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MOTHER’S DAY, GRADUATION, OR A SPRING WEDDING LOOKS

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a lemon print skirt, a chambray tunic, and a denim jacket 2

If you stopped by the blog expecting to see a Hit or Miss post, I didn’t have one ready, so we are doing a This or That post instead. One of the first lessons I learned when I started blogging was to be consistent, but in life, I’ve also learned to be willing to adapt. Things can’t always be written stone since stone can crumble. Most of my “rules” are actually suggestions, and I like it that way. That goes for my life as well as my blog, and it keeps me from getting upset when things don’t go as planned.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a lemon print skirt, a chambray tunic, and a denim jacket 6

I remember my DIL stressing over every detail of her wedding. She is a perfectionist, and I say, “that’s good enough.” Many things didn’t go as planned on her wedding day. Some things were tragic, some were funny, and some were insignificant. In the end, she was still married, and the wedding was beautiful. Of course, we wish we could go back and change things, but you can only go forward with what you’ve been given. We all need to learn to roll with the punches, or we will find ourselves on the ground more than we would like.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a lemon print skirt, a chambray tunic, and a denim jacket 8

Mother’s Day, wedding season, and graduations are all events that happen in May. Most of us will wear a dress or skirt to one of those events, so I thought I’d share a couple of looks that would be great for them. THIS outfit is a Linen Popover top and a Lemon Print Skirt. Most of the time, when I go to these types of events, I get hot. The rooms can be crowded, and you might be bunched up against each other, so I like to wear something that will keep me cool. Linen is an excellent fabric for keeping you cool, and this fabric has come a long way in the wrinkling department. Most linen items will still wrinkle, but nowadays, they don’t usually look like you slept in them. Lol! I like how this top can be worn with a skirt and look polished, but it can also be worn with slacks and jeans for a more casual look. I’m wearing a medium, and the top fits great.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a lemon print skirt, a chambray tunic, and a denim jacket

Here is a look at the curved hem, and you can see the length of the top. Below are two examples of how you could wear this top in a casual setting for every day.

// Linen Popover top // Navy Pants // Rattan Crossbody Bag // Navy Woven Slides // Layered Necklace //

// Linen Popover top // White Crop Pants // Silver Sandals // Navy Straw Tote // Floral Necklace //

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a lemon print skirt, a chambray tunic, and a denim jacket7

I kept my jewelry simple for this outfit. The Medallion Hoop Earrings are smaller than I usually wear, but I know that everyone doesn’t like big oversized earrings. These are smaller, but they still make a statement. The Nautical Stripe Link Necklace in gold adds to the outfit without taking away from the skirt, which is the star of this look. Everything is a supporting character to the main star, the skirt.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a lemon print skirt, a chambray tunic, and a denim jacket1

If you attend an event that stretches into the night, you might like to add a jacket to keep you warm. This Classic Denim Jacket in a sandy wash is an essential fashion item you will wear for years with almost everything. I love this darker color, especially since most of my denim jackets are a medium or light wash. The darker color looks dressier and helps an outfit look polished. I’m wearing a medium, and it fits me great.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a lemon print skirt, a chambray tunic, and a denim jacket9

Now, for the star of this outfit. The Canvas A-Line Skirt in Lemon Blossom is so pretty! The material is heavyweight, and the skirt is so well made. Lemons are one of those prints that make me smile; I consider them happy prints. I am always trying to find ways to create curves since I am built like a ruler, and an A-Line skirt is flattering for my body shape. The skirt gradually gets larger at the bottom, making my waist appear smaller. This skirt would look great worn with white, navy, green, and yellow. I have a bright yellow cardigan that I plan on trying with this skirt.

The sandals that I’m wearing are the Tory Burch Miller Cloud Sandals. These are heavy and substantial sandals, so that took some getting used to. They go with almost anything, and I’ll wear them all spring and summer. I did order up a half size because I don’t like my foot to hit the back of the shoe.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a yellow print dress and espadrilles 2

Now, for the THAT outfit. I stuck with the yellow theme, but I chose a dress instead of a skirt for this look. Dresses are so easy since they are a one-and-done outfit. You don’t have to worry if this matches that or pick several different items. You have one choice to make, and then you only have to add accessories.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a yellow print dress and espadrilles 9

This Lemon Chiffon Floral Dress is flirty, cutesy, feminine, and perfect for Spring and Summer. This is a lightweight dress, but it is lined, so it isn’t see-through. The smocking at the arms isn’t tight; I hate tight arms, so this is great. The waist is elastic, and I usually wouldn’t wear the attached tie-belt, but I wanted to show you that it came with one. I prefer wearing a wide elastic belt because I am terrible at getting the tie belts to stay in place. This dress is a medium, but it was tough for me to put on, so I think that I would be happier with a large.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a yellow print dress and espadrilles 10

Look at the flounce hem! I think that is such a feminine detail, and it looks beautiful in the wind. I forgot to mention that the dress has pockets, and that is always a plus in my book.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a yellow print dress and espadrilles4

I added my Butterfly Drop Earrings, but these Lemon Drop Earrings would have been adorable with the outfit. I also have on my Cross Necklace in 18 Kt. Gold Vermeil and the Elaina Beaded Stretch Bracelet. The matching necklace to the bracelet has already sold out on Kendra Scott’s website, but I found it here for you.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a yellow print dress and espadrilles5

My white and neutral espadrille wedge heels are old, and I’ve had them for years. I thought the dress needed a heel, and I wanted to keep it in a neutral shade. I’ll try to find some shoes that I think will look good with this dress, and I’ll link them below.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a yellow print dress and espadrilles6

What event do you have coming up? Let me know so I can possibly do a post on clothing for it. Also, which outfit could you see yourself wearing; This or That?

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27 Comments

  1. Wow the lemon skirt w/ that blouse is gorgeous! Definitely a great outfit for this summer!

  2. Dena J Burch says:

    I love the lemon skirt outfit just not for a wedding. The yellow dress definitely for a wedding!

  3. Gayle M Davis says:

    I like both This and That! But if I had to choose one, it would be That. The dress looks so comfortable and summery.

  4. Diana VanWinkle says:

    THIS is 100% my style, although the THAT dress was also lovely.

  5. Love the outfits! Are your brown sandals Tory Burch? I want them!!

    1. Yes, they are Tory Burch, I’ll go in and link to them.

  6. I like the skirt better for me. I’m having lots of trouble with dresses lately.
    This is the second day in a row that I didn’t get your e-mail and had to come to your blog. Is something going wrong?

  7. Diana Day says:

    I really like the dress. The colour,style, and how it flows as you walk.4 more days and it’s Mother’s Day. My husband is taking me out for brunch at a winery.

  8. cindy williamson says:

    My fourth daughter, McKenzie is getting married in December. She graduates from University Of Miss Law School tomorrow. Im a nurse so my closet lacks classy dress clothing. If only I could wear scrubs to all events lol. mcKenzies circle of friends are upper class that intimidate me. Im 4’9 and weigh 120 lbs yet built like a ruler. I need classy dress clothes to wear to showers, teas, etc. I also need a cocktail dress to wear to her best friends 7pm wedding with reception in a ballroom as well as one for her rehearsal supper in December. I call myself browsing daily online looking for mother of bride black floor length gown for her wedding but everything looks like a “old Lady”. SHHH Im 59 and remember a time I thought 59 was old haha. I come to your site daily for outfit inspiration .You always look fabulous ! I know its not practical to go buy cocktail dresses for your blog but maybe you could give me suggestions. I also need classy outfits for upcoming events

  9. Happy Mother’s Day – Keep up the great work – I love reading these each day and “shopping” with your help.

  10. krista rogers says:

    I LOVE both outfits but for an occasion like you are describing, I would go with the “THAT” outfit. My deciding factor….the shoes were dressier.

  11. Christine says:

    I purchased the yellow dress to wear to my daughter’s college graduation. I’m wearing a pair of light blue heels that I already own. The dress is very comfortable and flattering. You look beautiful!

  12. I love the yellow dress! I will attend my 50th high school class reunion in August in MT. I would appreciate a post on what to wear.
    Thank you.

  13. Kathy Hayles says:

    I love both outfits! They look great on you! I love Talbots clothing!

  14. I have the blue linen top from Talbots and wear it with navy slacks or jeans. I would never have thought of tucking it into the skirt and adding a jean jacket. I love the ideas you give on the blog. They are so helpful!

  15. My grandson is getting married in September… I’m looking for ideas… help

  16. Ginger Hiller says:

    While I do not have any special events on the horizon, I really like both of your outfits. Since yellow is not a good color for me to wear, I would need to create both looks in another color.

  17. I love THAT!! The yellow is so fresh and the style of the dress is perfect for upcoming spring and summer celebrations. I have a baby shower, wedding shower, and rehearsal dinner to attend.

  18. Julia Gilbert says:

    I like the THAT outfit. Very feminine..

  19. “This” would be my choice. The dark Blue and Yellow mix is so Cute together.
    The Dress makes me think of a Picnic on the ground, fun and flirty.

  20. My son is getting married in June. I’m having a difficult time deciding on the right dress for rehearsal dinner. Can you do a post on an occasion like this?

  21. I love the yellow ditsy print dress and that THAT is the better outfit for weddings or graduation! Beautiful! I’m going to a wedding end of May and can’t decide what to wear!

    1. Karen, the THAT outfit is more dressy, so it works for those types of event.

  22. Hi, I will be having a wine tasting parties. Clothing ideas? Also, visiting Nashville on vacation.

    1. Chris, that sounds like fun! Choose comfort first, and then style second. I like a cute comfy dress since it can be dressed up or down. Nashville – anything goes. You can never go wrong with a tee that is country music-themed. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go, Nashville can be pretty warm.

  23. THIS makes you look younger, THAT is more flattering to your figure.

    1. I think THIS is more modern looking, and THAT is dressier and traditional looking.