My first color block!…I could almost say that this is also my first Zara purchase, but it’s not. A few years ago, I purchased a pair of linen pants that I proceeded to return the same day. LOL. I think this may be my first *successful* Zara purchase, though. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I love the style of Zara, but the fit and the quality generally don’t agree with me…or I don’t agree with *it*. I do like to look though, and a few days ago I dropped in for a quick peek before my CLE class and saw some gorgeous pencil skirts. I’m a sucker for royal blue. It is my favorite color EVER. Even my Clarisonic brush is royal blue. No joke.

So when I saw a royal blue pencil skirt laying on the table, I made a bee-line for it.  I took it into the fitting room, and there began the debate/confusion. On the table it looked royal blue. In the fitting room, it looked like an old man’s trouser blue. Do you know what shade I’m talking about? Blue, but not a deep navy, but kind of gross looking. Then I was on the fence. It looked great. The fit was great. Quality seemed pretty darn good, for once. Cute exposed zipper in the back. But what color *was* this? I was also debating the purchase because I already have a blue skirt, and girl doesn’t really need multiple blue skirts, does she? I then took it back to the table and compared it to the the other skirt they had in burgundy (it also comes in black). I didn’t really like it. It was much more brown than I would have liked. If it had more of a red tone to it, I would have taken that one, no question. But then given the lighting in that store, I really couldn’t be sure what color it was.

Anyway, after staring at it for a while, I just went ahead and purchased the blue one. And I think I made the right choice. What do you ladies think? Is it royal blue or old man’s blue?

DSC08031_2 DSC08037_2 DSC08033_2
Rachel Roy Ruffle Halter Top / Zara Sheath skirt / Boutique9 Thomsina / Express Bracelet

From these photos, I’m starting to believe this skirt is actually PURPLE!

If you’re wondering, how much the skirt costs, it’s $49.90US. The sales associate also reminded me that Zara will go online on September 7th. Rumor has it though, that they will not ship to you, but rather to the store for pick-up. Kind of strange and a complete disappointment if you don’t live near a Zara, but kind of cool if you actually do live near a B&M store and you can only find what you want online.


  1. Amber August 12, 2011

    Huh, that’s a weird policy for online shopping. I do not think that is an old mans blue at all, lol. It looks like it fits great!

  2. Elle August 12, 2011

    Gorgeous color. I bought a similar version (or maybe the same version…just difference colors) of this skirt in hot pink a little while back and love it. I love the color combo you did here.

  3. Snapshots of My Closet August 12, 2011

    I LOVE this color palette! I think this is one of the best colorblocking outfits I’ve seen. The pink and blue contrast really well, and I love the nude shoes.

  4. Looks blue-ish purple to me but either way looks fantastic on you Cher.  I love the exposed zip and you look super hot! LOL! 😉

  5. QuestforFashionSense August 12, 2011

    Looks royal blue to me, but yes, now I think it’s in that purple-royal blue shade.

  6. Jane Squared August 12, 2011

    That is a really strange way to go about online shopping… but at least they’re going online, right?  

    I love the skirt & the color combo.  They just pop.  That blue/royal blue/bluish-purple hue will transition beautifully into other seasons!  I’m excited to see what other pairings you come up with.  

  7. Tinymum August 12, 2011


  8. AUBS* August 12, 2011

    that’s the funny thing abt certain blues and purples.  but mb it’s just in between both colors.  I think it’s more blue, but that’s from my computer.

    Really like your shoes.  looks good on you.

  9. Really Petite August 12, 2011

    Ooooooo I am LOVING these colors and the whole entire outfit!!!! Amazing!! You look HOT HOT HOT!

  10. PetiteAsianGirl August 12, 2011

    I love this pairing on you. The skirt looks completely royal/slightly electric blue on my screen. Quite gorgeous. It fits you so well too for Zara sizing.

  11. Callandra August 12, 2011

    I really love that skirt!…(the whole outfit actually) …and the exposed zipper is fabulous 😉

  12. Guest August 12, 2011

    This outfit looks fabulous.

  13. Cee August 12, 2011

    I tried googling “old man’s blue”… and still have no idea what color that is, lol. What I do know is that this color reminds me of Honda’s “royal blue pearl” cars, which looks blue in some lighting, purple in others, but amazing in the dark (of all places). But regardless of the color, I LOVE this skirt on you and paired with the fuchsia top. Two thumbs up on this outfit!

    Did the SA tell you online Zara will only ship to stores? Ahhh… I was so hoping they would ship to homes! Both DC locations are a bit too far for my liking, but I suppose an item guarenteed in stock is better than making a trip out and coming home empty-handed.

  14. Kileen August 12, 2011

    i love your color blocking!!  the skirt looks royal blue to me although i do see the purple hues in it too.  it’s gorgeous and i think i’ll have to make another trip back to Zara this weekend!  and what a weird shipping policy…  i guess it’s better than nothing!

    cute & little
    Etta Grace giveaway!

  15. Cher August 12, 2011

    LOL. If I can find a pic of the color, I’ll post it.

    The SA didn’t tell me that, but I read that multiple times online in different places. So I don’t know if it’s 100% true, but that’s what I’ve heard. I didn’t bother to ask the SA to confirm. I guess I should have. 😛

  16. Canadianpetite August 13, 2011

    How long did you stay at the store while deliberating all this?? Whatever blue it is, keep it cause it’s gorgeous. It could go blue (not old man’s) or purple. Beautifully done Cher!

  17. Victoria Zhang August 13, 2011

    Love the colors and ruffles. Beautiful!

  18. Michelle August 13, 2011

    Lol!! No clue what “old man’s blue” even looks like!! I do love the color, though!!  And the fit is nice…love the front seams!

    Hmm…although shipping to the store is not as convenient as to my home, I might try it out! Thanks for the info!!

  19. LePetiteLemon August 13, 2011

    That skirt is such the beautiful color!  I admit I am drawn to royal blue colored things whenever I see them!  It’s my favorite color too!  😀 

  20. Polka Princess August 23, 2011

    You absolutely made the right choice while buying this skirt……’s the most gorgeous shade of royalty I’ve ever seen on anyone! And teamed with the fuschia, it sure is grabbing some eyeballs!! You’ve done a great job of color-blocking for a first timer! 🙂

    P.S.: I’ve come down from Cute & Little……& am following you too! :))

  21. Elissa Fitzmartin August 23, 2011

    I had no idea you were an attorney, let alone a tax attorney! I’m a 3L right now at University of Miami and my BF just started his first year in the Tax LLM program. I love seeing fellow lawyers looking stylish – now following 🙂


  22. Mary Ann August 29, 2011

    I love this look – the two bright colors! Definitely cobalt/royal blue.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.