Navy and cream, two ways

This first one, which I'm wearing today, my son called an angel outfit. An angel shirt, and angel boots. 

This hi-low embroidered tunic top is one that had been in the holding zone for a very long time. I'd loved it so much that I saved it through years of it not fitting. And now it fits again, yay! And look: I said I didn't like fringe, no way no how, and here I am happily wearing fringe. :) The jeans are cream colored wide legged, new to me, acquired pretty much exclusively because I have several dark blue tops and sweaters and wearing a column of dark blue makes me melancholy (so wearing them with dark-wash jeans is out). I really wanted oatmeal or cream socks, but alas! Wardrobe hole (note to self). So blue stripes had to suffice.

The second one I took the photos of a few weeks ago (but I didn't actually wear it; it hasn't been cool enough for this sweater yet). Newest handknit sweater, a simple v-neck with three-quarter length sleeves.

I might not wear these cream colored jeans with anything but dark blue, but I'm guessing even if not, I'll get a decent amount of wear out of them.

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  • Maneera replied 7 years ago

    Love the tunic. It's so pretty with these jeans!!! I agree - the effect would NOT be the same if you were wearing a column of dark blue.

    I think the new jeans will be a great addition to your wardrobe, since many of your tops are darker colours and blues. And they look great with your boots. Great find!

    You look very happy, comfortable and pretty. I'm glad you kept this tunic! And I'm sure, so are you :)

  • Alassë replied 7 years ago

    I can see why you like the tunic, and your new sweater looks great.

  • amiable replied 7 years ago

    Love the jeans!  (and the whole outfit).

    I was just noting a similar need over here.  I have a lot of blue and purple (and plum) for winter, and nothing that looks right to wear with them.  Are cream/white jeans really completely impractical?  (I still have my pair from last year, and they're fine for at-home wear, but a little stained near the hem.  I may at least try them on....)

  • Word Lily replied 7 years ago

    Thanks, Maneera! Yes, I’m very happy I kept this tunic. I’m so happy to be able to wear it again!

    Alassë: Thank you!

    Amiable: Thanks! I’m probably not the best person to comment on the practicality (or lack thereof) of cream or white jeans since this is my first day wearing them in … well over a decade. I don’t think they’re terribly impractical, though, but my life is probably less messy than yours (I live inside, mostly, for instance.) I don’t think stains are any harder to remove from light fabric than from dark fabric, and denim is pretty sturdy. ETA: Also: probably way more practical than split bell sleeves like this tunic has. ;)

  • replied 7 years ago

    That tunic is beautiful, and the color is so pretty on you.  It's perfect with the jeans! 

  • abc replied 7 years ago

    I feel the same way with wearing too much dark in one outfit.

    Kudos to you for fitting the shirt and branching out with light bottoms.

    It's a nice color combo for you.

  • replied 7 years ago

    I love your outfit in #4. It's simple and clean, but has a little punch. I like the neckline and 3/4 sleeves on it.
    Congrats on your continuing weight loss.

  • celia replied 7 years ago

    Wow, love both outfits. I think you will be able to wear these cream jeans with almost all of your tops.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Word Lily, just to see you in Outfit 2 made me smile. I absolutely love the combination of navy with cream or white, and this looks wonderful on you. 

    Love the new/ old tunic, too. What a fun piece, definitely on the "arty" side. :) 

    I find my cream and white jeans surprisingly wearable. I couldn't believe it when I first got them. I don't have a dog, mind you. But I do wear them outside.  I sit on park benches and rocks and even the ground...and I also walk a LOT in slushy and snowy weather. I confess I try not to wear them on the worst winter days, because they can get spotted on the back and those spots can be tough to remove. But any other stains seem to come out quite readily in the wash.  

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Also -- these jeans will go with that green sweater you showed us the other day. And the turquoise. And berries, reds, plums....Just saying.  ;) 

  • Word Lily replied 7 years ago

    LavenderMoon and ABC: Thanks!

    Smittie: Thank you! I’m not sure where the punch comes from, but I think I’ll wear it a lot. :)

    Celia: Thanks! And yes, at least in theory, every color goes with cream/white. :)

    Suz: Thank you! These are both pretty happy pairings for me, despite being boring color-wise. I have a dog too, but the more hair-like, “non-shedding” kind. I’m not worried about it that way. But you’re right, those grease/dirty snow stains aren’t very easy (DH commutes via bicycle when he can) to remove. And yes, these would easily pair with almost everything, at least in theory. ;) We’ll see how often I reach for them.

  • lisaflex replied 7 years ago

    love outfit #1! adorable. cute and fun.

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    I love that first outfit with the '70s top. Killer. The white jeans add a gorgeous modern crispness to the look. The boots ground the outfit. WELL DONE. 

  • Word Lily replied 7 years ago

    Yay, thanks so much, Angie! 

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Of course. Fun socks too. 

  • replied 7 years ago

    I love the color combination and love how you put everything together.

  • replied 7 years ago

    I agree with Angie - this rocks!  The cream jeans fit you perfectly, and you look interesting and well-put together. I'm no fan of cowboy boots, (I'm mean , I 'm Canadian - only Albertans wear cowboy boots ;)  ) but you really wear them well - and absolutely wear striped fun socks with them - shows you have a sense of humour :)  

  • Jaime replied 7 years ago

    Love your well worth the wait tunic- the fringe, the embroidery! White jeans are an excellent solution for you.

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    The pants are amazing, and work so well with coloring.  I wear white all year long now.  I've learned how to launder it successfully, and it is nice to not have to always wear dark bottoms!  It pairs beautifully with both sweaters!

  • Brooklyn replied 7 years ago

    Great outfit - I love embroidery. It makes me happy. :)

  • Sal replied 7 years ago

    These both look great and I can tell you like them too! A great colour combination for you.

    In the past I have had cream jeans and white trousers but I don't have any now. You are showing me how to wear them in a way that might work!!

  • Joyce B replied 7 years ago

    Those are great outfits on you!
    I see that you are a very good knitter. Your fab socks reminded me to get my own handknit socks ready for cold weather wear.

  • replied 7 years ago

    These looks are great--as are your knitting skills. I love the bright freshness of the white and navy in your 'angel outfit'! It's such a wonderful feeling to save something and then pull it out again when it's right on trend--and find its just as fun and flattering as remembered.

  • Jenn replied 7 years ago

    The first outfit is great... and how adorable that your son sees you as an angel.  :)  I feel like the second outfit, while nice, is a little staid for you. It doesn't quite have that spark of personality I'm used to seeing in the looks you love best.

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    I had to come back to look at that '70s outfit this morning. I can't tell you how impressed I am that you wore WHITE jeans with that top. So much more modern and unexpected than blue. You clever thing. 

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