On July 16, 2011, I launched a page on Facebook and named it “Fifty, not frumpy.” I had begun the process of shopping for a whole new wardrobe after losing more than forty-five pounds at the age of fifty-four. I wasted lots of money buying things that weren’t right for my personality, my age or my lifestyle. Finding the right size is hard enough, but standing in the sea of choices in my local department store, I felt overwhelmed, confused and less confident by the hour. As a woman who had been working in some aspect of the fashion industry for more than thirty years, you might think this chore would have been child’s play for me. Not so much.
The most important lesson I’ve learned while blogging is that I don’t need to shop very often if I make wise choices. I stopped following other bloggers or even acknowledging the latest trends about three years ago. I realized the futility of trying to keep up with that vicious cycle and decided to be true to myself and show you our adventures and the classic basics I wear on repeat in a myriad of combinations.
My new French Kande gifted necklace was once again the right piece to go with my look. (Affiliate links in my posts may generate commissions for Susan After 60 Inc.)
On this past rainy Saturday, we explored the little town of Waynesville, North Carolina before having dinner at the Sweet Onion restaurant.
The Sweet Onion serves Southern style comfort food.
That’s my open handbag with my favorite scarf inside. Some of you asked me to show you how I use a scarf to fend off the air conditioning in restaurants. I fold it into a triangle and then put it over my shoulders and let the ends rest at my sides.
Another shipment of the blue and gray scarves is on the way. Sign up here to be notified when they arrive. This scarf is also available in several other color combinations. For example, the one shown below found here is more appropriate for warm coloring.
The other elements of my look have been worn many times here on the blog. The white linen jacket was found on a sale rack at Stein Mart a few years ago. The double layer V-neck tank was from Express last year. The pants are style 709 in black size small from my shopping site here. The VANELi Aliz Slingback pumps are from Nordstrom. The narrow black and silver belt was from T.J.Maxx a couple of years ago. The classic style black bag is also from the SusanAfter60 Shop here. The gray bags will be back in stock possibly as soon as Friday. I will be shipping all of your pending basic crepe knit dresses, tops and pants orders as soon as they arrive later this week.
Thank you so much for joining us on our fun blogging adventure. Mr. Mickey and I enjoy sharing our little part of the world, our fun adventures and our classic style with you. The second fifty years are the best!
Without external investment, I have built this site to honor and serve women of all ages and have stocked the shopping site with classic basics and accessories which you can wear in a variety of ways. I am committed to helping you stretch your wardrobe possibilities while looking your best. I continue to study trends and style advice from image experts and also nutrition so that the tips I share with you are never just me sharing my opinion. SusanAfter60.com is a site where women can share their thoughts, ask questions, gather style tips, local travel inspiration, and learn about nutrition.