A Tip For Lifting The Winter Doldrums

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a turquoise sweater and jogger set from Chico's

Winter is cold, and the days are shorter, which limits the amount of sunlight we can enjoy. That is a formula for the blahs to set in. These are the days when you feel sluggish and don’t want to do much of anything. Here is a tip for lifting the winter doldrums, but you can use it any time of the year.



Add A Bright Color to Fight the Winter Doldrums


Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a turquoise sweater and jogger set from Chico's2

You know that I love being comfortable, but I also want to look stylish. This Blue Frost Cotton Cashmere Dolman Sweater is a trifecta since it is comfy and stylish and can also help to lift you out of the winter doldrums. This gorgeous turquoise color is bright and cheerful, and it makes me smile when I look at it. Color is a wonderful way to lift your spirits at any time of the year, but it is especially important when the winter doldrums set in.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a turquoise sweater and jogger set from Chico's1

You can almost feel the softness when looking at this photo. The sweater is lightweight but not see-through, and it feels great against my skin. There are several colors available in this sweater, and I had a hard time deciding between this beautiful blue color and camel. I think the camel one would look great with jeans, black or white, and it is a great neutral. This sweater is on sale (at least it was last night when I was writing this post) for $50 off! I’m wearing my usual size 1, and it fits great.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a turquoise sweater and jogger set from Chico's6

Here is a photo that lets you gauge the length of the sweater.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a turquoise sweater and jogger set from Chico's3

These earrings have sold out, but this clip-on pair would also look great. For those who prefer pierced earrings, you can try this pair.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a turquoise sweater and jogger set from Chico's5

I added the Agate Beaded Stretch Bracelet with the cute gold tassel detail. I’ve become a fan of stretch bracelets since I don’t have to worry about a clasp. Here are a few more bracelets that you might like.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a turquoise sweater and jogger set from Chico's8

Jeans aren’t comfortable most of the time, especially if you have to do a lot of sitting. I always opt for something more comfortable when driving or sitting for long periods, and these Cotton-Cashmere Joggers Pants are just the ticket. They have a drawstring waist, pockets, and are soft and comfy. What more could you ask for??? I’m wearing my usual size 1, and they fit nicely. They are also on sale at $40 off!

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a turquoise sweater and jogger set from Chico's17

Deep Teal is my “color of the moment,” and I keep buying clothing in this shade. When I saw these Suede Fur Lined Ballet Slides, I decided I needed to add this color to my shoes, also. They are super soft, and I love the deep rich color, but the fur does make them a little slippery. It might take me a bit to adjust to them, but I love how they feel, so I’m going to give them a chance. I’m wearing my usual size 9, and they fit great.

Chico’s is having a great sale (at least they were last night 😝), so I’ll link to some picks that are a great deal.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a turquoise sweater and jogger set from Chico's9

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  1. Dawn Severson says:

    i just love that beautiful shade of blue!

  2. The incorrect words of a song is so funny and yet so true. How many times have I been in the same situation, but now we can google the words. LOL I love the teal ballet slippers, I especially like the pointy ones vs the round toe. I am wearing a monochome outfit today, I always thought I had to wear different colors, but today I am wearing all rust casual outfit from Old Navy.

  3. Angela Kidd says:

    I ordered this outfit in black can’t wait to get it! My husband and I are going to make a quick trip to Las Vegas for my “BIG” birthday!!! 🙂 On another note, I have a winter wedding to attend in January and I’d love for your to do a feature on winter party/wedding guest attire! Thanks!

  4. Beautiful color on you!

  5. I’ve been feeling blue. Going to give your suggestion a try. I often feel better when you share your faith on Sundays.

  6. Lori Gorenflo says:

    I love that blue sweater. Such a pretty color.

  7. Debbie Brown says:

    I love your Blog. I love that you share your love for Christ.
    Merry Christmas.

  8. I love stretchy bracelets too, and this one looks beautiful!

  9. Jan Baker says:

    Love the shade of blue on this set.
    It looks comfortable too.
    Thank you for sharing all of your ideas!

  10. Love the blue on you! It looks so soft and comfy 🙂

  11. I love the teal color! It would sure chase the blues away!

  12. Angie Emery says:

    I really enjoyed all the information in this post.

  13. thank you for the bright colors, please more! I cleaned my closet and sorted everything day before yesterday. now with only winter and fall clothes in it it looks terribly dark. time to brighten it up!

  14. Valery Reach says:

    I need all the bright colors I can get to make it through the winter blues. Here’s to brighter, longer and warmer days ahead!!

    1. I love the teal color! Looks good with your coloring!

  15. My son-in-law thought the song ‘Secret Agent Man’ was ‘Secret Asian Man’. We got a laugh out of that!
    Thank you for your daily posts and Bible scripture.

  16. Needed this today! Definitely a blah kind of day with stormy weather.

  17. The cashmere sweater and joggers are no longer on sale, boo hoo!
    I would love to have that in the deep violet as i am silver haired.

    1. I looked for an ending date of the sale, but it didn’t give one. It must have been a flash sale that only lasts one day. I know they have the Deal of the Day thing, but I don’t know if it was one of those.

    2. Carolyn Zimmerman says:

      I will have to hurry to check out the additional colors. Others have commented on the sell out of teal.

  18. Thx!! Winter is coming!!!

  19. Ginger Hiller says:

    That is a beautiful outfit that you look great in, Tania! That is such a pretty color on you.

  20. Melissa Palmer says:

    This was a great post. I’m all about comfort. Love that deep teal color.

  21. The blue frost outfit and shoes are amazing! Color is a way to feel great.

  22. Joe has “chronic lyricosis”! Can’t understand the lyrics so he makes up his own. Love the beautiful outfit! You look great in that color!!

  23. Brenda Gentry says:

    Love the color! I really love the shoes!

  24. Nicki Frair says:

    Getting dressed up and made up definitely lifts my spirits!

  25. Such a beautiful color!

  26. Tracy Black says:

    looks so comfy and warm!

  27. Love the color of this comfy outfit! Also absolutely love the jewelry and shoes!

  28. I love turquiose and would see more featured. I don’t think I can wear cashmere or anything that has wool in it. It’s beautiful on you.

  29. Diane Schexnyder says:

    Love the top!

  30. Rosalinda Salcedo says:

    Beautiful outfit and comfy too! A friend of my would always tell me that if I was feeling sad or even a little under the weather to always dress up with makeup and everything. She said that looking at yourself dressed up lifted up your spirits and she is right! Love your Joe stories!

  31. That is a beautiful color and it looks great on you!

  32. Joanne W. says:

    What a beautiful color and outfit. It looks so pretty on you!

  33. Susan Radtke says:

    The blue sweater is so pretty.

  34. Deborah Monroe says:

    Hi Tania,
    That color is a real eye-catcher. The outfit itself looks so soft and comfortable and something I would like to wear on Christmas day. I just don’t go for the jogger bottom. And the shoes are the icing. Thanks for all your posts.

  35. Cashmere with color is the perfect combination for lifting your mood.

  36. Love your cotton cashmere look today. Those slides are such a pretty color. You look comfy yet cleaned up. Happy Holidays.

  37. Hello, You look great in that color, Tania!
    I get it, living in the PNW the days are short and when the sun does peek out, I bask in its glory. Being Montana born I refer to it as “Montana Days!”
    But as our priest at mass said on Sunday in the homily, The Light will come.
    Have a glorious Tuesday!

  38. Everything about this outfit is beautiful! The color, the warmth, the accessories, the shoes! Just wow!

  39. I can actually relate to Joe’s confusion. I thought they were singing “Milka” which is a delicious European chocolate bar 😆🤓 I love your posts. I’ve done a lot of shopping based on your suggestions 🎄

  40. Jill Quandt says:

    I’m a 56 year old and I so enjoy your daily emails. I have bought many things via your links. Keep on keeping on!

  41. Jean Miksa says:

    Love your husband’s story! I still dont know words from many songs from the 70’s.

  42. The outfit looks soft and comfortable. A bit on the pricey side for me. I love the teal color also. I just purchased myself a jacket in that color!

  43. I love anything that’s a “set,” especially warm jogger type outfits. These in bright colors really encourages for the winter doldrums. Thank you for the reminder to dress colorfully and that Chicos is having a sale. Love it all!

  44. That blue sweater is gorgeous! Off to Chicos!

  45. What a great color on you!! The shoes are so cute!!

  46. My favorite kind of outfit….soft, cozy, comfortable, stylish and pretty. Love those shoes.

  47. So true about beautiful colors lifting spirits!

  48. love the sweater outfit especially the color.

  49. Pamela C. says:

    Teal is my thing now too! My living room and bedroom are now a Teal theme.

    You have the best photo shoot locations; you must live in a beautiful area.

  50. Pam Schill says:

    I am a nut with your hubby. I thought the Hot Chocolate song said I believe in mail call. It wasn’t until today I know what it really says! Over 40 years I’ve sang it wrong!!!! 🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️🤣🤣🤣

  51. The color did bring a little smile to my face, but I don’t think I could wear head to toe in a color.

  52. Loved the Joe story and when I read it to my husband he started laughing! My husband’s hearing is getting bad, and it amazes me the things he THINKS I say. Your outfit is such a pretty color although I just can’t do joggers. I have longer legs and they never sit right on me…always ride up to an unflattering length. For me I’d need lounge wear pants that are straighter or slightly flared at the bottom. The jewelry was very pretty!

  53. Roberta S says:

    I love the outfit and especially the color.

  54. Jean kern says:

    You are inspiring in every way!

  55. I think I can top Joe. There is a song that says, “there is a bad mood rising”, well I thought it said, “there’s a bathroom on the right”. tell that to your husband! I’m sure he will laugh!! lol

  56. That blue color looks great on you. I am headed there today to check out the sweaters. I love their cashmere and I’m thinking of getting the poppy color but I need to see it in person.

  57. Jacque Abell says:

    I love the blue color!

  58. I love Joe’s story! My husband and I are constantly singing songs with the wrong words. Definitely keeps us both giggling. That jogger set looks so comfy and in a cheerful color. Enjoy these days leading up to Christmas!

  59. Love the teal!!! And the Joe story!

  60. Love the color and style. You do a great job showing and describing the details, fit and price which I so appreciate. I’ve purchased a number of items because of the look and info you post. Thank you!

  61. Jenniffer Groski says:

    Gorgeous color!!!

  62. Love you and your style!! Absolutely we need to spice our lives up with color along with laughter. Love the outfit. Merry Christmas!

  63. I love the color and the outfit looks so comfy!

  64. If we just look at our holiday decorating, we can easily see how color affects our mood. Love your outfit today! Those slippers are darling!

  65. Patti Lou says:

    That is a gorgeous sweater! I really enjoy your Joe story. 🙂

  66. Nice outfit, I love that color! It was one of my mom’s favorite! Those shoes are so pretty!! You look great. Thanks for the inspiration!

  67. Vickie Dudley says:

    Love the outfit, but the jewelry is my favorite! And the slippers! So beautiful, elegant, and cheerful!

  68. Just a beautiful color. Outfit looks very cozy…

  69. Love, love, love the blue color. I need a new blue outfit!

  70. The jogger set is just what I needed today! Thank you for sharing!

  71. Teri O’Brien says:

    I love that color! Looks like I’m headed to Chicos😅

  72. Blue is your color! Love the outfit plus it does look comfortable…I have a few plane trips and long car rides coming up and that outfit would be perfect! I’m off to check out Chico’s…

  73. Love that teal color on you, Tania! So very becoming with your coloring!

  74. LeeAnn Barnard says:

    Joggers are my current faves! Since I’ve retired I wear more casual clothes and I love the looks of these joggers. I never thought of sweater knit for pants but I love the idea.

  75. Love the dark teal shoes- I need to branch out with shoe colors to lift the winter blues! Thanks for the post and all the great links too.

  76. Love the dark teal shoes- I need to branch out with shoe colors to lift the winter blues! Thanks for the post and all the great links.

  77. Kelly Lane says:

    I love your outside pictures but it is certainly cold outside.

  78. Kaye Blackburn says:

    You Sexy Thing is what my husband sings to me!!!!
    He’s a nut too!

  79. Rhonda Garrett says:

    Love that you include scripture. 🙏❤️

  80. Leslie Bizzell says:

    What a great post – much needed- where I live we have just come off a solid week of rain which is highly unusual for Atlanta – had a nice day yesterday and now right back to clouds and rain – so you are 💯 right you have to make intentional choices when the doldrums start to set in – for me last week I made the choice to sit and make several one of a kind Christmas cards for family and friends and that lifted my spirit – but today thanks to your post I am choosing something colorful to wear:)

    Merry Christmas and thank you!

  81. Comfy and cozy are the best!

  82. Dana Smithmier says:

    I will be happy for spring to come-thank you for this!

  83. Great color. Love Chicos !


    Love the colors and the joggers.

  85. Kim Dambach says:

    Tania, I too thought the song said “I believe in mail calls” LOL! I think I was around 50 when I realized I was so wrong. Love the blue on you!

  86. This is a great idea! We haven’t seen the sun in at least 7 days. I need to wear a cheery color today!

  87. That is a beautiful shade of blue.
    Was Joe in the service?

  88. Perfect timing on this article, as it’s been grey and overcast for several days, which makes it seem forever. This is a good reminder to wear a red or bright green sweater instead of the black or grey ones. Loving this Chico sweater and joggers, great stay at home outfit comfortable and super stylish. Have a blessed week!

  89. Love all the shades of blue and the added comfort of the joggers! Thanks for the great shopping tips.

  90. Looks really comfortable. Love it!!

    1. Julie Seager says:

      Love the shoes!

  91. Ann Pavlicek says:

    That blue is beautiful and very calming. I love it!

  92. Joan Henry says:

    You look beautiful in the blue, looks so soft and comfortable.

  93. The blue lounge outfit looks comfy and pretty. That is your color Tania!!

  94. Nancy Johnson says:

    This color is one of my favorites. I have been color analyzed as a Spring, and find it a color I can wear, too. Love this soft comfy outfit. I enjoy your blog, Tania.

  95. Jan Canapp says:

    Tania, that color looks fabulous on you. Love those teal shoes too.

  96. You look really good in this color.

  97. Jamie Mannin says:

    I love the turquoise! I’m a blonde too and it’s a great color for us.

  98. I love this not too heavy sweater – what a doable ensemble!

  99. Tracy Gray says:

    I love reading your blog! The clothing selections are great especially for women who are older and are feeling overwhelmed. Thanks to you- I have made purchases from Talbots! Even at 63 I always associated the brand with more clothes options for my mom! Nope—I have discovered some great sweaters and slacks so thank you! Have a good day! One more thing—haha my husband always sings the wrong lyrics to some songs haha!!

  100. Love your sense of humor and fashion. Oh , I also love your “Joe” stories🤗

  101. Ann Claire says:

    I had a friend in college who thought the line in the song was “I believe in Milk Duds” – so Joe is not the only crazy one!

  102. Lori Lorenzini says:

    Love the outfit, the color and it looks so soft and comfy!

  103. Laura Gray says:

    Love your post today! Such cute clothes!

  104. Kelly Brooks says:

    Beautiful color.

  105. Connie R. says:

    I love today’s outfit!! Blue is my favorite color. This shade looks great on you!

  106. I love this color! I have blue eyes so I wear it a lot to make them pop. Thanks for sharing!

  107. Susan Parker says:

    This blue is gorgeous and looks beautiful on you.

  108. I love this cozy outfit! Also I like Chicos sweaters!

  109. Carla Parham says:

    Just love the blue. Looks beautiful and comfy.

  110. Debra Wilkin says:

    Love reading The Verse of the Day! It’s a great way to start my day.
    Thank you.

  111. That’s such a beautiful blue on you it looks amazing, and comfortable

  112. Color sure can lift our mood especially in winter! Love this comfy colorful outfit today! Love the Joe story!!! I think we have all done that where we thought a song lyric was one thing and find out later we were singing it wrong for years!!!!!

  113. Tammy Roark says:

    Chicos is my favorite store!!! Especially when it’s a sale!!!!

  114. Kelli Ferment says:

    Are you still doing E2M? Best program I’ve ever done.

  115. So true lighter and brighter colors can lift up your mood. Great tip you shared.

  116. 😂😂😂Love the Joe story. When I was in high school, my then boyfriend and I were listening to ZZ Top. Sharp dressed man came on, and I was singing the lyrics…and so was he. There’s a line that says something like “ I don’t care ‘cause my wallet’s fat, and he sang “I don’t care ‘cause my body’s fat”! 😂😂😂

    Love the real on you. Merry Christmas.🎄

  117. Love the cheerful turquoise color on you and the story. Haha! I can relate, sometimes its hard to understand the words.

  118. Sharon chelton says:

    Thanks for starting my day with great style !!! Love your blog💕

  119. Kelly Casey says:

    Seasonal depression is a real thing, unfortunately. I live on the east coast and when winter hits, it really does suck the life out of everyone. I do think dressing in bright colors helps a little. I’m happy to notice that more clothing manufacturers are producing brighter colors on winter clothes, lots of pink this season. Those fur lined slides are adorable!

  120. Janice Wooldridge says:

    We all have those lyrics we’ve jumbled. Lol

  121. Lynne Voncannon says:

    Love all your posts. You give me so many style ideas. God bless and Merry Christmas!

  122. Good tips! My favorite tip for getting out of the blahs….help someone…a friend or stranger. Takes your mind off of yourself. And watch I Love Lucy! 🥰

  123. Cindy Gunville says:

    now that looks cozy. men are funny. lol. they hear different

  124. Kim Hayes says:

    Oh my gosh! Joe is a hoot! I have so many songs from the 70s and 80s that I have ad-libbed the lyrics to and it cracks me up! To my defense, we only had the radio to go by so what can I say?! I admit though, I thought you were going to tell us about Joe doing a “special” dance for you and getting caught by a neighbor or friend stopping by! 😉😂 Ha Ha! Keep the stories coming!