Visible Monday #65: Black and Brown All Over

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I’m mixing neutrals today, and using shape and texture to add interest. The coffee colored blouse has an 80’s vibe. I thrifted it on our trip to St. Petersburg last month.

The black Isaac Mizrahi for Target ballerina skirt is a new favorite, purchased on eBay. I love the full shape and layers of tulle. It could be too young for me, but I think the length and color keep it in line.

The accessories all fall in with the color theme today: animal print flats by DKNY and thrifted bangles. Bright red lipstick is the only dash of color. Still, I feel Visible!

While pencil skirts are always in style, I adore a full skirt too. And this one
has swoosh-factor.
A tooled-leather belt, because there’s a little cowgirl in all of us.

Now, let’s see what you’re wearing, Visible Women!!

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  1. Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
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  1. Hey, I love the look here!!  That skirt is the best!!  Swoosh factor!  Love it!


  2. Dots and animal print never looked so good. Thanks for hosting Patti. What would we do without you?

  3. I just love the nod to ballet in your outfit… just the slightest hint of "playing pretend"… which is why I posted (or tried to) my "greek goddess" tribute here. 

  4. Hi Patti, I have been meaning to tell you that you should show a little leg. I love the skirt and the whole outfit. It looks great on you. I have on black and brown today. My best friend is not a black and brown fan but I love it!

  5. I really like the way you've dressed the skirt down for day, but could use it for a date night too.  I used to have a very similar skirt that I used for dress up nights for years.  I never had to buy a new dress for anything just paired it with something different on top.  Very versatile.

  6. Patti, I have longed and looked and wished for a tulle skirt, and talked myself out of one a zillion times, and then there you are wearing one and looking perfectly lovely. (Actually, the 7-month kitten is the reason one still hasn't made it into my house :P) My other weakness is tie collar blouses, so you are pushing all my style buttons! And looking effortlessly chic and ageless while you do  it. But I'm pretty sure you can wear anything and it will look beautiful on you.

  7. Loving the ballerina skirt with its layers and then the delightful surprise of the animal print flats beneath the black and brown combination.  Looks like you're ready for the change of seasons!

  8. Patti the full skirt looks great on you. I love the animal print flats that you paired with the outfit.

  9. I am so glad to see someone doing the black-brown combo well. People think it's such a "no-no", but when done right, like you have done here, Patti, I think it is so lovely and classic. Great combo! Love the flats!!!

  10. I like the skirt!  It reminds me of a tutu and what girl doesn't love a tutu-esque skirt?

  11. The tulle looks lovely on you Patti.  I like what you did with it.  Hmmm, I'm wondering it I could pull it off… wheels still cranking…

  12. Patti you look gorgeous. I love full skirts. I own a couple of tulle ones myself. The blouse is very pretty too. A bow-tie as well as polka dots are two of my favorite things in a blouse. =)

  13. Good morning, Patti!  I love a skirt with a swoosh factor!  (The little 5 year old inside me still likes to twirl.)  The outfit is beautiful!  -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  14. i love so much how you mixed the prints! a very cute outfit, you look so pretty, patti! 

  15. Patti, this is marvellous, and probably one of my favourite outfits of yours! Every single piece is outstanding, and made even better in combination. The tulle skirt is particularly lovely. 

  16. This is such a lovely outfit.  I love black and brown together.  Your skirt is so pretty!

    Lisa/Dangerous Curves

  17. This skirt is definitely Not too young for you!  In fact it gracefully high lights your slender and sleek frame…that coupled with the elegant way you have styled it..equals chic style perfection for a Visible Monday!

  18. Happy fall to you!
    I love the full skirt with ballerina feel.  Not young at all!
    Those flats are so cute, and it's a perfect finish to your outfit!

  19. I love the tiger print to bridge the gap of brown and black. I think the skirt looks great. What Sally of Already Pretty might call a grown-up tutu! Every girl and lady needs a good skirt to make her feel twirly.

  20. That's the kind of skirt I love to use as a layering piece underneath other full skirts – it's so pretty! And who doesn't love Swoosh Factor! 

    I used to have flats just like those!

  21. I love the outfit!! you're small enough to wear a tulle skirt like tha t(me-I'd look like the Disney dancing hippo)
    I like the black and coffee together!

  22. This is one of my favorite looks of yours, Patti!  I love this!  The skirt is so much fun and I really love the neutral on neutral.  Great Job!  Have a wonderful Monday!

  23. I love how you paired the floaty tulle with the leather belt and animal print shoes. Not too young. You must twirl.

  24. Hi Patti!!  You look wonderful!  I think the blouse is very feminine and the perfect   piece with this skirt.  I'm loving the Fall colors, too, even though I suspect you're still hot like we are.  Oh well, we can pretend, right?

  25. Patti this is gorgeous. im a big fan of browns and blacks i think they can look great together and you have done it perfectly here! really beautiful outfit. and definitely not to young, the skirt looks great on you. xx

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