Fabulous Frugal Fashions for Women over 50 (and the rest of you, too!)This post may contain affiliate links which won't change your price but will share some commission.
The deepest desire of my heart for my writing is to be an encouragement to women of all ages, but I have an extra special bit of compassion for those of us over 50!
I have always, always shopped secondhand for my wardrobe, mostly through yard sales. More recently I have added a bit of thrift store shopping in order to pick up some items I couldn’t find.
Last April when I went on my trip to TGI Fridays headquarters I was in a panic the week before trying to come up with wardrobe pieces that I felt looked good. My insecure high school self was having a field day!
It was one of my first “real” business trips since turning this blog into a business. I have worked hard for the opportunities blogging has given me but I’m still very much a wife and mom first.
Therefore, wanting to prove I haven’t been hiding in my home over the last 20 years just “raisin’ them kiddos of mine” showed me I still have some work to do in this new season of life!
In the past my oldest daughter would dress me on Sundays when she was in high school. I say that tongue in cheek but Rachel has always had a sense of her personal style. Me? Not so much!
She would take the wardrobe pieces I had purchased and put things together in a way that was fashionable and up to date. Of course, she had a bit more free time than I did but I was grateful she wanted me to look my best.
Or either she just didn’t want to be embarrassed by my yoga pant, sweat shirt wearing self!
Then she had to go and get married. What was she thinking? Leaving me alone with no fashion sense whatsoever.
Since Rachel and I enjoy spending time together and brainstorming about the blog we decided to take a trip to the local thrift store to see if we could match an outfit of a popular celebrity with clothes purchased at Goodwill.
Here’s Rachel to tell you all about our adventure!
I was really excited when my mom mentioned expanding her blogging horizons and venturing into fashion! I’ve loved all things beauty and fashion related since I was little. As I was looking online at celebrity fashion websites I found this picture of Reece Witherspoon and fell in love! I wanted to immediately trade in my yoga pants and t-shirt for this casual and chic look.
As women – especially women who have had babies (I am new to the mom club, read about my thoughts on post baby body) our stomachs can be a huge source of concern for us. It doesn’t help that the media idolizes women with abnormally long, narrow, and toned mid sections.
For the rest of the 98% of the female population a lot of us fall into the “mumu” trap. You know what I’m talking about. That big baggy shirt you intentionally bought 3 sizes too big just to make sure it covered every “imperfection” you see in the mirror…the one that you’ve convinced yourself is “in” because, well, isn’t flowy “in” right now?
I have been challenging myself to put that mumu in the back of the closet for a while – and I issued the same challenge to my adorable mother!
One of the things I love about this look is how the defined waist makes her have an hourglass shape. By tucking the jean shirt into the white skirt that had a flat panel at the top it drew your attention to the smallest part of her frame instead of illuminating any problem areas (yes, Stacy and Clinton from What Not To Wear really were right!).
And while we are on the topic of the skirt, notice the length in both pictures – an inch or so above the knee. This keeps her from looking matronly and outdated and is timeless without too much leg showing!
I also love the sweater with this outfit for a pop of pattern and color that ties the whole thing together!
But what I love the most? Its a classy look that is affordable at any budget. Proof that if you make time to do a little digging you can find treasures while bargain hunting!
Don’t you love Rachel’s passion? Here’s a breakdown of the pricing for this outfit. I will tell you that the purse was a BIG splurge for me. I do NOT usually pay $15 for one but it is in style and is in great shape (plus it worked for the picture, bonus points.)
(Rounded Up) Prices: Purse $15
So how did I do?
If you want to see my attempts at dressing better I’d love for you to follow me on Instagram.
We would love to have you follow along on our journey to better style on a budget. Here are some of our ideas and goals.
- Learn how to disguise those problem areas we all have. And we ALL have them because we’re human and our bodies change through pregnancy, eating choices, aging and even that dreaded “M” word. “Menopause.” There. I said it.
- Learn how to dress fashionably on a budget.
- Figure out your style preferences.
- Where to find frugal fashions.
- Most of all, embrace the body God has given you.
We’d love to know what you think and any ideas you have for us!
First time seeing your blog. Love the ideas. I also shop thrift stores; Goodwill (where my goal is to buy expensive for cheap and not the other way around) and have expanded to Costco. I tried Marshalls but they don’t have any petite clothes. I have 4 daughters and lately they want to borrow my stuff :). I’m past 70 and loving life.
Hi, Nickie. Thanks for visiting my blog! I don’t blog much about fashion anymore but most everything I wrote is definitely geared towards creatively saving money! I also love to encourage women to make the most of what they have! So glad you’re enjoying life! It’s a gift isn’t it?
I think you did great! Love it!
What an adorable look! Rachel would be proud! And Reese is always a great inspiration! Thanks so much for joining Fun Fashion Friday and we would love to see you back every week!
What a cute bargain outfit! It looks great on you and it’s a perfect style steal from Reese. Thank you for linking up for Style Saturday. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma
Oh Marty how you look stunning! You and Rachel did a wonderful job styling after one of my favorite fashion icons and actrresses. I love Reece and how you nailed her look.
Thank you for linking up to “Bloggers Who have Inspired Me.” this week.
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Thank s for sharing your style with the Thursday Blog Hop! I pinned it to my over50feelingfabulous board!
Gorgeous XO!! Thank you so much for sharing with #LINKUPWITHLISA @ http://www.beauty101bylisa.com/search/label/LINKUP%20with%20Lisa
What a pretty outfit! Love the cardigan!
Glad to meet another frugal fashionista over the age of 50!
Good to meet you, too, Antionette!
Your daughter did a great job! If you get stuck with outfit ideas, you can always use pinterest and search for example white skirt and find inspiration there.
Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up
Hi, Alice. I pin a lot of stuff but don’t always take the time to figure out what goes together. I’m pretty simple! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Cute look! Love the chambray with the white skirt. I posted a very similar look months back and I’m over fifty too!
I love your style and attitude, Marty!! What an amazing, classy outfit you put together! And how fun you are “collaborating” with your daughter! So sweet!! Thanks for linking up for Create28–hope to see you again next Monday! XO ~ Casey @ A LIttle Bit of Cheer
Thanks, Casey. My daughter and I have a great relationship and since she’s married we don’t get to go yardsaling as much and we both miss it!
I can’t believe the price of your purse. It looks incredibly expensive. Well done for creating such an interesting looking outfit on a budget. Love how you’ve layered a floral cardi on top of a chambray shirt. You look great.
Thanks, Lorna! The purse has held up really well. I just wish it had a pocket for my cell phone! Thanks for visiting!
Love seeing denim and white together and the floral jacket adds a nice pop. It’s an outfit you can wear at any age!
Thanks so much! I love the denim and white as well. Have a great weekend!
Loving your recreation!
Thanks, Darcy! Have a great weekend!
That is a very nice outfit! Looks very good on you! I don’t dress up much. Being retired I dress more for comfort now.
I totally understand, Lisa! I tend towards shorts and t-shirts but I’m trying to do better when I go out in public.
Awww. Thanks, Deborah! It’s amazing what that skirt hides!
Since the age of ten, charity shops have been the major source of my wardrobe and an addiction. If out anywhere, I can’t help being allured into one; It’s amazing what you can find and the outfit can be created.
I love yard sales best but thrift stores are a close second. You just have to have a few minutes to dash in or know what you’re looking for. I love stores that are organized, too. Makes it so much better.
Great new idea for the blog! I’ve been working on my wardrobe for the over 50 crowd. Although I do t feel over 50. I just need lots and lots of work on the body! Look forward to more beautiful posts! You looked wonderful
Hi, Lynn. I don’t feel over 50, either! But I do need some work on the body, too, and I get lazy and dress more comfortable than flattering. I’m challenging myself to do better!
So cute! I love the outfit. My 21 year old daughter is my fashion consultant too. Great post!
Thanks, Pam. My daughter is great at pulling outfits together. Me? Not always so much!
Looking good Marty! Great blog today.
Thanks, Diana. I’ve missed you around the blog recently. Hope you’re okay!