I appreciate questions from readers because finding helpful answers challenges me. “Show me how to build a basic summer wardrobe if I do not wear dresses, skirts, shorts, or sleeveless tops.” This one isn’t difficult to answer because those are also my style guidelines.
As you build your wardrobe for any season, keep in mind dark, light, and bright as you add pieces or decide to hold on to items. With this combination, you will be able to create a variety of looks. Your colors might be olive, cream, and turquoise, but the guiding principle of dark, light, and bright still applies. Having a variety of solid colors in tones that flatter your complexion means that you can always wear those items in random combinations. It allows you to mix and match your clothes endlessly without anything being too memorable. If I wear a print, it is a subtle small stripe or some other repeating small geometric pattern. Prints and patterns mostly enter my looks from scarves.
I folded this oversize silk scarf into a triangle and then tied the ends at an uneven point, leaving one end much longer than the other. I put the long end in the back and let the bulk of the triangle rest on my other shoulder. The softly draping material helped me keep warm while still showing the top’s sporty, modern details.
When you add items to your wardrobe, I highly encourage thinking of matching the colors of you, such as your eyes, the darkest and lightest natural strands of your hair, and the cool or warm tone of your skin. If we honor our natural coloring as we choose our clothing and accessories, they will look good on us, and they will blend effortlessly with each other. For example, my eyes are clear blue-gray with no gold flecks. (Silver is my best metal color, but that doesn’t mean I never wear any gold.) My hair is silver-gray on the top and very dark slate gray underneath in the back. My skin is a pale almond cream that turns bright pink when I blush, so all these colors are perfect for me.
The next point to consider is the shape and style of the garments. If you take everything out of your closet that you never wear and then look at what is left, you will see all the items that reflect your style. Classic, flirty, feminine, sporty, and modern are some of the words that might come to mind as you evaluate the clothing that reflects the style in which you are most comfortable.
These photos were snapped during our recent weekend getaway to Primland Resort. We took a short walk around the grounds before lunch on Saturday after our massages.
During the day, I wore the blue Clara Sunwoo top from ShopMyFairLady.com that I showed you in a recent video here. Those are the Jag ankle jeans I told you about in the same video. They are from Purple Poppy, and they are perfect to wear with this type of tunic since they have no lumps and bumps from loops and zippers. The bag is by Ralph Lauren from a couple of years ago.
My shoes were by Vince Camuto last year. They are so comfortable; I bought two pairs so that you will see them often this summer. If you do not wear heels, you might enjoy the low wedge sandals pictured below, which are from Macy’s.