous;)

  • Donna replied 3 years ago

    Very nice! And I think it's terrific with the blue beads!

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