Visible Monday #31: Black and Blue, In a Good Way

Welcome to Visible Monday #31! If you want to participate, it’s so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the simple how-to.

I’m not breaking through any fashion barriers today, am I? I am in familiar territory, with a cozy knit top and black midi skirt. But I felt so good that my confidence made me more visible and I smiled at (almost) everyone. Being visible isn’t only about the clothing, of course: it’s also in our posture, our attitude, and our willingness to engage.

I love a horizontal stripe on top, and this Old Navy knit is just right. The dropped shoulder makes it a little more stylish, and how about those stripes lining up between sleeve and body? I also like an open neck like this – no itching, and it shows off collar bones (in my 50’s, I am very particular about what gets “shown off”).

I like to “surrender the waist” some days; thanks to Angie from You Look Fab for that phrase. It’s a different look for me but I enjoy the change. The skirt is a recent thrift store purchase. It’s by Randolph Duke, whom I believe sells via the Home Shopping Club. It’s a nice medium weight swingy knit. Thrifted wedge boots and a leaf pendant from Forever21 are the final touches.

Nothing fancy, but it feels like me.
Odd kitties give silent approval.

I can’t wait to see what you are wearing today!

The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple!

  1. Any Monday, whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
  2. Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post.
  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on this cute little link:

In the “Next Step”, you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you’re done!


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  1. You look beautiful! So glad to have figured out Visible Monday, too, and added several new style blogs to my RSS feed reader 🙂

  2. Very classy as usual, I like this nautical stylish look. Navy blue is always elegant, it looks adorable when mixed with black stripes. Great outfit.

  3. I love those stripes! Very similar to a Club Monaco top I wore on the weekend. The black/indigo is an easy way to get the graphic punch of stripes without too high a contrast (which can sometimes feel too attention-getting).

  4. Familiar territory is a good thing, especially next to the 'kitties.'  I'm learning about so many new blogs thanks to 'Visible Monday."  Thank you Patti.

  5. Thanks so much for your comment on my site. It's scary starting a personal blog, but your Visible Monday is such a welcoming event. I have been following you for quite a while, but it's the first time to join VM. You look fab today! Your blog entries feel so genuine and I always look forward to seeing what's going on. I envy your warm weather!

  6. Patty, thank you for hosting the party! Love your outfit: simple, but very elegant!

  7. Hello, Patti! Thanks again for the joy that is Visible Monday. I am all stripy and somewhat blue-toned myself, today!

  8. Patti, thank you for hosting, you always have such great response!!  How exciting!  I love your feather necklace!  Great collar bones!  I dress similar  to this for work with a skirt and a comfly sweater…it is the best way to be comfortable and stylish. You look classy and elegant.  dawn suitcase vignettes xo 

  9. Blue with black is one of my favorite color combinations. 

    And the stripes have just the right width to them. The long pendant helps break up the lines – something I learned to do from Une Femme. 

    Thank you for hosting another great Visible Monday! xoxo

  10. Patti, your Visible Monday is really growing! Congratulations!  And I love your black-and-blue look…very Yves Saint Laurent.

  11. Hi Patti, I love relaxed shirts…you look wonderful in yours! Stripes are def. in this season, and I love it! Thanks for letting me link up. Have a great week!

  12. You are always visible with that bright smile and beautiful hair! Speaking of black and blue, was it you who had a gorgeous blue velvet skirt a few months back? I could not find that post…

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