Monday, April 11, 2016

Breaking Rules

Do you have personal rules for dressing that you don't even think about breaking?


I thought it might be a fun exercise to break all my own styling rules in the blog posts for this week. 





I rarely wear a shirt that buttons down the front. Being busty means gaps and buttons that fail. One of the ways I overcome that problem is to buy a size larger but that always results in sleeves that are way too long. Short of tailoring, three-quarter length sleeves are the perfect solution to this problem.






This simply effortless top was sent to me by Body Language By Connie. The sleeves have roll tabs which can give it a more casual vibe.

The bracelet I am wearing was sent to me by French Kande. The quilted chain bag is old from Express.





I haven't worn shorts in about twenty years. They don't fit into my lifestyle, and I feel very self-conscious about the technicolor veins on my left leg. For the same reason, I rarely wear dresses.




These Bermuda length polka dot pull on shorts by Tribal Sportswear are so cute; I decided to give them a try. They were sent to me by Body Language By Connie. These shorts are so dressy that I could also wear them with pantyhose and a blazer if I wanted.




The shorts are nicely tailored with comfortable slits at the sides, and they end at my best skirt length which all work well for me.  When the occasion calls for something more sporty or casual this look will serve me well while maintaining my personal style.






Above, I paired the look with a black vest sent to me by Fabrizio Gianni but the more casual look, without the vest, is another option.





The Anitsa two tone point-toe flat shoes are by Circa Joan & David via Saks Off 5th. Flats are another wardrobe item I rarely wear. I do not find flats comfortable most of the time. When I purchase them for those times when they would be more appropriate for the look or the event, I search for a foot flattering slim style that shows the top of the foot and pointed toes.

My schedule will be very hectic for the next three weeks as my philanthropic events, speaking engagements, modeling, and acting jobs take me on the road a lot. I will schedule blog post as often as I can but won't be around very much for our fun conversations on Facebook. I am very grateful for your support and positive comments!

Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!


Created in collaboration with Body Language by Connie, Fabrizio Gianni, and French Kande
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.

20 comments:

Beth Wappler said...

You may not wear shorts often but those look great on you. Wonderful outfit.

Jan Maier said...

I think you look great but do understand the "leg" issues..I am 16 years older than you. My issues are that my legs/thighs are quite thin...shapely in heels but I don't wear them much if I'm going to be walking a lot. I do wear skirts in the summer though...I feel so much cooler in a dress or skirt. However, over the past few years I'e gotten used to lighter weight long pants/skinny jeans etc. I haven't tried bermuda shorts. I like having the option though.

Unknown said...

Hi

I love the outfit and actually purchased two pair of these shorts while in Vegas on vacation (had a great time ) I never tuck anything in because I thought it would show off the middle more. Is that correct? I am small all over except I have a larger mid section I call it my boda belly :).

Roxy

PaperPoet said...

You look great! I also usually skip shorts and short skirts due to the vein issue, but when I use a sunless tanner, they are much less noticeable.

Prairie Poulet said...

Enjoy the busy times! You always brighten my day, whatever you wear.

beach32250 said...

Love your look, it looks great on you!

Susan Street said...

I normally never tuck in a shirt but this one needed to be tucked here in to avoid looking too relaxed for the other pieces.

Unknown said...

Susan,

You look LOVELY in this! You should wear shorts anytime the mood strikes. There are some amazing self tanners out now that are SO MUCH better than they used to be, and would supply coverage to make you more comfortable. My daughter and I swear by Vita Liberata. Cyndi Spivey did a post about tanners that I think you would find helpful. You are just too gorgeous to limit yourself AT ALL! FYI, my 83-year-old DIVA of a mother also uses self-tanners. (It is a true statement that divas raise divas.) LOL BTW, I think I will order these shorts and try to find those shoes!

Blessings, Brandye

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The Pouting Pensioner said...

Being busty too, I feel like a sergeant major in a white shirt, but maybe I'll have another go as you look great in yours.
I too slap on the tanner, ignore the veins and enjoy the now!
What a busy time you have ahead - you are one much-in-demand lady!

Joy said...

My ankles are permanently bruised so I never wear crop pants, let alone shorts. But I live in AZ where everyone does!

carolinascallin said...

"Breaking the rules" for dressing - what a fun posting idea for the week! You may surprise yourself, too - this outfit looks great on you and what a nice way to change things up a bit! It's fun when things don't get too predictable - especially when breaking the rules looks terrific!

Thanks for your inspiring posts!

S Goins said...

Susan you look great but I rarely wear a dress or shorts because of the vein issue. I am 5' and I have a hard time even finding nice dresses to wear in the summer. Everything has to be hemmed. I get very frustrated b/c I love feminine dresses and skirts. P

Lynn Marsh said...

You look nice. It's refreshing to step out of our routine now and then. I applaud you for doing that.

Mom said...

You look wonderful.

Nandalee Sarandos said...

Love this look! I would wear it but with nude shoes...flats or a little heel. You look great!




Missy said...

You look great in shorts and have great legs. Routines and fashion rules need to be broken occasionally. Thank you for showing a great option for summer.

Missy said...

You look great in shorts and have great legs. Routines and fashion rules need to be broken occasionally. Thank you for showing a great option for summer.

S Goins said...

Susan, Are you still posting on questions sent to you, if so, will you address ways to make the spider veins less visible. Just a thought since summer is just around the corner. Have a great week.

Lisa said...

This is a great look - very brave to change up your style, but a huge success!