Autumn at Work: Pumpkin swing jacket + hunter green lace

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H&M; swing jacket (similar), Gap bow blouse (similar), Ann Taylor lace pencil skirt (similar)
As stores are currently saturated with burgundy, I’ve been enjoying other autumn color favorites in my existing wardrobe. This time of the year, I love wearing rustic orangeor pumpkin- almost as much as others love their pumpkin spice lattes. The color reminds me of fall foliage at its peak…which is sadly very short-lived.

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Orange is a color I don’t see on many women (probably have Elle Woods to blame), but can be fairly easy to pair. Just stick with shades that are less stark (like Halloween orange + black) and color combinations that appear naturally. Safe pairings include hunter green, brown / neutrals, or a soft ivory. Referencing my trusty color wheel, neighboring colors like red or yellow can create bold yet harmonious combinations that are still reminiscent of nature, like turning leaves.
Over the years, I’ve also loved wearing this jacket with prints, whether it’s basic black & white, a retro-inspired shift, or an earthy houndstooth skirt. 
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Apologies for the progressively grainier and darker photos – as the days are getting shorter, good lighting before or after work is hard to come by!
 
Readers – Have you been embracing orange for fall? If so, how do you style it?

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  1. Debra wrote:

    Hi Jean! This outfit is stunning. I am a sucker for shirts with ties. So girly. I can see it paired under a sweater vest with skinny jeans & boots for a weekend look. And I LOVE your pumpkin swing coat. Great color. I am one of the very few who can pull off shades of orange & it looks like you nailed it too.Thanks for the inspiration!

    Follow me @ stylewisebydebra.blogspot.com

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    i love your hairstyle! how did u get so much volume on top? and i also love the outfit as well 🙂

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  3. Ann wrote:

    Love!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  4. Candice wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    I follow you on YT, Twitter, and Instagram.

    Love the outfit! Great color combination.

    aka CHDice on Instagram

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  5. I definitely re-wear outfits all the time but I try not to do it within the same week. But if you decide to wear an item the same week maybe you can mix it up. For example a blouse for work can be worn one day with a blazer and a few days later just layer it under a sweater! As for winter clothes care, a lot of sweaters are dry clean only so I like to get a few wears out of them and even then I'll just throw it in the dryer with a few Bounty cloths and it makes it smell fresh all over again! Hope that helps!!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  6. Good idea!!! Will have to try this, thanks for sharing!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    GOSHH you're SO freaking pretty! lol

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  8. bibi wrote:

    awesome outfit and I really like the skirt 🙂

    http://www.rambutan18.blogspot.com

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  9. Rachelle wrote:

    Such a great color combo, love the pumpkin jacket.
    xo
    Rachelle
    http://pinksole.com

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  10. Loving the fall colors!!

    We're getting foxy on The Glitter Life! http://the-glitter-life.com/2012/10/23/foxy-lady/

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    It's great to see bloggers reuse items in different ways over time, but I was curious about your opinions on re-wearing the same item(s) within the same week. Obviously, for sanitation reasons, underwear is changed every day, but especially during colder months when I don't perspire as much, I like to get a few more uses out of clothing items before I throw them in the wash. For one, it is more environmentally friendly, but sometimes (okay, most of the time) I just don't have the time and energy to come up with a completely new outfit everyday. At what point is it weird to keep wearing the same item(s) on repeat during the week? Does anyone else even notice? I find I don't really notice or care about what or how often other people wear things, so maybe no one really notices or cares about how often I reuse things within in the same week? Any thoughts? Other reader opinions would be appreciated, too! 🙂 I'd be curious to see a week's series of outfits and what items you use repeatedly during the week. Thanks!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    hi Jean, can this out fit be paired with black or camel bag?

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  13. I personally love the grainy, vintage-y photos! And your hair is awesome!!!! How'd you do it? Bump? And love the orange ensemble without looking Halloween-y.

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    You look stunning as always Jean!!! You always manage to put a great outfit together!!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  15. Incredible ensemble! Flawless!

    You are so right about the color orange but I have to admit… I am HUGE burgundy fan, too! Hee Hee

    LOVE this outfit! That skirt is amazing!

    http://theleatherskirt.blogspot.com/

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  16. What a gorgeous orange jacket. I love it paired with the green lace skirt. You always look so classy and chic. And that bracelet is stunning!

    xo, Yi-chia

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  17. Rosie wrote:

    I love the dark photos, even before I saw your comment at the bottom of the post. They have a vintage feel.

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    Great outfit, Jean! And your hair is perfectly poofed! 🙂 I love your nail color–would you happen to remember the name of it? Thanks!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  19. Aishoo wrote:

    Love your hair here! Please do a post or video of how you make it look so good 🙂

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  20. Anonymous wrote:

    Any tips on how to tie such a nice ponytail, Jean?

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  21. Alice wrote:

    Long-time lurker here, but I was going to comment on how I was enjoying the darker/grainier photos. 🙂

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  22. Kat wrote:

    Orange is my favorite color 🙂 I tend to pair fall orange with navy most often.

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    hi jean! i really really love following your posts! totally love how you match your outfits and i'm loving your style! your hair is sooo gorgeous they look so shiny , care to share your hair routine? do you go for those hair treatments?

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
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  25. m wrote:

    the blush and orange pair so beautifully together!

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  26. Love this pairing Jean! And the lighting gives it such a romantic vintage vibe! Beautiful!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  27. I love the autumnal shades that you have used. Perfect colour combinations!

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  28. I absolutely love orange for the fall as well. I like pairing orange with burgundy and browns. Recently, I've been obsessing about pairing it with oxblood colored blouses or shirts and dark colored pants and gold-tone accessories. Take care and thanks for another wonderful blog post.

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  29. Megan wrote:

    Weird question– Do you do anything special with your legs? They look amazing and I'd love to know your secrets, if you have any. 🙂 haha!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  30. SW wrote:

    Jean you've inspired me to wear something orange!

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  31. Brilliant combination, the jacket is a very good colour.

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  32. Sabrina wrote:

    Loving the skirt! How do you pull off a swing jacket at work? I really want to wear one of the about ten I own, but I always feel like I forgot to take off my coat… :/

    x
    Sabrina

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  33. love this look!
    kisses from Milano
    http://sienastyle.blogspot.it/

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  34. MizzJ wrote:

    Gorgeous! Orange really is an under-appreciated color.

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  35. Sophia wrote:

    Loving the hair! You should put it up more 🙂

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  36. Lulu wrote:

    Your style is absolutely impeccable, as always. That skirt is incredible!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  37. Mary Ann wrote:

    I love the hairstyle, Jean – has a fun vintage vibe to it. I also think the darker/grainier photos adds some neat ambiance to the pics! 😉

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  38. Jocelyn wrote:

    Ladies…you don't need the bump-it to create a bump nor tease your hair. I part my hair into two, the front for laying over the layer behind it. The layer behind it, I roll it (however big or small you want the height at) and bobby pin it…almost like a victory curl. Lay the front layer over the roll/curl/bump and bobby pin it at the back of the roll.

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  39. I've always loved that orange swing jacket!

    xo, tasha
    Enter to win a statement necklace + bracelet set

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  40. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean, I love your blog and get super excited when a new post goes up! You look stunning, as usual, and I can't wait to see more of your winter outfits. You're truly an inspiration!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  41. The Watt wrote:

    love the hairdo! i bought the bump thing you recommended, but my hair is too thin to conceal it. alas! enjoying your blog as always!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  42. The Watt wrote:

    love the hairdo! i bought the bump thing you recommended, but my hair is too thin to conceal it. alas! enjoying your blog as always!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  43. HL wrote:

    My favorite pairing of the 3 in my opinion, mostly because I'm partial to green! 🙂
    Love your blog, Jean!

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  44. Beautiful! I especially love your accessories 🙂

    Posted 10.23.12 Reply
  45. Always so chic, elegant, and classy! Love your tie front blouse and orange blazer! Beautiful girl:)!

    Posted 10.22.12 Reply
  46. Aw, thank you Becca for reading over the years!

    Posted 10.22.12 Reply
  47. Hi lin – yes! I use that thing all the time : )

    Posted 10.22.12 Reply
  48. 😀 Love every piece of your outfit. It's great when you follow your favourite blogger and know the history of each piece of the outfit from previous posts! My favourite piece is definitely the emerald jeweled bracelet!

    Posted 10.22.12 Reply
  49. lin wrote:

    i love this outfit and your hair. do you use the bump it for this? i know what you mean about the colors burgundy/maroon being all over the stores. i'm going to have to try some of the other colors for fall. another great outfit, jean. very inspirational. 😉

    Posted 10.22.12 Reply
  50. Anonymous wrote:

    the colors match perfectly! you're beautiful 🙂 i can't wait to pick something that shade of orange !

    -Cora

    Posted 10.22.12 Reply

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