Sunday, May 22, 2016

Colorful Dress & A Mainly Neutral Wardrobe

The weather is still all over the place here in the Bay Area - 90s at the beginning of the week and low 60s and rain by the end of the week - actually quite typical for the end of spring around here. I’m not complaining as we are blessed with mild weather year round, and we are definitely thankful for any rain we get.

I don’t wear a lot of purple, but this pink, purple and black dress caught my eye when it was on major clearance - I think 80% off - when a Macy’s closed down close to us a year ago. I tried it on just for fun and ended up liking it. I love the fun geometrical pattern and the slight flare at the bottom. And by pairing it with a black cardigan, I toned down the busy pattern a bit.  

Black  Pink Dress 1 2

 

Mixing Colors into a Mainly Neutral Wardrobe


I’ve been trying to streamline my closet and have been mostly replacing neutral foundation pieces in the last six months. My loud Trina Turk pants being the exception! What I have found is that it’s fun to have a few colorful pieces in your closet. I may not get as much wear out of them as out of my well-made neutrals (like my beloved Trina Turk Accomplice top), but color spruces up my wardrobe and I love to wear it on occasion. I wear something colorful once or twice a week; the rest of the time I wear neutrals but may add color with accessories. This may not be apparent from the blog as I’ve been showing a lot of colorful clothes lately. A typical outfit of mine is more in line with my black & white maxi skirt outfit from a few weeks ago.

Color Can Affect Your Mood


I love color because it can really affect my mood. When I’m in need of some cheer, I wear my yellow cardigan. On a beautiful summer day, I love my raspberry top; it just screams summer to me, and somehow I always feel I “need” to eat some ice cream when I’m wearing it... And on a rainy day, nothing cheers me up like my colorful Desigual coat

Black  Pink Dress 2 1
Outfit Details: Purple/Pink/Black Dress (fabulous splurge; fun Robert Rodriguez dress on the RealReal), Yummie leggings, Coach Prairie Satchel (I love the one in bright pink)

Question: Do you wear colorful clothes or neutrals? Or both? What affects your decision what colors to wear on a particular day? 

Linking up with: 
Saturday: Up, Down, All Around 
Monday: Classy Monday, iwillwearwhatilike, Style Nudge, VisibleMonday
Tuesday: Waywow, Confident Twosday, TurningHeads
Wednesday: Wednesday's Wardrobe, Style Me Wednesday, Fresh Fashion Forum, Style Perspectives
Thursday:Upsy Daisy, Thursday Moda, Top of the World, A Labour of Life, Throwback Thursday, Thursday Fashion Files, Thursday Favorite Things
Friday: Sheela Writes, Sweet Inspiration, Fancy Friday, Fabulous Friday, Weekend Wear, Passion for Fashion, Fridays Fashions, Fun Fashion Friday


Be well,
Andrea

[Disclosure: Links to clothing items in this post are affiliate links, and www.andreaswellnessnotes.com may benefit from actions taken on the links.]

80 comments:

  1. Pretty colors + I totally agree that color can be affect on a person.

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      I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!

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  2. So pretty!

    I agree that colour can truly lift our mood. Probably why I've been wearing black lately, something I normally never do.

    Seeing you in this makes me smile.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne! Yes, sometimes color is good... :-)

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  3. I also wear mainly neutrals and add a pop of color for a change. I love these vibrant colors on you! They are fun without take away that polished flare of your outfit.
    Red Reticule

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  4. Such a pretty look! The black cardigan is a great addition, against the vibrant colors. xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Patti! I like the dress better with the cardigan than without...

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  5. Andrea, love your dress especially the geometrical patterns. It makes us ladies look slimmer. hehe.... Enjoy & have a week ahead dear.
    Blessings, kristy

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    1. Thanks, Kristy! And, yes, the pattern is flattering... :-)

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  6. The weather is also very "all over the place" here in Los Angeles. I love your dress both in terms of the pattern and the colors. Just looking at it puts me in a cheerful mood! Have a fantastic week!

    -Katie
    http://hellokatiegirl.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Katie! The print makes me smile, too. :-)

      Have a wonderful week!

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  7. Beautiful dress with eye catching print!

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    1. Thanks, Olga! The dress is a bit out of my comfort zone, but looking at it does make me happy! :-)

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  8. I love the bright colours of this dress! I wrote about wearing colours the other day, and I do like it when people choose colour over more dully boring blacks and browns. You look fabulous :)
    Suzy x
    www.suzyturner.com

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  9. Color effects my mood too, I love to wear bright colors! You look fab in pink. :)

    Brooke

    Pumps and Push-Ups

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  10. Love this colorful ensemble, babe! You look amazing and happy!
    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! Happy Monday to you!

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  11. I love color but tend to wear it in small doses and mixed with a neutral. I love your look here, its just the right amount of color mixed with black. You should wear more color it looks great on you :)
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com

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    1. Thanks, Nora! You look so good in so many colors, and I love how you always mix it with a neutral!

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  12. I mostly wear a neutrals but still rocks colors. I love bright colors for going out!

    Erica
    www.pumpsandpushups.com

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    1. Yes, bright colors are fun for going out!

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  13. I'm definitely a colour lass. I love wearing bright colours as it definitely lifts my mood. Love the geometric pattern of your dress, very unusual. I would've bought it too if I'd seen it!

    https://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks, Jacqueline! Yes, I think the unusual pattern is really what attracted me to the dress.

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  14. I'm on your team definitely Andrea!
    Color, color & more color!!
    In fact, I have to remind myself to wear neutrals just to tame down the color!
    I truly believe it affects our moods (probably more than we realize) and I believe it affects others moods too---heck, they are the ones looking at us in our color! (And did I use affect or is it effect---I can never get those straight?)
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Good point about others looking at us and thereby being affected by what we wear! A friend of mine wore a bright yellow turtleneck and a colorful scarf on Saturday night, and she was truly like a ray of sunshine! She looked amazing (the yellow was PERFECT for her) and made everyone happy!

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  15. I wear it all but I have not bought anything new in years! :)

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    1. I like that you wear a wide range of colors, Jody!

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  16. I love the colorful dress. It's always nice mixing in prints and fun with your neutral wardrobe. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

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    1. Thanks, Megan! Yes, mixing up the neutral is definitely fun!

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  17. LOVE that dress. So into geometric patterns! I looked at my closet, mostly black, gray and some blues. The color is all in my shoes and accessories!

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    1. Thanks! You can have SOOO much fun with shoes and accessories!

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  18. This colourful dress would be the perfect tonic if I were feeling down in the dumps Andrea. I love the colour combinations, but also the sweet, girly cut of it. Your addition of cut off tights gives it a less formal look which is very clever. Lovely post!
    Anna
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Anna! Yes, it's a great dress to cheer yourself up! :-) And, yes, I love the cut, too.

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  19. Love the fun colors in that dress! I love to mix and match colors and neutrals!

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  20. So cute!!! I love that you can wear your sweet dress with tights if it's cooler! I totally agree with you that colour effects your mood as I have a pair of coral shoes with a organza flower on the top (they probably sound really kitch but they are super cute) and every time I wear them I smile!

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    1. Yes, wearing what makes you happy & smile is so important!!!!

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  21. As I get older I'm finding that a bit of colour brightens me up and makes me look and feel fresher. I tend to stick to neutral pants and cardigans but go with a coloured top for a bit of zing.

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    1. Yes, adding a colored top (or colored scarf) is a great way to brighten yourself up!

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  22. Love that dress to pieces!! You just look amazing in any color!!

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    1. Thanks! You are the sweetest, Andrea!

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  23. Good colours there, they look super cute on..lovely blog..xxJacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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  24. Pink and black done well. I just love that dress. I must say that's the right way to wear leggings under a dress!

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  25. Andrea, you look as lovely as ever! I adore the dress on you!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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  26. That is a beautiful printed dress! Like you I do have some colourful pieces in my wardrobre, but I prefer colourful accessories more. I've been trying to make more of a choice to try colourful clothes more often too lately.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Colorful accessories are great to add some fun to a (mostly) neutral wardrobe. You do that very well, including your fabulous handbag collection, Mica!

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  27. Love the print of your dress! It looks so good against the black!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Thanks, Jill! I like that the print is quite unusual...

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  28. Totally agree with you! The more colorful you are, the happier you'll be <3
    Love your dress, anyway :)

    Take care,
    Rizuna from A Well-dressed Nerd

    PS: don't forget to check this out >> Na-Ra Hayley

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  29. I couldn't agree more about color. I used to wear mostly neutrals and then I realized what an impact brighter colors have on my mood and even sometimes on other people's perceptions. Love the colors in that dress, so fun

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    1. Yes, the impact of color can be huge. Thanks, Shaunacey!

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  30. Living in Seattle, where it's gray so much of the time, I love to wear color. Such a pretty dress and it looks lovely on you!

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    1. Yes, color can really brighten up a grey day! Thanks, Lana!

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  31. I really like what you are wearing and how you styled it. The pink and purple go very well together, and that bag goes perfectly with the dress.

    Supriya
    www.unfoldingstyle.com

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  32. Lovely dress! I agree...colour really does affect our moods. I wear neutrals and bright colours...sometimes a mix of both, it really depends on how the mood takes me.

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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  33. Beautiful geometric print on the dress Andrea, I like the pop of colors and how you muted it with neutral accessories. Thank you for linking up and have a great long weekend!

    xo Sheree
    http://poshclassymom.com
    IG: @poshclassymom

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    1. Thanks, Sheree! I like the geometric print, too! Makes it a bit more unique... :-)

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  34. you look fabulous and what a great bargain to boot. I like to mix things up from day to day between neutrals and brighter colors. Neutrals are like the comfort food of clothing and are my go-to when I want to effortless but stylish look. thank you for posting with Up, Down, All-Around.

    Rena
    www.finewhateverblog.com

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    1. Thanks, Rena! Wearing neutrals is like comfort food! :-) And it's nice to add some spice by way of colors once in a while...

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  35. I really like the pink and purple on you. I have also bought recently a geometric pattern in a dress, which is always fun to try something different. Looks lovely
    Thank you for linking up with Turning Heads Tueaday!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  36. This dress is so pretty and love it paired with the leggings.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  37. I love this! It's really my style. I like the way the black cardigan and the black leggings make this a perfect combination. I love my clothing to be neutrals with a pop, whether it's a piece of jewelry or a scarf, or a graphic tee. I love how this looks all together!

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    1. Thanks, Nikki! I like that the leggings and the cardigan tone it down a bit... :-)

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  38. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style

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  39. Super colorful and oh so pretty! Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  40. I love this outfit. I love black as a staple in my outfits anyway but the dress really adds a pop of color that makes it youthful and fun. Great outfit Andrea.

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    1. Thanks, Mary! I wear a lot of neutrals, so this was a nice (unexpected) pop of color.

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