Beige is not boring, despite reviews to the contrary. In fact, we’re changing the name of this maligned color to cafe-au-lait. It just needs a little love and a couple of accessories, and beige – and all its variants – is a cool choice for southern summer.
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I found this long cool number at Housing Works Thrift in the West Village. It’s a good-quality cotton knit by Everlane, an “ethically sourced” clothing company. It’s brand new, and it was marked down to $10. Yes, please. I love a long, easy dress with no fussing needed.
I added a black tank underneath, as the armholes are cut reeaalllly deep, and who wants to see my summer bra? The rose-tone pendant is new, and retail(!) from Nordie’s. It was purchased with a gift card from the airline that left me cold and lonely in Vancouver (read about the merry airport mixups here).
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Cafe’Au Lait or Beige, I love the color, and love that you paired those great sneaks with it!!
Patti, you look stunning! Chic, elegant, modern! Far far far from boring!
I loved what my friend Beate, blogger, artist and fashion designer, said about all this “boring beige” – “Colors are as innocent as angels!” http://bahnwaerterhaeuschen.blogspot.com/
We are those who are responsible for making them interesting, fun or boring. It’s all in our interpretation!
Love the sneakers and the ring!
Your café au lait outfit looks quite chic, Patti!
You look so stylish Patti, love the dress and love, love those sneakers! Super cool outfit. Thanks for the linkup! Kisses
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Okay, okay…I take it all back! I actually shout to passers-by at festivals, ” Don’t be scared, come on in, we’re a beige-free zone in here!” and there you are demonstrating that you don’t have to be deadly dull to wear it after all – you look amazing! xxx
Great outfit – looks lovely and cool for summer (and currently being in winter I’m way jealous)!
I agree with everyone, beige isn’t boring when the style is interesting and has the perfect accessories , like your necklace and wonderful ring. Many thanks for hosting Visible Monday Patti.
Love your sleek cafe au lait knit! I also Love supporting that particular charity. That ring is stunning. Have a wonderful week !
I agree beige is underrated!
I love sneakers and summer dresses – another great look! And more beige – or cafe-au-lait is sneaking into my wardrobe as well! Thank you for the inspiration 🙂
That dress was such a great score—Everlane is one of my favorite brands!
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I’ve always loved beige and have never found it the least bit boring. In fact it’s one of my favorite colors 🙂 You look summer cool in your beige maxi, Patti, and I’m in love with those sneakers!
That dress is anything but boring when worn by you, Patti. I love how you’ve styled it with those fabulous sneakers and that awesome airline-peace-offering necklace! Plus, O’s ring! Yay! It looks great on you!
Thank you, Sherry! Love that new name for my necklace – a peace offering : > Stay fabulous, xo
I think this is a great dress and a perfect canvas for anything you would like to wear with it. (I am thinking a denim jacket in fall/winter!)
I like the way you’re thinking, Lori! xox
Gorgeous ring. The artist is Bag and a Beret’s husband, yes? It’s really special.
Yes, it’s Melanie’s husband’s art. He’s a great talent. xo
Totally with everyone here – the colour is great as long as you it style with great accessories which you have. You look really good as well xxx
There are some fabulous café au lait (I fully approve of that name!) around, but ultimately it’s how you wear it which determines whether it’s boring or not. Your gorgeous maxi dress isn’t at all boring, and I love the addition of the pendant and the Steve Madden sneakers! xxx
I love unique jewelry, one of a kind, very pretty! This is such a cool, style on you and love the addition of your rose gold necklace against it, and your red lip 🙂
You look great!
I agree…I love beige! It’s like the perfect blank canvas.
Yes! Beige is not boring! It’s how you wear something that makes it boring (or not). I wear it with colour most often and find it to be a very handy wardrobe staple.
You look polished, elegant and beautiful. Love your new ring!
Thank you Barbara! xo
Nothing invisible here! I absolutely love this outfit!!! Very Chic.
I swear your style is getting more fleek and chic by the day : )
I think your bold red lip and gorgeous jewellery and shoes elevate the beige beyond where most beige has been.
Wohoo on buying Mel’s hubby’s ring! Pretty special.
I absolutely love wearing beige, it always seems so sophisticated to me. You look fabulous in this beige outfit.
This outfit is anything but boring, Patti! I love a good monochromatic neutral outfit. I find it super chic and classic and your shoes are perfect with this dress! I am loving your necklace and ring, too! So great!
Love that dress! Thanks for sharing and hosting. Jacqui Mummabstylish
Fabulous dress and I love the styling – especially with the oxfords – so cool! That ring is so pretty!
Coincidentally I am wearing beige (cafe an lait) today! It looks very elegant on you Patti and the ring is a real classic.
Well I bought a beige skirt last week so I don t think it s boring at all! Great accesoires! Have a good week Patti!
A French friend has informed me that the solution to huge armholes and transparent fabric is to wear a beautiful bra that’s “meant to be seen.” I have yet to come to terms with this concept.
Check out the podcast “How I Built This,” which recently featured Steve Madden, talking about creating his shoe empire.
Beige can look so classy and I love how you’ve style this outfit Patti! I would have worn a cami beneath it too – deep arm slits can give way far too much! xx
I think beige can be boring if that’s the only colour we wear. I’ve added a lot of colour to my wardrobe since blogging, but beige remains a fabulous neutral and can be paired with other colours or accessorized to make a great outfit.
Thank you for hosting!
neither beige nor cream are boring, they make their own statement I think
I really like the dress, Patti, it has this subdued cool vibe. The sneakers bring the sports feel and look great with the dress
What a great find. I really like your shoes with the maxi, you’re right, a great addition.
That’s a great dress, and makes a fabulous backdrop for your necklace!
Your sneakers are gorgeous—LOVE!!!!! You look so great in that knit and the rose gold pendent is so fun—not enough rose gold in general!!! I def need some personally!!!
Nope, sorry, you won’t win me over to beige even with a name change! ;-P It is just not me. I love the cut and style of this dress on you, though, Patti, and the perfect accessorizing! Very excited to see you got one of O’s rings! My fingers are too narrow to deal with the width of the band, unfortunately.
Thanks so much for hosting “Visible Monday” – I will be there shortly!
You make it interesting Patti!! That necklace, the fun sneakers!! All great ways to add pizzazz!!
Beige is a main staple colour in my wardrobe! it’s what suits me and I don’t care if people think it’s boring, I love it! xx
This color looks awesome on you, Patti! Not boring at all.
I completely agree about beige or cafe-au-lait. Navy, black, red, green are just a few of the colors I wear with my rather large collection of that NOT boring color!
And to find an Everlane dress. I am window shopping on their site all the time. I so want a pair of their black loafers. I loved this post because it is about one of my most beloved colors.
Definitely not boring, more like beautiful! LOVE the ring!