Happy Thursday! Today I am sharing a Monochromatic Spring Outfit for Petites. We have had a string of beautiful, spring-like days here in Athens. We are very close to pollen season here, and while I am not a predictor on the timing of such things, I am catching glimpses of friends in Savannah and Charleston at the start of their pollen season, so I know it’s headed our way.
All of this springy weather (pollen, allergies and all…), has me excited; that good old feeling of spring’s freshness with blooming trees and leafing shrubs is uplifting and fills me with inspiration. We are coming into the precious few weeks where the weather is good enough to throw open the windows and air out the house; before we rush to close them again and cover everything exposed to the air, a meager attempt to shield from the layers (and layers) of pollen.
Alas, I am here for all of it – spring is my favorite season and I am ready to embrace her with open arms, a spring in my step and an outfit in colors to celebrate her arrival. Today, I am wearing one my most favorite colors, in monochromatic tones. Lilac, lavender, wisteria – whatever it’s dubbed, the pastel hues in the violet family are perfect for spring. Personally, I feel this color works for all skin colors and tones. I have yet to see a single skin tone or hair color that doesn’t look gorgeous next to lavender. However, if you feel otherwise, I have several other ideas for wearing a monochromatic look in spring-perfect colors. Be sure to find boards with more monochromatic spring colorways at the end of this post.
Today, Kelly shares a monochromatic look in Spring’s perfect hue - pastel violets
The outfit is shoppable via image and text widgets
Plus four more monochromatic look boards in other spring colors
The boards are shoppable via image and text widgets
I love matching separates, but it’s easy and fun to construct your own matching separates with pieces in either perfectly matching colors, or in tones of a single color. This opens the doors to so many combinations and variety in your wardrobe. I like the idea of mixing tones because it’s a purposeful mismatch that looks sophisticated and is easy to wear.
A pencil skirt is a versatile piece of clothing; you can dress it up with a blouse and heels or dress it down with sneakers and a tee shirt.
Today I went with this Rumpled Satin Blouse by Vince Camuto at Nordstrom. This is one of those tops that you end up wanting in every color. It’s great to dress up under a blazer, or go sleeveless with jeans or shorts. The range of colors will get you through spring, summer, fall and winter.
To pull the outfit together and to make it work for an evening out, I have a lightweight boiled wool sweater coat. This one is several years old, but a similar look is available with the Ella Open Front Long Sweater Blazer from J.Crew.
For my shoes, I have been dying to break out the Isabelle Clogs I recently purchased from Sézane. The light beige color is a great neutral that will go with so many spring and summer outfits. For a similar neutral sandal clog, try the All Day Open Toe Clog from Nisolo.
Of course I had to deviate from my monochromatic look with my clutch. A pop of contrasting color and texture, this flat envelope clutch has pink, grey, blue and brown. But all the tones work with the warmer tones in purple, or lavender. Like my coat, this bag is several years old, but Hobo has a Similar Snake Print Clutch. A fun bag like this is a great go-to when you want to add a little oomph to a neutral or monochromatic outfit.
Yesterday, Beth shared the The Ann Taylor Spring Sale. Click the title or image below to read the article.
is our 40s+ fashion & food contributor. She posts a Daily Look on Tuesdays, writes about Fashion on Thursdays, and shares a recipe on Saturdays.
She’s 45, 5’0, and a petite 0/XS.
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Thanks, Kelly! This post was very inspirational! I LOVE the monochromatic look (I embraced in the 90’s as well). At 57, I’m not sure that I can walk in the clogs, but I just love the way they look. And you even made me consider lavender, which I NEVER have before. Nice job!
Hi Meg, So glad to inspire you to venture out into the lavender waters! It’s such a gorgeous, flattering color for everyone! Happy Spring! xo Kelly
Hi Kelly. The purple outfit looks great on you. The deep color is very flattering and the cut of both blouse and skirt are very becoming on you.
Thank you so much, Renee! It’s a really fun outfit to wear. Thank you for stopping by today! xo Kelly
The pencil skirt is really universal. I use it almost daily.
You’re 100% right, Kate! I love a pencil skirt – especially in a fun color, which I think makes it easy to translate to a more casual ensemble. Thank you so much for stopping by, xo Kelly
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