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J.Crew perfect shirt

Mais oui, it’s another outfit photo. You’re all going to get tired of my mug pretty soon. Between work, getting ready for our yearly ski trip and working on an alternative school placement for jeune homme, I’ve barely been able to complete a sentence, let alone a post. But I do have a lot of fun stuff in the works for next month including a giveaway, so please don’t give up on me yet.

I was inspired yesterday by Tish’s post at A Femme d’un Certain Age about blouses and statement necklaces, and decided to try layering up à la Loulou de la Falaise.

statement necklaces

Unfortunately, I don’t have the kind of Loulou-esque statement necklaces in my collection to really pull off this slightly bohemian Rive Gauche look, so think my effort fell somewhat short.

J.Crew necklace
Meh.

I did like the blue and white shirt with the black pieces though, and think I deserve some YSL brownie points for that. 🙂 Jewelry-wise, I felt the effect was more Madame Bijoux than Loulou.

Jacket: Eileen Fisher, 2010. Similar.
Blouse: J.Crew, here.
Pants: Eileen Fisher, here.
Necklaces: Short – J.Crew, here. Long – J.Crew and Ann Taylor, both at least a year old. similar.
Bracelet: Ann Taylor, few years old, similar.
Boots: Stuart Weitzman, six years old and counting, similar.

Have you been inspired to try any new styles or combinations lately?  How did it work out?

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72 Comments

    • January 31, 2013 / 6:40 pm

      Vicki, thank you! It’s become one of my favorites when I want a bit of sparkle.

  1. January 30, 2013 / 1:04 pm

    I think it is just right, Une Femme, and the finished look is sophisticated with a wink.

  2. January 30, 2013 / 1:17 pm

    Aaaaaah but just look at that gorgeous model and that cheeky glint in her eye:). You look fabulous m’dear and I think I’ll take a leaf out of Madame Bijoux’s book coz she looks like a load of fun, even with that grumpy look on her face – she’s piling on the bling!!! xo

    • January 31, 2013 / 7:29 pm

      Pull Your Socks Up, she’s only grumpy because the waiter’s been slow to refill her wine glass! And thank you.

  3. January 30, 2013 / 2:59 pm

    I LIKE this look on you! I especially like the blue stripe blouse with the black jacket and pants. And, like other posters, I think your necklaces are just right. You look fabulous today!

    • January 31, 2013 / 7:32 pm

      Susan, thanks so much! I’m really gravitating toward stripes these days.

  4. January 30, 2013 / 3:04 pm

    You’ve got a long way to go before I’d be bored with your outfit posts — this is a great look, very smart — A nice way to take an inspiration and make it work for your lifestyle with what’s in your closet. As for me, seems much more same old, same old, than inspiration lately . . .

    • January 31, 2013 / 7:34 pm

      materfamilias, thank you. Other than a few new pieces and replacement purchases, I’m also trying to work with what I’ve got. Thank goodness for inspiration from other bloggers! (And you’re one of them!)

  5. January 30, 2013 / 3:28 pm

    I love seeing what you’re up to, sartorially. And I like what you’ve done with the look — I’m also feeling inspired by Tish’s idea and will probably give it a whirl on Saturday, when I’m going to a “chocolatada” (lots of Spanish-style hot chocolate and churros) to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Last year I overdressed, so this year it’s jeans, heeled boots, blouse, sweater, and turquoise. I’ll post if I can get a decent picture.

    • January 31, 2013 / 11:47 pm

      rubiatonta, it sounds like your jewelry will be closer to what’s needed to achieve LouLou’s slightly boho look. My guess is the hot chocolate there is very good…am I wrong? 🙂

  6. January 30, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    Love your wardrobe posts and I would never get tired of them!
    I think we have the same necklace and funny thing I posted mine this morning too.
    Tishri rather inspired my thoughts on neck wear.
    A holiday sounds very timely and what’s not to love about a white snowy escape to the slopes!

    • January 31, 2013 / 11:49 pm

      hostess, you’re very kind, and thank you. Yes, we do have the same one, and isn’t it funny we were on the same wavelength yesterday?

  7. January 30, 2013 / 4:03 pm

    I am always interested in your outfits, so post as many as you like!!

    For me the ‘less is more’ approach is better, especially in the jewelry department as I’m not staturesque and all! For myself I would just go for the short necklace under the shirt and not bother with the others.

    • January 31, 2013 / 11:50 pm

      Northmoon, thank you! I do tend to be a minimalist too, but enjoy a little experimentation with layering. I may try multiple shorter necklaces next time.

  8. Brenda
    January 30, 2013 / 4:30 pm

    I have to agree with everyone else that you always look so put together and I love looking at your outfits. It could never be too much:) Love this shirt!

  9. January 30, 2013 / 4:49 pm

    Though I like your necklaces very much on you, if *you* are not comfortable, that’s irrelevent. Lou Lou has no bust to speak of, best situation for wearing masses of necklaces over chest. Your long cardi and jeans make you look tall and svelte! “Column of colour” proves its visual effect again.

    • January 31, 2013 / 11:54 pm

      Duchesse, thank you. I actually do like the result, just didn’t achieve the original intention. And I agree that it’s harder to wear masses of bulky necklaces over a larger bust. I’m finding not only the column of color, but sticking to a long-over-lean silhouette works best for my proportions.

  10. Marla Robinson
    January 30, 2013 / 11:21 am

    I love the way you dress. So sophisticated and classy. Never overdone. Just the way I like it. So lovely.

    • January 31, 2013 / 6:40 pm

      Marla, you’re very kind, thanks so much!

  11. Sulky Kitten
    January 30, 2013 / 12:08 pm

    I think you need to be relatively flat-chested to pull off Loulou’s look,so it’s not for me. I like your pieces – definitely not meh!

    • January 31, 2013 / 6:41 pm

      Sulky Kitten, I agree, but think we bustier gals could still pull off shorter bold necklaces. And thank you!

  12. Pam @ over50feeling40
    January 30, 2013 / 12:45 pm

    This simple, classic style of necklaces is perfect for what you have on here. It adds but is not overdone. You always know how to achieve the balance. Hope all of the preparations above go well!

    • January 31, 2013 / 6:42 pm

      Pam, thank you! Cohesion within an outfit is a good thing.

  13. Cornelia
    January 30, 2013 / 1:20 pm

    It’s lovely and very nice. On me though, I always feel overdone with earrings, necklaces, glasses AND bracelets and a watch and a statement ring thrown in for good measure. I am tall and fairly slender but it never looks as right or put together on me as it does on others.

    • January 31, 2013 / 7:32 pm

      Cornelia, thank you! I think there’s a line for each of us between “statement” and “overdone” and we all have to go by what feels right.

  14. Eliza
    January 30, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    Wow, you look fantastic! I love the suit with striped shirt and the cuffs rolled up are perfect! The necklaces to have impact and perfectly polish off your look. I agree that the statement necklace is an awesome look but can go overboard (I’ve never been able to get it just right). You probably know Tamera from Tamera Beardsley she pulls off this look here http://www.tamerabeardsley.com/2013/01/black-and-white-gems.html. I can’t wait until she starts selling her diy statement necklace looks as I would love to try this look again myself. Have a great day, you look gorgeous!
    eliza

    • January 31, 2013 / 11:48 pm

      Eliza, thanks so much! Yes, I read Tamera’s blog regularly and she does some really spectacular pieces.

  15. 1-2Punch
    January 30, 2013 / 5:38 pm

    Although I am a total scarf person, lately I have tired of them and was looking for a sweater vest and found a great one with a faux fur collar that is a great alternative to wearing “the scarf”! ps many many compliments on it too!

    • January 31, 2013 / 11:55 pm

      1-2 Punch, that does sound like a great alternative!

  16. January 31, 2013 / 3:15 am

    Haha No, not meh. Great look! Love the blue stripe with black! Classy!
    Ski trip! I’m jealous!

    • January 31, 2013 / 11:59 pm

      gracefully50, thanks so much! I really love the blue stripes too. I’m *really* looking forward to skiing; there’s been a lot of snowfall this week and we should have some great conditions.

  17. Lady of Style
    January 30, 2013 / 8:26 pm

    Classy and chic with great proportions, you look fantastic and very confident!
    Annette
    Lady of Style

  18. C
    January 31, 2013 / 4:53 am

    Methinks your weight loss is showing – very trim!

  19. mette
    January 30, 2013 / 9:09 pm

    I have so few pieces of jewelry these days, that mixing is not possible.
    For a necklace, I´d wish to have something personal.
    As your outfit is for work, it´s right to keep them ” calm “.

    • January 31, 2013 / 11:56 pm

      mette, I enjoy both personal and “fun” pieces. And it’s true, this was a workday ensemble so I needed to keep it somewhat professional.

  20. cathy
    January 31, 2013 / 12:45 am

    You look so sharp and pulled together, I love it!

  21. sisty
    January 31, 2013 / 1:03 am

    Column of color indeed! And I think the fingertip-length jacket looks great on you. It’s a very flattering silhouette for a lot of us femmes, tall or short. Very nice proportions here.

    • January 31, 2013 / 11:57 pm

      sisty, thanks! I love the longer jackets and cardigans, but they haven’t been easy to find these past few seasons.

  22. Val Sparkle
    January 31, 2013 / 6:20 am

    That’s a great outfit – the black looks very sharp and the blue stripes are a soft contrast. And I like your jewelry accents – just perfect!

    Love that drawing of Madame Bijoux!

    • February 1, 2013 / 12:00 am

      Val Sparkle, thank you! The drawing is from the movie “Titanic,” was supposed to be one of Jack’s drawings. I don’t know why that one detail in particular stuck with me after all these years.

  23. January 31, 2013 / 3:49 pm

    And I think that bracelet makes the outfit – Loulou with a cuff, if you will.

    • February 1, 2013 / 12:02 am

      LPC, thanks! I actually wear this costume piece pretty regularly.

  24. January 31, 2013 / 5:45 pm

    You boring? Impossible. I think you’re way cuter than Loulou.

    Good luck with the school placement. It sounds challenging.

    • February 1, 2013 / 12:03 am

      Susan, you are too kind, merci beaucoup! We’re actually halfway there with the school, will meet with the admissions staff in a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed.

  25. January 31, 2013 / 8:14 pm

    I love your outfit posts!

  26. January 31, 2013 / 10:33 pm

    Do not stop the outfit posts! I love them!!!!

    • February 1, 2013 / 12:04 am

      Jane W., so glad you enjoy, thank you.

  27. Kathy
    January 31, 2013 / 3:22 pm

    Very elegant. A good interpretation of Loulou that fits you.

  28. February 1, 2013 / 4:52 am

    Keep the outfit posts coming! I have been experimenting with color more frequently. I think it has to do with my organizational projects, which includes categorizing. An excavation of sorts.

    • February 1, 2013 / 10:25 pm

      Style Crone, thanks so much! I really enjoy seeing how you mix colors and textures. You have such a great eye.

  29. February 1, 2013 / 7:51 pm

    You are adorable in all your outfits. Though I am now wondering if you have done any posts on black? I’m finding this color is no longer flattering me after 50. Perhaps the bijou/accessories might help with that? What say you Miss Deja Pseu?

    • February 1, 2013 / 10:27 pm

      beyondbeige, thank you very much! Black? Well, it’s complicated. 🙂 I did write a post about wearing black way back in the blog’s infancy, but since I’ve come back around to it and pretty solidly, maybe it’s time for an update.

  30. Lynne DeVenny
    February 2, 2013 / 10:53 pm

    I cannot remember if I commented already but more important, I Pin’d you 😀 Love this combo. You’ve inspired to pile on my faux pearls, something I haven’t done in a long time.

  31. February 3, 2013 / 11:29 pm

    Love your layering my dear! As always you are the picture of stylish chic.

  32. February 3, 2013 / 11:40 pm

    I think you look the business! I’d never thought of necklaces with a shirt but it adds a feminine touch to shirt and suit, a certain je ne sais quoi. I’m inspired to give it a shot myself.

  33. Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell
    February 4, 2013 / 1:24 am

    Wow, I had not seen your post until after I posted my outfit but it looks like we had similar inspirations! I love that necklace you are wearing and I think your outfit is smashing! You always look so elegant and put together and I so enjoy seeing what you are wearing.

  34. Ann, Heather and Sheila
    February 4, 2013 / 3:25 pm

    Love the striped shirt! The jewelry is perfect with the outfit, too. You look so pulled together!
    Heather from Friendship, Life and Style

  35. February 7, 2013 / 3:35 am

    I have a tendency to pile on too much black, so I was really inspired to see how fresh your striped shirt looks with the basic black. The pop of color freshens the overall look and inspires me to think about how to start moving my drab fall wardrobe towards the colors of spring!

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