SWEATER WEATHER

Finally! Nothing makes me happier than the first cooler days after a long hot summer. It is so great to turn off the AC and sleep with the windows open. And of course, it puts me in the mood to wear cute fall clothes! You already know I wear sweaters all year long, but I am still so happy for Sweater Weather!

I spent part of the day working on making outfits from a cute top I got for $4.00 from Wish.com    You know that I will be wearing sweaters! And I will be adding these outfits to my 100 Black Pants page for sure.

Here is what I started with:

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I was excited to try it with my new cute boots from Target:

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But when I saw the outfit, I changed into shoes.  The boots just did not look right with the pants.

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Tried a couple of different color sweaters also:

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Which one do you like best?  I’ll be back soon with more fall styles and sweaters! And I have to figure out a way to wear the boots.

FALL SHOPPING

You might remember my earlier post about a makeover that I helped with. Today I am going to tell you about the continuation of the journey.

MAKEOVER MAGIC

I wanted to title this post something like, “Makeover Part II” or “Makeover Continues”, but it didn’t seem right, because she did not really need any more “making over.” She was badly in need of some clothes that are more appropriate for the upcoming seasons, so I volunteered to help her shop.  It is always fun to spend someone else’s money!

We spent the weekend shopping, trying on clothes, making up outfits, and returning what did not work.  It was an exhausting whirlwind, but I left feeling good that her closet is now brimming with plenty of mix and match items that fit and flatter.

When I arrived at her house, and looked in the closet, I have to say that I was surprised.  She had done an excellent job of getting rid of everything that did not fit or that was out of style, but oh my! The only items left were what we bought last spring, plus her Athleta pants,

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her Skinny Shirt (she is a faithful reader of my blog!),

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and couple of new white shirts and dresses. No jeans! No fall/winter pants! No long sweaters! No colorful jewel-toned tops! No cute fall/winter shoes!

We left the house and went to work.  She had a generous amount budgeted for her fall/winter wardrobe, so we did not have to do the kind of bargain shopping I usually do, but we shopped at stores that had reasonably priced clothing and good sales, so even though we did not pay too much attention to price tags, she was able to get a lot for her money.

We spent day one focusing on pants. It was hard not to be distracted by all the beautiful fall tops, but I would not let her try on anything but pants until we had the basics taken care of!  She ended up with 2 pairs of skinny jeans, (dark and light), one pair of gray pants, one pair of skinny black pants, and one pair of burgundy pants. We were in business, and ready to go again the next day to look for tops, shoes, and jewelry.

We ended up with a ton of stuff, and then had to come home and put everything together. She got lots of tops, sweaters, and vests, and everything pretty much mixed and matched. She also found a “magic dress.”  If you ever find one, but it!

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She also got some really cute shoes from Target:

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And some really nice items from my favorite “jewelry store”, Cato:

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I feel so bad that we really did not have time for a “photo shoot.” I did take pictures with my phone, just so she could remember what went together.  She will probably kill me, but I just have to post a few pictures. Remember, this is with no makeup, and hair just as it looked after a very long day of shopping.  She did not even “pose” because we were just trying to get documentation photos. That is why I very thoughtfully edited her head out on some of these. 🙂  LOL.  She is still going to kill me!

But I just feel like it is important for you to see at least SOME pictures.  I am not going to post a photo of her “figure flaw”  (I am not that mean….I only post those kind of photos of myself). But these outfits do a really good job of minimizing her problem area.

You can see that she looks nice in two completely different styles….very sporty with a vest and jeans, and very sophisticated with long tops. The main thing is keep trying on different styles until you find the ones that make you say “Wow, that looks cute!”

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After all the trying on and mixing and matching, she ended up with a few bags of returns, but not that much!  We decided to keep only things that she loved.  GREAT ADVICE, by the way. I need to take it myself!

I don’t have a good picture of the “magic dress.” I really need to do it justice with good lighting, good shoes, hair and makeup.  Maybe next time!

Thanks for reading. Go get some new fall clothes, and remember this phrase:  “SATURATED COLORS”.  Do not come home with some ugly olive green and beige top. And do not buy random things that don’t go with anything else.

SWEATER GIRL

People over a certain age remember the phrase “sweater girl”.  If you are young or don’t remember, here is a definition:

A young woman, esp a movie actress or a model, with a notably attractive body, which she features by wearing tight and short clothing 

 Well, I am a sweater girl, but definitely not that kind. I would be embarrassed to tell you how many sweaters I own. I think I have one for every shade of every color in the rainbow.  You will probably notice that a LOT of my outfits are styled with cardigans. There is a reason for that….actually several reasons.
Have you noticed that a lot of dresses are sleeveless? I won’t say I would never wear a sleeveless dress, but have you also noticed that a lot of women in the fifty-plus category would prefer not to wear sleeveless dresses? If I had Michele Obama arms, I would probably not have so many sweaters.  Oh, never mind—I probably would, because I also have what you might call a muffin top, or thick waist or belly fat, and I am vain enough to try to disguise it; hence the sweaters. My sweaters are my security blanket. But they do add color!

Here are some photos. I have posted them before, but I think when you see these you will realize why I am a sweater girl!

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And here are some “sweater outfits”. You have seen most or all of them before, but not at the same time! And these are just a fraction of the colors that I have.  I have collected them from everywhere…The Loft, Old Navy, WalMart, Target,etc.  Whenever I see a color I don’t have, I buy it. Believe it or not, I still need a few more.  I actually do not have brown, but I am on the lookout for it! 😉

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Some of you, no doubt, are nice and trim and very well-proportioned. Maybe you don’t need to hide your middle or your arms.  Great!  But you still need COLOR and ACCESSORIES and CUTE SHOES. And you still need to wear clothes that fit and flatter, and are the correct length.

The rest of us need to figure out a look that flatters our figure. The purpose of all these posts is so that you will see that you do not have to have a perfect figure. You do need to figure out a look that flatters YOU. I promise you that if you work on it long enough, you will find ways to make your body look proportional. Hey, maybe you would look good in a belt and cardigan. 🙂

Try stuff on! Take pictures! Have a friend give honest opinions!

See you next time. Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look good.

Today I am linking up with Tania onWednesday’s Wardrobe.

TRANSITIONS FIVE

Another favorite inexpensive shopping place for me is Rugged Wearhouse.  I got this dress for $10.00

 

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Here is the try-on:

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I show you these pictures so you will see that you have to experiment to make an outfit. Some experiments work better than others. 😉

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This looks better, but looking at it, I don’t really like the big necklace, and will probably find some cuter shoes. Also, think it might be a little too short.  Back to the drawing board.

I have really learned that how you style an outfit makes a huge difference in whether or not you look “put together”.  This one is lacking something.

Oh dear!  I may have to stop blogging, or I won’t have anything to wear. LOL

Your suggestions are welcome!

FRUMPY NO MORE

Two of my most popular posts were about how not to look frumpy. If you missed those, here they are:

http://over50under20.com/index.php/2016/05/31/not-look-frumpy/

http://over50under20.com/index.php/2016/08/08/not-look-frumpy-2/

They were probably popular because you enjoyed laughing at me. Or hopefully laughing with me. I must say it is very easy for me to look frumpy if I take the path of least resistance!

I decided to post again, because when I got dressed for church on Sunday, I changed up the accessories for my formerly frumpy dress, so thought I would share with you…just so you can see that there is always more than one way to style an outfit. I had photographed this dress before with the purple sweater, but since then have added a purple necklace to my “jewelry collection” so just wanted you to see that.

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Here is what I wore on Sunday:

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I can’t even imagine why anyone would care about what I am wearing, but truthfully, my goal is to use photos to inspire you.

Remember: DON’T DO THIS!

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If I catch you looking like this, I will call the Fashion Police! I mean it!

Sometimes I wish there really were such a thing. But then the jails would be even more overcrowded….just from the people who go to WalMart on Friday nights.

I will leave you with this photo so you have something else to laugh about rather than me.  Yes, I secretly snapped this with my cell phone. I knew it wasn’t right, but couldn’t help myself.  But if there were such a thing as Fashion Police, I would have called 911.  🙂

I sincerely hope that no one who reads this blog is related to this man. If so, DON’T TELL ME!

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I WISH

Well, the time has come to tell you about my one of my little internet habits. Well, really my only little internet habit, other than blogging 😉

It is shopping at WISH.

https://www.wish.com/

Now, please understand. This experience would not appeal to everyone. For me, it is kind of like playing the nickel slot machines…..you put some money in and you might get a reward. If you are not up for some risk, don’t play the Wish game.

Here is how it works:

You go to the website and just start browsing.  They have about a million things. You will soon notice that most things are small or lightweight.  That is because whatever you order has to be shipped from China.

China???  Doesn’t that mean inferior quality and lengthy shipping time?   YES  Doesn’t that mean expensive shipping charges?  NO  Most shipping charges are $2 or less.

Here is where the risks come in:  First: you never know how long it will take to arrive.  It seems like the more often you order, the faster the shipping is, but that just might be my imagination. Second: the sizing is crazy.  Most Chinese people are evidently very small, so you need to order up at least 2 sizes if you are buying clothing. The good thing is that most items are reviewed by someone who has purchased it, and you can get some pretty good hints about the sizing. Third: this has not happened to me, but some reviewers have said that the “leather goods” often come with a strong odor that eventually dissipates. Fourth: You don’t really know what the quality is going to be, but hey! What were you expecting from a $3.00 purse??

The fun part is that once you get in the WISH habit, little packages will arrive at your door, and they are always a surprise, because you never remember what you ordered three weeks ago.

I can go shopping for about an hour, spend $25.00, and get lots of little surprises for weeks afterward.

Of course, don’t think you can return anything. Even if you could, it would not be worth the time, effort and expense.  Like I said, it is like playing the nickel slots.

Personally, I have had very good luck with my purchases, but I always read the reviews, and I never order anything in a size medium or large.

Here are some examples of my purchases.They are not linked. If you want to shop, you will have to go the site and browse.

I could not possibly show you everything I have ordered, but these will give you an idea of the kind of things that are available, and the prices. They also have a huge selection of electronics and home items, but you will have to go look at those for yourself.

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And last but not least, just because it made me laugh:

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This is $40.00 worth. I usually don’t order “expensive” things like the $10 purse, but I really liked it.  And the silver necklaces were $8 for 20!  I don’t know if they are real silver, but they say they are, and they really seem to be.

That’s all for now. Gotta go shopping!

If you decide to shop at WISH, remember that I take no responsibility for the quality of the items, or the fact that your husband catches you doing weird internet things late at night. 😉

It is really not for everyone. Don’t do it if you don’t think you will enjoy it.

IF IT’S BROWN PART TWO

You may remember this dress from a previous post: http://over50under20.com/index.php/2016/09/07/if-its-brown/

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In that post, I told you that this dress was going away because I really did not like the way it looked.  Most of you agreed with me.

A couple of people made suggestions, so just for fun, I thought I would try their ideas of adding a jean jacket or a colorful scarf.

As you can see, these ideas improved the look, but not much. The proportions of this dress are just not right for me!

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To give it one more shot, I tried it with my usual belt and cardigan option.

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After this, I quit.  I admitted to myself that I don’t like the dress, it does not look good on me, and I will never wear it!

Moral of the story: Give it a try, but don’t wear something you don’t like. I will definitely keep trying to find cute outfits, and I hope you will too!

I can assure you that you will never see this dress on this blog again.  🙂

See you next time. Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look good. But you do have to wear clothes that look good on you. 😉

Hope you are learning something from my mistakes. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSITIONS FOUR

I get quite a few of my clothes from our local Beall’s Outlet store.  This particular store has a good selection and great prices, and seniors get a discount on Mondays!

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I decided this would work well as part of my fall wardrobe, so I tried it on:

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I actually liked it with the light-wash jeans, but they were in the wash when I decided to take a photo, so I ended up with this:

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Of course, I can always wear this top with the other jeans too, which I’m sure I will.

The cute boots by the way are from a K-Mart “going out of business sale”. ($5.00), and the beautiful necklace is from Cato.  Best store ever for inexpensive bling. I have gotten so many compliments on this $7.00 necklace!

TRANSITIONS THREE

Are you ready for another transitional outfit? I am alternating between dresses and jeans. This one does have some fall color.  I know you will not be surprised that I added a belt and a sweater.  I only have so much imagination when it comes to disguising my figure flaws, and this combination seems to work pretty well.

I don’t remember where I got this dress, but pretty sure it was from Ross for about $12.00. The sweater is a $5.00 WalMart item. I will show you how I got to the outfit I will actually wear.

  1. Try on the dress:

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2. Add a belt and a necklace:

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3. Add a sweater, a bracelet and some cute shoes:

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Of course, I will have to wear it in an air-conditioned place, but that’s okay. I am not going outside again until it cools off!

Today I am linking up with Tania on Wednesday’s Wardrobe.

TRANSITIONS TWO

Well, it is 96 degrees today. Maybe I should just get my summer clothes back out! But I can’t.  My brain knows that it is “after Labor Day.”  So here is another outfit I plan to wear to pretend like it is fall. Not exactly fall colors, but not too summery.

I am posting this next photo to show you that shoe choices matter.  I knew the blue shoes would not look good, but I just had to try. When I saw the picture, I laughed, because it looks ridiculous. I guess the lesson is, “Don’t match your shoes to your shirt”, but maybe that is only if they are a bright color!

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These pictures also illustrate the fact that you need to iron your clothes if they have wrinkles!

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One more point: This is really just some jeans and a shirt. In the past, I would not have even thought to add a necklace and bracelet. I am posting this to show you that if you add some bling, you can make jeans and a shirt look like an outfit.

See you soon with some more “hot fall” clothes.