Over the past few days I have been sharing my favorite looks from 2016 and explaining why they are right for my shape or my lifestyle. I hope you have enjoyed this project and that perhaps it has provided some helpful tips for you. Today I am sharing the final installment of the year in review.
I almost always wear a jacket when we go out in the evening. Accessories and a great jacket added to my basic tank and pants can take me anywhere in style. The comfortable red jacket shown above is appropriate for events in cooler weather. It is by IC Collection from ShopMyFairLady.com. Use the code (Holidays) to get 15% off until the end of December.
The jacket shown below is also from ShopMyFairLady.com but it is a couple of years old. They always have similar jackets which have sheer details throughout which make them the perfect cool coverup to wear in summer.
Size and shape have nothing to do with my choice to wear jackets for evening. I have never been comfortable showing lots of skin but most definitely not at sixty. I am never deceived into believing that candlelight will make me look good in a skimpy cocktail dress. I always wear something similar to the looks above and below to black tie optional events.
When I attend a wedding, give a speech or attend a special luncheon, I often wear one of my navy blue sets by IC Collection. I am never confident or comfortable in a dress, so these pant sets serve me well. The color navy can be a winner for anyone in any situation. You can wear gold or silver with it, and it flatters almost every complexion. I am lucky to have one pair of navy suede shoes that are a good match for this look, but normally I wear nude shoes with navy. Both these sets are from ShopMyFairLady.com. They often have what I am looking for, or they will try to find it for me, so that is always the first place I check when I need something for a special event.
My travel wardrobe must be comfortable, interchangeable, and look good right out of my bag. The black items I wear are often from the collection of basics found in my shop. Whenever we go away for the weekend, these pieces go in my bag every time. I take the wide strap tank, the three-quarter sleeve top with a low neckline, both the basic and the straight leg pants and the topper. Add a few colorful satin or silk scarves along with a white jacket as well as a pair of straight leg jeans and I can be dressed for anything in five minutes. These pieces dress up or down equally well.
Black and white are the dominant colors in my wardrobe of easy to mix and match separate pieces. I take a good hard look at these items each time I wear them. Has the color started to fade? Is any part of the garment starting to wear thin or pill?
Basic items that are often worn such as underwear, socks, tanks and tees should get replaced about every six months. Keep in mind that if you have six white tees that you wear in constant rotation, they will all last longer than if you only have one tee that you wash and wear three times a week. White items will start to look dingy after a while no matter how carefully you launder them. If you hold your old faithful (which you have washed twenty times) up next to your new white tee in natural sunlight, you will see what I mean. If you dry clean your white jackets often, they will start to get more off-white each time. I love white, but I don’t automatically reach for it without giving it a good hard look first. My closet and my laundry room both have daylight bulbs installed so that I can see true colors.
The outdated rule of “Never wear white after Labor Day” has thankfully been put to rest. If we are still following our mother’s style cues, we might be dating ourselves. Mixing your handbag color and shoe color is much more current than matching them, for one example. I never wear my fashion jewelry for more than two or three years. I wore big clip on earrings in the eighties with my short hair, but I wouldn’t touch them now.
Speaking of white; white jackets are always part of my basic wardrobe. I have a short white trench coat, white denim jackets, white blazers, and white cropped jackets. They go with everything, but they do not last very long for the reasons stated above. They are always rotating out of my collection as they start to lose their luster. When I buy new white jackets, I always look for edgy details because I never want them to look like lab coats. Since I do not plan to keep the white jackets for very long, I always look for them at the end of summer on the sale racks.
Head to Toe
Honoring the seasons of our lives allows us to remain elegant and appropriate. Some of the things I loved in my fifties will no longer be part of my style. My hair will never be shoulder length again. I will never color it again because it looks good for about three weeks and then it turns brassy and looks all wrong for the next year. I recently read the statement, “If you have had the same hairstyle for three years, it might be time for a new look or maybe a new stylist.” That is a great rule to continue to follow. Wearing the same style for too long can make us look less than our best. The angled smooth bob has been around for a few years, but it is certainly not a good look for everyone. My stylist asks her new clients about their lifestyles and takes into consideration their whole look from head to toe to help them come up with a cut and color that works in their favor. She never limits her view to just the torso in her chair. A hairstyle that is too large or too small for our body can make us look out of balance. My hair is totally different in summer than it is in winter. Dry heat makes it straight and unmanageable, so I blow dry it smooth in the winter. In the humidity of summer, it is curly, so I just let it air dry and do its thing. Working with what you have naturally is always easier.
I couldn’t wait to grow up and wear makeup! I still remember watching old black and white movies at four years old and thinking that wearing red lipstick must be the very best part of being an adult. It’s also time for a reality check in that department. Wearing too much makeup might look OK in a photo, but in life, I know that it isn’t serving me well. The quality of my skin is different now. I have started wearing much less than I did in previous years. Keeping an open mind is very youthful. Doing something because you have always done it can be very aging.
High heels have been my trademark for most of my adult life, but they are no longer added to my shopping carts. I am buying more block heels that are lower than four inches, flats, and wedges but no more four inch stilettos. You will still see me wearing them occasionally since I have more than a hundred pairs in my collection, but I will not be adding new ones. If you are still rocking the heels, check out my shop often. I am selling many like news pairs from my collection, and more items will be added this week.