Getting Floral Inspiration from Our Gardens with the Magnificent 8
Floral inspiration is certainly the norm for the spring months. Therefore our Magnificent 8 group decided to show how it works for 8 different decades of women.
Quote of the day: “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” Anne Frank
Getting inspiration from mother nature is certainly not a new concept. Yet every spring, it’s so refreshing to see all of the blooms which gives us ideas of how it can work in our closet.
Jodie’s Floral Inspiration
I wanted to showcase one of my favorite hand knitted tops with this theme. There are close up shots of it on my Instagram page where you can see some of the snags and imperfections. Even still, it always makes me happy to put it on and wear it.
Insider tip: I always wear a tee under it so I don’t have to wash the sweater as often.
Pants: Jag Jeans-thrifted~~ Top: hand knit by me~~ Shoes: Walking Cradles~~ Bracelet: BaubleBar ~~ Earrings: Target~~ Purse: Charming Charlie
This color combination is a new one for me. I almost always pair the sweater with white jeans. In fact, for my Instagram photos I tried green pants. So this time I pulled out a grey pair.
The funny thing is these grey pants are more suited for spring rather than winter because they are lightweight. Yet I tend to think of them for winter because of the color. Therefore, they don’t get worn a lot.
And the shoes are a pair of Walking Cradles I purchased last year. I think mules are the perfect transitional shoe from boots to sandals. These are called the Win but there are only a limited amount still available. I do have a code, JODIE15 for 15% off (although not usually on sale shoes).
I chose this pair of shoes to add more lightness to the outfit. It’s my attempt at trying to look springy in a grey pair of pants.
Lesley Garden Inspiration
When I told Lesley the theme was How Does My Garden Grow, she laughed because she has a black thumb just like Rob and I do.
She started the outfit pulling out the bright pink dress. It’s amazing how this color can work so well for spring, summer and fall. Actually I think it would be just as wonderful for winter too.
How to make the dress work for a floral inspiration? Just pair it with a kimono that has large print flowers on it. Lesley told me this kimono was gifted to her by her sister 4 years ago. And hasn’t been worn much. In fact, Lesley could have used it for our theme a couple of weeks ago where we styled something that doesn’t get worn in our closet.
Interestingly, Lesley also said this kimono actually jumped out at her and said “I have hung around too long, it’s my turn to come out!!” (Obviously the lack of social interaction with CoVid19 has enabled her clothes to talk to her).
Dress: thrifted ~~ Kimono: ~~ Shoes: ~~ Necklace: ~~ Earrings: ~~ Purse: Coldwater Creek-thrifted
I like how Lesley shows it both with and without a belt. Even if you usually don’t wear a belt, it can be an easy way to change up a look.
Charlotte’s Floral Inspiration
My mom said that spring has always been her favorite season as everything is coming back to life…blooming and bright. For spring she tends to think of pastels and so was inspired by the lilac bushes she sees blooming.
The funny thing is when my mom was growing up, her family had two goats on their farm named Lilac and Verbena.
Pants: Classiques Entier~~ Top: Covered Perfectly c/o ~~ Shoes: Kiss~~ Scarf: ~~ Earrings: ~~ Purse:Aldo
This fabric flower pin is one of the things my mom makes with leftover material when she shortens a dress. You can see the dress in this post where she even wore the flower on a purse.
As for the earrings, I love that my mom enjoys statement earrings. This is something that shouldn’t be only for the younger women.
Insider tip: There are many statement earrings made with materials that aren’t heavy. Look for the ones made out of acrylic, leather or fabric.
I wish my mom had removed her scarf so you could see her top. It’s a Covered Perfectly top that has openings on the top of the sleeves. In the original post, she wore it with rust pants.
Insider tip: Most of the Covered Perfectly tops tend to be longer and sized a tad bigger, so they are nicer with slimmer pants.
Photo credit: Rob Filogomo
The Magnificent 8 is a collaboration among 8 stylish women from every decade of life showcasing our style one generation at a time. The mission of this collaboration is to show you just how ageless style is, how we can each dress however we’d like and in ways that make us feel fabulous. There are no age restrictions on style.
So wear what you want, when you want, add a smile, and strut your style with confidence. And be sure to check out all 8 of these amazing gals! I truly get inspiration from all of these women.
Grace of Graceful Rags is representing teenagers.
Michelle of Michelle’s Pa(i)ge is representing the 20-somethings.
Roxanne of Glass of Glam is representing the 30-somethings.
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge is representing the 40-somethings.
Rena of Fine Whatever is representing the 50-somethings.
Eugenia of Age of Grace is representing the 60-somethings.
Lesley of Jodie’s Touch of Style is representing the 70-somethings.
And Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style is representing the 80-somethings.
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