One of my “fashion rules” is to be prepared to go somewhere without having to go shopping for an outfit at the last minute. In the past, I would panic when we got an invitation to an event that I did not have the proper clothing for. Especially when the children were small, it was very difficult to find time (or money) to shop, and as the day of the event grew closer, I would feel more and more stressed, and usually ended up buying something that I didn’t necessarily like,that cost more than I wanted to pay, just because I had to have something to wear.

Almost everyone will at some point will need to attend a wedding or a funeral. And there are other occasions that require something other than normal everyday clothing, such as a cocktail party, a charity event, garden party, or some other special occasion.

We don’t attend a lot of dressy events, but I do like to know that if something does come up, I can just be excited about attending, and not have to stress out over what to wear.

Both of these outfits were very inexpensive…the dress was $16.00, the pants were $8.00, and the lace top was $14.00. The shoes were also less than $20, AND they are comfortable!

So, I have at least a couple of outfits already put together that are dressier than what I usually wear. Now all I need is an invitation!   By the way, we are free this weekend. 😉

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CRUISING ALONG Cruise Clothes Part 2

Here are some outfits I plan to wear to dinner on the cruise:

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white pants, green sweater, cruise wear

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Cocktail dress, cruise wear, dressy

Dressy, cocktail dress, silver wrap

And along the lines of “under 20”, I paid $7.00 for the long black dress! I have had the silver wrap for a couple of years. It makes anything dressy.

Here it is on my last cruise, with the short black dress. This dress was from J Jill, and I wear it with all kinds of different things. I couldn’t find it online, so it is probably not available anymore. Here I have on the dress, black leggings, and a turtleneck, because it was chilly.

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The cocktail dress was free, thanks to my sweet daughter who recycled it to me, and the pink dress was $8.00, and it is reversible.  I am a big spender!

The sweaters are from The Loft Outlet, but I can’t find them online. They were more than $20, but well worth it. I paid about $26 each, depending on the sale on the day I bought them. And I don’t know if you can see the adorable super sparkly wedges,but they were $8.00!

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Today I am continuing my series on packing for a cruise. I have finally decided what to actually put in my suitcase, and I think I have every occasion covered. Today I am showing you some things I plan to wear on the ship during the day.

I am sorry that you have to see so many pictures of me, but it is easier for me to try the clothes on and take a picture than it is to try to figure out how to photograph clothing all nicely arranged and looking like a super Pinterest post.

Trying things on and taking pictures helps me decide what to wear. Someday I might show you some of the outfits that didn’t make the cut, but I don’t want to ruin my good mood by looking at those!

Well, okay, I will show you one, but just so you know how much you can improve your look by taking pictures.

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Now that you have that image burned into your brain, let’s move on.  Here are some things that look a little better:

Black and white, jeans

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orange jeans, navy sweater, navy flats

I will probably add a few accessories, but these are the basic outfits that I plan to wear the days that we are at sea.

Thanks for stopping by. Wish you were coming with me!  That is true.  It would be so much fun to have a whole cruise ship full (haha..my readers might fill a couple of tables in the dining room) of people who love to talk and think about clothes. I can guarantee you that my roommate and I will not be talking about that. It is probably his least favorite topic of conversation. But at least Lynne and I can critique each other’s outfits. (And probably other people’s too, but we are trying to overcome that bad habit. LOL)

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

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