The Dressing Room – Color Blocking

So we’re back from LA.  The drive down was beautiful.  I’ll say it again… I LOVE the California landscape.  I can’t wait to do to a Trippin – LA post.  I have some great photos to share.

For today, I’m taking a departure from Wishlist Wednesdays and FINALLY doing a Dressing Room post.  Sorry I don’t have more close ups of my outfit, but you get the gist.

I’ve been wanting to put together a color blocking post for the longest time!  Certain colors color blocking combinations I’m in love with, others not so much.  I love that for this Spring bright and bold colors are still trending, but so are pastels.  And depending on your mood you can go fierce or romantic.  I really like the bold orange and purple combination (see my pre-pregnancy colorblock outfit while on vacation last summer here), but unfortunately I haven’t found any maternity bottoms in either color.  Another trend that I really love at the moment is colored jeans and fortunately, they have cobalt blue maternity jeans at the Motherhood Maternity (along with kelly green) stores (couldn’t find my exact pair online).  In my opinion this color along with red are the “safer” and neutral options when tackling this trend.

I could have gone classic with a white t shirt or put together an outfit that was bright and vibrant.  I opted for an outfit that was bright and vibrant, which is perfect for Spring, especially on a gray (so not the weather we were expecting in LA).  I neutralized the outfit a bit with neutral colored accessories such as a black cardigan, taupe purse and bronze sandals.  If I wasn’t walking around a lot and wanted to dress up the outfit, I’d put on my nude LK Bennett pumps, carry around a nude clutch, wear a statement necklace, swap the cardigan for a blazer, and put my hair up in a bun.

Me and my belly on Rodeo Drive

THE DRESSING ROOM OUTFIT

Shirt:  Forever21
Cocoon Cardigan:  Forever21
Pants:  Cobalt Blue Indigo Rein Maternity Jeans (similar here)
Shoes:  Naya Sister in Silver (last seen here)
Purse:  H&M
Bracelets:  Forever21, Santee Alley, Portugal
Necklace:  Ebay

Arm candy.  Adding more color to my outfit.

Best accessory of all?  The mister with his colorful outfit – yellow Nike frees, jeans, and a colorful bright Barcelona T-shirt (not pictured).

“Beverly Hills.  That’s where I want to be. Living in Beverly Hills.”

Stay tune for more color blocking dressing posts.  I’m going to try to do a remix styling post with these pants.  Plus I’ll have an upcoming post styling a vibrant yellow blazer I purchased at Zara’s!

The Dressing Room – Pinch of Color

Not a punch of color but just a pinch.  Lately my wardrobe consists of basic neutral stretchy cottons, so I’ve been trying to add a little bit of color to brighten my outfits up.  Usually my accessories brighten up the outfits, like the Proenza Schouler inspired Old Navy purse in this lookbook.

Besides basic knits another must have in my closet right now especially during this pregnancy are blazers and cardigans.  Luckily, I have a ton of those even if I can’t close them right now.  😦  I start with a base layer such a tank top or a tshirt, then add a blazer or cardigan.  This helps create vertical lines and creates somewhat of an illusion of a smaller belly.  Plus you don’t see those expanding hips as much.  I wear cardigans and blazers with everything lately, even my dresses.

THE DRESSING ROOM OUTFIT

Top:  OldNavy (similar here)
Pants:  Jeggings from Target (got these a while ago)
Blazer:  Mossimo suit jacket from Target (got this a while ago too)
Boots:  BCBG (last seen here)
Purse:  OldNavy
Ring:  Forever21
Watch:  Swatch
Bracelets:  Forever21, Portugal, and Morocco
Necklace:  H&M (similar here)

Love that everything is dark and the neon yellow just does enough to bring the outfit to life.  

Forever21 pyramid bracelet, swatch watch, rosary bracelet from Portugal, and bracelet from Marrakech souk vendor

Love adding statement necklaces to my outfits these day since I’ve been wearing a lot of basics.  That along with a pinch of color help transform an outfit from drab to fab!

I was definitely feeling this outfit, especially the purse and my necklace.  I went to the supermarket to grab a couple of things wearing this outfit and the cashier said I was really rocking my outfit.  Not sure if he saw my expanding belly but continued to say I looked fabulous.  Ha!  Still got it at 5 months preggers.  Just kidding!

What are your illusion styling tips?  Any tips for a pregnant woman?