I can't believe it's been a couple of Wednesdays since I posted last. For all my planning to have a nice quiet December it has actually been a busy one. Good busy, but busy none the less.
With my fashion challenge officially over I debated whether or not to continue on with Fashion Wednesday but I am actually kind of liking clothes again so I think it will become a regular feature in the new year. Yes, I said "new year". I know we haven't even celebrated Christmas yet but the first will be her before you know it and I love a new beginning.
Now on to fashion. When I thought about continuing to post about fashion, more specifically fashion after 50, one of things that pushed me to continue was partly self serving. It's that age old thing called accountability. If I have to show you all the cute clothes out there and how more mature women can wear them, I kind of have to get dressed in more than my sweats and a t-shirt. Another factor was how hard I found it to find pictures of how ordinary women looked in those pretty outfits I have pinned on my fashion pinterest board.
Just to set the record straight from the beginning, here are a few of my specific body issues. (Come on, we all have them.)
I am 5'3'' tall (on a good day, if I stand up real straight) and I wear between a size 10 -12 petite. I am pear shaped with narrow shoulders and wider hips. Depending on who you ask, I am either lucky or cursed to be small busted and my rear end, which used to be my best feature, is now not quite as perky as it used to be. My small waist has widened as I've aged and my normally flat stomach now has a trendy baby bump, which is strange because I never gave birth to a baby. (My girls are adopted.)
I would like to lose 10 pounds and start a regular exercise program but I have decided that if I wait until I do I will never regain the confidence and sense of personal pride that dressing nicely brings. So I've decided to love the body I have right now, all the while trying to make smart choices about what I put into it and to include physical activity as often as possible.
I do not have an unlimited budget so my clothes are a combination of new, thrifted and gifted. I have learned what looks good on me and what does not. I am more classic than trendy but don't want to look matronly so I am willing to try and incorporate a little of the current styles into what I wear in real life. I don't work outside the home right now so my clothes are more casual. I love accessories and use them everyday. I am a visual person so I love to use pinterest and other blogs as a starting point.
I think that's a good start and probably more than you needed to know. The outfit I am wearing in this post was for a get together with a few of my favorite girlfriends for a Christmas brunch. I like the combination of lace and jeans in the pinterest picture and since I am not totally comfortable with skinny jeans, I love the flared boot cut jeans she's wearing.
I really like the lace top from The Loft that I'm wearing. It is actually a T-shirt and super comfortable. It was a bit of a splurge for me but I waited and snagged it at 50% off. It was worth it, I know I will wear it a ton. (Bare with my photography skills, the timer on my camera and I are not the best of friends yet but we will work out our issues eventually.)
I loved fashion when I was younger but my busy life and extra weight allowed me to tell myself it wasn't important to dress nice. Somehow by looking matronly or plain I was more pious than if I spent a little time and yes, money on myself. I'm not buying that anymore. Like most of life, it's all about priorities. What about you? Is it hard for you to focus on yourself in this way?
Jeans - Levis from Kohls
Top - The Loft
Belt - Target
Booties - Macy's (my Christmas gift this year from my mom and I absolutely adore them!)
Necklace and earrings - Kohls
Watch - Walmart
I'm linking up with GYPO for I feel pretty
The Pleated Poppy for What I wore Wednesday
Ginger side of Life for The Oh, Hey Girl