January 27, 2017
but look at how much of a difference it makes to add a scarf, (Scarf was new but half price at $15)
An added benefit of the scarf is that it ever so capably hides any tummy issues. (Not that I would ever need any of that sort of coverage since we all know I have abs of
I actually wore this outfit two different ways; one time with tan boots/tights and one time with dark brown boots/tights.
Which do you think looks better?
An interesting side note: I am in a FB group where members can post photos and ask for advice or input. I had never posted a picture before, but I thought it would be fun to share the above collage and ask for an opinion. I ended up getting 170 comments which were almost evenly divided between the two options. That just goes to show how subjective fashion opinions can be.
I topped the outfit with my (thrifted) $10 leather coat from Nordstrom before heading out the door.
I can’t begin to tell you how good I feel in my base colors of brown and gold. Whenever I put them on, I feel like I’m coming home; when I put on black, however, I feel a little like I am a stranger to myself.
On the other hand, I know I have many readers who would never dream of wearing brown, whereas black pulls you right in. It’s your best color.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–when you find your colors, then finding your clothing confidence will follow right behind.
However, just because I use brown as my main neutral doesn’t mean I can’t take a walk on the wild side into the world of color.
I had seen plenty of jackets similar to this one over the past couple of years but they were always beyond my budget. So you can imagine my great delight when I popped into a Goodwill recently and spotted this bit of colorful loveliness. However, when I went over for a closer look, I made the dismaying discovery that it was an extra small.
Now let me just say that I haven’t worn an extra small in anything since I was three years old; when I held the jacket up, however, it really didn’t look all that smallish so I thought I would try it on, just for fun.
Believe it or not, it fit! Obviously it had been mis-marked somewhere along the way which is possibly the reason it ended up in a thrift store.
I was beyond thrilled: quirky, citrus-y, sherbet-y colors (and designs) take me to my happy place.
The jacket can go with a casual, cotton skirt . . .
or jogging pants. It would also work with jeans and a pair of nicer pants.
I had to take a close up to show one of my favorite necklaces I got from my sister for my 50th birthday, almost 5 years ago.
In a previous Thrifty Style post, I showed you this skirt with other tops. Since then, however, I have paired it with a different top, which I think is my favorite, especially with the scarf that almost looks like it was made just for that skirt.
Speaking of scarves, one tip is not to knot a scarf over your stomach if you are trying to keep from adding extra width there. I went higher with the knot so that the only thing over the stomach area is a nice, soft flow of fabric–not a girth-expanding collection of knotted material. You could also put the knot even higher than shown–just experiment till you get it where you like it.
I added a fun pair of gladiator sandals in bronze, very much a go-with-anything color.
Throwing on a shawl from Chicols (originally $119, with a sale, a coupon and a store credit, I got it for $18) I was ready for the day.
While I am on the subject of scarves, here is a great post about wearing them from one of my favorite fashion bloggers.
Here is another post from the same blogger called The Basics, Four Ways. She starts with one pair of pants and one top and makes four outfits, taking her from running errands to going out to a nice dinner. I love how she demystifies the process.
And here is a great post about using lines to create a look of elongation. Very helpful information.
Lastly, I absolutely love this video showing before and after pictures of women who didn’t know how lovely they really are. We are ALL lovely–regardless of shape or size or height or hairstyle.
Have a great–and lovely– weekend! And as always, let me know if any of this was helpful to you or if you have something extra to add.
Check out the other posts in this series.
Small Changes Favorite Style Bloggers Stars and Understudies Proportions and Alterations. Mom Jeans In the Middle Patterned Pieces Two is Best The Rear View and Flowiness Take a Picture Already! Style Words
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.