The Style We Choose

Every day of the week and twice on Sundays, we ladies go to our closet and choose an outfit. Sometimes we choose comfort for lounging and the other six days we choose a style that suits our unique personalities that is hopefully both comfortable and chic. Chico’s helps us achieve that 7 days a week. Take a look at each of these outfits and see if you see yourself in these styles.

Chico's at The Club

Linda could choose this for lounging or dress it up for a party. A retro style jumpsuit that could go anywhere has a draped neckline and self-tie belt. We southern women rarely need a full length wool coat, so this red and black ruana adds just the right layer of warmth to a cool fall day. Chico’s has also expanded their shoe line and these zebra print platforms are now available.

Chico's - The Club

Trish could go from day to night in this Viking Blue sequined top. For my southern midlife readers, might I suggest wearing this on cooler days or nights. 100% polyester is still an option for us as long as we don’t wear it when the humidity is also 100%.

Chico's The Club

This zebra print is a wrap dress that’s a perfect style for most shapes. It gives us some wiggle room while defining our waist. Why don’t we have one in every color, ladies? Barbara adds a bit of color with the red and gold multi-strand necklace.

Chico's The Club

As soon as Cindi walked on stage with this chic, safari-inspired vest, I knew I’d be making a trip to Chico’s. She needs no slimming to her shape, but for those of us who do, the long, faux leather trimmed vest will elongate and slenderize in all the right places. The lagniappe style necklace is also very flattering.

Chico's - The Club

Judy is one of those lucky ladies who’s style has chosen her. It just comes natural, as she shows in this striped-lace jacket with a pair of Chico’s So Slimming Peyton Pants. Mixing the colors of ink and black is a great transitional combination as we move into fall.

Chico's - The Club

Darlene Real-Higginbotham and her young guest model show off a few other choices for Fall. I particularly love the pleated-back top on the bottom right. Animal print on the front and pleats on the back. It’s great to leave a lasting impression when you leave a room.

Chico's - The Club

Here, Dallas is sporting the Black Label Collection from Chico’s. Chico’s continues to embellish common t-shirts in ways that take them from an hour at the gym to a night out with the girls. A denim jacket is the perfect addition to a Fall wardrobe and if you prefer a jacket without studs, they have that, too. Their basic denim jacket is 80% cotton and sells for $99 at this date.

Chico's - The Club

Light denim is one of those items that you can wear in the Spring or Fall. Raneta shows us here just how adorable she is with a pair of skinny jeans and boots. Simplicity rules with this outfit. The embellished neckline eliminates the need for jewelry, so she adds a bangle bracelet and earrings.

Chico's - The Club

This kerchief style skirt is instinctive for Ellen. She always looks fabulous in a skirt and the surprise metallic blouse adds just the right amount of shimmer for her exquisite style. She said she would also wear this skirt with her cowboy boots – which would give the outfit a whole new look.

So, what would you choose for hump day that could possibly get you through the week to that much anticipated day of Saturday shopping? Want to meet me at Chico’s?

This fashion show was styled, produced and directed by Darlene Real-Higginbothan. She is the founder of The Real Model Connection and President of Appearance Matters, Inc. She is also a fashion stylist and coach. If you would like to contact her for a style update, call her at 205-902-4808.

Darlene Real-Higginbotham

Fashion Friday: Supermarket Styles

There’s no better place to find the real fashion of a city than in the parking lot of the neighborhood supermarket. Never fear, this is not People of Walmart, but a pretty good indication of how we dress on a daily basis in the south. We are pretty snazzy, if I say so myself.

Fashion Friday: GQ
Fashion Friday: GQ
Fashion Friday: Red Pea Coat
Fashion Friday: Red Pea Coat

I love the red with the Burberry scarf.

Fashion Friday: Heels with Jeans
Fashion Friday: Heels with Jeans

Could this be Abbey Road?

Fashion Friday: Boots made for Walking
Fashion Friday: Boots made for Walking
Fashion Friday: Smiling Faces, sometimes.
Fashion Friday: Smiling Faces, sometimes.
Fashion Friday: Vest and Scarf
Fashion Friday: Vest and Scarf

 

Fashion Friday: Hello, Sunshine
Fashion Friday: Hello, Sunshine

Bright and sunny jacket with sandals. I’m warm just looking at the picture. She is my hope. Spring is around the corner.

Fashion Friday: Lavender and Crimson
Fashion Friday: Lavender and Crimson

I just might have to pair these colors together in the future. They look darling on this young mom.

Fashion Friday: Cheers!
Fashion Friday: Cheers!

This lady seems so cheerful on this dreary day in her red coat and purple scarf. I thought about following her home, but didn’t want to seem like a stalker.

Fashion Friday: Shorts in February
Fashion Friday: Shorts in February

Yes, we are can sport our shorts in February today, and wrap up in our scarves and mittens tomorrow. It’s a southern thang. They have courses at the local junior college on how to dress in the south. It takes an education.

Day 30: Starting Over with a New Wardrobe

 

31 Days of Starting Over

 

Two of my favorite quotes about fashion are:

  1. “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous,” and
  2. “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

Both are by Coco Chanel and both describe what my ultimate goal is for my wardrobe. However, for the last several years I’ve felt more frumpy than fabulous. I’m short, overweight and suffering from a complexity syndrome. I think I make things more difficult than they really are.

I’ve read Style Yourself Over 40, 50 and Beyond, French Chic, How To Never Look Fat Again, and Looking Great, by Linda Dano. Linda Dano was one of the very first women that caught my fashion eye. I read her book in 1998 and began attempting to imitate her style.

Looking Great by Linda Dano
Looking Great by Linda Dano

I watched “What Not to Wear”, followed Jackie O while she was living to get an idea of classy style; read articles about Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Princess Diana. Yet, with all my education, I am rarely confident in my clothing choices. I’ve always wanted a makeover and dreamed of going to New York to consult with Stacy, Clinton and Carmindy.

Well, I will be having the next best thing and I am so excited. My friend, Linda (not Dano) is one of those ladies that always looks like she stepped out of a magazine. She has loved and rocked fashion in such a dynamic way, that one of her daughters is studying fashion design and dreams of having her own line someday.

Every time we get together, we talk about fashion because we both love it so much. Years ago, when our kids were little, we would shop together and I always felt like a million bucks in the outfits she helped pick out.

Well, I’m hoping to have her as a regular “fashion contributor” here on Cozinest. And as we get that going, she is going to be helping me get my own wardrobe in tip top shape. We have dedicated an afternoon to going through my closet and we plan to put several outfits together, and purchase a few things to round out my needs. Tops, pants, scarves, heels, boots and jewelry… oh my!

My friend, Linda, with her two daughters.
My friend, Linda, with her two daughters. (Photo borrowed from her Facebook page.)

Be on the lookout in the future for Fashion Fridays. We are hoping to showcase outfits for our age group that are simple, classy, fabulous and sometimes elegant, but always age appropriate.

If you have wardrobe questions, dilemmas or funny malfunctions, let us know and hopefully we can have some fun with this.