Thursday, June 17, 2021

Ageless Style - Summer Brights from Day to Night

 Ageless Style is a monthly style challenge and link up for women "over a certain age".  Each month we pick a different theme and style an outfit based on that theme.

This month Jamie picked our theme and she picked "Summer Brights from Day to Night".  I had a little struggle with this theme as I do not have a lot of brightly colored items in my closet and I really am not a night-life kind of gal.  I'm usually relaxing on the sofa at 7:00 pm and in bed by 9:00 pm.  Nevertheless, I shopped my closet and found this Joe Fresh skirt that I have had since 2013.  I really love this skirt, it's one of my summer favorites because it's so cool and comfy.  

As I scrolled through my Instagram feed I noticed that every time I wore this skirt I always paired it with a light colored top and sandals...probably because I wore it on hot days and I wanted to be cool.  So I thought it would be perfect to take this bright skirt, that I normally wear only in the day time hours, and style it for night...even if it's just make believe because I actually wore my "Night" outfit during the day and was in bed by 9:00 pm as usual. 😀


Day                          Night


In the first picture on the top right, I wore my bright colored skirt with a white tee tied in a knot to a garden.  Below I paired the skirt with a beige tank top to go hiking. 


Here I am wearing a pink tank and sandals with my skirt.


And in a really old picture, I wore the skirt with a white peasant top.  Like I said above, I always wore the skirt with a light colored top, and in all four looks I have sandals on.


But now, because of the challenge, I took this eight year old skirt and...gasp...syled it with a bold blue top!

I googled colors that go with coral and it said:   "Colors that go with coral are neutrals (surprise, surprise), golds, pinks, blues and greens".  But I actually figured that all out for myself when I held a colorful item from my closet up against the skirt.  Yet, I was surprised because before the challenge it never would have crossed my mind to wear a bold blue top with this skirt!  I ended up really loving the way it looked, I thought it looked so much better with a navy top than a white top, and it made me wonder why I never tried this look before.


So how does just darkening the top transition this outfit from day to night, you might ask.  Well, darker colors in general to me seem more appropriate for night time entertaining, partying, dining, or going out at night.  A white tee or tank would seem to casual and light to wear at night.


For footwear, I swapped out the sandals for navy blue ballet flats.  Dressy heels would be even better for a night time look, but I can't walk in those, so flats it is for me!


The most important thing in switching up an outfit from day to night is jewelry, and lots of it!  Here I am playing off the coral color in my skirt and wearing coral drop earrings with a multi-strand matching coral necklace.  I also wore silver bracelets and my usual rings.


My top has a ruffled neckline, which adds a dressy element making it even more suitable for night time activities.  Also, did you notice I have some pattern mixing going on here?  I'm usually not one who likes to mix patterns, but when they are this subtle, I can do it!


Switching out your handbag from day to night also can drastically change your look.  During the day I would carry a much larger handbag or crossbody bag, but at night, all I would need would be a clutch.


And that is how I took my Summer Bright skirt from a day time outfit to a night time outfit!  What do you think?  Did I succeed? 


Isn't this a pretty view?  This is a scenic overlook in a neighboring town of mine.  I live in such a beautiful area.


And now, be sure to check out what the rest of the ladies are wearing for this challenge and link up with us below!

Amy ~ Amy’s Creative Pursuits

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Cammi ~ My Happy Place

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Carrie ~ A Simple Lovely Life

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Daenel ~ Living Outside the Stacks

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Jamie ~ No Delusions of Grandeur

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Jodie ~ Jodie’s Touch of Style 

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Leslie ~ Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After

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Mireille ~ Chez Mireille Fashion Travel Mom

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Have A Great Day!  Amy

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31 comments:

  1. I love what you came up with! That navy is perfect with coral and I love the jewelry you added. I am glad you added all of your past pictures too so that it gives more inspiration! Cute skirt: definitely a keeper.
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it must be a keeper if it's been in my closet since 2013.

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  2. You did great with the challenge! I like all the looks with this skirt.

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  3. Ohh, I actually really love this bright skirt with the navy/blue top... I think it adds a little richness to it. I am more of a daytime person, too and I'm exhausted by 7pm! Lol! I agree on a lighter clutch option for the evening, too... for a nice dinner!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Thanks Carrie! I'm glad I'm not the only one exhausted by 7:00. But I think if you're up early, and work your body hard during the day, you just are.

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  4. That's such a cute skirt! I love blue and orange together so I really like the navy top with the skirt, it's a very pretty combo. You wear this skirt so well every way you've styled it :)

    Hope you're having a wonderful day :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Thanks Mica, I never even thought of orange and blue together as a color combo before. I will have to remember that!

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  5. Yes!! That blue top is fabulous with the skirt Amy. I feel like almost any two colors go well together and I bet you could pair it with green (especially olive green) and purple too!!
    Great example!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Well I'm not as color adventurous as you so I don't know if ANY two colors go well together, but I do agree with you on the purple. I actually almost paired this skirt with a purple top, because I held the two up together and it looked great. But when I googled color combos, strangely enough purple was not on the list.

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  6. Okay Amy, isn't it fun to have these challenges?? I also LOVE how this looks with the navy top!! Great idea to google it... I don't remember my color wheel lessons. ;) Also... same on being home and in bed early... that's my kinda night!!!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, another early to bed early to rise friend!

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  7. I have to say, Amy, I really like the bright skirt with the dark blue top -- it's so unexpected. I'm like you, I would've totally kept pairing it with lighter tops. And that subtle pattern mix is everything.

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    1. Thanks Daenel! I ended up liking it so much, now I'll probably always wear it with a darker contrasting color.

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  8. Terrific idea to Google what colors go best with orange or coral. Love the navy with it. And I like the subtle print mixing. The texture or pattern in the skirt looks great with the texture or pattern of the navy top. Has a beachy, vacation vibe.

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  9. You styled this outfit beautifully Amy! I love the navy combined with the coral. So vibrant and eye catching! I also agree with you on the flat shoes. I am not a heel type of person so it's always flats or sneakers for me. I hope you had a fabulous weekend and happy Monday!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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  10. los dos estilos te quedan sensacionales, me han encantado

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  11. You look great, I would have never thought such a bright skirt could be so versatile.

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    1. Thank you! Me neither! These fashion challenges really make me think outside the box...and my comfort zone!

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  12. Amy, this skirt is perfect for the challenge! I really like it with the neutral tops, but the blue top definitely creates a bolder and more eye catching contrast. I love the subtle print on the blue top as well making the perfect pattern mix! I was giggling about your 9:00 bedtime as I am quite the same. I generally switch to my evening lounge clothes around by 5:00 p.m. and am snuggled in bed by 8:00!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Thank you! I prefer the bold blue now too. I am so happy there are so many early to bed early to rise people! I usually put on my night clothes around 5:00 too. It's because I garden all day, then I come in to shower before making dinner. It seems silly to me to put on a new set of clothes for just a couple of hours, so I put on my pjs!

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  13. I go to bed pretty early too! Navy and coral is a gorgeous color combo! Love your printed skirt and the mix of textures!

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    1. Yea! Another early to bed, early to rise! I'm beginning to wonder who the night life people are. I don't think they are readers of my blog. ha ha! Thanks so much.

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  14. That skirt is beautiful! So flattering and versatile! I love how you've worn it!

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  15. Loving how the navy looks with coral! Thanks for all these style ideas, you look great!

    Life is a Shoe

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    1. Thanks so much. Yes, I love the color combo. I never would have thought of it had it not been for the challenge.

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  16. I love your skirt - it looks great with the navy top! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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