SATURATED COLOR

Today I would like to talk about color. It matters. Some colors will look good on you, and some won’t. I am a big fan of saturated color, such as the color of the top I am wearing in the feature photo.

Saturated colors are brighter and richer…think jewel tones. Unless you are a baby or a young child, you probably need to wear a richer color rather than a pastel.  And I don’t think olive or drab green or drab brown looks good on ANYONE.

I might wear a nice neutral gray, a pretty white, or a nice rich brown:

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But I much prefer brighter colors like these:

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You all know that I struggled with the purple shirt outfit:

The more I looked at it, the more I realized that I just did not like this color on me.  I really do think I would have liked it if were brighter, more saturated purple.

I looked through my old photos to see if I could find some illustrations for you. I don’t have too many photos of things that are drab or lighter colors, but I did find a few, so thought I would give you some visual comparisons:

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Well, that is way more than enough pictures of me for you to have to look at in one day, but I hope you can see what I mean.

I am not saying you have to dress like a clown, or that you can never wear a neutral color; some people really prefer a more neutral or monochromatic look. If that is your signature look, GREAT!  But if you are just picking outfits without any regard for what color they are, you might want to mend your ways.  It might be a good idea to go through your closet and evaluate the colors you have, to see if you really like them, and if they are flattering.

AND you can learn to be more aware of color when you are shopping.(talking to myself here LOL)  An item of clothing might be the cutest style in the world and fit you like a dream, but if the color does not look good on you, why wear it? I say go for style, fit, AND color!

What do you think? As always, I would love to hear your opinions, and get  a good discussion going! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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UNDISTRESSED

Hi! Yes, I am “undistressed,” thanks to you! I read all your comments from my last post, and they really made my day. I felt like my good friends came over, had a glass of wine with me, sat in my room while I tried on clothes, and gave me helpful suggestions. Normally, only my daughters will volunteer to do this, and only one of them will do it for more than 10 minutes. LOL

I am still working on the purple shirt, but I do think I did better with the ripped jeans, thanks to your help.

Jean suggested wearing them with a blazer, blue checked shirt and pearls:

    

I decided to try a couple more variations with the jackets:

   

(This was the former “beige cow shirt”)  Much better, don’t you agree?

Susan suggested that I try a lacy top:

Then I was so happy to have my inspiration back, that I kept going:

And going:

And going:

I feel much better, and now will never have to wear my “cow outfits” just to justify my ripped jeans purchase 😉  I pretty much like all of these looks, but would love to hear your thoughts. Your suggestions are SO helpful to me, and your comments always inspire me. To comment from a phone or mobile device, scroll to the bottom of the post, and click on comments on the far right.

Here’s a recap to compare the bad with the better. Thanks for the inspiration!

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IN DISTRESS

Well, not really in distress, but this title does have a double meaning. I have been trying to style some distressed jeans. I have had them for awhile, but have just not been able to find anything that looked right with them.

After doing some Pinterest research, I figured out that I should probably go for the slouchy look.

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I have been searching the local stores for the past few weeks looking for tops that would go with the jeans, and finally kept a few, but I still don’t think I have hit it quite right.  Doesn’t mean the perfect top is not out there, and doesn’t mean I won’t wear the jeans with what I did find, but just haven’t had that “I FOUND IT” moment yet.

But since I keep you in the loop with the good, the bad, and the in-between, here is what I have so far:

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As you can see, what I thought was the perfect slouchy top made me look like a beige cow, so I tried to fix it up.

Still trying my style copy from Pinterest, I went with gray:

Now I looked like a gray cow, so tried the same vest:

Still kind of look like a gray cow, but with a with vest on 🙂 🙂 🙂

Okay, none of these are perfect, but I got tired of trying stuff on. Another reason I am “distressed” is that I absolutely had no luck in making the purple shirt with the flowy sleeves look better; in fact, if anything, it looked worse.

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After seeing these photos, I realized that the color is not good on me, the neckline is not right, and the cute sleeves are not particularly flattering.   Anybody want a purple shirt?  🙂

So, I am “distressed.” Just can’t seem to make any great outfits. Ever had one of those days? OF COURSE! We all do. Just want you to know you are in good company!

I’ll be back….hopefully with a great outfit!

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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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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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FALL DRESS

This is a short post because as you are reading this, I am on vacation with husband and friends in San Antonio. More on that later. Today I am showing you a perfect dress for warm fall weather. You might not have kept this dress if you tried it on and it looked like this, but I did 😉

And guess what? I added a belt and a sweater. HAHAHA  I know I do this a lot, but it pretty much works for me. Seeing the pictures makes me think the belt made it a little too short, but I will see if I can fix that next time I wear it.

Thanks for stopping by! Be back soon with some travel tales.

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DENIM JACKETS 2

Today I am continuing my series on styling denim jackets. Some of you commented that you did not think you could wear a jean jacket and that you had given up trying. I hope that after reading my last post, you have started to rethink that.

Here is what I am picturing what you look like when you try on a jacket:

If you look at all like me in this photo, you take your jacket and run to Goodwill. There is nothing at all flattering about this look! But wait! I want you to learn to try things and experiment a little. With just a little tweaking, this outfit turns into this:

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I had already followed two of the rules when I purchased the jacket:

  • Not baggy
  • Right proportions

I followed up by applying the other two rules:

  • Roll up the sleeves
  • Don’t button

I then added some accessories, a belt to give me a fake waist, and some cute boots. Good to go!

The other point I want to make in this post is that you can wear denim on denim, but it looks much better if you pair light with dark. As you can see in the middle picture, it is too much to have the same shade of denim on top and bottom.

Hope you are learning along with me. More to come.

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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SUMMER LEFTOVERS

Well, friends, it is getting to that time of year when it is hot as blazes, but somehow your summer clothes just don’t look right. Since it is the month of September, I would not wear the dresses that I am posting today, but you have not seen them so here they are. You might see them again next spring!

As usual, I like for you to see before and after, so here is a pretty spring/summer dress that I added to as I went along:

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Here is another:

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And here are some outfits that I probably can wear for a few more weeks:

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I’ll be back soon with some jean-jacket looks.  Thanks for stopping by!

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