summer pop! a color pop round up

happy wednesday, ladies! and don’t worry, we will get back to “what to wear to the beach” tomorrow. but today i thought we would talk about color. it’s a theme we’ve touched on quite a bit this summer on the blog. and for good reason; color is a powerful visual element. color can brighten our moods; it can energize us or calm our minds. certainly, in this summer of 2020, we could all use some mood-brightening and mind-calming. i have looked back through the archives and found three posts from this summer featuring a summer pop of color. even if adding a colorful pop to your outfit is new for you, you can ease into it with a top, or a scarf; your shoes or a handbag. how do you like to add color to your summer outfits? 

how to add color to your summer wardrobe

don’t get me wrong, i love neutrals, and i feature neutral-based outfits regularly on the blog.  but just as much as i love them, i’ve got to break things up from time-to-time by adding a color pop to my OOTD.  sometimes, as we get older, we find ourselves staying away from color.  but color not only adds visual interest to any outfit, it’s also just uplifting.  a burst of orange here.  a pop of red there.  it’s funny how a little bit of color can change our mood.  am i right, ladies?  so, today we’re talking how to add color to your summer wardrobe.

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similar sweater shell | wide leg cropped pants | similar sandals | similar gold belt



preppy blazer with a color pop

what a year it’s been.  i think a lot, if not most of us want a 2020 do-over.  (or maybe we’ll just scratch this one from the books.)  but as i’ve talked about on the blog a lot, one of the ways i’m keeping my spirits up is adding color to my wardrobe, as well as pattern mixing.  seem like trivial things, but i’ll tell you what, they’re not only lifting my spirits, but they’re keeping me engaged.  a “fashion distraction” as we’ve called it over here at style at a certain age.  and right now, that kind of distraction is a good thing.  and what better way to inject a little fun than to take your favorite style and add a little twist:  a pop of color here and a new, exciting pattern there.  try it.  you’ll like it.  i promise.  

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pencil skirt | black top | pink blazer | sandals | similar belt



why i love summer dresses | the maxi dress

i’m loving this new satin ruched maxi dress from Banana Republic.  the fabric is divine.  and i chose the muted olive green because of my skin tone, but the dress is also carried in a golden yellow which is quite striking.  add some metallics for some subtle class; or add a patterned scarf for visual interest.  there are so many interesting ways to elevate a summer dress. 

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dress | similar scarf | similar earrings | similar sandals

a pop of color can brighten your mood, give you confidence and overall, just be a fun and uplifting way to spice up your outfit. don’t be afraid of color! if you’re averse to sporting a pop of color this summer, start with a neutral color palette and try one small pop of color. i guarantee you won’t regret it! 


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  1. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Fashion distraction and a pop of color sure help lift the spirit! As 2020 goes, looking forward to bidding it goodbye on New Year’s Eve!~

    Posted 8.12.20
  2. Andrea wrote:

    I have a similar coral sleeveless, tunic style, lightweight knit with side slits that I wear with skinny white jeans and it always elevates my mood. You are right about colour and aging, Beth. I think somewhere along the line, the aging police told women they shouldn’t draw attention to themselves at a certain age. Why? We are mature, not dead. Why shouldn’t we live our lives to the fullest and find joy and satisfaction in our appearance. I have always, even as a teen, admired fashionable, elegant, sophisticated mature women – non of them lived in nude lipstick or drab clothing.

    Posted 8.12.20
  3. Nancy wrote:

    Beth, I especially like the olive dress and wrap. I agree about color. People were so excited to see me in a pink and aqua palm print top recently! I also like that you present yourself with class and confidence, not worrying about covering up your knee scar, for example. I feel better about just putting myself out there the way I am.

    Posted 8.12.20
  4. Nancy A Reed wrote:

    Such a very inspirational post. All the clothes are just perfect.

    Posted 8.12.20

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