Do you wear prints? I have never enjoyed wearing a print on my body, but I love to add something extra with a print scarf tied to my bag or draped around my neck. The classic prints can work with anything in your wardrobe, and they always look elegant.
Classic prints include chains, equestrian and nautical, dots, stripes, geometrics, and the Greek key. Floral prints can be tricky to wear repeatedly because they tend to be so memorable. There is also the tone on tone print, which is technically a print but uses different textures. The pants I am wearing in these photos are black tone on tone in a reptile print.
The top is by Covered Perfectly here. I tucked it in and then pulled it out a bit for softer draping because I didn’t want it to be longer than the jacket. The jacket was from White House|Black Market a couple of years ago. The pants are by Eric via Stein Mart a couple of years ago. The shoes are also old by Franco Sarto. The bag was from Express a few years ago.
I will wear something for a couple of years, and then all of a sudden, I put it on, and it no longer feels right for me. Such is the case with these pants. They are now in the donate box. (The jacket may be next. I like it better with white than black.) Having my picture taken so often allows me to assess what is working for me and what is decidedly no longer appropriate for me. This practice is not being overly critical, just realistic. These pants fit in the waist and hips but look too tight in the legs.
Another reality is that my body is changing as I age. Weight shifts and the body changes, so I am careful to tweak my wardrobe along with these changes. My hair was starting to thin a lot on top, so I got it cut shorter. Long thinning hair is never a good look. The texture and shape of my face are also changing, so I stopped wearing foundation. Instead of enhancing my features, the foundation settled into the creases and lines and brought attention to them.
When I cut my hair shorter, a few people wrote that I looked younger with longer hair. The truth is, I don’t aspire to appear more youthful. Looking my best at whatever age I am is a much more realistic goal for me. I am celebrating living past the age of sixty. This is the very best time of my life!
Below are some examples of the classic prints I mentioned above. As soon as the weather breaks, I will do a wardrobe recap from my latest vacation. (Today, we have snow.) Without adequate natural lighting, taking photographs is a futile effort.
The scarf above is in a geometric print. The scarf above is an example of a floral pattern.
This scarf shows an example of an equestrian print.
The scarf above shows an example of chains combined with animal print.
A classic print that I failed to mention is paisley.
The goldtone border shown on this embroidered bag is the Greek Key pattern.
This lace-trimmed jacket is another example of tone on tone.