Examples of how to wear summer colors in winter

How to Wear Summer Colors in Winter: Thrifty 6

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I’m so honored to be the newest member of my friend’s Thrifty 6 group. You will see our style prompts on the third Monday of the month, and the goal is to showcase how thrifted items can be stylish.
Since I was the newbie to the group, I was asked to come up with an idea to style. So I chose how to wear summer colors in winter.

It always saddens me that most of the retail stores succumb to such dark and dreary colors in the stores. It’s actually one of the reasons I like thrifting so much because you can find all the colors.
So join Lesley and me as well as the other 5 members of the group to get inspiration for how to wear summer colors in winter.

Quote of the day: “Understanding and believing are not the same thing.” Gertrude Stein

I’m a huge proponent that color is powerful. It’s been touted as the first thing people see in our outfits as opposed to the individual pieces themselves. And I’ve shared article upon article about how color can affect our mood.
Yet needless to say, when the colder seasons come along, it seems like we pull out the darker and muted colors. It seems only sensible that we wear happy colors instead. This is exactly how the idea of how to wear summer colors in winter came into my head.

What exactly are summer colors? I would classify the brighter or pastel versions as the ones we see in the summer months. And between Lesley and I, we both grounded our “summer colors” with a neutral and came up with fun looks.
Don’t forget to check out the other women of my Thrifty 6 below too. You can see their entire look in my post along with a blurb from them about how to wear summer colors in winter. You can also click the link to their blogs to read more.

Lesley: How to Wear Summer Colors in Winter with Yellow

Using brown as a background color to ground lighter colors for how to wear summer colors in winter
Pants: Style & Co-thrifted ~~ Jacket: Christopher & Banks-thrifted ~~ Top: Chicos~~ Shoes: Walking Cradles “Winnie” code Jodie15~~ Necklace: Estate sale~~ Purse: Maruca

Lesley shared a cute story from her past about the color yellow. “I have always liked yellow and wear it year-round. It was the color of a dress I wore on GroundHog day for a speaking program that turned into a first date with my first love over 50 years ago.”
Now if that isn’t the best reason to wear yellow, then I don’t know what is.

For this outfit, Lesley paired her yellow thrifted jacket with a pair of brown pants which are also secondhand. The neutral color brown grounds the brighter yellow color perfectly.
She also kept the outfit lighter by pairing a white shirt under the blazer and having lighter footwear.

The Details

The wooden necklace and earrings incorporate the brown color further into the look. As well as the fact that Lesley carried a brown print purse.

We were touring a museum this day, so she opted for her comfortable loafers from Walking Cradles called “Winnie”. There are many options of different colors with this style of shoe, and I love how they work with straight-leg jeans and pants.

Jodie: How to Wear Summer Colors with Lilac

How to wear summer colors in winter with fur collar
Jeans: Free People-thrifted~~ Sweater: Cabi-thrifted~~ Top: Boden~~ Boots: Walking Cradles “Knox” code Jodie15 ~~ Fur Scarf: thrifted at Savers ~~ Earrings: Lil Shop of Ours~~ Purse: Aldo~~Extra: Wristlets here on Amazon

I found these lilac jeans many years ago at Clothes Mentor and have worn them many times on the blog before. While the lilac color reminds me of Easter and spring, I decided to pair them with a navy sweater to ground the color like Lesley did above with her yellow jacket.

I’ve worn this sweater over a dress in the past because its length can cut me in half otherwise (like I talked about with proportion recently in this article)
That is one reason I unzipped the zippers on the sides to give it an asymmetrical detail.

The other detail that makes the idea of how to wear summer colors in winter seem appropriate is the addition of the faux fur texture with the collar and wristlets. The fur collar also bookends the color of my boots which makes them look more intentional.

The Details

I always love to add small details that you might not notice in the full photo.
First, these handmade earrings are from two sisters who make all kinds of earrings. I asked them to create a skein of yarn for me and this was their creation. And considering, they are inexpensive.

Then I’ve been wearing hair accessories as much as possible. My hair is thin and fine, so finding ones that stay put is amazing.
As discussed with Lesley’s footwear, we were walking a ton today, so I chose not only winter footwear, but comfy ones at that with my Walking Cradles “Knox” combat boots.

How to wear summer colors in winter for any age

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The Thrifty Six

We are a group of six international fashion and lifestyle bloggers and influencers called The Thrifty Six! We come from all over the world and span at least three different decades of life. We each have our own unique and individual style but share a passion for preloved clothing and second-hand shopping. Our goal is to share a variety of ways to be stylish while doing a little something good for the environment.

With the fashion and textile industry being a major contributor to landfills and other environmental pollution, we decided to make it the mission of this little group to focus on second-hand items. Every month we will choose a theme and share our styles with you to hopefully inspire you to shop more preloved and less fast fashion.

Insider tip: If there aren’t many wonderful secondhand shops near you, then I included a list of online shops that I love at the end of this post.

Thrifty Six 6

The Thrifters:

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge

Shelbee on the Edge

“When Jodie suggested the theme Summer Colors in Winter, I took it a step further and styled Summer Clothes in Summer Colors in Winter. It required lots of layering to make my thrifted white sundress and preloved kimono top (both are by Zara) work for a warm and colorful winter style. I felt like a giant happy Easter egg in the snow!”

Jane of Preloved-Vintage-Handmade:

“…when I think Summer colours, I always think pastels!
These pure wool trousers give me the best of both worlds…
…cosy and warm, yet alive with pretty pastel colours!
An original pair of 1970’s flares, re-tailored by me for the modern aesthetic…
…I think they’re rather cool!
Powder blue leather jacket, pashmina and bag make the look complete.”

Grace of Graceful Rags

“Well I couldn’t entirely avoid black—it’s one of my most-worn colors, after all—but I’m hoping this very bright, cobalt blue dress makes up for it! I thrifted this dress from the same super cute consignment store where I bought my prom gown. It’s such a summery piece with the bright color and crocheted texture, so I tried to winterize it with a black leather jacket and booties. I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about the look… but my boyfriend said it’s in his top 10 favorite outfits of mine!”

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style

“I had to check my closets to see with what I could come up with. I have a few summer colours, but they are summer clothes and not pre-loved. And I didn’t feel like buying something as I just don’t wear colours that often. But a colour combination that always reminds me of summer is blue and white. It feels nautical, I can almost hear the sea, the seagulls, and the warmth of the sun. 

And this lovely King Louie jacket with sailing boats on it is then perfect to wear. With a pre loved navy white striped jumper with pearls and a red detail at the sleeves.”

Emma of Style Splash

“I wear bright colours all year round, but I tend not to wear pale shades in winter because of mud and rain. So when Jodie suggested “Summer Colours in Winter” as our theme this month I immediately thought of pastel shades. I found this pale blue Hobbs trench coat in a charity shop for less than £10. It’s fantastic quality and perfect for spring and summer. I’ve teamed it with lilac trousers and bag, white boots, and a floral print top. I’m ready for summer now!”

How to wear summer colors in winter

Online Thrift Stores

These are the ones I’ve used more than once (except Swap, but it comes highly recommended by a friend)
thredUpthis link gives you $10 (and me in return).
Poshmark — here is the post about how to shop the site.
Uncommon Closet— nonprofit to help women.
Gild the Lily–a local Michigan store that sells online.

Thrifty 6 and how to wear summer colors in winter

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

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