Friday, February 18, 2011

Coming Up Neutral

With spring around the corner - or at times it feels like 10 corners thanks to rain appearing yet again tonight - I find myself thinking about what's to come and how to freshen up my closet.  Does anyone else feel like heaving a bunch out and starting new? There is something about this time of year where days seem to drag by holding the next season just out of reach.  Spring?  I'll sure be glad when you get here.

Life would be so easy if only I could just toss everything into a crate at the end of each season and purchase a whole new line-up for what was coming next.  But the reality is it's not that easy, so I have to spend time thinking about what trends are on the horizon, what I already own that can be incorporated and what the budget will allow for additions here and there.  Ahhhh the life of an adult with bills.  Bills.  What a dirty word.  Tonight I spent some time looking over another one of my faves - Chloe - and the Spring 2011 RTW images.  Clearly neutrals are going to be big in the months ahead, so here are just some of the things that caught my attention and got me excited to start clearing space in the closet.

Nude ballet flats and sheer skirts.
High waisted leather shorts and wrap blouses.
(and skinny legs, but at the rate I'm going...)
Sleek lines and stark contrasts - there's that red again.
Slimming tops inside flowing pleated skirts.
Dual purpose here - look at the open back on the top walking away -
how beautiful is that?? 
Now how about this leather top buttoned to the skirt? 
I love the lines on it - probably couldn't carry it off, but hats off to those who can.

I'm beyond thrilled that I picked up those faux leather high waist shorts at Aritzia in the fall (seen here).  They're most def going to be getting some more play time so that's great for my pocketbook.  One thing I've been looking at and holding off on is this skirt from Free People.  


It looks pretty darn sheer and that kind of freaks me out, but after looking at the Chloe show I'm feeling a little more convinced.  I mean can you just imagine this with a tucked in thin, fitted black t and a pair of J.Simpson black Dany's on foot? (both of which I already own btw - werk that closet!)  What do you think?  

Are any of you even thinking of coordinating for spring yet or are you still content with your winter wardrobes?  I could seriously use a boost to get me through...maybe I'll get some spring cleaning done this weekend.  Nah!  Who am I kidding?  Hope you have a great couple or few days off for those not working Monday!

Chloe images care of New York Magazine

78 comments:

Katie said...

Get the skirt. It's gorgeous and.... get the skirt. I'm STILL cleaning things out (never ends) and on the one hand, its liberating to be getting rid of so much and on the other, I just keep thinking of more things I want esp for spring and summer. Ohhhh the madness.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Oh my the flowing pleated skirt is breathtaking! Sheer skirts still freak me out and I'd work it with a pretty slip underneath!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

oh, those first 2 are my fav.

Nicole Lisa said...

The slimming top with the open back is amazing!
(I could never pull it off, but I love it).
Isn't spring always like this? The urge to start over is so strong, sigh, maybe one day. Alas, I have bills too.
<3 Nicole Lisa
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Josie said...

Carrieeeeee. I thought of your black leather shorts ASAP when I saw that picture -- perfection. And you must rock that skirt. I'm demanding.
xo Josie
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Higgenbottom said...

you're going to look so great with the free people skirt and the danys! i can totally picture it. i'm diggin the clean lines and ballet flats from chloe. powerfully understated

sharonlei said...

Carrie, that FP skirt is magical. You must get it! I know you will rock it out and look fabulous!!!!!! Do it. :)

xx Love & Aloha

Collette Osuna said...

LOVE the pleats maxi skirt....how pretty...I too, would be starting over and heaving out a ton if I could, lol..these are great pieces:)
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Vanilla said...

These are beautiful :) I love the skirt you want to buy :)

Love, Vanilla

Rissy said...

my garsh lady. you really inspire me to care a lot more about what I put on my body everyday.
I think fashion can be so incredibly confusing, and it is so nice to have you break it down a bit.

Those ballet flats look legit- college dance major here lol
And I am kind of swooning over the hair and make-up in the runway show.

If you do get rid of a bunch of stuff, my address is.... oh maybe that's a bad idea...

p.s. if you don't quit acting like you need to lose weight, I am going to come to Cali and give you a nice stern talking to

TrendRebajas said...

i love Nude colors!!! and this Dress is really Adorable!!!

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Closet Fashionista said...

I'm not thinking about spring...yet...but hopefully soon I'll be able to think about it XD
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Fashion Meets Food said...

I am absolutely loving all the nude colors. Not only are they very chic but they make me look taller lol. Enjoy your weekend!

xo

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I can't stop thinking about spring! It was 70 here this week, but a cold front is on the way. It was all I could do not to bust out shirts and tanks....just a few more weeks....

Julie and Lauren said...

I'm loving those black leather shorts. So chic! It's pretty warm today in NYC... I wonder how long it will last? :/
Have a good weekend!

RosaLovesDC said...

Oh yes, the Chloe collection is amazing!
Have a fabulous long weekend!

Alleen said...

What an amazing collection! I too would love to pack up all my stuff and buy new OR we could set up a clothes exchange where you switch with others your size...random thought, I know! Have a wonderful weekend!!! xoxo

Daniela said...

love the third outfit!
happy weekend!

Courtney Erin said...

I love that skirt! You should so get that. I'm excited for spring and summer fashion - I need to start making some closet space.

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Cafe Fashionista said...

Sleek lines and stark contrasts - definitely one of my favorite looks!

As much as I love my boots, and winter; I have a few fabulous pairs of wedge sandals that are absolutely dying to make it out of my closet sometime soon! Bring on spring!! :)

Taylor said...

I have nude ballet flats, thank gawd they are still in - can you tele transport all these items and go halfsies????

PAL-EASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xoxo-T

Meggy said...

I've been seeing neutrals everywhere - which I will totally try out, but will be weird for me since I love color so much! :)

I'm starting to think about spring - we actually got some nice weather which made me want to run out and buy spring dresses, blouses and flowy skirts!

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FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Spring cleaning? My poor closet could use some of that! And I'm so into the sheer pleated maxi...go for it girl! Haute-ness. xo

Isabel said...

i havent really thought much about buying new spring clothes yet. i think its mostly because its still kinda cold here

Rachel said...

I'm really loving all the neutral looks. I'm pretty convinced I NEED pair of leather shorts.

Hope you have a great weekend! :)

hip hip gin gin said...

I am sooooo bored with my winter closet by now, can't wait until it is t-shirt and flats weather again! Those sheer skirts are gorgeous, though I don't know if I would be brave enough to wear one.

kris said...

Love this post. A beautiful version of simplicity. Just fabulous, every single outfit.

Priscila Peters said...

Wow...so feminine and pretty! Especially the last one. Stunning

Valerie said...

You seriously need to get the free people pleated skirt! I'm adding those leather shorts and the skinny legs to my wish list for Spring. Have a great weekend, Carrie!

xo
Valerie

TheChambrayCountess said...

I am obsessed with the 2nd-to-last Chloe look too! The skirt color is somehow perfect and the cutout back on the top is perfs. You could def rock that Free People skirt and if you pair it with pieces you already own, you will expand your wardrobe options, so that's totally justifiable, right?! ;)

la petite coquine said...

These looks are all so gorgeous, and I'm smitten with the little pops of red! Ah, spring time...since SF is the same temperature pretty much year round, I've stopped shopping seasonally altogether!

Have a wonderful weekend darling!

xo, Lena

Kai.Mercado. said...

Can i just tell you how much I LOVE Chloe!!! Ever since they had the Paddington Lock Bag, I have been somewhat obsessed...And one of my favorite trends right now is pleats!!! So 70's! So effortless! So beautiful!

fshnonmymind said...

That dirty word, bills, definitely keeps me from chucking my wardrobe and starting anew. I get that urge so strong sometimes too, but it just can't happen (until I win the lottery).

You should totally get that skirt from Free People. You already have the outfit planned for it, don't be afraid of the sheerness.

I have a colorful, sheer pleated skirt and let it sit in my closet for over a year because I had no idea what to wear underneath. I put on some leggings and called it a day. :) If you're braver than I am, you can rock some biker shorts underneath too.
Check it out: http://notesfromdressingroom.blogspot.com/2010/08/outfit-of-day-sheer-pinkness.html

Daisy said...

I need to start coordinating spring! stat!

potpie du monde said...

I am loving all these neutral & simple chic looks! Thanks for sharing :)

Barbie said...

In Texas, we pretty much bypass spring and move right on to summer... lol It was 28*F the other day, and now it's 80*F today! Too crazy to keep up with! lol


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cheyenne davide. said...

I'm loving it, love the small tops with the long skirts - they look great :D xxx

Kayla said...

Love the looks. Get all of them!

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THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Oh I'm totally dreaming of spring. Today it's 65 degrees here so what did I do? Immeditately went shopping! :) LOVE the whole Chloe sheer ballerina skirt look. You should defintely get the Free People. You'll totally make it work!

Hope you have a good weekend, sweetie! xoxo

Krystal said...

i'm totally fine with winter right now...i'm loving my sweaters :)

Kavery said...

Oh those flowing, pleated skirts are so pretty. Why did I ever give away the one I had? Perhaps we're going to see more cut-out back details this year? They are a nice surprise and help in making a great exit!

Annie said...

i love every outfit especially the pleated maxi dress! where can you get it? i am in search of a pretty maxi dress!

this free bird said...

Annie - that maxi at bottom is a free people skirt w/a body suit beneath. It's so pretty, huh? I love it too!

xo,
C

Ashley said...

"Does anyone else out there feel like heaving a bunch out and starting new?"

Yes yes yes! I feel that way every season, lol! And I want to start my new wardrobe with that Free People skirt you posted, it is goooooorgeous!

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

Venus In Virgo said...

Those are gorgeous but you have to be slinky and tall to pull them off! I have that issue of Free People,loves it! Have a great weekend XOXO

Nina said...

love the 2th!

xoxoLoves Nina

My Heart Blogged said...

I'm really looking for some white, and nudes. I already have too much black. If I get anything it will be a sheer blouse, I already have a sheer tank though.
My Heart Blogged

Vintage is for Lovers said...

Wow. I love all of them. I am feeling a punk rock ballerina vibe! Love it. I am feeling the same way about my clothes at the moment. I think a trip to LB Flea on Sunday for vintage dresses is totally necessary! ;) Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this rainy evening. xo Samantha ps. I was totally going to send you that kitty tee pee before I saw your comment. I knew you would love it!

kendall k. said...

breathtaking! looks so effortless and easy to wear. Have a great weekend doll. xo

Kathryn {Sweet Tea and Champagne} said...

I'm with you- Spring just needs make an appearance- and stay! I wish I could start with a whole new wardrobe sometimes too. I just get sick of looking at the same ol' stuff! But we all know that's not really an option... Oh, but also-- I think I'm going to see Never Say Never tonight!! Made me think of you. Have a wonderful weekend dear! xo

Kathryn

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Izzy said...

I love all the sheer tinted metallic fabrics. Thanks for the lovely comment :)
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be privé said...

goosh! i love nude and chloé! I'm your newest follower, follow me

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Kara said...

Ooh, you can totally rock that skirt! The chloe stuff is so pretty. All this talk of spring has made me want to reorganize my closet, and I finally did.. now there's room for more stuff! yay (and the wallet says nooo) Also, thanks for putting up the side button! Happy Weekend
xx Sprinkles in Springs

Golden Girl Olive said...

I'm so obsessed with sheer skirts right now! perfect for wearing leotards underneath!

Olive

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Styles 'n Cream said...

I think that pleated skirt is a killer. Go for it!

Raez said...

in loveee with the sheer skirt trend. just bought one in black.

xx raez

LyddieGal said...

Those leather shorts look awesome. I'm anticipating spring and yes, it would be fun to just dump your closet each season and start from scratch.
Also, I'm really digging that FP skirt. Of course in my mind they can do no wrong.

Chic on the Cheap

Theonlyfashionprincess said...

I love it. last picis my favorite, I think.
x

Bright Side of the Moon said...

Your blog is awesome! I love the pics,
I'm following you (:

Francesca said...

sheer, leather and plaids. what more could a girl want at the moment haha

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Marie a la Mode said...

I am in LOVE with Chloe. Those sheer skirts are so beautiful. You need to get that Free People skirt! I want one but what would i wear underneath? Certainly not just my skivvies! Oh and side note: that model in the second picture is way too skinny, I had a hard time looking at what she was wearing, instead i was looking at her 3" diameter legs! Eek.

So second attempt today at seeing Bieber! I will for sure let you know what I think! you've got me so pumped!

Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I love these sleek, sophisticated looks! The first runway look is my favorite. It is just so clean and chic. Sigh.

Santina said...

Do I ever feel like freshening up my closet! I have gone six months (and counting...although that may soon change) without shopping. I adore Chloe and the looks you highlighted are stunning. Nude flats: leg lengthening without a heel? Yes, please! And, I'm obsessed with those leather shorts!

Happy the Spider Man pic brought a smile to you! Those things crack me up!

Fifth Sparrow said...

Oh my gosh. That skirt has. to. be. mine. It's perfect!! What to wear underneath though?? A leotard? I don't think I'm brave enough to go au natural! :)
And yes, I definitely get the urge to go on a huge closet revamp in the spring (and the fall...) I'm so trying to be good this year, but I see myself caving already!
Can't wait to see what you fill the wardrobe with! xx

monika said...

i love the skirt, i would be so nervous to wear it but its gorgeous!

xoxo monika.

Femke de Groot said...

the first and second are my favorites!
you have such a nice blog,
xxx
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Bonnie said...

I feel that if the entire world dressed in monochrome neutrals, there would be fewer fashion mishaps.
Then again, there would be fewer people to mercilessly mock because more people would look good.
So I take it back.
I like mocking people.

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Jammer said...

I want everything that is neutral right now!

Kristin said...

I definitely have spring on the mind and can't wait to rock some white looks!

Fierce Pretty said...

I think I suffer from 'neautral-sickness'(?) ... in other words.. that's all I buy/wear .. Good thing the fashion industry is on the same bandwagon! Woot! ...Absolutely loving the first picture... there's something seriously wonderful about that nude tone.. It's soft and feminine, and never detracts from the woman wearing it! :))

Love your blog! You rock! x

Claire Kiefer said...

I have a funny opinion about your proposed outfit: if you wore a black top with it, then the amazing contrast of the black ribbon belt would be dimmed.

Love the skirt, though the sheer would freak me out too.

Leia said...

Wowwww, swoon swoon swoon! Over everything!

Leia

PursuitOfLLT said...

that FP skirt needs to be purchased by you asap. it's soo pretty and you can rock it!

Fé... said...

OMG, how can anybody not fall in love with Chloe. All of them are beyond gorgeous! Love. Love. Love. Chloe is my favorite brand, forever and always!

Wander.Lust said...

Chloe's collection was so gorgeous this season. I specially love the nude colored pieces

Bud and Leo said...

Spring has been on our minds for weeks... can. not. wait. The Chloe pieces are absolutely stunning. Love it all! So much inspiration for Spring! :)

shoes uk said...

i love all your post but your last pic is most my favorite pic so cool and beautiful. you are looking so nice and pretty. thanks for sharing your collection about ladies fashion.

LopezJennyLopez said...

Totally in love with the 4th look!
Love the beige with the cocoa!!!

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