Monday, September 17, 2012

Project Pinterest: Mint Jeans + Polka Dots

I owe y'all a post about that blog conference - short version: it was superduper fun, though I'm now 2 for 2 on having to leave these get-togethers early for family health emergencies ("Other People's Health Problems", the song Naughty by Nature surely meant to write).  Instead, today you get . . . *jazz hands*

. . . me linking up with my girl AP for her very first Project Pinterest link-up, in which people attempt to actually do the insane Martha Stewart sort of difficult things we Pin (but never actually do).

                                           

As anyone who knows me realizes, however, the only craftiness I'm interested in is how to swindle someone into supporting what I'd like to make a Nordstrom habit.  Hand-carving soap into festive, Pinterest-worthy topiaries just isn't my thing, yo'.

Outfits, on the other hand, are very much my jam, so I decided to forage in my own closet to work my version of this mint jeans & polka dot look (via Classy Girls Wear Pearls) I've been Pin Pin Pinning lately but hadn't yet put into practice.

The only item I was missing to complete this Pin-semble was an updated polka dot top. This wardrobe classic is a bit bigger, more pop art than prep, for fall '12, so I wanted something that made a statement. Enter this Forever 21 trench, a much more versatile and affordable ($38) rendition than the be-dotted J. Crew cashmere, who-are-they-kidding-with-their-prices sweater I've been lusting after:


What does a girl in it-rarely-ever-rains, deathhellheat, our-only-season-is-summer Austin need a trench for, you might ask? Because it's adorable - plus, if I waited around for it to actually be fall or winter here, just think of all the poor, darling coats (and boots, and sweaters . . .) that would go unloved!

Also, wearing a trench is a nifty trick for us pear-shaped types - it nips you in at the waist and skims over the hips, making objects in the mirror look smaller than they actually are:


how to wear mint jeans and polka dots

outfit details: trench (F21, sold out online but available as of today in store) / jeans (Paige) / sunglasses (O by Oscar de la Renta) / bamboo bracelet (old Kenneth Jay Lane) / pearl bracelet (old J. Crew) / batik bracelet (old Lulu's) / shoes (Tory Burch, similar here) / bag (old Longchamp)

I kept everything else a neutral navy here to try and let the mint and the polka dots do the talking . . . for a total expenditure of $38, I'm happy with this Project Pinterest outcome.

What do you think - are polka dots and mint too sweet a combo for you or just right?

13 comments:

Michelle said...

Love the combo! Great way to use that Pinterest inspiration too. Now you've got me scouring my boards to see what I can "recreate". And if you need a good chilly place to wear a trench, I find that my winter wear is always necessary at the movie theater - how we Texans love our A/C!

AEOT said...

I have yet to master the art of ANYTHING clothing related. My outfits are so boring. I truly need you to come up and shop my closet/take me on a shopping spree (I have the money to spend, just little style and little time!!).

I have, however, almost finished a new pinterest project for the boys!! I'll blog when they're completed. I also have done a ton of recipes from Pinterest that I posted about a few weeks back and have tried a few since as well. I need someone to hire me for my baked goods :)

Liz said...

so cute :)

Ashley Paige said...

I sort of love that you're the resident Fashion Pinner Linker-Upper. God knows I can craft but I can't (won't) dress myself most days, so I very much appreciate this! I love the combination. Prepster-chic but fun. And I love that you own a trench coat. For when it does(nt) rain. XO

Amanda Cobb said...

Love it! And the trench would come in handy if we have another 4-straight-days-of-rain like this past weekend. *enabling*

Natalie said...

Great idea on posting n outfit inspired by a pin. I like it on you. I don't think can wear mint With my skin color though!

Natalie said...

Great idea on posting n outfit inspired by a pin. I like it on you. I don't think can wear mint With my skin color though!

Movin Momma said...

I absolutely LOVE this!! And I totally agree about the J Crew cashmere prices!! (I actually had just done a post on my wishlist for Fall and one of their cashmere sweaters was on it, but only as a WISH!!)

Cheryl Enlow said...

Perfect. I must admit. There is nothing more that I love than a good fashion pin :)

bethanygp said...

I love the mint skinnies!!!! The polka dots are great too!

Classy Fab Sarah said...

YOU GOT THAT TRENCH AT F21?! How did I miss it?! I am a faithful online shopper... like, at least thrice weekly.

How did I ever miss it?!?

Woe is me... the nearest F21 is an hour away. And I need that coat.

Reminds me of the leopard trench I have from there from a couple of years ago. It's amazing and thigh-slimmingly magical.

Lily McNamara said...

love love love the polka dot trench. polka dots will never go out of style!

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Amy @ Forever 29 said...

Proof that I must get myself to F21 again...I popped in with child in tow to grab some jewelry last week, but it's impossible (and frankly, awkward) to clothes shop there with a stroller :) I definitely need to find something with a big dots!

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