I know, suntiger -- it's impractical and too expensive. I'm mostly using it as inspiration that my colors are out there SOMEWHERE.

I agree about it being a warm color fashion season, but am glad to still see some shades of muted seafoam green and teal (especially in tops) hanging around after they were suddenly trending last year. Also lots of navy and good neutrals. For me, that means I can invest in some essentials (neutrals) and it will be easier to avoid purchasing dresses and tops of which I already have plenty...

Well, I hope you’re wrong!!! Of course, I’m all about blue and grey. Since most people consider them neutrals, maybe I’ll be able to find things in those colors.

I know what you mean about not wanting to splash out for stuff that you'll get sweaty in 5 minutes. After about mid-May, I pretty much cease thinking about fashion in any form until that first cool front looms. I just wear what I have and sweat out the hot months. I don't mind saving that money for fall! Maybe I'm a fashion wimp, but trying to be stylish when it's 99F freaking degrees with 99% humidity is just asking too much.

Xtabay, you make a really good point. I have learned that anything too "special" in summer will not get worn -- I need to stick with things I can wash and wear, and nothing too pricey or precious. I've managed to put together some decent outfits with what I have, along with thoughtful updates of footwear. I need to continue to cool my heels on shopping this year anyway. Updating some basics is good (just got new jeans, and a new pair of shorts), and maybe a couple of new tops to refresh and replace some old things that I've tired of.

I did order this dress, too, after trying it on in a store recently -- it's comfy and flattering, cool and breezy, and dresses down nicely with flat sporty sandals. And hey, blue! Tommy Bahama isn't usually my thing, but they do have nice beachy blue colors, and some of their prints aren't too over-the-top for me.

Put me down as another member of the team who is dismayed those cool tones and saturated jewel colors have all but disappeared from the retail scene. I’m currently babying a five-year-old, dark periwinkle EF linen top as well as a vintage pair of Arche sandals in the same tone hoping they will hang in for another summer. Unfortunately my beloved, decade-old, turquoise leather Danier moto wore through at the collar and sleeves last year so I’m still mourning its loss.

Some of the brights and cooler pastels suggested on this thread are possibly passable colors for me, but they definitely don’t hit the same note on my “joy” scale. Right now, I’m feeling stuck with my neutrals for this summer unless you can find those colors somewhere, Janet. But it does leave one feeling left out when everyone else is raving over how much they are enjoying having color into their wardrobes this spring.

Gaylene, yes -- I'm sorry you're feeling this too, and really bummed your beloved items are wearing out! I'm definitely feeling like adding color to my wardrobe this spring is sort of out the window. Maybe something will come up later in spring, but I'll be traveling in April and May anyway, so I thought I'd get a jump on it now.

Love that dress-too bad not in sunset colors so will have to enjoy it on you!
Think T.B. will need a visit soon

I just saw this dress and thought of you, Janet. I love this shade of green and it would look gorgeous with your eyes.

That is really cute, Inge. I have never tried anything from that brand. Interesting.

It's been a while since I bought something from MD, but everything I ever bought there was good quality, if that helps.

OK, I was browsing some online stores for myself tonight, so kept an eye out for fun things for you while I was at it (not all that hard because I'm all about the cool colours myself;-)

I realize not all of these are 100% your style, but I'm throwing them in here anyway

P.S. The yellow items below are what I would consider cool-toned yellows.

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One person's feast is another's famine. Looking at spring offerings, I am mostly seeing cool tones with black or white as neutrals, not the peach, coral, apple green or warn aqua that I want, or even warm browns.

I hear you Janet but the cool tones are out there, just in less quantities and you have to do more hunting. The cool tones may be offered online only, not in stores. Try Macy's, try Amazon.

Meanwhile I incorporate the non-flattering colors in bottoms, belts, handbags, shoes. Anything away from my face.

And as already mentioned, there's usually a cool-toned version of most colors, including, yes, yellow. Hard to find but not impossible. It's definitely one of those things you want to shop in person for.

I did just pick up a yellow cardigan at Old Navy. No, it's not my best color. But it looked really good with the leopard flats I bought recently. And with a blouse in a more flattering color underneath (even a plain white blouse) I can make it work. I went with ON because for me a yellow cardigan isn't a long term investment piece. It's a fun right now piece that'll start to pill before the next trendy color comes around so I won't cry.

Wow, Inge, great picks! I love the deep blues, predictably, but those tanks top sweaters are great, and the black skirt with ruffle at the bottom only is too. The yellow t-shirt is the color I want for my kitchen, lol.

Fashintern - I'm liking the tank top sweaters too, a little different than the usual tank. And LOL about the yellow. I used to have a yellow wall in the kitchen in a previous flat and it made me so happy. Go for it!-)

Funny, I have had two yellow items ever (at least in my adult life). One was a pair of peep toe shoes I wore with a blue and white dress, probably a dozen years ago. Nice but very limited use and they hurt my feet.

And many moons ago, an old boyfriend gave me a butter-yellow cotton jacket by Mistral (surfer gear). It worked on me IF I wore it with white and had a tan. It’s a pretty color, like the ones you show here, but hard enough to work with that I don’t seek it out. I do like it with shades of blue. I would definitely wear it in a print so the effect is softened.

That Tommy Bahama dress is amazing! Can’t wait to see you in it.

I'm a cool toned girl as well. I'm really into green at the moment and I'm always on the hunt for cool tone reds.....they're out there.

Aritzia is doing a green called Botany which is fantastic. And they do a really great red called Lillooet

. Some of my recent buys.....



Marilyn, I like that red camo tee and would actually try that! Except...it’s only available now in tan. :-/

I've got the below on its way in cobalt blue... spring colors (especially this spring's assortment) are not my jam either.

Janet.....I love the red camo tee. It's a great colour for cool toned brunettes. I actually ordered it from Saks. Several online retailers have/had it. It fits slim.

I'm with you Janet! I was so excited about seeing some turquoise but I feel like I'm seeing most of it in a higher price point than I am willing to spend for summer wear. Not only do I not look good in a lot of the colors this season but I don't particularly like them and I don't want to work hard to wear a certain color at this point in my life. I just want to buy things off the rack that are good quality, fit good, are a beautiful to me color and don't break the bank. Is that too much to ask?

I hear you on the yellows, Janet:-)

By the way, I was just browsing the Boden website, and thought the colour of these tops might appeal to you:

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