“Are there any looks you wore in your fifties that you would not wear now?” Today, my answers to this question are targeted toward 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 which 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 fabrics 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 types of lighting 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 fine 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 so that you 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 so that I can 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 fabric is very soft and supple, not at all stiff like regular denim. The pants are also from ShopMyFairLady.com where they are giving us a discount with the code: May17. (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.