Red, White, And Denim Blue: Color My World & Link Up

With Flag Day earlier this week and the 4th of July coming soon, I tapped into my patriotic spirit for inspiration when selecting red/white/blue as my color combo for this post. In the same way that a green item might be bought and worn only on St Patrick’s, it can be challenging to wear red/white/blue without invoking thoughts of the flag or a national holiday.


Jacket – no label, thrifted (similar look, longer, oversized option)
Top – Women’s World Unity (exact, another option)
Jeans – thrifted (pricier option, budget option)
Shoes – Audrey Brooke, old (similar look, another option)

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. When I see a red/white/blue combination, to me it feels warm and homespun, all-American (even though there are other countries with the same colors on their flag). I think of baseball, picnics, and Main Street parades. These are the colors of summer.

Right now, you can’t walk into any of the well-known nation-wide retailers with being just about slapped in the face with red/white/blue clothing, accessories, and decor items. So I succumbed to the merchandising and bought this tie-dyed flag inspired top.  Fine, whatever.

Searching through my closet for the rest of the outfit, an all-American look calls for denim so grabbing these slightly distressed skinny jeans (“don’t you have any jeans without holes” said The Husband) was a natural choice. Next, I thought I might try a jacket in a lighter shade for a denim-on-denim look but it didn’t seem to highlight the top as well as my white jacket does. With the red shoes, I’ve repeated the red/white/blue combo and added some extra WOW to the look. I kept this outfit on after these photos were taken as The Husband and I headed out to dinner but I did change into shoes that would be more comfortable for strolling through a local mall.

Let’s Wrap This Up

Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor from last week’s link up is Kim from Champagneista. I think that her motto for style and fashion is fantastic … “you can have anything you want in life if you dress for it”.

Do you find yourself opting for or avoiding colors that are associated with certain events or emotions? What rules regarding color do you follow or perhaps disregard? How have you used color to express yourself?

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14 thoughts on “Red, White, And Denim Blue: Color My World & Link Up”

  1. I admit, that I think about that too, when the red, white & blue comes out! Kinda like with black & orange–I think Halloween!
    But I think you’ve done a tremendous job of looking very stylish—not costumey at all!!
    The white jacket rules—it reminds me I need to pull mine out!!
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  2. VERY cute look Rena! The tie die in the top is so fun and is a bit reminiscent of a firework! The jacket and THE SHOES!! really elevate the entire outfit. ( Despite what your husband thinks about holes in your jeans). 🙂 I wore distressed jeans to a teacher workshop day before I was retired from teaching and when the distressed look was pretty new. My principal came over and inquired, ” don’t I pay you enough?”
    Does your workplace do casual Friday?? This would be a perfect outfit for that and a lot of other activities as well. You look great Rena!
    Kim’s top is a lot like one I own with long sleeves. I love the pretty lace flounce on the bottom!!

  3. Rena, I love how you have been elevating the level of sass in your outfits lately! Those shoes are magnificent and so edgy! I always love the red, white, and blue combination any time of year. And I will wear green any day as well. But I am with Jodie in that orange and black is too Halloweeny for me just as green and red never works either without looking like a Christmas elf. I also have issues with black and yellow for some reason…it feels too much like a bumblebee or a construction zone or something! But red, white, and blue is always a winning combination in my book. You look fabulous, my friend!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  4. You’ve certainly transcended any possible reference to Labour Day, Rena, this outfit could turn heads any day of the year. It’s bold and bright with visual interest and kickass heels. Personally, I just realised I use colour to either hide myself or not hide myself. Before shedding those 83lbs, I was always in black. Period. These days, I’m back to wearing colours and prints so suffice to say, the use of colour (or lack thereof) is akin to having a security blanket for me 🙂

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