I thought it would be fun to bring back the 1 x 3 feature to show you some of the new items I’m adding to my closet as part of my wardrobe overhaul, as well as some of the ways I plan to style them. Think of each of these posts as a capsule Remix Challenge.

Today’s piece is an emerald green blouse I found on the clearance rack at Winners. The brand is Joseph A., and has the tag line “qu’est-ce que c’est silk?”. The fabric is a synthetic mix (predominantly rayon), which does indeed have the feel and weight of a silk jersey. Not bad for $20. The colour is lovely – a true emerald green – but does pose a bit of a styling problem for yours truly. I rarely wear green, especially a rich jewel tone like this, so my first instinct is to pair it with black. Not a terrible combination, for sure, but one that does seem to dampen some of the green’s vibrancy. So, for this 1x 3 post, I tried to think (and colour match) outside the box.

Take One: charcoal + pink

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Pants, Adriano Goldschmied (via Kijiji); sweater, J. Crew Factory; belt, J. Crew Factory
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Shoes, G by Guess (via Winners); bag, Rebecca Minkoff (via eBay)

Remember that Nadri initial signet ring I put on my Weekend Shortlist a while back? Well, as luck would have it, I stumbled onto a cheapie version (sans rhinestones) at, of all places, Old Navy. I love how delicate it is – perfect for stacking.

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Bracelet, Simons; ring duo, Old Navy
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What IS going on with my hair?

Take Two: plum + leopard

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Pants, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (consignment); necklace, Tiffany; shoes, Anne Klein (via Marshalls)
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Bag, Coach (vintage)

Here is my take-away from this outfit: leopard goes with everything.

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Oops, gotta watch those heels!

Take Three: burgundy + plaid

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Skirt, Winners; blazer, Theory (consignment); necklace, H&M; shoes, J. Crew Factory

I’ll be honest: I’ve had and loved this plaid pencil skirt for many years now, but I’m no longer loving how it looks on me. The almost-midi length went better with my old hips, lets just say. Alas, those are now gone the way of the dodo, and I think that I had best embrace knee-length pencil skirts along with my new curves. Thanks for the memories, plaid skirt!

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Rings, Swarovski and Cartier

In happier news, burgundy continues to be one of my favourite accent colours. Considering how much of it I’ve added to my closet lately (like these gorgeous J. Crew Factory wedges), that’s a good thing – a really good thing.

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Sans blazer

6 Comments on 1 Item 3 Ways: Emerald Blouse

  1. I like the green and leopard and the green and plaid. I was surprised at how much the shirt transformed from a sort of evening/weekend shirt to a work-appropriate shirt with the blazer and skirt!

    I usually like green, but I seem to be moving away from that now – I have nothing in my current wardrobe that’s green. It looks really nice on you! Emerald was the colour of 2013 – Pantone says that orchid will be the colour of 2014.

    The leopard heels are pretty cute. Now that I’ve got them in flats, I may need to start the hunt for my own pair of heels…..

    • I don’t have a lot of green either, and I’m a year late to the emerald trend. But! I already have an orchid purple bag, so I’m good to go, hah! Also, leopard print shoes are the BEST!