My Style Challenge was born from a bit of overwhelm.  When I look in my closet, I have lots of clothes and shoes (I think I may have a problem) but I tend to wear the same outfits in the same way, every time I wear them.  So, I decided to challenge myself for the months of July and August to shop my closet and to wear pieces in  different ways.  I also wanted to wear a different outfit every day of the week.  You can see my daily outfits in my  Instagram stories.
I would say that my style is dressy casual with a bit of the unexpected.  I like pops of color and I also enjoy monochromatic looks.  As for color, I choose colors that flatter my skin tone.  One thing I don’t do is dress by society’s norms.  I wear jeans, short skirts, shorts, and sometimes there is cleavage and bare shoulders – oh my!
I thought I would post some of my favorite outfits from July and I linked the items or the store.  This will be my first blog post of this type so I would appreciate any comments or suggestions that you have.
I am a huge fan of White House Black Market Outlet, Loft Outlet, Marshall’s, and Old Navy.  My shoe preferences are Blowfish Malibu, Nine West and random brands that I find at Marshall’s.  As much as I can I like to shop at the outlet stores. 
So here are several looks that I wore in July.  I picked my four favorites and I will tell you why.

Business Casual for the Office

Skirt – Loft Outlet
Top – Marshall’s
Jacket – Loft Outlet – the link takes you to the denim jacket.  Stores have it in white!
Shoes – Target

This outfit made me feel stylish and a bit sassy.  I purchased the top and shoes last year.  The jacket and skirt were recent purchases from our beach trip. 
I love how clothes can make you feel a certain way.  This outfit made me feel very confident and was business casual appropriate for the office.



Another outfit that made me feel super sassy!
Dress – Old Navy
Jacket – Loft Outlet
Shoes – I opted out of shoes for this photo!

Friday Business Casual


Love the stripes and the ease of this dress.  I have had it for two years and it still looks as good as the day I purchased it. 
You will notice a theme in my outfits – always a jacket, sweater or some sort of cover-up.  I freeze most of the time. 
The jewelry in this photo is from the She Tris that I did in Charleston, South Carolina a few years back.  Another outfit I wore to the office that is totally appropriate.


A trendy and stylish outfit


Wide Leg Pants – Loft Outlet
Top – White House Black Market
Cardigan – Loft Outlet
Shoes – GH Bass & Co from several years ago
I went shopping on my birthday and found these fabulous wide leg pants with a paperbag waist that ties and pockets.  I was really unsure about the wide legs on me but what I found is that it balances me and I have one long, lean looking line.  The cardigan is one of my favorites.  I wear it with green and khaki or jeans.  I love the neckline and detail on this one.


Casual Birthday Outfit

Shorts – Gloria Vanderbilt
Top – Old Navy
Kimono – Amazon
Shoes – GH Bass & Co.
Earrings – Modern Sage Designs on Etsy
So, the morning I woke up to my 57th birthday, I decided that I wanted to look nice for shopping at our local outlet mall.  I had not even taken the tags off these shorts that I purchased last year at Costco.
The Kimono came from Amazon and the color was supposed to be gray but it is actually a pretty shade of lavender. I have several linked in my Amazon Store.   I like how it paired with the shorts thanks to the shades of green in it.  A white top is always appropriate in the summer humidity. And this one shows off the shoulders!
I am getting a lot out of this challenge.  It’s fun to have my husband take my photo each day.  He does it with a smile and always tells me I look great!  
I hope you find something here that you like or that one of my outfits gives you an idea.  Happy weekend ladies!


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