For those of you who follow us at G&F, you might think we object to color. And while there is strong evidence of that in our last few posts, it’s not quite the truth.

Our entire adult lives, we have heard the “age rules” –  women past a certain age should stick with neutrals, colors are aging, patterns are too youthful, blah, blah, blah.  We are here to tell you to defy those rules! Color is our love, Color is sexy, Color is vibrant. We will wear what we want, when want, thank you very much!

First up – as comfortable as it is pretty, this Joie floral-paisley print in a vibrant summer palette. Just ordered this dress as I’m taking a big holiday in August. I’m thinking this will be my go-to for dinners

This dress by Rebecca Taylor gently whispers Kate Middleton, sweet and self-confident – and who doesn’t love an off-the-shoulder for those summer BBQs. This cheerful midi dress features garden florals scattered across crisp cotton poplin. This might become a closet favorite.

I love Tory Burch, everything she designs is for the woman who loves clothes and is not afraid to put herself out there. This cotton voile Meadow Folly Dress blooms in the season’s new floral. A perfect choice for getaways or simply sitting in the backyard sipping a glass of Rosé with your besties.  (Speaking of rosé – how do you like your Frosé?)

Did someone mention a garden party? This flower print from Alice and Olivia in lively watercolors makes this sweet chiffon dress a fresh pick for any occasion. And who doesn’t love a Kimono sleeve, the most flattering sleeve of all!

Ok, so this dress is THE DRESS, Grown & Flowners bought so many of this Vince dress in white (yes, white). Why? Because it is the most flattering, comfy, stylish dress ever designed, and here it is in stripes. I think we have died and gone to dress heaven.  Yes, Pam and I already bought this!

How can I mention the Duchess of Cambridge and not mention my sister from another mother, the Duchess of Sussex, my minimalist pal? We are kindred spirits on so many levels, both Americans married to Brits and my in-laws act like they are Royal!  I feel like I know her and she would love this dress, it has what we call the “Markle Sparkle.” It’s a wrap, it’s sleek, and it has very fine stripes. I’ll take two, please!

As a minimalist, I am most attracted to color blocking and this pleated Alice + Olivia is totally on point, a little hippie, a little modern with just the right amount of 70’s thrown in.

Can't-do a story on flowers and prints and not mention the queen of day dresses, Shoshanna.  This lady really knows her around a pattern, like this silk georgette ruffle trim Floral print.

We are going to need some fabulous earrings and these Kendra Scott striking drops are simply divine – crowned with faceted jewels and cascading with vibrant charms. They will be our favorite all summer long, even with a t-shirt half-tucked into jeans.

The motto of the story is this – if you love it buy it, and wear it as long as you feel good.  And never ever let anyone tell you what you can and cannot wear. You’ve earned it!

XoXo @TheKoolestWomen

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