Welcome to Dressed for My Day where my goal, with each and every post, is to encourage and help women just like me to simply get dressed – beautifully, authentically and appropriately – for our unique days. Even in our 50s and beyond we still have so much to contribute and so many reasons to show up. One of the places I sometimes have to remind myself that the most is in my marriage. My husband deserves to see me dress up a little for him occasionally…to put in a little extra effort and wear something flirty and feminine…just for him. So today I’m sharing a feminine floral blouse that I can easily pair with jeans or other things to wear for a casual date night.
Sometimes all it takes to look a little festive are some subtle frills and flounces. And this feminine floral blouse delivers without going overboard. It’s lightweight and fully lined except in the arms, where the sheer fabric makes the blouse look just a bit more flirtatious and feminine.
This particular floral blouse is available at Nordstrom and at Macy’s. The only problem is that the blouse I received from Nordstrom is not the blouse pictured on either website. It’s the same fabric, but it’s made like the green floral blouse (also lovely) shown with it. Confusing! I ordered the blouse even though there were clearly two different blouses shown because I really didn’t care which one I received. This blouse at Macy’s would probably be the other pattern, but in different floral prints. At any rate, I’ve filled the shopping widget below with other options as well. I hate for this post to get hung up on the discrepancy in the blouses, but I knew I needed to point it out to you.
Let’s get back to the gist of the post. Ha! While I tried on and liked this feminine floral blouse with my white jeans and white pants, I really just liked the juxtaposition it created with my straight leg jeans. I think the combination of a pretty spring floral and soft blue denim is so alluring and fresh. And I know this is definitely the combination my man would prefer for a date night.
By the way, at 5’8″ these straight leg jeans were really too long for me (in the regular length). I didn’t like the look of them rolled up, nor did I want them bunched up around my feet. So I just used my good sewing shears to cut them off at a length that works well for both heels and flats. I really prefer a raw hem these days anyhow. I think it looks more modern, youthful and fresh.
I think one of the loveliest trends to come out of the pandemic we’ve been experiencing is the wrap trend. In response to our need to dine and socialize outside more, the fashion industry amped up their production of beautiful wraps of all types. And I think this pink gauzy wrap (similar) is such a lovely addition to my wardrobe, working with so many things that I might wear for outdoor events. I’ve linked to several options in the shopping widget. Note that some of these are called scarves. But I just check the measurements carefully to ensure that it is at least 40″ wide and about double that in length so that it will drape on your shoulders nicely.
James and I rarely go out late. Especially in the spring and summer, it’s usually still light outside when we exit the restaurant. So I felt like my sand suede slide sandals were the right shoes for this spring date night ensemble. This sandal comes in other fabrics and colors, by the way, and it runs true to size.
I carried my Coach Cassie crossbody bag with the additional short strap. Here’s a more economical option. The point really is to carry something besides your large carry-all that you use day in and day out. Even accessories communicate that this is a special event.
I added dainty jewelry that has a feminine vibe. I meant to wear my baroque pearl necklace with this demi multi strand necklace, but I forgot it. I love layering on dainty necklaces and bracelets for a date night.
Because even the nicest restaurants that James and I frequent have very casual dress codes, this is the kind of date night outfit I’d wear to most anywhere we’d go during the spring and summer. And even if we’re meeting up with friends in their backyard for dinner or brunch, this feminine floral blouse paired with jeans would look appropriately festive and lovely.
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Blessed for My Day
I often lament that my life is not tidier. I want everything to run like clockwork, everything situated neatly in its place and emotions to stay pleasantly on an even keel. But life is rarely so neat and orderly. Instead laundry grows like wildflowers in the basket, dishes quickly mound in the sink, the car frequently needs to be cleaned out and interruptions keep my orderly to-do list unfinished and growing.
But I’m learning that a messy, full life is not necessarily a sign that I’m behind as much as it is an indication that I am blessed. So today when my a phone call from a loved one interrupts my work and the unwashed dishes glare at me when I step into the kitchen to refill my water glass, I’m going to remind myself that God has blessed me with meaningful work, love-filled relationships, a safe and warm home and an able body to do what I can…in the 24 hours I’m given. I’ll choose to rejoice instead of sighing. And I’ll carry on checking off as many boxes as possible, but not sweating the ones that go unchecked.
Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. ~ Proverbs 14:4