We are having great discussions about our wardrobes lately and I want to continue it today by explaining my take on affordable fashions for women over 50 and an explanation of my shopping list going into summer. At the beginning of the summer, after three months of the pandemic’s hit on retailers, I decided it would be a good time to pick up some items I wanted in my wardrobe at affordable prices…of course, I had two jobs at that point (my full time communications job and my blog). I made a list of clothing I was going to keep an eye on and see how low they would go. Then I was laid off and the list changed to include more affordable options, and a few items to fit my new lifestyle. I want the LESS is MORE philosophy of elegance to speak a loud voice with items that communicate my adjectives: Elegant, Intelligent, Confident, Approachable and Creative in strong, powerful ways. I am no longer a slave to professional wear and can finally wear what I want to wear every day. Now THE LIST, looks like this:
Eileen Fisher black leggings
A new pair of skinny jeans
A few more V-neck tops
Navy Tops or Jackets
Jackets with better fit…to replace the boxy ones
Items which speak elegance to me…to replace the ones I tossed that don’t
Ballet flats in different colors (I will probably purge some of the pointed toe flats that I wore often to an office)
BEGINNING WITH THE LEGGINGS
Today’s outfit features my new Eileen Fisher Leggings worn with an older Chico’s top and Clark Ballet Flats from Macys. I have wanted a pair of Eileen Fisher leggings for a long time, but I was not willing to pay full price. So, I decided to try EBAY. I have not ordered anything from EBAY for a long time, and since I can link it in my slideshows, I wanted to try it out. SCORE! These are brand new EF leggings, with a beautiful satin stripe on the side and made of TENCEL ponte…one of my favorite fabrics.
I bought them for $60!! On EBAY, you can choose if you prefer brand new with tags still on, slightly new, or worn. This purchase was flawless and I am very happy. They actually look more like a beautiful pant than tight leggings, and are a bit heavier…so you will see me in them often this fall and winter. This was a great find and is now marked off the list. I actually like treasure hunting, so I think EBAY will be one of my new go to sites.
REMAINING ON THE LIST
After recent sales, I do have a couple of V Neck tops, a pair of skinny jeans and ballet flats on the way…the ballet flats are VIONIC at Dillards and were 65% off recently for $41 a pair! I also have a few returns of items which did not work out. But, the sales are really good this year…I have taken advantage a couple of times of Soft Surroundings sales because this is new for that retailer…in the past big sales were few. I just ordered a velvet jacket for $19! I have also discovered some great finds on ETSY and I love to support these creative entrepreneurs. Recently, I went shopping at the mall and saw beautiful leather headbands, but they were pricey. So, I went to Etsy and found The Little Boutique by Lena where she has made several faux leather bands in several colors and they are lovely…much more affordable. I ordered this olive green for me! I know…it is not on the list. But I really like it!
The purpose of the list is to keep me focused with my wardrobe additions and to keep me aware of looking for more affordable options. Now that I work mainly from home, I do not need the professional wear that I previously wore the majority of time. But it will be fun re-purposing some of the items I already own. Mr. B will be overseeing that carefully in a couple of months! So far, I am pleased with my purchases,,,I will let you know how it continues.
Today’s slideshow is dedicated to EBAY and ETSY finds….it is always fun to look for these for you! Does anyone else have a list that they have in mind of sale shopping or additions to shore up the foundations of your wardrobe? Please share…would love to know what you are looking for…maybe I can help?
JUST A NOTE:
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