over50feeling40: It's Not You....It's The Clothes!
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Dec 27, 2010

It's Not You....It's The Clothes!

The Inspiration!

I needed to meet two former students at La Madeleine this morning for brunch and I woke up in a fashion fog!

Nothing was jumping out at me until my eye caught this page in a recent Coldwater Creek catalog. I was drawn to the length of the white shirt thinking, “That will hide a multitude of sins…” and I knew I had all of the components to mimic such and outfit.

When I first put everything on, I was beyond bummed. I looked even bigger than I am! How could that be! I immediately began to scold myself for not working harder to lose the weight. For being an embarrassment to all females everywhere….for having the biggest hips in Texas… for too much Christmas candy and cookies…when it occurred to me that maybe the length of the shirt was a detriment to a body shape like mine and NOT a help as I originally thought.

That is when I began to tweak the catalog look….instead of a black T, I went with a purple one; I put on a shorter white collared shirt; and instead of solid black pants, I went with a wide leg, pin stripe. I was amazed at how this look was slimming…really just by shortening the shirt.

Copying a look is so often how we learn about personal style; but, it is important to modify the look for your own body type. All of us tend to berate ourselves when clothes do not fit or look like a picture when it is not us…just the clothes and the fit!

Though feeling very “hot,” I still ordered smart at brunch…(I highly recommend the Smart Choice Omelets with spinach, onions, tomatoes, and fat free, cholesterol free eggs!!)

Two future business stars and my brunch dates!!!


  1. You look amazing!
    Great job!
    Wide-leg pants are the best 'secret' slimmers around! I own tons, and need to wear them more often. I have been on a skirt kick for a year now
    ( i love em')
    maybe it's time to change up a bit!
    thanks for the inspiration!

  2. LOL welcome to the club, sister! I have the biggest hips and butt in New York!

    I love your adaptation of the outfit- smashing!

    And I know what you mean about adapting popular looks... although skinny jeans and over-the-knee boots will have to pass me by!

  3. I have to agree about the skinny jeans/boots thing. We can love and accept our curves but that dosen't mean approximating an upside-down ice cream cone is required.

    Even the smallest hips in Texas are going to pop with a white band of blouse below a dark jacket!

    Great save!

  4. Pam,VERY WELL SAID!! First off, you look absolutely GORGEOUS in your rendition of this outfit. There's probably a reason the folks at Coldwater didn't put this outfit on a model, but rather photographed it laid out flat!

    Why do we always go to the self bashing? I'm guilty of the same thing and every time, I give myself a good talking to! Your hips and weight are absolutely fine. You look very well proportioned and pardon me for saying this, but you look like a WOMAN! And I LOVE it on you!!


  5. I think you did GREAT!! I LOVE wide leg pants...yours ROCK!!!

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  6. What a cute blog you have! Looking fab dear! xo

  7. Fantastic outfit. I love the wide leg trousers! Very chic. And that bag is GREAT!!


  8. I like your version BETTER than the catalog. You look great in this! I may need to copy you!! LOL

  9. How true. it's always about adaptation and you sure got it down pat. . Happy holidays x

  10. Your outfit turned out to be very chic!
    You know if we could airbrush ourselves and stretch our bodies like they do in photo's no problem.
    The other day I commented to husband that no one on earth has a waist that long as I was looking through a catalog.
    It's up to us real women to show how it's done!

  11. I love the outfit and you did a great job re-creating it. Very classy.

  12. I totally agree and like your outfit better than the picture! I love seeing people's interpretations of fashion - so much more interesting than copying the look exactly!

  13. Also - I would LOVE to feature you in my "Gal Friday" feature - email me if you're interested! :)


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