Recently, I saw a quote on Instagram which said, “I want an outfit which says LISTEN to me, not look at me.”  Keep that in mind, as I begin to share styles with you which are more in the business casual category.  I believe that is where my style will be living going forward with my career (yes, at 64, I have plans to go forward!).  I have always included in the five adjectives I want to communicate with my style, the adjectives of strength and intelligence (wisdom, savvy, etc).  While I like to be creative, I also want to be taken seriously.  I want people to listen to what I have to say…whether it is business professionals or my grandchildren.  I desire to be taken seriously.

The other joy I returned to last week, is my love of thrifting…whether at our great Goodwill locations, or at my favorite consignment/resale boutiques.  That is when I discovered this jacket by Jones of New York!  It fits so well and has perfect seaming for a flattering style.  It is lightweight fabric blend of rayon and polyester making it wonderful for our warm summer (well into fall) weather.  But here is why I believe this look says strength and wisdom:

  1.  Classic pieces are perfect for communicating these messages.  A well fitted, classic suit jacket always works.
  2.  These are dark wash jeans.  The dark wash just takes the look up a notch and makes it more business casual and good for work. (not to mention,  more slimming)  The light wash is better for casual, off the job, wear.
  3. Neutrals are excellent ways to communicate… take me seriously.  Here I went for a classic black and white combo on top.
  4. However, the purple handbag says, I am strong, but approachable and fun.

Finally, I selected a leather flat with a bit more detail to it.  The square toe and tan/gold trim keep it a more creative business casual than a flat pointed toe would.  The pointed toe for me works best with full blow professional or evening out styles.  However, I do wear them with denim occasionally.  I decided to go with a simple gold bracelet combination, and my gold watch because of the gold studs on the shoes.  Now, some may think this look boring, but I feel pretty empowered in it!

This jacket is going to serve my wardrobe well.  I have a similar style, but it is a heavy knit and becomes very warm during spring and summer.  I found it at my favorite local consignment shop The Garment Exchange.  It is owned by a very savvy, over 50 woman (Marilyn Caskey) who I have admired for years.  She is smart and very kind. Click on her website in the link I gave you and you can also find her items on Ebay.  The jeans are from Roz & Ali (formerly dressbar); the white top is from Kohls; the shoes are from Macys; and the Rebecca Minkoff purse is a Marshall’s find.  All past purchases…except for the recent resale treasure.

When you want to be taken seriously, how do you dress?  It doesn’t always mean…wear a power suit.  However, if you feel confident and strong in what you are wearing, then I believe others will listen to what you have to say.  Confidence is the power.

Please tell us what you think about dressing with strength and wisdom in mind?  Then check out some of the items I found for you believe which I believe fit into this category…………….and, as always………………………




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