Showing posts with label wearing black. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wearing black. Show all posts

Saturday, January 11, 2014

At Last!

We finally had a Friday date night.

After the holidays, a bad cold and the storm of the century made me stay home for a couple of weeks but last night we were so happy to be back at our favorite restaurant for dinner. Life is good!

I have posted in the past about wearing black and how it isn't always flattering for everyone. If you are like me and have invested in an abundance of black in the past, there are ways to make it work for you. Here I've added a bright aqua scarf and gemstone ring in the same color as accessories.

All of the pieces of this outfit are a couple of years old. The boiled wool jacket may be ten years old! I love that it has black embroidered details on the collar. The cuffs can be turned up and it has one decorative button closure so I wore it with a long sleeve black tee from Chico's. The black knit pants were a find at Ross a couple of years ago. They are by Tahari.

The scarf is a very soft gauze in a color I know works well for me. The shoes are low heeled with a tiny gold trimmed bow detail. The bag is Kenneth Cole Reaction from T.J.Maxx. 

My wardrobe is made up of pieces I like to wear and that I feel comfortable in. I am motivated to buy new pieces only if I believe they can be worn for several years with many other pieces in my closet. Classics changed up with accessories has been my secret to dressing well for many years.

About three years ago I lost more than forty-five pounds so I had to give up almost all of my wardrobe. As I replaced those items I once again looked for classics that could be worn in many combinations and for several seasons.

Thank you for reading my blog and for joining me on this journey through midlife and beyond.

Susan Street is the President of

Friday, October 18, 2013

Finding Your Black

Is head to toe black your "easy to get dressed without thinking about it" look?

In the 1990's all black became the uniform for an easy dressing option for many women.

In the Polyvore fashion set I created above, I selected items in different shades of brown but varying shades of any color would give the same effect. 

Color is just one part of my decision making process. As in all the tips I share with you, I will use myself for the example today.

I like very much to wear soft flowing lines in a longer jacket or sweater. A simple cowl, oval or rounded V neck top works best with my round face and wavy hair. This neckline also gives my favorite necklaces a simple background. Another tip: When I wear a necklace, I wear very simple smaller earrings. If I wear a larger pair of earrings, I skip the necklace. Too much going on around your face is not flattering, especially since most of us wear glasses now. Speaking of glasses, a squarish frame in a softer gray or brown tone is much more flattering to my coloring and face shape. 

Since the top half of my body is larger and longer than the lower half I like to wear slim leg pants and shoes with a bit of a heel or wedge. This helps to balance the halves of my body.

This is an example of a look that is easy and comfortable for me.

I hope this post inspires you to think about details such as the lines, the drape and the cut of the clothing you wear as well as the color. If you understand how all the elements come together to flatter you, getting dressed is so much easier. If the colors in your closet all truly flatter your own coloring it is amazing how they also work together. This makes getting dressed in the dark almost possible.

Thanks for joining me on this journey! I love hearing from you.

Susan Street is the President of