Tranistioning Into Summer Style

Blue is my favorite color – maybe it’s yours too – and here are two ways I’ve used various blue tones for outfits transitioning into warmer weather …plus a third look that really didn’t work as planned.

The top on the left is an easy-to-sew pattern (Simplicity 8601), and the bias cut really showcases the striped fabric.  BUT – the original neckline was super unflattering.  Re-cutting the necklne to follow the V-shape defined by the stripes made all the difference, don’t you agree?!  And the pointed-toe shoes with a bit of heel elongate my legs.  At 5’3″ I can use all the help I can get in that department.

The second look pairs gray jeans with a cadet blue jersey mock-wrap top and linen-color cotton cardigan with a flattering curved hemline. The 3/4 sleeves give a lifted look without pushing them up.   Isn’t that scarf the perfect link?  And a matte silver sandal elongates and finishes the look.

This third combo doesn’t really work, but I did learn some interesting lessons from playing with it:

I’m a big fan of twin tops as a wardrobe extending strategy, and although they weren’t purchased together, this pale pink cardi and the ruched shell underneath are a nearly exact match.  But when I wore them as a pair with dark jeans (brown in this example) it was just too much light color on top to balance with my stronger coloring.

Next time I’ll create an inside column of the brown or navy, with just the cardigan.  Or wear the shell with the dark bottoms and add a coordinating dark cardigan.  Same color scheme, but better balance.

In hunting for a linking scarf for the pink and brown combo, I accidentally discovred that this scarf – which initually looked too harsh – had a significantly softer look on the so-called “wrong” side and made an ideal link after all.

When you buy scarves I’m betting you nearly always buy both sides of them, so don’t overlook that second, softer color option when coordinating outfits!




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.

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