By Sue Manning

“Fashion is an instant language”


At this time of year I like to take stock of how my summer wardrobe measures up. It’s time to put your fall-winter clothes away and enjoy spring and summer. The rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn the garment in a year it is time to donate it.     

“This summer season making a statement is key.”

Forget what they (who are they?) say about mixed messages. This season, layering floral on floral offers a winning take on modern clothing.

In fashion, as in life, diversity makes things stronger. We all win when a variety of viewpoints are brought to the table as opposed to a single defined one. Now more than ever, the clothing companies are giving us plenty of choices. Colors do stay fairly consistent; some more prevalent one year and to the other.


For summer this season:

  1. The White Stuff. 2. Tickled Pink. 3. Bright Yellow. 4. Kelly and Citron Green. 5. Pure Orange. 6. Blue Shades and Teal.

Your warm weather forecast is here: The oversized jacket or tunic, cropped pants or the perfect shirt or T-shirt. It is the independent free-spirited women that enjoy wearing these clothes.

Tunics are very popular with close-fitting pants and our Slim-Sations do a very good job for a slender fit. Let us help you find a pair that fit you properly. Once you try them on you will want more than one pair. Another winner is our brand “Jess & Jane.” These tops are designed for the average lady with 3/4 sleeves.

The color story also mixes pale prints and white with darker hues such as navy, black, red, and pink in florals, stripes, and geometric shapes.

Sue Manning is the owner of Elna’s Dress Shop in Solvang. Elna’s is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

If you are local, please let us know so you can receive 10 percent off all regular priced merchandise. On the third Wednesday of each month, a 20 percent discount is available on regular priced merchandise. Special does not apply to Danish costumes.