Navy and Emerald

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J.Crew Lady Day Coat sz 00P in “oasis green,”  H&M; blouse, blazer & clutch, Yesstyle skirt
Adrienne Vittadini boots, Target girls tights, Amrita Singh necklace, F21 belt, MK Tortoise watch

This ensemble was from my 2011 J.Crew lady day coat review post – I just forgot to post the outfit underneath. Despite your encouraging words to keep the H&M; emerald dress, I wasn’t too sad to part with it as I’ve already overindulged in the color. This shade of green is flattering on many skin tones and easy to pair. It can be elegant or preppy, depending on what you do with it.
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For this simple weekend outfit, I went the preppy route with touches of warm cognac brown, deep navy, and stripes. This old striped belt is one of my favorite finds from Forever 21 (even though the diaper-like shorts they came with have been condemned). Looking back on my post from 1 year ago, I realize that most of my purchases from there have never seen the light of day. It makes me think twice before spending money again at F21.
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Readers – What colors are you loving for Spring? Mint is everywhere, but this shade of green seems more universally flattering & classic.

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91 Comments

  1. Ping wrote:

    haha i do love that belt! btw there's a new f21 with 3 story that just opened in SF…so there's 2 f21 within 2 blocks of each other that are 3 story…i made tim go with me of course. lol

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    I think turquaze will be nice for spring!

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  3. Love the green and blue together. Now I see why you decided to return the emerald green dress. I didn't realize you had so many green pieces!

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  4. hyuni wrote:

    Love the emerald/navy. The photos are looking very professional! Consider Love Culture as a replacement for F21.

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  5. The colors look absolutely amazing on you! Love tnat shade of green with the blue. What a great combo!

    Love your blog!

    xoxo

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  6. Love the layers!! Great colors too, I love that shade of green too 🙂
    Xo,
    Sara Campbell
    ^Follow the link to our blog for all things chic, fabulous, fun, and Sara Campbell!

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  7. Okay two things we have in common…. not wearing too much from forever 21 and I also prefer emerald green over the mint. Mint may be showing up on my nail polish or other small inexpensive goods but if I decide to buy green this year I'll be choosing an emerald shade that will withstand the test of seasons.

    -Nico

    http://www.SatinAndSalt.com

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  8. Tina wrote:

    I love that H&M; blouse in both the green and the cream color but too bad I can't find it at my local stores. I have the lady day coat in the plum color in size 0 but unfortunately the sleeves are shorter than what I would have liked it. It was a good price but still sitting in my closet untouched and I'm still debating on what to do with it.

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    I'm sure your boyfriend is happy you will not purchase anything from f21 lol

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  10. Love this outfit! I do have a question about wearing blazers underneath winter coats. Do you buy coats with enough room to accommodate blazers? If so, does it feel too loose if there's no blazer underneath? I feel most of my peacoats are not big enough to fit blazers underneath, but if I go up a size, they'll be too big. I'd love to hear your opinions on this!
    Thanks,
    Annabelle

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  11. I'm loving the tangerine orange for spring. Although pastels are sweet, I am more of a bright color kind of person.

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  12. Leslie Moo wrote:

    Jean, I love the color combo. It looks fantastic on you. I've been trying to get away from my usual black and grey ensembles. Now I am cursing myself for not buying that J Crew coat when I had the opportunity. Oh well, c'est la vie. :/

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  13. Karmela wrote:

    I definitely love the color combinations here a lot more than your pairing of the B&W; gingham shirt/black jacket/brown boots with the camel skirt.

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  14. Beautiful looks all around Jean! You look amazing!

    xoxo
    http://www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  15. Molly wrote:

    This is my hands-down favorite look of yours.

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  16. Nelah wrote:

    Green has never been my choice of color when it comes to clothes but you r post made me think twice. Love the combination of this outfit, quite unusal but lovely.

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  17. I really like the color combination of green and brown/cognac! Very classic. I agree with you about the mint – it's a great, spring season color but this shade of green you're wearing is flattering on most people and skin types. Great look! 🙂

    http://www.urbanmantra.blogspot.com

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  18. What an inspiration! I have a problem with green, my skin tone is "olive" so in most shades of green I look green:-) But emerald is one of the few that work.

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  19. Wooow, pretty! I love this emerald coat ♥

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  20. Tina wrote:

    your coat is lovely!

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  21. Kate wrote:

    Beautiful outfit, and yes, this green is much more classic. Great job!

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  22. NeutraKris wrote:

    I LOVE this coat! I love the emerald shade, too. Very lovely outfit!

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  23. Tina wrote:

    I'm a May baby and thus my birthstone is the emerald. I've been obsessed with the color for YEARS but it was hard to find. I have been searching for an emerald green coat for a long time and was so sad when I missed that crazy Jcrew sale. I'm happy to see the color is in this spring! You look amazing in the color, which makes me happy since I am also Asian. I'm going to take advantage of how the color is everywhere and stock up this season!

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  24. Candy wrote:

    So beautiful as always!

    http://www.patcandytips.com

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  25. Anne wrote:

    I'm loving all sorts of pastels as of late.
    Of course mint green is popping up everywhere, but I love pastel coral (if there is such a thing) and pastel yellow.

    xo Annie
    http://inspiredbythesethoughts.blogspot.com

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  26. gigiofca wrote:

    The boots are fierce! I have also shied away from F21 as of late. Time is limited so I can't be bothered w/handwash items!

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  27. Annie wrote:

    I'm really loving the greens lately! Mostly emerald & mint, both of which I don't have in my closet 🙁 Time to pick up some nail polishes for a quick dose! 🙂

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  28. I love how you've paired green and blue together! Great job!!! Oh, and what a cute coat, love it!
    xoxo

    http://sparklyfashion.blogspot.com

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  29. Anonymous wrote:

    Curious as to why the F21 items never see the light of day – passing trends? lack of quality?

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  30. Love the Emerald on you…it looks great! For my transition into spring, I've been really into this yellow color called tobacco… I'm obsessed! Thanks for posting!

    -Trang
    http://benjaminandtrang.blogspot.com/

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  31. SS wrote:

    Love green & navy combination. Navy jacket worked really well with that green. I'm thinking to get some pastel color for spring!

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  32. Petite-ish wrote:

    I've been obsessed with whites/creams lately, although I'm not really saving it for spring haha. Its too bad about the F21 items never seeing the light of day :-/ I hate when that happens! Maybe you can sell them or give them away. It always makes me feel good when I can find a cousin or friend to whom I can give an item that I'd spent good money on, but then never wore.

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  33. you look so pretty

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  34. Victoria wrote:

    Love this green. It's a great bold color and looks perfect with navy blue. Boots are way cute too.

    xoxo,

    Victoria
    http://thestylistadiaries.blogspot.com/

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  35. Janine A wrote:

    I agree, this is a much more flattering color than mint green. The blue and green go so well together!! Great shots as usual 🙂

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  36. Mia M. wrote:

    I'm a new Yorker whose afraid of color. I would wear a pop of color of something but not a bright coat

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  37. Beautiful colours, Jean! I've always found emerald green to be universally flattering. Although I am really loving mint & coral this season, the emerald green is much easier to wear year round compared to those other two shades. Love the outfit as always!

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  38. Genie wrote:

    I love that shade of green against your skin tone! I'd have to say I'm really excited for the creme pinks and purples. I'd also like to try out some coral pieces, they feel like an echo of neon to me.

    xoxo,
    Genie

    http://www.uniqueandchicstyle.blogspot.com

    Posted 2.23.12 Reply
  39. Love the ensemble. The colors work so well together. I am looking to add more green to my wardrobe. =)

    Posted 2.22.12 Reply
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  41. Anonymous wrote:

    Love the colors! I'm 5'0.75" … haha. Can you shed some insight on good blazers that fit petites and what to look for? thanks!

    Kimberly
    drlovesnerd.tumblr.com

    Posted 2.22.12 Reply
  42. Jackie wrote:

    This outfit looks so chic! Emerald really does look good on you.

    I know this is so two years ago, but I'm really falling in love with yellow again at the moment =D

    Posted 2.22.12 Reply
  43. Vicky wrote:

    The green, navy, camel, cognac are so well put together. Love the ensemble. I've been trying to find a camel mini, but with no luck. Please keep your eyes peeled for me. 🙂
    It's a great idea to look back 1 year and reflect what has worked and what hasn't. F21 purchases for me hasn't been the most lasting ones, so lesson learned.
    Congrats on your new job. Hope to see you this weekend.

    Posted 2.22.12 Reply
  44. Meek wrote:

    Jean I've been so inspired by your love of an emerald or kelly green that I'm determined to add more of that color to my closet. In the winter I am closer to your color (I'm Vietnamese), so thanks for showing me how to wear it!

    For spring, I am loving a good coral, since I turn a deeper tan. I think it would look fabulous on you too!

    xo

    Posted 2.22.12 Reply
  45. mint is definitely in, but i've always preferred forrest/emerald green over mint. Spring color wise, i've been really into red orange, especially when the material is chiffon.
    Btw I really like your outfit in last photo with just the blazer over. Very simple/elegant.

    http://www.ejmashi.blogspot.com

    Posted 2.22.12 Reply
  46. Lainey wrote:

    Love the pairing Jean! The green is gorgeous on you!

    Posted 2.22.12 Reply
  47. I'm a petite girl too and I love how you find items that fit your shape! Great outfit 🙂

    Posted 2.22.12 Reply
  48. Anonymous wrote:

    I miss reading your blogs! I know you're busy and I understand. My husband said I'm addicted to you..LOL… but it's because you're so inspiring! Keep up the great work. I love greens on you. You look beautiful as always!

    Posted 2.22.12 Reply
  49. Anonymous wrote:

    I wouldn't wear a green coat over a green top. Thats too much.

    Posted 2.22.12 Reply
  50. Anonymous wrote:

    wow the first comment!!!!! i love you , Jean!

    Posted 2.22.12 Reply

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