What to Wear Over 40–Farmer’s Market and Errands

Ann TaylorThe scene:  A busy summer Saturday afternoon–could be errands, a flea market or farmer’s market

The outfit: Just an easy pair of shorts and t-shirt (Ann Taylor.com), but polished looking because of the neutral pallet and handsome accessories (Ralph Lauren sandals at Bloomingdales.com, Ralph Lauren belt at Nordstrom.com,  hobo bag Michael Kors at Bloomindales.com, Juicy Couture earrings at Nordstrom.com)

Michael Kors at BloomindalesJuicy Couture at NordstromRalph Lauren at Nordstrom

Ralph Lauren at BloomindalesHint:  These short are for those with good legs; longer shorts or a khaki skirt may be better for you. Make sure the fit of this outfit is generous, it’s an easy look–no tight clothing.

Poor Michelle, Suffering from Kid-in-a-Candy-Store-itis

Oscar de la Renta at Style.com
Oscar de la Renta at Style.com

I have three words for Michelle Obama, “elegant, understated fashion”. She simply has too many choices; she needs to learn to be a good editor. Style is as much about what you don’t choose as what you do.

 

American fashion is about uncomplicated clothes with clean lines worn with a dash of panache. Iconic American designers like Oscar de la Renta, Calvin, Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Michael Kors know how to design contemporary clothing without falling prey to foofy, fussy design. Continue reading “Poor Michelle, Suffering from Kid-in-a-Candy-Store-itis”

What To Wear?

I’m much better at finding clothes that I love when I have an occasion in mind for an outfit. When I sew or shop just to sew or shop often the clothes never really work themselves into my wardrobe.  

My best scenario is to get something new and all of the accessories to go with it, down to the socks and jewelry. Then I have the perfect shoes, etc. for that one outfit and the pieces just seem to all mix and match with other items in my wardrobe.

What I’m getting at is this; I need something to wear to my daughter’s High School graduation. It’s in early June, so I had better start putting it together now. I guess here I need to fess up an tell you that I’m going to India in a month. I’ll be gone for 2 weeks. I know, not such great timing–to launch the blog of my dreams and then take off for 2 weeks. My plan is to sew extra fast over the next month and save some posts for my time away so you’ll hardly know I’m gone.

(Unfortunately, this is not a trip just for the pleasure of it, it’s medical tourism–you’ve heard of that, I’m sure. If anybody is interested, I’d be happy to share my experiences. One thing I’ll be sure to make time for while in India is fabric shopping. E and I will be in Chennai–formerly Madras–just about the fabric capital of India.)

Back to the graduation outfit. June in Chicago is usually beautiful, warm but not uncomfortably so and the ceremony will be outside if the weather permits. This is one of the “Disney World” suburbs of Chicago’s Northshore, the women can dress in whatever money can buy, although in general they’re quite conservative. Not that I really care about what other people are wearing, but I have good taste and I love to put my sewing skills to work. Sewing takes being a clothes horse from conspicuous consumption to creative expression!

As a result of my trip to India shortly before the graduation ceremony, I’ll be on crutches–a little fly in the ointment. So, I’ll have to wear flats 🙁  and something easy to get around in.

Here’s what I’ve found so far:

rl-at-nm.jpgA little Ralph Lauren number at Neiman Marcus. Classic, sophisticated, clean lined but new looking in a bright green.

diane-von-furstenberg-at-net-a-porter.jpgThis one is from Diane von Furstenberg, a similar look but a bit more figure conscious. Also at Neiman Marcus.

oscar-de-la-renta-at-net-a-porter.jpgOscar de la Renta at Net a Porter.com…I just purchased a black and white batik fabric that would be great for this. I’ll make it this season in any event.

michael-kors2-at-nm.jpgThis is a “Ladies who Lunch” look.  This one and the next are from Michael Kors and are available at Neiman Marcus.

michael-kors-at-nm.jpgI’m leaning toward this one, a sweater is always good for a little coverage. A little garden party dress.

So, what do you think?

Ta-ta for now!