LET’S RECREATE AN OUTFIT FOR LESS MONEY

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing an oversized ivory sweater with Spanx black perfect pants

Yay, it’s Friday! This has been a long week for me. My daughter has been getting me organized and on a schedule. It has not been easy, and I have resisted change the entire time. Change is hard, but sometimes it is necessary.

Nordstrom ivory sweater and black boots

Now wake up at 5 AM, and try to leave the house by 5:15 to 5:30 to head to the gym. Once I get back home, I make myself a cup of hot chai tea and relax for about 15 minutes. Then it’s time to hit the showers and get dressed for the day. This is a huge change for me since I’m used to not waking up at any special time. But, I’ve already noticed a change in my energy level, and I’m getting my work done much quicker each day. Don’t tell my daughter, but I think I’m liking this new Tania.

Some of you might remember seeing this outfit back in November. It was a gorgeous outfit that I considered dressy/casual, but the problem with the outfit was, it was quite expensive. So today, I’m going to show you how to recreate an outfit that is less expensive and still looks just as nice.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing an oversized ivory sweater with a necklace from Isabell

I love this mock neck ribbed sweater for a couple of reasons. I like the longer tunic length which makes it great to wear with leggings, jeans, or pants. I like the neutral ivory/beige color because it will go with anything. The sweater is extremely soft and comfortable to wear, and it is 1/4 of the price of the sweater in the November post. The look is almost identical from a distance, just the pattern is different.

The jewelry that I’m wearing for this outfit is my geometric hoop earrings. This earring was one of the very first purchases I ever made from Kendra Scott, and I liked it so well that I bought it in silver and in gold. It is sold out on the Kendra Scott website, but I found it at another retailer. The multi-strand necklace is from Chloe and Isabel, who I think has gone out of business.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is showing the back of an oversized ivory sweater with Spanx black perfect pants

Here is the photo that shows you the length of the tunic sweater. You can see it’s plenty long and would work great with leggings. I did a French tuck on one side to create interest and elongate my legs. I’m wearing a size medium in this tunic sweater, and even though it’s oversized, I like the way it fits.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing an oversized ivory sweater with Spanx perfect pants in black

I wanted to stick with the casual/dressy look, so I added the skinny ankle pants in black to my outfit. These pants are a cross between leggings and dress pants, they are more like an everyday semi-dressy look. The pants might not be as dressy as some jobs require, but they look very nice for everyday dress pants. I ended up ordering a large, and the pants fit well, just a tad loose.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing an ivory oversized sweater with Spanx black perfect pants

I added a pair of black pointy-toe ankle boots to my look. I wanted to wear pointy-toe shoes because I wanted to elongate my legs since I was wearing a tunic sweater. These boots have a chunky heel which is easier to walk in, but they are down to a size 10 and that’s all. So, I’ll see if I can find some similar options for you, especially in flats since I saw a lot of you asking for that in the comments.

Pearl Heart Earrings

 

Chico's necklace

 

Chandelier earrings

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Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a beige and white sweater from Walmart a pearl necklace

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Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing an oversized ivory sweater with skinny pants in black

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  1. Ann Parsons wrote:

    Love this outfit on you .Brown jacket looks great,with the orange sweater underneath, Your necklace is really nice! All your outfits are great on you !

    Posted 2.25.22 Reply
  2. Coburn wrote:

    Love this outfit, it is a classic! Thank you for recreating and helping us save money. This is a winner on every aspect!

    Posted 2.21.22 Reply
  3. Cathy wrote:

    Thanks so much Tania for your wisdom, encouragement and inspiration! I love all the jewelry, but the pearl earrings won my heart—-they are simply beautiful!

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  4. Tammy hughes wrote:

    Omgosh..those pearl heart earrings would be so versatile. A girl can never have too many pearls 🤍💛🤍💛

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  5. Kathy Sims wrote:

    The necklace. Love chicos jewelry

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  6. Sonya S wrote:

    I love the outfit. I have a work casual attire. I love the pearl earrings

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  7. Penny Jo wrote:

    I like the look of the white top and black bottoms. I got lost in this post – sorry – maybe too much covered for this brain. The chandelier earrings are my pick.

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  8. Cheryl wrote:

    I love the tunic sweater. Great neutral color and nice price!

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  9. Kar-ron wrote:

    Love the outfits and information to create them

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  10. Marsha wrote:

    Love your posts! Great style at affordable prices! Love the chandelier earrings!

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  11. Ginger Hiller wrote:

    I really enjoyed you sharing a very similar look with more budget friendly pieces! And both outfits are equally beautiful on you.

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  12. Maureen wrote:

    I love the necklace

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  13. RORY wrote:

    Love those sparkle slippers/shoes! Both outfits look great on you.

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  14. Fay Beach wrote:

    I love the outfit.
    The earrings are my favorite.

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  15. Andra wrote:

    I love this idea. They used to do this on tv and in magazines but I don’t see that anymore!

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  16. CHRISTINA M JAGGERS TAGUE wrote:

    Thank you so much for your posts. You have helped me many mornings to decide what to wear and feel beautiful.

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  17. Ce Ce wrote:

    Good Friday morning. I loved your idea of recreated outfit. The sweater for the recreate I loved. Thanks again for your suggestions. Also I love love love those Pearl earrings. Pearls are my go to favorite to wear. Have a wonderful weekend. Ce Ce

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  18. Fiona wrote:

    Love the outfits.

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  19. Jeanine wrote:

    I love this combo of cream and black. Looks great on you. I also love this idea of creating less expensive options. Did you notice that the the pants are the same price in both posts? The sweater is definitely a different price point though. I suppose it is hard to find quality bottoms for less than $100 but it would be nice though.

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  20. Kathy Hayles wrote:

    I love your outfit today! Very classy!

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  21. Love the pearl earrings!!!!!

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  22. Kim 🌸 wrote:

    I also like both new topic ideas!
    Keep them! 🙂

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  23. Kathy A wrote:

    Great idea finding a less expensive version of an outfit that is pricey. I love the alternate sweater more. I can’t seem to get the hang of the side tuck with tunics; especially sweaters which are bulkier than blouses. Thank you for the great posts. I really enjoy them.

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  24. Cyndi wrote:

    I’m enjoying your new topics (series?): Hit or Miss, This or That…and now…Recreate!

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  25. Pam Watson wrote:

    I love the sweater tunic and the pants. I am only 5 ft tall and have a hard time finding casual pants that I can wear to church. Growing up in a Baptist church women never wore pants but Things change and pants are worn a lot. Where is a good place to shop for petite ankle pants or casual pants?

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  26. donnaing wrote:

    Those chandelier earrings are my favorite. Love this outfit too.

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  27. Beth wrote:

    Love that sweater but I’m on the lookout for spring now. That necklace would compliment everything in my wardrobe!

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  28. Sue wrote:

    Necklace for sure! By the way, I wear a 10 in a boot. Where did the boots that you are wearing come from? 🙂

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  29. Trish wrote:

    Thanks! I’m recently retired and transitioning my wardrobe. Nice to see more budget friendly options!

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  30. Judy roe wrote:

    Love the necklace! It would look great with my long tops!

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  31. Marie wrote:

    I love the detail of the chandelier earrings!

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  32. Kelly Brooks wrote:

    I love love the heart pearl earrings they are so precious.

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  33. I love the necklace. It would go with so many different outfits.

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  34. Barbara Henry wrote:

    Necklace is too cute!

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  35. Kim❤️ wrote:

    I love the outfit! You look absolutely awesome and healthy Tania! You keep it up! You give us who need it inspiration! The cost is still more than I like to spend. They have a blush color in the sweater which is absolutely beautiful also! Love the hearts the best! Since my new granddaughter was just born on Valentine’s Day! My first grand baby! 💕

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  36. Johnna Kirk wrote:

    Oh I meant to add that the large pearl-like necklace in one photo is stunning. What a statement piece. By the way, your lashes look great too! The serum really works!

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  37. Johnna Kirk wrote:

    I missed the outfit in November but this is beautiful & classic. You can’t go wrong with black & ivory. Thanks for sharing this option.❤️

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
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