LUMBERJACK STYLE

Most of you know that I just returned from a cruise to Alaska, and that it was a wonderful experience. I had planned all my outfits, and for the most part pretty much everything worked. But there was a reason that I posted pictures of my outfits BEFORE I left. I knew from experience that snapshots are not always flattering.  Before the days of Facebook and other social media, it was not a big deal. You took pictures, had the film developed after you got home, threw away the ones you did not like, and no one but your poor family had to look at your vacation photos. Now, your picture can show up on the internet before you have even finished your dinner.

Now maybe you are not like me. But if I see a picture of myself, and it is not flattering, I never want to wear that outfit again. There are lots of Goodwill shoppers walking around in my former clothes! And someone will soon be the lucky owner of an orange gingham shirt.  I thought this shirt was so cute when I bought it. And my trial photo seemed okay.  BUT when I saw the snapshots, I realized that shirts are not my best look. In fact, if you live in my area and are looking for some cute shirts, you should check the Goodwill store next week.

Unfortunately, I had bought several shirts in preparation for the cruise, thinking that they would be perfect for walking around in Alaska. Can we just say that imagination and reality did not coincide in this case?

The pre-cruise photo is okay. Not perfect, but certainly wearable. But in these photos, I somehow turned into a large LUMBERJACK:

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I am posting these so that you can learn from my mistakes. Let’s analyze a bit.  The shirt is too boxy too look flattering.  It emphasizes my chunky midsection.  Not a good thing!  LOL  The white sweater actually enlarges it even more!

Next time I take pre-photos, I will try some more realistic poses. Surely, I could do better than this for an outfit!

Just to make myself feel a little better, here is another snapshot from the trip.  I am wearing my travel vest, and I do “fill it out” as my husband said, but this style camouflages my midsection much better!

Travel vest, cruise, Alaska

As always, thanks so much for following my fashion journey. As I promised, there will be a lot of trial and error.  I LOVE to read your comments, so please let me know what you are thinking.

See you soon!

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

 

WHERE’S THE CHEAP STUFF?

When I started this blog, I told you that I don’t like to pay over $20 for any one item, and then proceeded to give you links for items that were mostly over $50!  Well, the title of the blog is Over50under20, and as you know, the over 50 part was supposed to be about my age.  I have been feeling bad about not doing anything about the Under 20 part, so today I will share with you some of my recent purchases. You will most likely see them show up later in outfits.

I have included the price and where I purchased the item, but the purpose is not for you to try to find the exact item at the exact price at the exact store.  The purpose is to encourage you to be creative, and find whatever bargains are available in your area. They are there….waiting for you…..go find them.

Happy shopping!  I would love to hear from you if you find a great bargain.

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WELCOME TO MY FASHION WORLD

Well hello there! Thanks for checking out my NEW BLOG! I am so excited to have a place to share what I love doing….putting outfits together. Like most women I know, I love to shop and I love to find bargains, but the real fun begins when I get home, go to my closet, and start mixing and matching.

The title of my blog reflects the fact that I am over 50 (waaay over) and that I rarely spend more than $20.00 for any one article of clothing, unless it is a foundational piece like my favorite Athleta pants.

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http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1035856&vid=1&pid=819227002

or one of my Skinny Shirtsskinnyshirt-classic-collar-sleeveless-cscot100-white

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I am a visual learner, so a lot of my posts will be photo comparisons like these:

What I look like in real life
What I look like in real life
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A better version of me

Another example:

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I am wearing the Athleta pants in the photos. They can go from the gym to a dressy occasion. I will post more black pants outfits later, so check back if you are interested in that.

If you are looking for actual fashion advice, you will need to visit other people. There are many good blogs and fashion and makeup sites. Here is a link to my favorite blog:

http://50isnotold.com/about-50-is-not-old/

and a link to a great place to learn about how to dress:

http://www.missussmartypants.com/

If you are looking for someone who is on a “fashion journey”, I hope you will join me in trying to LOOK GOOD AND SPEND LESS!

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