neutrals with a kick

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Happy monday chic peas! I saw this image over the weekend on the most unlikely website for sartorial inspiration- victorias secret. I typically think of their clothes as more trend-following than trend-setting, but this outfit is perfectly now as well as in tune with many Spring 2014 looks. With holiday party season in full swing (more posts on that to come) I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by sequins, lace and sparkle at the moment. The outfit above is refreshingly casual, covered, and neutral.

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Of course the shoes make the outfit interesting and unexpected. The colored shoe trend has been big for a while, but still showed up on the burberry, kate spade and reed krakoff spring runways this september.

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The mix of neutrals is essential to tone everything down- to avoid looking overstyled. And the best part? you probably already own most of the items in your closet. Here are some more photos that might inspire you to take the ‘neutrals with a kick’ plunge.

blue shoes with leather

kate moss

sartorialist shot green shoe

purple heel

How much do you adore the shoes above? I personally don’t know how much wear I would get out a neon blue pair, so I am thinking a red or plum pair might be up my alley. This alice and olivia pair would be perfect (also comes in purple for you adventure seekers!) or the kate spade licorice.

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These maroonish Pour La Victoire’s are the most likely to make it home with me. I’ll complete the look with my favorite pair of gray jeans (by madewell) and a Vince striped t. If you want the exact shirt worn in the first picture, it’s on clearance here. Perfect look for a casual Friday evening after the holiday!

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