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Color Crush: Wild Orchid Two Ways with J.Jill

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June 18, 2024

I have a confession. For years I didn’t wear any shade of purple because somewhere along the way I’d heard that it was a color associated with old ladies. Ha! And that’s before I was one. Hehehe! But here I am 60 years old and absolutely loving the trending purples. It’s a major color crush. And today I’m styling wild orchid, a vibrant purple with hints of pink from J.Jill, two different ways.

Styling Wild Orchid Two Ways with J.Jill

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Another trend we’re seeing so much of this summer is cotton gauze fabric. Of course, this fabric is nothing new exactly. But this year we’re seeing it in shorts, skirts, shirts, pants and dresses…all over the place! It’s a great alternative to the equally trending linen because the wrinkles are more obviously built in to the fabric.

Styling Wild Orchid Two Ways with J.Jill
Cotton-Gauze One-Pocket Shirtdress in wild orchid (runs large; wearing size small) // market tote // similar gold sandals // earrings // necklace // bracelet

My Cotton-Gauze One-Pocket Shirtdress in wild orchid is an easy-breezy option for a warm summer day. I find myself wearing dresses frequently these days; they’re such a cool, feminine and easy alternative to shorts. the shirtdress comes in other colors and a wide range of sizes. It runs large; I’m wearing a small.

Styling Wild Orchid Two Ways with J.Jill
earrings // necklace // bracelet

For both looks today I’m wearing bright gold earrings, necklace and bracelet all from Julie Vos. I love the way this vibrant shade of gold pairs with my color crush. I suppose it looks a little royal.

Styling Wild Orchid Two Ways with J.Jill
Cotton-Gauze One-Pocket Shirtdress in wild orchid (runs large; wearing size small) // market tote // similar gold sandals // earrings // necklace // bracelet

I completed my one-and-done shirtdress outfit with gold sandals and my market tote. My sandals are from M.Gemi last year and no longer available, but these gold sandals from the same brand are very similar and marked down considerably.

Styling Wild Orchid Two Ways with J.Jill
Easy Linen Wide-Leg Crops in wild orchid (runs large; wearing medium but roomy) // Britt Linen Shirt in elderberry (runs small; wearing large) // market tote // similar gold sandals // earrings // necklace // bracelet

To create my second outfit with my recent color crush I started with J.Jill’s Easy Linen Wide-Leg Crops in wild orchid. These crops are so comfortable and the linen is just gorgeous. But they do run a little large. Still, I stuck with a medium because I suspected the small might be too tight on me and I was ordering online. Plus I’d rather my linen pants be a little roomy than snug.

Styling Wild Orchid Two Ways with J.Jill
Easy Linen Wide-Leg Crops in wild orchid (runs large; wearing medium but roomy) // Britt Linen Shirt in elderberry (runs small; wearing large) // market tote // similar gold sandals // earrings // necklace // bracelet

I decided to go all purple and I topped the wild orchid Easy Linen Wide-Leg Crops with a Britt Linen Shirt from J.McLaughlin in elderberry that I just happened to have in my closet. That’s the thing with a color crush. If you collect several pieces in a favorite color you can often mix them for a stunning combination. I love a monochromatic look with a vibrant color.

Styling Wild Orchid Two Ways with J.Jill
Easy Linen Wide-Leg Crops in wild orchid (runs large; wearing medium but roomy) // Britt Linen Shirt in elderberry (runs small; wearing large) // market tote // similar gold sandals // earrings // necklace // bracelet

The Britt Linen Shirt runs a little small in the upper arms and shoulders for me, so I’m wearing a size large comfortably. And by the way, those Easy Linen Wide-Leg Crops still available in a wide range of sizes and they’re marked down. Plus, you get an extra 30% off that price. They come in apricot orange, too.

Styling Wild Orchid Two Ways with J.Jill
Easy Linen Wide-Leg Crops in wild orchid (runs large; wearing medium but roomy) // Britt Linen Shirt in elderberry (runs small; wearing large) // market tote // similar gold sandals // earrings // necklace // bracelet

I kept my accessories the same for this second look. I just love the combination of gold and straw, and I think they’re perfect with purple. J.Jill has a few other pieces in wild orchid, and I’ve included them in the shopping widget below.

Do you have a color crush that you just can’t wear enough of these days? I’d love to hear about it! Thanks so much for dropping in today. Have a lovely summer day!

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Have you ever caught yourself arguing with someone and suddenly realized how foolish you’re being? Somewhere along the route of the conversation, you stopped making reasonable comments and started talking just to hear yourself talk. You ceased listening to the other viewpoint and began defending your position at all cost. And maybe you even realized at some point that what you were arguing wasn’t even worth the discord that was building, but you just had too much invested in the fight to put down your weapons and make peace.

I find that I am more prone to enter into such silly but destructive arguments when I’m tired. And, unfortunately, I am more likely to have them with the people I love the most. That’s a shame, really. But I’ve learned that if I’ll remember that relationships are more important than being right, listening is more noble than speaking your mind, and words are more powerful than they feel, I am more likely to stay off of this battleground altogether. If you’re struggling with the temptation to argue until you win, ask the Lord to help you be quick to hear and slow to speak, slow to anger.

One who separates himself seeks his own desire;
He quarrels against all sound wisdom.
A fool does not delight in understanding,
But in revealing his own mind. ~ Proverbs 18:1-2

xoxo, Kay
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18 thoughts on “Color Crush: Wild Orchid Two Ways with J.Jill

  1. Your BFMD is so important. My favorite words are, “You may be right.” Usually stops the discussion quickly. Your purples are so flattering on you. I think silver jewelry would be prettier with the colors you wear, but you might be right. Haha. I’ve returned to my best colors in my spring palette, my fav being spring pink and coral. I have worn silver jewelry for the last 25 years, but am moving back to gold which works best with my skin tone and colors even tho my hair is white. Have a nice day

    1. I love that, “You may be right.” I can see how it would end fruitless arguments on a good note. Thanks for sharing. Yes, I do think silver would look great here, too. I actually have a large collection of silver and used to wear it exclusively. But I got a little tired of it and yearned for some gold. So now I try to rotate between the two and also love my Brighton gold/silver mixed jewelry.

  2. You look so good in those purples 💜And yes I too love Purples but thought they were ‘old lady’ colours , till last year when I started wearing them and getting so many compliments , I tend to wear Purples in Autumn/Winter and my Summer wardrobe is mostly made up of a few different shades of Blue , especially Turquoise I love it with White , it reminds me of being Abroad like Greece or Spain , the colour of the Sea . I really really loved and appreciated your BFMD today and it has stopped me in my tracks about wanting to pursue an argument ( I hate confrontation anyway) I’ve realised this argument is fruitless and also realise my Ego has taken over rather than my Spirit . Thank you for All you do Kay as well as keeping is updated and stylish , you bring us joy with your ‘Blessings’ and remind us how good God is 🙏🏻😇❤️

    1. I hate confrontation too. I’m so glad this spoke to you. I always have big regrets when I engage in a fruitless argument. I’m trying to stay out of them altogether. But sometimes we can get trapped in one before we know it! Thanks for sharing. ☺️

  3. Good points in the BFMD. Communication is a large part of how we present ourselves to the world. My husband read the book “Tactics” three times in order to better communicate with people. It’s by Koukl. I hope to read it soon-working my way through several books:)

    I have been wearing some orange and have come to like it. I never thought I would like this color! I think it looks good with my brown (and gray) hair.

    1. I love orange. I don’t wear it much recently. But it has always seemed so fresh and cheerful to me. Thanks for sharing. 🧡

  4. I am with you on the color of purple-it’s beautiful.I also purchased some purple clothing this spring. I purchased different pieces from Chico’s in what they call parisian purple. I purchased a pair of ankle slacks of a stretchy material, matching 3/4 sleeve no iron button down the front blouse, a 3/4 sleeve tee shirt with accent buttons on the sleeves, and a short sleeved v neck tee shirt. With all these matching pieces I can mix and match. I will wear with amethyst and also silver jewelry. I would like to purchase a purple silk scarf.

  5. Appreciated the words from Proverbs.
    Been enjoying a dark lavender blouse. I somehow have trouble making myself wear this but when I do, I love it. Maybe
    just don’t want to stand out too much.

    1. Yes, I think it surprised me when I got compliments in purple. You should definitely wear that blouse more. 😉💜

  6. Your BFMD is so true. I hate confrontation Usually I listen and try not to get to judgmental. I too find when I am tired i tend to argue and get irritated. Sometimes we need to pick our battles and button our lips. Thank you for the reminder. Good verse from Proverbs.
    You look good in purple and wear it sometimes. It was my Mother’s Favorite color and reminds me of her when I see someone wear it

  7. I love the color combination of the pants and the shirt. I like how they are somewhat related but different and it really comes together well.

  8. OMG those pants are right up my alley. I love seeing you in colorful options, Kay.
    I might have to get a pair especially since they are on sale.
    XOOX
    Jodie

  9. Love you in shades of purple. I heard a couple of years ago that lilac makes you look older so I put away my lilac cashmere sweater. Seeing you in all shades of purple has changed my mind. I purchased a purple button down slightly cropped shirt from Talbots that you showed a few months ago. It is so flattering! So thank you for re introducing purple to me!

  10. Love the devotional message. I hadn’t worn purple because most shades are cool and don’t look good on my skin. However recently I discovered violet and lilac. They actually look good on me. I love the violet shades in the dress and pants. I don’t like lavender because I thought of it as an old lady color too. Last year I bought a gauze lavender shirt because I love gauze. It’s not my best color but I wear it anyway now that I’m an old lady. Lol. Deep royal purple is not a good color on me.

  11. Just catching up on email….to answer your question…Yes! I’m enjoying purples too! Over at Talbots I’ve bought several purple and lavender tees, their tulip lavender linen jacket, and just today their wisteria purple relaxed chinos arrived. So fun to mix and match. I like mixing them with light turquoise (Lovely blue) and wearing the opals my Mom passed down to me. Loving opals with lavender and purple.

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