We have to say olive is a “slippery” color – it can be everything from a green khaki to a golden green. But we usually recognize it when we see it, don’t we? Olive is certainly having a “moment” this spring – one that goes way beyond the olive drab jeans many of us own. We think olive becomes absolutely dazzling when it is combined with other bright shades. Look at these lovelies!
Kate says: With this outfit, I was trying to dress up this maxi skirt for work. What I ended up with was a really cute look! I felt kind of fancy in this — I think the chiffon of the skirt makes it look dressier, which also makes it more versatile. Mom shows a more casual look — her spacedye skirt is inherently more casual, but perfect for casual Friday.
Jeanne says: Ah, black maxi skirts – real fashion workhorses, aren’t they? I’ve had a series of them, but I especially love this spacedyed one from the Lou & Grey collection at Loft. The fabric is so soft – its hard to imagine a more comfortable article of clothing. And, of course, the black maxiskirt goes with everything – from Kate’s animal print ensemble to my more casual tee and scarf look.
I’m reporting in alone today and I’ve picked a Friday casual look to share. This is pretty much a “drapey” outfit – a loose-cut, slightly see-through sweater and silky pants.
I am always attracted to sweaters like this because they look delicate and would seem to go with everything. But then I try them on and they aren’t very flattering. Because of the seaming in the front, this sweater is more fitted and more polished looking. Good seaming is often the difference between a “meh” look and one I want to take home! It’s my second year wearing these drapey J. Crew pants and they are still winners!
Jeanne says: Well, I haven’t had much luck finding either flat white shoes or a white shirtdress, so I’m batting zero to date on What We Want Wednesday. So today I’m going in a different direction – I’m looking for a KAFTAN!
Kaftans make most people think of a 50’s-era Palm Springs hostess with a blonde beehive and a cigarette holder. I like the idea of a boho chic kaftan which will provide the added bonus of not having to hold in my stomach when I wear it! Also great on a hot night or as a beach cover-up. What’s not to love? Take a look at these beauties:
My preference is a midi length kaftan and here are a few I am looking at right now:
Kate says: I also haven’t had much luck with recent What I Want Wednesday items. So I’ve moved on to the next thing: a print pencil skirt. Printed skirts just scream spring to me, and I’ve been wanting to up my pencil skirt game for a while now. How chic do these ladies look?
Jeanne says: Maybe navy and white stripes don’t say “spring” to you, but I like a crisp look like this for work and play in warm weather – and at Zara prices this is a win-win. I don’t buy many dresses anymore so when I do they have to be chic multi-purpose bargains! Kate’s flowered dress is darling and, as you can see, it works for early spring through the fall.
Kate says: A bright floral dress really is the quintessential spring dress. I love this one for the cut (the skirt is a little full, but not too full) and the colors (it’s hard to tell here, but the yellow is quite neon!). A dress like this is great for work, but also for the various wedding events that tend to pop up in the spring. Mom is always partial to striped dresses — I love this one for its unusual contrast stripes at the top.
Jeanne says: I’ve always had a hard time finding new combos for this cute sweater, so I end up wearing it in a matchy-matchy way with navy bottoms and this wonderful J. Crew blouse. I think these navy joggers, though, give this same combo a little pizzazz. Kate never worries about the matchy-matchy thing and therefore she turns out interesting and different looks. I am crazy for her yellow blouse and the way it looks with her green cardi.
Kate says: I love this blouse from Anthropologie — can you tell it has horses on it?? I try to let it be the star of the show, so pairing it with a green cardigan and jeans was a no brainer. In a more casual work environment, a button up and cardigan with jeans is the perfect mix of dressy and casual. Mom also lets her unique cardigan and blouse be the star of the show — so cute!
Most of us are in the midst of putting away our heavy winter clothes and pulling out the summer wardrobe, right? It is always exciting to hit that point in the year – especially if we’ve been doing a little spring/summer shopping in advance. But at the same time, it is a big CHORE to make the switch – stuffing heavy clothes into garment bags (or under-the-bed storage) and pulling out wrinkled summer items. We have just a few tips for making the switch as painless as possible:
First, just because we are sick of winter clothes doesn’t mean we should neglect them. You should make sure they are washed or dry cleaned before they are put away (you’ll be grateful when you pull them out in October!). This is particularly important for those coats you wore every day this winter.
Also make sure you store clothes in closed containers and use those cedar balls to keep them safe from moths!
If you have any items from your winter wardrobe that you realize you never wore… now is the time to clear them out! Try selling them online (Tradesy and Poshmark are two really great options) or in a consignment store, give them to a friend or donate them to Goodwill.
Onto the spring clothes:
Rule #1: If you are pulling out items you never wore all of last year, it is time to do one of several things: 1) Take them to Goodwill or consign or sell them (see last item above!) or 2) Alter them so that you WILL wear them.
Rule #2: As you pull clothes out, check for rips, missing buttons, undone hems (for shoes, check whether heels need replacing or shoes need polishing). Fix those yourself or take them to an alterations person NOW so you can enjoy them the whole season.
Rule #3: Consider whether any of last year’s apparel can be repurposed to be more stylish this year. Wide pants could become culottes, maxi skirts can become midi skirts, short sleeves can become cap sleeves, etc. If you think so, see your friendly tailor or get out that sewing machine.
Have fun making your transition from winter to summer clothes!
Are you switching out your wardrobe? How do you tackle this chore?
Kate says: Don’t you love it when you pair two favorite items together for the first time? That’s what happened here. This jacket is not very “me”, but it has turned out to be my go jacket when I want to add some pattern and color to an outfit. With this more feminine dress, it makes a great contrast. Mom shows us the perfect way to make a floral bomber and cheeky tee work-appropriate — pair them with classic black slacks and a pearl necklace!
Jeanne says: It is hard to argue with cute printed jackets. They dictate the color scheme and pull a simple outfit together. I may be pushing it with my irreverent tee, but Kate knows how to take a simple blue dress and dress it up with a fabulous patterned jacket.
Jeanne says: Oh, there is nothing like a bright midi skirt as we head into warmer weather. My skirt embodies spring itself with its floral patter. Kate’s skirt is a wonderful jolt of purple and she has styled it beautifully with her blouse and snazzy flats. So my advice is: don’t play it safe! Go for brights and florals as you buy clothes for summer!
Kate says: I had every intention of wearing this outfit without this boring black cardigan… but the weather didn’t cooperate. I do love the combination of purple and red, and can’t believe I hadn’t created this outfit before. Mom also came up with a brilliant combination — who would think mint and yellow would be so brilliant? A great floral print midi is so in right now!