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!
Now I’ve changed my mind. I WANT white heels. To be honest, I want white heels that are like the ones the cool girls are wearing – even slightly older cool girls like Style Nudge! They look wonderful with white, of course, but also with everything else – khakis, faded denim, etc. However, I cannot see myself in white pumps with four inch heels as much as I love the look.
So I’m looking for white heels that convey the same coolness at a slightly lower heel height. Here are some of the beauties I’ve found and you should thank me for finding these – one must comb through a lot of wedding shoes to get to the good stuff!
I deliberately saved this outfit to wear AFTER Labor Day to support the concept that we CAN wear summer white in early fall. Maybe the shoes aren’t going to work for you in cooler climes, but the rest of this outfit will.
The most wondrous part of this ensemble is my new kimono which would look equally smashing with a black turtleneck and black trousers – or even a wintry sweater dress, right? It is always a good idea to seek out pieces like this – perfect and floaty for summer and just as fabulous in fall and winter.
This dress is from last summer, when I was determined to dress it up with a wide belt and even a jacket. Now I’ve discovered that I was going about styling this dress all wrong! This is meant to be a cool, effortless summer shift – no belt, no overworked styling. I love it with this almost transparent sweater – perfect cool neutrals for summer.
When I had everything on, I realized that the only shoes that would do were my new Seychelles animal print sandals. The closest I’ll ever get to style perfection!
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!
Jeanne says: I was so proud of the outfit I put together with such inexpensive items. I had been wanting some white/ivory apparel and I never got around to finding the pieces until late winter. The sweatshirt has proven to be the most versatile of all the pieces and it was less than $25. And don’t you love how wearing white makes one look sunkissed in the middle of winter?
Kate’s outfit looks very casual; she is showing a great way to use her chambray shirt in colder weather — put a turtleneck under it! She really gets a tremendous amount of use out of her chambray shirt — she makes me feel like a fashion slacker. She is also wearing ankle pants that we have seen a lot of; they’d look cute with a variety of bright colors and even in a pattern-mixing scheme.
Kate says: I was trying to pull off a slightly retro look here with the turtleneck layered under a collared shirt (probably inspired by a J.Crew photo…). It was certainly warm, but I’m not sure I loved the end result. I do like this all blue outfit with the pop of red though!
Mom looks VERY chic in this all white outfit. It’s the perfect mix of an on-trend color and on-tried pieces. I love her full white skirt and her quilted sweatshirt with the gold side-zips. And her leopard print shirt and python pumps are so perfectly matched! She is a pro.
Jeanne says: I bought my Topshop jacket last fall and then had a hard time figuring out what to wear with it. Nothing looked exactly right and I’m still not sure I’ve found the right answer. In fact, I ended up wearing the jacket closed all day because that somehow looked better with the pants and the necklace. But I love the idea of winter white apparel and I’ll keep trying to find a combination that suits me.
Kate bought her little jacket close to the end of the summer and it has served her very well. It looks darling here with a simple taupe dress and very bright tights. She has such a way of combining fairly inexpensive clothes and making them work together in many different combinations. I’m also loving the braided hair, although I, in my eternal quest for neatness, probably would have tucked in that little pony tail.
Kate says: When I bought this jacket, I really only expected to wear it during the summer. But I’ve learned that blazers are one of the most versatile items in my closet, no matter what color! This white blazers brightens any outfit, and managed to make this one feel a little summery – which I’ll take!
Mom’s little jacket — with a thin, almost quilted texture — is adorable, but I can see why it’s a challenge for her. Such a boxy jacket can feel out of place with a work outfit. But I think she’s found a good combo here. I love the texture of her pants and top against the stark white of the jacket. Can’t wait to see how she tries it next!
Jeanne says: Here you see one of my first “retirement” outfits. I was meeting someone for an afternoon coffee and this is what I put together. The knotted shirt is a great way to create a waist without tucking or half-tucking in my shirt. I love the mixed patterns of the gingham checks and the polka dots with a fancy mix of necklaces.
I love Kate’s cute summer skirt – so cool and fresh looking. I bought my gingham shirt because I saw Kate’s shirt and loved it. This is a quintessential Kate look – simple, clean and not too complicated – and she carries it off beautifully. I do remember when I could wear a skirt that short….
Kate says: This is a pretty simple and straightforward summer outfit. I do love this cobalt blue gingham shirt paired with white linen – feels so summery! This skirt is about as short as I can get away with in general, but the paper-bag style is just so flattering for my body type.
Mom looks so young and fresh in this outfit! This is such an age-appropriate but young and trendy outfit for her. And she makes the monochromatic look fun with her mix of prints. It helps too that she looks like she is glowing, thanks to that gorgeous sunlight!
Jeanne says: I’m not at all sure this outfit is up to our “blog standards”. I look a little rumpled, don’t I? Anyway, I do love lavender and orange together and this outfit gave me the chance to show that. I am wearing great J.Crew sandals that were on deep sale and are now my new favorites.
Kate looks cooler and much more put-together. I love the green with the white boyfriend jeans. Even her yellow pedicure complements her outfit! I love her hair pulled back, probably because it reminds me of myself at that age. Anyway, she looks chic and ready for casual Friday at work.
Kate says: This was one of my favorite outfits this summer – perfectly laid back, a nice combination of light breezy colors, and very comfortable! This top is a very old Gap purchase, but I love its subtle green stripe, and it paired so nicely with white jeans and brown accessories for a casual Friday.
Mom’s outfit is unusually laid-back for her, but I enjoy seeing her in some of her more everyday outfits every now and then! She looks effortlessly pulled together in a collared shirt and white jeans. Her neon orange accessories are unexpected but add that certain level of polish that we have all come to expect from her.
Jeanne says: I have a hard time finding places to wear this dress because its dressier than one would wear to work. I wore it the first time at Kate’s bridal shower three years ago. It is a great fit and flare dress and beautifully made. I went all silver and turquoise in this outfit, doubling up on necklaces to get a more dramatic effect. I love how these silver pumps go with so many different outfits!
Kate will tell you that she got this dress from Banana Republic for about $12 – in any case it was an amazing bargain. I know it requires ironing, but I think it is the quintessential summer dress – airy and cool-looking. If I wore this dress, it would be a blank canvas for me. I’d add more jewelry, maybe a standout wide belt, maybe even think about wearing it with white pants or even skinny jeans. But Kate lets the dress itself take center stage and it looks lovely with the simple shoes and accessories she has chosen.
Kate says: I love this white shirtdress I got on super duper sale at Banana Republic a few years ago. I love that it is a great airy summer dress, but it has an unusual silhouette. I don’t wear it often enough – as Mom points out, sometimes it is hard to find places to wear a white dress. This one works nicely for work though, and I tried to keep it simple for that environment. If I can find a place to wear it outside of work, I’d love to dress it up with more bright colors.
I remember when Mom bought this dress – I wanted it so badly. It is such a flattering fit and flare cut, and really highlights Mom’s sleek physique and toned arms! The silver accent pieces add a fresh, edgy feel to this outfit and really makes it feel current. And white and turquoise are such a crisp combo! I would probably have been tempted to add a belt, but I think that would have dressed it down a bit.