Many style bloggers close out the year with a recap of their favorite looks. For the next few days, I will be showing you my favorite looks from 2016, but I am breaking this project down into categories and discussing the looks more in-depth. Like you, when I find an item that works for me, I enjoy wearing it often. My goal here is to share good ideas, helpful tips, where I found an excellent piece, or how and why I wore it.
Dusters have been in my wardrobe since the first one I bought way back in 1983. The long fringe edge duster cardigan is shown above, and below is one of my all-time favorites. I found it at Saks Off 5th last year, and I have worn it many times. I would buy six of those silver-gray tanks if Chico’s ever makes that color again. I always pair a long outer item with a short inside garment. If my jacket is short, I wear a long tank with it. When I wear two tops of the same length, the effect is too boxy and makes me look heavier.
I found this burnout fringe duster above at Dillard’s. I love it because it can be worn Boho style with jeans or dress up and wear it out to dinner with nice black pants. The reason long dusters work for me is that I have a flat, narrow behind. If you have a pear-shaped body, you may want to avoid wearing long tops because they draw attention to the behind.
The black duster above and below is from White House|Black Market. You may notice two things about these dusters. The bodice areas are clean and simple. I have a busty figure, so I do not wear wide lapels or ruffles because those details make that area appear even more abundant. If I wore a waterfall vest or cardigan, the waterfall feature should always start below my bust, not on or above it. The second thing to notice is that the textures are smooth and sleek. I never want to add any volume to my heavier upper body. When I wear a scarf, I always try to keep the bulk of the wrap or tie above my bustline.
I have worn the short gray cashmere cardigan from J.Jill above countless times. I work with three or four neutral colors so that most of my clothes are interchangeable. Why reinvent the wheel every day? Silvertone grays, white, black, denim blues, royal blue, and blue-red are the colors you will always find in my closet. I do not enjoy wearing a print on my body, so I have mostly solids. When I add a print, it usually comes in a scarf or maybe a fun clutch bag or filmy flowing vest.
The little royal blue cotton cardigan is from Lands’End. A lightweight short cardigan in a neutral color often comes with me. Shivering in a drafty restaurant is never fun.
When warmer weather arrives, I give up my jackets and cardigans to use a vest for my third piece. I wear the third piece as often as possible because this formula of layers works to visually smooth and conceal my middle. I have gained and lost about fifty pounds (several times) over my lifetime, so my midsection is not an area I ever want to show. During the past few years, I have maintained a healthy weight for the first time in my life. I read the book “Eat To Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman in 2011 to learn what to eat and why. I haven’t even had a cold since then, and I have kept my weight at about 145. (I am five feet six inches tall.)
The vest above and below is from J.Jill. The short sleeve tee is from White House|Black Market. The caper pants are from Fabrizio Gianni.
The vest below is several years old from Chico’s. I wore it here over a long tunic by Comfy from Purple Poppy.
I have several of these cascading vests by Covered Perfectly. They can be worn in many ways, even on a sweltering day. I always take one with me on a trip because they are so versatile and flattering.