June 1, 2012

Today's Everyday Fashion: Blue Skies

I love the varying shades of cobalt and turquoise in this outfit, and I dug the idea of pairing mellow blue tones with a light khaki jacket. I've had my jacket for about 5 years and it's one of my favorite things to throw on on my way out the door. (Tip: if you look closely at the zippers you will notice it actually has a mandarin collar, but I ironed it open to look more like a blazer.) I would wear this look for errands, or for a casual lunch meeting, in blue skies or on a rainy day. Where would you wear today's look?

Inspiration photo: Intermix
Blazer: Banana Republic, $35 (similar, similar, similar)
Shirt: Banana Republic, $17
Shorts: Gap, $28
Shoes: Steven Madden Riddgge c/o MJR Sales, $40 (similar, similar)
Purse: Calvin Klein/TJ Maxx, $120 (similar)
Short necklace: My Stella & Dot website, $79
Long necklace: My Stella & Dot website, $59
Watch: Michael Kors, family gift
Rings: My Stella & Dot website $49 and $49
Left bracelets: My Stella & Dot website $49 and $32
Right bracelets: My Stella & Dot website $59 and $39

1. LOFT top, $29.50
2. Forever 21 top, $17.80
3. Zappos top, $50
4. ASOS top, $43.49
5. Need Supply Co top, $36


  1. daintyanddecadentJune 1, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Nice mix of blues :-)



  2. so cute! I love how you're working the shades of blue! : )


  3. this is great! gap has the best, classic shorts, don't they?
    -kw, ladiesinnavy

  4. Constanze SchmittJune 1, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Beautiful outfit, the colours are great! ♥

  5. That jacket is amazing!  I like how you ironed it to look more like a blazer!  Great idea, as I have a jacket with that collar and I don't like it.  The blues look perfect together too!  xx


  6. Love different shades of the same color in one outfit!

  7. I really love this outfit!  (Those are prob. my favorite shoes of yours.) 

    Lately I've pretty much concluded that I have my style down, but I've having trouble with my casual summer outfits believe it or not!  For casual, I like to wear sleeveless when it's hot (I hate short sleeved-shirts in 90 degree weather - I sweat through them - ew!) 

    I guess my question is how can I make sure my tank/shorts combo don't look too teenager-ish?  I'm in my mid-20's and sometimes when I put a casual summer outfit on I feel so juvenile.  I know shoes/accessories help, but what else?  Thanks for any suggestions J and anyone else too!

  8.  http://goo.gl/IdgMu

  9. I love the two shades of blue together. I'm already mentally scanning my closet to figure out how I can recreate this look. Great post!

    Maja - clotheskinksandcurls.blogspot.ca

  10. Very cute!  Love this look.


  11. love it! cobalt is such a fun / happy color!

  12. Love cobalt and turquoise together))


  13. LOVE the jacket!! Such a pretty beige shade too. The whole look looks so comfy :-)

  14. Clever, clever, ironing that collar down. My mandarin collars have felt so blah, and i've purposely pushed them to the back of my closet. Can wait to iron them out and bring them in rotation!

  15. jseverydayfashionJune 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    I agree Kelsey! I have 4 pairs of shorts in this style - two from last summer, and two from this summer!

  16. jseverydayfashionJune 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Thanks Lindsay! Totally know what you mean about trying to not look too much like a teenager in a tank and shorts. Accessories (belts, jewelry, shoes) are definitely key - take this look for example: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=459557930736615&set=a.324855397540203.100240.120030604689351&type=3&theater

    I would try to imagine how Jennifer Aniston does it - she is always rocking shorts and a tank and yet still manages to look age-appropriate and sophisticated!

  17. I love the different shades of blue together!


  18. I'm going away for the weekend and have an outfit packed that has the same color scheme! Love it :)


  19.  Thanks - I'm glad you got what I meant! haha I will definitely pay more attention to accessories and check out Jennifer Aniston's style.  Thanks for your help!

  20. I'm drooling over that jacket!!!! And 35 bucks at Banana Republic?! I never go in there because the prices intimidate me, but you seem to score really good things on sale, so I'm going to be brave and go in next time! LOL

  21. jseverydayfashionJune 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Lindsey, let me know how it goes with ironing! I had to iron and iron the first time to get it right, but years later and it still stays like that no problem! Even after dry cleaning - the "lapels" stay in place. 

  22. jseverydayfashionJune 1, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Thanks Mandy! Banana has awesome sales - here's my post on how to find the best stuff, hope this helps! http://www.jseverydayfashion.com/2011/04/todays-everyday-fashion-secrets-of.html

  23.  Oh wow! That is so helpful!! Thanks J!

  24. I love this outfit! The colors are great. Love how you dressed it up with the jacket and wedges!


  25. Love your cobalt shorts, I hope they still have it at GAP.

  26. You find the cutest clothes on MJR Sales! Pretty sure it’s just me, but that website overwhelms me …. Maybe I’m just not patient enough to really dig? Do you have any tips on how you shop that website?
    I have a couple VS shirts, and I noticed you have the same ones, and got them for much cheaper – I’m jealous (;
    Love this blue color combo by the way!

  27. Great look! I love the color combo. That jacket is a perfect addition to any outfit.

  28. I love this look super casual and cute, I would probably pair the shorts and tee with a thin white linen blazer on hot days.


  29. You may not agree, but I would have tucked the top into the shorts, in the front at least.
    The colour match from the insp,pic is amazing! 
    As ever, I will be pulling something similar from my wardrobe in the morning!!!
    P.S a request for a red, white and cobalt blue outfit...Jubilee stylee!

  30. funny I have been picturing an outfit just like this in my mind for the
    last month, but it would be a shirt and skirt combo similar to theses
    shades, maybe the skirt a little lighter blue....do you know where to
    find a blue pencil skirt?! thanks Love

  31.  i have been looking for a really cute mint colored top everywhere and have not found anything that I quite feel like is worth purchasing, this fit would be good for my shape (i think)

  32. jseverydayfashionJune 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    They are still online - link in the caption! :-)

  33. jseverydayfashionJune 1, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Angela, it's not just you! :-) I hear this a lot, and MJR is definitely a treasure hunt. Here's a link to my post with some tips for finding the best stuff. Don't use the search box, but use the selections on the top left to narrow down by category, and then select "Size Type" and pick either Regular or Plus. Also - somedays, the website is pretty empty and other times it's the Holy Grail, so it's not always a win. Good luck! http://www.jseverydayfashion.com/2011/03/todays-everyday-fashion-my-new.html

  34. jseverydayfashionJune 1, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    These shorts are pretty high-waisted, so I like having a shirt over them most of the time. How about primary colors? (blue, red, yellow) Check out my post on "5 Winning Color Combos" for that. :-) http://www.jseverydayfashion.com/2012/02/flashback-friday-five-winning-color.html

  35. Love this outfit! Aqua and cobalt are just so pretty together. Now I need to find me some cobalt shorts. ;)

  36.  Great
    style, I love those shoes and that coat!

  37. I love every bit of this outfit. 

  38. I guess you are right, I'm just so used to you wearing a belt and showing us what a wonderful waist you have! Thanks for the link to the colour combos, I'm just looking for ideas as it's the Jubilee weekend here in the UK! Hence red, white and blue, like the union jack flag! 

  39. I have a turquoise top and cobalt jeans. Never would have paired them together! Thank you!!

  40. Love, love, love, looove this look! It's actually one of the best looks you've showed in the last weeks. The color combination is so clever, it feels so fresh and polished. And the jacket and shoes are the perfect addition to this outfit. I'm in love with the shoes anyway ;) Well done, I would def. wear this look!!

  41. These colors look great together! Love how you ironed the collar on your jacket. I need to do that with some of my jackets. Very clever :)

    Glad I stumbled across your blog! New follower :)The Pretty Pinhead

  42. Just loooove that color combo! I'm gonna try to do the same as i just bought shorts like these ones!

  43. ....so I bought myself a blue pencil skirt and silky mint shirt today-  totally "blue skies"!!!  LOVE it...will have to share a picture asap!  just debating what shoes to pair with it and belt.  shoes idea a pair of nine west pumps:  http://www.ninewest.com/Crusader/8380633,default,pd.html?variantSizeClass=&variantColor=BWFBBFB&cgid=526934&prefn1=catalog-id&prefv1=ninewest-catalog&prefn2=variantSize&prefv2=8
    shoe idea: http://www.ninewest.com/Orra/8724557,default,pd.html?variantSizeClass=&variantColor=BLUEMT&ep_tag=LPPMP11
    shoe idea: http://www.ninewest.com/Mellitta/8328516,default,pd.html?variantSizeClass=&variantColor=LBROWPA&ep_tag=LPPMP7
    belt idea = skinny white belt

  44. I love your blue shorts, reminding me of the blue sky in summer sunny days.