How do you decide what to wear each day? I first consider the weather, where I’m going, who I’ll meet, and the impression I want to give. How I want to be seen. Sometimes I want to dress up a teeny bit more than usual, while still wearing everyday casual. Sometimes I want to feel slightly more polished and ladylike.
Welcome to this week’s Hit Your Style Sweet Spot, my weekly collaboration with Pamela Lutrell from Over 50 Feeling 40!
Your Style Sweet Spot is when you know your appearance is sending the message you intend and feel confident you look your best. Last week Pam and I shared how we dressed for a for weight fluctuations, this week we’re dressing for summer outings.
This week my husband (my new photographer ) and I decided to go for lunch alfresco and a stroll through a great local plaza. Playing tourist in our own backyard was fun.
You know I love a great white shirt…and that’s where I started with this look. This effortless, no-iron, Lenae shirt is terrific…and is on sale in several colors!
This is most outstanding No-iron shirt. It came out of my washer and dryer looking freshly ironed! I’m very particular about my white shirts and usually touch them up with my iron a bit. This one doesn’t need it. I’m thrilled!
For years, I rolled my sleeves the obvious way. I started at the bottom…folding up the cuff…then continued by turning the lower section. I never liked the poor result.
Yup, this looks sloppy to me and always tries to unfold itself. Let me share a better way to roll your sleeves.
Rather than starting at the bottom with a cuff roll…fold your sleeve to the half way point of where you want it to end. Then fold once again, to enclose the entire cuff. The cuff and sleeve slit end, inside the fold, which results in a crisper looking cuffed sleeve. A small detail yes! But one that keeps your look polished. I use this technique for knit tops and sweaters too!
Style Tip: 3/4 sleeves help you appear taller.
I wore my So Slimming Brigitte Ankle Pants, which are beyond perfect for my lifestyle. They have a wide elastic (no roll) waistband and the perfect amount of stretch to fit and flatter my midlife body.
This outfit could have had a very casual feel, but I wanted to dress it up. I wanted to feel dressier for lunch out, so upped my look with my accessories.
I wore my wide-brimmed black straw hat which always adds drama. Perhaps because so few women wear large hats?
I wore my faux pearl necklace which feels as elegant as my real pearls. That’s the magic of pearls! Whether real or faux, they add elegance to any look and a glow to our complexion.
After lunch, we had some fun sightseeing.
I haven’t been to the Blackhawk Plaza for years!!
We wandered over to the Blackhawk Museum for a peek. This life-sized elephant sculpture was magnificent!
I felt confident and stylish in this outfit. This is how I hit my Style Sweet Spot for lunch out and some sightseeing!
How about you? What helps you feel confident?
What helps you hit your Stye Sweet Spot? I want to know. My goal is always to inspire and help you.
Now let’s go over to see how Pam hits her Style Sweet Spot.
Have a great week ahead.
Disclaimer: Chico’s provided the blouse and pants, all opinions are my own. Affiliate links in this post may provide income for AWSL. Please see my complete disclosure statement here.