August Outfits - Look 2 - Paisley Blouse + Black Mini Skirt + Nude Belt + Clogs + Woven Circle Tote



Hello again folks! I’m so glad you’re as excited about this August summer series as I am! I woke up with such a pep in my step and excitement for the month ahead. I think August is the perfect time of year to try out new ideas, set intentions and listen to those inner hints that can be all too easy to brush off. Now onto August Look #2!

August Outfits - Look 2 - Paisley Blouse + Black Mini Skirt + Nude Belt + Clogs + Woven Circle Tote
 August Outfits - Look 2 - Paisley Blouse + Black Mini Skirt + Nude Belt + Clogs + Woven Circle Tote
August Outfits - Look 2 - Paisley Blouse + Black Mini Skirt + Nude Belt + Clogs + Woven Circle Tote


I wouldn’t have thought a black mini skirt and an autumnal paisley print could work for a summer look but I’m kind of loving this combo! I wore this outfit to dinner with my parents and Dave last night and it felt perfect for pasta on a riverside patio. Here are some styling thoughts and notes on how I make an unexpected colour palette work for summer.

LOOK FOR LIGHT TONES – I pulled the lightest tones from the paisley print, which you can see is a light tan, and repeated it in other areas of the look too. You can see it repeated in my belt, bag and clogs. This helps the lightest shades in the print pop and helps to balance things out.

FRESH FOCAL POINT – I had been looking for a light belt to add to my collection and this one fit the bill perfectly. I love how the little round buckle in a contrasting brown adds just enough to make it interesting. In the look it serves as a focal point and breaks up the dark top and skirt.

PALE POUT – My first inclination was to add a deeper lip colour to finish this outfit but I resisted the urge and went for a more subdued and natural shade (Stardust to be exact). I think it helps keep the feel of this look soft and summery whereas a deeper colour would have been more dramatic.

How do you feel about dark colours for summer?

OUTFIT SOURCES: BLACK SKIRT gifted | PAISLEY JANE BLOUSE old (similar here and here) | BELT gifted | CLOGS (on sale) | BAG gifted (on sale) | LIP COLOUR (see why I love these here)| EARRINGS gifted


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  1. Elizabeth says:

    The paisley shirt is lovely, Lee! I hate flowered clothing, but there is something so classy about paisley and it’s cross-seasonal, so it’s my patterned go-to. When I’m in the UK, I always stop into Liberty to check out the paisley shirts & fabrics. I’ve also found Liberty shirts in mint condition in consignment stores across the pond & here in K-W. Really enjoying your series on the August clothing picks.

  2. Linda J says:

    I love paisley prints and the colors in this blouse are beautiful. I have always enjoyed wearing what are considered fall colors in the summer…rust, olive and camel with black. I love how you lightened up the look and added texture and interest with the accessories. I have a light handbag, but I never thought about getting a light colored belt, great idea!

  3. ANdrea H says:

    Love this! Your belt game is so good. You’re inspiring me to think a little bit harder about that part of my closet. And thank you for the link-love yesterday!

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Haha thanks friend! I feel like a good belt can really make an otherwise basic outfit. I’m always saving Na Nin Vintage posts on IG and they have such cool belts!

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for inspiring some summer style fun 🙂 xo