DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH PUTTING AN OUTFIT TOGETHER

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a leopard print button down blouse with a black cardigan and black ankle pants with leopard print heels

So many of you leave comments like, “you look good in anything,” or “you always look good in everything that you wear.” Well, that is not the case, and there are times when I take photos and then trash the entire bunch because they look terrible. Here is what I can tell you….your mirror will lie to you. I can look in the mirror, and an outfit looks fine to me, but when I see the photos, I cringe and decide to start all over again.                                                     Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a leopard print blouse with black ankle pants with leopard print heels

These photos are some that I wasn’t happy with after I saw the pictures. It isn’t that the items don’t go together; it is that I wish I had tried something else instead. It is too blah, too plain, and too dark. My reason for showing you these photos is because I wanted to show you that fashion and getting dressed every day is difficult for everybody. We all have bad hair days, and we all have bad outfit days. The key is to realize that you should have done something different and then try again. Next time, I would wear a pair of jeans with the blouse, and go more casual.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a leopard print button down blouse with black pants

I like the leopard print blouse, but I don’t LOVE the blouse. It might be the background beige color, or it might be that I think the large leopard print is too busy. But, when I look at the blouse on the website, I like it, so it might just be that the black is too dark and stark for the blouse. Anyhow, I am wearing a size medium, and it fits fine. However, it is also limited in sizing, so I’ll link to some other items that I like instead.


Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing black ankle pants with leopard print heels

I liked these So Slimming pants, but I messed up and ordered the wrong size. I know that I usually wear a size .5 when I order from Chico’s, but I let my mind tell me that these were dress pants and that I needed to size up instead. That was a horrible mistake because the pants look too big and baggy. But, I love the pants, so don’t let the fact that I picked the wrong size keep you from checking these pants out. I love the slit zippers in the front, and I love the seam down the leg. Plus, the ankle-length is a flattering length, and you can wear a lot of different shoes with this length. This length looks great with heels, flats and loafers, and boots, making it very versatile.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing leopard print heels

I love leopard print, and I love heels, so these Sam Edelman shoes are perfect for me. Leopard print is not going anywhere, and it will be worn for years to come, so investing in a cute pair of leopard print shoes is not silly. You will be able to look stylish with jeans, pants, leggings, dresses, and skirts, and this print will keep you looking young and modern. This pair of heels have been sold out for months, but there are tons of leopard print options out there for you.


Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a leopard print button down blouse with a black cardigan, carrying a black handbag, and wearing black ankle pants with leopard print heels

Adding my Vince Camuto lambskin leather tote handbag brings the gold out in the top and shoes. I love this tote, and you see me carrying it all of the time. I love the tote so much because it is soft, very nice quality, has plenty of room, and looks so luxurious when you carry it. This tote elevates any look you pair it with, but you can also carry it with jeans. Other than my Louis Vuitton handbags, this is probably my favorite bag that I’ve bought. That should tell you how much I love this bag.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a leopard print button down blouse with a black handbag and black ankle pants with leopard print heels

So, do you struggle with putting an outfit together? I hope this shows you that everyone struggles with this, including me. For me, my biggest struggle is usually shoe-related. What do you struggle with the most???

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  1. KatyCrannell wrote:

    The blouse is beautiful, but the color washes you out. I think that is why you don’t feel comfortable wearing it

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      That could be the case, Katy. I might like it better with a bright blazer or cardigan, or maybe with a denim jacket.

      Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  2. Sheryl wrote:

    Outfit looks better with sweater. Did I miss that info??

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Sheryl, the black cardigan was an old one that I’ve had for years, I forgot to do similar options.

      Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  3. Janice wrote:

    I love the blouse…it’s a funky adaptation of the traditional leopard print!

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      loved the funkiness of the blouse too, but it looks off. Maybe it is because I dressed it up instead of embracing the funkiness.

      Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  4. Belinda Manley wrote:

    Sorry but I don’t love that blouse on you. Too much background color or something. I don’t think wearing jeans will help but the cardigan did , because it blocked so much of the blouse that just doesn’t work.
    IMO 😄

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
    • Crystal Perez wrote:

      This is why I’m not that great at putting an outfit together because this outfit caught my eye. It seems like everyone sees something wrong with it but I like it.

      Posted 11.17.20 Reply
      • Tania wrote:

        Crystal, this look might work for you. That is the great thing about fashion, what works for me might not work for you. Try new things, and then go with what works best for you.

        Posted 11.17.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      It is just off for some reason, but it might look great on someone with different coloring. That is great about fashion, it is not a one size fits all thing.

      Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  5. Gayle wrote:

    I struggle with putting an outfit together which is why I love you and your blog so much!!! I pin a ton of your outfits in Pinterest and refer back to them almost every morning before I have to go out into the world! lol

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Gayle. That is why I struggled with putting this photo out, I want to encourage looking nice and not settling, but I want everyone to realize that we all make mistakes.

      Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  6. Peggy wrote:

    I agree with the posts regarding the background color of the blouse. That taupe color is difficult for a lot of us to wear. My biggest struggle is finding pants that fit in the waist. If something fits in the hips it will be enormous in the waist. I think designers forget some of us actually have a waistline. I know there are some ‘curvy’ options, but they are few and far between. Have a great day.

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I think that this particular color has some green in it. I can wear most neutrals with no issue, but this one just looks off with my coloration.

      Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  7. Brenda S wrote:

    Your title describes me to a tee. I struggle with this so much. Thankfully my adult daughter lives with me and is brutally honest 😉 but we don’t always agree on outfits.

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      We all need someone who will be honest with us when it comes to fashion. It is great that your daughter is willing to help.

      Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  8. Eileen Cassidy wrote:

    Hi Tanya, I really believe you can wear anything and look stunning, The blouse is lovely too , my kind of funky ,perhaps it would’ve showcased better with lighter coloured trousers or jeans as you said.Anyway, I look forward to reading your blog very much and get great tips and advice from you, I am writing from Ireland ,so you are reaching out to a wide audience, Thank you for all the time you give to us.

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Eileen, I loved the blouse and its funky vibe, but it doesn’t work with my coloring. Thanks for following from Ireland, that is so cool!

      Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  9. Joyce BP wrote:

    I think the outfit is okay, just not your usual bright colors I have worn something to a wedding or an event and then see a picture of myself. Standing in the background or on the dance floor and think OMG why did I wear that! lol

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Joyce, that is exactly what I am talking about. The mirror will tell you that you look great, but a photo doesn’t lie.

      Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  10. Mary M wrote:

    Tania, every Sunday evening I put out my clothes for the week so I dont stand in front of the closet and go “I don’t have anything to wear” But once in a while what look liked the perfect pairing just looks blah on. those are my worst mornings. I know exactly what you mean,

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Mary, I’ve left the house thinking that I LOVE this look. Then, later in the day when I look in a mirror, I think “what was I thinking? This looks horrible.”

      Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  11. Barbara wrote:

    Well, just goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder as I think this is a nice, low key outfit on you! The blouse looks a little big but otherwise I think it’s a nice understated look!

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Barbara, it is understated. It isn’t that the outfit is horrible, it just isn’t a homerun. I prefer to show looks that I love, but this isn’t one of them.

      Posted 11.17.20 Reply
    • Carol Kuzilik wrote:

      I actually like the blouse itself but I like a lot of things I shouldn’t wear! My biggest issue is shoes. I have to wear shoes that are supportive. Not the thick soled type, but just overall support. I haven’t found a good source for a dressier shoe. So, a lot of the time my outfit starts with the shoe!

      Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  12. fran koschalk wrote:

    The blouse is quite nice,but not your color. This is a mistake I often have made in the past. You make it work with your choice of cardigan because you have a special gift of knowing how to put an outfit together.

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  13. Miriam wrote:

    Tania, I’m curious to know if you’ve ever had your color analysis done (spring, summer, winter, fall)? This might be an interesting thing to share with us. For example, I’m a “Cool Bright Medium Summer,” so I look best in bright cool pastel colors (such as turquoise, hot pink, purples, etc. and look bad in orange, yellow, and beige). BTW, I usually know a color is right for me if it looks good on me when I don’t have makeup on. If it does, then I just might look fabulous with makeup on! Lol!

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  14. Teri wrote:

    I think your outfit, including the fit of the pants, is perfect for a business lunch or dinner. The subdued, yet creative mix of prints with a professional flair, totally works if having a meeting and a meal to discuss business with clients or potential clients.

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  15. beth byrd wrote:

    I think the blouse looks good on you, however I think it would look better with light-colored pants — think ivory or off white. I think the light color would make the color of the blouse pop and not make you look washed out. It’s very fun and stylish, but not so much that you couldn’t wear it to the office or business meeting.

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  16. Anne wrote:

    The top is so cute…but against your fair skin and blonde hair, well you do look washed out. My hair is a mix of blonde and silver so I really have to watch my colors. I will put together an outfit and get it approved by my mirror then take a photo to remember it. I will reference back to my photo “closet” often and sometimes I think it looks worse in the photo, so I know what you mean. Have a wonderful week:)

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  17. Julia Purtill wrote:

    I’m so glad you said that about your mirror will lie to you! How many times have I thought ok, then I’ll be in a photo and go What?! Pictures don’t lie!

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  18. Kathy McLaughlin-Pipkin wrote:

    I actually really liked that outfit on you; you look sleek and chic without seeming to have tried too hard. The whimsical print of the blouse stands out and softens the black while the leopard pumps and stylish bag make the whole outfit pop. Maybe a bit more blush and a brighter lipstick might have made you feel less washed out.

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  19. Nancy M. wrote:

    The blouse is really “cool,” but as others have said, I think it’s just the dull background color that is off. My first impression was, that blouse would look great in hot pink or red! I don’t think it would look good with jeans. I like the black pants with it.
    I struggle with getting the right accessories together; whether it’s a scarf, a necklace, shoes or even outerwear. But, it’s still fun!

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  20. Joyce Feraco wrote:

    Oh my….I loved the outfit on you!! Sass – the take on the leopard print blouse and Class – the traditional leopard print heels. Everyone needs a few neutral outfits to round out a wardrobe! Love your blog

    Posted 11.17.20 Reply
  21. Charlcy L. Green wrote:

    Yes you always look fabulous, but I know it’s alot of work! We appreciate all your tips!

    Posted 11.18.20 Reply
  22. Jeannie McBride wrote:

    That outfit would be ok for work where you have to wear dress pants or suit. (Many times I felt pretty boring at work!) I think jeans & a different jacket would feel more…happy?

    Posted 11.18.20 Reply
  23. Kathleen McDermott wrote:

    I agree with Kathy below. I think it is a very chic outfit with the sweater. I like it a lot. Love the print and the leopard shoes. I think a bolder gold necklace would add a nice touch of brightness along with a warmer lip and cheek. Very surprised you’re not thrilled because I was drawn to it immediately.

    Posted 11.19.20 Reply
  24. Patty wrote:

    I love the blouse, but it is not your color. You looked washed out

    Posted 11.19.20 Reply
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