I Want What She’s Wearing: Color Blocking

– By Teresa Greenfeld – 

Olivia demonstrates how to wear bright jeans this season.


Colored denim, it seems, is here to stay-at least for the foreseeable future.  Embracing this trend during the summer was easy; a billowy white tank, some mixed bangles, a gladiator flat and you were good to go.  As the weather turns cooler, however, throwing on a pair of bright jeans can challenge even the veteran fashionista.

Olivia pairs her red skinny jeans with a printed scarf, chocolate over the knee boots and a double-breasted jacket.  Seems simple, right?  OK, look closer. The boots and jacket brown, yes, but not the same shade of brown.  That’s the key to this look. Pairing a jacket and high-rise boot of the exact same color, and you look like a fashion sandwich.  Instead, go for a slight variations of the same color; it’s much softer, and you won’t look like you hit ‘cut and paste’ to dress. Another thing to keep in mind: proportion. Regardless if your style is rocker chic or classic preppy, keeping your boots and jacket slim will ensure a pulled together look.

Here are three ways to incorporate Olivia’s look, and make it your own:

 If your colored denim has a worn or faded finish, try a charcoal jacket and black boots.


Velocity Jacket, $529

Snake Print Scarf, $120
By Malene Birger

Moss Narrow Skinni Jeans, $88.05
Cheap Monday

 The Shaper Boot, $826

LD Tuttle

Jacket in a soft black paired with a structured rich black compliment a muted color jean.


Double Breasted Cotton and Wool Blend Jacket, $150


Kenley Scarf, $250

Mid Rise Skinny Jean, $240
Rag & Bone

Sigrid Leather Boot, $895
Alexander Wang

A bright denim works best with brown, as black tends to be too harsh for the eye-popping color.

Military Wool Felt Jacket, $2535
Roberto Cavalli

Mid Rise Skinny Jean, $175
J Brand

Jettino Silk-Blend Scarf, $230
Fellero Sarti

Eiffel Boot, $79.99


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