Step outside your comfort zone. Most of us have a signature style, at least by the time we reach 40-something. Over the years we tweak our style and update it, and sometimes we have a little fun going outside our comfort zone.
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This outfit does have elements of my signature style: a flowy midi skirt, tough booties, and vintage jewelry. The deviation from the comfort zone today is the color, print and cut of the blouse. I usually prefer an open collar or v-neck, in a solid color (most often a neutral) and with cool undertones. This vintage blouse stretches all the “rules” and I love it. 😊
The colorful shirt was thrifted in NYC, and the designer is Orla Kiely, of whom I had not heard. She’s an Irish designer who mostly creates homeware and handbags, all in her signature warm colors. The khaki linen skirt is thrifted too, I’ve forgotten where.
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Cute outfit, Patti. I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone a lot through this blogging journey and that was the point: I didn’t want to get frumpy in my semi-retirement!
Thank you Darlene and thanks for linking up. Your selection of thanksgiving outfits is so appealing! xox
I think I might have fought you for that blouse : )
I love that you know where each piece of your jewellery is from and what memories they hold for you.
Haha! We never fight at the thrift — do we? I definitely see your colors and shapes in this blouse. Thank you for your kind comment about my jewelry – you have wonderful insight. xox
Gosh, somehow I’ve been forgetting to post here! Thank you for being more consistent than I am! Also have a wonderful Thanksgiving Patti!
Hello Julia and it’s great to see you again! Thanks for linking up your cute and cozy poncho. xox
Pretty peplum detail and the print is lovely. I think I have stepped out of my comfort zone with fashion and it is fun to try new things. You gotta try, right?
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Hi Jess and thanks for being here. Your longline Fall blazer is amazing! xox
Thanks so much for hosting the #linkup.
Thank YOU for linking up, Jacqui. That a fantastic trench you’ve had for 30 years – it looks so fresh and new! xox
I love the print on this blouse – a great find and looks great on you. I haven’t heard of Orla Kiely I need to check her out. I have a signature style but enjoy stepping outside my comfort zone, as sometimes I find new things to wear and surprise myself.
Thanks Alison for your kind words and for linking up. Your Laura Ashley prints are cheery and look wonderful. xox
Patti, I love this! That blouse is gorgeous. I do love those unique special thrift shop finds! They are my most cherished items. You look fabulous as always!
Thanks dear Shelbee and thanks for coming over. Those plaid boots you’re showing today are TDF! xox
I know Orla Kiely! Great find!
Outside my comfort zone: wearing a necklace with a busily patterned top. I was staring at the photo, thinking, I would never do this, but it works. WHY? I realized your choice works because the pendant shape is similar to the blouse’s pattern, but at an angle to it. Thank you for stretching my brain.
Good morning, TOF and thanks for coming over! I didn’t notice the shapes intentionally but now that you point it out, I see the harmony. You have a great eye, xox.
It’s great to step outside the comfort zone. Love the vintage blouse! Great Orla Kiely design.
Good morning Gail – and thanks for coming by. Love your tribute to good teas! xox
I love that look! The boots go perfectly with outfit.
Thanks Debby and thanks for coming by! Your white dress with black lace is quite elegant, xox.
I agree its good to step out of our comfort zones. The blouse looks great on you and so good with the skirt, great finds Patti. Many thanks for hosting.
Good morning Jill and thanks for your kind words! Have a wonderful Spring day, xox.
I tend to fall into style ruts—currently, I’m in a neutral one. I need to step out of my comfort zone more often!
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Good morning, Cheryl and thanks for linking up. Your new cashmere sweater looks yummy! xox
What I like about your shirt is that it accentuates the waist and creates a hip. What I like about your styling of this look is that you added this glamorous statement necklaces. It’s so unexpected with the blouse and skirt. It’s a great finishing touch for a very interesting unique look. Love your style.
Good morning, Nicole and thanks for linking! I really like the ways you incorporate metallics with day wear, so chic. xox
The blouse is so pretty and loving the necklace!
Thanks for hosting the linkup!
Good morning, Ellibelle and thanks for coming by! I appreciated all your gift ideas, xox.
Very cool blouse and love the pendant! You look super pretty!
I totally agree about mixing in your standard comfort zone wear with experimental pieces— if not you can feel weird, not like yourself or whatever. Literally agreeing with you in the least articulate or eloquent way possible lolzzz
Thanks dear Becky! I love the pic of you and Winter at the fundraiser, sooooo cute. xox
That necklace with that blouse is really perfect! LOVE that Orla Kelly!
Hi Kristin, so great to see you again! Love your kimono/open sweater piece and you’re looking fab, xox.
I just stepped of my comfort zone by wearing a dungarees for the first time in my life :). I am familiar with Orla’s work in homewares and handbags but had no idea she does clothing. This blouse is a great statement piece
Good morning, Anna and thanks for coming over! Your photos of Tbilisi make me feel like I had a guided tour! xox
Cute blouse, Patti. I love Orla Kiely prints. They’ve got a cool mid century modern vibe. Boots with midi skirts are a great look too!
Thank you Theresa! I do adore the mid-century vibe, too. Have a great Monday, xox.
It’s so important to keep stepping outside our comfort zone, and trying new things, Patti! I love this beautiful blouse – it looks like amazing quality, and looks fabulous on you.
I’m joining you with my Big Boss Lady pink pants and my Thousand-Dollar Sweater! Thank you so much for hosting!
Thanks Sheila and how fab are you in those pink trousers! Like, very high level fab. Have a great week ahead, xox
I love all Orla Kiely designs Patti. This looks great on you xx
Thanks Laurie and thanks for linking! Love your cozy camel wool coat, xox.
You found a great piece in that blouse! I love the vintage vibe!
Hi Kellyann and thanks for the kind words, and for linking up! We do love a vintage vibe, yeah? xox
That blouse is really cute. good deviation.
Good morning, Julie and thanks for coming over! Hope your Monday is wonderful, xox.