All I ever do is wear pants! I have to break this cycle but I think fashion and my age are conspiring against me. While you might think this outfit is all about the crazy shirt I’m wearing, it is really the pants with the half-skirt built into the front that I love. Anything that adds interest and spark to a pair of black pants is a keeper in my book. I don’t think I’d like these pants without a tucked in top, but perhaps a more cropped top would work. Hmmm… think I’ll try that next!
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See another (similar!) way I’ve worn this green shirt:
Here I was looking to create a black background for my yellow shoes and neon neck adornment. I have always been fond of this short sleeved cashmere turtleneck – a perfect solution for transitional weather in California. I purchased these black culottes just before the culotte “craze” hit – they are a wonderful alternative to another black midi skirt, don’t you think? And everything I am wearing is designed to highlight my pair of neon necklaces from J. Crew. Pulling together disparate pieces from my closet gives me the most pleasure!
If you follow our blog, then you’ve seen this skirt on me a number of times (here’s a similar color and similar style). And, from what people tell me, once you’ve seen this skirt, you will never forget it! I bought it on ASOS about two years ago; it was a mini-trend – scuba material, very large ruffle at the bottom of a pencil skirt. I was hooked. And it proved to be one of those wardrobe items I returned to again and again probably because I got so many compliments.
I hope you have items like this in your closet – bright, unusual, instantly noticeable – because they are so good for the soul! I mean, one can buy neutrals until “the cows come home”, but they’ll never give you the lift you get from one fabulous, outrageous dress or skirt.
Case in point: I had a wonderful Vivienne Tam midi tube dress until a few years ago. The fabric had a grid of Mao pictures – each one a spoof of the iconic Mao picture we’ve all seen (Mao with a bee on his nose, etc) How I loved that dress! It was very flattering and NEVER failed to get attention – especially from men. Better than any perfectly-cut black or navy designer dress!
Citron: a color that is almost impossible to describe (at least we think so), but omnipresent in fashion, home decor and even cuisine. Sometimes described as neon yellow or green, it makes us think of sunshine and tropical fruit. In fashion, it plays well with virtually every other color. Take a look at these brilliant ensembles!
Truth be told, it is probably Jeanne’s favorite color so we could be showing a little bias. But if you haven’t added a little citron to your wardrobe, you should! Jeanne swears that wearing citron will make you happy on cloudy days and positively euphoric on sunny days.
So step out of your comfort zone and try a touch of citron this spring! Here are some great items to try!
With a black top and black pant, tights or knee high boots, it is a no-brainer to layer on a bright color and make a spectacular winter outfit. Sometimes simple wardrobe solutions like this make fussier outfits look, well, less chic.
Jeanne says: Hot pink is a favorite of ours and rightly so because it goes with virtually everything! My top is actually a peplum top that I tucked into my skirt — almost like wearing a dress as a top. This skirt is always a winner and I am wearing it year round. Kate laughs at how much I love this skirt because it is neoprene — never wrinkles, goes in the washing machine, what’s not to love?
I love Kate’s outfit — she’s mixing kind of an animal print in her trousers with hot pink and turquoise and it is fabulous. She should wear these pumps more often, don’t you think? Pink is a wonderful color with her skin tone and it looks wonderful on her here. I don’t think we’ve seen that sweater lately and I say wear it often and proudly because it looks great on you!
Jeanne says: There aren’t many opportunities to wear a sweatshirt in the summer, but when I saw how this top went with this skirt, I HAD to wear it. I used the belt to create a waist because most sweatshirts are pretty shapeless. As I think you already know, I love yellow and especially neon yellow. And who doesn’t love maxi skirts?
Kate is showing her fashionable bias towards color blocking. Her bright necklace, shirt and sweater are grounded by this simple black maxi skirt and it is a good look. Actually maxi skirts are a cool solution in the summer — cooler than any skinny pants or a pencil skirt, right? Kate looks pretty cool to me.
Kate says: I DO love to color block. It’s one of the easiest ways to put together a stylish outfit without putting much thought into matching or patterns. I love this combo of yellow, pink, and blue — it just feels so summery! And check out that long dark hair; even though this is an old photo, I would wear this outfit tomorrow.
Mom’s outfit certainly is bright, but she is a genius for seeing that her floral sweatshirt and striped maxi go together! I love how she grounded her bright prints with cognac brown belt and sandals — similar to how I used my black maxi skirt to ground my bright color blocking. I probably would have skipped the necklace — it gets lost in the print — but we know she loves her statement necklaces!
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: Well not TOTALLY monochromatic — we both have other touches in our outfits, right? I like this outfit because I utilized a scarf I never wore very much and the green matched my sandals! Actually, I see fashion moving towards simpler looks which are often monochromatic and I love the simple look (what WILL I do with all my statement necklaces??)
Kate looks darling. She is doing the white monochromatic look very well. Kate loves her white jeans (every year she looks for a better pair). I am not a white jeans fan, but I appreciate how fresh and crisp they look in the summer. She brightens her monochromatic look with a fabulous necklace and a simple blue jacquard jacket. It’s a great look!
Kate says: I LOVE the all white looks that I keep seeing in my reader and on Pinterest. They are so perfect for summer — bright and crisp. All white is also a great way to look summery while wearing a more covered up outfit. Any monochromatic outfit should, in my opinion, be punched up with some other colors, and this jacket and necklace do the trick!
It’s great to see Mom wear some simpler outfits sometimes — not that I don’t love her intricately layered looks, but mixing it up just keep us guessing! With this outfit, we can really see the polka dots in her skirt, which I love, and she perfectly pairs this midnight blue with those neon sandals she adores. I usually shun scarves in summer (too hot here!), but for the Northwest they are perfect!