Fashion Over 50: Some Details Require Courage

Fashion details make our looks uniquely us and special, and sometimes it is fun to step out with details which might take some courage to wear!  Stacy London calls this joyful dressing (and you know how much I love the word JOY).   She writes, “A joy injection is achieved by dressing out loud.  Joy isn’t a whimper in the corner.”She also says it takes effort to switch off fear and see yourself in a new way.  It took alot of courage for me to wear this top, and I even wore it for a speaking engagement. Putting it with these pants takes even more courage…however, I was pleasantly surprised when my husband liked the outfit.  He encouraged me to wear it out all together.  Both pieces come from Chico’s.   A brand with a new advertising campaign about boldness!  I think many of us have fear based dressing because we lack the confidence to step out and we worry about judgement from others.   However, if the look fits who we are, communicates what we want to say, and is a flattering style, then why not go out and enjoy?I selected these sandals to wear with it, because the color is lightly part of the print in the pant.  These are by MIA and I bought them about six years ago at Nordstrom Rack.  I really like to wear them…the heel padding is great making them easy to walk in.

Is there a a garment right now you wish you had the courage to wear, but so far you have not been willing to venture out in it or purchase it?  It does not cost anything to go to the store and try it on to see what you think.   Tell us about the garment below.

In Stacy’s book, The Truth About Style, she quotes Dale Carnegie, ” Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage.  If you want to conquer fear, do not sit and think about it. Go out and get busy.”  (I have said it before, Stacy’s book is the best style book I have read…out of many.  Click on the link in the title if interested)

I have selected some BOLD styles from Chicos below for your consideration.  Look them over and then



  1. Hmmm…I think my comment was eaten.

    I love this bold outfit choice on you, Pam, and I’m happy to see you pushing yourself and challenging yourself to try new things. Part of growing is not being afraid to fail – this is NOT a fail. Good for you!

  2. You look wonderful Pam! I love that shirt, and with the pants it really is just perfect. You must feel so fabulous wearing that outfit! When I saw it, I immediately smiled and gave it a huge “yes!!”, and then I thought that part of the reason I was so taken with it is that it is a white shirt. It’s like taking something you love and feel confident in (in my case it would be a white shirt) and putting a spin on it. Maybe it’s having a toe in your comfort zone while really stepping out and trying something bold and new at the same time. This DOES encourage me to try different things. I love all the patterned pants this spring and have those on my shopping list! I really like the tropical cheetah crops and will have to stop in Chico’s and try those on!

  3. I am so glad it encourages you, Karen. This is a fun style…yes, stop in and try some items on!

  4. Love this look on you Pamela. I tend to be somewhat conservative so thanks for the encouragement to be bold. Also thanks for introducing me to Chico’s. I love some of their clothing and have already bought two basic pieces.

  5. You look beautiful Pam!!! Fabulous outfit and love those shoes!! Thanks for this post and encouragement!!

  6. I think it’s wonderful to wear something different. It seems like all of our life we were trying to blend in, yet it’s time to stand out!!
    This is such a wonderful outfit Pam!!!

  7. I like this on you better than any outfit I have seen you in! It is extremely flattering and classy from tip to toe.

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