Two Tone

Blazer | Lace Top | Shorts

Sweater | Pants

Blouse | Shorts

I finally got a chance to flip through the March J.Crew catalog (it’s been sitting on our mail pile forever) and these were three of my favorite looks. Notice a pattern? I’m loving the tonal mix between tops and bottoms here. It’s colorblocking, 2.0. Interesting that versus previous seasons, the look is much more minimal. Gone are the 5 layers and maxed out accessories — the styling is back to classic, simple, but still unabashedly colorful. Me likey.

Too bad I’m on a major shopping and spending freeze! I’m tearing out lots of outfits from the catalog and hanging them on my inspiration wall. Hopefully I’ll find a way to recreate them with clothes I already have!

{Image Credits: J.Crew March 2012 catalog (scanned by me)}


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  1. 3.19.12

    Couple things:
    1) Love playing with tone on tone…something easy to re-create with stuff we already own! Yay for that!
    2) OMG at your wedding location choice! It’s perfect. And I secretely love that it has both a historical and modern story aspect… I knew exactly which room you were talking about when you mentioned Shawntel coming in! Epic! :-)

    It’s going to be gorgeous and intimate…so excited for you!

    XO – Marion

  2. 3.19.12
    Cat said:

    oh i just love this! the pink + red is one of my fave combos right now.


  3. 3.19.12

    I like it!! The ink and red looks fantastic! J Crew makes a spending freeze extra painful!

  4. 3.19.12
    Lisa said:

    Love how the colors are different enough to be interesting, but keeping in the same color family makes it simple and chic. Especially love the purple!

  5. 3.19.12
    Anna said:

    Need those purple shorts! I love J. Crew for outfit inspiration for this summer.

  6. 3.19.12

    This is also one of my favorite trends right now! So happy color is everywhere!

  7. 3.19.12
    Taylor O said:

    I’ll take one of everything please. I especially love the yellow pants and the violet blouse! hope you had a great weekend love!

  8. 3.19.12
    brighton said:

    i’m loving the two tone!! I actually did an outfit post with 2 tones of pink today!!! xoxo

  9. 3.19.12
    Alexa said:

    Oooh. I have to admit I’m always afraid to pair the two-tones. I think I’ll get it wrong somehow. Ha. But of course J. Crew makes it look effortless.

  10. 3.19.12
    Keren V. said:

    So minimal, polished, and beautiful. This sort of styling really lets the tailoring of the pieces shine. I am gaga for the purple look and the pink lip!

  11. 3.19.12

    So fun… I absolutely love this look! I wish I could have every single piece! Got the scallop shorts, but only in tan.. want the red.

  12. 3.19.12
    Becca said:

    LOVE this look!! Such a great way to do color block – feels very fresh. I’m also coveting those scalloped shorts.

  13. 3.19.12
    Karissa said:

    Love the pale pink/hot pink combo – so chic!

  14. 3.19.12
    Kelly said:

    Colorblocking 2.0! Also known as “easy to get dressed by dressing in one section of my color categorized closet”

  15. 3.19.12
    amanda said:

    I think the contrasting belt pulls the two-tone look together effortlessly! Love it!

  16. 3.19.12
    Michelle said:

    They are always knocking my socks off!! The purple and yellow and so gorgeous!!

  17. 3.19.12

    I’m loving tonal blocking 2.0, especially with the purple hues. I just saw the catalogue as well. My magazines have been very sad lately!

  18. 3.20.12
    Teresa said:

    I’m really loving the pink and red combos at the moment. Especially when it’s coral and maroon.

  19. 3.20.12
    Bettina said:

    Love the tonal mix, especially the yellow! Such a pretty way to incorporate a new trend and color into an outfit

  20. 3.20.12

    I have been wearing the blazes out of this lately!!! in both red and blue (because those are the pant colors I have to work with…wish there were more!)

  21. 3.22.12
    koko mo said:

    love these collections, especially the first one i love the colors! and those red shorts i adore and the lacy top!! wonderful post!!!