Happy Monday dear friends. I awoke to a beautiful sunny day so I thought I’d share with you an outfit that is equally cheerful and spring-like. I’m styling a familiar graphic tee and floral kimono for a fun spring look.
Of course, I’m also wearing my white jeans, which are always a good choice for spring…in my book. I’ve recently been asked by several readers and YouTube viewers if it’s appropriate to wear white jeans at their ages. I really don’t see anything wrong with wearing white jeans at any age. I’d think the more restricting factor might be size. White jeans or pants can add visual weight. But if you style them right you can avoid that to some degree, too.
DFMD Resource: If you’re wondering how to dress appropriately for your age, occasion or anything else, check out this previous post, How to Build an Appropriate Wardrobe.
My white jeans feature a button fly, but it’s quite easy to “do and undo.” I appreciate the straight leg style and ankle length. They’re currently available for 30-40% off (depending on your purchase amount) with code SALETIME. They run true to size. I’m wearing a 30, but they’re quite roomy on me.
DFMD Resource: For more information on how to shop for and style white jeans for spring and summer, check out my recent video, How to Wear White Jeans Like a Boss.
My graphic tee probably looks familiar to you, too. I’ve worn in it recent How I Really Dressed for My Day posts (I post those most Fridays), but I also shared it last week with a white cotton linen blend blazer. This vintage cotton “beach rose” t-shirt has become a favorite because of its soft hues and easy vibe. It’s also 30-40% off with code SALETIME. I’m wearing a medium.
It might surprise you that I paired this graphic tee with a floral kimono. But this is exactly the kind of bold fashion choice that I love to include in my outfits. Mixing prints and patterns continues to be very “in,” and I think it adds a touch of whimsy and joy to an outfit, especially a casual ensemble that is meant to evoke a little levity anyhow.
The key to mixing prints is simply to combine things that have something in common, something that links the two, even if it’s small. Here both my floral kimono and my t-shirt feature roses. And the kimono also has significant touches of the soft aqua blue/green of the tee.
My floral kimono was a gift, and it’s quite pricey. But because this 100% silk Johnny Was kimono is reversible (you’ll see the other “feline” side in an upcoming blog post), I look forward to wearing it frequently this spring and summer…and for years to come. Like I said, it’s a gift, and I might not would have even shared it here except that I absolutely love kimonos and wear them quite frequently in the spring and summer. But you better believe I’ve hunted down lots of more economical choices for us and included them in the shopping widget below. But I’m quite partial to the kimonos I found at Anthropologie, especially this printed cocoon and this lizzy cocoon.
Style Tip: You absolutely can wear a kimono at any height and size. Just look for one that is proportional to your frame. Many kimonos even come in petite sizes.
But if this lovely silk floral kimono is by chance in your budget, let me just sing its praises for a minute. Not only is it reversible, but it also has side pockets that are functional regardless of which side you’re wearing it on. What?!?! I was so impressed when I discovered that little feature. I’m thinking of this floral kimono as an investment piece (even though it was a gift) and looking for multiple ways to wear it. In fact, you’ll be seeing it again for sure.
DFMD Resource: For more tips for styling kimonos for spring and summer check out these previous posts.
I think another element that really helps this mixed pattern look work is the playful pop of color with my yellow satchel bag. This economical Target purchase has proven to be a wise move. But I definitely think that adding this bold pop of color in an accessory here keeps the look balanced and pulled together. You can see another outfit I wore carrying this yellow satchel here.
My metallic sandals are several years old, but you can find similar sandals most anywhere. I’ll link to some in the shopping widget below. These from Talbots (not in the widget) are 50% off.
Because there was so much going on elsewhere with my graphic tee and floral kimono, I kept my jewelry minimal. I simply wore my silver teardrop earrings and a silver bangle. This is the kind of outfit I love to wear on date nights because it looks a little special, but it will also work beautifully for lunch with friends or even a day of shopping.
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Blessed for My Day
It very well may be that you are more of a steadying force in your family than you are aware. If your faith in God is strong and your prayer life is vibrant, you may be the glue keeping your family close to the ways of the Lord. Even if some of your children or grandchildren are not currently walking with the Lord, your testimony may be more of a compass for them than you know.
Therefore, pray all the more. Share the goodness of God with them every chance you get. Tell them what He has done in your life, the promises He has been faithful to keep, the miracles you’ve witnessed and the strength He has provided. Don’t let the light go out on your watch. And fuel it with your testimony every opportunity you have.
When Joshua had dismissed the people, the sons of Israel went each to his inheritance to possess the land. The people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who survived Joshua, who had seen all the great work of the Lord which He had done for Israel. ~ Judges 2:6-7