Monotone Gray Jacket & Skirt With a Cream Cashmere Sweater & Silver Embellishments


Gray Jacket & Skirt
(Photo © 2015 Ian Anderson)

Some may say that monotone outfits are boring.  Obviously, they are not pulling together the right pieces to make the outfit interesting.  This gray and white outfit contains plenty of visual interest.  Of course, the primary pieces are gray: the jacket and the skirt.  However, by adding a cashmere sweater with silver embellishment near the neckline, the eye is drawn upward   Another beautifully interesting detail is the ruching on the jacket.  It begins three quarters down each side of the jacket and continues around the neck.  The ruching comes in the form of long pleats that gives the jacket plenty of character.  The outfit is finished with a wide black belt.

This is one of my favorite fall/winter outfits because it is not too heavy to wear.  I live in North Florida where it does not get too cold so wearing a lightly warm sweater and jacket is ideal.  Where would I wear this?  I would wear it to professional lunch meetings, after work drinks with colleagues, and professional or civic meetings.  The possibilities are endless as the outfit is appropriate for almost occasion.

Don’t let the monochrome scare you!  I have put enough visual interest into this outfit to break up the monotone and create an truly special outfit.  Try it for yourself!  There are so many choices that you can use to make an outfit like this work: another color or two; more embellishments; a scarf; jewelry; colored tights; and brightly colored shoes that complement the outfit.  The choices are almost endless.

Explore. Use various trends.  Try new things.  But above all, see what works for you!  You may find that you love dressing in monochrome colors and then adding and subtracting various accoutrements from the outfit.  Make it fun!  After all, fashion was meant for exploration of one’s own proclivities and penchants for style.


It’s All About the Embroidered Jacket! A Perfect Fall/Winter Wardrobe Staple


Front Shot

(Photo © 2015 Ian Anderson)

This embroidered jacket is one of my favorites!  It is a staple in my fall/winter wardrobe.  It’s a three button fitted cotton jacket with intricate embroidery detail as you can see from the front.  Also, the front angle shows a pink lace underpinning from Ann Taylor along with a rose and pink necklace that complements the jacket.

Back Shot

(Photo © 2015 Ian Anderson)

The view of the detailing from the back was even more beautiful.  Not only is the stitching breathtaking, but the colors are so vibrant.  The most prominent colors are rose, orange, yellow. and blue.  The back of this jacket is where we really get to see the embroidery and all its intricacies.


(Photo © 2015 Ian Anderson)

This necklace completes the outfit as it contains neutral colors as well as colors contained in the jacket.  It also matches the underpinning by Ann Taylor which is also a neutral.  When styling a colorful and heavily embroidered piece like this jacket, it’s always best to go light on underpinning and jewelry so as not to clutter the outfit.  I chose these pieces especially for this jacket so that they would be understated and complement the jacket instead of clash or take away from it.

While ornate, the jacket is still casual so I would not wear it in a formal setting.  With its frayed edges and distressed fabric, this jacket would be perfect with jeans.  It could also be worn with a skirt and some ballet flats or wedge heel sandals which would also be appropriate if you chose the look with jeans.

Where would you wear this outfit?  Almost anywhere you would like!  Personally, I think it’s a great brunch/lunch outfit either with jeans or a skirt because it’s a great conversation piece.  All of your girlfriends are going to want to see the stitching and look at the different designs.  You could also wear this jacket on a leisurely day shopping or a day at the park with your husband or boyfriend.  The possibilities are endless, but one thing is for sure, this jacket will turn heads!