Flutter Sleeves

Design details elevate an otherwise plain garment and take it to the next level without being too busy. This summer, I’ve added a few tops that feature interesting sleeves. I chose this top for the flutter sleeves, V-neckline, and length.

A top that hits mid-hip with a v-neckline and a slim-fitting body is usually flattering on my shape. In addition, a solid neutral such as black, white, navy, or red allows me to wear a top in more ways.

The pants are here, and the top is here. A similar top is here. I am wearing a size medium top and a size small pants. The shoes are here. A similar orange clutch bag is here.

The Three Graces Coin necklace is here. (Use the code SAS10 for $10 off any one item at Beauty in Stone Jewelry.)

I wore this look to enjoy a Friday dinner date at our favorite local restaurant, Gourmet and Company.

We enjoyed the most delightful pasta dish with seared scallops, truffles, and fried cheese-stuffed squash blossom. So good!

Mr. Mickey dreamed up this dessert of ice cream on a warm brownie, and our server was happy to put it together for him. They have fresh pastries at the front counter, so don’t forget those when you order a sweet treat.

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  1. This outfit looks stunning on you Susan. I was looking at the pants on the website and I like the fact that they’re a pull-on style because you don’t have the bulk in front with the zipper, Do you see the gathering at the waist or are these pants you would only wear with a top out? I was surprised to see they’re dry clean only. Have you had them dry cleaned yet? Just wondering how they hold up.

    1. I have not had them dry cleaned yet, but I’m happy to say they are super comfortable and soft. I will most likely wear these pants with short tops and never tuck them in.

  2. Dry clean only? Considering that the pants are unlined and are made of 100% synthetic fibers, not subject to shrinkage as cotton and wool are, if I owned them would not hesitate to wash them in cool water, gentle cycle, and hang to dry. “Dry clean only” can be used to scare people who don’t know the properties of fibers into playing it safe and perhaps avoiding complaints. Why go to the expense of dry cleaning when it isn’t necessary?

  3. I love this upscale, casual look. When I looked at the pants website they say “ankle length” yet they look more crop length on you. Did you have them taken up. I would prefer the shorter length for summer as it appears on you.

  4. The Dillard’s website actually says to “dry clean” the pants, which doesn’t preclude machine washing and hanging to dry. “Dry clean ONLY” is different and means an item really does need to be dry cleaned. Hope this helps.

  5. Thanks so much for addressing the lovely benefits of flutter sleeves. I did the same thing this summer and have purchased probably four new tops, all hip bone length. They each have a different type of flutter, all have either v-neck or slightly scooped. Two are white, one is a beautiful sky blue and the other is navy. And they each work with all my slacks/jeans. I dress them up for dinners with jewelry and wedge sandals and a small straw or woven handbag in fuchsia or orange. Daytime they look put together with a small tote or satchel bag, rattan earrings and lower, more casual sandals. You do us a fabulous service, Susan. Thanks so much, and keep up the loving job you do.

  6. You look so pretty, cool. and comfortable but dressed up. Hi to Mr. Mickey. I really enjoy your blog.

  7. You always look lovely and put together. I read in a previous blog that you eliminated some of your heavier jewelry- does that include your French Kande pieces? I miss seeing those pieces on you.

  8. Susan, longtime follower of your blog. I purchased several dresses from your shop in 2016 that I still wear today — perfect for traveling! I don’t mean to derail your post, but I was wondering if you might share the link to your friend who blogs about travel and cruising. I looked through the archives but couldn’t find it. Thanks very much, and thank you for continuing to inspire us with your style and fashion wisdom!

  9. Really classy look! On white blouses, do you wear a camisole or is a nude bra enough? I love white blouses but struggle what to wear as foundation.

  10. Susan, with the recent changes you have made in your life, you appear to be pretty content. I love your outfit and appreciate the posts.

  11. I love your style and I love the look of a great flutter sleeve but…. Do you even have issues trying to keep your sleeves out of your dinner? I feel like I’ll reach for my drink and swish my sleeve into something.

  12. I enjoy your Blog and look forward to new ones as reading the others over and over. Classic has always been my style, when I didn’t wear a uniform. Retirement has changed my closet some, so thanks for your help.

  13. Susan, I so look forward to your posts. There is always some little tip that helps me in culling my closet. On another note: I am so grateful for your recommendations for Beautycounter skin care. I love it. It has become my go to these days and I am so pleased at the result.

  14. Susan, your blog today is very timely. I am Diane, Divinely grateful after 80. Trying not to be an eyesore in the world. I searched the stores far and wide for a “casual” mother of the bride dress. They were all housedress, bunchy awful – even a young body would not look well in them. Online, I found a beautiful, A-line, simple denim blue dress, V neck with flouncy sleeves at the elbow. It elevates my short body, and the sleeves give it elegance. Thank you for your wonderful, uplifting blog. I’m always inspired.

  15. Oh boy, does that dinner and dessert look good! Love your outfit! You look better in the top than the model does. And those shoes…I ordered them the last time you featured them. Very classy looking.
    What a great example of a simple, yet elegant outfit for a dinner date. Love it!

  16. Would you ever purchase this top in the hot pink? I really like it, but am afraid it would be too memorable.

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