Colour Blocking: Casual and Refined

It's been a very long time since I've worn shortsalas the season has come! A little bit ago, I had a chance to don these shorts that I wore to a friends barbecue gathering, which was more of a catered gathering than anything else. Live music, good company, and great food always brings my spirits up. But, holiday time will soon arrive and hopefully long awaited beach time as well.

Have you ever thought about wearing something weeks before you actually wore it? This top is one of those items, although the reason behind why I kept thinking about it was entirely non-fashion based. It reminded me of a specific pattern that I saw on a collection of beautiful dinner plates that loved!

Years ago, as I went off shopping for stemware and an attempt at dinnerware. I kept pondering about those plates as I walked every inch of the store, but later concluded that I could not justify the pretty price tag that the store wanted for the entire collection. Instead, for the same price of two quality handbags, yes, I passed! However, the memory is still forever embedded in my mind. And, no worries, I did manage to purchase other dinnerware of equal style and quality, and far less expensive days after my shopping trip.

The look: I decided to colour block in richer hues with the embroidered kimono inspired silk top by adding earthy brown tones. It worked for the occasion!
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Have you been able to make it to the beach yet? I have new swimsuits longing to be worn and appreciated. Well, enough about that, here's to wishing you a wonderful summer week!


The goods: Sandals and Embroidered blouse-Anthropologie, Bracelets/bangles-Nordstrom,charity shop, Necklace-Art show, Shorts-New York and Co., Embellished bag-DIY

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  1. Veshoevius26 June, 2013

    Oh this is fab! You rock shorts! I think we always get carried away with the notion that colour blocking has to be in bright bright colours and forget the richer tones available to us. This is a great look incorporating a touch of florals too.

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  2. MISPAPELICOS26 June, 2013

    So wonderful, dear Madison.
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  3. KizzyDoll26 June, 2013

    You look marvellous! I rarely wear shorts, but this look together is making want to since it's sunny today :)) Gorgeous look doll. Hope you have a great day xx

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  4. You look lovely :) Haha, I just posted about pants that stayed in my closet for ages before I used them.. :D I'm in search for black shorts btw :) x

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  5. That tos is beautiful Madison, the print is so pretty. I love this relaxed-chic look, so perfect for the barbecue you attended, which sounds like it was lovely by the way. :)

    Take care my dear,
    Daniella xox

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  6. Couture Carrie26 June, 2013

    Lovely casual look, darling!
    What a gorgeous top!


    xoxox,
    CC

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  7. The pattern on your shirt is so amazing!

    Greets from the

    EDELFABRIKChrissie

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  8. Hi Madison! It happens also to me to think about a combo that then I will wear weeks later, especially when buy the item, I just know how will match it!:) The look is perfect, I like how you played with the color blocking, the kimono inspired top is so nice, as well as the sandals! You look great dear! Unfortunatelly still didnt go to the beach, hope soon! I have to buy a new swimsuit too!:) Kisses and have a good day! xo

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  9. Oooo....that Anthro top is super nice:) And LOL on the dinnerware memory. I've had many moments like that esp. at Williams Sonoma:P

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  10. Couture Trend26 June, 2013

    You're perfect, love tour top!

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  11. So pretty! Love the embroidery on that blouse.

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  12. You look great in shorts. Not everyone does, so you're lucky. And I too spent more time contemplating clothes and purchases than I ever expected. It's actually kinda fun.

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  13. That top is so pretty on you!

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  14. I'm not big on shorts during the Summer. I usually like to stick to dresses and skirts. These are super cute though! I think the length is perfect.

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  15. antonella c'est moi26 June, 2013

    cute look, kisses

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  16. Rosalind Jana26 June, 2013

    I often plan outfits for different weather conditions! perhaps I should live more in the moment.
    With such fabulous legs, I'm surprised you don't wear shorts more often. (Though of course, chilly summer days do get in the way...)

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  17. Such a perfect look. Love your shorts so much!

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  18. alessia milanese26 June, 2013

    Un top speciale per un occasione speciale. Molto bello!

    Alessia
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  19. Adeola Naomi Aderemi26 June, 2013

    I like your look and yes I have escaped to the beach and swimming pools, it very hot here in Greece.

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  20. You should wear shorts more often my dear! you look lovely!!

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  21. cute outfit!
    xo
    MOSAMUSE


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  22. AlexisGrace27 June, 2013

    It's funny where we find inspiration. Dinnerware and art and decor--- they can all be sources! I think this is a great put together look for a summer outing.
    As for the beach- it is just a short subway ride away, but alas- we haven't been in about a month. But it is summer year round here, so I am sure the opportunity will come!

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  23. Erika Sorocco27 June, 2013

    The way you've styled this is perfection, Madison. I'm in love with that top! :)

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  24. You look so cute! I love that top and those shoes.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  25. Thanks so much dear. I agree, most people often think "colour blocking" means brights, but it's fun to experiment with other hues. xx/Madison

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  26. Sootjeelina27 June, 2013

    I love your top!


    xo Sootjeelina


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  27. Sharon___StyleChameleon27 June, 2013

    Nice outfit!





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  28. Great summer outfit!


    XX,
    Miranda

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  29. Maria Bastida27 June, 2013

    You look adorable in the second picture!!! :D And the outfit is just perfect for the summer!!

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  30. I agree, inspiration for me comes from such a multitude of things. :) Must be nice to have the beach at your disposal!

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  31. Hope you find the black short soon. ASOS has a huge sale at the moment.

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  32. Thanks Daniella it was a lovely time. Hope your week is going well dear. xx

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  33. Thanks Lilli! I am hoping to go to the beach as well. xx

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  34. Thanks Sam. I also loved the not to typical "bright" colour blocking this time around. xx

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  35. Very beautiful!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  36. Mitr Friend28 June, 2013

    Love the embroidered white top & beaded necklace. Very elegant! :)
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  37. Lady parisienne28 June, 2013

    very pretty, I love your top!

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  38. Your top is gorgeous. I don't think I would have liked the shorts otherwise but they work great with your top.

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  39. tia_cherie29 June, 2013

    These colours suit you so well and I love the idea of colour blocking in these shades. I often think of wearing items weeks before I actually do. I have no idea why it always takes me so long to get around to it.

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  40. Margaret Cruzemark29 June, 2013

    You look absolutely gorgeuous Madison. In love with your shirt.
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
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  41. Lola Finn30 June, 2013

    Sweet summer look :)
    I love your cute shoes <3
    Liebe Grüße aus München :)


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  42. So simple, stylish and chic, lovely necklace.

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  43. Viktoriya Sener30 June, 2013

    I like so much this combo of short and tee, very interesting color! You look stunning as always!
    kisses)

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  44. Thank you so much for your comment! :)

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  45. You're so sweet. Thanks Viktoriya! xx

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  46. You look so pretty. The top with those shorts are perfect. You accessorized well. That necklace and shoes are gorgeous.

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  47. Madison, you look pretty from your head to your shoes girl. I love the print and cut of that top! Great solid color shorts. How fabulous is that necklace and your peep toe shoes are adorable. Glad you found some less expensive dinnerware. Sometimes we just have to trust that something better will come along. It's hard, but it's important to have faith.

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  48. Thanks so much Kim, You 're so sweet, Always appreciate your visit dear. And, yes I was very happy that I waited and found better dinnerware in the end. x/M

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  49. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. :)

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  50. CreativeFashion01 July, 2013

    That´s a rather cute top, love the matching of your shorts and shoes.

    creativefashion

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  51. Vix Brearley02 July, 2013

    You are rocking that outfit! I find it impossible to plan outfits, that's why it takes me so long to pack for festivals! x

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  52. Your sandals are fabulous!!

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  53. The whole look is very nice!


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