Dressed for: Jacket Over Sweater

Already Pretty outfit featuring brown scuba jacket, tan Woolovers turtleneck sweater, distressed leather messenger bag, ankle boots

Jacket – Nordstrom Racksimilar look
Sweater – courtesy Woolovers (wooded color)
Pants – Zuma courtesy Karen Kane (sold out in this color) – similar
Ankle boots – Clarks (no longer available) – similar
Earrings – Piperlime (no longer available) – similar look
Bag – Leather in Motion

We’ve entered the brutally cold, seemingly endless days of late winter, and I’m having to get creative with my layering. Honestly, on the -30 degree windchill days – of which we’ve had many so far – I’m wearing a variation of this or this. Exclusively. Nothing beats Icelandic wool. But on days when it’s a balmy -10 or above, I’ve been layering sweaters under my jackets. This Woolovers turtleneck is a favorite due to that nice high, snug collar. I love the look of cowls, but man, they are useless in a high wind. All the coldness just slinks its way down your body starting at your collarbone.

I know many of you are coping with awful cold and ridiculous winter storms. Care to share any layering tips?


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Insomniac Sale Picks: Cropped Plus Size Cardigans

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Shana requested a few picks for cropped plus size cardigans, so here we go:

torrid cropped cardigan

Torrid Crop Knit Cardigan – was $44.50, now $31.15
with code JUSTGOWILD

Only available in one color, but you can’t go wrong with classic black. I love that this has a rounded neckline but a wider one so you can still add a necklace that won’t fight with your cardigan collar. Reviewers say it runs a bit big, so check size charts. Available in sizes 12 – 32. Here’s a similar style in regular sizes, and this one in petites.

plus size crop cardigan

Ellos Cropped Cardigan – was $29.99 – $34.99, now $19.99 – $24.99

V-necklines are wonderfully versatile, too, and you’ll find that this magenta pairs well with more colors than you’d expect. All jewel tones, grays, reds, cobalt, and a handful of neons, for starters. Also comes in ivory, in sizes 1X – 5X. Size availability varies by color. Here’s a similar style – “wine” and “ivory” are close matches – in regular sizes.

cropped drape cardigan plus size

Nic + Zoe Daybreak Cardigan – was $118, now $35.40

Drape-front crops are very elegant, and although this one is lightweight its color makes it great for late-winter groupings as well as warm-weather wear. Available in sizes 1X – 3X. This one has a similar shape in regular sizes, and this a similar color (teal). Looking for a short-sleeved cropped cardigan instead? This one comes in 14 colors and sizes 12 – 32.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for cropped plus size cardigans:

  1. Modcloth – The Dream of the Crop cardigan is constantly getting re-stocked, and is available in sizes s – 4X in most colors.
  2. One Stop Plus – Short and long-sleeved options in addition to the one above.
  3. Amazon – More than 60 options, from shrugs to true cardigans. This Ashley Stewart cropped cardigan comes in four vibrant colors.

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Age-appropriateness and Trusting Your Gut

age appropriate dressing

I don’t believe in hard and fast rules when it comes to age-appropriateness. I’ve written about how I believe it’s up to each individual woman to assess her situation, preferences, and comfort levels and make her own determinations.

But I’ll tell you something I’m starting to puzzle out for myself: In many cases, if you look at something and feel like it might be age-inappropriate, it probably is. For you as an individual anyway. Those gut feelings bubble to the surface for a reason, and you should feel free to trust them if age-appropriate dressing is a priority for you. Arbitrary rules laid down by style experts and magazine writers only apply if they resonate with you, and the opinions of friends and peers are worth considering but they are never gospel. How you feel about what you do and don’t want to wear is important and valid at all times. Including times when you’re sussing out which styles feel right for you to wear at a specific age or stage of life.

Now, following your instincts and jettisoning items that feel wrong for age-related reasons doesn’t mean that you can never wear anything fun again! It just means that if fit-and-flare dresses suddenly feel too young (like this one, which has bold pattern, bright colored accents, a short hem, and pronounced pleats), you can consider seeking out a variation on the shape/look that feels more toned-down and sophisticated (like this one, which is solid colored, in a dusty shade, has a longer hem, and has the same nipped shaping minus the pleats). When you come across an item that makes you wonder about age-appropriateness, try to identify the traits or features of a particular item that read as young* (pleats, stripes, etc.) and set your sights on a variation that lacks those traits.

I remember very clearly the day I opened up a drawer, looked at my blazing pink tights and thought, “I think I’m too old for those now.” No one had made fun of me for wearing them, and I would never have said or thought, “Everyone over the age of X is tool old for blazing pink tights.” But I knew in my gut it was true for me. And I haven’t longed to wear them since.

Are you pondering the age-appropriateness of any items in your wardrobe? Care to share which ones and why you feel they’re toeing the line?

*Or old. Age-appropriateness can swing both ways.

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