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Fall 2016 Style Challenge: Ruffles

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SO ruffles are simply not my “thing”.   To me they conjure up fussy ultra feminine outfits. They seem only flattering for super-skinny women who can tolerate extra volume in their fashion silhouettes.  I am trying to think of a time I bought a ruffled garment and I cannot think of a single example – I hate ruffled hems (prairie look), ruffled skirts (really who needs the volume?) and ruffled blouses (even ruffled cuffs – they inevitably get dragged through your food, right?).  And I’m sorry, but for women of a certain age, ruffles make me think of Miss Marple – demure, virginal, needlepoint-adjacent.  Ugh.

Perhaps my aversion to ruffles is a generational thing.  However, I never even wore hippie ruffles in the 70’s and, even though I wore little smocked dresses as a child, there were never ruffles involved.   No, I think ruffles have simply NEVER been a part of my style profile.

But ruffles are “in” this year and I feel a little guilty that I cannot partake of this style somehow.  So I’ve found a few examples of ruffled styles that I could adopt – for the sake of fashion of course!

Do you like ruffles?  Tell me why – tell me how!  I’d love to hear your perspective!

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Style Challenge: The Upper Arm Dilemma

upper arm dilemma | Two Take on Style

upper arm dilemma | Two Take on Style

Ugh, it is really summer now and I’m on the east coast.  So there is no way to avoid the upper arm dilemma.  You know what I mean – the wiggly underside of the upper arm and its companion creepy, crepey arm wrinkles.  We all know that, at a certain point, it doesn’t matter how many arm exercises we do, our older upper arms will betray us.  There is a plastic surgery procedure to trim off the wiggly underside, but NOTHING will hold back the wrinkles.

So, while everyone else – i.e. the young – is wearing sleeveless tops and dresses in the hot weather, those of us with the upper arm dilemma have to scrutinize our appearance even in short sleeved tees.

What are we to do?

  • Embrace the elbow length sleeve – look for light gauzy tops with loose, flowy elbow length sleeves, for example, or elbow length tee shirts.
  • Throw a light jacket or scarf (kimonos are great!) over bare arms and shoulders whenever you can.
  • Draw the eye away from your upper arms  – wear lots of jewelry, a snazzy belt, fabulous shoes or a low-cut top.
  • Be grateful for our overly-effective air conditioning because it means that a light sweater or jacket is almost mandatory when we’re indoors.
  • Suffer this indignity through the worst of the hot weather and celebrate when fall comes around and we can wear long sleeves again.

Check out the tops selected below.  All are examples of chic tops we can wear during the hot summer months and avoid exposing our upper arms.

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Style Challenge: White Heels

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Well, I’m going back on my word.  If you read our post from a few years ago,  I pretty clearly said I’d probably never wear white heels.

Now I’ve changed my mind.  I WANT white heels.  To be honest, I want white heels that are like the ones the cool girls are wearing – even slightly older cool girls like Style Nudge!  They look wonderful with white, of course, but also with everything else – khakis, faded denim, etc. However, I cannot see myself in white pumps with four inch heels as much as I love the look.

So I’m looking for white heels that convey the same coolness at a slightly lower heel height. Here are some of the beauties I’ve found and you should thank me for finding these – one must comb through a lot of wedding shoes to get to the good stuff!

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Spring Style Challenge: Finding Denim Culottes

denim culottes | Two Take on Style

denim culottes | Two Take on Style

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I am pretty sure I had a pair of denim culottes or gauchos when I was in my 20s.  I wasn’t much of a hippie back then, but nothing could keep me from a culotte trend.  Here I am again lusting after denim culottes once again.  I actually think that denim culottes represent a fresher and cooler way to wear denim in warmer weather; skinny jeans and boyfriend jeans can get pretty hot even if they are cropped.  But culottes are looser and much cooler as I see it.

I’ve been scoping out denim culottes for a while now and I discern a couple of style options:

  • Light or dark denim – I think I prefer the darker denim since it is more slimming and looks more sophisticated.  Lighter denim just looks like “Coachella” style to me.
  • Wide or Narrow Leg – I vote for wide leg; otherwise the culottes just look like longer jeans that have been cut to the culotte length.  The wide leg also makes one’s waist and hips look smaller – always good in my book. And, by the way, virtually all the denim culottes I’ve seen are high-waisted!
  • Finished hem or distressed hem – Here I haven’t yet decided but I might lean towards the distressed because it’s a little more trendy and looks so chic with sandal heels!
  • Jumpsuit or Pants – I have seen some very cute denim culotte jumpsuits – sort of a grown up version of denim overalls.  Throw on a tee under the jumpsuit and one looks together but not like they are trying too hard.  However the right culotte denim jumpsuits are hard to find!
  • Long or Short – No discussion here.  Culottes that end just below the knee look dated no matter what they’re made off.

Anyway, want to join me on the denim culotte bandwagon?  Here are some of my favorites!

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My Style Challenge Summer ’15: Off-the-Shoulder Blouses

off the shoulder | Two Take on Style

 off the shoulder | Two Take on Style
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This is my final style challenge of the summer and perhaps it is one that I shouldn’t even be considering.  Among the good features that I (still!) like to play up are my shoulders.  So naturally I adore the off-the-shoulder blouses that abound this summer.   But…

Unfortunately I think this style fits into the category of items I could still wear, but shouldn’t.  It is an inherently young look — in the same category as miniskirts and crop tops.  And then there are the off the shoulder tops that are crop tops! NOOOOOOO!

off the shoulder | Two Take on Style

I don’t want to “dress my age” necessarily, but I also need to know where to draw the line. Yes, my shoulders look pretty good, but that doesn’t mean I’ll look good in a style that basically bares the upper third of my torso. So I’m giving up on this one – and just in time since it is almost Labor Day!

There are some modifications/variations of the off-the-shoulder top that we all might consider however – the one shoulder look, a top with strategic arm and shoulder cutouts and an exaggerated boat neck which bares the very top of the shoulder.  Take a look at these!

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