red & green // round one

skirt: Forever 21 // cardigan: Target // shirt: thrifted (originally Gap) // shoes: Lulu*s (similar)

 Red and green may be complementary colors, but I feel like a lot of people opt to not pair them together because it's too Christmas-y. Recently. red and green has become a favorite color combo of mine, so I'm excited to share a couple of fun ways to wear it.

I call this outfit Tomato, Avocado, and Polka Dots. I love that the red is a little orange-y, and the green is a little on the yellow side, making them both in the same color family, but not true red or green like you'd see in a coloring box. Also, I'm really craving a tomato + avocado salad now. Weird...

I actually came up with this outfit when I first bought the sweater, but it was just getting colder around these parts, so I decided to save it for the inevitable warm day ahead. Of course, it's December and 85 degrees in Austin. Of course.

Am I the only one who feels kind of weird wearing pencil skirts when you don't have to? By that, I mean that I always associate pencil skirts with "grown up" clothes. Like, I put off buying them unless I'm applying for the kinds of jobs where I might have to wear "grown up" clothes on a regular basis. I own a handful, and only wear them to things like networking events and interviews. My office is extremely casual, especially for advocates, so I usually feel like I'm overdressed for the occasion if I were to wear a pencil skirt to work. 

I rationalized wearing this one because there was supposed to be media in the building yesterday for our Giving Tuesday fundraiser. If you happened to make a donation yesterday, I'm so incredibly appreciative! If you're not sure what I'm talking about, you can pop in over here and consider making a donation through the rest of the month!

//skirt previously worn here and here
//cardigan previously worn here

10 comments

  1. I love this outfit so much. What a great color combination! That polka dot skirt (and you!) are too cute!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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  2. I'm not sure how I feel about this color combo, which is not a bad thing! I tend to put together really "classic" type outfits, so I normally wouldn't even think to put together an interesting color combo like this. I kind of feel that way about pencil skirts too, and typical "work" type clothes like trousers and certain blouses. I've started wearing those clothes quite a bit to teach in, because I like dressier work clothes and I feel good in them, but sometimes I just want to wear trousers and I'm like, is it weird for me to wear these trousers out to a casual dinner when I've just been sitting around the house all day? I say you wear whatever you want whenever you want. Put those pencil skirts to work!

    -Jen
    yourstrulyjen.com

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  3. NICOLE. STOP IT. YOU ARE TOO CUTE. I love this color combo, though I'm not sure I could pull it off (I've got mixed feelings about red). But you look stunning!
    --Lily
    Fifth Freedom Fashion

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  4. LOVE THIS! You look so cute. I definitely understand the christmas combo misconception, but whatever, i think you rocked it.

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  5. I admit to never really pairing the two colors, but that's mostly because I don't own a lot of either. Love how those two shades look together though! Also I totally feel the same way about pencil skirts, even though I would really love to start incorporating them into my wardrobe.

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  6. Just in time for xmas! Love the pop of polka dots

    xo
    www.style-wire.com

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  7. Shoot, now you've got me craving avo and tomato salad thanks to this fab outfit. Love the polka dot finishing touch!

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  8. These are the perfect shades to not appear too "christmasy". and I'm totally with you on the "grown up clothes" bus. I have a bunch of pencil skirts and a decent number of plain "business-like" dresses that I guess I could where whenever, but I just don't.

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  9. I love this color combo and they don't look Christmasy at all. I have that same sweater and I'm convinced it's the best color :) Cute skirt!

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  10. I think with off shades of red and green like you wore here, it makes it less bright and Christmas-y. That sweater really does look like an avocado!
    Lauren
    Exploring My Style

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