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:


And here are my two different looks for today:

Number 1
Number 2

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!



29 thoughts on “OLD BLUE”

  1. I prefer #2 but wish your necklace had a touch of black in it.
    I’d like #1 if the sweater and shoes were black (I’m not a fan of brown), without the scarf but with the gold bracelet from #2 and a gold chain necklace. I know…I’m no help, but I love reading your blog and seeing photos.

    1. Sue, all good suggestions! That is why I love for readers to comment. I think adding some black in the necklace would help pull it together. I can’t believe you are insulting my new brown sweater. HAHA.
      I was trying to think “outside my box”, but guess I will go back to “If it’s brown, put it down”. Curious to see if anyone likes the brown. Thanks for commenting!

  2. I like #1 without the scarf, long gold tassel necklace and gold bracelet. But I love the brown shoes maybe change the belt to brown. Love the color contrast in #2, but maybe colorful bangle bracelets. Also maybe multi color pumps, or even the blue, which will be hard to match!

  3. Love the blue hue on you! #1 was my first choice but, UH, I thought the sweater & shoes were black
    until I saw others comments that they were brown (ugh). Personally I would prefer a black sweater &
    shoes. The scarf looks too bulky but I like the animal print; maybe in a smaller version. Silver jewelry
    would be my choice with black & blue. Also no belt for a more elongated look?
    Not liking #2 as it looks too springy for my taste.

  4. I like #1 best. I always think leopard print looks great. Both looks are great. Where do you find all your sweaters?

    1. Thanks, Debi. I have been collecting sweaters for years! Good places to look are The Loft, and Gap. Some of my favorites are from WalMart and Target. I will try to remember to do a post on where to buy sweaters!

  5. I like no.2 I love those colors and they look very nice on you. Cobolt blue is my favorite color! I really like the necklace too !!

  6. I love #2! I like the idea of having fewer clothes that you love and can wear different ways instead of a closet full of clothes that are so-so. Looking forward to seeing the different combinations!

  7. I think #2 looks better on you. I’d prefer #1 on me, I think. How’s that for fence straddling?? Love the dress. The color is great.

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