You have likely noticed that I dress in a lot of neutral solids.
If I owned a lot of patterns or prints, it would limit the possible combinations. Solids are also more pleasing to my eyes and less memorable.
When I add new pieces to my collection, they must be ones that I can wear with the items I already have. Owning a capsule wardrobe of pieces that work together makes my life so much easier. I am all about ease and comfort!
That only leaves me with the task of matching up the correct proportions. For example, long straight leg jeans might require a more cropped close-fitting jacket or top.
When the summer heat settles in, I switch to layers of sheer fabrics that flow across my body but add no volume or weight. The linen blend J.Jill cardigan I am wearing here is almost sheer, but it gives coverage and balance to my look.
I experienced 100% humidity at 100 degrees last week while I was in Memphis. I saw women of all ages in sundresses and sandals. Dresses are not my favorite thing, so I had no hesitation in slipping into a loose fitting tank top, white slacks and strappy sandals when I had to go out during the day. I dress for the weather, the event and then add the accessories that express my mood.
Cropped close fitting jeans can be worn with a loose flowing longer top. I pair shoes according to the cut of the pant leg. I always wear a higher heel with cropped style or ankle pants because they make my already short legs seem shorter. With long straight leg jeans that stop at the top of the foot, I usually wear flats.
If you are petite (5' 4" or less) you may find that longer tops are never a good look for you. Tops that end at your fingertips are usually as long as you would ever want to go.
We were going out for drinks with friends after work when I wore this look. These jeans are a couple of years old, and they are by NYDJ. The layered V-neck tank is from White House Black Market. The bag is old by BCBG via T.J.Maxx. The shoes are by Sam Edelman from Dillard's. The pearl and silver medallion necklace is by French Kande.
Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!
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