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Coat: Banana Republic (similar) | Sweater: Tory Burch (similar) | Denim: INC | Booties: Lauren Conrad (old but similar) | Bag: Banana RepublicRing: Kate Spade (LOVE this one) | Lips: Buxom’s Full-On Lip Polish in Michelle

Up until this year, I stayed far away from lighter-colored neutrals (white, ivory, cream, nude, blush). I don’t know if you’ve ever watched What Not to Wear, but Stacy and Clinton immediately threw every piece of clothing out that resembled the color of oatmeal. Oatmeal has not been a color in my wardrobe ever, but after finding this Tory Burch sweater for a steal of a deal, I decided I could make it work. I wanted to keep the rest of my outfit in the same color palette, so beige, tan and cognac were the colors of the day. To keep the sweater from completely washing out my very pale skin, I wore a pretty berry-colored lip gloss to add some brightness to my face.