LEGGINGS

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about wearing things as pants that are not actually pants–chiefly leggings. I showed you some photos of people who were wearing leggings in a most unflattering way! Here is a link if you missed that post and want to read it:

SOME THINGS ARE NOT PANTS

I have one more picture to share with you, just to make sure you know what I am talking about:

No, no, no, no, no.  Do NOT wear items like this outside your home!

Several of you commented and told me that you like to wear leggings, as do I. But there is a right way to wear them. They really need to be worn with a dress or a long tunic. I showed you several examples of dresses in the last post, so today I am showing you some tunic outfits.  So great for winter! And for disguising your midsection!

If you have read any of my posts, you know that I am big on trial and error, and like to share my trials with you, so that you won’t make the same mistakes. Here is an outfit that I tried, but as you can see, the sweater is too short to wear with leggings.  I will try it with some jeans or with a pair of black pants, but I promise you that I will not wear this out in public!

So learn from me, and wear a nice long tunic or a dress with your leggings. The general public will thank you for it.

By the way, the cute red tunic is from Walgreen’s, and I paid $10 for it.  😉 Did you know you can buy clothing at the drug store??? And the blue tunic is from Belk–$13. I really try not to spend more than $20 on any one article of clothing, unless it is something really special.

As always, I love to read your comments, so that I know my posts are not just disappearing into space somewhere. 😉

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SOME THINGS ARE NOT PANTS

Well, hello! I hope you have missed me. 🙂  I know I have missed you!  I really did not mean to take such a long hiatus, but blogging went to a lower priority for a couple of weeks. It started when I decided on the spur of the moment to join two of my adult children and their families on their trip to Disney World. I had not planned to go, but the thought of seeing all four grandchildren at Disney at the same time, was just too tempting. Best decision I ever made!

On to my topic for the day. It is what you might call a “rant.”  I often see people wearing things as pants that are not what I call pants. The main offenders are leggings or tights, but I have also seen people wearing pajama bottoms.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love stretchy pants and yoga pants as much as anyone, and have shown you before my ultimate-very-favorite-wear-with-everything-pair of pants:

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http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1035856&vid=1&pid=819227002

I also wear leggings, especially in the winter; HOWEVER, I wear them with a dress or a long tunic:

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You KNOW what I am going to say….wait for it……

LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS!!!

I know you have heard this, but I am not sure it has actually penetrated into your consciousness. I see you everywhere.  You are wearing your oh-so-comfy and oh-so-warm leggings.  “Surely I can just wear them with my favorite top, even if it is a bit short,”  you tell yourself.   “Even though I am older than dirt, I know I look so youthful in these tight,brightly patterned leggings,” you think.

Oh my! Please ask for an honest opinion before you walk out that door. Remember — it is hard to get an accurate view of the back of your outfit, even in a full-length mirror.

I’m sure I am not actually seeing you 😉 but maybe I am seeing your friends and family. If so, do them a favor, and show them these photos. They are examples of how not to wear leggings. These are all outfits that I have personally seen. I have more, but this is probably enough for one day!

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And yes, people do wear pajama pants to the store (and not just WalMart):

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I will leave you with a picture of the only place you should ever wear pajama pants: (Really just an excuse to show you my adorable crew)

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Thanks for reading. Would love to hear your comments!

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 😉

 

 

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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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. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

IF IT’S BROWN……

Years ago, I made up a little saying for my husband to use when he went shopping by himself.  I felt like this was necessary, because sometimes he would bring home clothing that was…how can I put this?…..downright UGLY. I finally figured out that he did not look good in brown, so I taught him to say, “If it’s brown, put it down” and “If it’s blue, it will do.” His wardrobe choices have improved dramatically since he learned these phrases, but occasionally he will rebel and come home with something in the forbidden color. LOL

I am telling you this because today I am showing you a brown dress that I bought.

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When I tried this dress on, I thought it was so cute. But as I am fond of saying, my fashion journey is full of trial and error, which is why I don’t like to buy expensive clothes. I tried my best to make it look good. I really did.  I don’t like to make mistakes. BUT….I just have to admit…..I don’t like it!  And I am long past the age and stage where I will wear something I don’t like just because I bought it.

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To be honest, it is not just the color.  I just don’t think the dress is very flattering. Ladies, this is why the camera is your friend. It will tell you things that the dressing room mirror will not say. The mirror might say, “Only $14.99, and you look so cute in this!  Buy it!”   But the camera will say, “It’s not a bargain if it doesn’t look good on you. What were you thinking??”

So bye bye brown dress.  I hope you enjoyed hanging out in my closet for a month.

I don’t really HATE brown, but maybe I should tell myself what I tell my husband:

“If it’s brown, put it down.”

Next post, I will show you some of the outfits that I do like!

 

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

HOW NOT TO LOOK FRUMPY 2

Several weeks ago, I wrote a post on looking frumpy. You can read it here:

HOW NOT TO LOOK FRUMPY

Here is something that was definitely frumpy:

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For today’s post, I decided to see if I could rescue this dress, rather than send it away. At first I tried adding some accessories and trying to style it to see if I could make anything work:

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These were better, but it is still a bit on the frumpy side. After looking at it, it was obvious that the main thing wrong with the dress was the length. (Not to mention the horrible shoes which immediately went in the Goodwill bag LOL)

I am not very good at sewing, but I figured that even I could hem up a dress with some Stitch Witchery, so I started with that.

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As you can see, the dress looks better already, just by changing the length. The next step in the process is to experiment with different accessories and try to make an outfit.  Here are the results of that:

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Just for fun, here are the similar versions side by side:

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Do you see how much difference the length makes?!!   So…..memorize this rule:  “If your dress is too long, it is frumpy”

Do you think I should keep this dress?  If so, which look do you like the best? I really do value your opinions, and would appreciate hearing from you. As I have said before, I am on a journey and still have much to learn.

Thanks for reading, and please comment!

P. S. The little girl in the photo is the reason I have not posted much in the past few weeks. I had the great pleasure of having my sweet seven-year old granddaughter with me for four weeks.

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

Don’t forget to enter the shopping challenge! Only one more week before the deadline.  I have already found my outfit and can’t wait to show you.  It can be done!

SHOPPING CHALLENGE

 

FINDING FASHION 2

In my last post, I talked about the process of putting outfits together from my closet, and I gave you a little quiz. I asked you to look at each outfit below and decide if you think I wore it (A), improved it (B) or deleted it (C).

I know this was a fascinating topic for you. The response was overwhelming….two people actually took the quiz. LOL

But since they went to the trouble, I will give you the answers and my comments.

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The answer to #1 is B. I improved this outfit by deleting the sweater (too boxy) and just wearing a pretty black top.

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The answer to #2 is A.  I really liked this outfit and took it with me on a fall vacation. The long sweater helps to minimize my midsection, and adding a belt defines a waist.

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The answer to #3 is A.  I have worn this a couple of times. Not my favorite outfit since I love color, but easy to pack and wear to dinner on a trip.

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The answer to #4 is A. Another outfit that I took on a vacation. This sweater is much more flattering than the one in #1.

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The answer to #5 is A.  This is one of my favorite outfits for some reason.  I have worn it many times.

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The answer to #6 is C.  There is nothing about this that I like. I feel like I look ridiculous. I don’t like the color, I don’t like the fit, and I don’t like so much animal print.  Luckily, as usual I did not pay much for the dress. It was definitely a shopping mistake. It is still in my closet for some reason, but will soon be going to a new home.

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The answer to #7 is C. I loved this top and it was so comfortable, but when I saw the picture, I realized that the comfort is not the number one consideration, if something makes you look like a white whale. The shirt is too long, and is very unflattering, and the white color makes me look larger than I am. The scarf is very pretty, but too large for me.

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The answer to #8 is B.  This dress is fine for a casual summer look, but the shoes are horrendous. They went straight to GW after I saw this photo. I also eventually found cuter bracelets and a necklace.

I hope you know that the reason I do this blog is to help others learn from my mistakes and all my trials and errors. I don’t want to see any of you walking around in something like #6! Or in something like this:

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I just had to sneak a photo of this outfit that I saw on my vacation. I sincerely hope this lady is not one of my readers. LOL

Thanks for reading. And remember to take selfies before you walk out the door!

 

 

FINDING FASHION

Today’s post is about how I find outfits to wear. Maybe you are the kind of person who can go to your closet, pick out a couple of items and end up with a put-together look. I am not that kind of person. To find something that I actually want to wear, I need to go through a process. Sometimes the process can be time-consuming, so when I do manage to coordinate an outfit, I make sure to document it so that I won’t have to rumble through my closet the next time I am looking for something to wear.

When I want to put an outfit together, I go to my closet and start “shopping”.  If I want a dress outfit, I pull out a dress and put it on. Then I start looking for accessories to make the dress look better, like a belt, a sweater, or a jacket.  Next I try to find the right kind of shoes. And finally, I go ahead and experiment with jewelry. You would be surprised how the right necklace actually makes the outfit.

I have found that the best way to decide if something looks good is to take a picture. I stand in front of my full-length mirror and take a photo of the outfit with my cell phone. I don’t worry about my hair or makeup….I am just looking to see if the clothes fit, flatter and coordinate.

When I see the pictures, it is easy to tell if the outfit is something I would ever wear, or if it needs more work, or if it needs to be put out of its misery.

Here are some pictures to illustrate what I am talking about.  Some of these outfits made it to the outside world right away, some were eventually improved upon, and some were “killed and buried”.

Here is a little quiz for you. Look at each outfit below and decide if you think I wore it (A), improved it (B) or deleted it (C). You can give your answers as comments. Just put the number of each outfit and A, B, or C in your comment.

I will give you the answers in my next post, and tell you why I made the decisions.

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Today I am linking up with http://nancysfashionstyle.com/

 

TOTAL FASHION BREAK

I have just returned from a trip where absolutely ZERO fashion was in evidence anywhere. Every year in July, I host a camp for my grandchildren and my great nieces and nephews. Cousin Camp only lasts three days, but it seems like three weeks! This year there were seven children between the ages of two and eight, and it was held at my sister’s country house in the middle of nowhere in Alabama.

It is the kind of camp where you are lucky if you take a shower, much less put on a nice outfit.  I wore some lovely men’s t-shirt- and- old shorts ensembles, but I will spare you the pictures. LOL

Here is an example of what one of the boys wore one day:

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It is that kind of camp!  If you can’t find two shoes that match, who cares?

It is a LOT of fun for the kids, and I look forward to it every year, even though it is more than exhausting for the adults. (The adults consisted of my sister and myself, and a teenager. I have learned that it is worth any amount of money to hire a helper ).

I spend time during the year planning for it, and have plenty of games, crafts, and activities ready for the kids. I have to overplan, because I have learned through experience that when you read a Pinterest post that says “This entertained my children for hours, and they said they never had more fun”, it is good for about 8 minutes, and at least 3 kids will say it is boring.

It was almost 100 degrees every day, so had to make some adjustments in the outdoor activities I had planned. Picnics and relay races were definitely not a good idea. We needed water activity!! We found some, but it did not turn out exactly as planned. (Nothing ever does at Cousin Camp.)

Here is my total fashion fail story:

One day we took the kids to a lake about an hour away. It was supposed to be about 25 minutes away, but we got lost, and ended up in Mississippi before we turned around. Do not ask me why we drove over 10 miles into the state of Mississippi when we knew the lake was in Alabama. Maybe our brains were scrambled from lack of sleep. We finally made it and the kids had a great time swimming.

As I said before, my sister’s country house is in the middle of nowhere, and since the kids had eaten almost all of the three tons of food I had brought with me in the first day and a half, I decided that I would have to stop by the grocery store on the way home, since it was about 30 minutes from the house and I did not want to come back. I did not want the children telling their parents that we had been eating white bread for snacks.( It was true, but I did not want them telling their parents. LOL)

You cannot possibly imagine what I looked like. I had on an old bathing suit and an old men’s shirt, water shoes covered in sand, and my hair was wet and sticking up.  I told myself that I did not know anyone in this country town, and I would never see anyone here again. The kids were hungry, and I just had to suck it up and go in the store! So I did.

I truly hoped that no one would notice my odd appearance. You have to remember that the grocery story was nowhere near the lake or any other water source. I did notice that people were doing double takes when they saw me. As I was checking out, the “lady” (I say that in quotes because she was buying cigarettes, beer, and snuff) in front of me stared a hole through me for about 3 minutes, and then asked, “You been swimmin’?”

I hope I never have to relive that visit to the store, and I am so glad that other than the security cameras in the grocery store, there is no photographic evidence of my “fashion.” You will just have to use your imagination.

The point of this post is that sometimes some things are more important than how you look.  And making special memories for seven of the most awesome children in the world is in that category!

I love to read your comments. Do you agree that sometimes how you look is not at all important? What is your biggest fashion fail? Was it for a good reason?

Thanks for reading! Back soon with more pictures of myself. I am sure you can’t wait for that!

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