What to Wear: Summer Ladies’ Brunch

I showed an outfit in my last Daily Mom Style post that I wore to a ladies’ brunch at a friend’s house, and while I tried it a couple of different ways, I still wasn’t thrilled with the final result. I decided to work on it and see if I could come up with a combination that I like better.

Here is the outfit as I wore it. I like to show two angles sometimes because I feel that it gives a better perspective of how the outfit might look in person. You can see this outfit looks much more flattering from the side than it does front-on (most do, I suppose.)


The basic components were this orange embellished tunic from Old Navy and my white straight-leg jeans. It didn’t really occur to me to try it with other pants. I suppose dark jeans might work as well but I wanted a fresh, light look so I went for the white.

The beading on the top is brown and yellow with a hint of white stitching. Here’s a close-up.


The day of the event, I tried the outfit with my brown sandals and my yellow ballet flats  (I would have changed the copper bracelet to a yellow one, had I worn the yellow shoes.)


I ended up wearing the brown sandals, but in retrospect, I think the yellow looked better against the white jeans.

I think the real problem with the outfit lies with the proportion. Neither shoe looked great because I needed some extra height on the bottom to balance out the length of the top. So I went back to my closet and pulled out a few pairs of wedge sandals.

shoe options

First attempt: (Please envision it with a yellow bracelet — I have one but forgot to put it on! And also, the copper earrings from the pictures above. I loved those with this outfit.)

How to Wear: Orange and Yellow

I love these yellow shoes, but they are verrry high. I think the yellow shoes against the white jeans with the orange contrast on top is very fresh, but the shoes seem like overkill for a morning brunch.

Second attempt:

fashion over 40

While the color combination is not as striking, the tobacco colored wedge sandals work with the color palette and are neutral enough to extend the length of the light pants (not literally, you understand… it’s an illusion of more length on the bottom that I needed) but not so high and uncomfortable that I feel that are inappropriate for a casual daytime event.

So I think this is what I should have worn — with the copper earrings that I had on above. And if I’d had a yellow handbag, that would have finished the look. Imagine it this way:

final outfit

The problem with the proportion of the outfit could have also been solved by a skinnier pant to offset the volume in the top. In that case, the flats I wore originally may have worked, but I don’t have any white jeans that are skinnier than these.

Fashion is complicated, yes????

At the end of the day, I don’t think this top is particularly flattering, but it’s nice for a change.

What do you think?