Unexpected classic – an outfit post

Trench coats – I could easily have 30 of them. Only one currently lives in my closet though and it’s this cute, short-but-still-classic, beige number.

Surprise! It’s lined in leopard print satin.

Navy blue and tan is such a traditional color combination.  It’s not the sort of thing I usually wear, but as I was putting together this outfit I realized I loved it, especially when mixed with black and used in a sexy mini-dress, capri mesh tights, and a leopard print lined trench coat. I feel like I’ve taken a traditional group of items and colors to an unexpected place.

When I first saw these gathered-front dresses I was really excited.  It’s a very flattering look as the ruched fabric acts as a kind of camoflage. Navy is more forgiving than black, but still just as slimming. I like the idea of wearing a sexy dress in a conservative color as it seems to make the whole look more elegant.

The scarf is decorated with dark brass studs in different shapes and sizes. It acts like a soft, warm, necklace.

  • Trench Coat – Michael Kors
  • Dress – Max Studio
  • Scarf – Nordstroms
  • Tights – Target
  • Shoes – Nine West

I always considered navy and black a fashion “no-no”. What do you think of navy blue and black?  How do you feel about navy, black and tan combined together in an outfit?

 

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24 Responses to Unexpected classic – an outfit post

  1. Alexis of NorthOnHarper May 30, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Heather, you look fantastic! I love the dress on you. And personally, I am a BIG fan of navy. It always feels sophisticated!

    Great outfit post!
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    • Heather Fonseca May 31, 2011 at 11:44 am #

      I’m getting more and more into navy. It feels very sophisticated like black but not as obvious. Maybe it’ll make a return and be big the way it was in the 80′s?

  2. anne m bray
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    May 30, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    black + blue = OK by me. Adding tan gives it some spark AND THE LEOPARD LINING!!!!!! OMG!

    Kudos to Hugo on fab photos. I especially like the first shot – how the blurry light dots echo the buttons on the coat.
    Ha! the leopard flash + flag is a good one too!
    Well, they’re all good.

    I’m always happy when a new post of yours comes up in my Google Reader.
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    • Heather Fonseca May 31, 2011 at 11:43 am #

      So glad you like it Anne. I think these are our best shots so far. It’s a lot of fun going out to take them too.

  3. Laura S May 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    This is such a cool outfit!
    - Laura

  4. SACRAMENTO May 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    You look stunning Heather, especially the two last shots are amazing.
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    • Heather Fonseca May 31, 2011 at 11:42 am #

      Thanks Sacramento! I’ll be sure to let my husband know you like the shots. He’s the one who takes my photos that make me look so nice.

  5. THE-LOUDMOUTH
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    May 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    I love the coat and the scenery! You look amazing!
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    • Heather Fonseca June 1, 2011 at 11:12 am #

      Thanks my dear! Glad you like it – can you place where we took the photos?

  6. Boheme Noir June 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    You look fab! Dark blue looks PERFECT on you and matches your complexion so well.

    I agree – the trenchcoat is an eternal classic of style. Love it too.

    I have 4 trenches, 2 beige ones (but none with a fab leo-inside like yours *jealous*) and 2 black ones in different cuts.

    • Heather Fonseca June 2, 2011 at 9:19 am #

      Thanks my dear! I wish I had room for 4 trench coats – I’d certainly wear them all. Actually, I found a pattern for a trench coat dress (short sleeves) that I’m itching to make! We’ll see if I get to it.

  7. Lee Oliveira June 2, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    Love your photos.. and mostly you confidence..
    Lee x
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  8. herCatwalk June 2, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    Drooling over your classic trench. A coat like that goes a looong way!
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    • Heather Fonseca June 2, 2011 at 9:02 am #

      Thanks so much! I got it on super-sale at Loehmann’s a couple of years ago. I couldn’t believe I got so lucky.

  9. Kristin June 2, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    That trench is just gorgeous! Dying over the lining!
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  10. Ada June 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    I love the trench! So funny, I always leave the house wearing navy, brown and black all in one outfit and think it’s such a faux-pas. But obviously (as you prove) if they didn’t *really* go together, we probably wouldn’t actually leave the house wearing them all. Which is to say, I think they don’t really clash but look fabulous when worn in the right proportions! This is a stunning outfit!
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    • Heather Fonseca June 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

      Thanks Ada! And thanks so much for stopping by. Great to see you here.

  11. citizen rosebud
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    June 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    You look classy AND sexy in this outfit. Love the classic treatment of the trench with the surprise inside. LOVE the mix of navy and black, yes, a former no-no but done right it’s suuuper modern! For me, seeing Yamamoto mix it up made it ok to rock out in this geek-chic-sexay mix.
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    • Heather Fonseca June 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

      Thanks Bella. I never used to wear black and navy together – EVER! But it seems like it feels right these days.

  12. Couture Carrie June 8, 2011 at 3:51 am #

    Gorgeous look, darling!
    Love that trench!

    xoxox,
    CC

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