GRAY DAYS 2

As promised, back with a little more black and gray. Before I got to this:

I started with these:

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I like this simple sweater for everyday wear:

So I used it in a casual, comfortable, warm outfit. Great for “running-around days” if the weather is chilly.

To conclude my “Gray Days” series, here is a recap of the outfits I tried on, and the outfits I decided were keepers. What do you think?

The NO’S:

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The MAYBES:

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The KEEPERS:

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All this gray and black has put me in the mood for some COLOR! I might just have to start working on styling my red pants.  See you next time. THANKS SO MUCH for reading!

It is beyond my pay grade to figure out how to number the outfits, but would love to hear your opinions. If you think any outfit should be moved to a different category, just do your best to describe it, and tell me what you think.

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GRAY DAYS

Hello! I am still in my “gray mode.”  As I told you last time, I spent awhile trying on some variations of black and gray to see if I could come up with any keepers.

In my usual spirit of “I don’t mind humiliating myself if it helps you,” I will let you see some of my try-ons.  Where should I start? Okay, how about this total fail? I knew it probably wouldn’t work, but for some reason, I just had to try it anyway. Please don’t try this at home 😉

And here’s another baddie:

It usually takes more than a couple of bad outfits to discourage me, so I soldiered on:

For some reason, I just kept going with this dress. Here is everything I tried:

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Not really a keeper in the bunch. I finally came up with one I might actually wear, but then again, probably not. I am thinking this dress is maybe not the most flattering in the world.

Sooo….I then found another gray dress in the back of my closet. I have had it for several years, and have never worn it, so thought I would see what I could do.

You know that I am not going to leave it like this. 😉  So guess what I added????

Surprise!

Thanks for reading. I will be back next time with a few more shades of gray. 😉

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NEVER QUIT TRYING

Today I would like to talk about trying. The dictionary definition of try is:

  1. To make an effort to do or accomplish (something), attempt
  2. To taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to determine strength, effect, worth, or desirability

Both definitions are important. I believe that when you stop trying, you start dying. No  matter what our age or circumstance, we should continually try to be kinder, try to eat better, try to learn new skills, try to understand others, etc., etc., etc.

Haven’t you known people who just seem to sit in a chair and wait for their lives to wind down? I have, and it is the saddest thing in the world to me. There are so many things to learn and to do in this world, and I hope I never decide that I am too old or too tired to try something new.

In a fashion sense, I see this every day. I see people who look like they don’t try at all; in fact, I would say that a large percentage of the people I see in public look like they got dressed without any thought at all of what they look like. They wear what is comfortable, or what is clean, or what is familiar. I am not talking about people who can’t afford to dress well…I am talking about people who just really don’t seem to care what they look like. Maybe at some point in their lives, they tried, but for some reason they no longer do.

One of the reasons I started doing this blog was to encourage people who did want to try, but didn’t know how to start. I thought maybe if they saw someone who was trying, they might see how the process works, and give it a try for themselves.

If you are a regular reader, you know that most of what I do is TRY. I have no qualifications for writing about fashion. I just decided one day that I would TRY to look better, and every blog post is just about that.

The second part of the definition says: to taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to  determine strength, effect, worth, or desirability

That is what I do when I try things on and take pictures. I am testing to see if the outfit I have in my mind will be desirable to wear. As you know, not all are!

YES, it takes a bit of effort, and NO, they are not all desirable to wear, but I would not know what looks good and what doesn’t if I didn’t TRY, so to me it is worth it.

I have been working on some black and gray outfits, so here are the first few I tried on in my room:

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I like for my “official blog photos” to be outside in natural light (even though the sun does not always cooperate) 😉  so here is how the charcoal vest outfit came out:

And here is a different belt with the black:

So there you have my version of trying for today. I’ll be back next time with some more. Thanks for reading, and KEEP TRYING!  🙂  🙂

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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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