I’m returning home today from my first long weekend trip of the summer. For once I didn’t over pack, but had plenty of wardrobe options for every occasion and didn’t struggle once with what to wear.
The secret was in “the package.” Putting together a sportswear package eliminated having to do much thinking. By keeping the color range simple and choosing pieces that easily coordinated, deciding what to wear was easy. For this weekend I chose navy blue and white as the base colors, with red, pink, navy and purple tones as the accent colors.
What I packed:
- One pair of dark denim jeans, two shorts – white solid and red, white, and blue check.
- One long sleeve and one short sleeve patterned shirt which both worked easily with the jeans or white shorts.
- I brought a navy solid polo and crisp white T-shirt to wear with the checked shorts. I Could have easily worn red instead.
- My swim trunks were also red, white and navy blue.
- A navy cotton v-neck sweater and a light weight jacket rounded out the clothing, for the cooler early morning and late evening weather, and in case it rained (which it did not.)
- Gray canvass slip-ons and navy blue sneakers were my shoes…worn with a blue belt.
Note: Had I anticipated doing anything requiring a more formal look I would have packed my new “heightened blue” blazer.
Travel for leisure should be as care free and enjoyable as possible. Packing well is a good start. Depending on the length of your trip, pick one or two neutral colors as your base colors to build a sportswear package around and balance solids with patterns…heavy on the solids for simple elegance.
Note: Neutral colors include: navy, gray, black, brown, tan, and white.
- Launder and try on anything new before you pack it. (Laundering will remove any surface chemicals that may remain from the manufacturing process. And make sure it fits.)
- Use a packing checklist to make sure that you don’t forget anything important.
- Did you remember UV protection and sun shades?
Safe travels this summer. Make memories! Have fun!
When not watching the games of March Madness, I was out in the garden a lot on the weekends in March. Where I live it was time to plant more herbs and to get my vegetable garden going. Mostly though the mission was to wake up the garden from it’s winter hibernation and to add some fresh color.
I especially like the vibrant pink tones of the fuschias, and geraniums. The yellow and orange tones provided by the marigolds and ranunculus are already making the back yard a happier place. The colors of spring and summer have a way of doing that.
Color is a favorite topic for most any publication about design, be it fashion, interior design or creating the best landing page for your website. A uniquely potent medium, color is full of emotion and energy – a powerful resource for your image and personal style/branding. The colors that you wear and how they are combined can dramatically impact how you are perceived by others. Doing it well immediately increases your level of influence.
No matter the season, there are occasions and venues that require dark, neutral clothing, but lighter shades of blue and gray, as well as earth tones (tan, olive, brown) are the perfect backdrop or frame for the colorful shirts, ties, and pocket squares (and socks) that the warmer, brighter months invite. For Spring, think LIGHT and BRIGHT! Lighter tones inspire comfort and ease – a certain cool, while brighter tones energize and command attention.
Here are five ways to use color to get some Spring into your appearance:
- Depending on where you live and what business you are in, you might work more color into your suits, blazers, jackets, and pants. Why not consider a blazer that is bluer than navy or a light weight jacket in a favorite color made from linen or cotton, or tropical weight wool?
- Depending on your natural coloring, as well as your profession, lighter clothing may not be your best choice. Introducing stronger, brighter colors with classic charcoals or navies can create a more dramatic, more powerful, and more flattering look. Pump up the volume with bolder colors in your shirt and/or tie, and turn a subdued, staid outfit into a true star of your wardrobe.
- Wear shirts with color other than your basic blue. With light to medium shades of blue or gray clothing, introduce shirts in tones of orange, green, pink and lavender.
- Point #2 applies to your casual wardrobe especially! In that case you have even more latitude with color and pattern. Have fun! If not now, then when?
- With respect to neck wear and pocket squares, who’s to stop you from throwing caution to the wind? I still prefer and recommend the more classic patterns, solids included, but as far as color, wear what you like that coordinates with your shirt and jacket. By all means, go bright and go light. That being said, a sharp navy tie with a seersucker, summer tan, or light blue suit is elegance personified.