Seasonal Skinny Wk 18: Jewel Tones | Wine, Purple & Orange

This week’s Seasonal Skinny edition comes to you from the Capital of the French Riviera: Nice!

Purple Cashmere Waterfall Cardigan, Land's End Floral Tee, Purple Suede M&S Boots | Petite Silver Vixen

It’s become something of a tradition that when we visit family in France, we pop to the coast for the day for a healthy blast of sea air and I always love going to Nice.  It has old world charm, but with all the benefits of a modern city such as diverse museums and restaurants.  As we were visiting the jewel of the Côte D’Azur, it seemed appropriate to wear some jewel colours with my wine skinny jeans  – amethyst and citrine.

Which is really a fancy way of saying I’m wearing purple and orange!

You’ll have to excuse my peakiness in the photos.  I couldn’t be faffed with putting on make up and I had the beginnings of a stinky cold, which with epic timing, came into full bloom on Christmas Day! But let’s get down to the threads.  Much more interesting than the state of my immune system!

Purple and orange have long been a classic combination and so have wine and orange but have you thought to wear all three together?  It’s really easy to do.

I started with a linking piece. 
My printed tee took on that role as it contains all 3 colours.

I chose one of the three colours to be the primary feature. 
Here it’s the jeans, as they’re the longest part of my body.

One of the remaining ones became my secondary colour; worn in smaller bursts in 2 places. 
I chose to top and tail the outfit with the secondary colour to balance the look, rather than do shoes and bag or cardigan and bag. Purple was the obvious choice for me not least because there’s alot of it in the tee, but the purple of my waterfall cardigan and suede boots perfectly matches the purple in the tee. You’d think they were dyed at exactly the same time!  

Finally, the third colour was the accent colour.
Here it’s the orange because sharp, citrus shades are better worn away from my face.

Purple Cashmere Waterfall Cardigan, Land's End Floral Tee, Purple Suede M&S Boots | Petite Silver Vixen

Purple Cashmere Waterfall Cardigan, Land's End Floral Tee, Purple Suede M&S Boots | Petite Silver Vixen

Purple Cashmere Waterfall Cardigan, Land's End Floral Tee, Purple Suede M&S Boots | Petite Silver Vixen

Purple Cashmere Waterfall Cardigan, Land's End Floral Tee, Purple Suede M&S Boots | Petite Silver Vixen

The print of the tee reminds me of those dark waterlily paintings Monet did, where the oils are brushed and daubed so thickly across the canvas they form ridges.  Colour painted on top of colour and the more you look closely at those paintings, the more colours you see.

If you’ve a feeling of deja vu about the top, you wouldn’t be too far off.  It’s from Land’s End and is similar in print, but without the pleats on the neckline, to one I bought a few weeks earlier and wore for the first of my Winter Seasonal Skinny outfits – Winter Wine.  I liked that one so much, not only did I go back and buy it in the white but I also nabbed this one in the sale; reduced from £24.95 to £14.

Purple Cashmere Waterfall Cardigan, Land's End Floral Tee, Purple Suede M&S Boots | Petite Silver Vixen

The waterfall style of the cardigan, with its cut away hem allows more of the print to be seen, whilst its draping folds gives visual depth to the top half.

To highlight the flashes of orange in the print, I’d packed in my suitcase my orange bag I found on e-bay ages ago for a song. This bag is so easy to pack because the raffia/straw-like material allows the bottom of the bag to be folded flat when you lie it on its side – hence my nickname for it – flat pack bag!

The purple booties are golden oldies and one of my favourite pairs of ankle boots.  At the time, I wish I’d bought two pairs – one in black and another purple – for when these ones wear out but so far, they’re still going strong.  

Last year, however, quite by chance, I managed to find on e-bay a pair in black in my size – hurrah! Who knows, I may yet stumble across another pair in purple, if the e-bay gods smile down upon me.

Purple Cashmere Waterfall Cardigan, Land's End Floral Tee, Purple Suede M&S Boots | Petite Silver Vixen

Purple & Silver Bracelet, Coast Orange Bag | Petite Silver Vixen

M&S Purple Suede Boots, Petite Dorothy Perkins Wine Jeans, Coast Orange Bag | Petite Silver Vixen

Dorothy Perkins Petite Skinny Jeans
Lands End Petite Purple Splash Floral 3/4 Sleeve Art Tee  Currently in the sale.
TKMaxx Purple Waterfall Cashmere Cardigan.  Here’s a Purple Cashmere Button Cardigan currently in the sale.
Camaieu Silver Circles Necklace (old)  Here’s a Mega Circles Topshop Necklace
Silver & Purple Bracelet (old)
Coast Orange Straw Effect bag (old via e-bay) that I previously wore in my Yin & Yang post.  Here’s an Dorothy Perkins Orange Loop Handle bag
Marks & Spencer Purple Suede Boots (old). I rather like these Purple Pointed Wedged Ankle Boots

All this posing lark and sea air made me hungry!

We headed off to the Cours Saleya in the old town, where the famous daily flower market is held. for an alfresco lunch.  It was such a mild day for Winter, I didn’t need to wear my short, light down jacket I’d brought with me.  The outdoor heaters under the restaurant’s canopy were enough to take the edge of the nip that was the air.

We certainly couldn’t eat alfresco in December back in Blighty, unless wrapped up in thermal layers inside a sleeping bag. Which would make eating rather a tiring exercise to do!


Holding a glass of wine wearing purple waterfall cashmere cardigan | Petite Silver Vixen

What unusual colour combinations do you like to wear together?  I’d love to know so do please comment below.

You can read all about my Seasonal Skinny Style Challenge here.

Linking with / Colorandgrace / Throwback Thursday / Top of the World Style / JerseyGirlTexanHeart / A Labour of Life  / Thursday Style Finds  /Fun Fashion Friday / Fabulous Friday / Fashion Friday / My Refined Style / Flashback Fashion Fridays / Style Stories /


  1. January 7, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    Purple is so versatile.
    I love it with orange, lime green, blue, red, turquoise, brown…
    How wonderful to be able to pop over to France!
    One of the advantages of living in uncomfortable Britain.
    Love this outfit! Hope you are fully recovered?
    Xo Jazzy Jack

    • January 7, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      Isn't it just? It's one of my favourite colours after blue, along with turquoise and of course both are really different shades of blue after all!
      We're very lucky that my in-laws have retired there and live there pretty much all year round apart from trips back here every few months.
      Thank you, fully recovered and fighting fit again!

  2. January 7, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    Pretty stunning color combo, and nicely explained!, that fabulous t-shirt is the key piece and love its beautiful print!. Purple is one of my favorite colors, so I'm loving your ensemble particularly!!
    Glad that you're enjoying a sunny holiday by the sea! it looks amazing!

    • January 8, 2016 / 12:31 am

      Another appreciator of purple – it's so uplifting a colour, I find. Glad you love the ensemble – thank you, Monica.
      We're back from France now. But it was a restful break and always lovely catching up with family.

  3. January 7, 2016 / 11:25 pm

    Very nice. You are so far ahead of me in terms of understanding fashion; thanks for thinking aloud. The booties are my favorite item in this ensemble.

    • January 8, 2016 / 12:28 am

      That's very sweet of you to say, Ally, thank you. The booties are my favourite pair of the too many that I own!

    • January 8, 2016 / 12:28 am

      Ha, ha, Linda, no chance! I don't let them out of my sight but nice try!
      Ooh yes, I'll pop over to link.

  4. January 8, 2016 / 1:57 am

    Fabulous color combo…and I'm a little bit jealous of the nice weather!! You are shopping also, right? Can't wait to see all of your purchases!!!

    • January 8, 2016 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you Jodie. It was lovely to be in such bright light, especially for my SAD. Yes, I did a teensy bit of shopping when I was there!

  5. January 8, 2016 / 4:24 am

    Lovely colour combo, and I like the (unexpected) orange here. Right now I seem to like purple, too. Maybe with some green..

    • January 8, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks Tiina. Oh yes, purple and green is on my hit list to do! The orange really perks things up I think.

    • January 8, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks Amy. I love being by the sea – I think I have salt water in my veins!

  6. January 9, 2016 / 11:36 am

    I've worn burgundy and orange together, and purple and orange, but never burgundy and purple! I should rectify that as soon as I can wear my burgundy pants again! Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

    Your purple cardigan is especially beautiful 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • January 9, 2016 / 5:55 pm

      You're welcome! Glad this post has given you more ways to wear your burgundy trousers. Thank you – the cardigan was a particularly special find!

  7. January 9, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    This outfit is a delicious delight!
    A juicy mix of tones that makes me want to buy something purple (apart from tights, there is a huge gap in my wardrobe).
    Your top is lovely, the bag is perfect..gorgeous little boots and that cardigan is super-flattering on your bustline.
    All in all, a sartorial triumph!!
    I am thinking now of purchases needed to fill colour gaps.
    You are turning out to be a bad influence on me! Hahahaha
    Fake Fabulous

    • January 9, 2016 / 5:58 pm

      Thank you for your lovely compliments! I do love the cardigan because as you so rightly say, it's good for the bustline.
      We're as bad as each other! You with that gorgeous jumper I'm seriously toying with buying and me with the purple. I love it!
      Now, get thee buying some purple, Samantha!

  8. January 9, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    Great colour combinations here today – I love them all. The backdrop is pretty stunning too. I really like these purple boots – it's not easy finding something other than black or tan when you're looking for different boots. Hope you're feeling a bit better now x
    Anna's Island Style

    • January 9, 2016 / 6:01 pm

      As locations go it's pretty damn fine having Nice as your backdrop!
      As someone who loves colour as much as I do, I'm so happy you like this colour combination, Anna.
      I keep looking for coloured boots in my size but as you say it's mostly a sea of black or brown with not much in between so I had to buy these when I saw them! I wonder if retailers think woman won't buy coloured boots but I really think the opposite is true.
      Thank you, the immune system is in full swing now!

    • January 9, 2016 / 6:02 pm

      It's a great colour combo isn't it? Not often done but it works so well. Thanks for hosting, Dawn.

  9. January 9, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Love these colours together! I need your cardigan, such a beautiful style 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to the weekend blog hop

    • January 9, 2016 / 6:03 pm

      That cardigan was such a lucky find. It was hiding in a sea of greys and beiges at TKMaxx and my colour radar zoomed in immediately, hoping that it was in my size and bingo, it was! Thanks for hosting.

  10. January 9, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    Such a cute look! I love how you dressed both of these colors, such an amazing an unexpected combination. Thank you for linking up with me, hope to see you next week and I'll be pinning this to my linkup board!

    • January 10, 2016 / 11:30 pm

      Oh Monica, thank you! You bet I'll be there. Glad you like the combination of colours!
      Thanks for hosting.

  11. January 10, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    I'm adoring all the purples but the winner is that amazing t-shirt- YES it is so Monet!
    Hark at you swanning around in Nice-me envious!!!x

    • January 10, 2016 / 11:33 pm

      I'm glad you think it is too. It just struck me as so like Monet as soon as I saw it.
      Ha, ha, I like to swan around me, you know, hob nobbing with the grandees of Nice!

  12. January 10, 2016 / 11:39 pm

    I love this colour combo – so bold! Purple and orange has long been a favourite combo of mine. I also like red in the mix.

  13. January 11, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Such a pretty top, it looks like a painting, and I love all of the colors. The purple looks stunning on you, great against your skin. Your fun bag picks up the orange as well in the top!
    Thanks for linking up with MRS linkup
    jess xx

    • January 11, 2016 / 10:49 pm

      I'm lucky that all shades of purple works so well on me as I love wearing them! Thanks for your lovely compliments, Jess.

  14. January 12, 2016 / 7:08 am

    Such a fabulous purple on you! Very pretty. Thanks for joining us on My Refined Style!

  15. January 13, 2016 / 1:49 am

    What beautiful use of colors in this outfit! I am a bit envious that you have purple boots. Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


    • January 17, 2016 / 5:53 pm

      It took a long time to find a good pair of purple ones but these are definitely keepers! Glad you like the colours. They certainly cheer me up in winter.

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