Choosing Fashion to Fit Your Lifestyle Over 50

For the last 3 weeks, I’ve been dressing for life in dusty campgrounds and muddy parks… not my normal lifestyle. My closet space is very small in our camper so my wardrobe is limited, and that means things need to do double and triple duty.

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.

This week we’re showing how we dress for our current lifestyles. Pam is a career woman and I’m traveling in a small travel trailer.

During the last 3 weeks I’ve worn this shirt at least 4 times.
Chico's no iron shorts are perfect for camper life

I wore it with both white and blue jeans, black pants and worn open over my bathing suit. It comes out of the washer and dryer looking freshly ironed! These white sneakers were white when we left home. Now? Not so much. Next time I’ll bring navy.

Eileen Fisher pants with Bobeau jacket

My Eileen Fisher pants have been a major workhorse throughout the trip. These got worn more than anything else. They worked with everything, even under my dress when the temperature dropped one evening.

Camping in a 28 foot trailer

When we camped by the beach, I wore tank tops and rubber flip-flops.

dressing up for casual lifestyle in a camper

Dressing up meant an easy cotton tank dress, denim jacket, and leopard flats

Here’s how I hit my Style Sweet Spot while traveling in a small travel trailer.

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

Chico’s no iron striped shirt // Metro leggings jeans // Eileen Fisher pants // Bobeau fleece jacket // Carol Turner dress from Artful Home //

Have a great week!


  1. We “scotchguard” our tennis shoes to protect them from dirt. When i was young and in 4-H we would rub white chalk on our white tennis shoes to keep them looking clean.

    1. I remember using nurses shoe polish to whiten my sneakers!

  2. Paula Lusk says:

    You always look great, Jennifer. Nobody would know that you are camping. Not with your wardrobe. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Paula:) My feet and back know. It was important that I still felt stylish while my wardrobe fit my lifestyle.

  3. Mix and match is key when travelling! Some good wardrobe pieces! I’ve got to get some French Kande! I love it every time I see it!

  4. I love the idea of a uniform, appropriate for each situation. So much easier than a bunch of mismatched pieces. You always look terrific!

  5. I have three pairs of Skechers rubber flip flops. I wear the black pair the most. They’re great for working around my raised garden beds, flower beds, and the pool. I love how I can just hose them off when they get dirty. They actually have arch support and are very comfortable. I’ve even worn them when I’m out and about with the right outfit.

    1. I need some! I’ve seen them at DSW and think I’ll pop down to check what’s available now. Thanks,Jen!

      1. You’re welcome. 🙂

  6. I’m not much of a camper, but let me second (or is it third? fourth? or fifth?) your comment about Eileen Fisher pants.They look great for work but they are even more wonderful when I travel–no matter where I travel. They always look tailored and smart and go with any top. I bonded with a woman I met on a trip to mexico this winter over our mutual confidence in those Eileen Fisher pants–and her tops too. they also travel well so are worth the investment.

    1. You’re so right! I plan to bring my Eileen Fisher pants on our camper trip to Iceland, later this month. They are perfect for all travel.

  7. Love your blog ! I have the Eileen Fisher pants in navy and black and wear them every week for work. They are so comfortable and easy to take care of and always look nice. In fact I love all her clothes and would be happy with nothing but in my closet !! Lol! It sounds as if your trip has been fantastic, I can’t wait until retirement so we can travel like that too ! Thanks for the inspiration! You always look lovely !

    1. Thanks so much, Jacqui! I think I need them in navy too. My brown ones wore out after 5 years and need replacing. They are, hands down, my favorite pants.

  8. Having traveled in an RV for 4 1/2 years now – I appreciate the awareness of key pieces and comfort, as well as easy care. You do them all so well!

    1. I’m envious of your RV life, Barb. You’re the one who has it all figured out!

  9. Joanne Long says:

    I’m off to the Cascade Mountains tomorrow. We’ll stay in a cabin but it’s rustic. We do like to visit a lodge for dinner so some jewellery would dress me up a bit. Are you camping in the Northwest?

    1. Yes, we’re in the west coast of Vancouver Island.

    1. Thanks, Carol. You’re the best!

  10. You look great in all of these outfits, Jennifer. This would make a great capsule wardrobe for any kind of travel. Versatile pants, tops that go with everything, comfortable shoes, and a couple of “smarter” outfits for restaurant dining. My “camping” wardrobe is much more heavy on the yoga pants and athletic-style shorts because we are either in our tent trailer or else wilderness camping. And I need to be able to sweat in most things and get them wet and/or dirty. But I always keep one decent outfit for a trip to “town” or for the big restaurant meal we have on our way home from canoe camping. We spend the last day dreaming of cheeseburgers and french fries…and then stop at a diner when we’re driving home. Four days in the bush always makes us crave hamburgers and milkshakes. Must be all that fresh air:)

    1. Ah yes, the fresh air! I’m sure I’ve put on lots of weight this trip. Your holidays sound terrific!!

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