Invaluable Clothing Advice for Women of All Ages
The clothing advice for the week is going to be invaluable for all women. Sure, our idea was to showcase our Old Navy items and talk about how this store CAN work for women over fifty. Yet, there’s a lesson for all of us in this idea.
Maybe you judge a store or even a style of clothing even before you try it? I’m sure all of us do that. But hopefully, after seeing how Charlotte (who is in her 80’s) and Lesley (who is in her 70’s) both wore a fabulous outfit with pieces from Old Navy, you will now be open to pretty much any store.
Quote of the day: “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” Louise May Alcott
What is my Old Navy item? This button up dress was found last December on final sale at the Old Navy outlet store. Can you even guess how much I spent? Let’s just say, it was under $5. Granted I didn’t get to wear it for the first 3 months that I had it. Although I bet I could have gotten creative and styled it over a sweater and leggings.
Here is when I wore it in March with Cathie as it’s intended!!
I would say my best clothing advice is to stop worrying so much about what is right and wrong. Of course I always say to have fun with your clothes and style, but I know it’s hard for women. We have been conditioned for so long that we shouldn’t wear this at a certain age, or other such hogwash.
Granted we all feel comfortable with certain styles, but I will hypothesize that much of that comfort is only because we are used to dressing that way.
My husband will say that I’m swimming upstream to try to get older women to try new things. However, it’s been such a freeing and positive thing for me, so I keep hoping others will take baby steps to have fun with their own style.
What is Fun Style?
Of course that’s going to be different for everyone? Fun is a subjective term, and everyone will interpret it in their own way.
But let me give you a couple of examples with my outfit.
1-Wearing the button up dress as a duster. This is not the first time we’ve explored this idea on the blog, but the more you hear it, the more you’ll remember it.
2-Find ways to make things work. Just like in my Shop your Closet series, you can find fixes to the things you don’t like. This top? It’s a tad too low for my liking. But instead of throwing it out, I wear a Halftee under it (more about Halftees below). This skirt is also a bit tighter than I tend to wear, but with the duster over it, it’s not as obvious.
3-The purse is oversized. How many times have you read that shorter women shouldn’t carry a big purse? It says it’s out of proportion and makes me look smaller. Oh come on. Who has time to evaluate all of those details, and who really cares?
Halftees are basically a camisole that doesn’t cover your midriff. There is a band that holds the shirt down under the girls (which means you need to get your correct size and not one that is too big. Otherwise, it will ride up).
Why would you want one of these? I didn’t when I lived in Denver. But once we moved to Arizona, the thought of an extra layer wasn’t one I was excited about in the hundred degree heat. Yet there are times, I still need a little extra coverage.
The Halftee top I’m wearing under this olive green top is one of their sleeveless versions. It looks like this style is sold out although they have something similar in the short sleeve. Many of their styles sell out quickly because it’s such an innovative idea.
If you want to check them out, here is the link and use code Jtouch20 for 20% off. I am an ambassador for them now that I’ve discovered how wonderful they work for my wardrobe. That means if you do purchase any, I get a small commission.
BTW, they are also reversible so if you prefer even more coverage, you can easily turn them around. They have some styles in sizes up to 6X and even some other clothing (I’m not sure why, but they do).
Shopped My Closet
People say that a lot on Instagram. I shopped my closest. Meaning they didn’t go out and buy anything new for the post. And I could say the same thing about this outfit.
You’ve seen the skirt when I wore it as a top AND then a skirt.
The top has been worn with my mustard jeans (and using a Ruby Ribbon bra as the cami).
I can’t remember wearing these heels lately, but I’ve had them since I was working which was over 8 years ago. I’m sure they are in some of the first couple of years posts that we did.
And now more clothing advice since I’ve gotten off the subject of talking about Old Navy. Go to various stores to get your clothes. Try new things. Mix and match all kinds of different styles and colors. You know. Have fun with your clothes!!!
BTW, I’ve even been trying Old Navy’s work out wear. You can see the proof in my Weekly Wrap up post. They are certainly budget oriented. I can’t tell you how long they will last since I’ve only just bought them, but I’ll keep you in the loop.
I did switch out my heels to a pair of Walking Cradles sandals for our adventure for the day. These are the Avery shoes and are so comfortable that I wore them all over the Caribbean’s when we took our cruise a couple of years ago.
What did we do this day?? We toured a local candy company called Cerreta Candy and they even have an online store if you’re interested. Their candy was absolutely delicious!!
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 other’s think.
My hope is that you get ideas and inspirations 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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