Such a simple Friday dress down outfit – black and khaki. But it is the cut of this top and these pants that makes this outfit work – a little baggy, a little fitted, a little asymmetrical. Before I left the house that morning, I threw on a kimono jacket and the outfit continued to look great! If I can dress like this every day after I retire, I’ll be happy for sure.
Banana Republic has been really hitting it out of the park over the past 18 months. One perfect example is this embellished top – great as a mid-weight sweater in spring and equally good with a button up shirt underneath in cooler months. And, of course, I love anything forest green.
I’d like to wear outfits this simple every single day – top, bottoms, earrings, shoes, done. But then when would I ever wear my brooches, bracelets, scarves, belts, etc.?
This is such an interesting ensemble for me. I rarely wear beige and the idea of combining beige with camel is just not ME. (Where is the color? I need color.) But I loved how this turned out and I think the gold accessories really made the look. I can tell you that immediately after I wore this, I put the vest away until fall – way too warm for spring weather in California! I hope you too have those days when you look in the mirror and say “I nailed it!”.
There is a story behind this Tibi sweater. First of all, it was definitely a higher price point than I would usually buy. Then I had to return it once to get the correct size. When I wore it the first time, I was still not pleased with the fit, but OMG what a great graphic, right? Hot pink Eiffel Tower all the way! So I took it to my tailor and had her put darts in the back to make it more fitted. Now I love it.
Today’s lesson: If you truly love something, don’t let it go because of a moderately poor fit! Instead go to the tailor and have it fitted to your body!
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See another way I wore this sweater (before my brilliant alteration!):
It’s a good thing I’m re-retiring since I love being creative about Casual Friday more than any other day of the week! And I am also loving my cropped flared jeans, so here you see them with my sleeveless trench (another favorite) and lots of red touches! We’re still talking about many of my standby brands as you can see above, but in new combinations that I think look chic and fresh!
Be still, my heart. This dress is THE best! Its pattern, as you can see in these pictures, is vibrant as are the colors. There are slits on the sides plus an opening below the buttons in the front so, even though the dress is long, it is airy and even a little sexy. PLUS I will also wear it as a long jacket/duster and maybe even over skinny jeans.
It is a perfect example of the beautiful and inexpensive interpretations of high end fashion that H&M can do so well. I buy maybe 3-4 things a year at H&M and I’ve learned over the years not to “leap” at something ordinary and cheap. I wait for beauties like this!
I am not normally a fan of multiple layer loose tunic-y outfits like this. I’ve always been so conscious of the need to create a visible waistline – usually worried that otherwise I’ll look bigger than I am. But it felt pretty good to wear this tunic and vest over flowy trousers.
This dress/tunic was part of the Adam Lippes x Target line that came out last fall. It is beautifully made with knotted fabric buttons – and the “hand” of the fabric is very high quality. I cannot wait to now wear it as a dress!
Ah, my tried and true black and gray combination again! This is another great outfit for cooler spring days – light wool vest in the morning, just the blouse in the afternoon. I have had this Forever 21 blouse for years and it has never gone out of style and brightens up anything I pair it with – a true clothes war horse! It is the perfect example of “low” fashion working successfully with “high” fashion. How many of those do you have in your closet?
As I look ahead to my RE-retirement, I know that my opportunities to wear outfits like this are numbered. This is a true office outfit – any of these pieces could be combined with other things to look less office-y – but worn together there is no place to go except work, right?
By the way, I looked long and hard for these very simple navy suede pumps. It is instinctive to have a pair of navy pumps, but very hard to find a good-looking pair with a reasonable heel for a reasonable price. I’m proud that my search was successful, but will I really ever wear these after retirement? Believe me, I am still having a hard time buying clothes without assessing their “office” potential.
Finally, I love this faux wrap skirt. It is surprisingly flattering and even a little sexy!
Have I said this before? I truly love all the long tunics/shirts out and about this year. They can be worn buttoned up over pants, jeans, long pencil skirts or leggings or worn open like a duster over all of the above. They’d even look good with wide, flowy pants for day or evening. I’m not sure how long they’re going to be in style, but I’ll wear mine to death as long as they are!
Here I’m wearing mine with a wide belt to give my waist some definition and I felt quite confident in this look! Perfect for transitioning between seasons – wear another top or shirt underneath or don’t, depending on the weather.