over50feeling40: Hit Your Style Sweet Spot: The Casual Holiday Office Party
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Nov 29, 2015

Hit Your Style Sweet Spot: The Casual Holiday Office Party

Welcome to a new collaboration with Jennifer of A Well Styled Life and Pam of over50feeling40.  We desire for all of us…the grandmothers, the professionals, the retirees, the volunteers… the fabulous women over 50 …to look and feel our best each and every day.  After years of blogging for this audience, we have heard from so many of you about your discouragement and despondency when you look in the mirror every morning.  But, we both know just how transformative style can be and we hope to encourage you with specific, step-by-step guidelines right here every Sunday.  We would like to see all of us empowered with strength, joy, and confidence!
Each Sunday, we will bring to you a scenario we face each week and show you our step-by-step process as we decide what to wear…you will see on our individual blogs how we handle the challenge and seek our personal sweet spot for the day!
This week we are styling for a casual office party.  The majority of businesses will hold smaller functions rather than dinner and dancing.  These stunning poinsettias were gifted to me by guests for Thanksgiving Dinner and I use them to remind you to take a hostess gift to parties in homes.  It is such a nice touch...flowers like these are a great way to honor the hostess ...or...consider...
One of these faux fur collars from SOFT SURROUNDINGS along with a bottle of wine or champagne.  
Now, back to the clothes!

My Old Frumpy Thinking...kept me from going to many parties during my 40s.  I was not confident in my clothing, so I would avoid attending many events.  I did not think I measured up to other women my age.






My New Healthy Thinking...I go out with confidence and a smile...in my sixties...at my size...wearing a style which reflects who I am. I do not let negative messages keep me from enjoying life...Life Is Short!








My Old Frumpy Thinking...followed old rules.  Such as, don't wear white after Labor Day; women of a certain age should not wear sparkle...women of a certain age look silly in booties.  Let's throw all those out the window!  There are a few style rules which have merit...not these.
Here is a casual outfit which helps me to feel fun, festive, and confident.  I love the white sweater in contrast to the green sequined tank.    

TALBOT'S SWEATER (purchased last year) 
LANE BRYANT GREEN SEQUINED TANK (purchased four years ago)
JJILL SEAMED PONTE KNIT PENCIL SKIRT ( I have two of these in black and brown and I LOVE these skirts.  Great for any occasion; comfortable; looks great!)LIZ CLAIBORNE BOOTIES FOUND AT MARSHALL'S FOUR YEARS AGO


The last year before Coldwater Creek closed the physical stores, I found this brooch at Christmastime.  It was the last one and I liked it so much, I asked a sales associate to climb into the window and take it off the mannequin.  She did and I am so glad she did!
It will please me every year when I take it out for special occasions.
Remember, white is an acceptable and elegant holiday color.  You can wear it on tops or bottoms.  Also, sparkle is acceptable...just keep it under control!

Now, let's go see what JENNIFER is wearing to the party!

Also, linking up this week with VISIBLE MONDAY...SHOE AND TELL LINK UP...A TOUCH OF TARTAN STYLE LINK UP...MONDAY MINGLE...TURNING HEADS STYLE LINK UP...KATIE'S THURSDAY FAVORITE THINGS BLOG HOP

Have a sparkly holiday week!

25 comments:

  1. Great booties! Some dressing rules are helpful and other's are just silly. I love the white for holiday! And the pin is perfect.

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    1. I loved your sparkle as well, Jennifer! It is fun to bring it out this time of year!

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  2. You look fabulous! Love the brooch...well worth the climb into the display window!

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    1. It was worth asking her to get it! It makes me smile whenever I wear it...thanks for stopping by, Donna!

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  3. Pam you look just perfect for the holiday occasion, some sparkle going on and a classic look!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    India Hicks Holiday Collection

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    1. Thanks so much, Karena! I love wearing white this time of year...have a great week!

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  4. I love the white sweater, Pam! It looks fresh and bright.

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    1. Thanks so much...just like snow...white works so well right now! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I really like the white against the darks and the sequined top is divine!

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    1. I really love the white and the green...thanks so much for stopping by...I appreciate the encouragement!

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  6. Love that brooch against the white sweater....and I just love your blog and it's ever inspirational message, Pam. xo

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    1. Thanks Lisa! The right accessory can make such a difference. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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  7. I ADORE you asked the sales woman to climb in the window and strip the mannequin.
    Id so do that too.

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    1. I really wanted it, Carla! She did this with a great attitude. Sorry they had to shut down their stores...I always received excellent service there! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. i love this new feature, Pam - and your holiday look is wonderful. Gorgeous brooch! xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thanks Patti! This new feature with Jennifer has been so much fun...I appreciate all the support!

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  9. I was just talking with a girlfriend about how people don't wear pins any more. I love yours.
    Carol
    http://carolcassara.com/baby-boomer-test/

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    1. There are some brooches, Carol, which make me feel old but this isn't one of them. I think it is Holiday-Chic! I have a few but do not wear them often. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Loving the sequin top, perfect for the holiday season.

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  11. The no white after Labor Day rule was always odd to me. Especially since I live in sunny California. I love a fluffy white sweater or winter-white dress for the holidays. I'm glad you ditched the frumpy thinking and embraced the beautiful woman you are. You look wonderful and ready to enjoy the spectacular events ahead.

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  12. What a lovely outfit! I really appreciate your blog's message, too.

    I saw your post in the Monday Mingle linkup and followed you here.

    This is my Monday Mingle post...
    http://www.midlifemakeover.me/2015/11/the-end-of-no-repeat-november-heres-how.html

    Have a great week & a wonderful holiday season!

    Jeanine

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  13. I love that faux fur collar, i M going to look for it here in holland. I m into brooches too. I asked for one for Christmas!
    www.fashionandfoodandotherstuff.com

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  14. you look fabulous as always - it is certainly as much about the self confidence and attitude as it is about the style. A smile and a bit of sparkle go a long way!

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  15. Love the white and of course the brooch Pam! The party is ready for you, and I would love that fur with the champage, sweet!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  16. Good on you to throw these silly rules out of the window. Look at you!! Looking great in white. Fortunately we never had that silly rule in the Netherlands. Never heard of.
    Greetje

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Thanks so much for joining in our conversation today! I appreciate your time and love hearing from you!