GETTING VESTED 3

Time to talk about vests again. Aren’t you glad?  This time I am going to show you some of the ideas that did not work, in addition to the looks I will actually wear. If you read this blog very often, you know that I am more than willing to share my mistakes with you. You’re welcome!

These ideas seemed good to me when I thought of them, and if I did not take pictures of most of my outfits before I wear them in public, I probably would have worn them. Some things are just better in your head. 😉

Here is one of the keepers:

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Followed by “what was I thinking #1”:

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Here’s a “maybe” …decided to work on it some more:

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Definitely looks better this way, but still not exactly right:

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Maybe it looks better without a vest:

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Here is “what was I thinking #2”.  Hate the necklace and belt combo, hate the shoes. Navy dress with green vest sounds good in theory. May have to try again with this one.

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Oops, here’s another one that just doesn’t work with the vest:

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Much better this way:

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So, there you have it. I’m sure you have seen enough of vests for awhile! But I hope this has inspired you to pull out that old vest in the back of your closet and try it on with some stuff.  Or go buy a new cute one!

Here is a montage of the good and the not-so-good from all 3 posts. I am showing you these so that you can see that putting outfits together is trial and error.

Please comment and tell me which is the best and which is the worst. I promise not to wear anything you hate. 🙂 I am voting for Number 15!

You will just have to imagine that the first outfit is number one and go from there. The collage maker I have will not let me add text without paying to upgrade to the premium version, and you all know I am cheap.

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GETTING VESTED 2

I am back today with some more vest outfits. Vests really are just perfect to wear in the fall. Here are the looks from the last post:

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And here are a few more. As I said before, a vest goes really well with a casual dress or with jeans.

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I’ll be back soon to show you a few more, plus some of my trial and error. I am happy for you to laugh at me as long as you are learning. 😉

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GETTING VESTED 1

Today’s post is the first in a series of three to show you some ways I plan to wear the vests I have. I don’t have as many vests as I do sweaters, and I hope I never do. I will just have to make do with the ones I have.  LOL

Vests are great for hiding your midsection, and just perfect for cool weather. I really like the sporty look.

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Because I am short and kind of thick, I have to be careful that the fit is right. If the vest is too long, it looks terrible.  It has to be just the right length.  And if it is too puffy, it makes me look puffy! 😉

If you want to wear a vest and are not sure what length is right for you, I encourage you to get to the mall and try on, try on, try on, until you find the cut and length that flatters you. DO NOT just order or buy a vest unless you know it is right for you.

There is no standard vest size.  I have them in every size from small to extra large. You really do need to make sure you get the right length and the right fit. Some people look really cute with the vest unzipped, so try that and see if it works for you.

There are many options of what to wear under the vest. Just make sure it is not too bulky. Turtlenecks or mock turtlenecks are perfect, but you can change it up with collared shirts or henleys also.

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I like to wear my vests with jeans, but any casual pants would be fine. And they are perfect to wear over casual dresses.

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And here is the cutest look of all….my sweet and fashionable two-year old granddaughter. Who need shoes when you look this cute?

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I’ll be back soon with more vest looks.

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AUTUMN LEAVES

I think autumn left without ever coming! Here is a photo of the maple trees in my front yard. They think it is still August. SIGH

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Usually by November, they look like this:

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I am so tired of the summer weather that I am breaking my rule of “If it’s brown, put it down” (but really, that was for my husband), and wearing an outfit that reminds me of brown leaves. 😉

Here is the basic dress:

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And here is what I will be wearing:

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Happy green fall! You have my permission to wear something brown. Just make sure you add a belt and a sweater.  HAHAHAHAHA

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GOODWILL HUNTING

Not too long ago, a couple of friends and I went on a mission. We started in the morning, and returned in the late afternoon.  Our mission?  To try to find cute clothes at the Goodwill stores in our area.

Mission accomplished!

Did you know that it was possible to find great stuff at Goodwill???  And the prices!!!  We purposely went on Tuesday, because in our area senior citizens get 25% off on Tuesdays. Oh my, does that ever make me feel cheap! But I don’t mind being cheap if it means I can buy some awesome clothes for ridiculously low prices. The price for tops was $4.92 before the discount!

One friend had scouted out a few stores ahead of time, so we planned to go to three or four that she thought were good….by good, I mean they were clean, organized stores with a wide selection of ladies’ clothing. There are many Goodwill stores within an hour of where we live, so we plotted our course and got on the road.

Remember I said that we planned to go to three or four stores? HA  We barely made it through two! But oh my goodness, did we hit the jackpot!

Now, you have to understand….there is a definite method to Goodwill shopping. It took me awhile to catch on, but I watched my friends who have had a lot of experience, and after I started doing what they did, I too had success.

Here is what they taught me:

  • Wear simple clothing that is easy to take off, and easy to put clothing over…do not wear bulky sweaters or something with a lot of buttons
  • GET A SHOPPING CART
  • Find out what the “color of the day” is. Any item with that color tag is 50% off
  • Take look around the store, and see where the ladies’ clothing is located
  • Go to one of the sections (pants, dresses, tops, sweaters, coats, etc)
  • You will notice that the clothes are arranged by color, not by size
  • Start looking for anything that catches your eye
  • Work fast. Don’t spend time looking at t-shirts, drab clothing, or brown items,  LOL
  • Pull out everything that you like or think you like, and put it in your cart
  • Don’t worry about the size, unless it is obviously way too small or way too large (If your friends are not the same size as you, pull and put in their cart)
  • Continue to move to the sections you are interested in (pants, skirts, etc)
  • Repeat the pulling process
  • After your cart is full, head to the dressing room
  • There is usually a mirror outside the dressing rooms, so try on as much as you can (like coats, sweaters, or tops) right there while you are waiting for a room to open up
  • Take the rest into the dressing room, and work fast
  • Ask for a friend’s opinion if you are not sure

If you do this correctly, you WILL find something. You need to have an open mind, and be willing to try on a lot of stuff.  If your town does not have a Goodwill with a large selection of ladies’ clothing, (or if you don’t want your friends to see you there….but then again…. you would be seeing them there too HAHA) check out other stores within driving distance. Most metropolitan areas have them in every community.

It does take some time, but what great shopping doesn’t? Plan to go when you are not in a hurry, and don’t take your husband or the kids. It is a good idea to go with a friend or two, because you can look for things for each other, and get unbiased opinions on things you try on.  After all, you wouldn’t want to make a $3.69 mistake! LOL

The friends I shopped with are very stylish and always look great. You would never imagine that they shopped at Goodwill!

Here is a cute jacket that I wore with black pants. I don’t know if you can see in the picture, but it has stripes.

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The jacket and bag were both purchased on this Goodwill trip.

I bet you would not have tried this on because it has shoulder pads! But you need to have an open mind.  Look how cute this is. And after I saw it, I would never remove the shoulder pads. I can see why they were so stylish at one time. The broader shoulders make your bottom half look smaller.

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Didn’t get a chance to style this, but it is the perfect jean jacket for me:

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Here are the items that I will save for spring:

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I bet by the time you see them on this blog next spring, you will have totally forgotten where they came from. 😉

I think our mission was very successful! And very low-cost.  The most expensive item I purchased (the gray wool blazer) was $5.22 .My lunch cost twice as much as that!

I don’t have a photo of it, but my friend hit the jackpot. She found an exquisite Calvin Klein cocktail dress in a gorgeous shade of purple. It looked brand new.

Sooo…..grab friend or two, and hit the road. Good hunting!  I would love to hear back from you if you have any luck.

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FALL DRESS

Just a quick post today to show you a dress that I tried four different ways.

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Number 4 is probably the only one I will actually wear. Not too happy with the brown, the boots look ridiculous, and the leggings look ridiculous. Maybe it is just the white legs that are jumping out at me. Whatever happened to pantyhose???

Sometimes it is hard to put outfits together. 😉  Back to the drawing board. I hope all this experimenting and sharing is helping you!

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OLD BLUE 5

Finally! We have gotten to the end of the Old Blue pictures!  Well, not really, because in my next post, I will show you the results of your voting. It would also be fun to try all of your suggestions, but that will take awhile, so maybe some day…..after your eyes have had a rest!

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You don’t have to choose between these two today, but I would love to read your comments and suggestions.  They have really been helpful!

Here are all the versions of Old Blue that I have shown you. If you don’t mind, please let me know which ONE you like the best.  THANK YOU!

You can’t see numbers, but just imagine the coral sweater is number one and the orange sweater is number ten, and figure it out. LOL

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OLD BLUE 2

I am back again with more photos of Old Blue.  I got some really good suggestions from the last post, and they are greatly appreciated. I love the fact that you are thinking and being creative about what to wear. Today’s looks are not that different from the last post, but I would still love to read your opinions.

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The sweater looks black, but it is mostly brown.

You will notice that I am still doing leopard and a bright sweater!  I am really not that creative.  Help me out if you can.  Thanks!

Number 1 or number 2?  Even if you hate both, pick the one you hate the least. LOL

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DRESS FOR FALL 2

Today’s dress is another one that I found in the back of my closet. It has never been worn, but after seeing it, I am wondering why. It is one of those magic dresses. They are hard to find, so if you find one, you should wear it!

I call it a magic dress because it makes me look taller and thinner than I am. Any dress that can do that is magic!

I could almost wear it without a sweater….IF I had a tan, and IF I wore Spanx.  LOL

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Here is my sweater version:

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FYI, this is another cheapie from Ross… $16.99.   So go shopping and find a cheap magic dress!

DRESS FOR FALL

Today’s post is one where I show you some of my trial and error again.  I started with a dress that I have had since last year, but forgot about. I was so happy when I found it in my closet, and decided that the colors were perfect for fall.  So I tried it on.

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As usual, I looked like a blimp, so I got to work.

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HAHA. Now I look like a blimp wearing a belt. 😉

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SURPRISE! I added a sweater.

Since I have about a million sweaters, I tried on some different colors.

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I like the brown belt buckle better, but wasn’t sure about the boots.

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I really like the brown necklace.

Let’s try one more sweater:

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I am wearing navy heels with this version.

One dress, three sweaters, different shoes, different belts, different jewelry.

Think I actually do like the navy-sweater-with-the-boots version. Will add some bracelets and maybe bigger earrings. I don’t think I need to try any more sweaters. LOL

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