Oh gosh, I am on a red kick this week aren't I? It's always been a color I loved, but I only like certain shades in my wardrobe. I'll be drawn to a bright fire engine red or a cherry but hardly ever wear it. But when the red has some warmth I find myself wearing it more often, and liking better how it pairs with neutrals and denim. So when I saw these pieces in Chico's New Arrivals I was excited. This color is called Rich Paprika.
Shirt: No-Iron Cotton Blend Pocket Tunic c/o Chico's (Size 2) | Pants: Brigitte Ankle Pants c/o Chico's (Size 2P) | Shoes: Nine West | Necklace: Old (similar concept) | Bracelets: A mix from over the years, these bangles are similar and I am wearing one of these bracelets in the mix | Bag: c/o ELOQUII (sold out; similar concept and it's only $28) | Lipstick: L'Oreal in Matte-Traction Red (FKA Eva's Red)
So this shirt is not only in this gorgeous shade of red, it's a no-iron cotton blend AND it has pockets! I don't know how I missed the pocket part of the description, it's in the title of the product. But I ordered it thinking I'd tie it at the waist with these pants, a funky pair of shoes and fun earrings. But when it arrived, I saw it isn't made to handle being tucked in or tied and I liked the look of it untucked and worn as a tunic. As for the no-iron, this does need to be ironed or steamed when you receive it, but it stays wrinkle free all day and launders quite nicely. You could go without re-steaming or ironing it after laundering, but I think giving it a quick once-over will make it look more polished. I have this steamer, it took maybe five minutes from filling the steamer with water to finishing the shirt. It's worth the time.
The pants are pretty awesome. They pull up, so no zippers or buttons to deal with. They're super comfy, if you want them more like trousers buy your regular size but if you want them more like skinny pants to wear under tunics you may want to go down a half size. These are the petite, and for reference I am 5'3″. No pockets, and a small panel at the top of the pants to subtly smooth the belly. These pants come in seven different colors and three lengths.
Red is a strong color, and wearing red with red is pretty intense. This may not be a look for all, but each piece is also great on its own. This color would look amazing with white, with denim, with khaki, with olive, with black, and much more. But if you want to rock the red, you can do it with a nude-to-you shoe, or a neutral (I was thinking this would also be cute with my black pointed Rothy's flats). If you're feeling extra bold, this is a color that would look amazing with a leopard print shoe!
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