over50feeling40: Friend Friday: Facing Down the Trends
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Oct 7, 2011

Friend Friday: Facing Down the Trends

Sweater/Satin Top: Lane Bryant
JNY Pants: Macys
Sam Edleman Ballet Flats: DSW

Whew….it has been a fast week of blogger events….from Visible Monday to Bloggers Do it Better to bloggers speak out on behalf of Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer to today, Modly Chic's FBFF!! I need the three day weekend just to recover and prepare for San Antonio’s Fashion Week which begins on Sunday!!

Wore with this shawl from Marshalls

Before I plunge into the questions, I do want to say that I sit every day and stare at a room full of Apple Computers….these MACS help prepare some of my students for careers in communications. A legacy left by Steve Jobs. One thing I will remember is his graduation speech where he told kids to pursue what they love and to live each day to its fullest one day at a time….I am in agreement! I tell my kids every day they need to find what they love and go after it….no matter what challenges lay before them. Hopefully, working on these computers….a dream achieved by someone who loved it…will inspire them to go forward. It is so sad when someone with great talent leaves so early…but he certainly left a place in our history forever.

Necklace: Lane Bryant
Bracelet: Kohls

Now, to Katy’s questions:

1. Do you ever see a fad hit the store and immediately dislike it? Of course….I am going to go out on a limb and say that everyone has seen something that did not appeal to their personal taste. For example, I personally do not like the red, green, and yellow jeans that are popular right now. They look great on other ladies, but I just do not like them for me…so far, that hasn’t changed. At first, I did not like leggings…but they have become a favorite of mine on the weekends!!  (Even though some fashion experts say that 50 and over should not wear leggings!!)

Shawl was great for the air conditioned

2. Has the popularity of a certain piece of clothing or line ever convinced you to try on something (or purchase something) you dislike? As I said above, leggings! When I tried them on, I was amazed at how much I liked them. I recently purchased a pair of T strapped shoes that surprised me…I expected not to like them! But, What Not To Wear taught me to be open to trying things on before I rule them out.

3. Have you ever changed your mind about a trend after seeing it around for a while? I currently have more animal prints than I ever thought I would have; but, I love the trend and the fact that it really never goes away!! Also, right now I am wearing more sequin tops than I ever thought I would wear…they grew on me…and I love them!

4. Do you feel a certain pressure to have specific items in your closet because “everyone” else does? Not any longer!! When I was younger, there was much peer pressure that I allowed to affect me! Now, if I like it….fine…if I don’t…fine!  I would love to own top designer clothes, but that is not where my income is...so it does not do any good to lament over it or go into financial crisis over it either!

These were my summer purchases at DSW including the ballet
flats I wore with this outfit!!

5. Be honest, what do you think of the Missoni line? Did you grab any items? Is it worth the eBay prices? Apparently, this is a trend that many women like. For me… just not attracted to this particular zig zag print. I personally do not like it at all. I do not know what the eBay prices are….but I would not buy it on a Clearance Rack. That said, I know there are some who love it and that is great…that’s what keeps the fashion industry thriving. I know there are things I like that many others do not! I blog to encourage 50+ women to look and feel their best!! If some of them feel confident and fabulous in Missoni, then go for it!!


Now, head over to Katy's Modly Chic to read other blogger answers and enjoy your weekend….there is a slight chance for rain in San Antonio…I will be praying that it happens!!


  1. Great answers....Ive been buying up more animal print than I ever thought I would:)

    Looking great lady!

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  2. Hi Pam!This was a fab post.I totally agree with you.I loveeeeeeeee leggings, I wear them often, to run and especially in the cold weather thats just around the corner.Oh I cant wait!Im not a follower actually I consider myself a leader where fashion is concerned.If something is "In" id I like it ok If I dont that doesnt matter either.

    I hope more woman our age read this blog,its great and I thank you for having it!

    Have a lovely day!

  3. I LOVE sequins, but find myself feeling shy about wearing them! Really must work on that! Can't wait to see your coverage about SA Fashion Week! Hugs to you! ~Serene

  4. Great answers, Pam - I love what you wrote about not going into "financial crisis" to own designer clothes. Spoken like a true woman of wisdom! Love those Edelman flats.

  5. Gorgeous ensemble today, Pam! I agree that we have to pick and choose which trends we'll wear. I find that I'm less inclined than ever to buy "disposable" clothing/accessories. If a current trend fits my personal style, I use it as an opportunity to stock up, but will incorporate those pieces into my long-term wardrobe. Even if my wallet supported, my lifestyle doesn't support high-end designer clothing (a special needs child, dogs, occasionally having to dig around dusty storage areas at work).

  6. Gorgeous outfit and shawl! You're looking better and better everyday. I think you're aging in reverse.

  7. The shawl and jewelry are gorgeous.

    I agree with all of your answers!

  8. Interesting interview. I agree about the colored jeans! xo

  9. Love the satin detailing in the top. The shawl is a chic and colorful choice. And mixing in the leopard shoe with the patterned shawl was a great touch.


  10. I am not a jeans person, and I am yet to be convinced that legging would look good on me. Love the jewellery

  11. The shawl adds great colors to your ensemble. Leggings and animal prints - can't go wrong!

  12. I'm with you about Target's Missoni. It did not move me one bit. Seemed a bit Charlie Brown if you ask me. Which you did. Or didn't.

    Love leopard and sequin trend right now. Fresh and classic so won't go out of style like acid wash or neon brights.

  13. Wow you are busy! Love what you said about Steve Jobs :) "What Not to Wear" gives great fashion advice!

  14. You are so on the mark my friend. Big Hugs!!! P.S. I wear leggings :-)

  15. I agree with your comments on the colored jeans, they are not for a woman my age or size. I also do not Target's Missoni....when I saw it I thought "this? this is what the hub bub is about?"


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