#OOTD: Extreme Colourful Casual

It's Friday. No client meetings. I'm very casual working from home, running errands, walking Sam, and going out to casual supper with friends tonight. This is what I'm wearing, and everything is on foot. No driving. 

YES, I wear velvet casually, because why not!

It's wet, windy, very grey, cold, and dismal. Bundled up, and creating my own sunshine in happy brights!  

I AM LOVING ALL MY PANTS, and have finally successfully reduced jeans-wearing now that I have a great capsule of non-denim bottoms. It took a while.

This is a good example of how I mix very old with very new, and how the items work seamlessly together *to me* because I have a high affinity for colour mixing. It makes adding new colours to my wardrobe very easy, and I don't stress about orphaned colours. 

Pink Joseph coat is 8 years old and one of the most luxe items in my wardrobe. It's impeccable and has held up very well. It will not date. Orange pullover is 3 years old and as impeccable (thank you COS). Mustard velvet pants are last season and altered to fit. Gorgeous quality (thank you Boden). Pink bag and mustard sneakers are new this year. Kate Spade and Converse - also really nice quality. I LOVE gorgeous quality. 

You might not like the combination, and that's sooooo okay! I'm very happy, comfortable, relieved of stress, and soothed mixing things up this way because colours positively affect my mood. I have been dressing this way all my life - (thank you Benetton in the '80s!) - so it's a natural fit. You might be very different in this regard, and I celebrate the palette that makes you happy with you too :)


Light in my bedroom is bad. Pic #8 is more what the colours are like in person. 

Hair is curled today. I'm getting good with the curling iron. Have a lovely and peaceful weekend, Fabbers. xo

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  • rachylou replied 2 years ago

    Hej! You know what those are? Those are Isaac Mizrahi (sp?) colours! Totally jazzed! :D I love him. I think he’s one of the best.

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Really, Rachy! NICE. But you know, Isaac copied Benetton :)

  • JAileen replied 2 years ago

    Wow!!! I love all the colors piled on like this.

  • rachylou replied 2 years ago

    Did he? I like his thoughts on design. I like to listen to him.

  • Tanya replied 2 years ago

    Super happy and totally you!  Enjoy your supper and weekend.

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Rachy, I'm joking around :)

    Tanya and Janet, thank you! 

    Tanya, you've known me a long time, and extra fab that you think that. 

  • Katerina replied 2 years ago

    Wow! Very beautiful! I LOVE the happy colors, you look gorgeous. The coat is fantastic - what a wonderful statement classic. I also love how you match your footwear with the trousers, I loved it also when you wore the red booties with your red trousers the other day. Very interesting - I will try to copy that :-)
    I also love to mix colors as I feel and I wear bright colors throughout different seasons. Because of my coloring, I usually ground my colors with black or dark navy somewhere in my outfit. I would love a coat like yours and all these colors too!

  • DonnaF replied 2 years ago

    Love it! Very Benetton. Despite all my grays and blacks, I would wear all those colors together—if I were to start wearing color lol.

  • suntiger replied 2 years ago

    Happy sunset colors :) And I love the mustard yellow on you!

  • cindysmith replied 2 years ago

    I'm in love with this outfit! And I still think little Sam is the best accessory ever LOL

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Katerina, how gracious you are. Thank you so much! It's fun to match colourful footwear to bottoms :) You ground your own outfits with black flawlessly, and it suits your colouring beautifully.

    Suntiger, sunset colours just for you. 

    Donna F, go Team Benetton. 

    Cindy, of course Sam is best! 

  • lisa p replied 2 years ago

    Terrific! Love the colour mixing - and I swoon a bit every time I see that pink coat.  

  • abc replied 2 years ago

    Gah! I love it all! I adore your curls! (I’ve been going curly lately myself!)

    And I LOOOOVE all the color!! You are Angie Queen of Color!!! And how I’ve missed seeing your bright outfits! Makes my day. Xoxo

  • Sal replied 2 years ago

    Vibrant and happy for a fun day.... hope the dinner was yummy.

  • Debbie replied 2 years ago

    You look so happy. I love the colors!

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Lisa P and Sal, thank you for the kind compliments - and giggles! 

    abc, you are soooo lovely and awfully gracious. WOW. Thank you so much! What a treat to see you comment, and I want to see your fun new curly hair :)

    Debbie, LOVE seeing you comment, sweet lady. It's a treat to see you comment too.

    *happy dance* 

  • Cardiff girl replied 2 years ago

    I think that I might have coat envy.love your colour mixing.l bet you brighten the day of everyone who sees you.

  • Christina F. replied 2 years ago

    You ARE the sunshine. This is marvelous. 

  • Helena replied 2 years ago

    I would swear Angie that a photo of you in that coat was one of the first outfit I saw you in and fell in love with your style, different as it is from mine!

    Looks so fab, and your colours make me happy too :D xx

    ETA - yep! see below from my Pinterest :D

  • bonnie replied 2 years ago

    You are a fearless dresser and it all works beautifully!

  • Cee replied 2 years ago

    I'm missing the grey, Bat-Ange !

  • chouette22 replied 2 years ago

    LOVE it so much that we are seeing more of your outfits again. We don't need sophisticated photo shoots, this is perfect for us! You look fantastic, exuberant, and full of energy. 

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    So amazing, Angie, and PERFECT for this blustery cold rainy dark day! It makes me smile to see these vivid brights together and I understand completely why you are drawn to them! 

  • Staysfit replied 2 years ago

    Angie, bright sunny colors complement your coloring, add cheer and reflect your positive energy.  I have learned so much from seeing how you manage your wardrobe. I like that you choose classic, carefully curated pieces, that work well together. Its nice that pieces you purchased 8 years ago are being used again with joy.

  • Karie replied 2 years ago

    I love all the color mixing! I seem to never know how to mix colors, and you have given me a lot of inspiration.

  • Runcarla replied 2 years ago

    Simple solids that are anything but simple!

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    Wow, fantastic color mix! You wear these brights so, so, well, Angie. You are radiant. I love your necklace combo, too.

  • kellygirl replied 2 years ago

    Angie you look delightful in those brights! What a breath of fresh air you are. I’m inspired!!

  • Erin replied 2 years ago

    Such a lovely combination of bright colors, perfect for a dreary, cold day.

  • RainB replied 2 years ago

    Such a joyful mix of colours! Love the coat and bag :)

  • Bijou replied 2 years ago

    Love it - and not a neutral in sight! The photo with Sam is gorgeous.

  • Style Fan replied 2 years ago

    Gorgeous colour combo.  That coat is beautiful.

  • Mirjana replied 2 years ago

    Extraordinary like usual, you are Queen of color mixing. You look terrific.

  • kkards replied 2 years ago

    these colors give me such late 80s/early 90s happiness....while i don't wear these colors all together any more, i do appreciate them on others...

  • Theodora replied 2 years ago

    I love, love, love this!  So happy and joyful!  You are an inspiration, Angie!

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    My word. You’re all so nice. Thank you!

    Cardiff Girl, I can see you in my pink coat.

    Christina and Theodora :)

    Bijou, Sam is the only neutral, I guess! And steals the show like he should.

    Helena, HAH. That’s great! Really old pic - and four pairs of specs ago. Fun that you can remember that!

    bonnie, Karie, Carla, Erin, Rain B, Style Fan and Mirjana you are lovely, and I appreciate the compliments.

    Cee, I’m leaving the rest of the grey to Bat Sam.

    Chouette22, what a sweet thing to say. I’m smiling.

    Suz, thanks for getting it, especially in the light of our PNW weather. HIGH FIVE.

    Staysfit, WOW. That’s high praise, and awfully gracious. Thank you :)

    Firecracker and Kelly, your cheerleading and enthusiasm bring joy. Hugs!

    kkards, wooohooooo. Go Team ‘80s.

  • Roxanna replied 2 years ago

    I adore it - but most of all I adore how you have been hitting the message of wearing what makes each of us happy. It's such an important and against-the-current message and today's Instagram world. 

    And thank you for your post on Friday - it made me believe that even with my body type, I can throw figure flattery to the wind sometimes and try something new! Love your message and your positivity, Angie.

  • Janet replied 2 years ago

    How fun!

    You know, this just brings home to me how totally individual color style is. I would feel utterly ridiculous (i.e. way too conspicuous, and all the wrong colors for me) in these ensembles, but you look smashing!

  • Chris987 replied 2 years ago

    I'll echo Roxanna...the bright colors are lovely but what's even more important is the message of wearing colors that make you happy no matter what anyone else's preferences are. "Love your message and your positivity Angie".

  • Xtabay replied 2 years ago

    Angie, you've gone too far this time!  Don't try to commit any crimes while wearing this!

    Just kidding, of course!  The colors are perfect for you, and I can tell you are very happy to be wearing them.  How can you not have a wonderful day in such lovely colors?

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Roxanna and Chris, what a gracious and lovely thing to say. Thank you so much! I'm smiling :)

    Janet, personalizing your authentic style is what it's all about. It's a beautiful thing.

    Xtabay, you made me laugh, and feel great. Thank you. 

  • shevia replied 2 years ago

    I cannot imagine anyone else looking as fun and elegant in these colors as you Angie. Two qualities that are hard enough to achieve in isolation and are truly rare to see together. Even in your crazy poses you are graceful, with perfect posture and a sparkling smile. You are a beautiful role model!

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    HOT, HOT, HOT!

  • Gigi replied 2 years ago

    I'm dying over here! That combination of colors is just so fun!

    Hair is definitely on point!

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Jaime, thank you for your ongoing awfully kind and delightful comments. You make me blush!

    Joy, :)

    Gigi, you are sweet. Thank you!

  • Gail replied 2 years ago

    Really enjoy seeing the bright colors you look fantastic in them. I'm down in the doldrums and  they're cheering me up today .

  • unfrumped replied 2 years ago

    I agree with all the happy color comments.

    But I also think there’s a great lesson here that’s kind of aha! for me about how tailored style, fit and fabric quality SUPPORT more aggressive color mixing that might not come across well in very casual or less well- fitting items. I’m not after the same color mixing as this , for my coloring, but I do like to think of trying a little more aggressive or interesting combos and re-mixing wardrobe without being too inhibited by conventions on color combinations.

    Maybe it’s kind the the opposite of, black and gray can manage to make lesser or more casual items look more upscale.
    Or maybe that’s all stereotypes.
    Anyway I think this was a helpful lesson!

  • DeAnna replied 2 years ago

    All the happy colors just look wonderful on you. I have been wearing black and gray for so long, because black makes you look thinner, and i really hate it. So this year because of all your happy colors, I'm buying mustard and hot pink and red. Love the color!

  • AviaMariah replied 2 years ago

    Your outfit makes me happy just looking at it!  I'm feeling inspired!!

  • RobinF replied 2 years ago

    You do the brights so well! I am with Janet, I would feel ridiculous in this combination of colors (and waaaay too conspicuous) but I love seeing them on you!

  • Karen replied 2 years ago

    Hi Angie and all the lovely ladies on the group! 
    I have been following you quietly for a while but could not resist this outfit... it's AMAZING!!! a ray of sunshine. You are so inspiring, Angie. Thank you!!!

  • Scarlet replied 2 years ago

    What a happy happy happy outfit. You would make me smile if I saw you on the street.

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Gail, happy to cheer you up, and hope you’re feeling better.

    Unfrumped, interesting analogy! Glad this was helpful.

    DeAnna and Scarlet, happy dance!

    AviaMariah, glad you’re inspired.

    Robin F, :)

    Karen, how sweet of you to chime in, and welcome!

  • replied 2 years ago

    Angie that outfit is so unique and bold and it suits you well. You mentioned the lighting wasn’t the best for the photo, you ARE the lighting bold and bright :)

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    That’s such a nice thing to say. Thank you, Jess!

  • cheryl replied 2 years ago

    So much love! Makes my color loving heart happy. :)

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Cheryl, thanks for chiming in, and being sweet as always. 

  • taylor replied 2 years ago

    How do you do it?  Looking sophisticated in all these brights ,  and they mesh together perfectly somehow!
    I am  afraid I would look like a three yr. old trying to dress myself :)
    Beautiful as always with that killer smile of yours !

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Taylor, I didn't know whether to give you with a therapy or comedy award :)

    Thanks for your gracious and sweet words. You are soooo nice. 

  • lyn67 replied 2 years ago

    How could we not like, you are really like a Benetton model-the best of them, of course-and think the look really suits you and your lifestyle! L.O.V.E. the new  hairo, t!!!!(& the poses!!!:-))). 

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Lyn67, thank you for making me smile. You are sooo nice :)

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