Everything’s Coming Up Roses…

A tonal outfit for Spring featuring rose gold accessories. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Looking Ahead: Spring Trends

One of the big trends I’ve noticed for Spring is earthy tonal dressing. Outfits in a mix of shades of ivory, beige, camel, caramel, and brown, as well as “desert hues” are showing up all over my Pinterest feeds and elsewhere online, as well as in retailers’ displays. I really like this tonal trend, and will be experimenting with it myself.

Earrings | Watch | Ring | Sneakers | Tee | Pants | Sunglasses | Sweater-Jacket | Bag

Plus Options: Tee | Sweater | Jeans

And here’s a budget-friendly alternative to the sneaker shown in the collage.

Rose gold is a nice complement to these light neutrals and earthy colors. And it can be a way to add some warmth and a hint of Spring to a winter outfit. I’ve been seeing a lot of shoes and accessories with rose gold accents, and even some clothing. Here are a few things that caught my eye…

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Sales Worth A Look…

It’s a holiday weekend, which means some big sales and deep discounts….

Bloomingdale’sBig Brown Bag sale, up to 70% off selected items. (Lots of Eileen Fisher included in the markdowns.)

J.Crew40% off select styles with code YESPLEASE (includes my favorite sweater jackets!)

Eileen Fisher – End of Season Sale, up to 70% off.

Nordstrom – Winter Sale, up to 40% off. (Also includes lots of Eileen Fisher pieces, as well as some Aquatalia.)

J.Jill 30% off all full-priced tops.

Lands’ End – Friends & Family, 30% off full-priced styles with code FAMILY, pin 4126

Talbot’s – End of Season Clearance, up to 70% off all markdowns

Halsbrook – End of Season Sale, up to 80% off

Does this season’s tonal dressing trend appeal to you? Have you seen any other Spring trends that you’re likely to try?

Bon weekend!

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26 Comments

  1. Maxine Ryal
    February 16, 2019 / 5:47 am

    $358.00 is a bit much for a pair of sneakers. They look great but….

    • Susan B
      February 16, 2019 / 5:50 am

      I’ve included some others in the widget below that are more budget-friendly.

      • Nicole K
        February 16, 2019 / 8:56 pm

        Over the last 5 years or so, I’ve found Paul Green shoes to be worth every penny. They are quality shoes, with great arch support, style that is fashion forward but not so trendy that they’ll be out of style in a season. Like EF, the cost per wear is there for me. And shoes are no longer something I scrimp on. I’d rather have fewer quality pairs.

        • Susan
          February 17, 2019 / 2:57 am

          Normally I would agree with your comment about spending more on shoes, but the trouble with those above is the sole. If you walk a lot, the rubber sole/tread wears very quickly and even though the shoe is still in excelllent condition, the sole cannot be replaced, extending the life of the sneaker. That has been my experience anyway.

  2. Chris
    February 16, 2019 / 6:22 am

    Thanks to your recent post on your date night look with the long white jacket, I bought a slightly shorter EF version while scouring the sale racks. So glad I did! The latest EF mailer features striking black and white combinations plus a $25 off code inside. Creamy white is such a classic. I’m always looking for fresh pieces. And this jacket does it.

  3. Penelope
    February 16, 2019 / 7:44 am

    I think this mix is just gorgeous but I find that I can no longer wear such pale colors. They wash me out. I need deeper or more vibrant color especially around my face and I think I am not alone in this. I am puzzling about how or wether to wear this tonal idea in deeper colors. I fear it would just look overpowering in that case. What do you think?

    • Susan B
      February 16, 2019 / 7:49 am

      Hi Penelope, my suggestion would be to use lighter neutrals as a base, and a deeper color as a top layer. Or add a bright scarf for a pop of color. Trends are ideas to play with, and we can always modify them to suit our style, or ignore them entirely. 🙂

      • February 16, 2019 / 4:59 pm

        They also depend on our climate. I think this palette is most elegant in California or other warm and sunny/arid places (except the really northern parts that converge on the raincoast) but would not generally work here at all. I did like the dusty rose very much. Mr neutrals here would be cool grey or black.

      • February 16, 2019 / 7:59 pm

        They also depend on our climate. I think this palette is most elegant in California or other warm and sunny/arid places (except the really northern parts that converge on the raincoast) but would not generally work here at all. I did like the dusty rose very much. Mr neutrals here would be cool grey or black.

        I most certainly don’t need a size 3x, but was responding about those that do.

  4. Ainsivalavie
    February 16, 2019 / 8:08 am

    I have the Sophie sweater jacket in cerise and have been waiting for the beige ( or khaki as J.Crew calls it) to go on sale.. Today it is their deal of the day at 95.00$CDN guess what’s in my shopping cart!!! I don’t see it in petites but I purchased the cerise in large and the ‘bracelet’ length sleeves are a perfect length for me. All colours are on sale but I believe the cerise is 156.00$ glad I checked out your blog today!!
    Beige isn’t my ‘colour’ BUT styled with navy or red,pink even olive it is a perfect year round neutral. Not keen on pink gold for investment pieces as a jeweller recently told me that he is having many young brides bringing back their pink gold engagement rings to be re set as they feel they look ‘dated’!! But in a pair of shoes or less pricey costume jewelry it looks great!

    • SuD
      February 17, 2019 / 8:01 am

      In theory, I like the beige, but I’m not sure how it will work with my graying dark brown hair and cool leaning coloring. If it leans warm, it’s a no go.

      • February 18, 2019 / 3:56 pm

        I have similar colouring – my hair on top is almost white, but there are a lot of almost-black strands around my hairlines – forehead, temples and back. I can wear some brighter warm colours, but not beige or grège. We are all different, so we have to pick the colours on trend that suit is. My great joy is finding the tones I like such as forest green and a true wine or berry red that is cool but not muddy.

        The palette shown is very beautiful, but not for me.

  5. Sally
    February 16, 2019 / 8:10 am

    Thank you for the sales tips! The Paul green sneakers are a bit pricey for me. I suppose white sneakers would work? Like the cole haan ones?

    • Susan B
      February 16, 2019 / 8:12 am

      Hi Sally, yes, white or ivory sneakers would work here too. This Mocha color is also nice and on sale! https://shopstyle.it/l/ZEPv

      • Elizabeth
        February 16, 2019 / 9:49 am

        Thanks for the link – I just ordered those!

        I love that the Madewell site not only tells you how tall the model is and what size she’s wearing, but allows you to click to see items on a different, plus-size model as well. More fashion retailers should do that. Not everyone is “5’10, 31 inch bust, wearing a size XS”!

        • February 16, 2019 / 4:50 pm

          Yes, but they’d have to produce the clothes in those sizes; if not it is useless. I find the fact that most of the models, slim or heavier-built, ar 5’10 as it gives me an idea of what they’d look like on my much shorter bod.

          • Susan B
            February 16, 2019 / 4:58 pm

            Hi Lagatta, both Madewell and J.Crew now offer many of their clothing items up to size 3X.

  6. Angela in NZ
    February 16, 2019 / 10:43 am

    It will be a very budget friendly season for me if that is the palette coming through. Not complaining though, it’s sometimes very timely when the new seasons trend don’t work for my colouring. The money saved can go on my next holiday 😉

  7. Rondi
    February 16, 2019 / 11:04 am

    I really really like the color palette of your featured outfit today! For once the colors are perfect for me. I’ve seen a piece or two online but not the tonal mix you have featured. I’m not sure I would have thought of that on my own. Of course, not all colors work on every complexion. I really can’t wear most of the black or black and white outfits. So I am excited about these colors including the rose gold jewelry. Thanks Sue!

  8. Belinda
    February 16, 2019 / 4:08 pm

    I think this palette will look lovely on you. It would make me look like death warmed over. I need much more depth of color. It’s okay, I need time to cleanse my wardrobe and make list of needed fill ins. Spring color trends are often hard for me

  9. Maryann
    February 16, 2019 / 5:02 pm

    This is one trend I will sit out. I don’t like myself in earthy tones but will enjoy seeing it on others.

  10. Sydney Annabel
    February 16, 2019 / 8:53 pm

    I love this colour palette, Susan, and your choices of clothing are as usual superb. The bag is divine. I really like how inclusive you are regarding other options for size or price . One of the comments mentioned climate, certainly these choices would be perfect for Sydney now, right through to June. In fact anywhere on the Australian east coast, Hobart to Cairns (though with shorts there). Thank you for the great ideas.

  11. February 17, 2019 / 6:53 am

    I really cannot wear this muted rose tone. I find it very pretty but my skin has so much pink in it already, that that color just disappears on me. I wear ECCO sneakers only. I use orthotics which raise my foot out of the shoes, so a lower shoe does not work for me. I walk out of 95% of sneakers that are so cute! It is very annoying!

  12. Rebecca
    February 17, 2019 / 7:22 pm

    With grey hair and cool coloring I’m generally at a loss with spring trends. Too muddy for me!

  13. Lily
    February 18, 2019 / 1:01 pm

    I love pale beige-y pinks! My favorite color! I also love tonal dressing. Those Madewell tees come in unique colors. Are they nicely sewn? Can’t stand cheap, “crooked” tees. An effect of High School Home Ec classes, lol.

  14. Lee Rosenthall
    February 19, 2019 / 10:49 am

    Thank you for sharing those lovely Olivia Burton watches. Wasn’t familiar with the brand and just spent an hour down the proverbial rabbit hole on their website. Going to get one for my sister to help her celebrate the big 6-0. We are very different people, with very different tastes, but neither of us has never outgrown our love of whimsy.

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