“Are there any looks you wore in your fifties that you would not wear now?” I enjoy getting good questions from readers because they encourage me to narrow my focus and discuss something a bit more.
Running two businesses and having a constant flurry of activities and social engagements mean I need to make decisions quickly and just go with them. I never have more than an hour from the shower to out the door, which means my closet needs to be in top notch order and include only the items I can wear comfortably. Let’s talk about that word “comfortable” for a moment. When I was younger with firm, toned, smooth legs, I wore mid-thigh length khaki skirts and even shorts with flat sandals in summer. I wore dresses that showed the shape of my body. I do not own any of these items now. Shorts might be a little cooler than ankle pants but not by that much. I am more comfortable not showing my legs at all now.
We often attend events where cocktail dresses or an evening pants set would be appropriate. It might be ninety degrees, but that does not mean I would be comfortable in a plunging cocktail dress with a slit half way up my thigh. Comfort has much more to do with how a garment makes me feel about myself than how it feels on my body.
When I show you what I wore and mention where we were going, it is my hope that you can get an idea of what might work for you at a similar event and weather. I often wear classic pieces that can be purchased at every price point. My summer evening looks typically include pants that skim my body in a lightweight fabric that moves with me and falls smoothly. My favorite evening pants include the ones I am wearing here which are by Clara Sunwoo via ShopMyFairLady.com, The Basic Black Crepe Pants from my shopping site here, and my Travellers Classic No Tummy Pants from Chico’s. If I only had three pairs of black pants, it would be these. You may never see me in a pair of leggings again.
I have enjoyed wearing my collection of high heels for many years, but now I am more comfortable in lower heels, so you will see fewer stilettos on my feet in the future. (I will share some of my new lower heeled shoe purchases with you soon!) The shoes I am wearing here are by Bar III from Macy’s last year.
The IC Collection Jacket in Fuchsia is also from ShopMyFairLady.com. They offer us a discount when we use the code May17. So that I might unbutton the jacket while I am seated, I wore a black Microfiber Contemporary Tank from Chico’s. I buy a size larger tank top than I normally wear in other styles of tops. It will not matter that the arm holes are too big because I would never remove my jacket.
On this evening we were on our way out to dinner at Gourmet & Company and then to the final performance of the season for the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra.