Lessons Learned From My Favorite Fashion Bloggers

 

I’m a t-shirt and jeans girl. That is what I am most comfortable wearing. And as a blogger who works out of a home office, that is perfectly OK – while at home. But how does someone like me dress appropriately for other occasions in a way that gives me confidence and communicates who I am and what I’m about? Here’s what I learned from four of my favorite Fashion Bloggers.

Pam Lutrell

Pam Lutrell from Over50Feeling40.com was one of the first fashion bloggers I started following. At that time, I was a size larger than most of the clothes in my closet and was thinking that there was no way I was going to go shopping until I “lost 10 pounds!” Well, if I continued in that vein, I would be wearing about 2 things that were tight and uncomfortable all the time, because to date, those 10 pounds haven’t gone anywhere!

Fashion Blogger Pam Lutrell from over50feeling40.com
Pam Lutrell from over50feeling40.com believes that women can make fashion choices that make them feel confident not matter what their age, size or price range.
Pam Lutrell from Over50feeling40.com
Pam wearing white, cream and tan with a statement necklace. Great picture by that red fire hydrant!

Pam inspired me to love my body and to shop for clothes that fit me NOW. She says that “There is nothing which prevents a woman from being stylish, confident, and fashionable…age does not matter; income does not matter; and body size does not matter.” 

 There is nothing which prevents a woman from being stylish and confident - not age, income or body size. Pam… Click To Tweet

Each week, Pam does a feature with Jennifer Connolly of awellstyledlife.com called Style Sweet Spot. Here’s how it works – Pam and Jennifer pick an occasion that they are dressing for like a baby shower, trip to the museum or out for a casual dinner and show us what they would wear and why they made the choices they made.

Jennifer Connolly

What I like about Jennifer is that she helps me understand WHY something is a good look. For example, I loved this top that she was wearing.

 

Jennifer Connolly from awellstyledlife.com
Jennifer Connolly from awellstyledlife.com plays with angles and proportion in this asymmetrical top.

 

Jennifer said she was playing with proportion and angles when she chose the top with asymmetrical lines. I knew I liked it, but that little bit of a description helped me know WHY I liked it. And knowing WHY I liked it will help me look for those same features in a top in the future.

 

In another post, Jennifer talked about how texture and pattern near a woman’s face can minimize the “texture” on her face. Don’t you just love that we can call it texture?

Texture and pattern near a woman's face can minimize the 'texture' on her face. Click To Tweet

Here is Jennifer’s textured dress over pants:

Jennifer Connolly from Awellstyledlife.com
Jennifer wears this textured dress over black pants for an afternoon baby shower.

I tried the print near the face option with this heart-print scarf near my face for a girl’s lunch out.

Cathy Lawdanski, mysideof50.com wearing heart-print scarf
I tried pattern near my face in this heart-print scarf.

 

Shellie Bowdoin

Shellie Bowdoin* is from thefabjourney.com. Shellie often posts looks featuring great basic pieces she has in her closet (in some cases she’s had them for years), with new pieces to make a great new outfit.

 

Shellie Bowdoin from the fabjourney.com in animal print
Shellie models an animal print dress that she’s had in her closet for 18 years! Still looking good!
Shellie Bowdoin shops her closet. thefabjourney.com
This whole outfit came from Shellie’s closet and all purchase were sale items for Macy’s, Dillard’s Oulet or Goodwill. She has had those cute, orange Michael Shannon shoes for over 5 years!

 

Her post “How to Shop as a Fabulously Frugal Fashion Hunter” inspired me to quit doing my usual, walk into the store and buy everything on the mannequin outfit and walk out.

 

Here is my pairing something old with something new to make a whole new outfit:

 

Cathy Lawdanski, mysideof50.com pairs old with new for a whole new look.
Whole outfit is several years old, except for the Kendra Scott necklace that my husband gave me for Christmas.

The sweater, leggings, boots and necklace in the middle are all several years old. I added the Kendra Scott McKayla necklace that my husband gave me for Christmas and felt up to date and stylish for a Saturday luncheon at a country club!

 

Shelley Janac

I first discovered Shelley Janac from thequeeninbetween.com on Instagram. She had the most marvelous looks that MIXED PATTERNS! This blew my mind – mostly because I am the QUEEN OF MATCHY-MATCHY and because in the “olden days” that was a fashion no-no! But Shelley’s looks were so fabulous and fun.

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Fashion Blogger, Shelley Janac mixes stripes and polka dots
So cute – small polka dots on the skirt with a striped top. The necklace is the perfect pop of color.

So I put on my big girl pants and gave it a try for a Saturday shopping trip.  I paired a navy polka dot vest with a red and blue print scarf.

Cathy Lawdanski from mysideof50.com mixes patterns
Polka dot vest with scarf in complimentary colors.

 

This was way out of my fashion comfort zone, but when the sales guy at White House Black Market complimented my look, I knew I had arrived! LOL!

So…thanks to these ladies for their wonderful websites and their great fashion advice. There may be hope for me yet! I hope you will follow their blogs and social media accounts. You’ll be inspired to up your fashion game!

Do you ever feel like you are in a fashion rut? What’s the hardest thing about styling your over-40 self?

*Shellie recently interviewed me about a mid-life perspective on body image and weight loss. You can read the interview here.

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Pam@over50feeling40
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7 months 12 days ago

Cathy, I am honored to be here…it means so much to know something I said or did helped. I appreciate being included in this awesome group!

Elaine @ Following Augustine
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7 months 12 days ago

Pam and Jennifer are two of my favourite bloggers too! Now I’ll have to look in on the other two and look forward to seeing more from you too.

Shellie
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7 months 12 days ago

Cathy, this gave me the warm fuzzies. I try to give tips and suggestions to help women feel more confident about pursuing their own confident style. The fact that something I said actually helped you is a great encouragement to me.

Great post!
Shellie
http://www.thefabjourney.com

Jennifer
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7 months 12 days ago

I’m honored to be in such great company. Thanks so much Cathy. I think you look terrific. So wonderful to meet you. I’m delighted to help you anyway I can. Have a great week!
Cheers,
Jennifer
http://www.awellstyledlife.com

Mary - The boonodcks blog
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7 months 12 days ago

What a great post, I’m currently going through the pajama phase, but at some point I’ll have to go out and face the world. Thanks for rounding up these ladies, some of whose blogs I’ve visited before. They all look great! And so do you!

Jacqueline
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7 months 11 days ago

Love this! Thanks for pointing me to other fashion bloggers too!

Shelly
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7 months 11 days ago

Cathy thank you so much! Your words are so kind. You look adorable in your scarf and polka dots!

Kathryn
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7 months 11 days ago

These bloggers look great and so do you, Cathy! I could never do a fashion blog, but I do enjoy seeing women look well-dressed.

Mary
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Mary
7 months 10 days ago

I love this! Never considered looking for bloggers in the fashion side of life. I’m stepping back into business after being out and my last job was a jeans environment. So this post is great news for someone north of fifty! Thanks, CL!

summer
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7 months 10 days ago

Wow! These ladies are gorgeous ♥

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demeter | beaming baker
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7 months 10 days ago

You look amazing in that polka dot vest and colorful scarf! It is always so important to step out of your comfort zone and take new risks. The fashion bloggers you mentioned are such an inspiration (and so are you!) I love what Pam said about age, income and body size not mattering. It’s such a great message to love the skin you’re in and be happy! 🙂

Michelle Marttila - Happy Heart Made
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Great styles…you all look fabulous!!!

Rosemond
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7 months 10 days ago

Great looks and good job with the pattern mixing of the scarf and polka dot vest. I’m trying to learn how to pattern mix too, I tend to go all black and am trying to change my ways!

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Nikki
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7 months 6 days ago

Cathy, I’m going to have to check out these fashion bloggers, it seems that they have taught you a lot, and I love that their advice is simple and easy to put in place. I love all the photos of you, the color red looks fabulous on you! And that sweater with the white band at the bottom, really cool, love the necklace! I need to take lessons from you, I am a sweatshirt and sweat pants girl, paired with slippers! LOL The salesman in White House Black Market was right! You have arrived! xx

tianna
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7 months 5 days ago

so many great bloggers here! love the quotes from them 🙂

Christine @ A Sprinkle of This and That
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Everyone looks fabulous! Awesome fashion tips! So glad you are co-hosting the party at Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday!

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Karren Haller
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7 months 5 days ago

I love having a fashion blogger in our Oh My Heartsie Girls WW to help us Co-Host. Your article is wonderful and love all the fun photos!
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Have a wonderful week!
Karen

No Fear of Fashion
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7 months 4 days ago

I think you did a wonderful job applying all the lessons learned to your own clothes, outfit and look. I see the same things but I am very very slow in adopting these things. Making the mindshift from what I see to what I have. I love that polka dot vest with the scarf too, but would never think of it if I saw pattern mixing. Sigh.
And I am a very matchy matchy women. I never have more than 3 colours in my outfit (unless it is in a garment). Strange but true.
Greetje

indah nuria savitri
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7 months 4 days ago

great post, Cathy. I am quite adventurous in terms of fashion but certainly love to explore 🙂

Evija
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7 months 4 days ago

Cathy welcome to our fabulous bunch of hosts of #OMHGWW. I love your post and I am sure it is helpful to many women out there! Keep up the great work & have a wonderful week! Evija x

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Sandy Sandmeyer
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7 months 1 day ago

You really have to admire women who take fashion out of the ridiculous NYC eye and make it for real women like us. Thanks for sharing your post with us at the Over the Moon Link Party.

Colleen
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6 months 6 days ago

Hi Cathy! I work from home too, so I know exactly what you mean. It’s hard to break out of that habit. When I do put “real clothes” on my kids are like “Mom, where are you going”. Sad, right? These are some great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Sandra Garth
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6 months 2 days ago

Well this post was right on time, thank you. The “what am I going to wear today”, merry go round is draining. I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. Waiting until I get back to the size I was several years ago has kept me from shopping for anything remotely stylish. I love your confidence and that of the stylish bloggers you featured. Thanks for the post and the tips!

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Sherry Macdonald
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4 months 30 days ago

Cathy, great post! I hope someday my style blog will be one of your favorites. You are rocking those outfits. Do you mind if I use a couple of your photos for my blog? You are also inspiring me to get in front of my camera. If I wait until I loss 10 pounds it might be a long wait.

Estelle
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4 months 30 days ago

Great post! Loved seeing all the fashion options, and you rocked your choices!

Estelle
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4 months 30 days ago

Loved seeing all these fashion tips. You certainly rocked your choices!

sue
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4 months 30 days ago

All of you ladies are Sizzling! Great post Cathy and it shows we can all look great in midlife. Love it!

Andrea@WellnessNotes
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4 months 24 days ago

Great bloggers! I follow them all except Shelley, and I’ll check out her blog right now!

I also always love that Jennifer explains why things work or don’t work. Plus, I have started to pay attention to her recommendation to wear texture near your face to make wrinkles less noticeable!

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Patty
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3 months 15 days ago

Great post. I haven’t taken much time for fashion lately and I tend to stick with pants and a nice top, maybe jewelry. Jeans are still my favorite, maybe leggings and sweats next. My job and lifestyle don’t require me to dress up but when I need to I’m at a total loss. Thanks for the post and great suggestions. You look great too!

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Shelbee on the Edge
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3 months 7 days ago

Wonderful post! These ladies really are fabulous and inspiring with their gorgeous sense of style!

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Rosemond
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1 month 25 days ago

Oh how I love these ladies and love their looks too!

Suzi T
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1 month 14 days ago

This is an awesome post. I’ve noticed on TV lately that ” matching” is out but have been too scared to try. Love the red and blue scarf you used. Having just turned 50 I really enjoyed the tips here

Mother & Daughter
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1 month 14 days ago

I wish I could get beyond worrying about my size and just wear things I love.

Beverly
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1 month 13 days ago

Cathy,
You look awesome and it is so nice that these lovely ladies have inspired you. Sometimes, you just need a little nudge.
Hugs,
Bev

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