Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is looking thin in this chevron striped top and distressed black jeans

Wow, Friday snuck up on me this week. It has been so rainy and nasty outside that I haven’t had the opportunity to take photos. But, I remembered that I had these, and I’ve had people mention that they couldn’t wear stripes. They felt that stripes made them look bigger than they were. So, today, I wanted to show you one way that stripes can actually make you look thinner. But, before I talk about that, let me tell you about all of the balls that I’ve had in the air over the past week or two. Joe and I did something crazy. This was not our normal crazy; this was a, “oh my word, what did we just do” kind of crazy. Lol!

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is looking thin in this chevron striped sweater and distressed black jeans

We bought a house!!! Some of you might be thinking that doesn’t sound crazy. The house is 1 1/2 hours away from where we currently live, and we aren’t sure that we are even going to move. Lol! We are just testing the waters, and we plan on staying at the new house (once it is entirely ours) several days a week. We’ve thought about moving for years, and it has kind of fell in our lap. Where we currently live might be purchased within the next few years because of the flood zone. If that happens, we don’t want to be left scrambling to find a place to live.

The house that we found is a great investment, in case we don’t end up moving. We think that we will be able to sell the house later on if for some reason our house isn’t purchased. But, in the meantime, we will have two water bills, electric bills, insurance, internet, not to mention a house payment. The people we are buying the house from are selling us a lot of their furniture, so at least I don’t have to worry about buying that for now. I told you that it was crazy! So, if I seem frazzled, at least now you know why. BTW, do you follow me on Instagram? I will be posting on stories parts of the house as we do a walk-through.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is looking thin in this chevron striped sweater from Chico's

For some reason, I have been in a black and white mood lately. Black and white are a classic combination, and you can’t go wrong when you purchase these colors. But, I normally like wearing bright colors most of the time. As soon as I saw this white v-neck sweater with the black chevron stripes, I immediately put it in my cart. I love the print, and I think it will help create the illusion of being thinner than I truly am.

The reason that these stripes make you look thinner is that the stripes go from the outside of the shoulder to the middle, and this draws your eyes inward. This simple illusion helps to create a waistline for me by making my shoulders look broader. If you already have wide shoulders, this might not be the sweater for you.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is looking thin in this chevron striped top and black jeans

Here is the view from the back, and you can see that the pattern extends all around the sweater. I am wearing a size 1 sweater, which fits me great. The sweater has 3/4 length sleeves, which will be great for spring if it ever gets here. I love 3/4 length sleeves, and I think that they are the most flattering sleeve length.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a chevron striped sweater and silver jewelry

I am actually wearing silver jewelry today! The V necklace was a gift from R+F, so it isn’t available for purchase, but the rest of my items are. The Maggie small filigree silver hoops are medium size hoops instead of the LARGE Maggie hoops that I wear all of the time. I know some of you may not like the large hoops as I do, so this size would be perfect for you. The small cubic zirconia horizontal cross is one that I love wearing. I broke my Kendra Scott chain on my other cross necklace, and I haven’t been able to fix it yet.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a chevron striped top and distressed black jeans

I apologize how black pants against a black door doesn’t show up very well. When I go to the new house later today, I’ll have to pay attention and see if there are areas that I can take photos with good lighting. Lol! I never thought that would be on my list of things when searching for a house to buy.

These black, slightly distressed raw hem jeans are by Joe’s Jeans. If you have followed me very long, then you know that I’ve become a huge fan of Joe’s Jeans and AG Jeans. These jeans are pricey, so I always buy them when I catch them on sale, and I encourage you to do the same. This pair is going to be my spring and summer jeans worn with a white tee-shirt. I think that black jeans and a white tee are such a classy look.

I am wearing a size 31 in these jeans because I’ve learned to size up one size in this brand. I’ll link to some black jeans that aren’t distressed for those who aren’t on the distressed jeans bandwagon.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a chevron striped sweater and distressed black jeans

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  1. Joyce wrote:

    We also just bought a house! And I know what you mean about it feeling like we’re somewhat crazy. There are so many details to take care of but it will be worth it! I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of your new house. My husband and I both graduated from Virginia Tech, so I’m familiar with your neck of the woods – beautiful part of the country! I enjoy your blog and best wishes for your move. Keep us updated!

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  2. Linda S wrote:

    Congratulations on the house – sounds like an adventure for sure – we are in a similar situation and put money on a home yesterday – a little anxiety but on we go ! Hope you will post your walk through here as well….

    Posted 2.12.21 Reply
  3. Johnna wrote:

    Wow! A new house, how exciting. Can’t wait to see it.

    I like your whole outfit. I too, like that kind of stripe. Going to have to try that brand of jeans. Kut from Kloth is one of my favorites right now. But jeans can get expensive these days. Worth it if they fit great though.

    Happy Friday 😊

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  4. Sharon Mulliken wrote:

    PLEEZ post walk-thru pix of your new home on this website as well! I do not have Instagram and I’m sure there are others who do not as well. Don’t leave us out when showing your new digs!!! Thanks a bunch. Love your blog. I smile every day while reading!

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  5. Diane S. wrote:

    This is a fun look!

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  6. Patti wrote:

    Love your sweater.

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  7. Kelly wrote:

    I bet your granddaughter will be sad if you move! That’s what keeps us in our current location…grandkids! 😊

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  8. Gina wrote:

    Congratulations on your house. My hubby and I bought a beach house and kept up 2 houses for 4 years (2 of everything bills) until I was able to transfer with my job. Then, everything happened SO quickly! I found out I had the job I had applied for and our house sold in 3 days! So now my commute at the beach is 25 minutes versus 80 minutes where we were. Living the beach life and no regrets here!!

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  9. Paige wrote:

    Congratulations on the new house! I’ll be interested to hear how everything shakes out (and how being 1 1/2 hours away from the lumber yard works). So many things we never expect quickly become reality!

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  10. Jeanie wrote:

    Your grandchildren will miss you !
    You will also miss them !

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  11. Lorie wrote:

    Love the sweater. How exciting for you both with buying the new house.. Sometimes change is good!

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  12. Liane wrote:

    We will be moving as well this year. Probably in the fall, and about a hair over 100 miles. After 35 yrs in this house there is so much to get rid off. Yikes. I’m starting with my closet and ruthlessly removing everything I haven’t worn in a year. Yikes!

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  13. Gayle wrote:

    Congrats on the new house!! That’s smart to think ahead if you suspect your current house will be bought due to the flood zoning. I love the setting of your current house though. I couldn’t wear the sweater because I have “linebacker” shoulders! LOL Have a great weekend!! Looking forward to your new home stories on Instagram.

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  14. Debbie P wrote:

    I don’t have instagram but we want to see your new house too!! Don’t leave us out!!

    Posted 2.12.21 Reply
    • Lori wrote:

      🙋‍♀️ I’m with Debbie P..please don’t leave us out

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    • Liane wrote:

      Me too! I decided Instagram was too full of noisy ads and too full of negative people. I do miss Tania and my other real humans, but it’s a relief to not have my DH complain about the loud music every time I opened the app. So Tania, we want photos!

      Posted 2.12.21 Reply
    • Angie wrote:

      I’m not on Instagram either but don’t want to miss out.

      Posted 2.13.21 Reply
  15. Brenda Casagrande wrote:

    Your grandchildren will miss not having you close by.

    Posted 2.12.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      You know that I am working hard to arrange for them to also move. Lol!

      Posted 2.12.21 Reply
  16. Gina Luebke wrote:

    My husband and I did the same thing 3 1/2 years ago and we had 2 of every bill for 3 years haha but in June of last year we moved into our new home permanently 😍 (we still commute 1 1/2 hours one way twice a week though 🤪 call us crazy but we are so happy!!)

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    • Tania wrote:

      Gina, I think that is what will happen with us also. But, until we get to start spending some time at the new house, we won’t know for sure.

      Posted 2.12.21 Reply
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