Interestingly, this outfit represents what I see more and more as my “old” look. Take an interesting jacket, create a waist by belting it, and wear it with the ubiquitous black pants. Probably ten times more sophisticated than what other people are wearing to the office these days, but more of a uniform than I like to wear anymore.
The truth is that I have very few jackets left in my closet and I only keep jackets if I can envision them worn with both good trousers and distressed jeans. They’ve been replaced by longer sweaters and denim or moto jackets – altogether much more casual.
With the prospect of retirement looming again, it is difficult to envision returning to a “dressier” look at any point in the future. But then us “style girls” never say “never”, right? By the way, the morning I put on this outfit, it never even made it out the door … just not me anymore.
I loved how this outfit turned out! I adore this skirt from Anthropologie, but it is a little difficult to style. The genius is putting the dark block of color at the top of the skirt – it immediately makes me look slimmer! The camel and cream sections of the skirt are tough to match (I’m trying to get over my matchy matchy tendencies but it is HARD!) In any case, putting my focus on the navy block of color seemed to work.
By the way, you must forgive my “hairstyle” in this pic; I was attempting to make my hair look “spiky” – change is good, right? It didn’t work.
Let’s face it: almost nothing works as well as black and leopard print. If you haven’t acquired some combination of these patterns and colors, you are wasting time! Get out there and find your perfect black and leopard print combo.
I found these silk pants deeply on sale several years ago – perfect drapey pants in my closet long before drapey pants were in style. But I knew they would be great for an evening look and then, eventually, they came into style for daytime wear. And, trust me, I’ll hold onto them until they are only suitable for evening wear again. This is an important lesson – if you love an item and it looks wonderful on you, you can always adapt it to current fashion!
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See another way I’ve worn these leopard pants (an oldie but goodie!):
This was my ensemble for my husband’s birthday/Valentine’s Day dinner this past weekend and my first outing with my new cropped flared jeans.
Going out for dinner on Saturday night is a fashion challenge in my world. I want to look chic, for sure, but I also don’t want to look overdressed. So I start with jeans and dress up the top and shoes as you see here. This wine hue has been a favorite this year. How do you handle Saturday night fashion in your world?
Sometimes the clean line of a one-color ensemble as you see here is just the ticket. However I couldn’t just leave it there; I was compelled to add this lace-y belt from ASOS.
I haven’t told you about my belt collection – organized by width and color. One can only acquire a belt collection over many years I think. And if I were collecting today – well, I wouldn’t be collecting today because interesting leather belts have gotten way too expensive. The belt I’m wearing today is faux of course, but Ithink it makes the outfit sing.
This is the sort of outfit that results from standing in front of one’s closet and spotting items that haven’t been worn for awhile….part of the “I have too many clothes” syndrome. I love this sleeveless trench but never seem to wear it much. Then’s there’s this shimmery skirt designed more for a holiday party (though I’ve never worn it that way). The outcome is the outfit you see with the lapel embellished with a vintage steampunk brooch. it falls outside the lines of any identifiable style trend. I’m not sure that’s good or bad but at least I tried, right?
Zara is having their big post-holiday sale. Now I know that for many of us of a certain age the idea of picking up sale items on Zara or any other uber-trendy sites is hard to envision. The information on each item is sketchy – I don’t know what size to wear – this stuff is simply too avant garde and young for me.
My advice is don’t pass these sales by! A sale allows you to try different sizes and determine what really does fit. It takes some trial and error but it’s worth it in the long run. I like to use sales to take a chance on a shape I would never try otherwise (I’ll show you a few in just a minute.) For me, perusing the sales at Saks, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom is pretty boring. The prices are good, yes, but all that’s left are pretty traditional garb in black and beige.
Let me show some examples and give you ideas for shopping Zara (and, by extension, other similar sites.
Experiment with the unconventional – These jumpsuits are perfect examples of that. I’m down with the checked one. I know it would require some kind of belting and probably a top underneath, but if I don’t try this now, when will I try it? The other jumpsuit is very pretty – possibly perfect for spring and it appears to have a forgiving shape.
Fresh, new tops are always good – and often more forgiving in size and shape. I’ve picked a few kinds of tops here – a little lace top in a blindingly wonderful yellow and two long shirts that could be VERY versatile. Think of the latter under a long cardigan sweater or with breezy wide-legged pants in spring/fall.
Pick up generation-defying accessories – OK, so I might want to try a little knit hat with ears! But in general Zara and other sites have a great selection of accessories (so many blanket scarves). I’ve just picked a few that I like. You should take a look!
And below are a few others I could envision women of a certain age trying out. Step out of your comfort zone and give one a try!
I adore turtlenecks and I am a sucker for them in all kinds of fabrics. So you can imagine how difficult this winter has been for me – there are SO many great turtleneck sweaters around! However, I live in Northern California and, hence, there are a limited number of days when turtleneck sweaters make sense. BUT I wear them anyway.
I’m also increasingly fond of simple ensembles and this outfit fits the bill. It is ironic because I have so many beautiful scarves (saving up for a scarf drought?) but most times a scarf feels like too much fuss!
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See how I styled another of my favorite turtleneck tunics:
I am a firm believer in having animal print available for every season of the year. This skirt, in fact, is really better suited for warmer weather but I couldn’t resist putting this combo together. I am also very pleased with my recently acquired faux leather jacket from Asos – a very inexpensive sartorial thrill. And one can never have enough versatile black turtlenecks!