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Page from Marie Claire magazine (summer 2012)

This bright, but simple color palette caught my eye so I decided to put together something similar and fall-ready using pieces in my closet.

Click through to see what I came up with 🙂

Denim Jacket: Gap Kids (also HERE and HERE)/ Shirt and Pants (also worn in THIS POST): J Crew/ Belt: Madewell/ Shoes: Seychelles (worn to pieces: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)/ Sunnies: Ray-Ban

While I love the vibrant color pairing in the inspiration pic, I have to admit that I felt like I was blinding people at the mall when I wore this outfit. (I’m sorry if this outfit is blinding you right now, Dear Sweet Reader.) However, the denim jacket mitigated the squinting-and-eye-shielding effect a bit.

Actually, no. It didn’t.

Back to the drawing board.

Cropped Trench and Sweater Vest: J Crew outlet/ Shoes: Frye (also HERE)

I realized this outfit needed more brown to ground the super-bright colors (so thaaat’s why the model in the picture is wearing all brown accessories!). Once I added this cropped trench coat and chocolate brown sweater vest – both of which I absolutely lived in year before last…looks like they’re moving towards the front of the closet again 🙂 – I loved the look.

Also, I took these pics late in the evening, so my bun may or may not have looked this messy all day.