I hope you missed me this week! I missed you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I did not get a post out on Sunday because we had a very busy week and a family wedding over the weekend. But I am back now, and have started thinking about my summer wardrobe. As you know, I HATE to go to my closet and try to find something to wear right before I am walking out the door; for me, security is knowing that I have outfits already put together, and can just choose one.ย I have a lot of clothes (most cost less than $20) but it can be overwhelming to try to put things together, especially if I am in a hurry.

I do like to have a choice, because I might not be in the mood to wear a certain outfit, even if I like it. Or the shoes might not be comfortable enough, or it might be too cool or too hot. I really love the feeling of knowing that I have several outfits, including shoes and jewelry, documented and ready to put on.

Today, I spent some time making several outfit choices for a new pair of shorts. I have a lot of things planned for the summer, including some travel, and am hoping I can have quite a few outfits planned and ready to go by the time I need them. Once May is over, I definitely will not have time to “play dress-up,” so I will be spending some time in my closet this month.

I have promised myself to STAY OUT OF THE STORES, because after doing a little shopping last week, I do not need anything, but I do need to work on coordinating what I have–time consuming, but well worth it.

So…here are the results of today’s visit to the closet. I am showing all with comments, so you can learn along with me. Some didn’t quite make the cut, but I have ideas on how to fix them up.

This one is pretty basic. It will work for taking the grandchildren places this summer, but truthfully probably wouldn’t wear the necklace on such outings. Looks better than an old t-shirt and jean shorts ๐Ÿ˜‰


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Here is one with and without some bling

Nice basic outfit for casual activities

My first attempt at pattern mixing. Definitely will not be wearing this!

Tried again. I do like this pattern mixing, but the shoes are literally making me laugh out loud! This is why you try things on before you leave the house.

Love the color combination, but need a different camisole. I hope there is something in my closet, since I have vowed not to shop this month. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back next week with some more experiments. I would love to hear your thoughts on any of these outfits. Honesty appreciated!

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  1. Hi Susan! I just love reading your posts and I especially love that you are “real”…more like me! I feel the same way about having outfits ready to go. Sometimes I’m successful – sometimes not. I go through phases! Anyway, thanks for your posts and keep up the good work!

    1. Aww. Thank you, Marie. It is so true that every outfit will not be the greatest. But I try to learn from all. Thanks for reading!

  2. I like the first three, and the second one with the bling. I bet the white camisole would look good with the green sweater and a necklace and/or earrings to tie it all together!

  3. You mentioned you will be traveling. If you are traveling (by air) for a 4 day weekend , what would you recommend packing in a carry on , so you could avoid having to check a big bag in? I know I will not need “fancy” clothes (lol). Just shopping and sightseeing

    1. Hi Barb, depends on where you are going of course, but I have no trouble packing in a carry-on for four days. I would take one black and one white bottom piece, either shorts, capris, or pants and just mix and match some tops. I have several knit dresses that are perfect for travel…just bought a couple at WalMart this week–less than $8 each. I would pair my dress with a cardigan. Also would pack a pair of shoes for walking and would add as many other shoes as I wanted or could fit…summer shoes are pretty easy to pack. Add some pretty necklaces, or maybe a scarf, and you are good to go.

  4. Love outfits 1,2 and 3! The coral looking necklace really makes outfit #2!! LOVE the sandals…..where did you find them?!?

  5. Missed you last week, kept watching every day.
    Why not wear bling when you’re driving kids around? They probably like it too.

    Do you roll your sleeves on long-sleeved shirts? I do; exposes more skin so we look a little taller. Rolled sleeves look cooler. The navy shirt might look good as a casual jacket over the camisoles.

    I’m not a fan of mixing prints. Not so much that I belong to the old school of not doing so, but I think it makes a ‘busy’ look that makes me look shorter. It takes a deft hand like Jodie’s that I don’t have to get the right size prints to mix or maybe my items are all wrong.

    I really like your shorts. They are such a cool look for the summer that is fast upon us. Planning now to order off for some madras plaid in similar colors and see what I can put with them. Thinking about ruching some of my longer tees.

    I so look forward to your next presentation.

    1. Thank you, Jean. I do roll my sleeves sometimes, of course. I have tried several times to use a shirt as a jacket, but always comes out looking too boxy. Love Madras plaid, but haven’t seen it in a long time. Let me know if you find some cute plaid shorts.

      1. The Golf Warehouse has some nice plaid shorts, originally $89 for 16.93.

        I found some real madras at Macy’s, Ralph Lauren. The price is so dear I can hardly believe that’s the SALE price. I lost the link but it’s something like $148 on sale. Gasp!

        Bealls has some plaid, is cheap, looks cheap.

        I’ll keep searching.

          1. I’ve been from the ridiculous to the sublime. Blair has some seersucker plaid for under $20 that might work. Then I went to Ann Taylor and saw Devin Seersucker, really pretty and I didn’t write down the price but whatever it was, when AT has everything for 50% off, they are more reasonable but still pricey.

   has Total Freedom Rio plaid bermudas for $33 and I think 20% off. These were the best looking I found. Seems I remember we find Lee cheaper locally than at the manufacturer’s site. Sometimes Kohl’s has Lee.

            Banana Republic has a line of Bermudas called Avery Fit in many different fabrics. The prettiest are seersucker stripe in navy or cream. At $58 we’ll have to hope for a big sale at season’s end, which isn’t helpful now.

            I will try the $25 Madras (I think it’s just yarn-dyed plaid) shorts at Appleseeds while they are discounted to $17.48 if I don’t get cold feet. Shipping is free with a $75 order, otherwise shipping is too dear. Returns are costly, too.

  6. Yes, missed your posts! Love your new shorts and #1, 2 and 3. Agree with Jean about rolling the sleeves on #3 and/or wearing with a tank. Mixing patterns is tricky in my book; however I do like wearing print tops to coordinate different hues of pants (capris & crops) or printed pants to coordinate with solid tops. LOL your comment about the red shoes :)) And, love Madras but haven’t seen any in a
    long time!!

  7. You’re really working your closet, love it! Great looks. I start thinking about my summer wardrobe in winter….before Christmas…when I quite often snap up bargains on the beachwear sites!
    Thanks for joining the Fabulous Friday link up.

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