Jeanne says: Well, this is another case of how everything goes with black — especially these great neon colors! I love this shirt and, of course, I love neon color in general. I also really like structured shirts like this with looser, soft pants and these harem pants (which I’ve had for two years) fit the bill.
I also love Kate’s neon tee shirt with this striped maxi dress — again neon goes perfectly with black, and in this case, and white. I also like how she knotted her tee shirt to make the top more fitted with her flowy skirt. Her pink necklace also adds some additional punch to her outfit.
Kate says: Neon is one of my favorites summer looks, and Mom and I are showing it in such different ways. I loved this tee layered over one of my most comfortable maxi dresses — the neon and stripes work so perfectly together. And I was surprised by how much I liked this pink necklace paired with the neon green!
Mom’s patterned neon collared shirt is another take on neon. She’s smart to keep the rest of her outfit simple — that shirt almost has a life of its own! I’m not a huge fan of harem pants in general, but I appreciate the balance she’s going for here, and you could easily get the same effect with a black maxi skirt or jogger pants.
Jeanne says: Kate is a whiz at finding outfit pics; I don’t even remember wearing this ensemble. However it looks pretty cute and I am guessing it was dress down Friday based on my harem pants. This is one time I experimented by wearing a cardigan sweater under a vest and I like how it turned out. I got those loafers over a year ago and what are we seeing everywhere today? Studded loafers, of course.
Kate truly puts me to shame here. She has pulled together a very creative outfit and a perfect ensemble for transitional fall weather. And tops it off with this wonderful necklace that puts beautiful shades of blue and green up near her blue, blue eyes. I wish I could have seen this in person. BTW, Kate, everyone I talk to loves your new hairstyle!
Kate says: As I’ve mentioned before, I have really struggled with how to wear this sweater vest. If I go too loose and flowy, I feel too bohemian; too preppy, and I feel like a university professor. So maybe the sweet spot is pairing it with a nice bold print?
If anyone could pull off this outfit, it is Mom. But my first reaction is that there are a lot of trends going on here! For some reason, I shy away from pairing leather and leopard print together — although I think it works in this outfit. I probably would have just preferred to finish the outfit off with sleeker pants. But Mom is much more daring than I am, and she looks trendy and comfortable!
Jeanne says: I’m not sure how “summery” this outfit is; all I can say is that it worked on a cloudy June day in Seattle. I love these harem pants but I have a hard time making them slouchy and “cool”. In any case, they are very comfortable and versatile and worked well as a backdrop for all my red accessories!
Kate has “summered up” her chambray shirt by pairing it with a white skirt and keeping the overall look very simple. This is the only way to dress in hot D.C. weather and she carries it off well. More accessories would only make her hot and would look overdone. She probably thinks she look very preppy in this outfit, but I think it has the perfect carefree vibe.
Kate says: This outfit was perfectly simple on a hot day. Chambray is a great layer for both simple and complicated outfits, but I enjoyed letting it shine in this combo. I love this white linen paper-bag style skirt – so comfortable and summery. I threw on some colorful flats and a leopard print belt, but I wish I had added a necklace for a little more complexity.
Mom’s outfit is probably not what most of us wear at the height of summer, but it is a good reminder that “summer” does not always mean “hot”. She still makes good use of lightweight, loose layers that look breezy and comfortable. I think the buttoned top button would be hot here, but her rosette necklace looks great against that backdrop!
Jeanne says: So here’s a dilemma: I love these harem pants, but I think I’m delusional about how they look on me. They make my legs look short and stumpy. Argh. Anyway, I DO love my shirt/blouse, although this photo doesn’t make the pink as bright as it is in person. This top makes me feel good every time I wear it – this time for a dinner party we put on for six friends on an unlikely sunny day in March.
Kate wins this one hands-down. I covet her shirt – yellow being one of my favorite colors – and she has assembled the perfect outfit. She is also wearing my favorite Toms of all time. It is a timeless ensemble – she could dress this up with a cute Zara top coat or throw on a denim jacket. The beauty – and the challenge – of statement shirts is that they are harder to mix with alot of other fabrics and prints. However they definitely make an outfit all by themselves and that’s the point.
Kate says: This is one of my favorite late Winter/early Spring purchases. You may not be able to tell, but this blouse has a repeating horse print, but I also love the yellow color and the navy blue trim. It’s the kind of top you can throw on with, say, black jeans and suddenly you have an outfit! I’m looking forward to finding new inventive ways to wear it this Spring.
I love Mom’s striped J.Crew blouse – such a great neon pink! And it looks great with her awesome necklace. I’m not sure, however, how I feel about harem pants. If anyone could wear them, it would be Mom, but I’m not sure they are very flattering. They look comfy though! I would have preferred this blousy top with a more fitted bottom to provide a little more contrast.