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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IN BLACK AND WHITE

In my last post, I showed you a dress that I had bought against the advice of my husband. In this post, I am showing the you results of my attempt to “fix it.” I would not say that the attempt was 100% successful; I should have listened to my husband 😉

In case you have forgotten, this is what I posted before:

And here are my experiments:

Ugh! Just posting so you will realize it’s okay to try stuff!

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I guess some are better than the orange-and-black combo, but guess what? I just don’t like this dress, and don’t think it does anything for me. So, my husband was right. Maybe next time I will listen.

Thanks for hanging in there with me as I try to figure out ways to dress better!

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TAKING ADVICE

How well do you take advice? How well do I? This post is about how I should have listened to my husband. He is a straight-shooter, and as much as I hate to say it, is usually right about most things.

At the beginning of the summer, we were shopping together (a rare thing!) because we found a store that we both loved–Alexander’s Store in Blairsville, GA. I mean, this store has everything—furniture, shoes, clothes, guns, and much more. Because there was such a good selection of women’s clothing and shoes, we were in the store for several hours, and since my husband had long since finished his browsing, I convinced him to sit outside the dressing room and evaluate my try-ons.

I was looking for a dress to wear to my birthday party. Several dresses had made the cut, so I asked for an opinion. I really loved this one, and for some reason, when I saw it in the dressing room mirror, I thought it looked great:

My husband told me that it “made me look wide.” Yup. It does. But did I listen? Oh no, I believed the lying mirror and bought the dress. Of course, it doesn’t help matters that I paired it with an orange purse so that now it looks like a Halloween costume. Oh well. Maybe I can “fix it up.” If I have any luck with that I will post.

The featured photo is the one of the dress I bought for my birthday, which he said looked great. Maybe I should take him shopping with me more often!

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Bottom line, it is probably a good thing to listen to advice. Husbands and cameras do not lie, but dressing room mirrors do! 🙂

By the way both dresses and both pairs of shoes came from Alexander’s. It is a great store!

Many thanks to all of you who voted YES or NO to the white sandals. The yeses won by a relative landslide, so I will at least keep them until next summer…maybe I will find some I like better in the meantime. I am thinking white shoes will be on super sale right about now! And you know I don’t want to pay much.  😉

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WHITE SHOES

Many thanks to all of you who helped me with which shoes to wear with my blue-striped top. Thanks to you, I have put my white shoes in the Goodwill pile, and will not wear coral sandals with that outfit.

Today’s post is a short one. I am showing you another summer outfit (last white one for this year!) with different shoes. The purpose of these posts is just to get you thinking. Sometimes just changing your shoes can make or break an outfit.

 

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Hmmm. After seeing these, maybe I should keep the white sandals. What do you think? I will abide by the majority. Just vote YES or NO.  YES means I keep them, NO means they go to Goodwill.  Thanks!

Also thinking I really don’t like this necklace with the outfit. This is why you take pictures 😉

Still learning! See you soon.

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GROCERY STORE STYLE

Today I would like to talk about what to wear when you leave your house to run errands or do grocery shopping. I don’t know about you, but for most of my life, this was not something I gave any thought to…other than the many times I thought, “Oh, I hope I don’t run into anyone I know” (which I always did).

I could just not motivate myself to take a shower, put on makeup, and find a cute outfit to do something like go to the store for a loaf of bread. Well, I have to admit to you that even though I am a “fashion blogger”, I still don’t put a lot into my “errands look.”

However, I do think I have improved! Here is an example of what I normally would wear to the grocery store:

Wrinkled shorts, old stained t-shirt from a production that my son was in several years ago, beat-up flip flops, and no makeup.

I do understand that people are not going to run away in fear from this look, but there is certainly room for improvement. 😉

I gave about five minutes thought to the question of “what could I do to look better that wouldn’t be complicated and would still be comfortable?” and came up with this:

I did add a touch of makeup (and some earrings),but did not wash my hair.

When I saw how much better that looked, I decided to add just a couple of embellishments:

Hey, I might actually talk to my friends in the store now, rather than quickly ducking into another section of the store when I recognize someone from the back. 😉

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What do you wear to the store? Yoga pants? Old t-shirts? Cute outfits? Have you ever played “hide-and-seek” in the aisles so you would not have to meet up with someone you knew? Ever been caught? I can answer yes to all of the above, but I have to say that it is honestly no more trouble to wear the better-looking outfit, and it is just as comfortable, so no excuses. I vow to do better!

Many thanks to all of you who gave me good advice on which shoes to wear with my blue-striped sweater! I truly appreciate your input, and as usual, your suggestions and comments were very helpful.

The winner was hands-down the nude shoes, which also happened to be my favorite:

It was interesting to see that not everyone agreed…some people loved the blue shoes, some people liked the white shoes best, and most people did not like the coral, although some of you did! Just goes to show that there is no such thing as a “perfect outfit.”

Once again, thanks for stopping by, and if you are going to the grocery store, please try to look a little better so you won’t have to avoid saying hello to me, because I will be lookin’ good. 😉

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BLUE’S SHOES

Dear readers, you did such a good job on helping me decide what to wear with my striped top. Thank you! Today I am asking for help (in the shoe department) on what to wear with another striped top. I am going to wear this pretty summer sweater with white pants or a white skirt, but can’t decide on the shoes. The only ones I am eliminating are the flat white sandals, because they are going to Goodwill. They did not look good in my earlier post, and they don’t look good now. Luckily they were very inexpensive, so I don’t feel too bad about passing them on, but really never should have bought them. At the time, I thought they would replace a pair of white Clark’s flip flops that I gave to my daughter for a beach trip, but no. They will not look good with anything.

So, once again, please vote for your favorite shoes, and those are the ones I will wear. Have to hurry, because Labor Day is approaching fast!  LOL

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#4:

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And the automatic loser:

Thanks for your help! After looking at all the photos, I have a definite favorite in mind. It will be interesting to see if you agree with me. 🙂

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AUGUST WHITE

Around here, everyone has gone back to school. That makes it seem like summer is over, but it most definitely is not! It is still hot, and will be for some time, so I am taking every chance to wear white before my fashion conscience tells me that it is after Labor Day.

Today’s dress is another one that was ridiculously inexpensive. I don’t remember where I bought it, but I do remember that it cost less than $10.00–which means that even if I never wear it again, it was well worth the money.

I haven’t talked about price in awhile, but I hope you remember that I don’t like to pay more than $20 for any item of clothing. I am not saying that I don’t, but I am saying that I don’t like to, and most of my clothes fall into that category.

I am telling you this because some fashion bloggers give the impression that you must spend a lot of money to look fashionable. I don’t believe that…yes, you might pay a lot more for a dress than I do, but that does not necessarily mean it looks better.

I will say that if you are working every day, you probably do want to have some quality pieces that hold up well; however, paying a lot for something does not guarantee that. I have worn some very inexpensive items for years, and have had to throw out some things that I paid a lot for after a few wearings.

A few years ago I changed my philosophy to buy more inexpensive items, rather than fewer expensive items. It has worked well for me, because I get tired of most clothing after a few wears, and then I don’t feel guilty for recycling–and my daughters (and Goodwill) benefit. 🙂

Here is another version of the dress:

Aren’t the shoes the cutest? They are Crocs and so comfortable. They were more than $20—I am not always cheap 😉

And thanks so much to all my readers who commented on my striped top outfit! Your comments were right on the money….the white shoes and the mint green pants are NO GO’s…I 100% agree. Most of you liked the red pants, and suggested I wear them with red shoes, so I will wear these pants and change out the shoes for red ones. The blue pants were also a reader favorite, so I will wear those the next time I wear the top.Thanks!

I’ll be back soon with some more white. August is going fast!

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SUMMER STRIPES

Today I am showing you a new (very inexpensive) top. I love the fact that it has so many colors! It is hard to decide what to wear with it. I tried it on with several different bottoms and shoes. Which one do you like best? Are there any you don’t like? Would you change up the shoes on any of these? I need to know what you think.

 

So dear readers, give it your best shot. What bottom and what shoes? If 3 of you agree, I will wear it that way to my next casual summer event   😉   Thanks!

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