If you have soft, gentle coloring you’ve probably already learned that so many fashion-favorite colors – the so-called “jewel tones” – can overpower you entirely.  But right now you’re in luck, with soft colors featurd prominently in several national women’s specialty stores and e-tailers.  Read on to meet one such woman, see her optimal colors and some shopping suggestions to keep her in the spotlight.

Valerie is a client from Saskatchewan Canada. Working remotely, we developed her color fan — isn’t it gorgeous? — and a wish book of styles that she can hopefully duplicate from her local retailers.  Because she is a sewing enthusiast, we included fabric combos as well as ready-to-wear examples.

Timing is everything, they say.  And right now several retailers are featuring color stories similar to Valerie’s yummy soft colors.  But don’t wait.  Specialty stores introduce a new color pallette about every 4-5 weeks.

From Talbots:

From Chicos:  From JJill: 

And from online retailer shop.mango.com: 

Pair them with not-quite-white denim (I’m watching for the ones I found last year at LL Bean to reappear), light wash blues or sandy tan (not khaki) bottoms and roll right through summer, dressed up or dressed down.

Or if you prefer to sew your new wardrobe additions, here are some options from our collection of ponte and jersey knits, paired up with accent scarves::


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. Sherry on March 10, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Nancy Nix Rice,
    I am utterly drooling over these colors as they are screaming ME ! Valerie’s colors are exactly my own ! I don’t sew, darn, but — I can shop !

    • Sherry on March 10, 2020 at 9:57 am

      Just another thought — I have a LOT of clothes, that I am not yet willing to pass on, so I thought about how to cycle the colors through the seasons to get more wear out of them. I had designated too many colors within a given range of shade to tint, for Summer, and they sat unworn though adored , in my closet for several seasons. So— getting beyond my limited mindset , I am now pulling out the darker corals and greenish turquoise to wear in the Spring with navy and darker tans and chocolate brown, and saving the lighter peach and aquas for Summer , to be worn with stone and light tan. I am still searching for a soft bronze to wear as culottes or clam diggers as my Summer dark color. I am doing the same with olive green for both Spring and Autumn, and reserving the more sage greens for Summer. This was inspired by a woman that I saw in church recently, wearing her coral now in early March— a lightbulb moment for me ! And yes, I pay attention to what other women are wearing, because it’s just plain fun and often inspiring !
      I am reluctant to purge excessive garments in a given color range because I find that I have to wait years until “ my colors” show up again in the marketplace !
      What you are doing and have done is not fluff, but rather, you are giving tools for women to reach their best and authentic sense of identity to present to both their mirror and to the public, and to save expenses at the same time — thank you for all that you do , it has mattered to me !

      • Nancy Nix Rice on March 10, 2020 at 4:33 pm

        It really helps to recognize that seasonality of a garment is determined more by its fabrication than by the color – so we do have more flexibility in that arena than we often realize. And I totally agree about hanging on to things longer because of the cycle of certain colors in fashion. Last Fall was the first time in at least a decade that the brown/caramel/camel range had been widely available, or example. And rose gold jewelry – incredibly flattering – just wasn’t available for about 30 year. Buy quality and hang onto it!

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