Outfit Challenge: I Don’t Like Summer Clothes

I’m really a cold weather girl.  And I really like fall and winter clothes.  Summer clothes – not so much.  So I challenged myself – starting April 1 (no fooling) to enjoy my warm weather wardrobe more by putting together a different combination of the garments every day for as long as I could manage without repeating an outfit…

If you’ve been following the series of Outfit Formulas on my YouTube channel, you might want to think about which Formula prompted the various combinations.  Here are my first 4 days:

#1 – I’d never noticed that my years-old blush pink lacy sweater is a perfect match to my silky blush pink shell (a must-have piece for nearly every woman’s wardrobe, currently on sale for $29).  A pink charm on a long chain pulls the look together over brown jeans.  (I can do this combo with a brown skirt too, or pair the pink with gray or navy bottoms for more options.)

#2 – This tropical sleeveless top features a bunch of my wardrobe colors.  Here it’s paired with a basic pull-on ponte skirt and a jade green cascade cardigan.  I modified the top by adding an elastic casing.  You can read about that easy update HERE.  I can also pair this with off-white or off-black jeans and summer sweaters in brick red or blush.  Or the red linen jacket in the 4th look.  That gets me 10 more days – spread out, of course.

#3 – The multi-blue mock wrap jersey top is a resale shop find that pairs easily with dark-wash or light-wash jeans (could work with a navy skirt too.) since the overall value of the top is similar to the solid, dark bottom, it creates an “almost” vertical column, and the diagonal hemline avoide creating a horizontal emphasis at my hip.

By the way, YES, I know that skinny jeans are not the fashion favorite this season.  But they are MY favorite so I choose not to give them up.  I have added straighter jeans in dark denim and off-black to my closet – just keeping my skinnies in the rotation as well.

#4 – A gorgeous silky scarf in a surprising mix of chocolate, cream, muted red and a pinky-brown (or maybe a brown-ish pink?) inspired this combo.  The surprise pairing of brown jeans and red jacket got lots of comments through the day.  Because I collect camis and tanks in an array of colors – they are amazing wardrobe extenders, don’t cost a lot and take up very little space – I had just the right underlayer color.

I wanted the scarf just draped into the neckline of the jacket, but it kept slip-sliding so I was afraid of losing it.  Answer: I pulled it through the brand tag at the back neckline, which kept it perfectly in place all day! Click on the image above for an enlarged view of that trick.

Won’t you join me and play the same game with your own warmer-weather outfits?  I’d love so see what you put together.


About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Marlette Louisin on April 29, 2024 at 6:03 pm

    i’m kind of with you Nancy. I love woolens and sweaters. The bootcut pants just feel weird on me and I hate yjr way they swish at my ankles when I walk. I so like a slightly tapered pant leg and slim jeans but Leggings only if they’re patterned. Solid color ones just emphasize my knees. When I was younger my legs were an asset but the gravity of aging has made my knees unattractive.

    I like the tip for the scarf and think adding a loop to RTW or personally made jackets and coats would be a really great additiion.

  2. Elaine Earnshaw on April 30, 2024 at 10:29 am

    I really love the way you put your outfits together. The tip for keeping your scarf in place I will have to remember.
    Your book “Looking Good …every day” is a must have book for women who want to look their very best. It gives so many ideas for putting outfits together. I learnt so much from this book and refer to it often.

  3. Sona on May 19, 2024 at 7:06 pm

    Polyester shell a bit too warm for me in summer.

    • Nancy on May 19, 2024 at 9:04 pm

      By all means substitute a cotton one. The outdoor lines like LLBean typically have a good color selection of those.

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