This week’s “Tuesday Try” was to wear black and nude together.  An easy styling trick is to combine neutrals for a chic look – black and brown, black and grey, grey and brown, black and navy, grey and navy… you get the idea.  But I could go on.  Navy and olive.  Olive and grey.  Navy and brown.  (I feel like I’m doing a combination and permutation math problem.)  Nude is an often-overlooked neutral but I for one hunt for nude pieces every time I go thrifting.  Though nude flats evade me, I found a Simply Vera Wang nude shell for $2.50 this summer while road-trip thrifting and gave it an outing today with some black basics…

Blazer $7, pants $5, flats $3 plus accessories from my collection.
Blazer $7, pants $5, flats $3 plus accessories from my collection.

Though I like mixing neutrals, I’m more of a colour girl so the nude/black combo was a nice change of pace (for a day anyway).  As I was scrolling through Pinterest for black and nude outfits, I was indeed inspired by how a little touch of nude elevates an otherwise average outfit!  (And I also learned how important it is to type “black and nude OUTFITS” before hitting enter.  Eek.)

Is it nude?  Is it blush?  Is it taupe?  There are probably as many shades of nude as there are of grey.
Is it nude?! Is it blush?! Is it taupe?! There are probably as many shades of nude as there are of grey.
I only tried on 500 necklaces before settling on these two Accessorize pieces, circa 2005.
I only tried on 500 necklaces before settling on these two Accessorize pieces, circa 2005.  They will always spark joy.  (Come back, Accessorize!)
The top has a silky panel down the middle which adds interesting texture, as does the tuxedo stripe on the pants.
The top has a silky panel down the middle which adds interesting texture, as does the tuxedo stripe on the pants.
I could have worn black flats but I'M A FASHION BLOGGER DARNITALL so I went wild and crazy and wore these instead.
I could have worn black shoes but I’M A FASHION BLOGGER DARNITALL so I went wild and crazy and wore these instead.
What's a nude top without a little flashing?
What’s a nude top without a little flashing?  (My 9yo photographer: “Why are you doing that Mom?”)
You know what looked even better?  Adding another taupey neutral via the scarf!  I threw on my sunnies and felt like a movie star doing school drop-off.  Except there was no one to take my picture, so this will have to do.
You know what looked even better? Adding another taupey neutral via the scarf! I threw on my sunnies and felt like a movie star doing school drop-off. Except there was no chauffeured car or nanny or photographer, so this will have to do.

I got lots of compliments on my outfit today and people were surprised (still? okay) that everything was second-hand.  Yes people, this outfit was $17.50 and no fast-fashion was involved in that low price!  SO if you haven’t tried thrifting, stay tuned for next week’s Tuesday Try and do a little thrifting, then play along!

Warning: I will probably wear this exact look with navy, grey and olive!
Warning: I will probably wear this exact look with navy, grey and olive!  Pretend like you’re surprised and impressed when I do.  Thanks in advance.

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