Some days I wonder where the color in my wardrobe has gone. I can’t help that I love classic black mixed with everything, as well as navy and shades of olive. But it is uplifting to dress in red and white as you see here. There is nothing, in my opinion, better than a true, clear red and these pants qualify. They will be keepers in my summer retirement wardrobe!
I love to wear pink and red together, folks. Maybe it’s the shock value or maybe it is just that these are two of my favorite colors. And adding one of my vintage brooches was a no-brainer. My red shoes so perfectly match my pants (and you know how much I like matchy matchy).
By the way, everyone should have a perfect pair of red heels just as everyone should have animal print heels. They brighten up any outfit. I love many of the Sole Society shoes because they are on trend but of a reasonable height. Beautiful shoes at a good price that one can walk in – what a concept!
We have to admit that we love the look and the coziness of infinity scarves, especially with cute sweaters and jeans — Even if some sites say infinity scarves are out! Jeanne’s scarf has been fashioned from a long scarf whose ends she has tied together to craft her infinity scarf — an idea you may want to try.
On Jeanne: J.Crew top (similar), Saks Fifth Avenue belt (similar), Topshop skirt (similar), Zara shoes (similar), Express earrings (similar), Marc by Marc Jacobs ring (similar but scary) On Kate: Loft skirt (similar), J.Crew sweater, Steve Madden booties (similar), necklace via Jane.com (similar) Jeanne says: Yeah, this outfit ROCKED. I had a special event to attend and I got so many compliments on my skirt, my ensemble, etc. Doesn’t that always feel good? I love this pink skirt — not just that it is a trendy midi skirt, but the horizontal seaming makes it more distinctive. I have to say that I always look for seaming details that give an item a distinctive shape — not easy to find at a low price point, but Topshop gets it. Kate looks darling. I still cannot do that low bootie thing the way she does — it’s an age thing, right? God knows, I have tried. I love the “insouciance” that she is bringing to the style game. Statement necklace? Check. Simple black top? Check. Trendy little skirt? Check. And then those booties. Sometimes it is about avoiding the matchy-match that yields a dynamite outfit. Kate says: This was a comfortable but chic outfit for wandering around Vancouver last fall. I love this skirt from Loft — it has a cute tiny chevron print and the material looks heavy but is actually a super light cotton. It was a no brainer for me to pair it with a simple black sweater, statement necklace, and booties. I think this strategy can really let a fun piece shine. Mom looks impeccable. Her outfit is the perfect mix of nonchalance, cheekiness, and age-appropriateness. This skirt is great, and on another person might look super-girly or very trendy with a crop top. But Mom makes it very “her” with her striped top, wide belt, and strappy heel. Perfection.
Jeanne says: Little black booties are a year-round look as I see it. They go with practically everything and they ground light summer dresses as well as wool separates. Can you think of ANYTHING that doesn’t look good with a black bootie? I cannot! Here I’m wearing them with a plaid ankle pant and mint. This mint button down shirt is a J.Crew Collection item that went down in price as the weeks went by and I finally grabbed it. Well worth it since I’ve gotten so many compliments on it — another year round favorite.
Kate is wearing her black booties with a black dress and fuschia jacket which we’ve seen before in other ensembles. She could just as easily worn these booties with a flowy summer dress and a light cardigan sweater. Booties are so climate-ready no matter what the time of year. I also love the summer booties — still basically booties but with cut-outs that make them cooler and better suited to warm weather. Kate looks darling although I would have added a litlle more bling or a bright scarf.
Kate says: Sometimes I really love a simple outfit like this one. An easy black cotton dress with a pop-of-color blazer and statement pendant necklace. I think booties are particularly great for spring and fall, in that in-between cool weather. They let you whip out your summer dresses a little early or wear them a little late!
I love Mom’s outfit here — she pulls off the cropped sweater and long button-down perfectly! Mint is a perfect spring color, and she uses it here to “warm up” her plaid pants and wool sweater. Booties with an ankle pant and a bare ankle are great for early spring.
Jeanne says: Red is truly one of my favorite colors, but sometimes it is hard to find a good selection of reds — like this skirt, which was $20 at Mango from last season but they only had a size bigger than the one I wear. Indeed it is a little loose, but once again the bigger size (and the price) made the length work for me. I’ve always worn red with gold jewelry, but this time I found that silver worked very well!
I love Kate’s outfit — that little shirt is beautiful. And the maroon pants really work here. I rarely wear my shirts out like Kate did here; I always feel like it makes me look bigger. But here the shirt almost looks like a little light jacket. Maybe I’ll try again!
Kate says: It didn’t occur to me to pair this top and pants right away, but this maroon color perfectly matches the subtle pattern in the sheer top. The pants even have a slight jacquard texture to them, which you’d never be able to tell from these photos! Finally, my navy statement earrings from Bauble Bar (a birthday present to myself) were on display with this outfit!
Mom does a great job of mixing pink and red together here (I’ll have to remember this for Valentine’s Day…). She makes this too-big skirt work just fine with her great embellished belt from Anthropologie, but I’d like to see her get it altered. And this button-down is a great mix of super-fine stripe and polka dots. All great pieces mixed together!
Jeanne says: I am going to be in so much fashion trouble when this whole ankle pants/pullover sweater/statement necklace goes out of style! I rely on this combo to pull me together many days. I love this fuschia sweater and my brown polka dot pants — who could possibly argue with this combination? Unfortunately this sweater is wool, so I won’t be wearing this for long in this increasingly warmer weather. Wish I had it in cotton!
Kate’s hot pink jacket is one we’ve seen before. Here she’s combined it with her print pants and a lace top — pretty cute, I think. We both look good in this color pink, probably because of our blonde hair and fair skin. I love, love, love seeing Kate in these bright colors. I’m less a fan of flat boots with ankle pants like these. I think they call for either a flat or a heeled boot or pump.
Kate says: This outfit relies on my 3 favorite elements: color, pattern, and texture. I think this is another great outfit equation. My pink Schoolboy Blazer has gotten a lot of wear, but like Mom’s sweater, it’s wool and will be put away in the back of my closet soon. Fortunately these pants and top are both summerweight! I agree with her that these booties didn’t quite work with the outfit — I would have preferred a heel.
I can’t believe Mom didn’t recognize that her outfit is all J.Crew again! At least she puts these items together in ways the J.Crew stylists never thought of! Mom shows us the perfect way to pair polka dots and stripes, and a bright color to boot. I also love how she makes these dressy, shiny pants totally work appropriate.
Jeanne says: This sequined skirt is a real challenge for me. I always have to peruse my closet to find a good complement to it. But we all know that saturated pink ALWAYS does the trick! This has been a great top that goes with almost anything and that is often true with bright colors like this. So I say buy saturated color whenever you can!).
Kate and I both have this sweater, a sweet little number from Target, and it qualifies as both bright and saturated. It looks especially bright because she has paired it with a dark skirt and boots. This is a good reminder that if we want our brights to pop, we should pair them with dark colors. Great look, Kate!
Kate says: I really love this cardigan paired with my pink floral top — it just feels so vibrant and springy! Paired with this cute crepe skirt and boots, this is perfect for my office. This is easily another one of my outfit uniforms — solid skirt and cardigan with a patterned top.
I think this is a super cute outfit Mom put together with her metallic skirt! The bright pink top works perfectly! I probably would have shied away from adding more metallic accents with her belt and shoes, but somehow this looks subdued, not like a glitterbomb 🙂
Jeanne says: It would have never occurred to me to put this sweater and skirt together until I saw them near each other and realized how complementary they were. This little skirt has pushed me out of my comfort zone all winter. It doesn’t really match anything, but it works beautifully just the same. And my love for camo is already well known.
I love Kate’s little outfit. I like to see her in short skirts — I can live vicariously though her! I love how the cropped jacket balances out the short skirt. It all looks professional and youthful. She then tones down the “shortness” of the look with tights and knee high boots. Great look!
Kate says: I really liked pairing this tweed/jacquard jacket with my little polka dot tee — a super easy way to mix prints! They work well with my beloved dusty rose skirt, which I made more office-appropriate with black tights and boots. My trick is to always wear a shorter skirt with tall boots — somehow the shorter gap of leg makes a short skirt feel less short!
I really love Mom’s outfit — although I don’t love camo, it’s the perfect mix of masculine/casual and feminine/dressy. I can see why she never thought to put these pieces together, but now it seems such a natural combo! And she masters the half tuck perfectly.
Jeanne says: We promised you pink and red this week and here we are! I’ve worn this combo in the past — even for Christmas Day two years ago — and I love it. It helps to own the world’s best red wool pants, but, truthfully, I’m drawn anything bright red or fuchsia so finding the right apparel items for this outfit is pretty easy for me! To me, red is a base color (actually so is fuchsia) and it goes with every other color. Try it and see!
Kate’s outfit is darling — I have long coveted this skirt and now I covet her blouse as well. And I covet those big bold earrings! It’s interesting how we have both capped our outfits with trendy footwear — me with “cage” pumps and Kate with those flat, almost cowboy-esque boots. I love that she pulls off the low boot look — its not a style I’m comfortable with.
Kate says: This outfit is a little summery given the snow visible behind me, but a girl can dream, can’t she? Although I love pink and red together, this is the first time I really tried to create an outfit around the idea, and I realized I own a lot less red than I thought I did! But this eyelet skirt is one of my absolute favorites and it goes with anything. I love the way it turned out with this striped popover and big earrings.
Of course Mom turns out the most perfect pink and red outfit — her red pants and shirt with the bright pink sweater are spot on! Her trendy accessories are the icing on the cake. She’s also one of those people who glows in bright colors, right?