The One With The Red : Plaid and Polka Dots

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Warm weather is finally HERE and I for one could not be more excited!! I’m so ready for summer dresses and open toes I don’t know what to do!! This is the last of my Spring-ish outfit posts so I wanted to hurry and get it up and out – after all its Memorial Day WEEKEND!! #SUMMERSUMMERSUMMERTIME  #SUMMERTIME

Blouse: Gap (this particular one is sold out, but they have great button ups like this and this and then Banana has amazing button ups as well like this and this – wait for one of their infamous 40% off sales though. Not worth shelling out $70 bucks); Skirt: Dorothy Perkins (old, but here are some cute alternatives here, and here); Shoes: Steve Madden (old, but if you like stacked heels try these)

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The One With The Red Plaid and Polka Dots

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The One With The Red Plaid and Polka Dots

 

 

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The One with All of the Leopard

Forty is the New FortyI love leopard print. It makes me feel just a wee bit naughty and scandalous while (if done right) maintaining all of my fab. This outfit was me stepping out a little. I would NEVER in a million years pair leopard print shoes with an *entire* leopard print outfit, but when I was pulling the outfit together the shoes kept calling me, lol. I tried them on and something about it just felt right. Now, when I looked back at the pics I have to admit it made me feel a little squeamish, but I figured “oh well” its done now. If I can be applauded in public I can be (constructively) criticized too, right? Part of what I want to do with this blog and with the Forty is the New Forty website in general is push boundaries and debunk stereotypes and preconceived notions about what it means to be of a certain age – or really ANY rules that feel restrictive. Yes, I may be getting kinda deep and I’m only talking about shoes, but you follow me in general don’t you? In any event, if you don’t like the shoes, let me know why? Do they just *not* work or are you just following old standby fashion rules?  How would you have styled this outfit? What shoe and hair choices? Would you have gone with a different top or skirt to break up the pattern? Talk to me. Let me know what’s on your mind. I’m curious! 😉

 

TopAsos (sold out) but here is one deeply discounted; Skirt: River Island (sold out) but here are a few cute options here and here: Shoes: Hella old. Like ancient. But I am COVETING these. They have been sold out in my size for months, but I know they are waiting for mama to come and bring them back on home; Coat: Also, quite old. A great camel coat is a staple for your wardrobe – cashmere if you can swing it – but a nice ole’ wool blend will do you just fine as long as it doesn’t have a ton of bells and whistles. 😉 I love this one and this one and you might want to splurge and try this one.