DENIM JACKETS

Hello friends,

Several of you have mentioned that you find styling a denim jacket challenging, and are to the point where you don’t think you can wear one. I thought I would research that a little, and try some experiments of my own.

Since I am a visual learner, I looked at a lot of pictures of women of all sizes in denim jackets, and although I might not be the best at analyzing, I did notice a few things. First of all, denim jackets for the most part are by nature boxy. And boxy is not what we want ladies! It is not even a good look for small young people:

 

I did however, see a lot of people who looked really great in a denim jacket:

             

Now the first thing I noticed about the difference was that the second set of photos had the sleeves rolled up. Bingo! Rule #1 for styling your jacket:

ROLL UP THE SLEEVES

I decided to try this for myself:

  

Hmm. I think I’m on to something.

I also saw a lot of pictures of people who were wearing baggy jackets that looked awful:

   

So rule # 2 must be:

DON’T WEAR A  BAGGY JACKET

The next thing I noticed was that buttoning the jacket was not a good look:

 

I could not find one single photo of a jacket that looked good when it was buttoned, so here is rule # 3:

DON’T BUTTON YOUR JACKET

After looking at so many photos, the biggest thing just seemed to be getting the proportions right. The jacket should not be too big/baggy. It should not be too long or too short. The bottom should hit you at a flattering place.

You might have to try on several jackets to find one that is flattering.

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See what I mean?  The most flattering look seems to be a jacket that comes to your waist level or just a bit below.  So—

WEAR THE RIGHT PROPORTIONS FOR YOUR BODY 

To recap:

  • Roll up the sleeves
  • No baggy jackets
  • Never button
  • Wear the right proportions…bottom should be around waist level

If you don’t have a jacket, here are some links to get you started looking. By the way, the one I am wearing was $19.99, so don’t think you have to spend a fortune to find a good one; in fact, I would start at Goodwill. I bet there are lots of them there. I know I have sent more than one to the Goodwill racks. 😉

Here are a few I found on Amazon. (Disclaimer: if you click and purchase, I will receive a small commission)

Womens Basic Button Down Denim Jean Jacket (Medium, MediumBlue)

 

Lee Women’s Modern Series Holden Denim Jacket, Gauntlet, Medium

 

URBAN K WOMENS Long-Sleeve Button Up Denim Jean Jacket (S-3XL)

 

Riders by Lee Indigo Women’s Denim Jacket, Drenched, M

 

I think I have convinced myself that anyone can wear a denim jacket, but it might take a little work to figure out your best look. Set aside some time and try on several jackets to see what flatters you. Use the four “rules” I mentioned. If you can’t find stores with good selections, order several online and return the ones that don’t work.

Seems like a lot of effort, but I think it is worth it, because a jean jacket is a very versatile wardrobe staple that has been around for decades and is not going anywhere.

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I would love to hear from you if you have any success finding and/or styling a jean jacket. I hope I have encouraged you to do so. If I haven’t yet, stay tuned, because I have been trying on lots of things with my jacket and will show the good, the bad, and the ugly, as usual.  This will definitely be a series!

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IN THE NAVY

My post today is all about Old Navy dresses. I was so happy last fall to find that Old Navy had a great selection of very flattering dresses WITH SLEEVES. That may sound silly, but for several years it was hard to find a dress that wasn’t sleeveless. As you know, I worked around that quite nicely with my large collection of colored cardigans 😉 but sometimes, I just want to wear a dress without a sweater or jacket, and I don’t really like wearing sleeveless dresses…especially in the winter. That being said, I thought it would be fun to post pictures of all the Old Navy dresses in my closet. Yes, I am wearing some of them with a top piece, but I don’t have to, in most cases.

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So, if you have not tried the Old Navy dresses yet, I would suggest that you do so! They usually come in regular or petite, and go on sale often. Let me know if have any luck.

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THE PROCESS

You might think that if you want a cute outfit all you have to do is go shopping and pick out something. Au contraire.  Even if you buy a dress, which should be an outfit unto itself, it rarely is.  Almost everything needs accessorizing. To look “put-together,” you need to make sure that everything about your outfit works to make it an ensemble.

If you are one of the lucky people who has a perfect figure, then all you will need to do is add cute shoes, a purse, and some jewelry, and you have an outfit.  If you are like the rest of us, you might need to do a little more if you want to look your best.

For me, almost every outfit I wear has to be put together. I have definite figure flaws that need to be minimized, and over time, I have learned how to style outfits in a way that makes me look better than I actually do. LOL

One of the main ways I make up outfits is to try things on in front of my big full-length mirror and snap some selfies.  The photos I take are pretty raw, but they give me an idea of whether something is going to work or not. And once I have settled on the final look, the photo reminds me of all the items I put together so I can wear it more than once. Believe me, if I did not document it in some way, I would never remember which belt, shoes, or earrings I had used.

Here are some pictures from a recent session of experimentation:

  

  

This seems like a lot of work.  It is!  You may be one of those people who thinks it is too much trouble and you don’t care that much. I can appreciate that.  I just happen to be in the stage of my life where I have time to do it, and I really love making outfits.  It reminds me of my childhood, when I played “dressup” by the hour, or changed my dolls’ clothes 100 times.

You might not want (or be able to) spend so much time on your clothes, but at least take one afternoon or evening and experiment a little to see how you can dress to flatter your figure.

None of the outfits in this post is perfect. I don’t really love any of them. That’s okay. I can pick the one I like the best, or I can choose not to wear any of them. Experimenting helps me to find my style, even if I don’t always hit the nail on the head.

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SHOPPING THE CLEARANCE RACKS

I’m sure it will not surprise you to learn that when I go into a store, I head straight for the clearance racks before I even look to the right or to the left. I am not saying that I only buy clothes that are on clearance, but I do always check there first. You never know what you will find!

Last week I hit the jackpot. My favorite store in town (BELK) had TONS of stuff on sale. Spring is coming, which means time to clear anything out of the store that looks wintry. Rack after rack of things just waiting to go home with someone.  I just had to adopt some of the little orphans. 😉

I don’t mind buying winter clothes at this time of year ….some things can pretty much  be worn for three seasons, and if not, I will just put them away until next year. When I get out my winter clothes next year, I will be surprised to find some nice new things that have never been worn.

I  tried on a million things and ended up with eleven tops that I really liked. Yes, ELEVEN! I truly laughed out loud when the salesclerk totaled it up….$65.00!

When I got home and tried everything on, I decided that three of the items should probably go back to the store. Even though they were inexpensive, I returned them because I have learned that you should not keep things because they were cheap. One top was a color that is not flattering to me, one was just a little too long, and one just didn’t go with anything I had. I am very happy with the eight things I kept. You will definitely be seeing them.

This time of year is great for finding bargains. Let me know if you find any. Can anyone beat 11 items for $65.00???

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A FEW CHANGES

Dear Readers,

Thanks so much for reading my posts and for following me! I feel like I have made new friends, and have become a part of a very supportive community. People who comment on fashion blogs (not just mine) are so positive and encouraging, and it is great to see women supporting each other. I love the way we can be honest with each other without being mean. It really is helpful to get honest feedback!

I have been doing some thinking about how I have been doing as a blogger, and have decided to make a few changes. I hope they will be for the better. Please let me know if they are not. 🙂

FIRST…I have figured out that I am not going to be that person who posts three or more times a week. I have done it in spurts, but can’t seem to do it consistently. That is not fair to those of you who follow me. You deserve to know what to expect.  I have been blogging since May of 2016, and if I haven’t been able to post consistently by now, there’s a good chance I’m not going to! HOWEVER, I do think I can manage one new post a week, so I am making a commitment to post every Sunday night.

SECOND….I realize that new readers often ask questions about things I have already blogged about, so I am going to make it easier for people to read some of the “old stuff.”  Every Thursday, I will publish one of my previous posts. If you have been following me for awhile, you can skip the Thursday posts, or re-read if you want to.

THIRD….One of my favorite ways to find inspiration for outfits is to read other fashion blogs. I found myself wishing that I could just scroll through pictures of outfits without having to do a lot of searching, so I am going to incorporate that idea into my blog.  I will now have separate PAGES for different types of outfits, so you can just look through the photos if you want to. Those will be up sometime this week. The only one that is active now is DON’T DO THIS. 😉

FOURTH…..I am going to eliminate the 100 Black Pants page. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but I’m not making much progress on it, and truthfully am a little bored with the idea. It will be up for a few more days if you really want to check it out.

Thanks for sticking with me and for being such a great group of supporters! I really believe that we are learning from each other. I appreciate your feedback, and I love hearing how you are trying new things and putting outfits together.

See you next Sunday, or join me for the first Throwback Thursday post this week.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!

JEANS FIVE: Brown Belt

This is the last post in the series of how I styled my new jeans by using different accessories.  None of the outfits in this series is “perfect.” There is no such thing. They are all outfits I would feel good about leaving the house in, and that is my goal.

It is easy to get discouraged and think that you will never be able to come up with something that looks good and is inexpensive. BUT….that is not true. I felt that way when I wrote my posts LOSERS and BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.

But all it took was a new pair of $12.99 jeans and a couple of hours of trying on clothes for me to get my mojo back. You can do it! Just don’t be afraid to try new things, and don’t be afraid to add some bling.

You might make some mistakes. Actually, you will make some mistakes. But this is not a life-or-death thing we are talking about here!  There is no Great Fashion Judge who is going to give you a failing grade. If you try, you WILL make progress.

You will learn from every mistake. And some of my “mistakes” were better than what I was doing before I started trying.

Okay, enough nagging.  Here is what I did using some brown stuff:

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The belt is the same. I just turned it around so the animal print would show.

And speaking of making mistakes, here is an outfit that I wouldn’t wear out of the house. But hey, five out of six is not bad! 😉

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Here are all the looks in the series:

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Which one do you like the best?

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JEANS TWO: Anatomy of an Outfit

In my previous post, I showed you my new jeans, and the process I used to put together an outfit.  I am continuing that theme today, and again, I will use photos from beginning to end, so you can see the steps involved.

Isn’t this cute?  HAHA  I actually saw a lady in the store today with almost this same look, except she had even MORE fat rolls. 🙂   🙂 Don’t do this!

Now I look like I am wearing a red blanket:

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Faking a waist helps somewhat:

Pulled it all together with a scarf:

 

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I hope someone is learning something from all my humiliation of myself!

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NEW JEANS

In my last post, I showed you how I tried to make some outfits, but they were all blah, which made me feel blah.  I am feeling much better today. Why?  Because I bought new jeans. Yes, it sounds ridiculous! But a new pair of jeans did wonders for my mood.  I have lots of clothes and probably did not need new jeans, but in my mind, I did, because I wanted boot-cut jeans to go with my high heel boots.

So off I went to find just the right pair, thinking it would be a time-consuming ordeal, and probably expensive. But guess what? I found them at the first store I went to….my go-to place for inexpensive clothing and costume jewelry…CATO. 🙂

AND they were less than $20.00.  I got jeans and a belt for $14.99.  YAY!

I decided to use the jeans to do a series on using accessories. Of course, these will be a visual lessons 😉

Before I started on my “fashion journey,”  I pretty much considered an outfit to be pants and a top, or a dress. It never occurred to me that you could add things like sweaters, jackets, or belts. And I might have worn whatever jewelry I happened to have, but certainly did not change accessories for different outfits.

The outfit I am wearing today is pretty basic, but it does look like an outfit, not just jeans and a top.  Here are the steps I took to get there:

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I started with the jeans and a white top, then added a jacket. Still not right, so kept going and added a belt.

That wasn’t quite enough, so finished up with necklace, bracelet and earrings:

Now I am good to go!  Much better than the blah outfit from last week:

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I’ll be back soon with more “experiments in style.”  I would LOVE for you to subscribe, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @over50under20.

 

BLAH BLAH BLAH

As I told you in my last post, my main reason for publishing this blog is to help you look better if you want to look better. I would really like to inspire you. HOWEVER—

yesterday I decided to take some photos to show how to make a plain outfit look better with accessories. Great idea, and I will try again another day. But for that purpose, the photos I took did not do that. When I looked at the pictures, I realized that everything looked BLAH.

The outfits looked blah, my hair looked blah, the lighting was blah. BLAH BLAH BLAH.

When I sat down to edit the pictures and write the post, I just started feeling BLAH. How could these photos possibly inspire anyone?? It’s not that I couldn’t go out of the house wearing these clothes, it’s just that they were not out of the ordinary in any way, and were not particularly flattering.

Here is what I thought when I saw them:

I gained weight over the holidays, I need a haircut, something is wrong with my camera (true–see the line across my head), indoor shots look terrible, etc. etc. etc. 

I was going to delete all the photos and start over, but since I long ago lost any reluctance to show you bad pictures, I decided instead to publish the pictures, analyze them, and learn from them; that way you can learn along with me. You might not be inspired by a picture of a cute outfit, but you might learn some things NOT to do when trying to put one together.

I know this is very similar to the post I did called LOSERS.  I should have read that one again before I put my outfits together! Sometimes I am a slow learner.

Here goes:

What can I say? Bad, bad, bad. The color of this top is hideous, and the clingy shape and length “helps” to emphasize my chunky look.  HA Not what I was going for!

A little better, but the color is still ugly. I did tuck the shirt in and wear a belt after this, (sorry no photo) which helped, but it is still pretty blah.

Okay, WHY WHY WHY did I not take my own advice??? I had said I was NOT going to wear leggings with a tunic unless it was long. I look like I forgot to put pants on.

Same. Changing out the scarf for a necklace did not help. 😉  (This is why you take pictures. In the mirror, the tunic looked long enough.)

At least the red scarf draws attention to the top of the outfit, but I still look like I forgot my pants. And I OBVIOUSLY have no waist at all! Very true, but I try not to emphasize that.

Thanks for sticking with me. I hope you learned something. I hope I learned something!

LOSERS

Several days ago, I posted that I was going out to finish my Christmas shopping. I am happy to report that I was successful in that mission! But guess what? When I was shopping for others, I could not resist the urge to shop for myself also. My goal was to photograph some nice outfits and publish a few posts before Christmas. HA

For whatever reason, the things I came home with were just not good when I saw them in the photographs.  And I hate that, because with all the extra things I have to do for the holidays, it is hard to find time to try on clothes and take pictures. Since I really didn’t have time to start over,  I decided to do a “Trial and Error” post. The things you see in this post have all been returned.

I won’t try to analyze what is wrong with these outfits, but they are just not right. I will say that I need to take my own advice and not wear leggings unless with long tunics or dresses. The camera does not lie.  😉

Maybe Santa will bring me some pretty clothes. If he does, I will get back to you after Christmas with outfits that look better than these. I know I can do better!

Happiest of holidays to all of you. I will be back soon after Christmas. 🙂

P.S.  My Facebook account was hacked, and I changed my password. Since then, my blog posts have not been showing up there, so unless you are a subscriber, you have missed a few. I will work on trying to fix that, but so far haven’t figured it out. Another little job that will have to wait until after Christmas!