Family Reunion: Style for Women Over 50

Family Reunion: Style for Women Over 50

I’m really looking forward to a family reunion this week! Both of my brothers live on Vancouver Island, so we don’t get to see each other nearly enough. Life on the island is relaxed and casual, just the way I like it.

Welcome to this week’s Hit Your Style Sweet Spot, my weekly collaboration with Pamela Lutrell from Over 50 Feeling 40!

Style Sweet Spot

You’ve hit your Style Sweet Spot when your appearance is sending the message you intend, and you feel confident that you look your best. Last week Pam and I shared how dress for a coffee date. This week we’re showing family reunion style.

I want to look stylish, but be very comfortable so I can relax and enjoy myself.

Chico's cold shoulder top

Humor is a huge part of our family dynamics. My Dad was hilarious in a snide sort of way. He passed that on to my brothers and I. Sharing laughs with them is precious to me. My parents are both gone but inspired us to cherish our special sibling relationship. Fashion and style mean little to them, but I need to look my best for me.

Chico's black and white striped cold shoulder top

I love the graphic stripe of this cold shoulder top. Black and white is classic and adds polish to a very casual knit top. I initially thought adding a necklace would destroy the lines of the top. But once I added this long necklace, I realized it narrowed the look of my shoulders by drawing the eye vertically. It created a V-neck where one didn’t exist!

Chico's graphic striped cold shoulder top and cropped pants


My height usually prevents me from wearing cropped pants, but these were so comfortable I couldn’t resist. I wore them with a black wedge to balance my short height.

Are your family reunions a version of the Hatfields and McCoys? Or a total delight?? I’ve had both in my life. Luckily this week, it’s all fun.


Now let’s go over and see how Pam hits her Style Sweet Spot.

Have a great week!

Chico’s Cold Shoulder top // Chico’s Slimming crop pants //


Thank you to Chico’s for collaborating on this post!



  1. July 24, 2016 / 3:09 am

    And you will be the prettiest girl at the reunion! Love the look…

  2. July 24, 2016 / 3:34 am

    Jennifer, love your hair style. Do you use hot rollers or curling iron to get fullness and shape? It’s very flattering. Love your choice of top and crops. I have been considering a cold shoulder top but not sure it would be right for my narrow shoulders. I will try one on next I am out and about. Love how you and Pam share with us.
    Patricia (NC Coast)

    • Jennifer
      July 25, 2016 / 8:17 am

      Thanks, Patricia! I just blow it dry with a round brush. I use good old fashioned Mousse and swear by Kevin Murphy Doo Over spray. It adds tons of volume!!
      If you have narrow shoulders, look for a “knit” cold shoulder top, like this one, that will hug your shoulders horizontally. You won’t want it to droop like a woven top would do. Let me know how it goes.

  3. Jacqui
    July 24, 2016 / 6:41 am

    Very stylish! You look great! I love, love, love Chico’s !

  4. Joanna
    July 24, 2016 / 8:22 am

    Welcome back to Our island in the Pacific. Sounds more exotic, doesn’t it? Lol I think you’ll find our temps more tolerable than those at home or elsewhere in Canada. I just can’t function in those extreme temps snymore. It seems to sap all my strength.

    You look great in your cold shoulder top and cropped pants. I think the wedge heel makes all the difference when wearing cropped pants for you shorter women. Have a fun reunion!

    • Jennifer
      July 25, 2016 / 8:19 am

      Thanks Joanna! We are so excited to be back. We had a second home in Nanoose Bay for 13 years, which we just loved coming too! It makes me wish we could have kept it!!

  5. July 24, 2016 / 9:01 am

    Have a great time! Those are the benchmark moments in life, aren’t they? And I”m sure, like all mothers, you encourage and find joy in your adult children getting along, enjoying each other, making peace with each other when necessary, and helping them realize that, in the end, they have a relationship and history that no one else can really share.

    • Jennifer
      July 25, 2016 / 8:23 am

      I do find great joy in that Barbara! I vividly remember telling my children (as they viciously squabbled throughout childhood) that they needed to cherish each other. That sibling relationships are precious and irreplaceable. 🙂

  6. July 24, 2016 / 9:36 am

    Love the top — if only they made the stripes up and down to be more slimming (on me — not you!)

    • Jennifer
      July 25, 2016 / 8:24 am

      I think I’d like the stripes vertically too, Diane!

  7. Constance
    July 24, 2016 / 10:32 am

    You look great! Rested and relaxed, casual and current. The shoes make all the difference in pulling off a cropped pant!

    • Jennifer
      July 25, 2016 / 8:25 am

      The shoes do make all the difference! A closed up shoe would chop my feet!

  8. jenniferanne
    July 24, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    Love your look! Love Chico’s too. I sometimes think we must have been separated at birth ( though in truth I’m older than you) Same height, same fine hair (even the same cut) So, of course, I always check out your style which is similar to my own. Here in Vancouver BC life and style are pretty casual year round.

  9. Linda L
    July 24, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    Very cute casual look! Perfect for any family get together! Have a good time. I am going to a big family birthday party in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to seeing lots of cousins I have not seen in a long time. I really love that necklace!

  10. July 24, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    A stylish and casual look – that’s mostly what Vancouver Island dressing is all about. I hope you have a wonderful time at your family reunion – I love getting together with family. Enjoy the great weather!

    • Jennifer
      July 25, 2016 / 8:26 am

      The weather is stunning!! We’re loving it!

  11. Paula
    July 24, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    You look great. Have a great time.

  12. Allison Jones
    July 24, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    Looks very nice !!! Makes u look YOUNG !!

  13. Becky
    July 24, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    I would definitely wear this! Love it!

  14. July 25, 2016 / 11:53 am

    I love the cold shoulder top! And I love how you created a v-neck with the necklace!

    Have a fabulous reunion!

  15. Jill
    October 25, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    Please will you do an article about wearing silver or gold jewelry. From what I understand those of us who are “Summers” look better in silver and “Springs” look better in gold. Do you go by that when picking out jewelry? I notice you usually wear silver. Do you go by what season you are or by your prevalence and coloring?

    • Jennifer
      October 25, 2016 / 4:32 pm

      Roughly. But I’m not a huge fan of the seasonal color categories. Personality has a lot to do with what colors look right in a person. I have cool coloring so look best is silver but also combine it with gold. Great idea for a post. Stay tuned!

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