LUMBERJACK STYLE

Most of you know that I just returned from a cruise to Alaska, and that it was a wonderful experience. I had planned all my outfits, and for the most part pretty much everything worked. But there was a reason that I posted pictures of my outfits BEFORE I left. I knew from experience that snapshots are not always flattering.  Before the days of Facebook and other social media, it was not a big deal. You took pictures, had the film developed after you got home, threw away the ones you did not like, and no one but your poor family had to look at your vacation photos. Now, your picture can show up on the internet before you have even finished your dinner.

Now maybe you are not like me. But if I see a picture of myself, and it is not flattering, I never want to wear that outfit again. There are lots of Goodwill shoppers walking around in my former clothes! And someone will soon be the lucky owner of an orange gingham shirt.  I thought this shirt was so cute when I bought it. And my trial photo seemed okay.  BUT when I saw the snapshots, I realized that shirts are not my best look. In fact, if you live in my area and are looking for some cute shirts, you should check the Goodwill store next week.

Unfortunately, I had bought several shirts in preparation for the cruise, thinking that they would be perfect for walking around in Alaska. Can we just say that imagination and reality did not coincide in this case?

The pre-cruise photo is okay. Not perfect, but certainly wearable. But in these photos, I somehow turned into a large LUMBERJACK:

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I am posting these so that you can learn from my mistakes. Let’s analyze a bit.  The shirt is too boxy too look flattering.  It emphasizes my chunky midsection.  Not a good thing!  LOL  The white sweater actually enlarges it even more!

Next time I take pre-photos, I will try some more realistic poses. Surely, I could do better than this for an outfit!

Just to make myself feel a little better, here is another snapshot from the trip.  I am wearing my travel vest, and I do “fill it out” as my husband said, but this style camouflages my midsection much better!

Travel vest, cruise, Alaska

As always, thanks so much for following my fashion journey. As I promised, there will be a lot of trial and error.  I LOVE to read your comments, so please let me know what you are thinking.

See you soon!

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

 

CRUISE SHOES

Hello! I have missed you! If you have never done an Alaskan cruise, please put it on your bucket list. We had the best time ever, and saw some of the most amazing scenery and animals, including eagles, bears, moose, seals, whales, and caribou.

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The ship was amazing, and of course the food was way too good. You probably won’t be seeing any recent pictures of me for awhile. LOL  The whale pictures are NOT me, but that is how I feel.

My husband commented one day that I filled out my travel vest a good bit more than when I first got it. I tried to tell him that it was just because my pockets were stuffed, but truthfully, it was because my stomach was stuffed!

Of course I had a lot of opportunities to see what people were wearing. It was especially fun to see how pretty everyone looked on the formal nights.

I knew you would want me to come home with some kind of fashion tip, so today I am going to focus on footwear. As in what NOT to wear.

When I travel, I ALWAYS wear comfortable shoes. You cannot have fun if your feet are not having fun. However.….you do not have to wear ugly shoes.  And let me say right now that I really cannot think of any occasion when big white athletic shoes are appropriate.  If your comfortable shoes look like any of these, it is time for a change:

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These photos are are just a sample of what I saw….big white shoes were everywhere.   It is a little hard to take pictures of people’s feet without them noticing, so I was only able to get pictures of a small percentage of the offenders, but I think you get the idea.

Please note that I am not saying that you cannot wear white sneakers. But there is a way to wear them and a way not to wear them. Jennifer Anniston makes white sneakers look adorable.

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Here are the ones that she is often photographed in:

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Superga Unisex 2750 Cotu Classic Sneaker,White,39 EU (Women’s 8 M US/Men’s 6.5 M US)

Here is a link to a blogger that I follow. Notice how cute her shoes look!

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And speaking of what not to wear on your feet, PLEASE be careful how you wear hose. Most people do not wear pantyhose at all anymore, but if you do, they should be sheer and worn with a dressy closed-toe shoe. I know you would NEVER do anything like this:

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Or this:

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I will post a few more scenic shots after I have organized all my photos. Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget my shoe advice! See you soon.

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HOW NOT TO LOOK FRUMPY

frump-y   (of a woman or her clothes) dowdy and old-fashioned. Synonyms: dowdy, frumpish, unfashionable, old-fashioned, drab, dull, shabby, scruffy.     Powered by Oxford Dictionaries   Oxford University Press

I hope that does not describe you! We are all guilty of looking frumpy at times, but it should not be an everyday thing. No one needs to look that way on a regular basis. No matter what size, shape, or age you are, you do not have to look  drab, dull, homely, old-fashioned, or shabby.

I learned to dress in more flattering styles by reading blogs and fashion magazines, watching makeover shows, and photographing myself in the mirror with my iPhone. There is nothing like seeing a picture of yourself to see what kind of an impression you are making!

This started several years ago when I was packing for a vacation. I was having a hard time deciding what to pack, because I really did not want to see bad pictures of myself. My husband likes to take a lot of vacation pictures, and I dreaded seeing bad ones, so I got the bright idea to photograph outfits ahead of time to make sure they looked okay.

One reason I dreaded seeing them was that whenever I see a bad picture, I never wear that outfit again! Maybe that’s why I like to buy inexpensive clothes.

I can’t believe I am doing this, but hopefully these bad pictures will help you. Here are some example of ways to look frumpy.  Do NOT copy them!

Wear clothes that are not flattering and show your figure flaws:

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Wear clothes that are old-fashioned looking and too long:

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Wear shirts that are too small with boxy jeans:

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Wear unflattering shirts AND wrinkled clothing:

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I could post a lot more (like some of my old vacation photos), but that’s all I can stand to look at for now! I hope you get the idea.

You can look frumpy if you wear clothes that are too big, or too small, or that have been in your closet since the last century. Don’t laugh…I know you have something from 1999 hiding somewhere in the back…hopefully hiding in the back and not set out on a chair to wear to work tomorrow!

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