What I Wore: Oldies But Goodies

Susan Blakey of une femme d'un certain age wears a casual outfit with a duster cardigan, leopard print tee, jeans and red mules.

Later this week, I’ll show you the outfit that I’d planned to wear for a weekend get-together with family. But the weather had other ideas, 🌞🔥 so here’s what I actually wore.

Casual Outfit With A Duster Cardigan

Earrings | Cardigan (similar) | Necklace | Necklace |
Tee (similar) | Bag | Bracelet (similar) | Jeans | Shoes

Plus options: Cardigan | Tee | Jeans

Almost everything you see here has been in my wardrobe for some time. I’ve had this linen duster cardigan for a few years, and have included in multiple outfit posts. It’s still a favorite, and perfect for those hot outside/chilly inside conditions.

Detail: French Kande FK Petite gold necklaces with a leopard tee. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

The leopard tee is from earlier in the year and is now sold out. Here are a few similar styles:

Detail: Susan B wears a red Hermes Rivale bracelet and a Loewe small puzzle bag. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

I can’t remember when I purchased this bracelet (similar in other colors) but it’s been a few years. It’s such a great way to add just an accent of red to an outfit (and in this case, ties in the red shoes).

Susan B of une femme d'un certain age wears red square-toe mules.

The red mules are the only thing that’s new. I purchased this style in the metallic reptile finish over two years ago, and still wear them often. I’ve been eyeing the red ones for some time, and finally bit. These shoes run about a full size large, so size down when ordering.

What items have been in your wardrobe the longest?

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22 Comments

  1. September 23, 2019 / 4:59 am

    I just LOVE every detail of this outfit!!! This picture really reflects how much you love it too. You look so relaxed and chic and confident. YAY

  2. Ainsivalavie
    September 23, 2019 / 6:19 am

    Great styling! I have a pair of cute, funky red shoes that are more tomato red than my winter colouring looks good with but loathe to get rid of them. Perfect way to style them with the leopard top and jeans and long cardigan. They are show stealers so the more subdued styling of the clothing, purse etc will work! The pop of red on your wrist brings it all together and makes the shoes part of the overall look…I’ll search my jewellery box for something similar. Thank you, those shoes stare at me every time I go into my closet..they want to go out!!!!

  3. Kathy Martin
    September 23, 2019 / 6:21 am

    Always love your updates and style. You often mention a “good” leopard print or animal print. Can you please elaborate & educate us? What do you look for when seeing the “good”? Seeing that animal prints are everywhere this season, an education from you in eyeing a good print would be most appreciated. Many thanks!
    Kathy

  4. Victoria D.
    September 23, 2019 / 6:40 am

    My apologies for being off topic, but we are leaving for Paris in a few days and I was wondering if Susan or any of her wonderful readers have any recommendations for restaurants on the left bank? We will of course use the resources of our hotel (Sainte Beuve per Susan’s recommendation), but thought some of you might have some great ideas. It will likely be showery and cool for the days we are there (judging by forecasts) so good food will be a focus 🙂

    • Kate
      September 23, 2019 / 6:57 am

      We always eat at Le Relais d’ l’entrecote every time we’re in Paris. There are a couple locations, both good, but there is one in the left bank area. A set menu….steak/frites/salade…but delicious. Always lots of French people eating there.

      • Elizabeth
        September 23, 2019 / 9:24 am

        We love Le Relais too! Not fancy but always reliable and just plain fun! The first time you go and they offer you seconds is such a surprise and a treat. After that you expect and look forward to it!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      September 23, 2019 / 7:02 am

      One of my Rive Gauche favorites is Boucherie Roulière on rue des Canettes. Also, le Comptoir. You may not be able to get a reservation during the week, but on weekends you can line up for a table. Well worth a short wait!!

      Also, the cafe on the top floor of La Grande Epicerie is fabulous. Good spot for lunch after shopping & people-watching at Le Bon Marché.

    • Jeanne
      September 23, 2019 / 8:06 am

      I stayed at the hotel sainte beuve in 2016 with my daughter on a graduation trip. the concierge was terrific. We did feel somewhat at a loss on the restaurant aspect of our trip. We should have researched more or better. So I am taking notes for the future!

    • Cindylou
      September 24, 2019 / 12:21 am

      We always eat at Brasserie Lipp on the Rue St Germaine.

  5. Katrinka
    September 23, 2019 / 6:52 am

    I love that shot of red in the bracelet to tie the shoes to the look. What a great idea!

  6. Elizabeth
    September 23, 2019 / 8:09 am

    Love that duster, Susan, because I have the same one and it’s so versatile. The item that has been in my wardrobe the longest is my gr. 8 graduation dress. Not that I can fit into it, would have to lose 25 pounds, but because my mother made it. I’m 62 and saw it in a Young Miss magazine – remember those? Mom, a fantastic seamstress & still is, copied it as best as she could from a black & white photo.

  7. September 23, 2019 / 8:36 am

    You look great! I love the pops of red. It’s so wonderful to know you can reach into your closet and find something that works not only for you and your style but also for the occasion and the weather.
    My oldest piece is a cotton dress I had made for me when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa in the mid-1980s. It still looks great, probably because cotton back then was the real thing and because the style is timeless. A straight silhouette with gray and white buffalo check, 3/4 sleeves, boat neck and POCKETS. Not as loose around the hips as it used to be, though. I have a matching belt, also custom made, that has a hidden zipper pocket on the inside. I think they cost $10 total.

  8. Mary
    September 23, 2019 / 8:36 am

    Susan, I have tried on many pairs of mules because I think they are so cute but I CANNOT walk in them. I always shuffle as though I was wearing house slippers, my toes are gripping for dear life and I always feel as though I was going to trip. Doesn’t matter if they are flat or heeled.They are so popular, what am I doing wrong?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      September 23, 2019 / 9:35 am

      Hi Mary, it’s not that you’re doing anything wrong, but not every style of mules will work for everyone. I find that a higher vamp and a slight heel is the most comfortable (and walkable) style.

  9. Claudia
    September 23, 2019 / 8:57 am

    I still have my first Holy Communion dress, dotted swiss, hand made by a dear family friend.

  10. Eleni
    September 23, 2019 / 9:33 am

    you look fantastic! Vibrant, smart, and totally beautiful. I like the pop of color at your feet and wrist. Maybe this is how you incorporate the color analysis colors! 🙂

  11. September 23, 2019 / 9:36 am

    I’ve had a pair of bright red shoes for many years that hadn’t been out of the closet for several. I wore them just the other day and immediately received compliments. I’ll definitely be wearing them again soon!

    I have a number of other items that have also been in my wardrobe for a long time. One that comes to mind is a comfy cowl neck sweater in a rich spicy brown. Again, it hasn’t been worn for quite some time, but the colour is so on trend this season that I’ll definitely be wearing it again.

  12. Lise
    September 23, 2019 / 11:15 am

    Great outfit! Love how your specs, the shirt and the handbag seem to tie up, as well as the bracelet and shoes. Since you have changed your style colors I am really enjoying your blog and your honesty in this style journey of yours is very refreshing. I think you look fabulous 🙂

  13. Alyson Earl
    September 23, 2019 / 1:47 pm

    Love the inclusion of Le Monsieur reflected in the background!

  14. Karen McB
    September 23, 2019 / 2:46 pm

    I like the look of dusters but cringe at the memories of wearing them decades ago, when they seemed to cling to trousers. Fine for posing, not for walking. Do you have any trouble with that?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      September 23, 2019 / 3:02 pm

      I find that when I walk, this one tends to flow behind me. It’s been my experience that cottons tend to stick more than linen or some wool jersey knits.

  15. Susan D.
    September 23, 2019 / 2:59 pm

    I have quite a few items in my wardrobe that are at least 15 years old. One of these is a black skirt (somewhat full) with ecru embroidery. It is a Lafayette 148 piece, purchased on sale. It has been a real wardrobe gap filler for me on numerous occasions. I’ve worn it to outdoor weddings in Vermont and on cruise ships in the Mediterranean. I wear it with a black knit top and always feel elegant with a bit of a bohemian vibe.

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