HOW TO WEAR PASTELS IN THE SUMMER FOR A SOFT LOOK

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a soft pastel pink cardigan from Walmart, a white tank top, black 7" shorts from Loft, and leopard print flats from Old Navy

How is everyone doing? It has been a crazy first have of the year for most of us, and we are trying our best to figure out how to have a life still and also to be safe. When the restrictions for going and coming were first put in place, we had rules and guidelines to follow. Even though we didn’t like not being able to get our hair styled and our nails done, we understood the necessity and were happy to comply if it kept us safe. But, things are changing again, and it is not as clear on what we need to do.
Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a soft pastel pink cardigan from Walmart, a white tank top, black 7" shorts from Loft, and leopard print flats

Every state has implemented different guidelines, and even those guidelines can change weekly. Here in Virginia, our Governor just announced that everyone who enters a public place should wear a mask. But, in some other states, it seems like the doors have been flung wide open, and everyone is allowed to go and come as they please. Do you have any plans to go on a vacation? Are there any upcoming weddings that you want to attend? We have our condo booked for a vacation in July, and I would love to get away and enjoy the ocean. I am sure that we would take food and cook our own meals, social distance ourselves from strangers, and have a gallon or two of hand sanitizer or wipes with us to use every time we opened a door or touched an elevator button. But is it worth it?
Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a soft pastel pink cardigan from Walmart and a white tank top

Usually, I consider pastels to be a color that I associate with spring. Once summer rolls in, I will go for brighter and more vivid colors in my outfits. But, this soft pink has me questioning why I would ever relegate it to only being worn in the spring. The softness of the color gives me a softer, more feminine look, and I honestly love the effect. So, this is how I chose to wear pastels in the summer.

This cardigan is one that I purchased from Walmart for under $10.00. I am wearing a medium, and you can see that it is plenty roomy on me. This cardigan is a fine gauge knit with a ribbed hem and cuffs. It is rayon and polyester, and it is machine washable. HERE is the link to the sweater.

Someone commented that they had issues returning an item to Walmart because of the restrictions put in place regarding COVID. You can’t return a long list of things to the store, including fashion items, but you can return them by mail. I’ve recently sent some things back, and I actually prefer sending it back by mail instead of me having to make the trip to the store. I simply typed in the order number, and then selected the items that I was returning. I printed my FREE return label and put it in the mail. It was a simple and easy process.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a soft pastel pink cardigan from Walmart and a white tank top with a cross necklace

First off, I am sorry to tell you that my pale pink cross necklace is not available for purchase. This was a necklace that I bought years ago from Plunder, and it has been discontinued for a long time. But, I did want to show you how you can take a long necklace and wear it is a different way. Changing the way you wear the necklace gives you more options and versatility. I simply looped the necklace around my neck and threaded the cross through the loop. You can then adjust how tight or loose you want the loop to be around your neck.




Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing leopard print flats from Old Navy

The large leopard print flats (HERE) are a pair that I bought at Old Navy back in early spring. I love the larger print; it is different from most leopard print items that you see. The size that I am wearing is my usual size 9, and I think that they fit me great. Since this style has been on the website for a while, they are getting limited in sizes. So, I found other styles in this pattern (or very similar) that you will also like. They are below, and all you have to do is click on the photo to be taken to the website.






Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a soft pastel pink cardigan from Walmart, a white tank top, black 7" shorts, and leopard print flats from Old Navy

Last week, on this post (HERE), I showed you a gorgeous pair of shorts in a 5″ length. Today’s shorts that I am wearing is in a 6″ length. Does that extra inch make a difference? For some of you, the answer is YES!!! I want the extra length, and possibly even longer. These are the Riveria shorts from Loft, and I have them in several colors. They fit me great, and the length is good for me, so I order multiples when that happens. I am wearing my usual size 10, and they fit me perfectly, so I feel like these run true to size. These are a mid-rise, so they hit me right below my belly button, and they are machine washable. Check out the other colors that are available by clicking HERE for the link.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a soft pastel pink cardigan, a white tank top, black 7" shorts from Loft, and leopard print flats from Old Navy

I’ve been trying to tell everyone about the new monogrammed doormat that I purchased at Frontgate. It is super thick, and it is very plush and heavy.  HERE is the link to this incredible doormat. But, it just occurred to me that you might like a different option that was similar, but not exactly the same. So, here are a few more that you might like.




Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a soft pastel pink cardigan from Walmart, a white tank top, black 7" shorts from Loft, and leopard print shoes from Old Navy

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  1. Gayle wrote:

    My husband and I plan to take some road trips for long weekends this summer. We also started eating out once the restaurants opened back up.

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Joe and I had Mexican last night, but it was take out food. That is still huge for us since almost everything has been cooked here at the house.

      Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  2. Hete in the Netherlands we are allowed to go to restaurants as of today! Keeping the distance of course. But we don t feel comfortabele doing that. I love pastels, but never wore them! But now I have a monochrome blue pastel outfit on IG! I love IT!

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Things are opening up a little, but I am being cautious.

      Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  3. Linda wrote:

    I do appreciate a longer short. I was shamed in public a few years ago, by a woman older than me, who gasped and pointed at me for wearing shorts above my knee. I still have nice legs, but that pretty much scarred me.(I am 61) If you have any experience with 9 inch inseams or longer, I am sure there are others like me who would want them! By the way, you look great.

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Linda, I hate that experience stayed with you, but shake it off. Don’t let someone you don’t know, and don’t care what they think, control any part of your life. Fashion is just a small part, but all of us are held back from doing things we would love to try because of what others might think.

      Posted 6.1.20 Reply
    • I am inspired when I see women, more mature than I, wearing “youthful” clothing that look great on them. It gives me permission to do the same!

      Posted 6.1.20 Reply
    • Cindy wrote:

      Cute outfit. The cross necklace brings the whole outfit together.

      Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  4. wurzburg21 wrote:

    We went for a week to Florida and didn’t wear mask. I’ve been back two weeks and not sick. I dined put every night I was there and shopped in the shops. If you want to take precautions by all means but do t let it keep you from the beach. The ocean will help your spirit. I pass this I case you like to read it. The New England Journal of medicine has released a statement hat there is no benefit to wearing a mask that it is primarily a psychological thing that makes people feel safe. Take care and have a wonderful vacation.

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      You are a dare-devil. I know the masks don’t keep all of the germs from spreading. But, if it didn’t help some, why would they want us to sneeze into our arms, cover our mouths, etc. Any time that you can diffuse or change the direction of air, it has to help some.

      Posted 6.1.20 Reply
    • Gwen Marie Ewing wrote:

      I agree with you wurzburg21! I have not worn a mask, I agree about it being psychological! Common sense says you don’t cough or sneeze into others space, a tissue would suffice

      Posted 6.2.20 Reply
  5. Laurie Warren wrote:

    Thank you for recommending these little sweaters. I tend to run “hot” and these are perfect for layering. They wash up great too! So affordable….I ordered 5!
    We had a vacation scheduled for late June but the tour company cancelled so I guess it’s a staycation for us ?

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Laurie, I think they are great. They are lightweight and beautiful colors. For the price, I won’t freak out if they get a stain or a hole.

      Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  6. Cindy wrote:

    I am going on a family vacation with my kids and grandkids to Florida end of June and looking forward to it. We are flying and have a house that we rented with our own pool and and a mile from the beach

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      THis sounds so nice, Cindy. I know that you will have a blast.

      Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  7. Angelia Wampner wrote:

    This year we had plans of going to Charleston and Savannah, but will put them off for abit. We will take our camper aka Glamping and explore some areas in our home state. We can go have fun, enjoy nature , but social distance at the sametime.

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      That sounds like a great compromise. I bet you have a fantastic time.

      Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  8. Kathy wrote:

    Have you had a long wait for your Loft items? I ordered from them over a week ago and I haven’t been notified my items have shipped, Just wondering what your experience has been. I realize there are longer shipping times but not this long!

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I have noticed some sellers take longer than others. Old Navy, Ann Taylor, and Loft have been some that were slower than others. But, I just placed an order with Loft a couple of days ago, and it is already shipped. Hopefully, their warehouses are being fully staffed again so that they can get the packages in the mail.

      Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  9. Arna wrote:

    We are planning on driving to see our new grandson. We were supposed to fly down after he was born, but we have to wait due to the virus. Now we will drive, 700 miles, instead of fly. That’s ok. We just want to hold this sweet boy. Four weeks early, but he is doing great. Daily photos have to hold us over until the end of this month.
    I just received the baby blue cardigan you styled from Walmart. Cannot wait to have a reason to wear real clothes. Working from home means I just throw on workout clothes, do yoga, then get to the computer.

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  10. Joyce Poland wrote:

    Go to your condo, enjoy the ocean air and sunshine. Life is too short to stay locked inside all summer. Prepare your own meals and stay safe!

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  11. Michele wrote:

    My husband & I along with our two kids and their families have rented a house on Hilton Head for the last week of July. We plan on being careful about being around large crowds (if there are any) and spend most of our time outdoors. Most restaurants offer alfresco dining and we can socially distant ourselves along the beach. The house has it’s own pool and if we cook most of our meals we wouldn’t have to go out at all if we didn’t want to. But we plan on having a great time together and enjoying a week of making memories.

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  12. Claudia Stovall wrote:

    We are planning on camping in the RV. We purchased a membership to a site called Harvest Hosts. They give you access to park your RV at wineries, breweries, museums or farms around the country. I’m excited to try it. We had been planning on taking a trip to Hawaii but not sure if that is going to happen. I am hopeful that we’ll get to a beach somewhere this summer!

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  13. Susan wrote:

    We have taken 2 trips during this COVID mess. Both to Pensacola Beach, FL, since my husband’s mother lives there. The first time, all restaurants were closed except take-out. The 2nd time, they had just begun to reopen. We do not wear masks unless forced to do so and therefore I have only worn one twice – once to go get blood tests done and one to church yesterday. Our state (Arkansas), as well as FL, does not require masks to be worn everywhere and I am so grateful. I am also flying to VA in less than 2 weeks to go on an annual beach trip with girlfriends – this time driving to NC, close to Myrtle Beach, SC. Do not be afraid of traveling – it is so great to go somewhere, especially the beach!

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  14. ragain1 wrote:

    Love the pastel colors with your shorts! You look adorable. I prefer the 6″ shorts only because I have thin legs and the shorter make them look too thin! I am much like you, very cautious and wear a mask when I am out. I wear it for others to prevent them getting anything I may have, and visa versa. Respect and caution. Go to your condo at the beach, you will so enjoy the ocean and getting away! Just like you said, be safe!

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  15. Susan H. wrote:

    Tania, you always look so fabulous! You have great legs and should show them off! I personally like 7 inch shorts, but they are hard to find. 8 inches is good for me, too. Otherwise, my fall back will be crops. We had plans to go down to NC this month to visit family; however, we have now put that on hold. So, it looks like a staycation this year! My husband has a genetic blood disorder; so, it could be dangerous should he contract Covid-19. Our physician has advised us that we should wear masks, and we do so whenever we have to head out into the public. But, everyone has to make their own decisions as to mask wearing. May you, and all the gurls, be safe and stay healthy!! Enjoy the summer, and God bless!

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  16. Brenda Ray wrote:

    Great casual summer outfit, love how the shoes step it up a notch! We’ve cancelled all our travel plans for the year, but we’re looking for a new house instead.. not sure if we’re crazy or what???!?? Have a great day!

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  17. Eve wrote:

    What’s looks better with white pants than pastels? I think the old rules of color are out the window. We wear white pants all year round now, why not pastels all year? You look awesome in that outfit. Cardigans are too hot here now but lightweight sheer shirts are great as a replacement third piece.

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  18. Diane S. wrote:

    I just love your outfits! They are soooo cute!

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  19. I love a pink sweater any time of the year! (I live in CA, and anything goes.) Not sure I’m ready to dine in a restaurant, but I’m looking forward to it. My husband and I got take out the other night and had a picnic in our car overlooking the ocean. It was our first date in months!

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  20. Doris wrote:

    In May we were going to take a road trip from Chicago to California on Route 66, but cancelled due to Covid-19. Planning it for next year. Love the pink and black together, so cute.

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  21. Miriam wrote:

    I have plans to fly down to the beach and visit some close friends at the end of July and then to Las Vegas with my husband in August. We’ll definitely wear masks on the plane. It is what it is and we’ll do what we have to do. Finally I will have my hair done tomorrow and nails next week! This makes me feel at least half way “normal!” We haven’t been to any restaurants here yet, but hopefully soon.

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  22. G. Leanette Flentroy wrote:

    Cute, Cute, Cute outfit. Perfect. Okay, then, Ms. Tania. And very,very apropos biblical quote, for the recent days of our lives. May God help us, help all our citizens, help our country.

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  23. Patti wrote:

    The light blue cardigan will be at my house on Wednesday! ?

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  24. Gwen Marie Ewing wrote:

    We have a trip planned for out west September 18. We go with gate 1 travel, every trip is suspended until July 31, then we will see. If there aren’t many restrictions we will go, otherwise we will postpone for a year. We were going to Vegas next week for our 40th wedding anniversary. We love to stay at the Trump hotel, it’s total luxury and no casino and very reasonable. We pretty much stay there and indulge! That is postponed. Looks like a stay vacay here in Cincinnati, luckily we have a pool!!

    Posted 6.2.20 Reply
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