Adding a Print to Your Red & Gold

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Chinese New Year with Red & Gold.

Red & Gold for Any Ages: With a Print

Quote of the day: “Throw kindness around like confetti.” Jessica DeMenna

Welcome back to the second post in the series where mom, Nancy & I are teaming up with Sheela & Eve to celebrate the Chinese New Year. You can see how we got all fancy for the occasion, here!

Sheela figured that one way to add some fun and interest to this red and gold color combination, was to combine it with a print.

Now I realize that this is all open to interpretation, and there really aren’t any “rules”, but I did notice that I “cheated” with mom’s & my outfit. Our gold item is also our print item! The other 3 outfits in this post are a true red and gold with a print! Do you have a preference?

Eve (The World According to Eve): It always amazes me how the 5 of us can put together the same theme, yet look so different! I actually used to have a print jacket like this, so, of course, I love it!

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Sheela (Sheela Writes): I think Sheela’s print pants are the perfect recipe for adding a smile to your face! And they aren’t what I’d consider a red print, yet the colors go so well. In fact, it reminds me of the turquoise & red jewelry that I see so much of in the Southwest!

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Gold Leather Jacket – Charter Club~~Red Shirt – Old Navy~~Floral Pants – Urbanog.com~~Red Heels – Ami Club Wear~~Sunnies – Poshmark~~Perfume Bottle Necklace – vintage

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I was excited to wear my new skirt that I just bought on my birthday for a mere $6 (thanks to a sale at the LOFT along with using my birthday reward). I consider it a gold and brown jacquard print, so I figured it would check off 2 boxes for this category! Then adding in my red sweater with the faux fur trim was the next step.

Chinese New Year with Red & Gold.

This purse is exactly my kind of black purse!! Isn’t it just hilarious? My mom pointed it out to me at the Vegas airport when we were waiting to come home from our trip at Christmas. And the zippers really work on it, so I can stow my keys in one of the outside pockets for easy retrieval!

Chinese New Year with Red & Gold.

Thanks to Nancy who bought me these amazing earrings for my birthday! They are knitted wire, so very apropos for an avid knitter like me!

Chinese New Year with Red & Gold.

These faux fur ear muffs came with the wrap that I wore in the last post! I forgot how much I loved ear muffs, but my husband was making fun of me that I looked like Princess Leia! Then again, is that really a bad thing?

Chinese New Year with Red & Gold.

Skirt: LOFT (similar here)~~Sweater: Ivano Boni-thrifted (similar here in a black poncho or here in a cardigan)~~Boots: Payless (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Ear Muffs: Restoration Hardware (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here but not shaped as a jacket or here in a cat shape)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: For Nancy’s red item, we grabbed her red jeans!! Does every woman reading this have a pair of red jeans? I know when they first became big on the fashion scene, I thought I could never get away with the trend. But I’m glad I got over that, and even Nancy feels comfortable in this brighter colored jean!

Chinese New Year with Red & Gold.

The print clothing we chose for this category is not much different than mine really in that it’s a brown print. But at least it’s a totally different piece of clothing. And even though it’s a shirt & cardigan, they are pretty lightweight, so Nancy wore her lace extender & another camisole under this!

Chinese New Year with Red & Gold.

Nancy doesn’t have many gold clothing pieces in her closet, so I told her to go wild with the gold necklaces!! Look at how well she layered 4 different necklaces!! I bet every one of you reading this could do the same thing from your existing necklace collection?

Chinese New Year with Red & Gold.

You may not look at this outfit and think about the Chinese New Year since the gold is more subtle. But, I do think it’s an outfit that would work for many occasions!

Chinese New Year with Red & Gold.

Jeans: Fabrizio-Gianni (similar here)~~Cardigan: Chicos (similar here)~~Top: Chicos (similar here)~~Lace Extender: Lace & Grace (here)~~Boots: Franco Sarto (similar here with a leopard insert)~~Necklaces: (similar here as the layered look all in one)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Like I mentioned above, my mom’s gold shirt is what I considered her print also. It’s this beautiful glitter, lightweight sweater that she wore on the blog back in the beginning when we were styling glitter, here, here & here!

Chinese New Year with Red & Gold.

Since the sweater is full of glitter, I decided to forgo a necklace for mom’s outfit.  But I couldn’t let an opportunity pass where I could style another brooch! This is the same placement I put the other brooches for our series last month for mom (here). But mom didn’t complain about it this time, so either she got used to it or I’m wearing her down, LOL!

Chinese New Year with Red & Gold

Mom’s trousers are these beautiful tweed material. Now that I think of it, wouldn’t tweed be considered a print, too? If that’s the case, then mom is mixing her prints! And it wouldn’t be a normal day, if I didn’t point out that mom made these trousers!!

Chinese New Year with Red & Gold.

We vacillated on mom’s footwear for this outfit. The trousers have a very, wide leg opening, which I’m not used to styling. We tried it with a brown boot that wasn’t as high, but settled on the red ankle boots. Then again, these boots could be too high?

Chinese New Year with Red & Gold.

Pants: Mom made them (similar here)~~Cardigan: Weekenders (similar here)~~Top: Colette Mordo-thrifted (similar here as a graphic tee or here on sale)~~Boots: Nine West-thrifted (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here as a hoop)~~Brooch: (similar here)

I may say it all the time, but I mean it all the time—thank you so much for reading! 

Charlotte’s photography by Kari Strand Photography

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Here are some gold items, that could work for many fun occasions.