After I posted this Angie copycat look ( Angie suggested that I look at Banana Republic to find an updated version of my old blue striped button-down shirt. So I picked this one up ( but it wasn't the one she was thinking of & that it was on sale and also that I should size up from a 6 to an 8 because it was snug around my tummy. So I went back and found this size 8 in the sale rack--the last one there. I got it for $20! What do you think? I like blue shirts with white cuffs/collar--it has white underneath the cuffs and collar (1-2), but you can't see it from the front when the cuffs are buttoned and collar popping doesn't work with my long hair. So it's just plain looking. Oh well. Does it look like a better fit?

I wasn't sure whether a blue striped button down shirt was too conservative and classic for my tastes and whether the color would go well with my skin. But I think it works--I paired it with a pair of bright orange AG skinny jeans that I haven't worn in months (I was actually considering purging it because I was worried it was too bright) and some leopard ballet flats. And I added some pattern mixing with my Fossil floral bag (triple print mixing if you count the shoes and striped shirt). I wore a navy wool peacoat on top, which adds another print if you count the houndstooth lining. And I added a WHBM triple strand champagne pearl necklace to add some femininity to the outfit. I think blue button down shirts can be a little boring to me when paired with neutrals (like in this outfit with grey pants: but the orange pants and leopard flats give it just enough kick to keep me happy, and the blue in the shirt tones down the bright orange a little--I think it keeps just the right balance!

I don't typically go from J Crew preppy tomboy looks, but I think I managed to incorporate the "staid classic" blue button-down into an outfit that I still can consider "my style". What do you think? Thanks for your comments!

ETA: More topper options: cognac leather jacket, white cropped denim jacket & ink blue jacket.

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