There are many mornings when I put on an outfit I selected the night before, take my pictures for the blog, and then change up outfit details before I go out the door. Somehow the process of photographing my outfit makes me re-think the “look” of the day.
With this ensemble, it was only once I got dressed that I remembered the problem with these culottes – fun pattern, great price when I bought them, BUT unflattering with a tucked-in top. Wearing a wide belt helped, but I was still dissatisfied. Just the same I left for work without making any changes. Around midday when the weather warmed up and I took off the jacket, I finally figured it out. I untucked the chambray shirt (long shirttail) and put the belt over the shirt – voila! No pictures of this change, but next time I’ll remember how to wear these culottes successfully!
All I ever do is wear pants! I have to break this cycle but I think fashion and my age are conspiring against me. While you might think this outfit is all about the crazy shirt I’m wearing, it is really the pants with the half-skirt built into the front that I love. Anything that adds interest and spark to a pair of black pants is a keeper in my book. I don’t think I’d like these pants without a tucked in top, but perhaps a more cropped top would work. Hmmm… think I’ll try that next!
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See another (similar!) way I’ve worn this green shirt:
Some days I wonder where the color in my wardrobe has gone. I can’t help that I love classic black mixed with everything, as well as navy and shades of olive. But it is uplifting to dress in red and white as you see here. There is nothing, in my opinion, better than a true, clear red and these pants qualify. They will be keepers in my summer retirement wardrobe!
Here is an outfit the likes of which I’ll probably never wear again after I retire in a few weeks. I mean, this is for sure a work outfit on the dressier end of the spectrum. So today’s outfit is an homage to dressy work ensembles – silk blouse, VERY dressy skirt, heels and fancy costume jewelry.
As we all know, every year work clothes have come more casual. All the while I have strived to maintain a higher standard of work fashion – the result is that my colleagues have seen me as sort of a “fashion icon”. It’s sad that business fashion has come this route to the present day – at least sad to to this fashionista!
This Topshop combo top and skirt was pretty inexpensive when I bought it a few years ago. I thought it might last a season, but it has proven to be a real workhorse.
Today’s outfit is my latest ensemble. I’ve combined it with a long burgundy vest I found on sale at Anthropologie and I think the vest really gives additional punch to the top and skirt. Long vests and dusters work like that for me: they make a standard top and bottom – whether skirt or pants – look chicer and more polished.
Today I am taking a leap and showing an outfit that did NOT work. So, for Heaven’s sake, don’t try to copy this look! The idea was to wear my long tunic over a black top and column skirt. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? What went wrong?
The tunic fabric clung to the skirt fabric so the outfit had no “flow”.
Nothing delineated my waist and the result is very unflattering.
The necklace I chose is too bulky for these light fabrics. The collar of the tunic slipped around, so I buttoned the top button. Also a mistake.
Many lessons in this outfit for me… the biggest one: if I have doubts when I first put the outfit on, TAKE IT OFF and try again!
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See a way I’ve worn this tunic that worked better:
This is an interesting outfit for me to analyze. I love, love, love this mustard skirt but I find it hard to combine with other items in my wardrobe. I mean, I love the mustard color and the lace, but mustard is a hard color to combine with other other colors AND the skirt is a sort of feminine cut, i.e. not a harder-edged pencil skirt.
So I attempted to go a little ethnic/bohemian (I mean – what else can you call this belt?) and I’m still not sure this worked. Maybe the skirt needs to skew more casual (pair it with tees) or dressier – I just don’t know. Maybe I shouldn’t have gotten the skirt in the first place. What I do know is that it will be much more casual in the future when I launch my re-retirement!
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See another way I’ve worn this floral print shirt:
Stripes galore! Yes, I could have put a navy top with these pants – expected AND a little dull. Instead I decided to do multiple stripes. Now, I will tell you that no one rushed up at work to tell me how great this outfit looked so it may be up to you, dear readers, to validate my decision. But I’ll own my choice because I love pattern mixing! What do YOU think?
I. Love. This. Shirt. I actually ordered it twice from Asos. The first time I returned it, believing that it was just too extreme. But then I continued to think about it – and quickly reordered it! I won’t admit how many times I’ve done that before – ordering an item, returning it, and then re-ordering. Certainly a case where in-person shopping might be more economical!
Anyway, this shirt is such a statement and looks great with practically any pair of skinny pants. The pants almost match the shirt’s extremist nature – and the whole ensemble made me very happy.
I’ll admit it – I have a love/hate relationship with tunics. You have seen me wear them before, but I am never entirely sure I like them. They look great with skinny pants, but with skirts? I was completely seduced by the tomato red color of the top you see here, BUT I’m still not sure whether it looks like a sack or not. Maybe a longer, tighter skirt? Hmmm. Well, this fashion blogging game is full of uncertainties. And don’t get me started on the fringe on these sandals – the jury is still out!