I am facing a new fashion challenge and need ideas to still look like myself.
The challenge is a new glucose meter and receiver. The meter attaches to my stomach in front and has thin wire that is embedded into me. Most sticks out and must not be slept on, pushed or jiggled around. The wire can break off. This device is right at my waist so almost any waistlines will interfere. My non-existent hips allow most bottoms to slide down. I have solved this in the past by wearing belts, but there interfere too much with the device now. I have had tights and shapewear completely remove the device. Luckily so far the wire came out too.
In hot weather I can wear loose shift dresses but cold and cool weather has me baffled. I get cold easily.
The most successful pieces have loose elastic waistlines, but I hate elastic waists. They make me feel dumpy and old. Fitted tops show the big lumpy meter on my stomach. Not attractive. What can I wear? This gadget sets off an alarm when my blood sugar is too low or high. I will probably need it the rest of my life. My life style is retired casual but I want to be able to dress up sometimes too. I would greatly appreciate any thoughts or ideas you may have!
I am facing a new fashion challenge and need ideas to still look like myself.
This time the jeans are dark olive full length with a leaf motif necklace that was my mother’s and wider leg dark denim jeans with orange and a leaf motif small silk square scarf. The felted wool orange jacket was thrifted last year. It is Petite Sophisticate and I will put on black or dark brown snow boots if I go out in 5 or more inches of new snow. The silk striped orange top is cold shoulder but worn over black silk long underwear. I will keep the jacket on.
Today I am trying to show a jeans outfit for Jess ( KUT From the Kloth with side stripe detail of black faux leather and a fall accessory for Katerina of a large silver leaf pendant worn on a chunky silver chain. The pullover is welted and worn with a bit of a side tuck to create a diagonal line across the front. I wore a black open textured pullover, navy sparkly socks and pewter booties and bag. (1-3).
Yesterday, the pictures ( 4-6) are mainly to show the black Hoxton released hem jeans from last year’s NAS with taupe...EF silk long sleeved simple top with a taupe faux leather open jacket, also from last year’s NAS, and taupe suede SE booties, taupe leather tote and scarf with color block design of taupe, black and grey. The silk top was worn tucked under the jacket. I felt the neutrals looked seasonal and the scarf has an autumn look
I still have some prompts that I have not used and am wearing some extra things for the first time, so a new prompt.
The first outfit features my challenge to wear mismatched earrings and a never yet worn top (blue denim) plus using a button down shirt ( the new top) to build an outfit.
#2-mismatched orange earrings from the Denver Botanical Gardens gift shop.
#1 and #3 - outfit as a whole. Silver ECCO sneakers and KS silver bag
Worn to teach a religion class, so Our Lady of Guadalupe socks (#4) from convenience store in Japan
Outfit 2: the prompts were to wear a bottom for the first time ( EF navy window pane check wide legs) and a pattern mix with plaid and floral (photo#5)( pants and scarf). I also included a prompt for wide legs with fitted top ( 7/8).
Outfit 3: the prompt was to wear a skirt with booties and a new prompt, to wear these new booties and a dress/ skirt for church. This outfit also went to a play “ Dear Sugar” with the unlikely format of letters from an advice column. It was a success and difficult real life themes like divorce and death of a child and much more.
Photos 10/11 are the outfit ( EF pullover and skirt), poncho that was a gift, and the new booties (#12). I was comfortable and wore micro mini nude fishnets on my legs. The black EF skirt was consignment but is a heavy knit tube skirt that does not cling. I wore a small silk scarf for more texture.
The booties were comfortable. I like the pale snake texture with the poncho, especially.
Outfit 4: I think this is blah and a fail. The prompt was to wear grey and orange together. (#13). I added an olive jacket (#14) and then my museum scarf (#15) in an effort to make the outfit more me.
I welcome your comments and ideas for change and/or improvement. Thank you for looking.
Here are the latest 3 challenge outfits.
1/2: worn Sunday to church and out to brunch. An Express thrifted dress with consignment jacket and sale white booties. The challenge was dress with booties. Is the jacket best fastened or open? Is this dress too short for me?
#3-5: This outfit shows the challenge of pairing a floral with plaid. The patterns are shown best in #5. It also shows a top I have not worn before and booties with jeans I bought the top because the colors worked with my fall/ winter wardrobe. It happens to be another gathered sleeve top with a small neckline bow. It was not as full as I thought or it would also be full top over slim pants.
6-8: the challenge here was warm top, cool bottom and 2 necklaces and necklace with a scarf. EF black Ponte pants with Plieone tie front top and thrifted yellow (Talbots) loafers, thrifted aqua bag. Scarf is from the early 80’s or before and is a light mustard yellow background.
Are any of these experiments worth repeating? Suggestions?
The first NAS I participated in I got this blouse which is still in my closet. It is a good example of the type Angie describes with gathers near the neck.
It has sleeves that fall just over the elbow and the sleeve is gathered at that point. I have not worn this blouse much because it is for cool weather. It is polyester which is warm on me and sheer enough to need an under layer which adds more insulation. I usually wear it over a cami or tank but have worn it over black silk or heattec long underwear tops in mid winter and sprayed warm.
This style works well under jackets or cardigans. It is still in my closet because I like the colors and pattern and how it works in fall weather.
Is the pussy bow looking too dated?
Today I am wearing it with black Paige Hoxton jeans from last year’s NAS and EF espadrilles. I later put a rust long cardi on top. Under it I am wearing a cotton black tank, my bag was the light tan in the blouse in an ostrich skin texture.
Here are my first three outfits for the challenge. The first (photos 1-3) are my prompt #23 ( building an outfit around a button down shirt) and #1 ( booties with jeans also inspired by Angie’s hot and cold fall outfit ensemble with cognac bag, leather jacket and booties. I had thought it worked with these said to be very high-rise jeans. They seemed high but, looking at the photos, I think not on me.
Outfit 2 ( photo 4) represents prompt #2 (skirt or dress with booties and #9 ( orange and grey). The booties and cardigan are both grey, as is the bag, but all different shades of grey.
The third outfit (photo 5) was much admired. It was put together for my prompt # 5 ( aqua and rust.) I am also wearing layered necklaces #13. The clothes are all over the place from thrifted buys to expensive ones mixed in the same outfit.
I appreciate all feed back. Anything worth repeating? Shall I get rid of anything?
Scroll down for a description of the 2 new outfit. The photos do not show the rust color or the plaid pants very well.
Here are two outfits I wore and one ( last one) I plan to wear when it gets cooler.
1/2: Orange Isle of Capri tee with EF olive jacket
3-5: EF jacket with Snoopy tee from Japan
6-8: old thrifted brown plaid blazer with old Nygard baby leopard graphic tee and brown paid wide cropped pants. Will wear with dark brown oxfords and bag.
I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.
I have long wanted a white summer dress and ordered this one on sale at Eileen Fisher, however I wonder if it is too limited.
On the plus side
1. It is long enough (maybe too long?)
2. It is summery without being too bare.
3. It seems to fit well
4. It is not too sheer and comes with it’s own slip.
5. It is feminine without being too sweet and juvenile.
1. It is a lot of white.
2. It is handkerchief linen and wrinkles.
3. I wonder if it can be adapted for fall and spring...hence the outfit lab.
The rest of the photos show various toppers. What looks, if any, do you like? I welcome your thoughts and suggestions. Vote Yay if I should keep the dress, Nay if it should be returned.
Following Angie’s ensemble idea today, I wore this casual summer earth tone outfit. The jeans are Universal Thread from Target, the light blue shell is EF silk, the topper is a silk Citron of Santa Monica from eBay, a couple of years old. Gold loafers ( Sperry Topsider) and tiger bum bag worn as a cross body from Target. Belt is also Universal Thread from Target, earrings orange glass from the Denver Botanical Gardens. Does the shirt look ok as a jacket or too messy? I added a long thrifted necklace of multicolor glass fruit shapes in oranges, dark and tomato red and light turquoise.
I liked the earthy color of the jeans ( sort of al light rust). The waist is mid rise on me, but supposed to be high rise. Do the jeans look ok for a season or should they go ASAP?
ETA an earthy dress ( EF rust) plus EF beige linen open long cardi and a column of mustard plus dark denim and navy, also floral scarf topper.