Friday, October 5, 2012 have pale turquoise pants from J. Crew.

We cannot say enough how much we love readers' questions!  A neighbor emailed this question to us today.

"Please advise which tops (color and type) would go nicely with these turquoise cords as well as a shoe other than a ballet flat. Am I going to be able to rock these in the winter, oui or non? Thank you Ladies."
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Oui!  Yes, you can rock these this winter.  I have to admit, it's a tricky color to work with, but in pants like these, you won't see yourself coming and going.  A few rules first. When wearing a distinctive color, try to do neutrals for the rest of the outfit, letting the unique color stand out.  Also, with a delicate color like this, black is out.  It's just too overwhelming for the paleness of the color.

My first thoughts are to try for navy, medium gray, white, or cream on the top.  Since they are cords, you can do casual sweaters, either turtlenecks or a crew neck with a scarf.  If you want a little more polish, a silk blouse is always a good option.

Look for a neutral shoe in variations of platinum, silver, or a lighter camel.  A bootie would be great in a light camel or grey depending on the top you choose.  Wedges are always fun, and the trendy 'smoking slipper' is a great ballet-flat-replacement.  Don't forget that a more delicate cheetah print can be used as neutral; here I would use it in a belt or a shoe if the print is more muted.

See the outfits below that I put together to see some looks with these pants.  I love the Vince sweater; the sweater color is between brown and grey and the softness of the color works well with the pants. The Joie silk top in navy is HEAVEN with these pants and an enamel bracelet really brings the look together.   The cheetah belt with the white silk Equipment blouse is unexpected and the booties give a little polish too.  Throw a cashmere 'duster' over when the weather turns cooler.

Hope that helps! ~ JH

W2WW - Outfits with Turquoise J. Crew Pants

Calypso st barth

Vince wool sweater

Equipment blouse


Leopard print shoes

Hermès green jewelry

Cartier watch

Stella dot

Chan luu jewelry

Stella dot

Linea pelle


  1. you are spot on with these suggestions. i own these pants and wore them with a navy top and camel booties and felt good about my look. i was horrified when i read "black is out" because i totally wore a couple of different black tops with this and it just didn't feel right. i had this funny feeling that my pants were drawing too much attention rather than looking pulled together. you confirmed my suspicions. if only i had stumbled upon your blog months ago!!
    do enjoy wearing my leopard flats with this too. wish they were not sold out of the vince wool sweater. love.

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