July 19, 2020
Time to check in on our neutral, timeless wardrobe pieces; today we need something to wear on those freakish days in the summer that turn cool, or for the air-conditioning that turns normal places into meat lockers!
First, a simple column of white (or any color, really) can take on a ton of different looks with an overshirt and some accessories:
For me, this is the quintessential summer 2nd layer – a black cardigan that’s warm enough to do what needs done, but sheer enough not to look like it’s October!
It’s kind of a suit… And here again, you could use a LOT of different accent colors!
A black “suit” can also be worn in a million different ways – some days you just want some silver and onyx, and a simple grey top…
The right scarf (or necklace, or bracelet) and earrings make so much difference:
Your neutrals go together perfectly – we don’t always need an accent color in an outfit!
If denim is one of your neutrals, a chambray shirt can be madly useful! Yes, it’s not strictly “dark,” but if denim and beige are your neutrals, it’s as close as you can get!
I can’t suggest often enough the usefulness of one of these shirts…
Four our new friends, or for those of use who keep losing this list, here you go!
I found this list to be really useful when I was pondering what (if anything!) to get during the pre-season sales…
The one item I most wanted? Sold out by the beginning of the sale… I suspect that if I’ve lived 61 years without that sweater, I could easily live another 61 years without it…
p.s. Five years ago, we built a “One Piece at a Time” wardrobe in black and beige. It’s a cool weather wardrobe, but it’s still lovely…
Love the Lake Blue. Not usually a color I would have thought of wearing with black.
Sally in St Paul says
Black and navy are gorgeous with pretty much any shade of blue in my eyes! Those light blues don’t seem as obvious a choice, but can work very well, I think…especially with a scarf or other print to pull the colors together.
Ha! I don’t have a card so everything I’m interested in will also likely sell out or I will forget about it by the time I’m ‘allowed’ to shop it. Just as well!
Things are selling out quickly everywhere. I was prompted to get some of my favorite Ts as and add on to my pajama order last week. Glad I did. They are sold out in most sizes today.
Those “One Piece at a Time” series were incredibly useful. Thanks for reminding that amazing series.
Sally in St Paul says
The Watery Stripes scarf really caught my eye…that blue + coral color combination gets me every time. So I pinned the outfit for inspiration to wear a summer “suit” and aqua or blue tank with one of the many very lovely scarves I already own. It’s hard to get more summery and cheerful than the blue twilly style silk scarf with light blue, pink, coral, and green tropical fish! I also have a few striped silk scarves that would work well…such as a cream silk scarf with wavy stripes in mint, teal, pink, and soft brown to which I could add a pair of orange ballet flats to bring in the coral. I would really like to spend the rest of 2021 shopping my closet! I did manage to snag the Olaplex I wanted from the Nordstrom sale, though…my hair needs all the help it can get.
This was such an easy one after last Friday’s post. I am still working through that one, but I know that my chambray shirt will definitely make the list. It is one of those lucky finds; bought it at Target several years ago. Lightweight, Tencel, doesn’t wrinkle and long enough to wear with leggings. Strange how some purchases really work on and others don’t. I bought a similar striped shirt at the same time, but it ended up being turned into masks.
Gail Cheek says
These are all great, wearable suggestions!
Has your heroine ever gone on a Caribbean cruise? I’d love to see how she packs!
Beth T says
I don’t tend to wear dark neutrals on my top half in the summer (omlynon my bottom half). I prefer pastel or dark accent colour cardigans. I have one navy cardigan with 3/4 length sleeves which are cooler for summer.
However the brown patterned shirt really appeals. A subtle pattern lifting a plain shirt.
My favourite image is the blended olive and beige outfit. I would sub soft purple, lilac and silver grey.
The One Piece at a Time look back was very instructional. Have you done this with other colour combinations.
I’m lucky enough to be a 30+-year cardholder at Nordstrom, so got into the sale early. Thanks to Janice’s examples and planning guides, I avoided impulses and laser-focused on items that will plug in the gaps. Very excited that I found a grey winter coat to replace a 23-year-old camel coat. I will wear they grey more often and more happily.
Janice, your comparison of over-air-conditioned spaces to a meat locker is so very apt!
And finally, the Echo Scarf is another simply beautiful and uplifting accessory. And THAT is a true temptation. I love reading your posts so much.