PLAYING DRESSUP

Hello Dear Readers!

How often do you attend dressy events? I don’t remember the last time we  went to something really formal, and I have only worn a ball gown once in my life; we do, however, usually go to two or three things a year that require something a bit fancier than church clothes.

Because I don’t like to stress over not having something to wear when these opportunities arise, I have a stash of dressy clothing that is in my guest room closet. For years, I have bought things that are on sale or inexpensive and put them away in case we get an invitation to a cocktail party (have never gotten that one yet haha), a fancy fundraiser, or a big gala. And of course,  I am always prepared for the Captain’s Dinner on a cruise 🙂

In addition to dresses, jumpsuits, and palazzo pants, I also have a stash of accessories like  belts, bags, and wraps that I can add to almost anything. I have found that these come in handy, especially when traveling, because you can make a plain black dress look dressy by adding some sparkle.

This was my dress-up outfit on the river cruise in China a couple of years ago. I traveled light and only had a small suitcase, so this silver wrap was perfect.

Since we are going to a dressy event this weekend, I spent some time yesterday going through my dress-up closet and trying stuff on. Some things had been in there quite awhile, and it was time to purge. Well, I will tell you, you will not be seeing photos of all my try-ons. Some things just plain did not fit. Some things were in the “what was I thinking?” category, and some things were just not flattering.

But I did find a few things that might be keepers, and I did find something to wear this weekend. I will show you some of the things that I might keep as outfits, and let you help me decide. Please give me your honest opinions….if you don’t like anything, I will just have to go shopping again. 😉

By the way NOTHING I am wearing in any photo cost more than $20.00.  If you really need an inexpensive dressy outfit, Ross is an excellent place to look. They always have dressy dresses for less than $20. And I got several small evening bags from WISH, so that means they were super cheap.

Okay, here goes. Let’s play dressup.

My least favorite. Looks like I have a large white uniboob.

Pretty dress, but I am self-conscious about my arms, especially in winter.

Love the way the velvet falls so nicely, but kind of emphasizes my thick waist

This one is also velvet and beautiful dark purple color, but it is a little long, and I doubt if I will hem it 😉

Really like the jacket, but feel like I need something different on the bottom

As you might have guessed from the feature photo, this is what I am wearing this weekend. I put these two photos up so you can see how much difference a small detail makes. The black hose look dreadful.

I am still working on some ideas for easy-travel dressy outfits, but that will be a post for another day. Thanks for playing dressup with me!

If you would like to see pictures of most of the outfits I have put together, click on the page for the category you would like to see. On a mobile device, click menu to access the pages. To comment from a phone or mobile device, scroll to the bottom of the post, and click on comments on the far right.You can also follow me on Instagram@over50under20.  And if you don’t want to miss any of my posts, don’t forget to subscribe!

BLOGGER CONFESSIONS

Hello my readers,

In my first post this year after taking a little blogging break, I told you that I had not thought much about fashion for several weeks. I have been doing better, but it has been hard to get back in the groove. I did have to dress every day (and night) at the conference we recently attended. It was nice to have everything planned out ahead of time, so everything I needed was in my suitcase and I didn’t have a lot of decisions to make.

I am happy to be home and back to my routine. Confession: my normal routine does not include wearing “outfits” every day.  I have gotten (somewhat) better about dressing to do errands and shopping, but in a normal week, I actually wear outfits about 4 or 5 times. My hat is off to all of you who get dressed and go to work every day. I would probably just wear black pants and a top most days! 😉

I do love putting outfits together, so I will continue to do that. Just remember that you get the good with the bad. Some are better than others.

Here is something that I wore about a week ago. Don’t really love it, but it was fine to wear one time:

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As always, I hope that you can benefit from my experiments, and that you are inspired to try stuff. You would be surprised what you can put together from clothes you already have, if you just start trying things on and experimenting. And as I always say, TAKE PICTURES to see what actually works.

I have a couple of trips coming up,  🙂 so you will be hearing about those soon. You know how compulsive I am about packing!

If you would like to see pictures of most of the outfits I have put together, click on the page for the category you would like to see. On a mobile device, click menu to access the pages. To comment from a phone or mobile device, scroll to the bottom of the post, and click on comments on the far right.You can also follow me on Instagram@over50under20.  And if you don’t want to miss any of my posts, don’t forget to subscribe!