“Are there any looks you wore in your fifties that you would not wear now?” Today, my answers to this question are focused on my most casual looks.
Since I often work at home, a pair of soft knit black pants, a tank with a cardigan, and a pair of slip-on sneakers were mostly my uniform. I am slowly replacing those casual knit pants and some of those tank tops with something more substantial. Lightweight fabrics that are slim fitting and smooth often show too many lumps and bumps, even when they are black. I am now finding that casual tops made from materials with texture are much more flattering and comfortable. I will be more mindful of fabric textures with future purchases.
I have become very aware of the way garments fall and move. Having my picture taken hundreds of times each week in all lighting types has taught me things I would never have known otherwise. While I am cropping those photos, I am often struck by how different something looks in daylight and a natural setting. In the mirror, it looked okay but not so much in real-life situations.
Last year, I learned of the Focus line from my friend Mitzi. She wears their tops all the time, and she looks great even when just hanging out at home. The fabrics have texture, but they are lightweight so that they flow across your body or stand away from it so that every lump, bump, and roll isn’t showing through. The designer of this line always uses decorative buttons and other details to look put together even without accessories. This is my newest top by Focus, and I got it from ShopMyFairLady.com. I like the fact that it buttons down the front to also wear it open like a jacket over a tank for another look on a cooler day. This look is comfortable for wearing at home, but I am also acceptably dressed to make a run to the post office, bank, or grocery store.
These ankle-length pants are a new style in a vintage denim fabric from Lior Paris. The pants have a smooth, soft waistband, and the material is very soft and supple, not stiff like regular denim. The pants are also from ShopMyFairLady.com. (I just made another purchase from them today, and I can’t wait to show you those items too.)
The Espadrille style sandals with stretch straps are by Ralph Lauren via Dillard’s last year. The wicker bag is from J.McLaughlin purchased last year.