LEFTOVERS

Almost didn’t get my Sunday post out today, because we had a busy weekend, and I have not taken any photos in a few days. But I did look to see what I had that I could show you, so here goes.

The feature photo is another effort at styling one of my print dresses, but I did not include it in the last post. Here is a comparison:

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The next outfit is leftover from my jean jacket styling:

Not my favorite, but it was worth a try.

So, these outfits are like leftovers. Keep them around for a few days, and then discard  😉    I have worn worse-looking things in my day, believe me, but neither of these are in my favorites category.

Hope to be back soon with some FALL outfits.  Still hot, but counting down the days until…wait for it….SWEATER WEATHER 🙂

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I CONFESS PART 2

In the first installment of this post, I told you that I had bought several similar dresses, and could not decide which ones to keep, so was keeping them all. Well, a little time and a lot of try-on effort has passed, and I have at last decided to return ONE of them! So, I did actually buy FOUR dresses that were similar. You have seen two of them already.

Here are some of the combinations I tried with another dress:

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After seeing the photos, I realized that these two dresses

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were just too similar and I did not really love any of the looks I put together with the second  one, so I am returning it.

So…the third dress I decided to keep is the one in the featured photo. Here are some of the experiments I tried….not all (some were just too downright ugly to post)    😉

My first try-on in my bedroom. I do like it with boots, but these are brown, and it really needs black.

Okay, readers, time to let me know which of these you like (1-5):

 

And just so you know I didn’t make up the part about ugly, here is the booby prize try-on:

I hope you appreciate the way I am willing to humiliate myself in order to demonstrate to you that you need to try stuff on.

Just to remind you, here are the three similar dresses that I now own. You will probably see them again, because I have many more ideas of how to style them 😉

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A DRESS VS. AN OUTFIT

Not many words today, just a visual. My suggestion to you is that if you want to wear a dress, you might need to make sure that it looks put-together.

This post is also a reaction to some readers’ comments. One person suggested that I do not need to disguise my midsection. HA! Another reader suggested pairing a long-sleeved dress with a long sleeveless vest. What do you think?

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A DRESS                                              AN OUTFIT

And did you notice that I am NOT wearing a cardigan?  😉   😉

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BROWN SWEATER

Hello….short post today. I am still working on styling all my dresses that are similar to these:

  

I am actually thinking about taking at least one back. (But not either of these)  You will find out!

In the meantime, Jean suggested maybe wearing something underneath the dress, and maybe a long vest to disguise my middle, so I have been on the hunt for a long vest. Not easy to find when you are short. All the ones I tried were longer than the dresses and looked ridiculous. Again,if I find something I will show you my experiments and let you help me decide.

My outfit today is just another “trying to look like it is fall, when it is still hot” look.  And I don’t ALWAYS wear a sweater, but what the heck. Lots of cute tops are sleeveless and sometimes they are cut weird (like this one) so that you would have to wear a strapless bra. HA  Not doing that for sure. So cardigan it is!

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I CONFESS

Well, dear readers, I confess. I overdid it. When my daughter and her friend were here escaping from the hurricane, we went shopping to get our minds off everything. 😉    It worked like a charm–we had a great time shopping and we all found bargains.

I found some dresses that I liked and I liked all of them and I couldn’t make up my mind which one(s) to get so I brought them all home and I was going to take back at least one or two of them but I didn’t and I feel bad about it but not really because I still like all of them even if they are similar and I could still take a couple back but I don’t want to and now I am going to have to try to find different ways to wear them so they don’t all look like the same dress. Whew!

I feel better. Not exactly repentant, but better. The good news is that they were not expensive (please don’t even pretend that you are surprised). I am trying to rationalize and tell myself that all of them put together would not equal one dress from an upscale store.

I know I am bad about buying something that I like in multiple colors, but I don’t think I have ever bought this many items that are similar. I am not going to tell you how many…you will just have to keep reading my posts and find out. Maybe you will lose count, or maybe you won’t realize that they are all so similar. HA

You have already seen one of them:

And here is the try-on for Number 2:

and OF COURSE I styled  it with a sweater:

I hope you can see my adorable $5.00 necklace that I got from one of the teeny-bopper stores at the mall.

I’ll be back soon with another dress that looks a lot like this dress. 😉  Thanks for reading!

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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!