{Top: Bloom | Scarf: Gap | Sunnies: c/o Coach}
I bought these feisty little cords back in ’10. The sales people in Gap thought I was crazy for buying red pants. But little did they know everyone and their toddlers would be wearing colored pants in the next 18 months. Of course I felt a little crazy, too. I remember being nervous wearing them to the office for the first time. Were my co-workers eyes going to bleed? Would I be sent home at lunch to change into something less flashy? Truth be told I spent most of the day behind my desk. I’m not even sure if I left to get lunch for fear of someone making a comment at my bright legs. 
 It’s funny to think back to how shy I was about colored cords and now how I’ve embraced them full force. I mean I went from hiding behind my desk to selling them online. If that’s not full circle, I don’t know what is.

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  1. Rory WearAbouts says:

    Love this look!!! The top and pants go together like ramma lamma lamma Ka dinga da dinga dong. Yep I just quoted Grease.

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  2. Steffy says:

    How funny that you bought them 2 years ago, and now colored pants are EVERYWHERE.  I bought flowered jeans RIGHT before they exploded, and now I'm a little mad I didn't wait for something cheaper.

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  3. CharlotteK_93 says:
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  4. nathyness says:

    This is such a bold outfit! I love the colors and patterns you've chosen. And those lovely, lovely boots and bag. Kendi, you are one lucky gal.

    "Were my co-workers eyes going to bleed?" Lol.

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  5. Kirsten says:

    That is so funny! I totally know what you mean tho! I remember being like that with skinny jeans like 10 years ago. I felt like such a weirdo wearing them. Now thats almost all I own! Weird how style and what you are comfortable in changes. And what a trailblazer you were…buying red pants before they were big. You fashionista you.


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  6. Megan Runion says:

    Love this outfit! That polka dot scarf is adorable! xx.

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  7. Natali Karppinen says:

    Great bag and boots! I like this outfit very much :)

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  8. Sara says:

    Adorable Kendi! 🙂 I am a Gap Associate part time and probably did judge the people who bought these. 😉 bet they were an item after the person left and we were closing down we were like "wow someone bought THAT product today!!" 😉 BUT obvi you were way smarter!! Great look Kendi! 

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  9. Love this! That scarf is so cute

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  10. Frugalista28 says:

    Beautiful! Yes, because of you I have purchased a lot of colored pants 🙂

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  11. love coral! and love your scarf! loved reading your post from 2010! 

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  12. jessica says:

    I remember these red cords so well. People were so freaked out by them. Now I wish I had a purchased a pair with a freakin' employee discount! #hindsight 

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  13. Randi says:

    I love everything about this outfit! So cute!!

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  14. Okay… finally, I'm giving in and asking–  What's the secret to your curls? Just a plain ol' curling iron, or do you have a trick?  Please do tell!

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  15. That scarf is the perfect compliment to the striped blouse! That is so crazy about the Gap people and now what has come around 🙂  You psychic fashionista you

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  16. anto says:

    I love absolutely everything about this. I would have never thought red and brown would look this good together!

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  17. lavieenliz says:

    great outfit! I want that bag!

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  18. This is such a cute outfit! I LOVE the red chords and the scarf is just so cute and so perfect with this whole look.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  19. Erica Fox says:

    love those boots!

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  21. Andrea says:

    Love your outfit!! These red pants are awesome!! 🙂
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

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  22. Nikki says:

    I love your whole outfit- that blouse is fantastic and love the cords with the boots!!  I just ordered red jeans (finally!) and I can't wait to get them!  

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  23. you look so lovely kendi
    Xo Megan

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  24. Jennifer Merlin says:

    I love red pants too. They are wearable with so many tops! I have a striped sweater in these colors and you've inspired me to pair it with red jeans. Thanks Kendi!!

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  25. Oksana says:

    Amazing outfit!

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  26. Good for you! I don't think I would have been as brave back then. Love the pattern on the scarf and the combo with your cardigan!

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  27. Rachelle says:

    you look great, I'm that girl at my office also always wearing bold colors

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  28. meghan says:

    I love this look on you! The colors are great and all the different patterns are just perfect. I looked at that scarf yesterday when Gap was having the big sale but decided to wait. 

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  29. Great fall outfit!! I love it!
    xo, amy

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  30. Cathy says:

    The red pants tucked in the brown knee high boots is a chic combination!

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  31. Emily says:

    I love red and camel together!  I have some red cords and love them!

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  32. XeanaFashion says:

    Beautiful color of outfit!


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  33. Heather says:

    So feminine. I love that nude/neutral shirt paired with the pop of red. Plus the red lip, it's fantastic. 

    Cords are sometimes awkward, but you make them look majestic. 


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  34. Sheislovey says:

    Great look! Love the reds. 🙂

    xo – Sheila

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  35. Looks like Valentines Day came a little early, i love it! 

    x's & o's

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  36. Monica Hall says:

    Technically, is not full circle, more like, arch. :p (full circle would return your attitude to the one you originally had).

    Super cute outfit regardless, though. I love the pattern mix. 🙂

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  37. Maria B says:

    Just bought some red jeans at Gap last week and thought to myself "Oh! Kendi and I are wearing the same pants!" But alas they are two years apart… Fashion sure does recycle! 🙂 Lookin great as usual! (P.S. – what is the lip color?)

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  38. Emily says:

    Full circle indeed! Way to spot the trend before it was a trend!

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  39. Love the coloured cords!!

    Kate xo

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  40. Love the subtle mix of prints. And awesome color palette! 🙂 Nailed it.

    -Brittany xo
    & now on YouTube!

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  41. Lindsey Young says:

    Loving your outfit! You really do have the best mix of colored denim and blouses! Such great essentials to have! 

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  42. Polka dots, stripes & boots…I think I'm in love with this outfit! 🙂

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  43. Anna D Kart says:

    lovely outfit 🙂 I absolutely love red pants – they add the right amount of kick to your day…

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  44. Rachel says:

    Love the scarf! So cute 🙂

    Rachel’s Lookbook

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  45. Karen L says:

    You had me at "red"! I know what you mean about everyone and their toddlers wearing red pants (lol) but they're still my favorite of all my colored jeans/cords. Loooove the way you styled them. Love! 

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  46. Kristin Ehlers says:

    I almost wore pretty much the same outfit today! But the weather in Southern California is still too warm. Love the color combo though!

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  47. Hannah says:

    This outfit is perfection!  The way the scarf brings it all together!  Loving it.

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  48. Lauren says:

    Those boots are amazing!  You are so beautiful!

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  49. Marie says:

    They look amazing and its fab how the bright color is echoed in your lipstick choice.

    Marie @ 
    Lemondrop ViNtAge

    I am having a fabulous giveaway right here.

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  50. Kate says:

    your hair looks fantastic! 

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  51. Brandy Saldana says:

    I'm seeing colored pants everywhere and they are here to stay! I just might invest in a red pair. So glad you took a risk and embraced your style. I'm also really digging that scarf!

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  52. Red pants are always a good idea!  Love your hair in this post!

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  53. chioma anosike says:

    love those boots and pants! 🙂

    Evolution of Style

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  54. Kwolfe1091 says:

    This outfit is absolutely perfection! Love the red and the polka dot combo so much!


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  55. Happinessatmidlife says:

    Great outfit!  Love the red & brown combo.  You were just way ahead of trends 🙂


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  56. Love the way you tied it all together with the scarf and the pin.  Makes me want to swirl a big pretty scarf around myself right now!

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  57. Jess_Dynarski says:

    Totally love how you paired everything in this outfit. So pretty, also I love colored cords. I almost impulse bought a pair from target last week!


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  58. Heather says:

    You look so gorgeous in red! I'm loving that pretty scarf!
    xo Heather

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  59. Amy B. says:

    cute scarf 

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  60. Awesome outfit. Love the brown and red.

    Ps can you do another hair tutorial? It is looking so great these days!

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  61. kristian satterlee says:

    It is funny to think how fully the whole world seems to have embraced brightly colored legs!

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  62. Kristin says:

    So jealous you're able to wear a scarf and boots…still not cool enough here in CA 🙁 Absolutely love that blouse. Especially paired with the red pants!


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  63. The killer red pants! Love them! 

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  64. Leigh says:

    I LOVE polka dots mixed with your stripes! And the red and tan is the perfect combo!

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  65. Carlee says:

    I love red pants! They are awesome and can totally make an outfit. I hope they stay around for a long time!

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  66. Seekingstyleblog says:

    Boots and scarves!

    xo Jennifer

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  67. Betsy says:

    haha you have come full circle.

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  68. Randbwaibel says:

    oh this may be one of my favorite outfits ever!!! Red and scarves and boots!!!

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  69. Jessica says:

    YAY for bright colors in fall! I was counting on you to be my inspiration for this! 🙂

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  70. Krista L Wells says:

    I literally wore this same outfit yesterday. A pair of red jeans & a gold and beige striped camp shirt-it was my thanksgiving day outfit because it's Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend. Seriously I feel so hip right now. I always admire what you wear. Keep on keepin' on! I love your style. 

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  71. Laura Whitman says:

    Those pants are awesome. You started the trend girl! Babies are wearing bright threads on their bums because of you! Feel proud. 🙂 


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  72. Allison Aars says:

    This is my favorite outfit yet! I have to make it out to your store! Just a short drive for me. 🙂

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  73. I love this combination you have going on here! I clean out my closet all the freaking time (small living places tend to make you do that), but I've started to think about how I need to save things that might be out of style but will come back some day. Your post today has inspired me to comb through my closet with a more critical eye! Gracias!

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  74. Liih says:

    Stop being awesome, Kendi. Sincerelly, me.

    Ha, kidding. Loved your outfit! x

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  75. Teener says:

    Love this outfit! So classic, but just enough quirk to make your unique style.

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  76. Elle says:

    gorgeous! It took me a LONG time to jump on the colored jeans train! haha.

    xo, elle from Living
    in Color.

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  77. Sarah H. says:

    Why are you so damn cute all the time?

    Sarah's Real Life

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  78. Jamie says:

    my first colored pants [since like, 5th grade] were a pair of red skinnies. the first day I wore them to work I was so paranoid someone would say something… but all I got was complements! now they are my go-to pants when I need a little boost of confidence… go figure. red pants forever!

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  79. Joyce says:

    I love the red pants on you!! I have these super bright yellow pants that i tend to hide from people with… Maybe i should be brave like you and 'sell' them online too 😀

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  80. Lizzie says:

    Love the color combo going on here! Those cords are adorable and I love the polka dot scarf, so fun 🙂

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  81. Myrna says:

    Great look ! Those cords are such a great staple for fall. You always look gorg – how was NOLA??


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  82. Maddy Hammell says:

    so cute!  i love how you do your hair!

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  83. Jenloveskev says:

    One of my all time favorites! You look beautiful friend.

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  84. Helen says:

    Love this outfit so much. It's so beautiful!!!!

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  85. Meagan says:

    love your polka dots with stripes!!!! so cute girl!
    xoxo Meagan 

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  86. Priscila says:

    This is one of the cutest outfits I've seen ever on your blog! I love it, and Kendi, you're a trendsetter!!

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  87. Vmshailu says:

    Love the scarf

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  88. Gina Gales says:

    I love this!  Great scarf and blouse too.

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  89. Prfdrsknnbtch says:

    that's a funny story! but love the color and how you combined them. . .

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  90. Ameliasmom says:

    I love your pants. I would wear them but probably hide behind something for awhile as well till I could adjust to them. 🙂

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  91. Cathy Anderson says:

    Love all the bold red in this look…so fun for fall!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

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  92. Nan Lee says:

    Love, love this color combination!

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  93. Mica says:

    Love the red polka dots in the scarf matching with your pants 🙂

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  94. Iliyana Licheva says:

    love the colors of the scarf!

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  95. I need that Bloom Blouse ASPAP. Going to see if I can buy it online. Love it!

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  96. lorena says:

    Ahhhh nicely done !
    You look spectacular 🙂

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  97. JDMRRSS says:

    I love the little co-ordinating touches in this outfit. Beautiful as always Kendi. 🙂

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  98. Star White says:

    I felt the same way when I wore my coral pants for the 1st time! I LOVE This color on you! It has so much life!

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  99. Katie says:

    Oddly enough, the Gap email I received in my inbox this morning featured a tan and red striped dress. Kismet. Love this combination and I love full circles that have happy endings on the other side. 🙂

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  100. Redlipsandleopardprints says:

    That polka dot scarf is just TOO cute! Love it! xo

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  101. Kryn says:

    Seriously Kendi? I don't think you can get any cuter.

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  102. Genie says:

    Your legs look so loooong. Jealous! I totally love the red cords, and that adorable scarf just ties everything together.


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  103. Love your outfit! Especially the polka dot scarf.

    Ramen Couture


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  104. Caroline L. says:

    This is the most perfect outfit. I looked at it and thought "Valentine's Day!" but in the sense that I'm in love with it. K, I'm done. 🙂

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  105. I really like your scarf from GAP

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  106. I think my heart skipped a beat when I saw this outfit! Beautiful.

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  107. Thais says:

    I totally love your today's look, kendie. Great combination of patterns.

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  108. Ashleigh Cramer says:

    I didn't realize I have been following your blog that long! After you blogged about getting these pants I ran to Gap and bought them too. People told me I was brave then for wearing them and now they all have red pants. So thank you for helping me convince people that I am brave.

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  109. mollybkidd says:

    mmmmm red and camel.


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  110. Jupe_Cambria says:

    So many things to love…that fiery red, the polka/stripes combo…those boots!

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  111. C Lynnwright says:

    Hi Kendi! I was wondering if you could tell me what lipstick you are wearing in this post. I have been looking for a color like that for ages and love it! Thank you!


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  112. I love finding gems like this in your closer!

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  113. EDonbeck says:

    looking good!  love the red- is it just me or has fall brought out a bit of french in your style. You are looking very Parisan lately 🙂

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  114. Kijhy says:

    Gathering in the crotch area-CT

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  115. Emily V says:

    Love todays post 🙂 thanks for sharing!!

    xx Emily

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  116. sceleste says:

    oooh.. i am currently going through the nervous phase.. i bought a pair of red jeans 2 months back coz i loved the red of it the moment i saw it in the store for sale but i still cant find the guts to wear them at work.. ur post has really inspired me and i hope i will be able to show off my red soon.. :)) xoxo..

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  117. Sandy says:

    i was about to buy that scarf!! and now i really want it after seeing it on you!! 🙂

    Sandy a la Mode

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  118. Meg Opel says:

    I know it's funny how colored used to be so scary to me and now I would wear them in a heartbeat. How the times have changed!

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  119. Love how the red pants brings out the red of the polka Dot in the scarf.

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  120. Christina Storm says:

    The perfect casual fall look!

    xo, Christina

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  121. Megan says:

    ARGH!!!!  I will PAY you for that scarf!!!  Of course, now that I've "pinned" you in this outfit and bought my red pants, that scarf is SOLD OUT!!!!!  I know…be creative…find one you like as much…sorry, no can do.  This scarf was made for me…so, name your price 🙂

    GREAT look!

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  122. FAVORITE outfit ever!!  Seriously-you look amazing in these colors together. You make the red pants look like they totally belong and aren't a crazy trend. Love it!

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  123. megan_schackow says:

    How cute is this outfit?! I felt the same way about colored cords and jeans. "How will people react when I wear them?" Now, just like you, I embrace them! Red? electric yellow? Don't mind if I do! xoxo, Megan of J'adore Lucy

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  124. Kingcool666 says:

    @arttm that old feeling ep is on itunes go buy it here:

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  125. Nat says:

    Can I just have the whole outfit? Lol LOVE it! 🙂

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  126. fernanyi says:

    Love this outfit!!! The red pants the scarf everything!! and the flower on the scarf its just so pretty!! Hugs xoxo Fe

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  127. Miss Miko says:

     I love the bag too!  Kendi, can you tell us what style it is from Hobo??

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  128. Tairalyn says:

    I'm sorta thinking that Polka Dots and Stripes were MADE for you. You already style them so perfectly. Loving this outfit – naturally… Great job!

    Thank you so much for posting so often, you are an inspiration of mine and I find whenever I am in a fashion rut I come to you. You lead me out of the pot hole and bring me into a gorgeously dressed world. 


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  129. Andrea says:

    I love this look! Having red skinny jeans, I now know what to do with my sweater of similar stripe colors! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  130. saumya says:

    love how you've  added an extra zing to the outfit with the flower pin. you can totally rock all the trends…

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  131. TAYLOR says:

    I love the mix & match red. Polka dots, strips, & the cords. AWESOME.

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