Having a Recipe for Getting Dressed Casually
Quote of the day: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou
I hear many women say to me that they feel lost getting dressed at times. But really, putting your clothing on everyday is not much different than getting your food ready for the next meal. You just need a tried and true recipe for getting dressed for specific events!
One of my blogging friends, Rebecca, also sent over an example of her “recipe” outfit. Of course, much of what you wear will depend on the specific place you are going and what the weather has in store! But let’s say for this example, for this task that we are running errands in the springtime!
Rebecca of RYouReadyToOrganize: The idea of this concept for a blog post about a “recipe” was because of Rebecca.
She had shared an article with me about a box service of clothing, which spurred this idea in my head! Therefore, I asked her what her own recipe for an outfit would be for getting dressed in a casual manner! This is her example!
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: One of my considerations for my recipe for getting dressed is do I need to re-wear anything I’ve already worn that week?
I tend to wear my jeans & pants many times before I wash them, so I like to keep them out and re-wear them a couple of times. To prove my point, I just wore these same jeans in our travel post! I usually try to switch it up for blog photos, but I’d forgotten that I wore these pants for those pictures! But I guess it shows that I’m not lying!!
And on top of that, if I’m struggling on what to wear, I will focus on a neutral pant and then add color in the top portion. I feel like tan pants or jeans are definitely one of those basics that work on everyone. If you need another pair, these are under $20 if your size is still available, and don’t forget to check out the snake print version!!
And then you may laugh, but the next item I usually choose is my shoes!
My thought process includes whether or not I should wear heels or flats that day! And am I going to need to take them on and off at my friend’s house. This red pair has a zipper up the back which makes them easy to take on & off! And even though not all of the lace up flats have this detail, they are one of my favorite modern shoes lately!
I mean the variety that they come in just makes me want every pair. Like this velvet pair really caught my eye! Even though you think of velvet for the colder months—since it’s just on the outside of the shoe, you really could wear it tons! And then there are fabulous heels too, like these, yet with a block heel that make them walk able!!
My next step in figuring out my outfit is the top portion.
I seem to have quite an extensive selection of tops, so I have to figure out what I want my focal point to be. Since this day was still cool outside, I chose my newest cardigan that I received in my thrift box! I think one of the reasons I love this cardigan so much is twofold. One is definitely the colors! Blush is such a huge “in” color right now! And two, the interesting sleeves make it stand out more! Yet these sleeves are not as big and crazy as many I’ve seen. I mean, who wants your sleeves getting in the way of shopping? LOL!
If you feel blush isn’t great with your complexion, then a cardigan might be a great way to incorporate the color into your outfit. Then you can have a different color beneath it and accessorize with colors that enhance your complexion! Even though it’s close to summer, some cardigans work for any season like this one or this one (although I might switch out the buttons on that last one)!
Of course, no outfit is complete without accessories in my recipe book!
In fact, I just bought these earrings on our latest trip to Target! Have you seen the fabulous jewelry they have lately?? Since I haven’t been dying my hair lately, I’ve been trying to focus on lighter earrings so they’ll stand out more! And then I decided to change my hair style….(that’s foreshadowing for the next post….)
But seriously about the jewelry at Target! No this isn’t a sponsored post; I was just so in love with so many of their pieces. I’m sure it’s because they teamed up with Bauble Bar which I’ve loved for a long time because of their modern & fun pieces! Like these earrings…don’t you think they’d go with so much? And don’t the tassels earrings and pompom earrings just make you smile!!
Jeans: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Cardigan: Charlotte (similar here)~~Top: Maurices (similar here)~~Shoes: Missguided (similar here)~~Necklaces: Charming Charlies (similar here)~~Earrings: (here)
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: When I told Nancy to come up with a recipe for getting dressed in a casual outfit, she said she’d start with her jeans!
And I wanted to jump up and down in joy when she grabbed her red jeans!! I know that when red jeans started making their way onto the fashion scene about 5 years ago, I could never imagine wearing them. I thought they were only for the younger girls! But I had a patient tell me that I should try it! So I bought a pair and haven’t looked back since.
Now you have to realize that Nancy isn’t always as fashion forward as other women. In fact, she laughs at herself, that she usually jumps on the bandwagon for a style just when the style is going out! So I was extremely impressed when she wanted a pair of red jeans! How about you? Do you have a pair??
Even if red jeans seem too bright for your tastes, I do think it’s important to dip your toe into some of the newer trends every once in a while.
In fact, I wrote an article for Sixty + Me about wearing jeans no matter what your age! So I think you should experiment with all different kinds of jeans. For example, maybe you’d enjoy a blush pair or mint pair? And like I’ve shown with these items, you certainly don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on a pair of jeans!
Nancy wore these same red jeans over a year ago when we were showcasing colored jeans casually, dressy & for a smart look! At first, you may not think they’d go with much, but after having them awhile, you’ll realize they go with everything!
Nancy’s next choice for this outfit was her lightweight sweater!
If you’re someone who likes a simpler recipe for your outfit then an easy shirt is essential. Right now, there are so many fun shirts available. If you’ve been scouring the stores, then you would have noticed the sleeve details on many shirts. Like this blouse here or you could enjoy a more cinched waist shirt!
Even though we were keeping it casual, Nancy is very used to grabbing a necklace to add some interest to her outfits!
I love the idea of having a fun pendant necklace if you’re wearing all solid colors! For those of you who love owls, then this one is perfect! Or I found this lovely floral pendant necklace that really stands out!
As for Nancy’s shoes, she went with her tried and true sneakers that look like oxfords! I basically twisted her arm to get these because she wasn’t sure about the oxford look. But they have been worth their weight in gold in the comfort and wear-ability factor. In fact, both my husband and I have these shoes only in different colors!
Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: My mom’s recipe for getting dressed for running errands is not much different than mine!
Of course we joke that the reason behind that is because the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree! And considering how fashionable she is, I think that’s a good thing!
My mom actually reached for this cardigan sweater as her first choice! Stripes have been quite popular lately, and I found a couple of great deals for you. This striped cardigan is very bright and colorful and quite reasonable in price! But if you’d rather stick with less color, than this one is a linen blend for the summer!
Once she chose her sweater, then we looked for some neutral pants!
My mom doesn’t reach for her jeans as quickly as I do, so she chose these trousers that she had made many years ago!
But mom does have an abundance of shirts in her closet of every color, so we picked a color that was in her cardigan. I know that everyone can use another t-shirt, so here’s the deal of the day! You might need to get one in every color for that price!
The shoes are usually mom’s last thought for the recipe for her outfit.
Since we were styling for a casual errand day, I chose her red flats! I’m trying to get mom out of the habit of always matching everything. So I thought these would be fun!
Even if you’re just going to the store, I’m a huge lover of great shoes! For the summer, lemons seems to be taking over many clothing items, so I found them on these shoes! Or maybe you’re a giraffe fan? Even if you like your footwear a little more plain, these have just the right amount of pizzazz for your bubbling personality!
And to finish off my mom’s outfit, we always reach for some necklace or earrings or both!
Notice that the earrings and necklace don’t match each other! This is not the usual for my mom, but again I’m trying to build her brain health by changing her habits. We worked with a brain coach in a couple of posts lately. The idea was to restyle our own items, figure out how to copy others yet still be us & how to use shopping to be good for our brain!
I know that having matching earrings for your necklaces is convenient. But especially since mom’s sweater has so many colors in it, it still looks great by switching them up! But if you happen to like your sets, then I found this set and this set that might be fun!
Even though I let each of us pick our own outfit for our recipe for getting dressed for a casual outing, you can see how they are quite similar. Maybe your recipe is the same too? Let me know, I love to hear your thoughts!
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