|Anthropologie Trace the Stars blouse, J Crew Nightfall pencil skirt, H&M cardigan, teal Chie Mihara Livia|
I am not a big lover of the colour blue- it's one shade that is, uh, dead to me if you will. However I do love the mix of dark teals and navys with black. It's such a luxurious, shimmering combination, like sapphires on velvet, or the irresistible sheen of Veronica Lodge's hair. I'm glad I succumbed to the sweet constellation pattern of this navy silk blouse before it sold out online in my size- it was reasonably priced for a structured silk top, and you know I can't resist linear patterns! I also couldn't resist the temptation to pair it with another evening nomenclature, the Nightfall pencil skirt from J Crew fall 2010. I threw in a cardigan and nubby silk scarf for the requisite blacks (and some warmth at my desk- the heating doesn't always compensate for a 15-foot tall window at my back!)
The blouse has a wonderful cut, with darted waistline, gathered sleeves, and the illusion of a peplum hem that goes spectacularly with a fitted pencil skirt. I imagine it would be cute with a nice pair of jeans as well...I may yet get there! The top fits TTS to a bit small- this is a size 0, and would fit larger-chested gals than me too. The waist is small though, without any give.