Admittedly, inspiration is an essential part of fashion blogging. Because of this, I often style outfits in a creative way so that my readers can take something away that they might want to use or try themselves. But, I also realize I am writing for real women who are living real lives.
So, I decided to add a new monthly feature to fab fashion over 40. Today is my first addition of “What I Really Wore.” Once a month I will feature an actual outfit…exactly the way I wore it!
Here’s how I wore this pink gingham blouse earlier in the summer. I mean, let’s face it, we wear our clothes more than once!
Often, we relegate pastel colors to Spring and Summer. But, I think pastels can be carried into the cool months. The important thing is finding a darker color to anchor the lighter pastel colors. This gives them a heavier feel that is more suited to cooler temperatures. Not only does the black anchor the breezy pink color, but it provides an attractive contrast.
(Your own Gingham Blouse from Spring/Summer)
Khaki Skirt (on sale)/JC Penney
Peep Toe Pump (on Sale)/JC Penney
Black Disk Necklace Set/Charming Charlie
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Do you have a pastel button-up to give this look a try? If you don’t, it might be time to check out your local second-hand or consignment store. In fact, that’s exactly where I found my pink gingham blouse from Land’s End…oh, and did I mention it cost me $4.00?
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Love your gingham shirt! I like the idea of incorporating my pastels into my fall and winter wardrobe, too. Is that a polka dot texture on your blazer? Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday!
Jennie – A Pocketful of Polka Dots
Haha Jennie, why yes it is!!! Pastels are happy colors for some of those cold, gloomy days.
I agree that pastels can be worn year round. So pretty in pink!
Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.
Thanks Alice…especially for those of us who don’t have winter 😉
I love it, Shellie! I think sharing what we really wear is important too! My work bestie & I try to take a pic every day so people can see what real teachers really wear on a daily basis. It’s a great feature to add to your blog. You always have the best ideas!
Thanks for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!
It really is, Dawn…life is not a catwalk and it helps to see outfits that are not quite so styled or curated.
Thanks 4 linking up to Top of the World Style
Love it! I actually have TWO gingham tops (pink and turquoise) and a black blazer hanging in my closet so I could definitely wear this. I’d probably go with black slacks as well, rather than khaki – only because I don’t wear a lot of khaki, but I like your suggestions very much and will definitely consider trying them out rather than automatically putting away all my spring/summer things. Thanks for the great ideas! Paula R 🙂 #BlogShareLearn
Great Paula, give em a try!
That shirt looks so good on you! I don’t know why but button shirts look like crap on me. I’m so jealous when I see someone look so great in them. Always a pleasure to have you link to #BlogShareLearn.
Yeah, crappie huh? Well, then they must look about as good as an all-white crew neck shirt looks on me, then 😉
Love that shirt. You look fabulous in it! Arrived via #BlogShareLearn from Living with Batman.
Thanks Sarah…so glad you stopped by!
I love it. I think that pink pastel would also look great with dark gray. I like working with what I have year round. There isn’t much except wool that I put away during summer months. You are styling, woman! #BlogShareLearn
I agree and I think navy blue would be fabulous as well!
Shellie, this looks great on you! If we didn’t wear our clothes more than once, that would be almost a sin. Of course, some get worn more than others:)
Yes Tania, creativity is the key! Thanks, so much, for stopping by.
I’m so happy to find your blog! This post is especially fun… I love style bloggers who refashion basic pieces for year-round wear in creative ways!
I also read a few other posts, and I really like the positive tone of your blog! I’m now following you…
Hi Mary, I am so glad you found me! Yes, I think real people wear their clothes more than once 😉
Well done for getting such a bargain, your gingham shirt is lovely and looks great with the white jeans. Have a great week!
Thanks Lorna, same to you!
I agree, pastels can be worn season to season! I love the pink gingham! What a great find!
Doused In Pink
It was, you never know what you might find at second-hand stores…it’s the thrill of the hunt!
Why not pastels anytime? You look fabulous Shellie and thanks for linking, xo.
I wholeheartedly agree…wearing any color including pastels in the winter months is exactly what we should do!! In fact I have on my pastel plaid shirt as we “speak”! And great deal on that gingham shirt!! jodie
It didn’t even look like it had hardly been worn!