See how color combinations make a great look
Liz Claiborne purple blouse, green Gucci bag, horse bite slides, statement belt (all own), blush skirt c/o Lookbook Store, scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta, andsunglasses c/o Winkwood
  1. How to take inspirations for your outfit
  2. How to come up with great color combinations
  3. How I designed this look
  4. Example Winter work outfit in gray and fuchsia
  5. Wrapping up
  6. Top of the World Style linkup party


Take inspirations for your outfit

There are many things that can inspire an outfit. Blogs, magazines, outfits in a store window, TV, Pinterest, Instagram, … you name it. Many easy to copy OOTD base on neutral colors like black with white and gray, or navy with tan and beige, navy with gray and light blue or white. These easy to copy looks typically base on wardrobe classics that every woman has in her closet, i.e. the investment pieces. However, in summer, we want to go for color, not to compete with the colors of summer, but because the dress codes are taken a bit looser color wise because of the summer heat.

How to come up with great color combinations

The easy way is to buy a printed dress, add some flesh colored shoes and a neutral bag and you are done. You look posh with this easy style recipe when the dress is a great fit and cut. Things get more complicated with separates. You have to do the color combination or coordination yourself.

fashion blogger over 50 in purple blouse and blush mesh skirt


midlife blogger in button-down shirt and skirt in neighbored color combination

stylist in summer blush skirt, purple shirt with colorful scarf
outfit details: Liz Claiborne purple silk top, green Gucci bamboo handle bag, Hermes collier de chien, pink horse bite slides, pink statement suede belt (all own), blush tulle skirt c/o Lookbook Store, hand painted swirl silk scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta, and wooden sunglasses c/o Winkwood

There are several ways to come up with great color combinations. Going for a monochromatic look with one color in its different shades or brightness is a great option. For instance, various pinks from blush to fuchsia or red from orange to pink.

Another nice one is to use complimentary colors like orange with blue or green with red, purple with yellow. Analog colors on the color wheel, i.e. adjacent ones are another fool proof possibility.

A less “scientific” way to come up with great color combinations is to look at paintings that your love. I like the color combinations of Munch’s famous painting the scream or van Gogh’s night cafe, just to give some examples.

How I designed this look

The scarf’s color combinations provided the color inspiration for the outfit. For this outfit, I started with the color combination. I was putting my cleaned clothes back into my closet. While putting the blouse onto a hanger I saw that the blush of the skirt looked great with the purple. Thus, I had two starting pieces. Applying the three pieces rule, I looked for a scarf. The scarf has purple and blush swirls as well as green, tan and pink ones. Thus, the slides were a great option as they had pink and tan colors. The bag repeats the tan with the bamboo pieces and the greens. Adding the geode suede belt with it different pink colors and the sunglasses were the finishing touches.

I styled the scarf as a necklace to keep the outfit summery. I adopted the wearing the scarf ends on the back from my Indian girl friends who do so when they wear their panjari.

Example Winter work outfit in gray and fuchsia

Try to use color combination that brands are using like the fuchsia and gray of Telecom like in the example below.

stylist in fuchsia top, gray skirt

fashion blogger in fuchsia gray work outfit
Outfit details: Sofia cardigan, GNW Luxe cashmer sweater, Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, GNW ight, Vince Camuto suede boots, 3.1 Phillipe Lim tote and statement belr (all own)

This belt is a design made by my Dad. He gave me a couple of coins for my birthday in 2010. When I called him to thank him for the gift we talked about what to do with the coins. The idea for a coin necklace was born. My husband gave me also some coins he had and a jewelry store in town mounted all the coins on a chain. I asked for a chain that would be long enough that I could wear the necklace also as a belt.

You also can add a color of the family to the look as is shown in the outerwear outfit below.

Winter outerwear outfit with shearling motorcycle coat
Cole Haan motorcycle shearling coat with Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, GNW tights, pom pom hat, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves and 3.1 Philip Lim tote (all own)

How do you pair your colors when you wear separates? What is your favorite color combination? What is your challenge combining colors? Let me know so I can help you with respective posts.

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Wrapping up

When you are in need for great color combinations take inspiration from nature, famous paintings, scarves or incredibily stylish celebrities. The latter have stylists, i.e. their color combinations, like those in paintings and scarves are put together by professionals.

Welcome to the Top of the World Style linkup party

Thanks to all of you who linked up in the past and make this party great and exciting with your inspiring outfit ideas. Welcome back! You are an awesome crowd!

When you are new, welcome. We are glad you are here. As a “Thank You” for linking up, I will pin photos from this party’s outfit posts to the Top of the World Style pinterest group board. When you want to pin all the photos of your outfit post to this group board, please follow my boards on pinterest (pinterest requirement to add you), and send me an email with the request to be added to the group board contributors. I will email you an invitation. All you have to do then is to click accept and start pinning your outfits. I would love for you to join us.

By linking up you agree that I may feature you as Top of the World Style Winner, Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav or Top of the World OOTD My Fav and use a photo from your linked up post in the feature. Thank you. 🙂

The Top of the World Style Winner is picked by a random generator from the party two weeks ago. The reasons are as follow: Each party runs a week minus 5 minutes. At the time of scheduling a new party, the old party is still in full swing and blogger still can join. To give all guests the same chance, the old party has to have closed before drawing the winner. In plain English, the Top of the World Style Winner visited the linkup party two weeks ago.

Top of the World Style Winner Kit
Kit the blogger at The Kittchen became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post

The winner of this week’s feature is Kit, the blogger at Meadow Tree who submitted her winning post at the 120th linkup party.

Top of the World OOTD Readers' Fav Gail Hanlon
Gail Hanlon the blogger at Is This Mutton became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post

The post by Gail Hanlon at Is This Mutton became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav as you clicked her post the most. This gingham skirt with ruffle is really outstanding and special. The pink cardigan worn as a top make this look even more unique. The look is perfect for work and having drinks in tea garden after work with the colleagues or some friends.

Top of the World OOTD My Fav Ana
Ana the blogger at Mrs. American made became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post

Ana, the blogger at Mrs. American Made, caught my eyes with her great great vacation outfit. I really love this look with these outstanding shorts. Who said you can’t wear shorts over 50? This outfit became my favorite of last week’s party.

Congrats ladies! Please grab your respective featured Top of the World Style button from my Linkup Page for your sidebar, featured or awards page. :).

Speaking of this Linkup Page, when you host a party, please send me an email with the day, name and your blog URL. I then will add you to the linkup directory. It’s a free promotion for your party!

Now let’s party. Everyone of any age and gender is welcome to share their fashion and style posts.

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  1. Grab the above banner and put it into your sidebar if you like
  2. Please follow your hostess via email.
  3. Linkup up to four of your fashion/style posts by simply adding your link below
  4. Please be a good sports and visit the posts of at least three of your linkup-fellows, introduce yourself to them to network and to make new friends. If you know them all already, I am sure they will still appreciate your stopping by and saying Hi. We all like traffic, don’t we?
  5. Please help that you and everyone of us gets more traffic by spreading the word about the party and tweet See the awesome outfits at the Top of the World Style linkup party. Thanks.

Thanks for stopping by and linking up!

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