July’s Ageless Style Blog Linkup
Why is a baboon’s butt red? Because it helps attract the opposite sex. Well, that bootylicious theory has been disproven but I made you look. 😉 And even though it has nothing to do with effortless summer fashion, it was the perfect lead into this month’s Ageless Style Linkup. The theme Shelly of The Queen In Between has given us is perfectly timed with this 4th of July week – Red, White, and Shoes.
What’s a Linkup?
The Ageless Style Linkup is a group of 10 fashion bloggers over the age of 40. We take one fashion theme on the first Tuesday of each month and style it in our own unique way, proving that style has no age limit. Style is as unique as the woman wearing it!
If you’re a blogger, join the party and link your own fashion posts at the end of this post. And if you’re looking for style inspiration, visits any or all of my co-hosts linked below.
Shopping My Closet
Whether wearing red helps attract our mates or not, red is a great color and it makes me feel pretty. You might want to add to your wardrobe. When Shelly first gave us this theme, I thought it was going to be the perfect opportunity to buy a pair of red shoes and pair them with a white dress I’ve been wanting to style.
But, if you’ve seen my Instagram Stories recently you know I’ve been in a state of major “stuff overwhelm” and I’ve embarked on a semi-epic closet purge and reorganization. While I don’t think I’m quite ready to create a full-out capsule wardrobe (I’m baby-steppin’ here), I’m joining the less-is-more movement by participating in an event in the slow fashion community called, No Buy July. I’ll be talking more about it in the coming weeks, but I first read about it on Emily Lightly’s blog.
But old habits die hard and I did go shopping for this post, but in the end, I decided that would only add to my “problem”. I want my style to look pulled together and effortless. But I also want it to BE effortless. So, I shopped my own closet for this look. Baby-step – shop my closet. (10,000 points if you get this movie reference – tell me in the comments and your points will be awarded thereafter.) ;-P
Components of Effortless Summer Fashion
But if I were buying a new red, skirt, you can find a bunch linked below. And there are some REALLY CUTE ones!
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I find that if we have well-fitting pieces we love to wear because they are comfortable and flattering, we can pull off an easy-breezy vibe without having to think much about it. A pretty red skirt with a tank top and comfy shoes fits that bill.
Bad Backs & Going Commando
On top of my closet problems, I’ve been dealing with a recurring back issue. I’m feeling a bit better now, but I was experiencing a particularly bad flare-up, to the point I couldn’t always pull-on pants or underwear, or even fasten my shoes.
These super comfortable espadrilles from Earth Shoes are a new edition to my summer shoe wardrobe and they have Velcro fasteners. So, even if I can’t bend over to secure it, it’s easy for The Hubs to help me (and he has had to). Luckily, I’m still able to take care of other personal business.
You might also like, What Color Shoes Do I Wear with This?
Effortless summer fashion is currently not just a style issue for me and it’s imperative for me to wear pieces that can be put on over my head. They must also be long enough to go commando with less risk of flashing my own “hindquarters” to just any baboon out there. I’ve already attracted my mate with that super sexy pickup line – “Help me put my shoes on Babe!” 😉
CURVY GIRL STYLE TIP – I would normally wear my favorite long leg cotton undies with dresses to avoid chaffing. (I’ve written about it before.) However, if I can’t, this is my favorite anti-chaffing gel to powder product out there. I keep at home and one in my purse. I’ll be sharing another use for it soon.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday week and that you’ll take more time doing all the fun stuff than fussing over what you’ll wear.
Be cute, confident, comfortable… and SAFE!
Shop This Look
The Link Up
- Have fun and make some new friends! Please visit at least 2 other links.
- Please link to your actual post and not your blog’s homepage.
- Please link back to the Ageless Style Link Up in your linked post.
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- Please follow each of your hosts on at least one social media channel via the links below.
Debbie ~ Fashion Fairy Dust bloglovin, blog, Instagram, Pinterest, facebook, twitter
Jennie ~ A Pocketful of Polka Dots blog, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, bloglovin
Jodie ~ Jodie’s Touch of Style blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, bloglovin, twitter
Jonet ~ Fabulously Chic Over 50 blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter
Kellyann ~ This Blonde’s Shopping Bag blog, Instagram, bloglovin, twitter
Lisa ~ Coast to Coast blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest
Paula ~ Dimples on my What blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter
Shelly ~ The Queen in Between blog, Instagram, bloglovin, Pinterest, Facebook
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Love the ‘shopping the closet’ lewk you have going on here and I have seen your bountiful closet too. I tried #noshopJune only to break it for some new comfy shooze. But I will be doing #nobuyjuly because I have a new home decor project to concentrate on. Enjoy Summer. . .
I’ve been tempted to break it already Neti. But I’m going to enjoy not getting all the packages in the mail and doing the return processes. And, I have some home projects I want to concentrate on as well. Hugs and happy DIY-ing. 😘
My best friend and I have a pact for this year – no shopping for clothes or accessories for a whole year!! We have finished 6 months of adding no clothes to our closets. ( or shoes, or earrings, or necklaces, etc!!!!). Believe me it was hard at first but as time goes on I find myself talking myself out of buying something instead of into something. I have been shopping in my closet for lots of “new” clothes. Did I mention no purses? Ladies it can be done. I really enjoy your blog. Your sense of humor is great.
Wow Ann, I’m super impressed. My hubs would love me to make this kind of pact. I’m thinking I’d love to take it at least through the summer. You’re an inspiration!
I love the red skirt with the buttons offset from center. And the “baby steps” reference from one of my all time favorite movies, “What About Bob?” made me laugh out loud. It might be time to re-watch this one since its a classic summer vacation movie.
Yes, you’re the FIRST one to get it Cathy! I’m taking a “vacation from my (shopping) problem”
I am all about second hand these days! That is just a lovely skirt you are wearing!
Thank you Nancy! It’s from Loft either last year or the year before. Yay, it still fits! 😃
You never ever fail to crack me up…baboon butt…lol! I so totally love those shoes my friend and you look absolutely gorgeous. Baby step…”What About Bob”…I take my points now, thank you. What exactly can I redeem them for? Lol!
I love the direction your blog is going! First, I loved your post about the “For size reference, I’m wearing a ___” and loved your idea of adding measurements or something a little more accurate to truly give a reference point. Caroline of the Unfancy blog does exactly that. And very gracefully. Second, I love that you are heading toward doing more “shop your closet” blogs. Those are my favorite blogs to read! And I love that you are in the midst of a giant purge! You’ll feel great when it’s done! The more you get rid of the more you’ll find to get rid of. My husband and I are recent retirees and sold our house and all of our belongings in order to travel full time in an RV for a few years. (No house, no storage unit, no storing things with family…just the RV and our truck.) I went from 2 gigantic closets full of clothes to a small wardrobe in an RV and I have PLENTY of choices and variety!! I know that you may not be moving to a total capsule wardrobe (although the idea sure is enticing when you see others doing it, isn’t it?) but I want to reiterate what the commenter above said… “Ladies, it can be done.” It’s very liberating and actually creates free time in our lives! Again, I love the direction you’re going!
Thanks Sarah. I love Caroline. Her blog, Unfancy was the first I had heard of a capsule wardrobe. I started going in this direction a few years ago, then got caught up in feeling like I had to have something ”new” to show as a blogger. And of course, often shopping is a vice for other feelings. Thanks again for the encouragement to keep going. We do t all have the budget for new stuff all the time.
I love skirts on other people but never find one that looks right on me. I do love the red skirt you are wearing very cute.
Lovely skirt Paula, you always look so happy!
Thanks Shagunna. Most of the time the smile is genuine. But there are a few times, it’s a “fake-it-till-you-make-it” poser look. 😬
I’ve totally been working on shopping my closet and trying to wear everything I already have and tossing IMMEDIATELY anything I don’t love!! I keep things too long and often keep things that aren’t really giving me joy. Life it too short! Hope you had a great 4th!
I agree Shelly. The question “Do i feel great in this” has definitely been a question I’ve asked a lot lately. Once I completed the big purge I have a “perpetual” closet clean out system that works well for me that I want to share very soon.
Hope YOUR holiday was great.
I always *think* I’m gonna do a no buy thing and then I see something cute. I have absolutely no will power. At all. LOL
That is a pretty cute skirt and fabulous shoes.
I don’t usually have will power either Daenel. I’ve already been tempted several times and it’s only The first week! 😳 But, this time I’m trying to look at it as a “challenge” to see how many outfits I have in my own closet and as an opportunity to continue the purge as I find more things I don’t absolutely love and toss them, instead of simply a “no buy” period.
I’ve been trying to keep from going shopping as much too Paula. Heck, we are moving….how silly to buy new things I’m just going to have to move!! So yay for you!!
We already have great things in our closet, as you show here!!
It’s a struggle when we see SO MANY CUTE THINGS! But, the idea of creating looks out of what I have is kind of like a challenge.
Thank you Neti!