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How to Borrow Clothes From Friends of Different Sizes

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How to Borrow Clothes From Friends of Different Sizes

I just love the idea to borrow clothes from your friends even if you don’t think you have the same style as them. Why? Because it makes you get creative with what you do have in your closet, and you might be pleasantly surprised that you like something different than what you normally purchase or wear.

Quote of the day: “Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence.” George Washington

This idea to borrow clothes came about when a friend asked me about the idea of being the kind of older gal whose younger friends want to wear your clothes. At the same time, there was a comment that a woman’s daughter had to borrow some of her clothes for work. Even though the mother and daughter had different body shapes/sizes, the daughter found some things to wear and was even complimented on the pieces.
Make sure to see how Charlotte styled the things from our two closets and how Lesley make our items work.

Remember the three of us are very different sizes and shapes from one another. This is not about being the same size. Don’t forget that jewelry, purses, hats, and scarves are all basically one size fits all.

How to borrow clothes from friends

I’m also sharing where we took the first half of these photos at the end of this post. Yes, there is a waterfall right in the middle of Phoenix. Not the kind you would imagine, but a waterfall all the same.

Borrow Clothes From My Mother

I grabbed 2 of my favorite things from my mom’s closet. In all honesty, I love many of my mom’s clothing and accessories, but I decided to go big with statement pieces.
I grabbed this sequin top and these pump earrings. More about these items is below.

Date night for women over 50

Dress: Arden B~~ Top: Made by Charlotte~~ Shoes: Sam & Libby ~~ Scarf: Gibby’s ~~ Earrings: ~~ Purse: It was my grandmas

First, let’s talk about the sequin top. My mom made it many years ago for a New Years’ party. She wore it for a post about how to dress up jeans many years ago. And while we were out and about taking photos she got oodles of compliments. And the compliments came from young and fun people!! I consider that a great testimonial for if a clothing item should stick around in our closet.

I decided to layer this top over a spaghetti strap dress. This kind of layering is one that I think we forget about many times. Instead of layering a cardigan or jacket over a dress, you can just as easily layer a top over it. Heck, don’t forget sometimes you can layer UNDER it also.
We did this trick many years ago with our how to wear a dress 3 different ways post.

Insider tip: Don’t automatically rule out a spaghetti strap dress thinking you always have to wear something over it. Because if you bought a dress with sleeves, that has the same coverage, you don’t have the variety with it. By layering, you can add all different tops over a spaghetti strap dress and change the look so easily.

The other items I pilfered from my mom’s wardrobe are these super fun red, high heel shoe earrings. She bought these at the Dior exhibition at the Denver Art Museum. I would have totally bought them if she hadn’t because they are whimsical and very lightweight.

Dressy outfit with sequins

Borrow Clothes from Lesley’s Closet

The 2 pieces I stole from Lesley are this vintage kimono and the matching hat.

You can see Lesley wearing this kimono when we talked about vintage and secondhand shopping. When Lesley styled this kimono, she styled it with jeans and a white tee and even used the velcro closure.

Yellow and burgundy

Dress: Joseph Ribkoff ~~ Kimono: Lesley’s~~ Shoes: Walking Cradles ~~ Earrings: ~~ Hat:

Therefore, I wanted to add a totally unexpected color to this burgundy kimono. Yellow is my favorite color and I believe it’s underappreciated. Sure, we pair yellow with blue very easily, but I think it goes with pinks and purples just as well. And in my thinking, burgundy is just a dark shade of pink.

As for the velcro closure, I decided to tuck the collar and sides inside to make it more open. This is a heavier material, so it stayed that way very easily.

I kept the burgundy throughout the rest of the outfit with the Walking Cradles pumps and Lesley’s burgundy hat. Heck, even my glasses have a burgundy, red frame.

For those of you who shy away from hats, I hope you will take the time to read a couple of my hat posts. I think they are not only functional (for keeping the sun off your face or for keeping you warm in the cold), but they also are great for camouflaging a bad hair day PLUS adding pizzazz to an outfit.

Beginning Guide to Style a Hat: 4 Tips That Will Make Hat Wearing Easy
Unlimited Options of Newsboy Hat Outfit and Tips for Winter Hats
5 Style Reasons to Embrace Hats-Yes You Do Look Good in Them

Lighten up a dark color and borrow clothes

Arizona Falls

One set of our photos were taken at a waterfall area right here in the city of Phoenix. I shared a short video of the place on Facebook a couple of weeks ago if you’re interested.
I loved reading the history of this site and finding such a gem right in our midst. Even from the road, you would just never know this place was here.

Many of the places we explore, I find on Only In Your State, when I get their daily email. I rarely look at their website, but it could be a great resource especially if you are traveling in the future.
No, this isn’t sponsored or an affiliate, just something I use personally and thought it could be helpful to you. I know we can google many things, but even Google doesn’t give you all of the information you want since Google depends on how you ask the questions.

And Rob got creative with an artsy photo of us through the water. It almost looks like it should be a piece of art on our wall!!

What Do You Think?

So have I convinced you to borrow clothes or accessories from your friends? Or have you tried my example of borrowing a men’s shirt?

I listed some great reasons why this could be a smart exercise in the first post of this series.

Borrow clothes

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

My Goal

Thank you for visiting my space on the internet. I like to showcase how it’s never too late to look great for women of any age, size, or working with any budget.
I feel I’m here to help move beyond the fashion rules of yesterday and evolve. Style and clothes are made to give you joy. Not cause us stress because we are worried about what others think.

My hope is that you get ideas and inspiration from Charlotte, Lesley, and myself. It’s not about copying what we wear, but about using what you already have and updating items along the way.
Most of all it’s getting us to think differently and dare I say, have fun?


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