You might think that if you want a cute outfit all you have to do is go shopping and pick out something. Au contraire.  Even if you buy a dress, which should be an outfit unto itself, it rarely is.  Almost everything needs accessorizing. To look “put-together,” you need to make sure that everything about your outfit works to make it an ensemble.

If you are one of the lucky people who has a perfect figure, then all you will need to do is add cute shoes, a purse, and some jewelry, and you have an outfit.  If you are like the rest of us, you might need to do a little more if you want to look your best.

For me, almost every outfit I wear has to be put together. I have definite figure flaws that need to be minimized, and over time, I have learned how to style outfits in a way that makes me look better than I actually do. LOL

One of the main ways I make up outfits is to try things on in front of my big full-length mirror and snap some selfies.  The photos I take are pretty raw, but they give me an idea of whether something is going to work or not. And once I have settled on the final look, the photo reminds me of all the items I put together so I can wear it more than once. Believe me, if I did not document it in some way, I would never remember which belt, shoes, or earrings I had used.

Here are some pictures from a recent session of experimentation:



This seems like a lot of work.  It is!  You may be one of those people who thinks it is too much trouble and you don’t care that much. I can appreciate that.  I just happen to be in the stage of my life where I have time to do it, and I really love making outfits.  It reminds me of my childhood, when I played “dressup” by the hour, or changed my dolls’ clothes 100 times.

You might not want (or be able to) spend so much time on your clothes, but at least take one afternoon or evening and experiment a little to see how you can dress to flatter your figure.

None of the outfits in this post is perfect. I don’t really love any of them. That’s okay. I can pick the one I like the best, or I can choose not to wear any of them. Experimenting helps me to find my style, even if I don’t always hit the nail on the head.

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Hello there, friends. Well, I did it. As I said in the last post, I returned the yellow print dress.  Most of you who commented on it thought that I should return it, and after reading your thoughts, I agreed.  You were kind enough to tell me the reasons why you thought the dress was not right for me, and you convinced me.

Valid observations included: the dress was too youthful, the color was not flattering, too bohemian, the leggings made my legs look short,and the long sleeves paired with the light fabric and print seemed confusing.

I must have had some of these thoughts going through my subconscious style filter, which is why I asked you to give me your opinions. Thank you! You saved me from going out in public in an inappropriate outfit. You told me all the things that people would have thought and said behind my back. 😉

I am most appreciative of your constructive criticism; having said that, there was still something about the dress that I really liked, so…..when I returned it, I exchanged it for a different color! I do like it better in the gray, and I hope you do too, but here’s the thing….everyone will not always like everything I wear (even I don’t like everything I wear) but I like it, so I am going to wear it.

I did take your suggestions to heart…I think this color is more flattering, it is more appropriate for the fall, and the dark leggings look better. All IMHO.


Again, thanks for your help, and keep up the good work of finding your style. Don’t forget that the error part of TRIAL AND ERROR is the part we learn from.

And by the way, the dress was on sale when I returned it, which made it less than $20! Now I don’t have to feel guilty about breaking my rule.

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I think autumn left without ever coming! Here is a photo of the maple trees in my front yard. They think it is still August. SIGH


Usually by November, they look like this:


I am so tired of the summer weather that I am breaking my rule of “If it’s brown, put it down” (but really, that was for my husband), and wearing an outfit that reminds me of brown leaves. 😉

Here is the basic dress:


And here is what I will be wearing:


Happy green fall! You have my permission to wear something brown. Just make sure you add a belt and a sweater.  HAHAHAHAHA

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It is still hot here in Georgia, but looks like cooler weather is on the way. I hope so, because I have some cool-weather clothing that is patiently waiting to come out of hibernation. In the meantime, I am showing you another dress-and-jacket combination that is perfect for Indian summer.

Here is my “tutorial”




I thought I would also share with you a “fashion fail” on my part. One of my favorite fashion bloggers is adorable, and I saw this post and decided I would try something similar. HAHA  I gave up after two attempts, and you will see why.  Jennie did a follow-up to this post where she styles six more cute outfits, so check it out, and please do a better job than I did!


Six Ways to Style a Tunic and Leggings



I am showing you these outfits so that once again, you can see that putting nice outfits together is a process of trial and error. I know I have said this a lot, but remember, new readers check out the blog daily, (or at least occasionally) and they might not know this yet. 😉

There is nothing “terrible” about these outfits (well, really there is) but I can do better, and so can you. 😉

I will be back soon with (hopefully) some COOL WEATHER clothes.

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Today’s dress is another one that I found in the back of my closet. It has never been worn, but after seeing it, I am wondering why. It is one of those magic dresses. They are hard to find, so if you find one, you should wear it!

I call it a magic dress because it makes me look taller and thinner than I am. Any dress that can do that is magic!

I could almost wear it without a sweater….IF I had a tan, and IF I wore Spanx.  LOL


Here is my sweater version:


FYI, this is another cheapie from Ross… $16.99.   So go shopping and find a cheap magic dress!


Today’s post is one where I show you some of my trial and error again.  I started with a dress that I have had since last year, but forgot about. I was so happy when I found it in my closet, and decided that the colors were perfect for fall.  So I tried it on.


As usual, I looked like a blimp, so I got to work.


HAHA. Now I look like a blimp wearing a belt. 😉


SURPRISE! I added a sweater.

Since I have about a million sweaters, I tried on some different colors.


I like the brown belt buckle better, but wasn’t sure about the boots.


I really like the brown necklace.

Let’s try one more sweater:


I am wearing navy heels with this version.

One dress, three sweaters, different shoes, different belts, different jewelry.

Think I actually do like the navy-sweater-with-the-boots version. Will add some bracelets and maybe bigger earrings. I don’t think I need to try any more sweaters. LOL

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Go try stuff on!