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Challenging My Style

Challenging My Style

Happy Tuesday ladies. Do you like to like to challenge your style choices? I never want to feel stuck in a style rut so I’m forcing myself to experiment with more new things than ever before. Getting dressed is meant to be fun so if I don’t experiment now, when will I?


You’ve heard me say that wearing patterns and texture near our face reduces the appearance lines on our face, and it does. Conversely, shiny smooth fabrics enhance our lines which is not what I want to do these days:)  Today I’ve challenged myself to experiment with texture.

Also – The Easiest Way to Smooth the Lines on Your Face

Today I’m styling a classic eyelet shirt four ways and collaborating with my friend Cindy. She’s an amazing interior designer, super stylish, and a ton of fun. If you don’t know her, I’m very happy to introduce you because I think you’ll love her.

I’m fairly certain that I haven’t worn eyelet anything since I wore ankle socks with a pinafore dress and pigtails. Yup, it’s been that long and since eyelet is everywhere this year I decided to give it a shot. I don’t gravitate to the feminine vibe of eyelet but that’s what challenges are all about.

The first way I styled it is with my wide-legged jeans, a leopard belt, and Clark wedges. I added a French Kande necklace and bracelet to punch things up. These cork soled wedges are super comfy and add a tiny bit of height without hurting my feet. I love the leopard with the eyelet which seems like polar opposites to me.

Next, I styled it with a denim jacket, white jeans, comfy ballet flats, and my daisy earrings. My ballet flats are a blush color and are as comfy as slippers. They’re currently only available in leopard (which I love) but these ones look almost identical. The eyelet on the shirt is in a daisy shape so I liked the connection to my earrings. The earrings were a style stretch several months ago and I love them. They come in tons of cheery colors, are lightweight, and fun.

Then I stepped the look down for a super casual day of running errands. The sneakers are easy to slip on and the pants are a pull-on jegging. Easy, peasy, comfy, and quick.

Finally, I styled it over this simple column of black. I love this look for it’s slimming effect. The eyelet shirt just adds some breezy arm coverage and a touch of texture. Another French Kande necklace and bracelet mixed with my mala beads similar here finish the look.


This eyelet shirt comes with a lightweight, airy cami to cover the bare parts so there’s no worry about peek through.


My verdict is that this is pretty easy to wear and because the shape and color are classic, it can easily fit into many wardrobes creating different looks.

I’m really anxious to see how Cindy styled her eyelet shirt so let’s go have a look here.

Is eyelet part of your style repertoire?

Here are some other eyelet pieces I found-

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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42 Comments

  1. Karen
    May 21, 2020 / 8:03 am

    You look great in this post. I love your hair clipped up! Would you mind sharing what type of clips

    you have used for fine hair.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 21, 2020 / 2:24 pm

      Thanks. I use good old fashioned banana clips from the drug store.

  2. Jane Ann
    May 19, 2020 / 5:21 pm

    The eyelet shirt is very flattering in every outfit. I think what’s appealing is the interesting texture, elevating a classic shirt cut. I encourage you to keep pushing your boundaries! Thanks for making this difficult time more interesting for all of us “at risk” homebound people.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 20, 2020 / 7:16 am

      Thanks Jane. I just ordered a wrap skirt which I never thought I’d wear again

  3. Rhonda
    May 19, 2020 / 11:04 am

    Love eyelet and you look great, especially the black column with the eyelet blouse!

  4. Kay
    May 19, 2020 / 10:46 am

    I love eyelet. I wear it now and I dressed my girls in it when they were small. The shirt over the black is so perfect and it’s me! I find something with an eyelet border or yoke or cuff on an otherwise plain fabric can be just enough some days.

  5. Rose
    May 19, 2020 / 10:20 am

    Love all your outfits, especially the black. You look great in the eyelet blouse. I’m glad it’s in this year

  6. Kimberly Frick
    May 19, 2020 / 10:16 am

    Loving how you and Cindy did this together. I love white eyelet for summer. So pretty and feminine! You styled this in so many ways! All look fantastic!

  7. Diane Ruebel
    May 19, 2020 / 9:44 am

    Good morning from Camano Island, WA
    Eyelet has remained a favorite for decades because it adds femininity in an understated way for my five foot frame. My go to spring and summer jacket is black eyelet!

    You inspired me with your choices. And, you look sensational in all of them. Welcome to the eyelet fan club.

    Diney

  8. Monica
    May 19, 2020 / 9:34 am

    Love it with the denim and leopard belt! White and denim just belong together!

  9. Debbie Monroe
    May 19, 2020 / 8:44 am

    Jennifer, you look great in all your outfits. I especially love the black with the eyelet shirt and the hat. I look forward to all your emails and I have changed up my style based off your recommendations, so thank you!!

  10. Barb
    May 19, 2020 / 7:49 am

    Love your outfit. Eyelet is so enduring. I have worn it in earlier years and I have a white eyelet skirt, which I wear in summer and typically wear it with a t-shirt and jean jacket.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 9:00 am

      That sounds really fun!

  11. Vanessa
    May 19, 2020 / 7:40 am

    Yes! I also love those jeans!

  12. Karen H.
    May 19, 2020 / 7:19 am

    I like the black column look with eyelet blouse unbuttoned. Cute and casual looking. Love Cindy’s blog, and I’ve been a long follower. Please let her know that the 2nd link she sent is not opening. Thanks!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 8:57 am

      Isn’t she fun!! I’m glad we’ve connected. Now if she could just help me with my house:)

  13. Kathy
    May 19, 2020 / 7:15 am

    Wow! The eyelet, animal print belt, and jeans combination is amazing. I have a couple of eyelet tops but haven’t worn with jeans. I’m not sure how to style with a belt because one of mine is kind of a short tunic style. I think I can style the shorter, sleeveless eyelet top with denim shorts. It’s getting a little hot here in SW Florida for jeans.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 8:55 am

      It would be really cute with shorts. Or a knee length denim skirt.

  14. Carolyn
    May 19, 2020 / 6:49 am

    You look great in all of these outfits. Gave me something to think about. I haven’t worn eyelet forever, but you changed my mind to give it a chance. Unfortunately, all the white shirts are already sold out. Also I can’t connect to Cindy’s link even after she fixed it. I hope both of you will continue with this series.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 8:54 am

      My link to her should work. I switched it to go directly to her blog

  15. cindy
    May 19, 2020 / 6:41 am

    Okay you knocked it out of the park with your versatile styling. I personally love the gray jeggings. I think I need those. Thank you for doing this with me this was fun! Sorry about my technical difficulties this a.m. Wouldn’t you know it would happen on a group post!! FYI you look darling in eyelet!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 8:33 am

      I love how you styled it with your CP Shades skirt! Now I need a white one. Your styling is fabulous as always. I feel your pain s out technical struggles. It’s the worst. Xx

  16. Holly
    May 19, 2020 / 6:22 am

    Jennifer,
    All the eyelet outfits look great on you.
    I do not like to wear button down shirts because of them gapping in the chest area, so I would have to find a pullover top in eyelet. Also pure white near my face is
    not a good color for me, so I would need off white.
    Love the post & will see what Cindy did with eyelet.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 8:12 am

      It’s funny you mention pure white. I’m not convinced it’s that flattering on me these days either. Another personal color quandary.

  17. Nicole
    May 19, 2020 / 6:01 am

    Love everything you put together today. It looks comfortable and very stylish.

  18. Pam Over 50 Feeling 40
    May 19, 2020 / 5:33 am

    Love the eyelet with the black, Jennifer. This is a great piece for you!

  19. Jan
    May 19, 2020 / 5:08 am

    Who knew that white eyelet could be so darn versatile? I sure like the very cool, breezy look you demonstrated plus the upper arm coverage that I need. Pairing it with the leopard belt and those darling, daisy earrings was just a sweet contrast. I haven’t had a piece of eyelet clothing for decades but these pictures sure make me think twice about all the possibilities.
    On another note, you look like you’re surviving this isolation time very well. Love your hair!! The longer length does offer some versatility, especially when the heat and humidity settle in.
    Love all the looks you modeled today!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 8:06 am

      I surprised myself too. I’ve got to haul out my hand weights… but even then, I prefer arm coverage 😉

  20. Pamela Amendola
    May 19, 2020 / 4:59 am

    You look great in all the outfits. I’ve looked at eyelet tops but was afraid they might not be age appropriate. Now I see I can wear them many ways with confidence!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 8:04 am

      I think the right ones are great! Ruffles have never been my thing but this I can do.

  21. Donna Nance
    May 19, 2020 / 4:41 am

    Eyelet may not have been your first choice in fashion but you look great in all the stylings of the top. The wedge sandals are reminiscent of the wedges we wore in the ’70’s. It is interesting how fashion is reincarnated and how new and fresh it looks today. Eyelet kind of reminds me of the embroidered linen fabric we wore back in the ’60’s. The Urban Farmer and I watched a British TV series that was set in the early 1960’s and the fashions were fabulous.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 8:03 am

      They sort of remind me of my Famolare wedges. Remember them?:)

  22. Susan
    May 19, 2020 / 4:40 am

    I particularly like the all black outfit jeggings outfits. Both look quite different, but still very flattering. I do have a navy blue eyelet dress (with sleeves), which when I wear it, receive many compliments. Also, a white, eyelet (but more of a laser pattern), sleeveless dress, which is so comfortable and cool during summer. How boring life would be if we didn’t add a few different pieces to our wardrobes?

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 8:02 am

      I agree Susan. I’ve been very bored with my wardrobe lately so I’m having fun experimenting with new looks.

  23. Leslie
    May 19, 2020 / 4:17 am

    I love the black look and the casual running errands look. It’s amazing how the pretty eyelet blouse is the same in both looks BUT so different too. Great fashion inspo!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 8:00 am

      I loved giving it a totally different feel. I was surprised at how versatile it could be

  24. Paulette Levy
    May 19, 2020 / 3:45 am

    You look great in these featured pieces…..I guess eyelet can be versatile too. Who would guess?
    I haven’t owned an eyelet piece in like forever! I think it was a beach coverup in the 70s?

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 7:59 am

      That’s what it’s always seemed perfect for to me 🙂

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