Slip Dress Styled Seven WaysMy slip dress obsession started with this photo...Before I jumped on the slip dress style bandwagon there … [Read More...]
Slip Dress Styled Seven Ways
My slip dress obsession started with this photo…
Before I jumped on the slip dress style bandwagon there were a few hurdles I had to overcome, I’m not in my early 20’s, I’m not 6′ tall and I don’t weigh 105 lbs.
Could I still wear such a trendy piece?
I like a challenge.
This dress would normally a resounding NO for me.
It has no waist definition, it is loose, with simple lines, in solid black…with no interesting details or embellishments, it looks a bit like a sack…boring…yawn…this dress is making me sleepy.
This is as basic and boring as I get.
Funny enough I don’t mind it. In fact, as the temperature sores above 39 C here today I’m loving the fact that it is essentially like wearing a nightgown. There are side slits as well for extra ventilation.
What do I like about this dress?
The straps are large enough to cover my bra straps, it is loose, nothing touches my body, it is very comfortable and it works with so many other pieces and accessories in my closet.
I tried this with and without a belt, and although I did prefer it with a belt, I’m wearing it without today. Belts are a big no-no when the temperature climbs above 27 C.
The belt I’m wearing is actually a scarf.
Slip Dress Styled For Fall
To be sure this worked cohesively with my personal style statement and other clothing I already own I styled the dress for Fall as a layering piece. I think I like it even more layered.
This is a total change from my usual more is more and “everything must define my waist” style. Sometimes it is good to change things up.
I don’t believe in following a strict set of rules when it comes to my personal style. I’m willing to give new trends and ideas a chance if I am able to adapt them to my own needs.
Having an open mind about your personal style and life in general allows for growth and discovery.
You’ll never know if you like something unless you try it.
When was the last time you tried to stretch your personal style?
Was it a success? Or do you prefer your set style ways?
When my feet aren’t happy I’m not happy, I’m miserable. Fashionable shoes are a bit of an obsession for me. I’m always looking for the Holy Grail of shoes, something that is stylish and comfortable. They are so rare! Just because I’m over forty, okay, fifty, doesn’t mean I want to wear nursing shoes. Why does practical and comfortable equate to ugly and frumpy when it comes to women’s shoes?
We can put a man on the moon but we cannot make stylish comfortable shoes?
I’ve been on a quest for my top ten comfortable stylish shoes for mature feet and I’ve found some that are both fashionable and functional that I’m excited to share with you.
Let’s go to my standby just because I happen to own three pairs of their shoes that I love, Clarks.
Yes, I know that many people will say that these aren’t fashionable enough but I really love mine. They seem to go with everything I own and do not look like Granny shoes. Their wedges are my favourites.
Most often these are the shoes I take when I travel and know that I need to be walking day in and day out. I can do a full eight hours in these shoes without fear of blisters or searing pain.
#2 Spring Step Shoes
I haven’t tried these out yet, but I’m dying to. They all look like they would be very comfortable and they are quirky and fun. Right up my ally. They have a very large selection with bright bold colours and designs. I’ve bookmarked this site for future online spending.
Sylvia from 40+style loves these shoes and I loved them on her. They have wonderful creative designs that tempt me and my toes.
Whenever you see shoes that are made for dancing you know they are comfortable. These are vintage reproductions that are made for swing dancers. Almost all of the shoes on this website make me drool. As a vintage lover these would go with so many pieces in my wardrobe.
#5 Miz Mooz
I do find that Miz Mooz can be hit and miss as far as extreme comfort goes, but I’m including them because their style is always dead on. I have one pair of Miz Mooz that I can dance in for hours without any worry. Another pair of Miz Mooz make my toes scream after about twenty minutes. One thing I can tell you for sure, if the shoe pinches a bit in store, or the clerk tries to tell you they will stretch out, DON’T BUY THEM! 99% of the time this doesn’t work. Pain in the store means pain a hundredfold when you wear them.
The ones I’m wearing here are the shoes I can dance in all night long by Miz Mooz.
I bought my first pair of Fly shoes this year but I’ve had my eyes on them for years. Loads of mature bloggers swear by them. Their style is a bit more avant guard and clunky. So far, mine have been very comfortable.
I hadn’t heard of these but see that quite a few people love them. One would assume that a company such as New Balance should know a thing or two about making a comfortable shoe.
#8 Jose Saenz
I found a pair of these while thrift shopping and fell in head over heels in love. They don’t pinch, they have loads of room in the toe bed and they are fun, bold and colourful. I adore them. I cannot wait to wear them more this fall.
#9 Thierry Rabotin
I’ve seen these in some swanky stores. They look amazing. They are out of my price range, but can one really put a price on pain free footware?
I bought a pair of these when we were in Seattle ages ago. They fit like gloves. The heel is only 2″. I find that anywhere between a one or two inch heel is just perfect for me. I was attracted to the unique designs and high quality of workmanship.
That’s it for my top ten comfortable stylish shoes for mature feet.
What are your favourite comfortable stylish shoes? Please share! Everyone deserves stylish comfortable shoes, no matter their age.
We had a lovely day on Sunday taking in the quaint Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario.
Fashion History Museum Cambridge, Ontario
They had three exhibits, one called, “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” based on photos taken from the another exhibit called, ” Barbie’s Boyfriend Ken: The Vintage Years 1961–1967″ and “Tying the Knot: 200 Years of Wedding Attire”.
The wedding dress exhibit was small but well curated. Through time wedding dresses became less detailed and complex. I was in awe of the immaculate ruching and intricate lace detail on the dress, upper left, pictured below. Extreme couture in its purest form.
This 1950’s vintage wedding dress was the one from the exhibit I would have gladly worn (had I had a wedding) …magnificent!
The Ken doll exhibit took me back to my childhood even though I never owned any of the cool Barbie accessories they had on display. We marvelled at the timeless clothing as well. Isn’t that pilot’s uniform brilliant? Also, I love the set of suitcases!
That is Robert below posing with the life size blow up of a Ken doll and I’m down in the corner trying to squeeze myself into the wedding exhibit.
Ken had very skinny legs.
Did you know that Ken had a best friend called Andy? I didn’t.
They spent summers together and later travelled around the world on a spiffy Vespa. Who knew?
Honestly, when I was playing Barbies I didn’t care one bit about Ken. My Barbie was busy going out with Apollo or Starbuck, sometimes both of them on the same night if she was in a partying mood. She was a social butterfly. Both the Hardy Boys brothers were calling her non-stop and sometimes David Cassidy from the Partridge Family would call, but I remember she often brushed him off, he was a bit too passé for her tastes.
Now I don’t need a Barbie to play dress up. I do it myself.
I have learned to curtail my youthful appetite for multiple gentlemen callers, but I haven’t given up my obsession with clothing.
My outfit for the day was a vintage 1950’s dress I picked up while shopping with Ally and Patti during our mini blogger meet-up.
I felt I fit in perfectly with the venue.
My friend Anja from Curly Traveller sent me that sweet badge.
I plan on returning to the Fashion History museum again when they switch out their exhibits as I thoroughly enjoyed it. The museum is located in a sleepy little town down the street from an old fashioned bakery that makes a “just-as-good-as-Grandma’s” blueberry pie.
Fashion and food? Say-no-more! I’m in.
As we eloped I’m curious to those of you that married in the traditional sense, do you still have your wedding dress? Have you ever worn it again? What do you plan on doing with it?
Linking up with Visible Monday, I Will Wear What I Like, Shoe and Tell, Turning Heads Tuesdays, Throw Back Thursdays
In my endless love and quest of all things vintage, I’ve run out of space in my house for my massive personal vintage collection and need to sell some of my treasures.
My Etsy store Vintage By Suzanne is now open and ready for business! Plus I’m having a sale!
1950’s Vintage Beaded Gold Handbag with Pearls & Rhinestones Handmade in France For Sale
This handbag is STUNNING. Truly.
Red Vintage Suede 1960’s Go-Go Boots Size 6 For Sale
I’m so sad that my feet are too large for these lovelies.
Whiting & Davis Black Beaded Vintage Handbag For Sale
Such a timeless sweet evening bag.
1950’s-1960’s Macrame & Gold Handbag Made in Italy For Sale
This is the most unique handbag I own. The closure is on the sides of the handle which click to open the handbag.
1960’s Beaded Cocktail Dress Size Medium For Sale
This is simply not my colour, otherwise, I’d be keeping this eye catching piece.
Check out more of my personal vintage collection at Vintage by Suzanne below.
Prices below are in Canadian dollars.
As a thank you to my readers I’m offering a special sale of 15% off until July 22 on any items purchased in my store.
Simply add the code VINTAGEROCKS at checkout to receive your discount.
I read an interesting article recently which Debbie from Fashion Fairy Dust referenced in her blog post. The article said it doesn’t matter if you have a super hot body at fifty, you still shouldn’t show it off.
This particular sentence really blew me away,
“The joy of piling up a certain number of years is that you get the freedom to do whatever the hell gets you over the rainbow. It’s that we … just shouldn’t.” – AARP
Along with that came a list of things we should no longer wear after 50 which included; skinny jeans, berets, fishnets, thigh-high boots and short skirts, ripped jeans, strappy accessories and mini shorts.
Since Debbie showed how she has basically worn every one of the “forbidden” items I was inspired by her and thought I would do the same…
Breaking Fashion Rules Over
Mini shorts (with sequins no less!)
Thigh High Boots & A Beret
This brings me back to the shift dress I was wearing above.
I hadn’t worn it without tights in a few years because it is shorter than what I normally wear and I was feeling self-conscious about my legs and the little wrinkles and fat forming around my knees.
I had to give my head a shake. They are still my legs. They still work. Why am I so damn critical?
I never used to notice wrinkles on my knees until I heard other bloggers and friends complaining about theirs. It is a bad trait that so many of us have, finding the smallest detail to complain about, when in fact, we should just be grateful that we still have our health.
No more BS. I had an opportunity to wear this outfit and I took it.
I know in a few years I will look back on this outfit and wonder why I was ever worried about showing off my legs.
Wear whatever you want at any age.
We’re only going through this life once, have fun, be grateful and enjoy it.