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Monday, January 30, 2012

Sequined Collar

For my first attempt of styling the KARL sequined collar, I was going to keep things pretty simple, with just the grey sweater and some dark jeans, but then I decided to have a little fun and wear my mustard cords - which in turn play in with the color blocking of my new Zara clutch.

The clutch was not something I'd intended on buying, it was $60, so it was a bit expensive, but the moment I held it was in love. I'm a very hands-on shopper. I touch, I hold, I smell, I parade around in front of the mirrors. The soft buttery leather, the scent, how it looked when I held it up against my trench caused me to completely fall in love. I left the store.
I went back for it.*

My Sister told me that I looked like a clown - this is not the first time she has critiqued something of mine in such a way. In fact, there is even a theme. Apparently if I wear something yellow with a fun collar, I become a member of the circus.

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The Rundown
Mustard Cords Gap - Sweater Gap - Booties Madden Girl - Trench Coat London Fog Thrifted - Fur Collar Thrifted - Color Block Clutch Zara - Sequined Collar KARL - Rings Gift, The Cavernous Jewelry Box - Fedora Market in Italy - Nail Polish Essie Fair Game

*This shopping experience went down shortly after I attended the KARL launch - a clothing line launch without any actual clothing on site.

I know they were trying to be unique and modern and embracing the times where we all just shop on our iPhones, but I can honestly say that if that clutch had just been an image on a screen, I would have liked it, but thought that $60 was too expensive and moved on. It was the tactile experience which made it impossible for me to forget about the bag and the reason I ultimately purchased it.

Online shopping may have it's conveniences, but I don't believe it can ever replace or compare to holding something in your hands.

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54 comments:

The Fancy Teacup said...

The yellow is so much fun, and adore the collar!

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The Fancy Teacup said...

P.S. You're right, totally stoked about the Jason Wu for Target line!

Frannie Pantz said...

Well you are the most stylish circus member I've ever seen! I love the mustard cords and that great new clutch! The collar is splendid as well!

Wendy said...

Adore the collar and the mustard cords. I agree with you, shopping where you can touch and feel a garment is so much better. I am so picky about materials so its better for me.
Have a stunning week

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

There was an article about collars in my Saturday newspaper - The GUardian. Love yours.
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Jane

Porcelain complexion said...

That collar is gorgeous, I LOVE the mustard clutch and you already know I'm a fan of that coat.

I much prefer to be able to buy things in person, online shopping just doesn't really do it for me.

SIENA.STYLE said...

love your sweater!!
kisses from prague
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Ki said...

I love the collar - it is so fun without being over the top! And I agree, I always prefer buying things after trying them on.

Courtney Erin said...

That clutch is pretty incredible and I love this whole look on you - one of my favorites I think!

Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

sacramento said...

Love a splash of yellow in the middle of winter, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Gorgeous.
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eek said...

Yes, it's definitely easier to say no online when you haven't touched any item. I love the collar - adds a faux layer without adding any bulk!

P.S. I went shopping yesterday with a friend, tried on a dress for fun and now that it's not online I really want it. That's the problem with shopping - hard to say no!

Madeline Quaint said...

Absolutely agree, I've never managed to fall in love with anything online that much that I'd order it. I regularly fall in love with stuff I can actually touch. :)

The clutch is beautiful and the ensemble is nothing clownish!

x Mr Brightside x said...

love ur outfit!!

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Closet Fashionista said...

Yay the collar and bag look awesome!!
and that is so true, when you feel something it is sooo much better than just looking at it (like when I felt the Chanel... *sigh*)
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chocolatefashioncoffee said...

love the grey and yellow combination!

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Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

I don't think you look like a clown at all! The sequined collar looks very on trend and playful. And your clutch is indeed gorgeous, I can understand why you went back for it.

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jess said...

That bag is great. I love the color.

Shey said...

oh your sister! Ignore her, you look very nice and there is nothing clowny about your outfit, nothing at all. The clutch is cute! =D

Robyn said...

You look great! I've never seen a collar like that ON someone. Really pretty!

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Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

That pop of yellow looks great on you Lyddie and so does the collar. Cute outfit girl. I like to buy things on sale too, but sometimes we just have to have that item. Great clutch. Enjoy it!
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CessOviedo said...

You've come up with a great combo! The sequins are just they perfect accent!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Gray Skies said...

Love the collar, clutch, the pops of yellow...pretty much all of this!

As fun and convenient as it is to shop online, I do prefer shopping in person.

Shawna said...

I would have to say that I disagree with your sis, you look great! You pulled off this collar in a casual way that works. I would have gone back for the clutch too. I love how you are wearing a mustard jean. I have been looking for a colorful pair that I could pull off for ages. Keep mixing it up!


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Lorena said...

What an evil little sister... and you do not look like a clown-
I look forward to seeing more of that collar and COULD not agree more with you - part of the shopping experience is using your senses to explore the items.

silvergirl said...

no you in no way look like a clown
isn't that funny that yellow=clownish to her??
i am loving that sweater btw
brett

Amber said...

I dont know what circus your sis thinks you belong to but I wanna join!

Amber said...

PS totally agree with you on the whole online shopping thing. A picture can only do so much.

Natasha Fatah said...

It's not a look for everybody (ie your sister), but I think your collar looks great! And I love those jeans!

xoxo
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Katya said...

I definitely agree about shopping being a physical process. I too need to touch and feel and stand in front of the mirror for hours on end.

I had the exact same reaction to that gorgeous Zara clutch! Boyfriend talked me out of it, how I wish he didn't. Now that I see you carrying it I'm filled with regret.

But hey, you and I think alike :)

xx
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Ali said...

Shopping *is* a super physical process! Ahh, I couldn't agree more. I'm one of those touchy, stare-y, look-y in the mirror for longer than I should when contemplating buying something kind of people.

Also, you totally don't look like a clown. I think you look like a ring leader, though. I love the yellow pants and the sequin against the knit top! Prettay prettay.

rlutz said...

The mustard and grey are such a great combination. That collar is so fun!!.

The Closet Shopper said...

Great outfit. I always love seeing those mustard cords. That bag is pretty great too.

xo,
Tracy

Terri said...

The collar, the clutch, the mustard jeans...very nice and not at all clownish! I'm like you. Lately I've begun trolling things online, but if I can visit the item in a store, I'm more likely to buy in a face to face setting.

Vanessa said...

This (and how tricky it is to make a return) is exactly why I almost NEVER shop online, unless it's for a very specific, long-awaited for item. I love the way you styled this collar. It works~!

Bella said...

I really like those jeans! I don't see anything circus-y here! Btw, I did order those Steve Madden boots. They are really very comfy, thanks for the recommendation.

Annie said...

That clutch is gorgeous - and love your sequin collar :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

chillairandperfume said...

I've been a bit skeptical about the collar trend, but that one is really cute, and I love how you styled it. I also adore those yellow pants!

xo,
Hannah
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TaraMixandMatch said...

Love the sequins, and I really love that clutch! It is awesome!

Rebecca said...

I am loving that clutch. It was totally worth splurging on it!

Alex Elizabeth said...

You did not look like a clown hahahahaha. You should have been in Brooklyn with this outfit (don't worry, I will take you there one day). I am terribly jealous of this clutch. It's bright and neutral, which is still something I'm wanting to do for spring.

Tinfoil Tiaras said...

I completely agree-I've never bought clothing online because I love to feel the fabric, try it on and see how it makes me feel. Love this outfit- the bright yellow and chic hat and collar-very cool!

Melina said...

Your shopping views remind me of Carrie telling the girls that shopping's her cardio and she won't do it online! (Sex & the City... as if I had to say it)

Also, if your sister thinks you look like a clown, you're definitely the chicest, least scary clown ever! I never thought about buying detachable collars, but seeing you style it proves it's a really cute statement piece!

xx Melina

Shea said...

Your sister is silly, you look great--I love the mix of yellow and gray! And I'm the same way--I'll occasionally shop online, but to me nothing replaces physically being in the stores and trying on and touching the clothes. That's something the computer just can't imitate!

Kavery said...

I love the Zara clutch. It's so true - I love to shop online but going to an actual shop has it's own appeal.

Alyssa said...

LOVE that Zara clutch! And of course that KARL sequined collar.

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

I have to disagree with your sis, love this outfit and that clutch looks great! Can;t wait to see it in future posts.

Bravoe Runway said...

I love this outfit, Lydia the collar is awesome! You did a great job styling it and once we get to spring you'll put that clutch to great use I am sure :)

Eli said...

Saw the bag at the Zara sale, so cute!! I also saw a pretty little collar AT Zara that they've been selling as of late.

Karissa said...

Love the cords and that fabulous sequin collar! Nice blog :) Following.

xo

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Mochachocolata Rita said...

loveee this combo. i have a sequined collar in gold too! this should be a fashion event #sequinedcollar :D

Nic said...

this yellow is great! i will take that clutch, thanks!! ;-)

~nic

ps i love to shop in the stores better than online myself.

Iris Colón said...

Wow, that clutch is serious! I love the color :)

Sarah Dee said...

This clutch is the best! SO CUTE!

<3 Sarah
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