Add pops of colors to a gray day

When the weather is lousy, the sky is gray, the landscape is snow-white, color is very appreciated. To lift the mood of the people around me and my own mood I like to wear some color on those days. Most of my winter dresses are in neutral colors. The sheath in today’s look is the dress with the brightest color in my closet. I not only love its bright color, but also how the neckline is cut.

fashion blogger over 40 in a color blocked work outfit
Elie Tahari dress worn over turtleneck cashmere sweater, GNW tights, Vince Camuto boots, and 3.1 Phillip Lim bag (all own)

Example how to color block

Here I paired my purple sheath with my green cashmere turtleneck sweater and fuchsia bag that my husband gave me on our wedding anniversary this summer. This color combination works because green and blue are neighbored colors and fuchsia is on the opposite side of the color wheel. To ground the colors, I chose gray tights as it is more unexpected than the standard black. The gray Vince Camuto suede knee-high boots lengthen the legs. Since they are slouchy, they give the outfit a little casual twist.

Don’t forget to consider your outfit when wearing outerwear

style blogger in classic winter outerwear

#styleover40 Stylish winter outerwear outfit
Outerwear over Elie Tahari sheath with Vince Camuto boots and 3.1 Phillip Lim bag and vintage leather hat (all own)

To not get cold outside I wore a fur jacket and a vintage leather beret. I like to wear berets when it is not yet so cold that I would get cold ears when I stay outside for 20 minutes or so. Thus, as long as there is no wind, it is dry, and the temperature is above 10F (-12.2oC), and I know that I will not be outside for a long time, I like to wear stylish berets in winter. They protect my upper head, and do not “impair” the hearing.

When rainy days kill you mood, you may enjoy reading my 6 easy tricks for improved mood on rainy days.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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