Visible Monday #165: How To Leap Into Bold Color

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Welcome to Visible Monday #165. If you want to participate, it’s so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the how-to. Please be kind and leave a link to Not Dead Yet Style in your post.

You haven’t seen much vivid orange in my wardrobe over the years. In fact, it’s on my “no” list. Well haha on me, I found this vintage 80’s Evan Piccone sack dress (similar) at the thrift for a couple of dollars, and I had to try it. It’s not my best color, as I have “cool” undertones, but I do like the shape and the overall statement (“I am not afraid of orange”).

I added a vintage pearl and tassel necklace (sim) and a gorgeous bracelet from Bella’s Etsy shop. The Cydwoq booties (sim) add a funky feel. My custom lipstick picks up the orange in the dress. In the lower photos, I threw on a wool wrap (sim), just in case it ever gets cool in Florida. I like the cool gray wrap against the bright warm orange.




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Leap into color:




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  1. As always, thanks for hosting. You look very good in orange. Did you add a belt to the look for a bit more shape? I love how you have fun with your outfits rather than sticking to a boring uniform.

  2. That is a COOL orange, I call it Blood Orange. No wonder you like it. I’m a cool pallette like you and usually avoid orange like the plague, but I have a sweater the color of your dress and it works! Great look and I can’t believe you found that at the thrift.

  3. I love your red dress, Patti – I wore my magenta cocoon dress and it’s so freeing to be all loose for a change. I especially like the neckline of yours…!

    Thank you so much for hosting, hope to see you at #iwillwearwhatilike today πŸ™‚

    Catherine x

  4. Please note that I always refer to Visible Monday in my latest post. Not necessarily in the post I add to the link-up. The latest post gets more readers… ergo.

  5. Oh you changed your blog appearance. I have to have a good look at that. (I am lazy)
    This dress is really lovely on you. Whether you think orange is your colour or not, it looks so nice. I will add my red/orange tunic dress to the link-up.

  6. I’m not sure what I like better: the word “sack dress” or the dress itself. You look fantastic in orange and I’m glad you gave this colour another chance. The wrap looks great too – good to have just in CASE!
    Thanks so much for the invitation. The finger sandwiches are divine – you simply MUST give me the recipe.

  7. What an awesome dress! I am a huge fan of this look – great that you took that big step towards bold colors. Suits you soooo well. Definitely one of my favourite looks on you!!

  8. ooo Orange. I luv Orange these days. And it looks good on you, no matter what you used to say/ think. Is it linen? Nice style. And with the boots, very groovy.

  9. I think you can do bright colours well. I love that bright lippy with it.

    This is a great find. I’d like to see what it looks like belted too.


  10. Forget about undertones…this bright orange is so gorgeous on you Patti! And those booties are to die for. In my post today I’m talking about undertones and the fact that I just go with the colors that make me feel good; orange should definitely be one of those colors for you!

  11. Beautiful colour and the dress is definitely worth giving it a chance. Looks great! The boots are really cool and I love the jewelry!

  12. Wow, I love the colour and the less-structured shape of this dress – it’s just fabulous on you, Patti! Brava for stretching the boundaries of your colour world! I’ll be joining up shortly!

  13. I can’t decide whether you look sunny or juicy in that orange. Both. I never wear yellow though I have dabbled in orange and often seem to be attracted to it in a deep slightly reddish version. I look best in cool tones too, though I think that sometimes it is the value of colour that matters quite a bit, whether it is light, dark, soft or bright. It seems to me that you suit bright citrusy colours and maybe the pinker tones are better but the orange works for you too. Maybe it’s a light and bright aspect that is more important. I just want to stick a little paper umbrella in your hair. xo

  14. Yep, I agree with the others so far, the color is fantastic and it looks wonderful on you. Plus you were right, the fit and style was worth the purchase (even if it had been retail price). Perfect choice of footwear with this fun dress and the grey wrap does bring in the added warmth of color.

  15. I own a dress very similar to yours. However mine is in a powder blue. I’m also playing around with styling options.

  16. I’m a big fan of orange, and I love to see you wearing bold colours like this, Patti! We’re both rocking a bit of Eighties style this week – and why not?! The addition of the wrap lends extra elegance – as though you need any extra, Patti! As always, thanks for hosting. xxx

  17. It’s good to try to something new every now and then… I would be wary of orange, too, but this dress looks almost red, very pretty. And I’m hoping this comment gets through, I’m writing this on the plane, somewhere between London and Helsinki, trying out the inflight internet for the first time…

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