Hello, and welcome to Dressed for My Day. LOL! I have to chuckle at that because I never did get dressed for my day yesterday! At least not for the day I had planned. It was one of those crazy days taken up with yucky housekeeping in the morning (sweeping, mopping, changing linens and cleaning bathrooms) and technology mayhem in the afternoon. So all day long I wore my workout clothes. Ha! I guess I was dressed for the day I really had.
But today I’m getting dressed to go out to coffee with some gals from church and later lunch with a dear friend. So I will probably put on something resembling this blue floral top and white jeans. Yep, I’m putting down the mop for a day with gal pals.
To keep this fairly basic blue and white outfit interesting, I finished it off with my indigo striped d’orsay flats. So yes, when it comes to pattern mixing this is a pretty tame effort, but it works beautifully.
Honestly, sometimes when we slightly older gals mix a lot of patterns or accessorize with big statement pieces we can look like we’re trying too hard. So I’d rather stay on the side of less than more.
Do you have your white jeans for the spring and summer?
They can be tricky to find in just the right fit and denim weight. But these from Loft served me well last year, and I’m sticking with them this spring and summer. I have them in the curvy fit, which I generally turn to for white or pastel colored jeans. But I’m wearing them in my normal jeans size, 6. If the white jeans don’t come in a curvy fit, I’d go up a size probably. That little extra bit of room seems to be crucial for modesty and tasteful fit when it comes to white denim.
You can see other ways I styled these white jeans last spring and summer here.
I discovered in my first annual reader survey that many of you shop a lot at Old Navy. I was quite surprised because, honestly, I hadn’t been in an Old Navy since my kids were in high school. But when I checked it out recently I discovered why you gals like to shop there. They have a very wide range of sizes, modern pieces for a fraction of the cost you’d pay elsewhere and so much to choose from.
This cotton blue floral wrap blouse is also available in solid black and a sweet yellow and white polka dot, but the one I’m wearing is marked down. I’m wearing a small, which is my normal size in such tops. It’s also quite comfortable.
What about accessories?
You could certainly add a fun yellow statement necklace inside the v-neck of this shirt, but I chose to go with my new dainty layering necklaces. I’m really enjoy the whimsy and youthfulness of these pretty little pieces. You can buy these as a set or individually. I’m wearing, from top to bottom, the Chloe Charm Adjustable necklace, the Chloe Mini necklace and the Super Star necklace. They’re also available in silver.
My indigo striped d’orsay flats fit true to size and actually fit quite comfortably. I wouldn’t wear them shopping all day, but I’ve worn them several times out to lunch or coffee or a movie. Oh, and I thought while I was drawing your attention to these sweet striped flats, I’d also mention these red striped driving moccasins. Darling! I’ve found that novelty shoes like this are much more versatile than you might first think.
I’m carrying my Fossil convertible crossbody as a clutch. Sometimes I forget that I can do that! But just slipping that strap off really does elevate the handbag and thus the outfit. My earrings and bracelet are no longer available. But Gorjana, where I got the necklaces, has some amazing options that would create a similar look.
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Do you have women in your life to whom you give courage, affirmation and support? Do you have those kinds of gals in your life? Let’s be the kind of women who create community rather than competition. Let’s be women who cheer on our sisters rather than compete with them. I’ve found that there’s plenty of room at the table for all of us if we’ll just scooch over a tad. And even if she, at first, seems to bring the same thing to the table that I brought, I soon learn that there’s a different flavor to each person’s offering. When we focus on what we have in common, the beauty of our differences will delight us rather than threaten us. That’s when we’ll find ourselves celebrating each other rather than criticizing. Who could you make room for today?
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. ~ Proverbs 27:17