What Should I Wear? to play tourist in San Antonio

Pamela Lutrell discusses what should I wear

Every year, my husband and I spend some time in downtown San Antonio at Christmas playing tourist, so it was a perfect time to discuss What Should I Wear?  Just as any tourist situation, you want to be comfortable, relaxed, yet…fun!  So I pulled a few pieces together from my closet that I have never worn together.

Over 50 Feeling 40 on the importance of details in styling a look

I really believe it is in the details and especially accessorizing where our own personal style shows through the most. These are houndstooth leggings from JJill, and a knit top from Soft Surroundings which has a faux leather trim.  You can count my purple nails as an accessory as well!  The textures and detailing can keep a basic neutral outfit from being boring.

Over 50 Feeling 40 on the power of accessories

I used an Eileen Fisher scarf with metallic gold trim and the gray in the top and pants as an excuse to wear mixed metal accessories.  Sometimes I love to just mix silver and gold rather than decide to go with just one.  Wasn’t it the snowman in Rudolf that suggested “Silver and Gold” were Christmas colors?

My ECCO Boots are perfect for lots of walking to see the downtown sites…they keep my feet very happy.  If it turns out cold, I will make sure to add a coat, but this type of layering usually works well where we are.  The really exciting news??  I bought the leggings on clearance at JJill about three years ago.  When they arrived, they were too tight.  I almost sent them back…but they were such a good deal, I really liked them, so I decided to hang on to them.  I still have mass quantities of weight to lose, but have done well in losing inches…and now they fit!  This is the first time I am wearing them and Mr. B really liked this look! Perseverance!  It pays off.

I have just a few San Antonio pictures below…the holidays are my favorite time to be downtown! I did my best to find similar pieces for the slide show below….it is just one week until Christmas!  Crazy how fast this year has been and there is so much to do!  Hang in there…we can all get it done…make sure you just



  1. Perfect ensemble Pam including your nails. As for shopping; thought I was finished however now on a mission of finding a parcel that managed to travel halfway across the world without a problem but appears to be have been delivered to the wrong house (possibly due to a mix up in street name by the carrier person as wouldn’t be the first time), so am keeping my fingers crossed that it will turn up, since the clock is ticking.
    Following your advice re ‘keep smiling’. ☺Brenda☺

  2. Love the outfit – you look fabulous! And thank you for sharing the pictures of San Antonio at Christmas! That is on my bucket list – if it ever happens, I’ll try to message you somehow and invite you to join me for coffee or hot chocolate – Merry Christmas! Keep Smiling!

  3. Hang in there…I think there is always at least one glitch we face this time of year. I hope they get your gift!

  4. Thank you for including the close-up pictures (can’t see the important details in the main picture). This helps me to really get a feel for what you have put together

  5. great outfit. perfect for your visit. the sights and sounds are wonderful this time of year. and to the lady whose package was lost. we had one missing too. it was finally located in the mailroom far away from where it should have been. so keep looking . fingers crossed you find it. love the san antonia photos.

  6. I like this new segment “What Should I Wear?” It is very helpful and empowering. Your ensemble today is terrific.

  7. Thanks so much, Julie! I am going to continue this for sure! Means a lot that you find it helpful and inspiring!

  8. Such a good idea to play tourist in your own city! We take so much for granted that we can miss some really cool places. Great outfit too! You’re ready for anything in this and it’s very modern and like you said, fun!

  9. Thanks, Karen! San Antonio is such an amazing place. I have to remember to give myself permission to enjoy it!

  10. Love, love, love! Great outfit! I need to try a pattern with my leggings…love those that you are wearing! You look wonderful!

  11. You look terrific Pam! I love everything you are wearing! Every thing! Your hair us also fabulous!
    Enjoy playing tourist and take on the sights sounds and spirit of Christmas!

  12. This outfit is the perfect example that being comfortable & stylish is possible. Bravo! San Antonio looks lovely.

  13. Makes me very sad to see you write ( that you think) you have ” MASS quantities of weight to lose”. Our cultural obsession with thin/too thin bodies is not good.

  14. Don’t be sad, Linda. This is for health reasons….blood pressure in particular and longevity. While I confess that it would also be nice for clothing, my primary reason is a doctor who is always “encouraging” me to be healthier. I am not going for super thin and have no desire to be super thin. Thanks for your sentiment!

  15. Thank you for the wonderful post! I’m heading to San Antonio next week and your pics have me super excited to explore the city.

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