Let’s look at some florals

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I like to wear florals almost exactly as they are shown here: with fairly pared-down basics, so I don’t come off too frilly or girly— which worked for me at some point, but most assuredly does not now. I love this bold quilted jacket, and the fact that it’s fully reversible.

And here’s another quilted jacket, with wooden toggles that I think are just too cute.

And yet again, here is another, with a spiff Liberty print.

An easy dress with a nicely subtle print that you can throw on when it’s too hot to think about what to wear.

I just think this triangle bra is the prettiest, most delicate thing.

And here’s a perfectly adorable cosmetic bag.

I adore the print on these leggings, which are so cute they might motivate me to start working out again.

The neckline here is so pretty, and pretty universally flattering.

I love this graphic linen shirt, as well as this kind of awesome (and similar) yellow one.

The silhouette of this shirt dress is a little more hourglass-y than most shirtdresses, which is cool.

The print on this dress looks a bit like antique wallpaper—in a good way.

This skirt is usually not my type of thing—I don’t love the maxi length, and think it can be unflattering—but I kind of like the idea of this with a tee and cardigan.

The mix of brown and light blue on this peasant top is just dreamy.

Such cheerful colors on this pretty dress.

 

And finally: an easy blouse for throwing on with jeans.

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    gretchen
    20 Apr 2022
    3:41pm

    I’m hoping for any reason to pick up a pretty floral dress. Maybe brunch or an upcoming garden tour might be just the ticket? Here’s one that’s been calling to me.

    https://www.follypdx.com/nora-dress-somerville.html

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    Bevin
    20 Apr 2022
    10:29am

    I don’t usually love florals (they remind me of the cheap rayon babydoll dresses I wore in the 90s), but I’m loving some of these. Do you ever take requests? If so, I’m looking for a dress to wear to a June wedding. Not only is this my first “event” since Covid, but it seems we have officially gone from being friends of the bride and groom to being friends of the parents of the bride and groom — so I need something not too frilly, skin-baring, or trendy, but also not long and dowdy. It’s been really hard to find just a nice, pretty, flattering dress for a Girl of a Certain Age. Thanks!

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      CD
      20 Apr 2022
      3:03pm

      I have friends with the same problem, including one who was MOB. One suggestion a couple of them used was renting a dress. Rent the Runway has a one-time rental option that might yield more designer options for a lower price than buying something. You might google renting a dress for wedding guest options and find other sites as well.

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      Liz
      20 Apr 2022
      4:17pm

      I’d recommend ba&sh. They have so many great special event-type dresses. They’re too expensive for me, but I’ve found some affordable ones on eBay and love them.

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    Elisabeth
    20 Apr 2022
    11:10am

    I looove so many of these! Styling is for sure the key, especially with quilted florals, once you are of a certain age. I love that maxi dress from The Great, but that shade of beige makes me look anemic. (Did I just save money?!)

    cw, when my elderly, immigrant grandmother discovered shirts with snaps, she happily adopted a sort of Dale Evans chic: palazzo pants, pearls, a western shirt with pearlized snap buttons, and a thick white streak in her chestnut hair!

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      cw
      20 Apr 2022
      11:34am

      Elizabeth, I love this story about your grandmother as the town I grew up in was where Dale Evans and Roy Rogers spent their honeymoon because Dale had spent time there growing up and thought it a beautiful spot.

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    Melynda
    20 Apr 2022
    11:14am

    Drat! I’ve had a couple of spring/summer weddings in the last couple of years, and haven’t been able to find anything right. These dresses would have been perfect. Alas I think everyone in my life of marriageable age has been married recently . But maybe I should pick one up, just in case.

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    Tahe Z
    20 Apr 2022
    11:16am

    Some of the dresses remind me of the ones Beth wears on Yellowstone, and of course, the 90’s in a good way!

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    themis
    20 Apr 2022
    11:28am

    That brown-and-blue floral would really set off my light blue and brown tortoiseshell glasses-!

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    cw
    20 Apr 2022
    12:20pm

    Just a quick comment that has nothing to do with this post…on this week’s podcast y’all touched briefly on the should/shouldn’t aspect of a 2nd booster––and the information out there is soooooo confusing, BUT I would urge all who are eligible for the 2nd booster to check with their doctors. I was told to get the 2nd booster because I’ll be traveling on an airplane in the near future. However, if you aren’t traveling, going to Coachella, have a wedding to attend etc. etc. then you might want to hold off. I am NOT a doctor so my advice means little, but please do check with your doctor to see what plan of action is best for you. (I am also still masking in public places and not eating at any indoor restaurants, but that’s just me)

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      Mamavalveeta03
      20 Apr 2022
      11:00pm

      Hubby and I just got our second boosters today after reading a lot from the CDC site and articles. Didn’t consult my doc, but I think it’s a good idea. Hubby took the mix/match approach and I stuck with Pfizer – same as my others. So far, no adverse reaction for either of us. I 2nd your advice.

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      DeDe
      20 Apr 2022
      6:00pm

      I’m not either, C-dub. C has autoimmune issues, so until this burgeoning Son of Omicron wave passes, we have to continue to be careful. I turn 50 in October and you can bet your dupa I’m gonna be getting that second booster (and a shingles vaccine!). I’m a freakin’ GOACA and I don’t play!

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        ab
        21 Apr 2022
        3:03am

        Gah, I wish the shingles vaccine were available to anyone who’s ever had chicken pox. I still have to wait several years before I can get the vaccine, but I want it now!

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    Liz
    20 Apr 2022
    1:57pm

    I actually love that Space is the Place t-shirt paired with the long flowered skirt, even though I’d feel funny wearing it. The color is great. That bra is so pretty, too.

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    cw
    20 Apr 2022
    9:05am

    So many lovely items here––that first jacket exactly as it is styled, the triangle bra, the beautiful green dress (Reformation?)––all lovely. For me, now that I’m in my 70’s, I find myself often veering away from certain styles so I don’t “look like my mother.” And I should point out that my mother (who lived to 92) alway, always looked very stylish up until about age 85 when she decided elastic waist pants/skirts as opposed to anything with a zipper and button were more practical for her arthritic hands and her style went downhill from there. One of my mother’s favorite style options (both pre and post 85) was a quilted jacket––and she owned several––so even if I styled a quilted jacket with sneaks and beat-up jeans I would still feel I looked like my mother. If I were in my 50’s or even 60’s I’d probably feel or see myself in a different styling light, but my 70’s? Oy and Egad.

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      lc
      21 Apr 2022
      8:34am

      cw, I hear you. My mother’s uniform was a crisp button-down shirt, untucked (she had a poochy tummy) over loose pants. She looked great, but that look is so “Mom” to me that I rarely every wear button-down shirts!

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