PURPLE REIGNS

If you read my last post, you saw a lot of purple.  I actually called it wine or berry, but it was definitely a variation of purple. Today I am showing you another outfit that has purple in it.

When we lived in Florida, I never wore any clothing that color, because my husband did not like purple, and always made some kind of negative comment if I wore it. This is a man who always compliments me on my appearance, so I figured if he made a negative comment, he must really hate it.

Funny how things can change! We moved to Georgia and it just so happens that the nickname of the local high school is the Purple Hurricanes. Everything in our town is purple, especially during football and baseball seasons. Since my husband is the Superintendent of Schools, he is the biggest high school athletics fan here.  And guess what?  He has dozens of purple shirts, jackets, hoodies, and even ties. The color he used to hate is now his favorite color. Funny how my wearing a beautiful purple outfit could not change his mind, but high school kids wearing sweaty sports jerseys could. LOL

Here is the top I started with.  When I tried it on, I knew I would have to put something over it, but what else is new? 😉   It was on the clearance rack at Belk ( our store has the most awesome clearance racks) for $6.00.

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Isn’t this cute? HAHA   I would never wear this top like this, but I see people all the time (if you recognize yourself, stop doing this at once!) who dress like this with their their midsections highlighted for all to see.

I guess I could actually try to lose a few pounds and then I would not have to worry about it. But for now, I am stuck with having to camouflage.

I started by adding a jacket.  Fooled you! No sweater today. 😉

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Still did not look right, so tried tucking in the top and adding a belt.

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Much better.  Camouflage is working.

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FALL FASHION

Well, I just have to laugh at the title of this post.  Never in a million years did I think I would ever be posing as a “fashion expert,” especially at my age.  And to be honest, I do not in any way think of myself as an expert.  I read fashion magazines and follow blogs of beautiful ladies who really are stylish and wear gorgeous designer clothes, but that will never be me.

My reason for publishing this blog is to inspire people to put some thought into what they wear (rather than just pulling some random thing out of the closet), to shop for clothes that fit, flatter, and have some color, and to show you that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look nice.

It does take some effort. It is much easier to go into a store and just buy the first thing you see that appeals to you with no thought of how it will look on your body, than it is to put time into figuring out what flatters your body type.

It is also much easier to just pull some things out of your closet that go together, and throw them on without much thought of whether or not the pieces make an outfit that looks put together.

I will continue to post my trial and error pictures so that you will see that DETAILS MATTER. The right necklace, the right shoes, the right accent colors all make a difference.

Hopefully by seeing some of my photos, you will not have to take as many pictures of yourself to figure it out!

Having said that, I repeat my advice from earlier posts: There is no substitute for taking pictures of your outfits to see what really works.  I have gotten rid of some of my favorite clothes after seeing them in photos. (Don’t tell me you have never done that. 😉  I know all the women in my circle of family and friends have confessed to “burning outfits” after seeing their vacation pictures.)

You don’t need a fancy camera and a tripod. Just snap some selfies in front of a full-length mirror. (If you don’t have a full-length mirror, I will personally come to your home and chastise you!)

Here are some outfits I put together from my new wine/berry pants from Macy’s.  These are the best pants ever. I think they would be flattering on almost anyone.  I have them in several colors.  They are not under $20, but you can find them on sale. Be aware that sometimes there are more colors available in the stores than are online.

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http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/style-co.-petite-curvy-fit-pull-on-jeggings?ID=980165&CategoryID=55603

The link is for the petite sizes, but I am pretty sure they also come in regular.

I started with just the pants and a flowy shirt. It is pretty colorful, but still needs some accessorizing:

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Moved on to try with a gray sweater.  Didn’t like it that much,so kept trying.

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Decided it would look better with black, so tried a jacket:

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Hmmm. Not sure about this one either. Definitely not with these boots. They make my stumps look even shorter than they are.

I love my leopard scarf, so thought I would give that a try:

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So there you are.  In my mind, none of these looks is really awesome, so I will go back to the drawing board. I really need to work on the shoe/boot situation. If I do come up with something I love, I will post it.

Just wanted to show you a “day in the life.”  Every outfit does not have to be perfect.  You just need to look like you tried. 😉

P.S. I can see that I need to fix the wrinkles in the pants! No need for you to mention that to me, in case you were thinking of it. LOL

 

 

 

 

SWEATER WEATHER

Finally! Nothing makes me happier than the first cooler days after a long hot summer. It is so great to turn off the AC and sleep with the windows open. And of course, it puts me in the mood to wear cute fall clothes! You already know I wear sweaters all year long, but I am still so happy for Sweater Weather!

I spent part of the day working on making outfits from a cute top I got for $4.00 from Wish.com    You know that I will be wearing sweaters! And I will be adding these outfits to my 100 Black Pants page for sure.

Here is what I started with:

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I was excited to try it with my new cute boots from Target:

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But when I saw the outfit, I changed into shoes.  The boots just did not look right with the pants.

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Tried a couple of different color sweaters also:

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Which one do you like best?  I’ll be back soon with more fall styles and sweaters! And I have to figure out a way to wear the boots.

FALL SHOPPING

You might remember my earlier post about a makeover that I helped with. Today I am going to tell you about the continuation of the journey.

MAKEOVER MAGIC

I wanted to title this post something like, “Makeover Part II” or “Makeover Continues”, but it didn’t seem right, because she did not really need any more “making over.” She was badly in need of some clothes that are more appropriate for the upcoming seasons, so I volunteered to help her shop.  It is always fun to spend someone else’s money!

We spent the weekend shopping, trying on clothes, making up outfits, and returning what did not work.  It was an exhausting whirlwind, but I left feeling good that her closet is now brimming with plenty of mix and match items that fit and flatter.

When I arrived at her house, and looked in the closet, I have to say that I was surprised.  She had done an excellent job of getting rid of everything that did not fit or that was out of style, but oh my! The only items left were what we bought last spring, plus her Athleta pants,

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her Skinny Shirt (she is a faithful reader of my blog!),

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and couple of new white shirts and dresses. No jeans! No fall/winter pants! No long sweaters! No colorful jewel-toned tops! No cute fall/winter shoes!

We left the house and went to work.  She had a generous amount budgeted for her fall/winter wardrobe, so we did not have to do the kind of bargain shopping I usually do, but we shopped at stores that had reasonably priced clothing and good sales, so even though we did not pay too much attention to price tags, she was able to get a lot for her money.

We spent day one focusing on pants. It was hard not to be distracted by all the beautiful fall tops, but I would not let her try on anything but pants until we had the basics taken care of!  She ended up with 2 pairs of skinny jeans, (dark and light), one pair of gray pants, one pair of skinny black pants, and one pair of burgundy pants. We were in business, and ready to go again the next day to look for tops, shoes, and jewelry.

We ended up with a ton of stuff, and then had to come home and put everything together. She got lots of tops, sweaters, and vests, and everything pretty much mixed and matched. She also found a “magic dress.”  If you ever find one, but it!

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She also got some really cute shoes from Target:

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http://www.target.com/p/women-s-poppy-d-orsay-pointed-toe-flats-merona/-/A-50801883

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http://www.target.com/p/women-s-elena-booties-merona/-/A-50845653#sn-50845653

And some really nice items from my favorite “jewelry store”, Cato:

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I feel so bad that we really did not have time for a “photo shoot.” I did take pictures with my phone, just so she could remember what went together.  She will probably kill me, but I just have to post a few pictures. Remember, this is with no makeup, and hair just as it looked after a very long day of shopping.  She did not even “pose” because we were just trying to get documentation photos. That is why I very thoughtfully edited her head out on some of these. 🙂  LOL.  She is still going to kill me!

But I just feel like it is important for you to see at least SOME pictures.  I am not going to post a photo of her “figure flaw”  (I am not that mean….I only post those kind of photos of myself). But these outfits do a really good job of minimizing her problem area.

You can see that she looks nice in two completely different styles….very sporty with a vest and jeans, and very sophisticated with long tops. The main thing is keep trying on different styles until you find the ones that make you say “Wow, that looks cute!”

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After all the trying on and mixing and matching, she ended up with a few bags of returns, but not that much!  We decided to keep only things that she loved.  GREAT ADVICE, by the way. I need to take it myself!

I don’t have a good picture of the “magic dress.” I really need to do it justice with good lighting, good shoes, hair and makeup.  Maybe next time!

Thanks for reading. Go get some new fall clothes, and remember this phrase:  “SATURATED COLORS”.  Do not come home with some ugly olive green and beige top. And do not buy random things that don’t go with anything else.

SWEATER GIRL

People over a certain age remember the phrase “sweater girl”.  If you are young or don’t remember, here is a definition:

A young woman, esp a movie actress or a model, with a notably attractive body, which she features by wearing tight and short clothing 

 Well, I am a sweater girl, but definitely not that kind. I would be embarrassed to tell you how many sweaters I own. I think I have one for every shade of every color in the rainbow.  You will probably notice that a LOT of my outfits are styled with cardigans. There is a reason for that….actually several reasons.
Have you noticed that a lot of dresses are sleeveless? I won’t say I would never wear a sleeveless dress, but have you also noticed that a lot of women in the fifty-plus category would prefer not to wear sleeveless dresses? If I had Michele Obama arms, I would probably not have so many sweaters.  Oh, never mind—I probably would, because I also have what you might call a muffin top, or thick waist or belly fat, and I am vain enough to try to disguise it; hence the sweaters. My sweaters are my security blanket. But they do add color!

Here are some photos. I have posted them before, but I think when you see these you will realize why I am a sweater girl!

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And here are some “sweater outfits”. You have seen most or all of them before, but not at the same time! And these are just a fraction of the colors that I have.  I have collected them from everywhere…The Loft, Old Navy, WalMart, Target,etc.  Whenever I see a color I don’t have, I buy it. Believe it or not, I still need a few more.  I actually do not have brown, but I am on the lookout for it! 😉

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Some of you, no doubt, are nice and trim and very well-proportioned. Maybe you don’t need to hide your middle or your arms.  Great!  But you still need COLOR and ACCESSORIES and CUTE SHOES. And you still need to wear clothes that fit and flatter, and are the correct length.

The rest of us need to figure out a look that flatters our figure. The purpose of all these posts is so that you will see that you do not have to have a perfect figure. You do need to figure out a look that flatters YOU. I promise you that if you work on it long enough, you will find ways to make your body look proportional. Hey, maybe you would look good in a belt and cardigan. 🙂

Try stuff on! Take pictures! Have a friend give honest opinions!

See you next time. Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look good.

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

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. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSITIONS FOUR

I get quite a few of my clothes from our local Beall’s Outlet store.  This particular store has a good selection and great prices, and seniors get a discount on Mondays!

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I decided this would work well as part of my fall wardrobe, so I tried it on:

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I actually liked it with the light-wash jeans, but they were in the wash when I decided to take a photo, so I ended up with this:

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Of course, I can always wear this top with the other jeans too, which I’m sure I will.

The cute boots by the way are from a K-Mart “going out of business sale”. ($5.00), and the beautiful necklace is from Cato.  Best store ever for inexpensive bling. I have gotten so many compliments on this $7.00 necklace!

TRANSITIONS THREE

Are you ready for another transitional outfit? I am alternating between dresses and jeans. This one does have some fall color.  I know you will not be surprised that I added a belt and a sweater.  I only have so much imagination when it comes to disguising my figure flaws, and this combination seems to work pretty well.

I don’t remember where I got this dress, but pretty sure it was from Ross for about $12.00. The sweater is a $5.00 WalMart item. I will show you how I got to the outfit I will actually wear.

  1. Try on the dress:

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2. Add a belt and a necklace:

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3. Add a sweater, a bracelet and some cute shoes:

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Of course, I will have to wear it in an air-conditioned place, but that’s okay. I am not going outside again until it cools off!

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

TRANSITIONS TWO

Well, it is 96 degrees today. Maybe I should just get my summer clothes back out! But I can’t.  My brain knows that it is “after Labor Day.”  So here is another outfit I plan to wear to pretend like it is fall. Not exactly fall colors, but not too summery.

I am posting this next photo to show you that shoe choices matter.  I knew the blue shoes would not look good, but I just had to try. When I saw the picture, I laughed, because it looks ridiculous. I guess the lesson is, “Don’t match your shoes to your shirt”, but maybe that is only if they are a bright color!

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These pictures also illustrate the fact that you need to iron your clothes if they have wrinkles!

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One more point: This is really just some jeans and a shirt. In the past, I would not have even thought to add a necklace and bracelet. I am posting this to show you that if you add some bling, you can make jeans and a shirt look like an outfit.

See you soon with some more “hot fall” clothes.

TRANSITIONS ONE

Today I am beginning a series about transitioning from summer to fall. As I said before, I am SO tired of hot weather, and just do not want to wear summer clothes anymore. BUT, it is actually hotter than it was in July, so I need to find outfits that look fallish, but feel summerish. You know what I mean.

I bought this little dress for $6.00 from my secret shopping website, that I will tell you about one day 😉      I feel like that needs a separate blog post!

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Here is what it looked like when I tried it on:

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Most people would just say, “Well, I am glad I only paid $6.00 for this, because it looks terrible.”  But by now, you know I will do my best to “make an outfit”.

I really like this, and it is cool and comfortable, and does not look summery.  What do you think?

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Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to subscribe so you won’t miss any of my fascinating posts! I’ll be back soon with more transition outfits.

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