Friday, January 29, 2010

In Style

This week at Kelly's Korner: Fashion Tips
You might recall from my Style Intervention post this summer that fashion is not my forte... This was, once again, confirmed yesterday when I checked out In Style Magazine's "Look Good at Any Age."  According to this, in my 20s I should be wearing sheer lace shorts.

But of course! I will be sure to rush out and purchase some of these this weekend... And while I'm at it, maybe someone is having a sale on Blake Lively's legs too. (Because I just said Blake Lively's legs I will probably get lots of blog hits today from perverts. FYI.)

The article also says to women in their 50s: "With age comes the authority to wear polished clothes that younger women often can't pull off, like pencil skirts and embellished button-down shirts."  Well, I wear skirts and blouses most days -- I'm glad to know that I really can't pull that off either, AND it will be another 25 years before I have that "authority." So far I'm 0 for 2. Welcome to my life.

The moral of this story? If you are into true Hollywood style, you should disregard any tips I might give. However, I think In Style would have done well to hire someone a little more "regular" - like, hmmm, me? - to write this article.  Until they realize that, my blog will have to do:

In your 20s...

  • Switch from ribbons to headbands.  On my 21st birthday, I bid farewell to my favorite colorful, satin, ponytail accessories.  This was a very sad day.  However, in the four years since then, I have begun a very passionate and satisfying affair with cute headbands.  I have not been disappointed.  For fear of becoming the old lady with the long gray ponytail and a gigantic bow, please, make this move now.

  • Invest in a pair of classic pearl earrings.  The bigger the better.  (And don't be afraid to wear these to work, play, the gym, the pool, etc.)  Jeff actually has to BEG me to take them out about once a week because they start to be a little smelly.  Oops.

  • Try skinny jeans.  Contrary to popular belief, skinny jeans are not JUST for skinny people.  Now, I'm not suggesting that you spray on your denim, but a well tailored "slim" fit is actually really flattering!  It sure looks better than cutting off my legs another five inches with a bell bottom! I recently bought a pair from Ann Taylor Loft and I plan to wear them until the inner thigh rips from too much rubbing.  (Does that only happen to me?)

  • Embrace tights and turtlenecks. These two items are a pale girl's best friends - literally!  I have become a great lover of fall & winter, mainly because I can layer everything with black tights and a black turtleneck.  Not only is this look slimming and work appropriate, but it also allows me to play with "trends" that I might not wear otherwise.  For example: try pairing a silky top or dress over a dark turtleneck.  I feel a lot more comfy in layers, but still like I am "going out"... Since I do this so much.
Yes, I did change into this outfit specifically so Jeff could take a picture.  But, I DID actually have it picked out to wear downtown last weekend when we ended up having to cancel.  And yes, I did change into sweats as soon as this "photo shoot" was over.  All in the name of honesty here... (P.S. If you have exceptionally negative feelings about this look, please let me know privately to spare me the humiliation of actually wearing it out... Husband, Mother, and Sister need not reply.)

Oh, and one note to the boys (because I know you are reading this too)...
  • Please wear an undershirt.  I can't stress this enough.


  1. E - you are looking good my dear friend! So stylish =) love you.

  2. look at you, style queen! I too, just invested in my first pair of skinny jeans. I'm a little (or way) behind the trend, but I love them already. You will have to give us a fashion show the next time we 12 are together. bring your hole wardrobe, please :-)

  3. You are adorable! I love your outfit in the last pic. I've been avoiding the skinny jeans. I just can't get the nerve to try them on. I feel like they will make my hips look big and my ankles small. How do you pull it off?

  4. Amen to the undershirt for guys! One day I hope to buy a pair of skinny jeans, right now I am just still afraid! Great list!

  5. Hi, I just found your blog from Kellys Korner and after seeing the picture of Addy, I just had to leave a comment! If that picture of her on your banner doesn't put a smile on someones face, then they are just made of stone. Ha ha!I have two goldens and I cannot get them to cooperate for pictures. When I do get a picture, their eyes always look like flashlights!

  6. Dear Sister. I want to comment, even though you told me not to... 1. I AM THE ONE THAT TOLD YOU TO WEAR TURTLENECKS UNDER SHIRTS LIKE THAT. Start giving me credit. 2) I DIED...literally cracked up at your labeled "club hand" 3) I actually really like that outfit...and 4)I went out and got you some lace shorty shorts today...they're white though. You're welcome.

  7. Super cute outfit! I agree with pearl earrings! They're my favorite!

  8. HA! I just wound up here from Kelly's Korner, and this post is too funny. You are precious in your outfit. I really do love it.

    And, I'm hoping many men read the undershirt tip. So true. :)

  9. Hopping over from Kelly's Korner and I have to say I'm glad to know I"m not the only one who had to give up the ribbon-in-the-ponytail for the more "age appropriate" but still adorbaly cute, headbands! I still have the urge occasionally to tie a ribbon around my ponytail (and, in the vein of honesty I will admit to having done so at least once recently, BUT only at home) but I am truly loving the headbands now! Super-skinny, large, concealed, or bold, it doesn't matter to me :)
    Also I LOVE the outfit you posted! Too Cute! :)

  10. You are so cute, and this post is so funny! I found you from Kelly's blog, and I couldn't agree more with what you said here! I also have no fashion sense, but I do love the leggings, tights, skinny jeans, and turtlenecks. So wonderful, and they've even made me love my winter clothes!

    I'm also a VA blogger. Glad I found ya :)

  11. Elizabeth,

    I love that I am already following like almost all of your style tips, I feel so mature hahaha!

    Tights are my new obsession.

    Love Brynn

  12. I loooooooooooooooooove this outfit! I need skinny jeans but I refuse to buy them until all baby weight is gone which on average take me one year. And by "on average" I mean, that's how long it took with Jackson. =) Skinny jeans should probably not be my pair of fat jeans. Remember Bunny on Sex and the City? She thought she could rock a gray ponytail at 60+


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