Dressing Slimmer 1 (Top)

 Dressing Slimmer for the 50', 60', & 70 year old women.

Dressing Slimmer for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: For the Top

Quote of the day: “I think getting dressed should be a very joyful and creative experience.” Iris Apfel

I had a request from a reader to do a series on dressing slimmer—thanks Jeannine for your suggestion! I’m sure we’ve all read many articles and how-tos about making our bodies appear better. But have you really compared these points side by side? So that’s my goal in the next three segments…style everything exactly same except for one twist. I’m not saying which way is better in theses examples….that’s for you to decide. Because in fact, I think every rule has those pesky exceptions. And I’m certainly not saying you should follow the “rules” all the time—even if you are convinced it makes you appear slimmer. Because remember a couple things: 1-a picture is only a 2-D representation of what is really 3-D, 2-I’m not entirely convinced looking slimmer is always better ( I like the saying that we should dress our bodies to it’s best by accentuating the positive–not just to appear thinner) and 3-Wearing clothing is also about your “visual voice” or your personality (and I’ve never heard anyone describe their personality as slim)!

For the first post subject, I went with the thinking that keeping your blazer, jacket or cardigan open creates that vertical column of color down the length of your body–and creating a longer, leaner line. I feel like I’ve heard this thousands of times….is it true? I tried to add some variety by having my blazer be long and unstructured, Nancy’s jacket is short and more fitted, and mom’s cardigan is a print.

Dressing Slimmer for the 50', 60', & 70 year old women. Dressing Slimmer for the 50', 60', & 70 year old women.

50’s Outfit: I bought this blazer for $10–there are a couple small stains on it, so I figured I’d dye it! Then I did surgery to my pants by adding the black seam binding along the inside seam to make them a tad roomier!

Pants: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Blazer: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Top: LOFT (similar here)~~Shoes: Sam & Libby (similar here)~~Pin: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Dressing Slimmer for the 50', 60', & 70 year old women. Dressing Slimmer for the 50', 60', & 70 year old women.

60’s Outfit: This jacket is such a soft, creamy suede. And the sleeves were 3/4 length so we didn’t have to shorten them—-yahoo!!

Jeans: Gloria Vanderbilt (similar here)~~Jacket: Coldwater Creek (similar here)~~Top: The Limited (similar here)~~Shoes: BCBG (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Dressing Slimmer for the 50', 60', & 70 year old women.  Dressing Slimmer for the 50', 60', & 70 year old women.

70’s Outfit: Yes, my mom has an owl sweater along with all of her owl jewelry! And this was before they were so popular.

Jeans: DG2 (similar here)~~Cardigan: Design Options (similar here or here in a pullover)~~Top: Style & Co. (similar here)~~Boots: Madeline Stuart (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

I’d love to hear your opinion on which versions of these “dressing slimmer” outfits you like better! Go and try it on yourself too!  Linking with Confident TuesdayWednesday Showcasea little R & RTrend SpinBloggers Who Have Inspired Me, Tuesday TalkTurning Heads, Trendy Wedsnesday, Senior Salon, Fresh Fashion Forum, Brilliant Blog PostsWIWW, & On Trend Tuesday

Cardigans & jackets are always in style—here’s a couple that are fantastic deals: