It’s that time of the week again! If you’re wondering what on earth I’m doing posting all these pictures of myself, I started joining Lindsay at The Pleated Poppy many moons ago, taking pictures of our outfits to hold us accountable to getting out of our pajamas every day. When you work from home, it’s not always easy to get motivated to get dressed, and this has been a huge encouragement to me. As time has gone on, I’ve continued this feature because so many people seem to find it helpful, and frankly, if I didn’t do this, I would probably wear the same three outfits over and over. It’s not easy for busy moms to keep it chic through the child bearing years when our weight is fluctuating and we’re tired and sick and run down. Then once the kids start to get older and we get our bodies back, many of us find ourselves in a style rut or just too busy to care. So this is my attempt to stay stylish and age appropriate after 40, and I hope that it’s an encouragement to other busy moms out there!
This week my big experiment was the “front tuck” — you’ve probably seen this in the retail catalogs. It seems to be how they’re showing most tops nowadays. I was at Nordstrom last week, trying on jean shorts and cropped jeans (that’s a post for another time!) and the sales associate was a cute, younger woman who had fun throwing new items at me to try on. At one point she gave me this coral blouse and told me to tuck it in just in the front. I only have a crappy iPhone photo, but here’s how she styled it.
No, I would not wear it with those shoes — they just happen to be the ones I had with me. ANY-WHO. I really like the idea — especially with a fuller top like this. It did nothing for me when it was untucked, and it was way too much shirt to tuck in all the way around, but front-tuck gave it a casual-cool vibe while also creating a flattering waistline. It also helps camouflage a bit of a tummy — BONUS! I didn’t end up buying the shirt because it was way out of my price range, but it did inspire me to try the front tuck with some of my other tops here at home.
For example, this slub dolman tee from the Gap was rather baggy when worn untucked as I’d typically wear it.
But when I tried the front tuck, look how much cuter it looks. The sales associate said that the front tuck can be worn with or without a belt, but I think I’d prefer a belt. I need to get one, though. Believe it or not, I don’t own a belt. (She was horrified too.)
I think I like the outfit better with the silver sandals and no necklace. The orange flats and the jewelry seem too fussy for this outfit. The earrings, though, I love. They were a gift from my friend Lisa at Studio Jewel. Aren’t they the cutest? I actually bought this top to go with the earrings, lol!! (I don’t have much blue in my wardrobe — except for all my jeans, of course!)
I’ve clearly been digging the white and denim lately. I wore this white top with blue jeans and orange flats to run around town on Saturday and then later in the day to hang out with friends. The top is from CAbi. I love that it is double-layered — much more forgiving than a thin white tee, and the shape of the neckline is super flattering.
(This time the orange flats work — the outfit is a bit more classic, plus it needs some color.)
This necklace is my absolute fave. I wear it whenever I get the chance.
Another day this week I wore this coral top with jeans. This top is an Old Navy purchase from last summer, and I have gotten more than my money’s worth out of it! It’s just so easy to wear, and I love the detailing at the neckline. Plus the elastic waist is very forgiving when you’ve had a few too many second helpings at the dinner table . . . ahem.
The embellished sandals are another old favorite, a splurge that I’m glad I went for a few years ago right before my first BlogHer Conference. They’re by Frye (as in the boots) and I love them.
I wore this outfit to church on Sunday. I tried on a few variations before I got to this, so this would have made another good outfit evolution post except unfortunately I didn’t get photos of my various options. Anyway, I knew I wanted to wear red jeans with my denim jacket. At first I tried on a white tee, and it seemed too casual for church. So then I tried the outfit with a black ruffly top that I picked up at the CAbi Outlet last week, but that seemed too much like a date night for church. So I finally settled on this black tank. The black wedge pumps seemed like just the right finishing touch.
And for the first time this season, I carried my black and white striped handbag that was my 40th birthday present last year. I’ve been waiting anxiously for summer to arrive so I can carry it again.
I’ve been all about the Studio Jewel this week! This long mixed metal necklace (another one of my faves that I wear whenever it works with my outfit) is perfect with the denim jacket. I love how the copper pulls from the trim on the jacket. I also wore her rustic copper hoop earrings. The jean jacket is CAbi (another factory outlet purchase. I love having a CAbi Outlet nearby!!!)
Next up is an outfit I wore out to dinner with friends. This is the black ruffly top that I chose not to wear to church on Sunday with the red jeans, but I though it was perfect for a Girls’ Nite Out! You can read all about this outfit evolution on yesterdays’s post, What to Wear: GNO. (And now you know how crazy I really am!)
Finally, I broke out my Daisy Dukes yesterday when the temps soared up into the 80s. It was a really warm day, already in the high 70s by 10AM (I know this because I went out to run and almost suffocated) but I am trying not to cave and turn on the a/c. I actually love this weather. I threw on these cut-offs and tank top and happily worked away all day while the warm breeze wafted through my office window. HEAVEN!!!
I think a shorter shirt would look better with these shorts, but I didn’t take time to try on anything else since I was just hanging here at home. Next time maybe I’ll try them with that coral top shown above.
For more fashion-over-40 inspiration, check out all of my Daily Mom Style posts.
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