A thought-provoking question arrived by email recently. “Have you changed the tones of the colors you wear as you have aged?”
I have not purchased any black items in more than a year. I avoid wearing black near my face during the daytime now, but when I visited with my parents last week, Mother was wearing black pants and a black open-collar shirt with nude loafers. At 81, she looked chic and vibrant in black. I am a proponent of wearing what makes you happy.
A great way to update your wardrobe is to settle on three or four colors that you feel confident and happy wearing. If you own a scarf with all those colors in it, you can take it with you whenever you shop. You will always have your best colors with you, and it will be easier to select items in the same palette. Colors are challenging to remember. While I may not wear a scarf very often in summer, I almost always carry a large silk one with me to combat overzealous air conditioning.
You can see the influence the scarf had on the purchases I made for this summer. Malibu Punch, aqua, navy, and Dazzling Blue tops were all added to my summer wardrobe, with inspiration from the scarf. They go with all the pants I wear in summer.
The aqua top shown is from Chico’s, where they are having their semi-annual sale. I chose this asymmetrical hem tunic because only a small portion of the front is longer. My Fair Lady supplied the Lior Paris “Lize” straight-leg pants. The salmon color tote bag is by Dooney & Bourke here. The shoes are by Ralph Lauren via Dillard’s a couple of years ago.
When dressed in a casual look such as this one, I wear very little makeup or jewelry and often carry a tote bag since I will be out for most of the day. Light colors and lightweight fabrics are more comfortable in summer, but I don’t wear flip-flops, shorts, Capris, tank tops, or short sleeves. Those items do not make me feel confident or happy. This casual look was for a day of running errands, buying groceries, and visiting with my parents.