When I saw this plaid dress in Stranger Bird Vintage I knew it'd be just the thing for Christmas Eve's dinner- the pattern reminded me of gift wrapping and there's nothing more cozy in December than plaid. But one thing I didn't expect is how hard jewel tones are to style!
If you're like me and like a lot of color in your look then simultaneously toning down and amplifying a deep purple can be a tad tricky. At first I tried pairing it with mustard tights but then I looked like a Laker's fanatic so that was out. Then I tried going minimalist and pairing it with black tights, but then it looked to color block-y with the neutral turtleneck, so I crossed that one off the list. I knew the answer had to do with a colored belt but when I put the mint one on I still felt a little bit...boring. Which is when I spotted my rosette J Crew one from the corner of my eye and the light bulb went off on top of my head! I took the rosette belt and tied it underneath the mint one, only letting the redish pink flower pop out. And that did it- it was the perfect finishing touch that tied together my look. I'm definitely going to be using this combo more often- it's an awesome way to add in some subtle color- and if you don't have a rosette belt of your own I remember seeing a bunch of DIYs floating around Pinterest :)