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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Layering Red & Pinks with Tan.

AW15 Layering trend: Reds and pinks head to toe.

How can we make the new fall/winter trends work just now...?
If you are anything like me, you will have recently bought a glossy magazine (or 2!) and be thumbing through the beautiful and perfect images, of beautiful and perfect (and VERY young) people, in beautiful and perfect scenarios....wondering how you can make the new trends work for you and your not so beautiful and not so perfect life.

One of the new trends I am keen to get stuck into is the fabulous mixture of reds, burgundies and pinks that seems to be everywhere this AW15.

Red is my favourite colour, but I sometimes struggle to make it work for me. 
I need to get the right shade for my skin tone or I can look either very ruddy, very ill (with a slight blueish tinge) or both!

The key, for me, to mixing the reds and pinks together is to keep to tones on the warm side. Rich red, warm burgundy and a muted pink just pull together easily, especially with the addition of warm-toned accessories.

A wee trick I use to brighten everything up and keep it looking late summer/ early autumn appropriate, is to add light coloured footwear.
Keep those beautiful brown, oxblood and black boots for the colder months.

This 'light accessories' trick works really well with other dark coloured clothes too. 
A black dress is the perfect example, add light tan shoes and a bag and the dress is instantly lifted for warmer weather.

AW15 Wearing red and pink head to toe, layering.

Head to toe red and pink layers, with tan accessories.

I started this outfit with a knitted dress that I bought because I loved how it looked on the (perfect and busty) model, but have never worn. 
It was always just too low at the front and the layers, with which I tried to make it decent, didn't seem to work. They just rode up and made odd looking lumps and bumps... I have enough lumps and bumps of my own without adding extras!

Then I bought this pink dress which I should have sent back because it is too tight.
When I say tight I mean TIGHT....it is double layer jersey, so should be okay, but even 'invisible' underwear shows through. 
In fact, even NO underwear shows thorough!! Ha ha ha
It was an expensive mistake.

BUT, as I have previously posted about buying the wrong clothes and making them work (see more HERE) I thought I should take my own advice and use my layering skills to save these two dresses from wardrobe oblivion.

The midi length on the pink dress seemed to act as a slip for the knitted one, no bunching or riding up, result!

This long cardigan was the perfect throw-over.
It has freakishly long sleeves, which is so unusual for me, and I loved the fact that I had some fabric at my wrist (a rare and simple pleasure).

This beautiful bag had to be part of the outfit too. It is so well made and perfectly sized...AND has light tan trims, tying in to the rest of the outfit nicely.

My Clark's originals sandals (last seen HERE) are so comfortable and give a little height, which is especially important in this tricky length of dress.

My chunky necklace (last seen HERE), cuff (seen HERE) and wide belt, finished things off nicely.

Do you have an AW15 look that you want to try?
Please share! 

Knitted Dress: American apparel (similar)
Pink dress: Baukjen (sold out in pink)
Cardigan : Diesel
Bag: Bogner (similar)
Perspex Necklace: Boden (old)
Perspex Cuff: Boden (old)
Glasses: Asda
Belt: Topshop (sold out but they have other syles)
Sandals: Clarks originals (similar)
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32 comments

  1. Amazing!!! I love layering. :)
    Jaymie
    www.jaymieashcraft.com

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    1. Thanks Jaymie!
      I love to layer too....it hides a multitude of sins :-)
      XXX
      Samantha

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  2. Great color and layering!!! You are stunning in red!
    Heather Wyancko
    http://ForageFashion.com

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    1. Wow! Thank you Heather.
      I love red but sometimes it does not love me...these tones worked (with a little help from the setting sun!)
      XXX
      Samantha

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  3. Amazing style! Love how you layered and combined everything so perfectly!

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    1. Wow, that's a great compliment Amy!
      Thank you.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  4. I know exactly what you mean about reds sometimes making you look ruddy - I have the same problem! No one wants to look as if they've been drinking too much wine! Love how all the tones of the reds and pinks work together and don't clash. They add real depth to the outfit alongside the layers. The necklace is knockout!

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    1. Thank you, so much!
      I do love these reds and pinks, and I think that they can suit anyone and everyone, with just a bit of a tweak!
      I'm glad you like this necklace, it is perspex and seems to pick up whatever colour I wear it with...warm against the skin too (bonus).
      Thanks for popping over.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  5. I love the fact that you took 2 things that didn't "work" and made them a great pair!! That's so my cup of tea!!! You could also layer a sweater over the red dress so you don't see the neckline!!! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Great idea Jodie!
      I have thought about doing that with other dresses....this one could work too (I have the perfect black and red cropped jumper). Thanks for the inspiration!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  6. I am so in LOVE with this outfit! I will feature this look of yours on my Friday’s post. I run different themes everyday and that day is called They Got It Right! Thank you very much for sharing and keep in touch!
    Please stop by every Wednesday for Color and Grace Fashion link up! :)

    Grace
    http://colorandgrace.com 

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    1. Wow Grace!
      Thank you so much...your comment really means a lot.
      I will definitely check out the link up.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  7. Wow, you are a master at layering ! This outfit is really lovely and original, I like this trend and I am a lover of both pink and red color, so I will surely give it a go. Hugs from Italy

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion blog

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    1. Hi Vale, Thank you so much!
      Thank you for your link, also.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  8. Great advice on layering and mixing the red tones. That necklace is a winner, hands down!

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    1. Thank you Trina, I necklace was heading to the charity shop until very recently! I'm glad I kept it now :-)
      XXX
      Samantha

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  9. I was going into autumn kicking and screaming but this outfit may just change my mind - love it! #WednesdayPantsLinkup

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    1. Hahaha Antionette, I don't think you are alone in that reluctance to let go of summer!
      I am clinging onto it with my sandals here...but I have to admit to loving the autumn...and boots!
      Thank you for your comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  10. Hi Samantha, I love how you've assembled these colours and made them work. I'm amazed how well they work and how good they look against your skin. I'm trying to take a leap of faith towards these berry colours but it's more of a shuffle followed by a hasty retreat. You've inspired me xxx

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    1. Go for it Anna! I'm sure you could make it look fantastic :-)
      XXX

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  11. I have not bought many new cloths lately, except tops. The styles are not for my age group or to my taste.

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    1. Hi LV,
      I know what you mean! Although it's not usually about age for me, just taste. When I find something I like these days, I usually just buy it quickly and worry about how I'm going to wear it later. :-)
      Thank you for your comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  12. Great monochromatic look!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  13. Love pinks and reds together. So glam, Samantha! Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX

    Dawn Lucy

    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. I was experimenting...not really sure if it would work or not.
      I'm glad it did.
      Thank you for your comment, Dawn.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  14. What a brilliant outfit! Absolutely loving those colours on you - it all pulls together really well! Judging by your comments about sleeve length, I see I am not the only lady with long arms. I this I may have been a orangutan in a former life :)
    Lovely to see you over on Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike link up!

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    1. Hahaha, Michelle!
      Orangutan arms...I love it!
      My husband calls me his Spider-Monkey. :oP
      It seems odd to me as I am not particularly tall (only 5'6"). I am glad I have a kindred-sleeve-spirit.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  15. Wooaaaaa - what a showstopping outfit!!! :) Pink, red and burgundy make my colourful loving heart sing. :) Will definitely try this combo myself. Found you by the linkup over at Not dressed as lamb. I just turned 40 in August and always on the look out for 40s fashion bloggers. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Monica!
      You should definitely give this combination a go, it was surprisingly easy to wear.
      I keep opening magazines and newspapers and seeing the red/burgundy/pink mix so we must be on to a good thing :o)
      XXX
      Samantha

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