Showing posts with label style after 50. Show all posts
Showing posts with label style after 50. Show all posts

Saturday, August 20, 2016

It's All About That Base!

An overwhelming number of selections in my closet is just that, overwhelming. A carefully edited version of my wardrobe serves me well. When I add something new to my collection now, it is only to replace something that is starting to look worn.




The new tank top and straight leg pants from my shop fit in beautifully with my edited version of a wardrobe that works for every season and all the events of my life. They replace the two similar pieces I have been wearing for three years. 

I can never find the right thing when I go emergency shopping for a particular event. I much prefer to have on hand the pieces I can mix and match to create the appropriate look.


Necessities for me include a great fitting pair of pants and black tank top. That is often my starting point for any look, other than in the blazing heat of summer. 


It's All About That Base!

When you start out with a great base, you can add a scarf, a vest, a cardigan or any style of jacket. Even a jean jacket and flats can work with your base pieces. Black serves me well, but perhaps brown would be a better choice for your coloring. My point is that if you have great fitting base pieces made from high-quality fabric, you can wear them many times and in an endless variety of ways.


I knew these pants, and this tank were perfect for me the moment I slipped them on. Don't you just love that feeling when you put on an item of clothing, and you know without any doubt that it is right for you? My new rule is that I have to feel that confident about something before it gets added to my wardrobe.

These pants have a straight leg and a thirty-inch inseam with no split at the ankle. They are basic, comfortable classic pants that I can wear for most of the year. The tank top is made from the same elegant crepe fabric, although it is a bit more fitted style than the pants. It stops at mid hip which is very attractive for us gals with shorter legs.







One of our favorite traditions includes joining friends for dinner as we often do on Friday evenings. It is so good for the soul to enjoy a perfectly prepared meal and visit with those that we love.








For me, the evening is even better because I did not have to prepare the meal and clean up the kitchen or stress about what I was going to wear. That is why we so often entertain at Gourmet and Company.








My necklace and the box clutch are both old from S.M. Bradford. The string jacket is old from Chico's. The shoes are old by French Connection via Saks Off 5th. The tank and pants are from my online shop. Please note that there are several pages of women's clothing on my website. Your size may be on the next page.


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


Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Why I Won't Be Trendy This Fall

This past weekend, I was discussing an article with Mr. Mickey which detailed some of the 2016 Fall trends. He asked me which of those I was going to wear. My answer was, "None of them."



From Winter 2015


The body of the jacket I wore above is bulky but since the sleeves are sleek faux leather and I wore it open with a slim fitting black low neckline top and slim fitting pants, this textured jacket worked for me in this case. If the sleeves were also bulky and I belted the jacket, I would look twenty pounds heavier.


While I enjoy wearing classic pieces on most days, I also appreciate the spice of an occasional edgy or trendy piece thrown in for good measure. The most important question to ask when adding something new to your wardrobe is always; "Will this look good on me?" Regardless of styles or trends, the first consideration should always be if the item flatters your coloring, your shape, your personality, and your height.

I never follow a trend just to look current. If however, the trend flatters me, I might consider it. Great style means knowing what looks good on your body. That means understanding how to use texture and proportion, how to style the pieces and what tones complement your complexion.


Below are a few of the trends for Fall that I will not be wearing with an explanation as to why not.


Statement Chokers

I have a roundish face and a short neck. I should never wear anything that makes my neck appear shorter and my face appear more round.






The Cape
I carry most of my weight front and center, so a cape would make me look as if I were wearing a tent. If I wear a double breasted jacket I will rarely if ever close it.





Tan Colors
Tans and beiges make me look ill because I have cool coloring. I enjoy wearing trench coats but I have a white one and a couple of black ones. Never a tan one.





Ruffles
Just no! Ruffles, lace, and gathers do not go with my personality. They add volume, usually around the face or bust where I certainly do not need it.







Golden Brocades
Gold tones will never allow me to look my best. I do have a ruby and black brocade jacket that I may wear again if the occasion arises.






Puffy Jackets and Coats
Why on earth would I ever wear something that makes me look like a bumblebee?







Faux Fur Coats
Faux fur will always look better on the hanger than on my body. Fur adds volume. If you weigh 90 pounds, with a small bust and you are six feet tall, you might look good in a faux fur jacket with skinny jeans. Any type of fur will always make me look like a very large marshmallow.




Shearling Coats
Shearling is by nature a dull warm color and bulky. Like corduroy, suede and tweed, shearling is stiff and adds volume. I need to wear sleek, silky, smooth and shiny surfaces that add no bulk to my frame.





I use myself as an example in these "thinking out loud" posts. I hope these projects will help you to determine what looks best on you and what serves your needs for your lifestyle.



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


Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Rituals


Do you ever just do nothing for the whole day? Yesterday was one of those rare Sundays that included nothing more than reading the paper, taking a nap, then going to visit my parents.





My sister and I honor a long family tradition that includes taking the time to visit with our parents on most Sunday afternoons. (As we did with my grandparents and great-grandparents as children.) We call them almost every day to make sure they are both well and don't need our help with anything.







Going for a long walk and then watering the shade garden typically happens at daybreak but not on this day. I also fill the birdfeeders and put fresh water in the bird bath before I start my usual work days. I worked seven days a week for many years. Taking these little breaks for something less taxing helped to keep me sane.







Personal rituals and traditions give me balance and ground me. For example giving thanks for all that I have and taking the time to exercise always starts my day on a positive note.


On hot summer days with nothing special planned, I always wear something breezy and comfortable.

The cool, soft, comfortable top is by Focus, and the khaki pants are the "Lize" style straight leg pants by Lior Paris both via ShopMyFairLady.com. They offer most of the clothing lines I enjoy wearing with always excellent service included, so I remain loyal to them. The sandals are old from Nine West.


My friends at ShopMyFairLady.com are offering Fifty, not Frumpy readers 15% off your purchase when you shop with them. (By way of a refund after the payment is completed.)
Use the Coupon Code: August16



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


Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.
I no longer accept products in exchange for reviews.









Sunday, July 10, 2016

All Is Well


Tremendous storms passed through our region on Friday evening. Countless trees were torn apart or completely uprooted by high winds taking power sources with them, which means many thousands of people are still without power on Sunday morning. 

For all those who wrote to ask, we are safe and well. We sustained very little damage in our neighborhood.






We had reservations for dinner on Saturday night, so we decided to keep our plans. We anticipated that it might take a lot longer to reach our destination because of all the debris on the roads. 

Teams were out in force before the break of dawn to start clearing the damage and trying to restore power as quickly as possible.






We were more than ready to have a day away from the stress of life after this somber and frightening week. As we drove through the mountains on our way to Blowing Rock, North Carolina I could feel the release of tension.






There is something calming about looking out over endless green mountain ranges that fills me with a sense of peace and gratitude.








We forgot to take the camera with us when we parked the car earlier in the day, so we had to grab a few minutes before dinner to snap some photos for you. We always try to shoot looks at the beginning of our day before I become too rumpled looking but today you are seeing me after a day of shopping, visiting with friends, sitting in the park watching people and riding around in a convertible.








There are many things I like about owning a capsule wardrobe of basics. Most of all, I appreciate that when I don't have the energy to come up with a special look, I can just put on something and go without giving it too much thought.








It is always a lot cooler in the mountains, so I have learned to wear layers whenever we are going that way. Today I wore a jacket by IC Collection via ShopMyFairLady.com. (It is on sale now!) The layered V-Neck tank could have been worn alone if I had gotten too warm during the day but that did not happen. The tank is from White House|Black Market. The pants are the Sasha Style by Lior Paris via ShopMyFairLady.com.


My accessories included small silver wide hoop earrings with tiny crystals, sunglasses by Balmain via Saks Off 5th, and a stack of silver bracelets.

The shoes are old by Bar III via Macy's.








After seeing so much damage all day, I was relieved to see that this little flower garden spot behind a store in Banner Elk had survived unscathed.








Red sky at night, sailor's delight.







I always share where I got the items shown if I can remember. The source is often ShopMyFairLady.com because they carry many of the lines I find comfortable, and that fit in well with my personal style. They also have super customer service!


When you visit the store or their site at ShopMyFairLady.com, you can use the code July16 to receive 15% off by way of a refund after you complete the purchase.



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


Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.
I no longer accept products in exchange for reviews.











Sunday, June 19, 2016

The High Country

Saturday was the perfect day to be in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.






I was dressed up a bit because we were in Blowing Rock to enjoy dinner at Rowland's at the West Glow Resort and Spa later in the evening.







Blowing Rock is one of my favorite places in the world! The panoramic views of mountains always fills me with a sense of peace and wonder. When we explore neighborhoods there, we always find a house or a garden that takes my breath away.




















I purchased this jacket by IC Collection from ShopMyFairLady earlier this year but had not yet had the opportunity to wear it. Since the temperatures were only in the seventies there yesterday, this was the perfect time to take it out for a spin. The Lior Paris pants were a gift from ShopMyFairLady.







The tank top is from White House | Black Market. The necklace and bracelets were purchased from French Kande. The shoes are old by Gianni Bini from Dillard's. The wicker clutch bag is by JMcLaughlin. The Balmain sunglasses are from Saks Off 5th.








I was beyond thrilled to see this beautiful owl along our way down the mountain! 










Here are some alternate shoe suggestions for you. View more options by clicking on the arrow on the right. (You must visit the actual blog post to use this feature.)





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


Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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Created in collaboration with ShopMyFairLady.com.
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.


I no longer accept products in exchange for reviews.






Saturday, June 18, 2016

Easy Pieces


At the end of a twelve hour work day, there are times when I just want to take a long bath and go to bed. On this particular evening I had a date with my favorite gentleman, so getting dressed in five minutes was next on my busy agenda.





You rarely see me in full makeup and a well-planned look here on the blog (or in my daily life). This look is certainly no exception!






Some bloggers have the luxury of a staff to help them with their photo shoots. The fabulous outfits, perfect lighting, a talented stylist, beautiful scenery and a professional photographer with an assistant or two all work together to create the most successful blogs. The biggest fashion houses send them fabulous clothes, shoes and bags to show. 


That is NOT what you see when you visit my blog! You would likely laugh out loud if you saw us snapping photos with our little pocket camera in front of some random building. Many times, my look includes thrown together pieces I have had for a few years. I might have gotten dressed in four minutes and still be wearing the same makeup I put on ten hours ago. This is certainly no big production! We are just sharing snapshots of our daily lives.


I hope that by sharing what goes on behind the scenes here, you will be inspired to create looks from basics that help you to feel pulled together and confident without much fuss.









As I approach my sixth decade, I feel a strong urge to simplify and uncomplicate my life so I have been clearing clutter from my home and closet this year. Do you do that too occasionally? It feels great to look around and see only the things that bring me joy or that I actually use. 









The hammered silver cuff is from my own company.







The rings were gifts from Mr. Mickey. The earrings are from Target.



My white jacket and the belt are old from Chico's. The scoop neck black tee is from White House|Black Market. The Tribal pants were a gift from Copper Penny in Hilton Head. The bag is old from Express. The shoes are old from Vince Camuto. 




Below are some options for flat shoes that might look good with a similar outfit. View more options by clicking on the arrow on the right. (You must visit the actual blog post to use this feature.)




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


Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

Find me on Twitter.
Find me on Pinterest.
Find me on Polyvore.
Find me on Instagram.


Created in collaboration with Copper Penny, Hilton Head
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.


I no longer accept products in exchange for reviews.