Emails I’ve received this week asked for additional general styling tips and examples of casual combos. So today, I’ll share more information that helps me make the most of what is already in my closet.
The three looks I’m showing you are what I wore today. The morning started cool, so I wore a cashmere sweater and derby shoes. The day warmed up while running my errands, so I changed to a lightweight top and short boots. (I have the top in size 1 and size 2. The smaller size for layering and the larger size if I want to wear it without another layer.) I still had one more stop to make when it started to rain.
Discover your perfect outfit. Knowing the looks that suit your shape and everyday lifestyle make it easier to dress in the morning, and you’ll always feel comfortable. Then, build the rest of your outfits around your signature look.
Subtle changes in fabrics, color, and the cut of garments make them look modern or dated. Collars and necklines are the most significant recent changes in my wardrobe choices. I mainly wore V-necklines in the nineties because they flatter my face shape and minimize a large bust. However, in the past couple of years, I have fully embraced the collared shirt. They still feature a slightly V-neckline by leaving the top couple of buttons undone, but a collar is much more attractive and comfortable as I age.
Some of my shirts and blouses are five years old, but they have held up well because I wear them in rotation and take care of them. They are staples that I wear year-round.
If we dress in the style or the actual clothing from our favorite period, we can appear stuck in an era. For example, I love the minimal classic style from the nineties, but I don’t own any clothing (other than an opera coat) actually from the nineties.
Some of the questions I ask when I’m getting dressed. Is it appropriate for where I am going? Will I be warm enough? Are the fabric, cut, and color flattering? How old is this garment, shoes, bag, etc.? Sometimes when I reach for something on repeat, I don’t notice how worn or faded it has become. So I take questionable pieces out into natural light to evaluate the actual condition.
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