Equipment Stripes and (Don’t You Step on My) Blue Suede Shoes

blue-stripes-1

I love bright, saturated colors like jewel tones, and this cobalt has been a favorite of mine for a while. I love when this color comes back into style, because I really think it looks great on everyone. I’m especially fond of cobalt blue paired with crisp white and stark black. Cobalt with white is fresh and clean feeling, while cobalt with black feels elegant and chic.

blue-stripes-6

Introducing the newest, happy addition to the AN wardrobe…cobalt suede point toe pumps!

A happy accident, these were sitting abandoned on a chair in the Neiman Marcus shoe department, open boxed, with a little receipt looking piece of paper tossed inside. Once I spied the shoe size was the one I had been looking for, I was desperate to slyly grab and shove them on my feet. My fear was someone else had already claimed them, and would scream at me from across the room to remove their shoes from my person. I hovered, eying and waiting for the owner to claim them, and nearly tripped over myself to stop the sales associate who swooped them up.

Turns out a fellow small-footed lady had tried them on just minutes before, but left them behind because she was hoping to find this shoe in black. These were a double score, considering I had a hefty gift card left over from Christmas still burning a hole in my wallet, making these cheapity cheap cheap.

The interesting thing is every retailer website I’ve seen suggests the purchaser to order one size up because they run small. Maybe it’s my narrow foot, but these are one 1/2 size down from my normal size (I normally wear a 35/5, and these are size 34.5), and even then, they could stand to be a little more snug. I’ve put a shoe cushion in the toe box which helped greatly. I’m out of luck to find a size 34 to try on, since none of the department stores I called ordered that size. Oh well…as Tim Gunn says…”make it work!”

blue-stripes-3

Now, let’s chat Equipment blouses. They are the blouse du-jour of the fashion set at the moment, and are pretty much the perfect slouchy silk shirt. I’ve been rummaging through racks of them at department stores for months now, but their swamping, oversize shape don’t have great hangar appeal for me. I never even bothered trying them on.

Then Wendy visited San Diego for a few days and brought a slew of items for me to try on (making friends who wear the same size as me has been the best part of blogging!), including this blouse in another colorway. The size xs looked huge on the hangar, huge on me, but then pretty damn cute after some simple styling magic. It’s saving graces are the thin, wispy silk that drapes beautifully, and a surprisingly small shoulder that only slightly falls below my natural shoulder (which is pretty acceptable by silk shirt standards). My shoulders are narrow even compared to other ladies my height, so I doubt most people will have this problem.

I’ve heard the “signature” blouses run bigger, so I’ll be avoiding those.

blue-stripes-5

Ready to see some fit-faking?

faking-fit via Instagram

blue-stripes-4

blue-stripes-2

:: photos – boyfriend ::

Outfit DetailsEquipment blouse (similar from Bebe) :: Banana Republic Outlet camisole (I love these & they come in petite!) (similar from BR) :: BlankNYC jeans (and here & here) (post) :Ann Taylor belt :: Manolo Blahnik shoes (similar on sale from J.Crew + extra 30% off with code SHOPNOW) :: Chanel handbag :: Kate Spade watch (customized:Stella & Dot necklace (c/0) (similar on sale, but larger sized. Check your local store) and bracelet (c/0) (in silver) (post) :: Daisy Knights ring (similar & really cool ring from ASOS) :: Banana Republic stackable rings (recent – check your local store) :Essie “Turquoise and Caicos” nail color

55 Comments

  • Reply June 17, 2012

    Ayantika

    you are looking so refreshing and elegant ! Loved the heels and shirt <3

  • Reply June 17, 2012

    anhie

    thanks for the post! i was always wondering how equipment blouses fit on petite gals! :) you look great! i <3 the cobalt!

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Simona Šlosárová

    you look great :))

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Petite LG

    First of all, I want to say your man did a wonderful job on taking photos. I love them. They’re so dreamy =) Your outfit is wonderful as well, Kelly. Nothing says summer more than a pair of crisp jeans.  I haven’t ventured into the world of colored pumps yet but you’ve now inspired me. 

    • Reply June 18, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Thank you Sydney! I’ll let him know his photography skills are getting some love. =) 

      Yes! Try colored pumps! They’re one of my favorite things and I don’t have nearly enough. Hehe.

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Tara

    This whole look is gorgeous on you…cobalt is so your color!

  • I love cobalt and white together.  They were our wedding colors, and I try to decorate every room in this combination.  Drew’s like “enough already!”

    • Reply June 18, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Great wedding colors! It must’ve been gorgeous! I’ve been like that with the color red. Our whole kitchen is full of red accessories. =P

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Natasha Fatah

    You faked that fit beautifully. Love these fresh crisp colours together.
    xoxo
    Natasha

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Rebecca Barnes

    Cobalt blue!  Love it!

    I’ve avoided the over-sized blouse trend because it makes me look frumpy.  I must remember your fake fit strategy!

    • Reply June 18, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Yeah, it seems like pretty much everything right now is oversized. With some clever styling it can look really great, and if not and you really love it, a simple slimming usually helps a lot. =)

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Mady

    the blouse is so cute! love the  pumps! the color is precious!

    xoxo
    Mady

    thegirlfromthemirror.blogspot.com

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Cher

    Love the blouse and the shoes! But the one thing I don’t like about fake-fitting is that it can take away the versatility of how you can wear something. I think it would just really bug me that I could only wear the blouse with the front tucked in and the sleeves rolled up, or otherwise under a jacket. 

    • Reply June 18, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Very true. This blouse is only good with some kind of tucking, unless I were to get it shortened, which is definitely an option. Although, it also looks pretty cute unbuttoned and untucked, like a really long sheer beach cover-up, although I’d never get this beautiful silk near a salty ocean or chlorinated pool. =P

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Alissa Futhey

    This post is SO perfect for me! I have had a blouse that is exactly like this and well I haven’t worn it yet because I cannot find a flattering way to hide the 3ft of material that is just hanging off me!

    adoredlife.blogspot.com

    • Reply June 18, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Perfect! If you style it and post it on your blog, tweet me the link! I’d love to see. =)

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Christina

    Love!!

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    PetiteFashionsOver40

    Oooh, you know I’ll be copying this look! I have a similar blouse I bought from bebe which I will now be pairing with my white jeans inspired by your styling here today! :-) Thanks Kelly!

    Karmela
    http://petitefashionsover40.com/

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    SewPetiteGal

    Glad you re-posted that instagram so I could pin it :)  The cobalt looks so crisp against the white and the touch of turquoise is perfect!

    • Reply June 18, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Oh man…wish I had taken more Pinterest worthy shots instead of in front of our closet explosion mess. LOL =P

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    TOBeautyReviews

    Sooo beautiful!!!  I love that blouse on you and good for you for making it work! Sometimes I feel like we get too caught up in how ill-fitting things are when all we need is a little creativity ;).  Those shoes are BEAUTIFUL!

    • Reply June 18, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks Elaine! I go through periods of getting really frustrated with all the things I want that DON’T fit me, that I throw my hands up and go, “Eff it! I’m just going to make it work”. =P

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Michelle

    Oh! Gorgeous bright blue! The blue and whites look so crisp…love these on you!

    And I love that shirt so much! I am definitely on the lookout for that style…just trying to find a nice bargain!  :)

    Your boyfriend did an excellent job with those photos!! I love the second-to-last…I am sure I sound like a creeper, but it is a good angle and nice pose!

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Lisab

    The blue is so great!  I love that color!  I am actually wearing a dress in that color today

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Katherine

    LOVE it! I am so jealous, I am another victim of the Manolo sizing myth and should have gotten my normal size – these are gorgeous on you! I think you’ll be wearing them for years and years! 

    • Reply June 18, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      I’m so sad for your too-big Manolos! Luckily there seems to be no end to this style, so hopefully you can find another great color in your size soon. =)

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Ana

    I love your new shoes! In all suede shoes for Manolo Blahnik I have to go down a half size from my normal because the suede is so soft and really gives.  Those are gorgeous and I love the story of you waiting to pounce on them!  Cobalt is one of my favorite colors, too!

    • Reply June 18, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Thank you!! Yup, that sounds like most people’s experiences too. I’m really not sure why all these retailers are telling customers to size up! 

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Elle

    gorgeous shoes! :) I am reminded of a pair of cobalt suede platforms from Ann Taylor that Sydney helped me score…will have to dig them out. 

    Your bf’s quite the photog – these are such stunning photos (it helps that the model is photogenic ;) )

    • Reply June 18, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks Elle! Yes, dig them out!! 

      Yes, the boyfriend is in trouble…all these years he kept telling me he was no good at taking photos while I lugged around a tripod, and then he goes and pulls these beautiful shots out of nowhere. And, oh boy, I’m not photogenic at all. It’s all about the lighting, photo angles, and ability to shift through 140 images to find 2 where I don’t look like a bridge troll. LOL =P

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Jacki

    I agree, this cobalt blue color is so stunning and flattering on everyone. I bought three shirts from Ann Taylor in their similar “Voyage Blue”, and can’t bring myself to return any of them. Simply beautiful!

    • Reply June 18, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Yes! It looks gorgeous on everyone! I remember the first shirt I ever bought in this color was from the Nordstrom B.P. department which I wore non-stop until it pilled horribly after a few washes. I was so sad!

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    New Petite

    Gorgeous!! You are right, ‘fresh’ was the first word that came to my mind when i saw this outfit on you. 

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    ksolomon55

    Love it, Kelly – Looks great!

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    AUBS*

    um mike is getting so good at taking your photos like MM.

    man that blouse is huge!  now i can compare the other bloggers’ sizes when i see them wear equipment blouses.

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    phiphi

    yay!!! so happy to be BB twins with you – they are spectacular! i love how you paired it with the whites. you are just absolutely gorgeous!! xox P

    phiphisblog.com

    • Reply June 18, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Whoohoo! Shoe twins! Have I ever told you, you have great taste in shoes? ;)

      • Reply June 19, 2012

        phiphi

        *giggles*!!! you do too!! ;)

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Delilah Says

    Love this outfit!  The shoes are gorgeous!

  • Reply June 18, 2012

    Azrakun

    Beautiful blouse!

    http://www.azrakunworld.com

  • Reply June 19, 2012

    Joanna F.

    Great minds think alike! I also posted an outfit with blue and white elements on my blog this week. :) It’s such a great, fun pairing that makes the whole face just brighten up. love it

    lawmoda.blogspot.com

    • Reply June 19, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Completely agree. That dark shade of blue looks so great against tons of different complexions. =)

  • Reply June 19, 2012

    Edith

    Kelly, yours is one of the few fashion blogs that I find useful. Thanks for the time you spend explaining what a difference it makes to have your clothes tailored. I was recently updating my wardrobe to look more polished and professional at work, when the company I work for decided everybody had to wear uniforms, so sad! I have to wear button down blouses in yellow and blue. The colors are not that ugly but the fit was terrible, really wide in the sides and the arms and super long sleeves. Following your advice I took them to my tailor to have them slimmed and the result is fantastic! Now I think I’ll have to invest in accessories to not get bored wearing the same blouses every day!

    • Reply June 19, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Hi Edith! Ugh…those company issued uniforms never come in flattering sizes or shapes! So sorry to hear your company went that direction! I’m really glad your tailor was able to alter them into something more flattering. Glad I could be of help, and good luck on your accessories search! Fun brooches are something you don’t see everyday, and look great on button down blouses. And you can never go wrong with pearls. =) 

  • Reply June 19, 2012

    Herwaisechoice

    You did such a great job making that blouse fit you well, Kelly! And I love the way you styled the look – you look sharp & stylish. Such great coordination with the jeans and pretty shoes!

    Have a great day!
    xo
    Jen

    • Reply June 20, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks Jen! I love your navy YesStyle trench! Every time I see it on your blog I rush to your outfit details to see where it’s from. =)

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Llenduong

    This is by far one of my most favorite outfits you’ve posted thus far! I absolutely agree with you about the versatility of cobalt blue– you can pair it with white for a clean spring/summer look or black for mysterious fun during the cooler months.

    I’m also from San Diego as well (and also very petite!) so I hope I’ll run into you sometime in the future! :D

    • Reply June 20, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Whoohoo! Fellow San Diegan! I’m sure you’ll run into me soon enough…I’m at FV quite often. =P

      Thank you for the outfit love! 

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Ceci

    I love the shoes. I love cobalt but somehow I’ve never thought to pair it with white, it looks really good!

    For readers on a small budget, H&M is selling a similar-looking shoe. The quality is not great (100% synthetic), but they’re still comfortable and I’ve gotten many compliments on the amazing color :)

  • Reply June 21, 2012

    Lisa Ng

    BF
    does a great job with photos, dear. He must get good direction ;). Love the
    photos beachside! You mix blue and black so well! Love the teal polish too. And
    awesome “fake” with a fun drapy blouse! I’ve never even heard of
    equipment blouse before! Yay for same-sized bloggy friends. It’s like having a
    sister.

  • Reply June 23, 2012

    Fashion Blawger

    Amazing pics (kudos to the bf) and what a fabulous outfit! I was shocked at the sloppy look of the blouse before your styling magic! Throwing in the black accents makes the outfit not feel all matchy matchy although it basically is. –LOVE this look! I am too broad shouldered to pull off stripes but maybe I can balance myself with a white bottom like here? Hmmm!!

    A Preponderance of Fashion

  • Reply June 27, 2012

    Jade TS

    I love the blouse! I too love cobalt blue. Great outfit! 

  • Reply July 23, 2013

    Brighton Keller

    obsessed with these shoes!!!!

Leave a Reply