Relaxing at home, watching kids play sports, or going to the Farmer's Market are times that call for comfortable casual clothes.
This week on the blog, I am breaking all my styling rules. Today it's no straight horizontal lines at the neckline. I am also visually cutting my body in half instead of dividing it into thirds. The horizontal line at the center of my body visually breaks me in half. I would have looked even shorter and wider if the shoes were darker and the bag was carried under my arm as a shoulder bag. Since I have broad shoulders and an ample bust, I try not to add more width there visually with horizontal lines.
A woman with a long thin face, smaller shoulders and a smaller bust looks great in a boatneck. The fact that this one is a gorgeous dark navy is the only reason I can carry it off.
I channeled Jackie O on her Isle of Capri visits when I put together this look. Large Kenneth Cole sunglasses and the straw tote are both old from T.J. Maxx. Also, note that my glasses are square to offset my roundish face and Jackie often wore round ones for her square shaped face.
When choosing an icon to emulate, it helps to pick one that has a shape and a style of dressing that is close to your own. I have always admired Jackie's classic style, but her boyish figure was very different than mine. While the overall style is clean classic and timeless, her exact looks make me appear to be shorter and rounder. I have to make a few adjustments to flatter my shorter and more busty figure.
I adore these comfortable pull-on pants from J.Jill. They are perfect for my morning walks around the neighborhood and working at home in my office. I own several pairs of them. This top is made from a sturdy pima cotton knit that is extra soft and comfortable without showing every roll and dimple. These Superga® classic sneakers feel even better than going barefoot!
I have been a loyal fan of J.Jill as a source for elegant yet comfortable classic looks for more than fifteen years.
Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!
Created in collaboration with J.Jill.
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.