The red skirt and mustard top and my key elements of style. Do you know what they are for you?

by Sylvia

red skirt and mustard top plus the elements of style |

Today I’m showing 2 pieces from my wardrobe that have been worn quite a few times on this site before. Yes, ladies I’m shopping my closet!

I was actually very pleased with finding this totally new-to-me outfit. I thought the color combination was unusual and interesting and I like the silhouette of straight skirt and blousy top at the moment (I was wearing a similar silhouette last week).

Donna Karan skirt Alldressedup top |

You may recognise that the outfit has all the usual style elements that please me.

These elements include:

  • Color. Red always looks good on me and the mustard with this red is interesting combination.
  • Drape. I love it in all the right places.
  • Asymmetry. For a bit of an edge and unusualness.
  • Something new. Yes these pieces are old but the combination is new; that is all that matters!
  • Comfort. The shoes are low and comfortable! The silk top breathes and is cool. The cotton skirt is stretchy.
  • A hint of print. Just a hint of print is all I need and the shoes serve this purpose just fine.
  • Accessories. I kept it very simple with a statement watch and ring.

Exlploring the key elements of my style. Do you know what they are for you? |

I was very pleased with myself indeed and really felt I did not need anything more. My closet had all I need right?

But then, I was in the city close to many beautiful stores.

My friend wanted to check out a new shopping mall she had not seen before.

We then ended up in a Vivienne Tam store where a lot of stuff was 50% off.

And then I saw something I liked. Tried it on. And then…

Well, I will save the rest of the story for another day and will leave you in suspense as to how much ‘damage’ was done. Let’s just say I ended up buying new things that will brighten my day for a next event or occasion. I’m a fashion blogger after all right? I need to show you something new every now and then right? (a perfect excuse if I say so myself).

straight skirt - blousy top |

For now let’s come back to those outfit elements I mentioned earlier.

I see mine coming back time and time again and I know they are part of my style.

They make me happy.

They provide clues to what I’m looking for in an outfit.

They give me a signature style and make it easier for me to shop (or harder when I can’t find any of these elements of course).

They prevent too many buying mistakes.

So it’s great to know the key elements of your style.

Do you know what those key elements are for YOU? What makes you happy?


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anja van der Vorst

Nice look, Sylvia. Both the silhouette and the colors flatter you. Well done, shopping your closet!


2 Ann

I really like this outfit Sylvia! I would so wear this too and I adore the design of this skirt. Excellent color combination. After following your blog, I think I understand your choices and appreciate your styling.

I am satisfied with my strategy for winter styling, starting with the coat. But I do want to try something new for summer. I don’t know what yet, I guess this is part of the fun of blogging!

blue hue wonderland


3 MyEmptyBag

nice outfit! I like your red skirt & sunglasses so much!


4 jess

I love the red skirt. I do happen to like red too, despite once upon a time , it was said that redheads shouldnt wear red. One of my elements would be some vintage or vintage looking jewelry. I tend to go toward fitted jackets and tops as well


5 aileen

I think this outfit suits you so well Sylvia; it’s just you. Simply lovely.


6 Greetje

Very good Sylvia, indeed so you because of all the elements you listed. I like it very much. It is feminine yet comfortable. I love the colours (your rubber knot necklace would work fine here as well…. I still have never worn mine… terrible).
PS I am very curious to see what you have shopped. I was beginning to think you were immune for this shopping virus haha.


7 Greetje

By the way… nice photography too.


8 Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

These colors are fabulous on you, Sylvia. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!


9 Natalia

I really love this outfit! Beautiful, dynamic color combo and very sophisticated modern shapes! You look wonderful, Sylvia!


10 Jan Graham-McMillen

I would never have thought of red and mustard, and I’m loving the combination! Nice, grounded by the browns. You are quite right about how effective it is. It’s fun to look for new “romances” within our closets, and downright giddy fun when a new combo works this well!


11 Mary Murnane

Great look! It’s fresh and modern and a great use of a very unique color! Love the sunglasses, too!


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