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Pink and Blue Summer Outfits with Viva Magenta T

Today I'm finishing up my series on blue and pink summer outfits not directly inspired by, but reflecting the colors and motifs of, this still life painting from the most recent Style Imitating Art challenge ("improved" here with a Jersey Wooly rabbit).

SIA artwork
Painting source:; Rabbit photo by me

As part of my short-sleeved T-shirt refresh last fall, I purchased this magenta T at Kohls for $6.79. It's one of those crossover Ts in my closet that I will wear for normal daily life as well as a sleep shirt, so I sized up a bit (because I'm not as comfortable when I sleep in a top that isn't generously sized). As probably everyone has heard by now, Viva Magenta is the Pantone Color of the Year, so I figure there's no better time to rock this version of Red-Violet that "vibrates with vim and vigor."

New Viva Magenta T

Of course I had to try it with my new floral cardigan, and I thought the pieces looked nice together. Even though the magenta color isn't present in the cardigan, there were several pink tones, which made it easy to add another version of pink.

Plus size summer outfit idea for women over 40
OOTD #1: 6/12/23

I continued the "various pinks" theme with my layered necklaces, adding a warm pink drop necklace and my DIY white faux pearl with double tassel necklace along with some mixed metals chains. I like how the white pops against the magenta, and the pink tassel made from a skein of variegated pink embroidery floss is a favorite of mine.

Plus size summer outfit idea for women over 40

Here you can see the subtle print mixing in this outfit with the navy/soft blue cross skirt and the metallic denim flats, both of which read like a solid (aka false plain) at a distance.

Plus size summer outfit idea for women over 40

This was one of those rare days when I didn't wear my hair with a headband, in braids, or in a ponytail, so you can see my hair to its full, somewhat unruly extent.

Plus size summer outfit idea for women over 40

My daily bracelet stack followed the basic "pile on a bunch of bead bracelets that repeat (or sorta resemble) colors in the outfit" strategy. No paper beads this time! I do have paper bead bracelets sets that would work, but instead I went with an assortment of glass, stone, and metal beads ranging from about 6-10mm (all bracelets DIY except the top navy/silver one from a CJ Banks set).

DIY bracelet stack

I liked the magenta T with blue so well that I did it again, this time using a floral print scarf to tie the colors of the top and cardigan together. I wore the same metallic denim flats and finished the outfit simply with denim capris (the skirt from the previous outfit would work here too). The magenta and blue bracelets from the first outfit made another appearance, accompanying a paper bead bracelet set that I made in spring 2022 to accompany a blue/pink/green fish scarf (set #1 in the design post here).

Plus size summer outfit idea for women over 40
OOTD #2: 7/2/23

What do you think of Viva Magenta? Is this a color you like to wear or to decorate with? Have you added any magenta items to your wardrobe or your décor this year?

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