Your College - How To Make Communication Happen
Your College Kids – How To Make Communication Happen
October 3, 2015
image of minion
Stick With Your Strengths and Smile – Wordless Wednesday
October 7, 2015
Your College - How To Make Communication Happen
Your College Kids – How To Make Communication Happen
October 3, 2015
image of minion
Stick With Your Strengths and Smile – Wordless Wednesday
October 7, 2015

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.”Β Once a month I will feature an actual outfit…exactly the way I wore it!

What I Really Wore – Pastels In October

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!

pink gingham and white boyfriend jeans

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.


Shop This Look

(Your own Gingham Blouse from Spring/Summer)

Black Blazer (on sale)/Macy’s

Khaki Skirt (on sale)/JC Penney

Peep Toe Pump (on Sale)/JC Penney

Black Disk Necklace Set/Charming Charlie

Extra 20% off Columbus Day Sale + Free Shipping at $75 with code FALL at Valid 10/7-10/12

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?

Make Sure To Enter The Giveaway!

Fabulous Fall Giveaway Ad

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Catch all my fashion posts by clicking the little red follow tab at the bottom of the screen or Follow with Bloglovin’!

Check out the other fabulous fashion linkups I’m joining this week – My Linkups!

**There are affiliate links in this post. This not affect the price you pay at all, it just means I make a few cents if you click on an item that I found and recommended in this post. Thank you , so much, for supporting The FABulous Journey!
Loving It, Shellie


  1. Jennie says:

    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

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Haha Jennie, why yes it is!!! Pastels are happy colors for some of those cold, gloomy days.

  2. 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.


    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Thanks Alice…especially for those of us who don’t have winter πŸ˜‰

  3. Dawn Lucy says:

    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!

    Dawn Lucy

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      It really is, Dawn…life is not a catwalk and it helps to see outfits that are not quite so styled or curated.

  4. Thanks 4 linking up to Top of the World Style

  5. Paula R says:

    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 πŸ™‚ #BlogShareLearn

  6. Elena Peters says:

    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.

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Yeah, crappie huh? Well, then they must look about as good as an all-white crew neck shirt looks on me, then πŸ˜‰

  7. Love that shirt. You look fabulous in it! Arrived via #BlogShareLearn from Living with Batman.

  8. 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

  9. 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:)

  10. Mary R says:

    Dear Shellie,
    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…


    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Mary, I am so glad you found me! Yes, I think real people wear their clothes more than once πŸ˜‰

  11. Lorna Mai says:

    Well done for getting such a bargain, your gingham shirt is lovely and looks great with the white jeans. Have a great week!

  12. Jill says:

    I agree, pastels can be worn season to season! I love the pink gingham! What a great find!

    Doused In Pink

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      It was, you never know what you might find at second-hand stores…it’s the thrill of the hunt!

  13. Patti says:

    Why not pastels anytime? You look fabulous Shellie and thanks for linking, xo.


  14. 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