Wearing our Bright Colors for Summer
If this quote isn’t the most perfect for a post about us wearing bright colors for summer, then I don’t know what is. Adding color to our outfits is one of my favorite things. And for some reason, it’s so much easier when it’s summer time and the weather is nice.
Quote of the day: “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.” Danny Kaye
Don’t get me wrong, I love my white pieces too, but give me bright colors and I’m a happy girl. But just to show you how I love white, we showcased that too right after this.
Let me welcome Lesley again, who is filling in for Nancy as the decade between my mom and I. Lesley has become a wonderful friend and it’s been such a pleasure to have her with us during this photo shoot. In fact, even though Nancy will be back next week, Lesley will still join us occasionally. It’s my motto about life, “the more, the merrier.” I feel like we all can gain so much inspiration, seeing other real women’s idea about styling certain topics or themes.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit
Skirt: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Kimono: gifted to me by Shelbee (similar here)~~Top: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Shoes: Bellini (similar here)~~Earrings: Gordmans (similar here)~~Ring: Juwelo c/o (here)~~Purse: (similar here)
Why I Wore This Outfit
My blogging friend, Shelbee, had just sent my mom, Nancy and myself each a kimono out of the kindness of her heart. Shelbee used to have a shop on her site, but she was changing gears and getting rid of her online shop. And her generosity is just amazing. Since this kimono was a perfect fit for bright colors in the summer, I had to wear it.
On top of that, I also wanted to showcase how well the kimonos work over the statement sleeve blouses. You can see this blouse by itself from last year’s post on formal outfits with capris. And I was talking about how kimonos in general have a large enough sleeve that they can usually work with your blouses that have bigger sleeves.
How You Could Change This Outfit
I actually wore this same top and kimono the next day out and about too. But I changed out the white skirt for a pair of white jeans. I always have good luck with my LOFT jeans because they aren’t too thin to show through, and they seem to fit me well.
And if you are more comfortable in flats, there is a great selection of blue shoes available. I always love the espadrilles for the summer months, or you can opt for a pair of blue strappy sandals instead.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed in many of my Instagram Stories, but I’ve been wearing these tassel earrings almost 2-3 times a week. Since it’s been so hot outside, I found these are lightweight and since they are so long, I don’t need a necklace.
If you think the statement earring trend is silly for older women, you might want to reconsider. It’s one of those modern styles that look great on women of any age with any style haircut. Besides, this is one piece you could easily get for under $10, so if you end up not liking it, it wasn’t an expensive proposition.
Lesley’s (60+) Outfit
Skirt: Dress Barn (similar here)~~Top: Macy’s (similar here)~~Shoes: (similar here)~~Necklace: Pavcek Designs (Lesley’s daughter) (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: Maruca (similar here)~~Hat: Baby Doe’s Boutique (similar here)
Why Lesley Wore This Outfit
I had to agree when Lesley asks, “What says summer more than sunshine yellow and sky blue?” She states that both colors have always been her favorites and she associates them with many happy times in her life.
Lesley started putting this outfit together with the blue swishy skirt and ended by discovering the scarf that she tied around her hat that pulled all the parts together.
How You Could Change This Outfit
Just like with my outfit, if you don’t wear skirts as much there are many pants options. We all have a pair of jeans that would work with these items. But then again, how about a pair of pants that are a little different? For some reason, I’ve been loving the ruffle hem on pants lately. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, then there’s also the front slit. Or if you need a great pair of capris, then this blue pair would add some bright colors for summer.
I know most of us put our scarves away in the warmer months, yet this is such a perfect way to tie in any colors in your outfit and spruce up a plain hat. My mom has done this before on the blog too, but she usually tacks it to the hat so it’s not changeable. You can see in the closeup of Lesley, how this is a normal sized scarf that she folded into a long piece and then tied it in a bow.
The other aspect of Lesley’s outfit that I adore is that she took one of my t-shirt tips and used it for this shirt. Getting our t-shirts to fit our bodies better, is one way to feel more put together. I know most women don’t tuck them in anymore, so there are other options.
Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit
Why Charlotte Wore This Outfit
My mom always loves to incorporate the pieces she’s created into her outfits, not only for the blog but in real life too. This blouse is one of those items. She chose it because it fit the bill for bright colors for summer and it’s an item that she made . If you look closely, she even covered the buttons with the same material.
Then she pulled all of the colors out of the blouse whith her accessories to finish off the outfit. The obi belt is a handmade object too, and all three of us have one and have worn it on the blog.
How You Could Change This Outfit
The skirt is the bottom half of a suit my mom has had in her closet for ages. In fact, you can see the blazer styled 3 different ways from 3 years ago.
I had to laugh that we all wore skirts for these outfits. I didn’t tell mom and Lesley to style skirts. As an alternative to a pencil skirt like my mom’s, I always think the summer is a perfect time to wear maxi skirts. This version has a pull on waist, so it’s easy. Or there’s a lighter chambray style with a ruffle. Heck, Walmart has a lightweight maxi in some of the larger sizes too.
My mom ordered this purse from a TV half price deal, and it was labelled yellow. Yet I think anyone who saw it in person would describe it more as a gold or mustard color. Yet, it’s still been a wonderful purchase and adds that punch of color to many outfits. So I would say, even if something is not the color you thought you were ordering, which happens a lot, it can still be a great addition to your closet.
Tips & Tricks
I know many women steer away from bright colors period. Of course we tend to stand out more by wearing these colors, but that shouldn’t be a bad thing. Every woman I’ve ever met has wonderful traits, and we should showcase ourselves at times.
So if wearing bright colors for summer makes you feel squeamish, then you could always pair the one bright color with a neutral. Lesley did that perfectly with her shoe selection. Sure, her skirt and top are bright, but she kept the footwear as a nude so you really don’t focus on them.
And let me also point out the wonderful people we met when we were taking our photos this day. Two sisters stopped us and commented that they loved our outfits. They even posted it on their Instagram accounts. So just think of the fun commotion you can cause by wearing some colorful outfits.
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