Visible Monday #29: Brightening Up Winter Wear

Welcome to Visible Monday #29! If you want to participate, it’s so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the simple how-to.

I was inspired today by my friend Paula of Fashion Over Fifty. She looked so fabulous in her red and pink combo that I wanted to try something similar: hot pink and purple.

Even in Florida, winter can seem long if I stick to my dark neutrals every day. This floral knit top is cheery, super-soft and in one of my best colors. The black slim skirt is a regular; its cost-per-wear is probably down to pennies. The fun piece is the hot pink scarf as belt, thrifted for $2.

In my old, pre-blogger days, I would have chosen only a “nice” black leather belt to complete this outfit. Times have changed, my friends. Let’s hear it for blogging and visibility!

Blouse: Izod; Skirt: Laundry; Scarf: Kenneth Jay Lane; Boots: Gianni Bini

I can’t wait to see what you are wearing today!

The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple!

  1. Any Monday, whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
  2. Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post.
  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on this cute little link:

In the “Next Step”, you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you’re done!


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  1. I love this idea, I can't wait to give it a go on Monday!

  2. Love the outfit!  I love a bright pop of color during winter!  Totally cheers me up!  🙂

  3. Hi Patti, your blouse is beautiful.  I just saw a similar pattern in Elle mag.  Great outfit.  I plan to pick back up on Visible Monday, I have just been emotionally spent with all that has been going on with me lately.  So many things that I have not even metioned on my blog.  Trying to keep up.  Nobody looks great in photos after they have been crying for weeks.  Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo

  4. GORGEOUS!  Why in the world do we shy away from color in winter?  This certainly inspires me to brighten my overcast days with some vibrant hues!  Hugs  pretty!  ~Serene

  5. Patti … I really like that scarf with this outfit. It's really perfect — pulls out the colors in your shirt perfectly. I agree … I have started to do a whole lot of things that I have never done before as well.

  6. Your beautiful floral blouse is a welcome break from the dark neutrals of winter!  So many gorgeous visual expressions on today's Visible Monday. 

  7. Oh I am going to HAVE to join in the fun of this awesome group Patti, you truly are an inspiration.  It's so wonderful to read your snippets of how your style is changing and becoming more adventurous – beautiful!! xoxo

  8. That's a lovely top – I like the floral motif – winter florals are a great way to chase away the winter blues as is hot pink! I have a terrible habit of wearing black and grey throughout winter so will have to take a page out of your book and break it up a bit!

  9. I always approve of hot pink, and seeing it with purple is no exception. You look smashing.

    As always, thanks for hosting this.

  10. I have seen your post today – marvelous sleeve celebration! How can I help you with the link-up over here?

  11. I think winter scarves and hats are the perfect way to 'brighten' winter wear. I make sure to pretty much always buy mine in fun funky colors.

  12. Very pretty blouse, love the scarf belt! No dreary winter wardrobe here!
    Thanks for allowing me to link up. Love Visible Monday!

  13. Hi Patti – I love your scarf-belt – so pretty! Hope it's okay that I've linked up two posts  (last week's bright pink coat was too loud not to be considered visible)!!

    Catherine x

  14. Yes, those colours definitely suit you very well. And the scarf works so much better than a plain black belt! Yay for making changes – this blogging thing does that to a person! xx

  15. Great outfit, love the touch of color in the scarf belt and flowers in the top.  Color adds a smile to all seasons.

  16. Patti–I love this look!  And yeah for Paula for giving you the idea.  I'm jealous of the boots!  I'll be linking next!  Thanks for this weekly event.

  17. Thanks for the shout-out Patti!  
    And yes, no better way to brighten up these dull winter days than by shaking the color up!  Love this combo on you–
    My next trick may be  purple, lime green and red–ew boy!

  18. You look beautiful in this outfit…the blouse is really pretty…and does brighten up the winter!!

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