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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Colors of Capri - Milly for DesigNation Review


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Hey there fashionistas! Welcome to my newly updated site! And yes, if you are reading this, you are a fashionista. You have taken the time to check out a styling blog - perhaps for inspiration - so pat yourself on the back!

I LOVE a designer collaboration. Designers get to expose their brand to a whole new audience and fashionistas get access to high-end designer labels we normally might not get to wear. When I read that Milly was doing a collection for kohl's, I wasn't sure if pieces would still be available when I arrived post-launch date, especially considering the Lilly for Target madness in April. (More on that later.) To my great surprise, there were plenty of pieces left - and in my size! I ended up with several really cute items, including these pants (and got it all for 30% off!).  Having recently vacationed in Capri, Italy Milly took inspiration from the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea and the bold colors of the island. I can't wait to wear all the items I picked up so I can daydream about actually going to Capri someday. I can picture it now: zipping around on a Vespa, drinking espresso by the sea, splurging on Italian handcrafted leather....but I digress. Back to the outfit! I decided to go all blue and paired these printed pants with a flouncy cobalt tank and my Rockstud-inspired flats (which are fabulously comfortable, by the way!). Let me know what you think!

 Photos by Ariana Clare -

Jessica Simpson top | Milly for DesigNation capris (they fit like pants on me...but I'm 5'0") | Halogen Olsen leather flats | Nordstrom necklace (last season) similar  | Banana Republic earrings (sold out) similar | Fossil watch| Stella & Dot bracelet |Kate Spade travel wallet (borrowed from my fabulous coach Stephanie Melish)

Check out the rest of the Milly for DesigNation collection here!

(I might have bought the entire Look #7...don't judge! Even a stylist can take styling tips from others! )