Out for a Dressy Affair in our Open Shoulder Shirts
Quote of the day: “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” Tom Robbins
The last post in our open shoulder shirts series puts all three of us in leg baring pieces! I realize I’m still old fashioned when it comes to thinking that dressing up means a skirt or dress, but I also love the fact that it gives us women so much variety with our dressing options!! Even though mom’s shirt & my shirt are both t-shirt material, I think they can be gussied up perfectly.
The fact that my shoulders are seeing the world is considered dressy for me!! Did you have a chance to read my article on Margaret Manning’s Sixty + Me (see the article here)? I really was pleasantly surprised at how sexy I felt just by baring my shoulders.
One of the concepts of my blog, is to show how one item can be versatile in many situations. Thus we all wore these exact same shirts for different occasions. The casual version and the smart version were our attempts at making this shirt work for many different occasions. Are you joining in on this trend? Tell me below in the comments!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: Even though this shirt is a t-shirt knit, I think it looks dressier just because of the rich coloring. You can see how I styled it for the same occasion here in our series about the Covered Perfectly shirts.
I wore two different shoes for this outfit because I wasn’t sure which I liked better. The flats are in the top picture with the three of us. It’s always amazing to me how shoes can make an outfit seem so different, and I think the heels certainly make the ensemble fancier. For the record, I wore this for Mother’s day dinner with the flats. Although everyone kept commenting how short I was, which is funny to me!
Skirt: Banana Republic (similar here in a couple different gorgeous prints)~~Top: Covered Perfectly (here right now in black, white & violet)~~Flat shoes: Banana Republic (similar here in other colors or lighter blue here)~~High heeled shoes: Sam & Libby-thrifted (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Blue Bracelet: I knitted it(similar here)~~Green Bracelet: (similar here)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Since Nancy’s shirt is relatively short, I thought we could style her open shoulder shirt over a dress. Considering her dress is sleeveless, this worked nicely to still be able to bare her shoulders!
The three of us showed this same concept in a post (here) to make our dress appear as a skirt. This is one of those ideas I would never have thought of before blogging. I mean, certainly I’d worn a jacket or cardigan over my dress, but never a shirt to cover the top portion. If you’d like to see what Nancy’s dress looks like underneath the black shirt, you can view it here.
The necklace and earrings were a recent purchase from her trip to Greece. I always think that jewelry is such a nice souvenir since it doesn’t take up as much room in your suitcase and it’ll always fit your body! The open metal work of the jewelry even pulls together the lace edging of the dress—unplanned but nice!!
Dress: Peter Nygard (similar here but with short sleeves)~~Top: Romwe (similar here)~~Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target (similar here in patent leather & high, here in a wedge & suede)~~Necklace & Earring Set: (similar here a good deal for both)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: When you have as many necklaces as my mother has, it’s time to start layering them so you can make sure you get good use out of each and every one of them! Of course the long one got turned around in one of the photos. I was thinking the turquoise added a different element to the look?
Mom’s shirt has an asymmetrical hem which I consider very flattering!! I do have to be a tattle tale and say that I bought this shirt for mom for this series. Her first reaction was that this style was for the younger kids. However, she admitted soon afterwards that she really liked the shirt! I was very proud of her for being so open to it. Of course, I would have made her wear it for the blog anyways, but it’s nice she likes it enough to wear it in real life!
Skirt: Investments (similar here textured in larger sizes)~~Top: Romwe (here under $10)~~Shoes: Auditions (similar here)~~Long Necklace: (similar here)~~Shorter Necklace: (similar here with gold, under $10)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
These open shoulder shirts really can add a sexy look to your date night or fancy evening. The advantage is you can wear your regular bra and still feel young at heart!
I really appreciate any comments and discussions! Thanks for reading!
Charlotte’s photography by Kari Strand Photography.
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If I could find this many open shoulder shirts—then you know it must be quite popular!! And these were just the ones under $50! See any that you like?