Silky Tweedy Gloriousness…

Ann Taylor Petite Silk Shell 2 6001
JeansPaige Blue Heights Skinny, size 23 (hemmed)
ShoesCole Haan Carma pumps, size 5
BeltAnn Taylor Perfect Patent Skinny Belt in Granite, size XS
Pin – 18k gold vintage (gift from grandma)

Another way to wear the Ann Taylor silk necktie shell, and I must say, I like this outfit much better. The necktie has been double knotted to shorten the length a bit, and tucked into skinny jeans. Add a cute blazer, some jewelry, a pair of heels, and a belt, and now it’s a glorious take on my favorite look, feminine menswear.

The necktie on this shell resembles a men’s tie, so naturally, I’m ecstatic about it, and like it left loose. I’m also a big fan of pairing tough textures (like the tweed of the jacket) with softer textures (like the silk of the shell). Mixing these two fabric textures really makes the outfit much more interesting and fun to look at.

Tip: Some of the most boring outfits I’ve ever put together have involved garments that are the same texture. A silk blouse worn with a silk skirt is boring! So is a soft cotton top with a soft cotton bottom. Mixing fabric textures is a great way to get an interesting and chic outfit. In this outfit, I have tweed, silk, suede, shine (patent leather) and denim, but it all works together to make the outfit fun to look at.

Ann Taylor Tieneck Shell 03062 600

Clinton, on the other hand, was not as amused. He slowly made his way into the camera frame, rope toy in mouth, just so I would do this:

Ann Taylor Petite Silk Shell Clinton 1 6001
Clinton – 7 month old Pomeranian puppy

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27 Comments

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    DSK Steph

    <3 your outfit!

    My 11 month old pups Timmy & Wally say Hi Clinton!

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    Rinny

    Love the outfit! Especially the necktie blouse – I'll have to stop at Ann Taylor's the next time I'm at the mall :)

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    couturecoco

    You look so good! Great choices.

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    Frankincensy

    Nice outfit, and great tip about the textures! That's not something I'd really thought about before when putting outfits together.

    And aww, Clinton! The way he slowly creeps into the frame there is hilarious. I have a five-month-old Lab puppy and she loves her rope toy too.

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    Sal

    So gorgeous! Great proportions and textures and warm, soft neutrals.

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    J.L

    Gorgeous and classic! Beautifully put together. I especially adore the vintage pin. It is the perfect little accessory for this outfit.

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    curls-and-pearls

    teehee, I love when Clinton makes it into the shots!

    This is a GREAT outfit, I like pairing different textures as well and I'm liking how you left the ties loose on this – I little more of a casual feel.

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    Anonymous

    Very cute outfit! YOu look adorable.

    Bonnie

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    kileen

    i love the mixing of textures and this necktie blouse is so beautiful! i am also a big fan of the menswear inspired looks lately and will have to try out this look!

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    Cee

    This is my favorite way of tying this blouse. The proportions are a bit off when it's tied into a bow. As always, you look fab!

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    hugstiem

    Perfect outfit is perfect! Love seeing the menswear inspiration on you. :D

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    Lemondrop Marie

    Love that necktie blouse (and Clinton)
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    Really Petite

    I love this outfit on you Kelly!!! Thanks for the tip about mixing fabrics :) You are the petite community fashion guru…LOL

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    Banhannas

    Mixing fabrics is so .. like you said glorifying! The contrasting textures really makes the silk blouse stand out quite nicely.

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    Michelle

    All these textures are so great together! Great tip on the mixing!

    Clinton is such a fluffy cutie-pie! :)

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    modern.girl

    love it! so chic!

    i was wondering if you've ever bought jackets in little boy's size? i'm petite too (not as skinny as you), and i just bought a boy's blazer. i hope it'll fit me! i don't really know what the size conversion is between women's and boys.

    cheers,
    yvonne
    modern.girl

  • Reply March 8, 2011

    Monkey

    i really love your style, what a great outfit!

  • Reply March 8, 2011

    A.Li

    love your outfit

  • Reply March 8, 2011

    Alterations Needed

    Thank you for your comments everyone! Sorry I slacked on responding (busy bee looking at new apartments!).

    @DSK Steph – Timmy & Wally sound like just the kind of fellows Clinton would love to hang out with. ;)

    @Frankincensy – Awww…lab puppies are the cutest! I had 3 labs growing up…great dogs!

    @modern.girl – I don't own any boys blazers, but I've always wanted a vintage prep school boys blazer. I think that would be so cool! Just expect the torso to be a little boxy and the sleeves to be short (no problem, just roll them to 3/4 length).

  • Reply March 9, 2011

    PetiteAsianGirl

    I like the ties long! Your advice about mixing textures is spot-on. Nothing beats silk and tweed! Do you own anything boucle yet? Like tweed, but nubbier ; ) I don't have a lot of color, prints, or patterns in my wardrobe so mixing textures is a must.

  • Reply April 22, 2011

    Janine aka J-Ezzy @ *La Dolce Vita*

    i have the same exact rope for my 13 month old pom (as of tomm)! did you cut Clinton's hair? he's such a cutie patootie! Hubs and I did that to our Rocky and boy oh boy, he looked like a lion cub!

    i never think about mixing textures, now i will make a stronger effort to do so, don't want to be boring.

    hope you found a new apartment, that's been me for the past few weeks, i hate moving! ugh…

  • Reply April 22, 2011

    Alterations Needed

    @Janine aka J-Ezzy @ *La Dolce Vita* – Awww…aren't pom's adorable? Nope, we haven't taken the plunge and cut his hair yet. He's a "fox" pom, so his hair lays kidna flat, but we're wondering if we should give him a haircut for summer. I keep reading that it messes up pom's hair though! eek! I LOVE seeing poms with "lion cuts"! So cute!

    We did find a place! Thanks for asking! Good luck on your search…it's such a pain in the butt!

  • Reply April 22, 2011

    Janine aka J-Ezzy @ *La Dolce Vita*

    Yes, much too adorable, people call my baby a fox too, his hair is flat on his back, but poofy in his neck, tail and butt, hehe – my baby must be bigger than yours though, mines is now 13.5 lbs! big boy, haha

    i do think the cut messed up his hair, hence why i was so upset my husband did it b/c of how it was growing out…but in his defense, poms get very hot in the summer and it's healthier to cut it. i do need to do a post on his hair cut, it's just too cute to not post!

    Glad you found a place! I can't wait to just buy a house and fuss about home repairs, lol

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Janine aka J-Ezzy @ *La Dolce

    i have the same exact rope for my 13 month old pom (as of tomm)! did you cut Clinton's hair? he's such a cutie patootie! Hubs and I did that to our Rocky and boy oh boy, he looked like a lion cub!

    i never think about mixing textures, now i will make a stronger effort to do so, don't want to be boring.

    hope you found a new apartment, that's been me for the past few weeks, i hate moving! ugh…

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Monkey

    i really love your style, what a great outfit!

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    couturecoco

    You look so good! Great choices.

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    DSK Steph

    <3 your outfit!

    My 11 month old pups Timmy & Wally say Hi Clinton!

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