LEGGINGS

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about wearing things as pants that are not actually pants–chiefly leggings. I showed you some photos of people who were wearing leggings in a most unflattering way! Here is a link if you missed that post and want to read it:

SOME THINGS ARE NOT PANTS

I have one more picture to share with you, just to make sure you know what I am talking about:

No, no, no, no, no.  Do NOT wear items like this outside your home!

Several of you commented and told me that you like to wear leggings, as do I. But there is a right way to wear them. They really need to be worn with a dress or a long tunic. I showed you several examples of dresses in the last post, so today I am showing you some tunic outfits.  So great for winter! And for disguising your midsection!

If you have read any of my posts, you know that I am big on trial and error, and like to share my trials with you, so that you won’t make the same mistakes. Here is an outfit that I tried, but as you can see, the sweater is too short to wear with leggings.  I will try it with some jeans or with a pair of black pants, but I promise you that I will not wear this out in public!

So learn from me, and wear a nice long tunic or a dress with your leggings. The general public will thank you for it.

By the way, the cute red tunic is from Walgreen’s, and I paid $10 for it.  😉 Did you know you can buy clothing at the drug store??? And the blue tunic is from Belk–$13. I really try not to spend more than $20 on any one article of clothing, unless it is something really special.

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GRAY DAY

Hello there, friends. Well, I did it. As I said in the last post, I returned the yellow print dress.  Most of you who commented on it thought that I should return it, and after reading your thoughts, I agreed.  You were kind enough to tell me the reasons why you thought the dress was not right for me, and you convinced me.

Valid observations included: the dress was too youthful, the color was not flattering, too bohemian, the leggings made my legs look short,and the long sleeves paired with the light fabric and print seemed confusing.

I must have had some of these thoughts going through my subconscious style filter, which is why I asked you to give me your opinions. Thank you! You saved me from going out in public in an inappropriate outfit. You told me all the things that people would have thought and said behind my back. 😉

I am most appreciative of your constructive criticism; having said that, there was still something about the dress that I really liked, so…..when I returned it, I exchanged it for a different color! I do like it better in the gray, and I hope you do too, but here’s the thing….everyone will not always like everything I wear (even I don’t like everything I wear) but I like it, so I am going to wear it.

I did take your suggestions to heart…I think this color is more flattering, it is more appropriate for the fall, and the dark leggings look better. All IMHO.

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Again, thanks for your help, and keep up the good work of finding your style. Don’t forget that the error part of TRIAL AND ERROR is the part we learn from.

And by the way, the dress was on sale when I returned it, which made it less than $20! Now I don’t have to feel guilty about breaking my rule.

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STYLE JOURNEY

Hello Friends,

Today I want to talk a little bit about journeys.  Here is what the dictionary says :

  1. a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time
  2. passage or progress from one stage to another

Both of those definitions relate perfectly to style journeys. There are some people who have a natural talent for dressing well and looking stylish, but for most of us it is something that we need to learn, and sometimes that can take awhile; truthfully, there is always something new to learn, so the journey will really never end until we do. 😉

Even after we learn some basic “fashion rules” and apply them, we need to keep abreast of the latest styles, and incorporate at least some aspect of those styles into our outfits. Most of us do this subconsciously, but some of us are a little late boarding the train!

If you don’t think you do this, just look back at some of the fashions from previous decades, and you will realize that you no longer dress that way. (Hopefully!)

I have always wanted to dress well and look nice, but have not always succeeded. When I was in high school and college, I only wanted to wear what “everyone else” was wearing, and never thought about whether or not it complimented my shape.

As a newlywed, my clothing budget was minuscule, and back then there were not as many options for buying inexpensive clothing. The only places to buy clothes were the mall or a department store, so I was always just trying to make do with whatever I had.

As a young mother with three children, I was mostly about wearing what was comfortable since I didn’t get out of the house all that much except to hang out with other moms who were also all about comfort.

After the children left the house, I was more aware of style, but to be honest, we lived in Florida and I did not see a lot of style there. There were many retirees in our area, and they appeared to have retired from dressing stylishly. A lot of the other people I saw were on vacation and were wearing their beachy-looking outfits, even in the winter.  Even people who were not retired or on vacation just seemed to gravitate toward comfortable clothes that were okay….their clothes usually matched….but just didn’t seem inspired in any way.

Even the stores did not carry the same styles that were in other parts of the country. The only way to know what was currently stylish was to see it in a magazine or maybe pick up clues from watching TV.  Remember, this was before the days of internet, and there was no such thing as a blog.

After we left Florida, I began noticing that a lot of women in the Atlanta area looked really nice. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but many people looked like they had on outfits that were, well, just really cute….and not just young women. The older ladies really inspired me. They had STYLE and I wanted it.

So I started trying to learn. That was about eleven years ago, so you can see why the first definition of journey really fits well: a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time

I am still learning, and hope I will never stop learning. I do not consider myself an expert in any way (except maybe in how to wear sweaters and belts LOL), but I do believe that I dress better now than I did a few years ago, which fits perfectly with the second definition of journey: passage or progress from one stage to another

I have passed through the “wear what everyone else is wearing” stage, the “too poor and too young to care” stage, the “comfortable mom” stage, the “Florida tacky” stage, and the “newly arrived in Georgia” stage.

I don’t know what stage I am in now, but I am having fun learning and growing, and I hope you are too.

I appreciate it so much when you comment and give me your honest feedback. And because of your honest feedback, I am returning this dress. I knew I should, but it was good to have it validated by you!

I NEED YOUR HELP

I especially love it when you share stories about your journey, and particularly enjoy it when you send photos.

My photos for today are from two of my readers who have been following my journey and were kind enough to share some photos of their journey. The both look great, and I am so happy to share their pictures.

And even though I haven’t mentioned it in awhile, they remembered that my motto is “Don’t spend more than $20 for any one article of clothing” and shopped accordingly.

Here is a cute picture of Jamie who bought her pretty fall scarf for less than $5.00:

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And here is Sue wearing a sweater and a belt 🙂   Love it!

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Don’t they look great?

While I am on the subject of journeys, I want to share a link to the story of one of my favorite bloggers. I am so thankful that she was willing to share pictures of the beginning of her journey, because it makes it so much more fun to share this stage of her journey.

http://www.whenthegirlsrule.com/?p=190

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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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That way you can see the outfits without having to read all my rambling. JK!!  I hope you will do both.

 

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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Number 2

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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