Spiced Chai Latte: Gudrun Sjödén 2014

Spring and summer … it seems to be quite a joyful muddle in many places at the moment. The excitement of both, a change in seasonal dress and climate transition—with some days enduring a gentle chill, others surprise us and are far warmer than expected. Therefore, I can still get away with wearing three-quarter sleeves or (light weight) long-sleeved pieces in various areas without breaking out in a sweat just yet.

I have been waiting to share a few new items from the Gudrun Sjödén summer collection, and alas the time has come. Although vibrant colour and graphic patterns are a must for my lively and artful wardrobe, I also like to dive into neutrals, because for me there are still ways to incorporate colour casually for any season. Here are a couple of pieces that I selected—this striped cardigan, and nappa leather boots.

These perforated boots also come in green and black, but I chose the Dala Red (which reads a tad orange in a second glance), so it actually worked perfectly with this soft palette. I had already contemplated several ways that I wanted to style them. 
Gudrun Sjoden Ambassadors - styleblogger summerUsually after a long day, I will trade in my heels for pair of flats to relax in, and give my feet a break from extensive elevation. But, no flats at all were needed after trying on these soles. I wore these boots with ease all week (with dresses, skirts, skinny jeans, etc.). Look out, because you will catch me styling these boots on the blog again very soon.

Here’s a random note: upon ordering my lunch a lady standing in line at the café complimented me about my outfit, and then asked me if I was an art student. I reckon that I always welcome some element of art in my outfits! But, afterward I did ponder about if I had worn my eyeglasses and a skirt that day, would she have said art professor or something completely different.

Oh well, it wasn't exactly off-putting, as I usually get asked if I am in various industries depending on how I dress or if I am wearing my eye frames or not. Has this happened to you before?

I decided to indulge in a big melting pot of neutrals, pairing stripes with my hand-dyed camouflage denim, and then adding seasoning to my bowl of earthy hued goodness with a burst of colour. Stay tuned for a few more of my eco-favourites coming up next month!

Fashion: have fun with it, take risks every now and then, but always proudly express yourself!
Gudrun Sjoden Swedish Fashion summer 2014
The goods: Striped long cardigan in cotton/linen, and Nappa Leather Boots-Courtesy of Gudrun Sjödén, Handbag-Nine West, Camouflage denim-DIY, Necklaces-Ladyofashion, Cuff-Oasap, Lace tank-Love Culture, Scarf and Tank-H&M.

*Shop pieces from the spring and summer collection here.

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84 comments

  1. I am in love with your cardigan it's such a great outfit.

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  2. It's definitely happened! I get such varied responses based on what I wear! And I can definitely see why they asked if you were an art student! LOVE the red boots. Great choice, Madison!

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  3. mustwearthat02 June, 2014

    This is such a stylish outfit, i love the colors contrast, everything you put together is well done. I believed you will get asking more and hearing more of sweet compliments from people out there:).

    Have a great evening:).

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  4. Those boots are awesome, Madison! And yeah....with the outfit, you do look a bit like an art student:)
    Hope ur having a fab weekend.

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  5. Lovely pattern mixing! I really like the bright red boots too - what a great colour! :)

    Away From The Blue

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  6. minnja style02 June, 2014

    Amazing outfit. I love the whole style ;)

    Love Minnja

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  7. I am sure this is a big honour that the lady asked you this! Nice outfit and the boots look great!

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  8. francesca r02 June, 2014

    I love the long striped cardigan!

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  9. Stunning doll, I love the boots with this as well, the pop of colour is so lovely!! They look comfy to wear as well. I hope you have a great week ahead xx

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  10. Jeannette02 June, 2014

    Love your Cardigan

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  11. Very pretty! I like the natural tones of the outfit, completed with such cute red booties :)

    Lu, www.balgarka.co.uk

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  12. sartorialsidelines02 June, 2014

    Those boots are just beyond awesome - they seriously make such a statement!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  13. You look marvelous Madison! Love everything you wear and I love the pop of red. The booties are fabulous. Well no one ever thought I was an art student. I wouldn't mind though. Have a wonderful Monday!

    xx Mira

    www.glamdevils.com

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  14. Madison, I really like how you layered the items, such a cute lace tank :-)

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  15. Allie Mackin02 June, 2014

    Very cool! Love the neutral tones with the pop of red. Really nice.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    www.allienyc.com

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  16. Audrey Allure02 June, 2014

    Those are such fun boots!

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  17. Jackie Harrison02 June, 2014

    Cool outfit looking amazing on you doll.
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  18. The red boots are so fun! I love them as a pop of color with your neutral print mix.

    Chic on the Cheap

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  19. thechilicool02 June, 2014

    Great combination! Lovely look!

    Alessia

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    Kiss

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  20. nice outfit
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  21. Yes, the weather has been really warm lately on some days you almost forget how long Winter was. Happy about that. Flats are so much needed every now and then. Graphic patterns and neutrals, brilliant concept. The red shoes are just perfect.

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  22. Glam up your Lifestyle02 June, 2014

    Rote Schuhe sind immer ein Eyecatcher und hier passen die perfekt zu den neutralen Farben des Outfits

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  23. fifth n sixth02 June, 2014

    Oh yes! we get asked a lot, and we do enjoy it ;) Really like the mix of pattern Madison, so subtle and blends well, also like the pop of color. Hope we have more spring days. not looking forward to the warmer days.

    Have a great week!
    xx
    5th&6th

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  24. Vix Brearley02 June, 2014

    Those boots are fab! Love the tie dye leggings, too. x

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  25. ohhh yeah, there is a lot to love about this look - the shoes and the subtle pattern clash :D

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  26. I would gander that what the lady said was a compliment. :) She probably meant that your outfit was creative! It looks great!

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  27. Those boots look sooo comfortable and I love the red! Most people assume I'm a student, I think it's because I look younger than I am ha!



    Tara x

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  28. The proportions of this outfit look great Madison! I lovee your stripe cardigan, the length and neckline is very chic. Your boots are also great. :)

    Take care and have a lovely week,
    Daniella xox

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  29. Erika Sorocco03 June, 2014

    Such a fun look, Madison; I LOVE those perforated boots!

    xx

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  30. LOL that's really funny about being asked if you were an art student--hey man, you totally do dress like one! I guess if you dress any little bit "different" you're considered artsy or something, haha. Those boots are seriously snazzy, though, and I like the slight French vibe I'm getting from the juxtaposition of red and stripes.

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  31. Haha! Thanks so much Mira! :-)
    xx/Madison

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  32. Thanks Courtney! The boots are incredibly comfortable too!

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  33. Thanks! Yes, I thought a more neutral palette deserved some recognition. :-) /M

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  34. Thanks! Enjoy your week. x

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  35. Thanks for your lovely comment.

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  36. Thanks lovelies for your comment! And, yes, not too hot is alright with me too! But, I am looking forward to warmer days --- beach time and BBQ's!

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  37. :-) Muah! You're the best! Have a great week Miss Jacqueline!

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  38. Yes, I am uncertain if she meant it as one, (by her tone) but I definitely took it as a compliment! Esp. being a former art student anyway! haha. Thanks Steph!

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  39. Haha, yes, I get that one a lot -- perhaps we just age better than most, lol. The boots are fabulous to walk in. Thanks Tara!

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  40. Thanks Daniella! The longer length was one of the reasons I chose it. Plus, I have been into neutrals lately for summer. Wishing you a lovely week! xx/M

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  41. I agree, and it's nice to think about summer fun (warmer days and all I want to think about is being on holiday and hitting beach)Thanks Busola! :)

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  42. Cla, Danke für Deinen Kommentar! Ja, ich mag Rot mit neutralen Farben für den Sommer. :)
    Liebe Grüße,
    Madison

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  43. Thank you Laura! I am amazed how comfortable the red boots are. Glad that I'm not the only one, I knew you would get it! :-)

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  44. In true Madison form, even your neutrals have fantastic pattern. I definitely see the artist in your style :)

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

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  45. Your red boots add the perfect accent and color pop to this fun neutral look. So random that waitress thought you were an art student. I think people will assume certain things based on how you dress.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  46. Dressed with soul03 June, 2014

    Liebe Madison, ich denke, das war wirklich eine nette Bemerkung der Dame, die Dich im Cafe angesprochen hat. Ich sehe es sogar als Kompliment! Denn für mich bist Du nicht nur eine Kunst-Studentin sondern wirklich eine Künstlerin, die virtuos mit Kleidung umgehen und geniale Outfits erschafft. Dieses hier ist wieder ein Beweis dafür <3 Ich wünsche Dir noch eine schöne Woche!

    Alles Liebe von Rena

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  47. mademoisellemode03 June, 2014

    Lovely look ^^

    I love the print :)

    Kisses

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  48. I think being mistaken as an Art student is awesome! Love the red boots on you.
    www.diamondcanopy.com

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  49. Coco Colo04 June, 2014

    Super look

    die Boots sind klasse :)

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  50. Liebe Rena, vielen Dank für deinen süßen Kommentar. Ich nehme es als Kompliment und Ich schätze Deine Worte. Ich wünsche Dir eine schöne Woche.
    Liebe Grüße,
    Madison xx :-)

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  51. Thanks Emma! I did indeed take it as one. Have a lovely week.

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  52. Haha, Thank you Ali! :-) Well, I guess it's not bad at all since I used to be one years ago. lol :) Thanks for your lovely comment.

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  53. I think that is a nice compliment to be asked if you were an art student as they are usually such fun and creative people!
    Love these neutral pieces! They would be so fun to mix with other pieces to create amazing look! Your boots are so cool!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  54. Nice neutral outfit with that pop of red from your shoes:)
    xo Olivia

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  55. Great combination!!! I love your boots!!!
    Have a nice week!!! and my g+ for you!!!:)))


    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  56. You look fantastic my dear. Your look is so fanciful and you really look like someone who understands art. <3 <3

    www.thankstofashion.com

    Kisses from Vienna,
    Mahshid مهشید

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  57. Your fantastic mix of prints is so unique, something only you could put together with flair and ease! Thanks for your kind visit!

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  58. Love the neutrals. You look great! That long cardigan is really cute.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  59. Hi Madison, the neutral outfit is great, but I especially live your red booties!
    Baci,
    Coco
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  60. petra lorietta04 June, 2014

    great look!:) I love the shoes!♥



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  61. Very nice cardigan and tank top!

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  62. Oh to Be a Muse04 June, 2014

    I could see why someone would ask if you're an art student, but it's certainly a compliment. I've never gotten art student before but I feel like if I wore cool glasses and certain pieces from my wardrobe that I'd hear that question more often. Lovely perforation on the boots.

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  63. Rosalind Jana04 June, 2014

    I always enjoy seeing what you choose to style from this excellent, sustainable brand. I seem to be living more and more in ankle, chelsea style boots year round, for pavement pounding and feet-kindess. Those red boots are great - really eye catching and stylish, but look oh-so-comfy too.

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  64. Andrea Funk04 June, 2014

    Sieht suuuuper toll aus!

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  65. HI Mahshid, Thanks so much! :)
    x/Madison

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  66. :-) Thanks Alexis! *blushes*

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  67. I'm sure you would too! I wish I didn't have to wear eyeglasses, but they might as well be über stylish, 'eh! hehe. Thanks Cheryl! :-)

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  68. I love neutrals mixed and matched and these look great on you Madison - love the trousers
    xo Mary Jo

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  69. my favourite is the striped jacket! such a cool and versatile piece. I would also combine it with a dress and a skirt. oh and those red booties definitely are outstanding!



    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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  70. Sehr hübsches Outfit, die Farben sind toll

    www.thefashionfraction.com

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  71. Thanks so much Rebecca! :-) xx

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  72. Danke!
    Schönes Wochenende! :-)

    lg,
    Madison
    http://fashiontalesblog.com

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  73. Thank you Roz! It's always fun to select amongst their vast palette of prints/colours! :)

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  74. Thanks Maiken. Yes, I plan to wear a dress and other pieces with the cardigan. :) Have a lovely w/e.

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  75. I admire pattern mixing done well - and you have done quite a job here! I could never pull this off!

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  76. alexandra27 June, 2014

    Such a cool comfortable look. Love your accessories!
    Have a lovely weekend dear!


    Xx


    Alexandra


    www.fashion-bridge.blogspot.com

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