it’s goodbye, June. hello, July. how did that happen? just like that, half a year is in the books. 2021 is flying by! it’s hard to believe the 4th of July is this weekend! i hope you have big plans this year. there will be a fun post tomorrow on FWO to get your patriotic juices flowing and your mouth watering! but today, i’m sharing a few tips for wearing separates. yesterday’s post was all about separates, too, and how versatile they are. read that post here if you missed it. and, yes, we need to invest in wardrobe staples that are primarily made up of neutrals. but separate sets can give you a bang for your buck, too, as they can mix and match with other pieces in your closet, especially those neutrals!
if you have followed the blog for any length of time, you know i always have one pair of ‘party’ pants hanging in my closet–typically made of silk in a bold pattern. J.Crew always, and i mean always has a pair of fun pants available no matter what season. and they typically offer a matching blouse to boot! i love this pair purchased last summer for the beach. and this pair that i wore with a sweater for my trip to France two years ago. but this year, i purchased the party pants and the matching top as i am a big fan of paisley. and i mean BIG fan. years ago, my mother wallpapered my teenage room in a gorgeous pink and green paisley. then she came along with a green and white gingham comforter that was not only cheerful but the perfect addition to my french provincial bedroom set. what more could a fourteen-year-old ask for? there were so many happy hours spent on my bed with my nose in a book or flipping through Seventeen magazine until i set off for college.
so what are the tips for wearing separates? first, if you decide to purchase a matching top and bottom, they can seamlessly be styled together. today’s ootd looks like a jumpsuit but without the hassle. if you’re not in favor of a bold pattern, then look for staple or neutral colors. navy, black or white is always a good choice. notice how the paisley top and bottom are grounded in neutrals – navy, and cream. when you pull the separates apart, let this color scheme guide you.
metallic accessories were added to today’s ootd. metallic shoes act as a neutral and help tone down the bold pattern found in the top and bottom. a gold belt (old, similar here) tie back to the gold sandals, so it was a no-brainer to add a gold bangle and gold hoops to reinforce this subtle theme.
this outfit is decidedly more casual. but i followed my tips for wearing separates with dark paired with light. in this case, a cream knit collared polo from Ralph Lauren was paired with the paisley pants. again, i brought in metallic sandals (old, similar here) that act as a neutral and a wicker handbag (old, similar here) that adds that summer flair.