50 IS NOT OLD | PANTS THAT LOOK CASUAL AND CHIC | FASHION OVER 40I was doing a team training the other night, and I asked the ladies on the call this question: “What is your strength?” I went around to each of them, and the answers varied from person to person. Then, after we had gone through everyone, I asked this question: “What is your weakness?” Once again, I went from person to person to see what everyone had to say.
50 IS NOT OLD | PANTS THAT LOOK CASUAL AND CHIC | FASHION OVER 40Most of the ladies could easily answer me what they considered their weaknesses, but when it came to finding their strengths, they had a harder time. I have found that we tend to focus on our faults and weaknesses. We tend to spend lots and lots of time trying to get better at what we consider a weakness. It sounds like a good plan; why wouldn’t you want to get better at something that you can’t do well? But, in actuality, we need to be spending lots and lots of time on our strengths. If you are an awesome writer, then you need to concentrate on becoming a writer and developing your skills. If you stink at writing, then maybe the idea of becoming a writer shouldn’t be something that you want to become. One of my strengths is my mindset. I am a positive person by nature, I shake off negativity quickly, and I like encouraging others to be a better person. The things that I am not good at are not a huge concern to me; I will either get better or not. My focus is always going to be on what I can do and seeing if I can improve on those areas. You know that I am going to ask you later on about your strengths, so put your thinking cap on. Lol!
50 IS NOT OLD | PANTS THAT LOOK CASUAL AND CHIC | FASHION OVER 40Finally, I can wear my blazers and jackets without getting too hot. I love wearing cardigans as well because all those items help to create a thinner look visually. Without your clothes on, you will look the same as always; sorry that I can give you a tip to change that. Lol! My blazer is one that I have had for years. It is a beige linen jacket with one-button closure. I wear this jacket almost year-round, and it goes with pretty much everything. I am wearing it in a casual style today, but this could easily be dressed up for a more professional look.


50 IS NOT OLD | PANTS THAT LOOK CASUAL AND CHIC | FASHION OVER 40I had to add a small touch of tortoise print to my look. The Maren necklace adds just the right amount of animal print, without being in your face. I know that some of you aren’t animal print crazy like me, but you can still enjoy the trend by adding this necklace. My trio of bracelets is the Lelani (large matte gold link), a white and gold bracelet from the Stacia bracelet set, and a large wooden bead bracelet from the Randee set. I love mixing and matching different sets together.
50 IS NOT OLD | PANTS THAT LOOK CASUAL AND CHIC | FASHION OVER 40I am always on the lookout for cute flats. I love wearing high heel shoes, but there are days when I want to wear something different. But, finding cute flats can be a huge challenge. I want style!!! I want comfortable shoes also, but I want something with style. Lol! When I found this studded snakeskin loafer, I knew that I had found exactly what I was looking for all these years. These are by Steve Madden, and I bought them at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. Here is the link to the shoes.
50 IS NOT OLD | PANTS THAT LOOK CASUAL AND CHIC | FASHION OVER 40What do you think about wide-leg pants? Honestly, I am still on the fence with this style. I see it on others, and I love the look. But then I try it on me, and I am not convinced. I liked these pants and the drawstring pull-on waist. I also liked how they had a casual vibe, but how they even managed to look chic. But, because I have struggled all of my life with pants being too short, I think the length of the cropped pants bother me. These pants (link) are from The Loft, and they are on sale, AND they are also an extra 40% off with the code FALLFEST.
50 IS NOT OLD | PANTS THAT LOOK CASUAL AND CHIC | FASHION OVER 40I told you that I would be circling back around to ask you about your strengths. I want to celebrate with you, so be sure to leave a comment. I bet your comment will inspire others, and you might be surprised how strong you are. Tonight I am using my strength (mindset) to help me to overcome a weakness. (public speaking) You would have been surprised if you had met me 25 years ago. My biggest worry was that I was invisible. I felt like I didn’t have a voice and that I disappeared into the background. I never had my picture taken (funny,  huh), and I worried that my children wouldn’t remember me if something happened to me. I think that those memories are why I want to help women so much. I want everyone to feel “visible,” and fashion is one way to make that happen. If you feel confident in your style, that confidence will show up in other areas of your life. Tonight, I am stepping outside of my comfort zone to help others. Tonight I am asking if you want to hop on a ZOOM call to hear more about what I do and why I love it so much. Tonight I am showing you how I became visible! ZOOM is a free app that you can download (here) to any device. ZOOM allows us to talk and see each other, which allows you to ask questions if you wish. To join the call, you download the app and then hit the Join A Meeting button and type in this number: 575-241-0946 Remember, knowledge is power, and you can never have enough knowledge. This is an easy-going simple call with NO obligation. I hope to see you there!!! Plus, there will be a free gift for everyone who joins me on the call.

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15 Comments

  1. I’m not loving the wide leg cropped pants. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not a fan of faded denim or the style. I might like the look better if they were indigo but I’m really not sure. As for my strength, I’m a positive person and love a good challenge. I use those strengths as a sewist creating custom dresses for my customers.

    • Tania Reply

      I can’t decide if I like the wide-leg pant style either. But, I do like that your strength is being a positive person, and one who likes a challenge. I think we might be related!!!

  2. I don’t care for that look either – maybe if I were 6’3″ and weighed 120 lbs I would feel differently! My strength is I don’t get upset easily – don’t have a quick temper – try not to sweat the small stuff and remember – it is all small stuff!!! When others lose their tempers and rant and rave, I just sit there and, in the privacy of my own mind, think how crazy it all is!

  3. I am not a fan of the pants because I don’t care for the wide, short leg. They would look horrible on me because I am so short. One of my strengths is that I have a lot of empathy for others. People say they find me easy to talk to and I am proud of that. Good luck on your meeting tonight. I am sorry I can’t join you, but have another commitment. Have a great day. Love the jewelry!

  4. Tania – I took a class through my church many years ago called ‘Strengths Finder’. It’s a great book that is probably available on Amazon and I highly recommend it

  5. Stacie Kreitman Reply

    I don’t like the cropped wide leg pants either. On me they just accentuate my flaws. I am short and pear shaped and don’t need anything to bring attention to my bottom heaviness. Liked the top and jacket though.

  6. Those wide leg jeans reminded me of a pair I wore in 1973 when I was in 8th grade! They were the new style and I thought I was the cat’s meow in them, LOL. You wear them well. I tend to stay away from wide leg pants of any style because my legs take eyes off my round tummy and that’s a good thing. : ) My strength is my ability to talk to anyone. I am always quick to smile and say hi and strike up a conversation. I’ve always been one that could talk the ears off a billy goat. I grew up working in my dad’s business and just always wanted people to feel welcome and comfortable. That’s the strength that stuck! Tania, I do enjoy your posts. I look forward to “hearing” from you every day!

  7. Elizabeth T Reply

    This is my favorite of all your blogs. I really like your insights about strengths and weaknesses. Gave me a lot to think about.

  8. Full-length wide leg pants are fine but I’m not wild about cropped pants. To me they just seem to cut off the “look” in the wrong place.
    I’m optimistic…always something wonderful “around the corner” or just faith that God will work things out. I’m usually in a good mood & even-tempered and even when I’m really angry or frustrated, I rarely yell or raise my voice. I’m supportive & a good listener. I used to be more out-going & would talk to everyone but I’ve worked with people all day my whole life & I’m quite content to be quiet now.
    Love to hear from you every day! Keep up the good work!

  9. Nancy Onorato Reply

    I have to say that my strength is my faith. I was blessed to have a mother who was a Sunday school teacher who taught me about the goodness of God and encouraged me to “shine my light.” Like you, I have a positive mindset and I always have a smile and a compliment or a happy thought to give to everyone I meet. My strong faith has allowed me to weather the bad & celebrate the good in this life and to always count my blessings. As for stylish and comfortable flats, have you tried Rothy’s, Tania? I recently got my first pair of “points” & I’m loving them!

  10. Melesa Garrison Reply

    You always look so cute, but I’m not a fan of the wide legs for myself either. I think my strength is the gift of gab. I can get a conversation going with the CEO of a big company or a homeless person. I don’t discriminate. I just love people, period!

  11. I don’t like the wide legs. I do have several long cardigans with deep pockets which I dearly love. My strongest weakness is caring too much what other people think and my greatest strength is the ability to just keep keeping on with a cheerful attitude. I don’t camp around hurts.

  12. I am loving this look! I think wide-leg cropped pants are so stylish!
    And thanks for reminding me to focus on my strengths.
    Have a great day, Tania!

  13. I like the wide leg pants. I’m 5’7″ so with that height I think they look good. If I were shorter, I would probably think differently.

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