FASHION “HOUSE OF HORRORS”

Today’s post is meant to show you WHAT NOT TO WEAR. I thought it would be fun to do a Halloween post and show you some of the things I have actually seen people wearing, plus add a few “costumes” of my own…. all in the spirit of “please try to do better than this.”  🙂

I am calling my outfits “costumes” because I hope I would never dress like this, but I have seen PLENTY of people my age who do dress like this….and I am talking about people who still have their faculties. They just don’t have their “fashion faculties.” LOL

Before I get to my lovely outfits, I will show you some that I have seen. No need to comment on them. Just FYI that a lot of people do not dress in flattering way.

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And now for my “cute outfits.”  Do NOT copy any of these!!!  Feel free to comment on these adorable looks. Which one do you like the least, or should I say hate the most, and why?

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Happy Halloween!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @over50under20  Probably won’t post the above looks there 😉

 

 

GOODWILL HUNTING

Not too long ago, a couple of friends and I went on a mission. We started in the morning, and returned in the late afternoon.  Our mission?  To try to find cute clothes at the Goodwill stores in our area.

Mission accomplished!

Did you know that it was possible to find great stuff at Goodwill???  And the prices!!!  We purposely went on Tuesday, because in our area senior citizens get 25% off on Tuesdays. Oh my, does that ever make me feel cheap! But I don’t mind being cheap if it means I can buy some awesome clothes for ridiculously low prices. The price for tops was $4.92 before the discount!

One friend had scouted out a few stores ahead of time, so we planned to go to three or four that she thought were good….by good, I mean they were clean, organized stores with a wide selection of ladies’ clothing. There are many Goodwill stores within an hour of where we live, so we plotted our course and got on the road.

Remember I said that we planned to go to three or four stores? HA  We barely made it through two! But oh my goodness, did we hit the jackpot!

Now, you have to understand….there is a definite method to Goodwill shopping. It took me awhile to catch on, but I watched my friends who have had a lot of experience, and after I started doing what they did, I too had success.

Here is what they taught me:

  • Wear simple clothing that is easy to take off, and easy to put clothing over…do not wear bulky sweaters or something with a lot of buttons
  • GET A SHOPPING CART
  • Find out what the “color of the day” is. Any item with that color tag is 50% off
  • Take look around the store, and see where the ladies’ clothing is located
  • Go to one of the sections (pants, dresses, tops, sweaters, coats, etc)
  • You will notice that the clothes are arranged by color, not by size
  • Start looking for anything that catches your eye
  • Work fast. Don’t spend time looking at t-shirts, drab clothing, or brown items,  LOL
  • Pull out everything that you like or think you like, and put it in your cart
  • Don’t worry about the size, unless it is obviously way too small or way too large (If your friends are not the same size as you, pull and put in their cart)
  • Continue to move to the sections you are interested in (pants, skirts, etc)
  • Repeat the pulling process
  • After your cart is full, head to the dressing room
  • There is usually a mirror outside the dressing rooms, so try on as much as you can (like coats, sweaters, or tops) right there while you are waiting for a room to open up
  • Take the rest into the dressing room, and work fast
  • Ask for a friend’s opinion if you are not sure

If you do this correctly, you WILL find something. You need to have an open mind, and be willing to try on a lot of stuff.  If your town does not have a Goodwill with a large selection of ladies’ clothing, (or if you don’t want your friends to see you there….but then again…. you would be seeing them there too HAHA) check out other stores within driving distance. Most metropolitan areas have them in every community.

It does take some time, but what great shopping doesn’t? Plan to go when you are not in a hurry, and don’t take your husband or the kids. It is a good idea to go with a friend or two, because you can look for things for each other, and get unbiased opinions on things you try on.  After all, you wouldn’t want to make a $3.69 mistake! LOL

The friends I shopped with are very stylish and always look great. You would never imagine that they shopped at Goodwill!

Here is a cute jacket that I wore with black pants. I don’t know if you can see in the picture, but it has stripes.

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The jacket and bag were both purchased on this Goodwill trip.

I bet you would not have tried this on because it has shoulder pads! But you need to have an open mind.  Look how cute this is. And after I saw it, I would never remove the shoulder pads. I can see why they were so stylish at one time. The broader shoulders make your bottom half look smaller.

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Didn’t get a chance to style this, but it is the perfect jean jacket for me:

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Here are the items that I will save for spring:

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I bet by the time you see them on this blog next spring, you will have totally forgotten where they came from. 😉

I think our mission was very successful! And very low-cost.  The most expensive item I purchased (the gray wool blazer) was $5.22 .My lunch cost twice as much as that!

I don’t have a photo of it, but my friend hit the jackpot. She found an exquisite Calvin Klein cocktail dress in a gorgeous shade of purple. It looked brand new.

Sooo…..grab friend or two, and hit the road. Good hunting!  I would love to hear back from you if you have any luck.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram. Just look for Over50under20.

That way you can see the outfits without having to read all my rambling. JK!!  I hope you will do both.

 

FALL DRESS

Just a quick post today to show you a dress that I tried four different ways.

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Number 4 is probably the only one I will actually wear. Not too happy with the brown, the boots look ridiculous, and the leggings look ridiculous. Maybe it is just the white legs that are jumping out at me. Whatever happened to pantyhose???

Sometimes it is hard to put outfits together. 😉  Back to the drawing board. I hope all this experimenting and sharing is helping you!

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I’ll be back soon with some outfits that do NOT involve sweaters.  LOL

 

SWEATER SHOPPING

As you know, I have a lot of sweaters. I use them to add color, to hide my midsection, and to cover my arms. Even if you don’t need to hide your midsection or cover your arms, sweaters are still a great option for changing the look of a dress (like Old Blue) or for adding color, or for coordinating with accessories. And a black sweater is pretty much a necessity, like a pair of black pants.

I am not saying you need to wear a sweater every day. Even I get tired of the sweater look. But if you don’t have at least a couple of colorful cardigans, you are limiting your options.

Several of you have asked where I get my sweaters.  Many are old favorites, and I have no idea where they came from, but I have bought some recently, so thought I would share with you.

Good luck! Hope you can find some beautiful, colorful sweaters, so I will not be the only sweater girl around. 😉

Here are some links for cardigans. And of course do not pay more than $20!  If you click on any Amazon links to purchase, I do receive a small commission. The colors shown are just illustrations. All of these have multiple color options, starting at $13.95.

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MBJ WSK780 Womens Keep It Classic V Neck Cardigan L WINE

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BILY Women Long Sleeve Transparent Button Cardigan Sweater Black Large

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NINEXIS Womens Basic Crew Neck Long Sleeve Button Down Cardigan RUST L

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http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=60783&vid=1&pid=278719002

There are many other places to get reasonably-priced cardigans. You just have to look. I have sweaters from the following places, so check them out. Sometimes there is a much better selection in the store than online.

The Loft, Gap, WalMart, Target, SteinMart, Macy’s, TJMaxx

My new favorite is the Made By Johnny (MBJ) available on Amazon.  There is a huge selection of colors, and the detailing is very nice. I love the row of buttons on the sleeve. I ordered the Large and it fits me perfectly. I can even button it:

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I know, I know. It is brown! But I just ordered in other colors. And I needed this color to go with a specific dress that I will show you in another post.

Thank you all so much for the comments and suggestions on Old Blue. It was so interesting to see what people liked! Some people loved one look that another person did not care for at all. There was not a clear favorite, but the two that got the most votes were:

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The whole point of the series was to show you that you can take one dress and wear it a million different ways. Some are definitely better than others. But that’s why it’s called TRIAL and ERROR. You have to experiment to find the right look.

FYI, if you are wondering, my personal favorite was the orange sweater and leopard scarf.  I just like the bright colors.

If you missed that series, here is a link to the first post:

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Go buy a sweater!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finally! We have gotten to the end of the Old Blue pictures!  Well, not really, because in my next post, I will show you the results of your voting. It would also be fun to try all of your suggestions, but that will take awhile, so maybe some day…..after your eyes have had a rest!

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You don’t have to choose between these two today, but I would love to read your comments and suggestions.  They have really been helpful!

Here are all the versions of Old Blue that I have shown you. If you don’t mind, please let me know which ONE you like the best.  THANK YOU!

You can’t see numbers, but just imagine the coral sweater is number one and the orange sweater is number ten, and figure it out. LOL

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I know you are getting tired of this dress! Only one more post after this one….unless I decide to do a post where I try out all of your suggestions. That would be fun!  But I might have to find a different spot to take pictures.  They are building a house next door to ours, and I always wonder what the workmen think when they see an old lady taking pictures of herself on the front porch! It doesn’t really stop me, but I do wonder about it.  🙂

And I will post on some other subjects before that, because I’m sure you can only take so much of Old Blue. Again, please choose Number 1 or Number 2 and tell me why.

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Very similar to the leopard, but without the belt. Don’t ask me why it is a brown zebra print. I have never seen a brown zebra. And for someone who doesn’t recommend wearing brown, I have certainly broken that rule with this dress!  I think it is because I like the brown pointy-toe heels, and they are very comfortable.

It has been great reading your suggestions! Don’t forget to vote. 🙂

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Today’s choice is between two pink sweaters. I told you I am a sweater girl!

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Pretty similar, but please let me know if you like one better than the other. I feel like this is one of those puzzle pictures where you have to find what’s different about the pictures. Can you spot the differences? LOL

I know this is not a fall look, so don’t let that be a factor.  I promise not to wear this until at least April. 😉

Just vote for Number 1 or Number 2, so that one of them will be in the finals. Thank you!

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I am back again with more photos of Old Blue.  I got some really good suggestions from the last post, and they are greatly appreciated. I love the fact that you are thinking and being creative about what to wear. Today’s looks are not that different from the last post, but I would still love to read your opinions.

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The sweater looks black, but it is mostly brown.

You will notice that I am still doing leopard and a bright sweater!  I am really not that creative.  Help me out if you can.  Thanks!

Number 1 or number 2?  Even if you hate both, pick the one you hate the least. LOL

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OLD BLUE

Today I am posting the first in a series of my experiments in wearing a blue dress.  The title is “Old Blue” because this is a dress I have had forever. My thinking was something like “What if I could only keep one dress? Which one would I choose? How could I wear it a lot of different ways?”

I chose Old Blue because it is my favorite color, it fits well, and I can pretty much wear it year-round.  Actually, it fits pretty well.  It used to fit better before I gained a few pounds. 🙁

Of course, you know I have more than one dress, but I really think I could get along just fine with this dress plus an LBD…..as long as I still had more than one sweater. And a belt, of course!  LOL

If you are anything like me, you go shopping and bring home things you don’t really need.  This post is intended to show you that if you have the right basics, you don’t need to spend a lot of money.  Sweaters, jackets, and accessories can make a dress look completely different.  FYI, none of the accessories I am wearing cost more than $8.00, and none of the shoes, sweaters, or jackets cost more than $20.00.

For the next few days, I will show you two looks each day.  Please comment and let me know which one you like better, and at the end I will post the two most popular and let you decide which is the all-time favorite Old Blue ensemble.

Of course, I could make up a million more, so if you see me wearing the dress in real life, there is no telling what I will be wearing it with. The point of this series is to inspire you to use your imagination, and try to make up outfits from things you already have, or to buy some inexpensive accessories, if you don’t already have some.

It does take some time to pull things out of your closet and try them on, but don’t you think it is worth some of your time to try to look good? As you will see, some of the results were better than others, but like me,  the more you experiment, the more you will see what colors and styles flatter you.  If you make some mistakes along the way, GREAT. That means you are thinking outside the box, or willing to try things together that you wouldn’t have before. And you don’t have to actually wear your “mistakes” outside the house…..or put them on the internet for everyone to see. I do that for you, so you don’t have to.  😉

Speaking of that, here is what Old Blue looks like by itself. Do NOT wear anything that looks like this:

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And here are my two different looks for today:

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Please comment and let me know which one of these two you like better, and feel free to make any suggestions.  I don’t really like the black shoes with it.

Thanks, dear readers, for reading, and for trying to make the world a better-looking place!

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DRESS FOR FALL 2

Today’s dress is another one that I found in the back of my closet. It has never been worn, but after seeing it, I am wondering why. It is one of those magic dresses. They are hard to find, so if you find one, you should wear it!

I call it a magic dress because it makes me look taller and thinner than I am. Any dress that can do that is magic!

I could almost wear it without a sweater….IF I had a tan, and IF I wore Spanx.  LOL

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Here is my sweater version:

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FYI, this is another cheapie from Ross… $16.99.   So go shopping and find a cheap magic dress!