two brights

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coral top // purple sweater // jeans // wedges (Franco Sarto via TJ Maxx)
I wasn’t sure how these two tops would go together, but I tried them on and thought it worked. I didn’t buy them with the intention of wearing them together, but as I was wearing the coral top and looking for a sweater to wear over it, my eye kept going to this purple sweater. 
This coral top is the kind of shirt that can be worn year-round. It will be simple to wear in the spring and summer, since it’s a bright color and a lightweight fabric, but I’ve also found ways to incorporate it into my winter wardrobe. Pairing it with darker colors, from heather grey to navy, it can act as a subtle addition to a mostly “dark” outfit.

Do you store away all your summer clothes in the winter? Think twice before you pack everything away. . . you may be surprised how a blouse or shirt can be paired with a sweater for winter! 


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Lindsey218 says · 12.12.12

Love the bold colors Kate, you look great! I am wearing the headband from Ulta you showed in your blog and have got some many complements already today. You have such great style 🙂

Kate says · 12.12.12

thanks! I love that headband!

Jill says · 12.12.12

This combo looks great together. I’m actually wearing the same purple sweater today 🙂 Have you noticed that when you’ve washed this it shrank? My blue one seemed to a bit, even though I laid it flat to dry 🙁

Sarah says · 12.12.12

Beautiful combo!!! Love wearing brights during winter!

Alissa says · 12.12.12

I love this combination of colors for the winter!

pretty little things says · 12.12.12

love the color combo here! thanks for showing us the versatility! xo

Lauren says · 12.12.12

So cute! This color combination looks fabulous on you.

Fizz and Frosting

Rebecca S. says · 12.12.12

I love! I like when you put different options together for a top. Great ideas 🙂

adriane@fortheloveofpainting says · 12.12.12

Love the orange and purple together…

Basically B says · 12.12.12

You look so put together. Ugh, I love it.

Joanne says · 12.12.12

I opened this post, saw the photos, thought “oh, summer colours in winter! Nice!” Then I scrolled down and that was exactly what you were talking about! Great ideas thanks 🙂

Just What Jess is Up to says · 12.12.12

So cute Kate 🙂 I <3 JCREW Factory!

still being [molly] says · 12.12.12

LOVE this outfit, kate! it’s a GREAT color combination!!

Amanda Rehani says · 12.12.12

I would have never looked twice at those polka dot jeans but now I MUST HAVE THEM!! I love that you created a few different outfit examples.

Kate says · 12.12.12

agreed, I love those polka dot pants. It’s not “in your face” polka dots!

Lynette Hoyle says · 12.12.12

Love this outfit, and love those pants! So flattering and classic. 🙂
I LOVE bright colors, so I’m always trying to find ways to pull them off in the winter. This looks great! 🙂

Lynette @ lynette marie

Blue Dog Belle says · 12.12.12

Love it!!!!

Emily says · 12.12.12

Cute outfit, Kate! I love the pop of coral from underneath the sweater. I bet that is a super versatile top. I’ve started working at Hot Mama, training be the manager of the Naperville, IL store, and we’re all about fun layering options like that!


Kate says · 12.12.12

small world: my dad is on the board of Hot Mama! Whenever my sister and I fly home, we always stop by the Hot Mama in Naperville to shop! Maybe I’ll see you there next time we’re home! 🙂

Heather Carson says · 12.12.12

love bright colors for the winter!
i tucked my salmon skinny capris into boots the other day and was surprised that the look actually worked!

xo – heather

Jenn D says · 12.12.12

oh I really like the way you styled it for spring! How cute is that!
With Luck

dxeechick says · 12.12.12

lookin’ skinny girl! cute stuff

Terri G says · 12.12.12

I have the same shirt in a different color, never thought of putting it under a sweater….will have to give that a try. Thanks, cute combo on you!

SH says · 12.12.12

Love all the different combos!

Rebecca says · 12.12.12

That’s really pretty! I have never stored my seasonal clothes away before, but I’ve actually been considering it lately. Our closet is kind of small, and I feel like I could do more with my wardrobe if it wasn’t so cluttered. Does that make sense? But, then again, I would “miss out” on cool color combinations like this one.

Danielle Wojcik says · 12.13.12

One, I have polka dot pants just like those, and I was at a loss for a color to wear with them. I have a coral top like this one, so thanks for the inspiration!

Also, it is very wonderfully bizarre that this sweater (in two other colors) is sitting in my online shopping basket at this exact moment. I was wondering whether or not you felt it was true to size? I was thinking an XS, but I don’t know if I should go looser with a S. Just wanted your input! Now that I see the purple, I’m rethinking my color choice, haha.


katie ridings says · 12.13.12

very cute 🙂

Stephanie Kneese says · 12.13.12

I love all of your outfit choices, such an inspiration.

Franziska says · 12.13.12

Your legs look soooooo long in those jeans!

Amanda says · 12.13.12

I love your style! I always feel like I can relate. These are all such cute options. Thanks for sharing.

-Amanda at

Julie Fuller says · 12.13.12

You have the cutest clothes <3 Congrats on Real Simple! I love that magazine!!

Kristina says · 12.13.12

Great look! I never pack away my “summer” clothes because I usually end up wearing things year round – gives me more options!


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Steph at {Halfway} a Grown-Up says · 12.14.12

I’ve got a similar-ish purple sheath top from Loft, and you’re so right – it’s mad versatile!

With the exception of snowboard/snow wear, I’ve never been one to stow away seasonal clothes. I assume this is because my mom never did when I was younger? Now my theory is that if I do, I’ll think I have more space and should buy more clothes, and I need to do all I can to discourage my shopping!

Sierra says · 12.18.12

Love the colors together! I always use my “summer” tops and dresses for fall and winter, I’m a layer girl!

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