Hello and welcome to Dressed for My Day. This past weekend I culled my closet simply to make it more manageable, storing away items I’m choosing not to wear for summer but I’m not ready to part with yet. I noticed that I’m going instinctively with a more neutral color palette, but I do have a few splashes of color in my summer wardrobe. And one of the most darling is this colorful A-line skirt that I bought at Talbots earlier in the spring. Today I’m styling it 3 ways.
We actually shot these photos probably three weeks ago, and I completely forgot I had them in the can. And that’s a bummer because meanwhile Talbots has almost sold out of this darling patchwork A-line skirt. However, they do have a similar A-line patchwork skirt in striped preppy pastels. And both seem to be pretty well stocked in petites. I’m wearing my TTS 8 in misses.
Be warned, however. If you fall in love with this skirt of mine or decide you need to check out the preppy pastel alternative, do it quick. Talbots is having a great Summer Style Event with 30% off your entire purchase. PLUS Classic Awards Members (sign up for free if you’re not a member) can also get 40% off one item with code CLASSIC. So these darling skirts are going to go fast.
I’m styling my patchwork skirt three ways today, and you could easily style the preppy pastel skirt or any other colorful A-line skirt the same ways for summer. In fact, you could also style the Talbots patchwork relaxed chino shorts the same ways. These shorts are made in the same fun fabric as my skirt. Really, I was excited about styling this skirt for you because I want us all to know how to wear these bold blends of summer color if we want to…regardless of our ages.
For my first look I paired the colorful A-line skirt with a watermelon pink cotton t-shirt and my denim jacket. Granted, this is a pretty colorful look. But I think the denim jacket keeps it anchored. And because I couldn’t resist adding just a splash more of color, I added my Kendra Scott customized Alex pendant. I have the bronze veined teal magnesite, but there are so many colorful stones to choose from.
I think one of the keys to wearing this much color (especially as we get older) is to ground it with some neutrals. That’s why the denim jacket helps so much. But I also think my bone leather wedge sandals help ground this multicolored look. After enjoying my Eileen Fisher Viv wedges so much last year, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase these bone leather Willow espadrille sandals. I kept looking for and ordering white espadrilles with no luck, and these just fit and feel fabulous. At my age, I’m done with shoes that don’t feel great. And these do. But hey, those Eileen Fisher Viv wedges are still available and at a fraction of the price.
For the next look I topped the colorful A-line skirt with a denim tie hem top. This top works so well with this skirt and others because it doesn’t have to be tucked in order to hit at the right place to create those great proportions. I sized down to a small in this denim tie hem top.
I think the final look is my favorite, but, with the weather warming up, I think it’s the one I’ll be able to wear the least for now. But then again, when you’re on vacation in the mountains or at the beach, it’s always possible to have a chilly night or morning that calls for a pretty soft blue sweatshirt.
This time I kept the skirt and sweatshirt combo very casual and youthful with my sidewalk sneakers and canvas camera bag (extra 50% off with code SHOPSALE). Again, I really like how this slightly cropped sweatshirt hits at my true waist without having to be tucked. It helps me create great proportions and a slimmer look.
By the way, I got a little help from my St. Tropez sunless tanner with these looks, too. I like that you can actually see color as you apply this bronzing mousse, so you can see where you’re applying it. I definitely recommend investing in the applicator mitt, too.
Even though this skirt is just about sold out, this isn’t the last you’ll be seeing of it. I’ll be sharing it again in an upcoming video. And meanwhile, I’ve included a few other nice colorful A-line skirt options in the shopping widget below, too. An A-line skirt is a nice option for most body shapes, but especially a pear or hourglass shape (like me) or an H shape (because it helps create the illusion of a more defined waist and hips).
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Blessed for My Day
One of my favorite parts about my job has been collaborating with other bloggers and YouTubers. I have met and gotten to know so many smart, godly and interesting women by working with them in these mediums. While I’ve always been one to have good friends, I don’t know that ever experienced anything quite like the support and comradery of these fellow influencers. There’s just something about helping another person to succeed in the very same area that you are trying your best to do well in. It’s the antithesis of competition, the solution to the comparison trap and the ultimate kind of collaboration.
But we don’t have to be in business to collaborate with other women in an effort to help them succeed. And we certainly don’t have to be bloggers or YouTubers. We can collaborate with other moms, other women at church, neighbors and women who are younger than us. In fact, today I’m reaching out to a slightly younger blogger to offer my assistance and a collaboration. You might reach out to a young mom, new neighbor, co-worker or friend to see how you can support her. After all, we’re never more successful than when we help someone else succeed.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. ~ Romans 12:10