Fashion Friday Q&A


I woke up this morning and realized I didn’t have a Fashion Friday post ready to go. D’oh!! I usually write these posts a few days ahead so I can post early and get the linky up for those who come looking for it. I had something in the works, but it’s not quite ready yet so I’m sort of caught with my pants down . . . ha!

Since I have to run out to an early training appointment, I don’t have a ton of time, and I’m feeling thoroughly uninspired. I haven’t gotten out of my yoga pants all week. I KNOW. It’s pathetic. I’ll blame it on post-vacation blues. I’m not really blue, though. It’s just been one of those weeks where I’m going nowhere and can’t seem to get up the gumption to get gussied up.

In light of all that . . . I thought I’d try something new. A Fashion Friday Q&A!

What do you want to know? It can be something for a future blog post, like how to wear a certain color or trend . . . or it can be something personal about my own fashion habits or philosophies. I’ll either answer in the comments, or I’ll tuck it away for a future Fashion Friday post. Or both!

Go ahead. Lay it on me.

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    1. Always happy to talk blogging! I know a lot of people DIY it, but I HIGHLY recommend having someone move you over who knows what they’re doing so you don’t lose images and stuff. Cathy at WPBarista.com does a great job!

  1. I live in a warm climate. How do you suggest dressing for fall and incorporating fall trends when it is still warm out (70s and 80s)? I am sick of summer clothes!

    1. Ooooh that is a tough one! Good blog topic post, for sure. Fortunately here in PA, it is pretty fall-like at the moment. But I think switching to more fallish colors is one easy way to make the transition in a warmer climate. And I love the juxtaposition of boots with short sleeves… if it’s not too hot for that? So switching to more fall-like footwear, while still wearing clothing that is fairly lightweight, but in a more seasonal color palette. Does that help at all? I would definitely want to switch out my closet and get rid of the pastels and super summery materials.

      1. I live in Tucson, and YES, boots are the answer, finally wearing a pair today and I’m SOOOO excited! Happy Friday!

          1. Yummie Tummie makes a great shapewear tank top too, that I wear almost every day. The shapewear material is across the mid section, and the top and bottom are regular cotton material. This way your chest doesn’t get flattened, and it doesn’t ride up at the bottom. Totally recommend!

          2. I have that one, and I like it. But it shows in tank tops. The one I have, you can remove the straps, and just tuck the top under your bra, and that way you can still wear tank tops. 🙂

  2. I have the opposite question of Nadine–how can you look stylish when you’re freezing? A lot of cute outfits are sleeveless tanks and thin sweaters. I run cold and live in the same climate you do, I can’t even be indoors with that little on! I see advice like “don’t wear bulky sweaters” because they make you look chunkier (and I’m already chunky). But seriously? I have to wear wool and often a thin set of long underwear starting in Dec and through Feb.

    1. Ugh, I hate that about winter. That is why I LOVE dressing in the fall. I either a) freeze or b) throw in the towel and wear a bulky sweater. My favorite cozy-but-not-frumpy advice is to buy cashmere. I have a couple of cashmere turtleneck sweaters I drag out on the coldest days. They’re not bulky, but they’re quite warm, and you can layer silk longjohns underneath if you need to.

  3. Hi! 🙂 This isn’t a specific fashion question but rather a broader issue. I live in South Florida and the tendency for most “suburban” people is to dress down… very casually. People wear jeans and shorts and t-shirts to just about anything. I usually feel like I am over-dressed even when I know I’m really am not. I don’t like feeling this way but I don’t really want to dress down to fit in. Any thoughts on this or why some areas of the country are so “relaxed” about what they wear in public? Thanks!!!

    1. Ha! I hear ya. It’s probably not quite so casual here in Philly, but out in the ‘burbs there is hardly ever a reason to dress up. I used to always have “church clothes” and everyday clothes, but I finally stopped buying “church clothes” after a while, since it’s not unusual for people to come in jeans and a sweatshirt. I don’t get that AT ALL. I have no good answer for you. I think it is only going to get worse and worse.

  4. Two things: First, I love your style. You give me great ideas and your style totally fits my taste. You always look great! Second, are maxi skirts only a summer option, or can they be styled for fall/winter looks as well? I love them, but they feel “summerish” to me. Please advise!

  5. My fashion dilemma is footwear. I love shoes….who doesn’t? However, I am 58 and am beginning to have foot problems. I really need a sturdier shoe with comfy insole. Boots have not been a problem. I have also found sandals from Orthoheel that I am quite fond of. It seems my problem is basically with flats. Comfy flats tend to look “more mature” than what I would like. I am not a fan of athletic shoes unless I am walking or exercising. Any suggestions for name brands and/or styles?

    1. I am right there with you. My favorites at the moment are the Emma by Cobb Hill. Check out this post: https://jolynneshane.com/fashion-over-40-daily-mom-style-10-08-14.html Cobb Hill has other styles as well! They are quite comfy. Still not supportive like Orthaheels, but they’re fine for short periods of time. https://bit.ly/1yuqCt5

      I also have those Taos Untold that I like – they’re better with the Abeo insert, but I wear them both ways. https://www.bit.ly/taosuntold

  6. What fashion adjustments should be made for those of us not endowed in the chest area?;-) Things do not always translate well! I see darling outfits, try then on, and well, it just falls flat! (Haha)

  7. I have a question-why can’t I find anything brown? I have black, gray, grayish black and blackish gray skirts and pants and a one camel pair of pants that are old but in browns all I can find is khaki and shades of khaki. I want a brown skirt to wear with my really cute brown boats! Have been online and in stores but haven’t found anything-any ideas of a brand with brown this year?

  8. I just recently found your site and have loved catching up. I have been told that only teens and 20 somethings can get away with skinny jeans and leggings. I like how you incorporate them into your wardrobe. They do seem to be trending everywhere. However, my legs have always been on the bigger side. Should those with bigger legs try this fashion?

  9. Also, is wearing pantyhose completely out of fashion? I like how they feel under dressier skirts and dresses, but am noticing not too many wearing them these days.

    1. They’ve been out of vogue for a while, but there are times when I wear them because it just seems silly not to. But yeah… you’re better off going with tights if you’re concerned with fashion. It’s silly, really. And Kate Middleton has made traditional pantyhose acceptable again… although I haven’t seen that taking hold. I think colored stockings are actually going to be a THING this fall… cuz everything from the 80s and 90s is in again. 🙂

  10. How to navigate trends in your 40’s. I love the look of boot socks, but at age 47, I am trying to dress like my teenager if I wear them? And I second the updated post on how to wear skinny jeans!

    1. I don’t think so. I love boot socks! I was planning to get more this year. 🙂 I think the key for us over 40 types is not to pull them up over the knee – just have them peeking over the top of the boot, but under the knee.

  11. Is leggings appropriate for our age? (40!) It feels like I can’t find long enough tops to wear with leggings. I am not comfortable wearing leggings because I feel exposed? but they looks so comfortable.

  12. Admittedly, I have not read through all of the comments, but I’m thinking of taking the coated denim plunge and I’m wondering how to style it!

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