Color Theory: Summer Edition

When I went back to school for fashion, the one course I really wanted to take was Color Theory. Because, while I can choose silhouettes for clients and kind of just know what colors look good on them, I was interested to learn the reasons WHY. Unfortunately, the program track I chose didn’t offer that course and my electives were already completed. So I did the next best thing: I read Pantone’s Color: Messages and Meanings book. I still would like to take a course on Color Theory someday but for now I’ll share a little of what I learned.

In fashion, designers often will punt to the colorways from the changing seasons: soft muted pastels for spring taking a cue from budding flowers, bronze and deep orange for summer from gorgeous summer sunsets, jewel tones and leaf-colors in fall and grays, black for winter plus some metallics and rich holiday reds, greens and blues. I typically follow this formula as well, along with my beloved neutrals carrying over for EVERY season!.

So I've shared one of my favorite summer color pairings, along with some other great warm weather palettes and outfit ideas. Let me know which one is your favorite!

color theory: summer edition

Gap flutter sleeve peplum top - also in white & black AND 40% off right now! | Old Navy linen pants | Sam Edelman leopard sandals | Magnolia Market leather drop earrings | fedora (old) similar and similar - Peter Grimm/Kohls collaboration

Other colors that work well for summer are ocean blues and greens paired with white denim, bright yellow with tan sandals or black pants for the office and of course,  the classic black and white color combo - in just about any pattern (stripes, polkadots, etc.) or solid together. 

green and blue swatch
summer blues
summer green, white and stripes
striped skirt blue and green summer
yellow dress tan sandals
classic black and white summer outfit
black and white work outfit

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Summer Trends

Hello Gorgeous! It's been nearly four months since I've posted and guys, I'm sorry. For those of you who don't know, my dad passed away in February. It's been a tough couple of months since then and I miss him dearly. My mom and I have been supporting each other and she has decided to move to Charlotte! I'm excited to have her nearby, albeit for sad reasons. We've both been going to GriefShare, which is a wonderful program that helps you through your grief journey. I highly recommend it for anyone who has lost a loved one.

Summer weather is upon us! It's already been over the 90 degree mark here in Charlotte and I've been to our pool for what may have been the last time because #moving. Summer is my favorite season - give me a reason to wear an eyelet top and cutoff shorts and I'm a happy girl! Trends this summer are taking some cues from last summer's vibrant and whimsical pieces with more tassels and fringe, but embroidered items and patched denim has emerged as a forerunner. If you're a DIY'er, you can recreate this look on your own for under $10! I just bought these from Amazon and can't WAIT to get them on a pair of white denim. I'm loving the South American theme and found the embroidered top below on Amazon and the shorts at TJ Maxx. The earrings are from a local gal here who sources her items from artisan women who live in impoverished countries. Every summer Style Box client will be getting a pair! OH! Speaking of, if you'd like more info on my Style Boxes, email me! I've still got a few spots left for July and August!

Liliana Cruz embroidered top (comes in 17 colors!) | NYC Blank denim cutoffs via TJMaxx SIMILAR or DIY | Bonita Pina earrings

Liliana Cruz embroidered top (comes in 17 colors!) | NYC Blank denim cutoffs via TJMaxx SIMILAR or DIY | Bonita Pina earrings

*CLICK HERE and HERE to see another cheap and easy DIY project

**CLICK HERE to see more summer trends