Make New Looks By Shopping Your Closet: Visible Monday

New looks from shopping your closet. You can create a fresh look from your current wardrobe by just adding a belt! I often prefer to surrender the waist, but I’ve been shopping my closet for new looks, and this one I love.

Welcome to Visible Monday. If you want to participate, it’s so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the how-to. Link back to Not Dead Yet Style if you like – we’re on Easy Does It “rules” now!

This vintage velvet blazer stands alone as a signature piece; I found it at Suzanne’s Etsy shop last year. It’s the perfect weight to serve as a Florida winter outer-piece. And today it got another look by adding a studded suede belt (thrifted years ago). It creates a fresh silhouette, it’s more intentional and a bit dressier.

There isn’t a color in my closet that this blazer doesn’t go with. It’s so groovy.

The dress underneath is a tall drink of water, an ombre knit maxi by Go Couture. Made in the USA, it was thrifted locally and I don’t wear it enough; it’s as comfortable as your favorite sleep dress. I’m working on ways to get more wear out of it, and it will likely end up as a comfortable sleep dress 😃.

I love an open neckline that invites necklaces, short or long. Today it’s an old silver pendant.

I can’t do a completely lady-like look! I wore my new tooled-leather Sofft boots to funk it up. The slight heel works well with a long straight dress.

Are you exploring your closet for original looks? Show us in the link-up.

Now, let’s see what’s in your closet, Visible Women.The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple:

    1. 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. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinkz button “Add Your Link”. It should open a new page.
    3. In the “Next Step”, you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you’re done!
    4. Visit a few other bloggers, to make new friends and increase your own following.

Have a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear? My good friend and super-stylist Sylvia is offering an exciting course: 21 Steps to a More Stylish You. Just click here for all the info, and you will love what you learn.


Stay fabulous and wear what you love, xo

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  1. A lot of people need information. If the have enough information, they have any consideration. Based on the consideration, they have enough experience to decide something

  2. Belts are my go-to items when I want to update an outfit. You simply can’t have enough of them. Yours is stunning, Patti, and really compliments that equally stunning jacket perfectly. Love those booties! xxx

    • thank you dear Ann! I love how you pattern-mixed your pinks today – very fresh and fun. xox

    • Thanks Cherie! Your fuzzy red coat (and gorgeous doggie) are a great sight to wake up to! xox

    • Thank you Carmen. I loved the peek inside your daughter’s shop – great vibes! xox

    • Thanks Alison, and thanks for linking up! I liked your post about why you blog, xox.

    • Hi Jess! You’re looking fabulous as ever, and thanks for sharing some of the Midlife Influencer event with us! xox

  3. What a great look! That is of course the brilliant bit about choosing colourful clothing like the blazer, it goes with everything.

    Gotta say you look like one tall, cool drink of water in this. I’m sure Sandy thought so too.

    The boots are gorgeous!

    Thanks for the shout-out!


    • Sandy did like it, thankyouverymuch!
      Thanks for linking up and coming by – and sharing your gorgeous dress/skirt outfit. xox

  4. You make me want to do a version of this outfit, Patti. There’s no reason us FL ladies need to put our maxi skirts aside for the winter. You must have a lot of fun shopping your closet, you have such interesting pieces!

    • Thank you so much, Kim! We’re having a tiny cold spell now, yes? Enough for a scarf around the neck at least : > xox

  5. Wow – you look ready to hit the red carpet in this stunning look! Your blazer is gorgeous and compliments your purple maxi wonderfully. Shopping our closet is such a fun way of playing dress up!

  6. Absolutely stunning, Patti! I love a statement coat or jacket and your whole ensemble is witty and brilliant. I’m short waisted so rarely “do” belts, but I may give one a try.

    This month I am shopping my closet, my cosmetics train case and my perfume armoire and have found some treasures and treats. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration and reminder to have fun and be comfortable in one’s skin. : )

    • Thank you Cee for the kind words. I love the idea of shopping your makeup and perfume collections, I gotta try that! xox

    • Thanks Jodie, and I appreciated your advice on how to look good after a gym workout. I needed that! xox

    • Thanks Shelbee. Talk about groovy – that’s you in your Austin Powers floral dress! xox

  7. First of all I love that floral blazer so much. And I love it over that long colorblocked maxi skirt. Greatly-styled with a belt!

  8. Ha. This body doesn’t do belts any more. Why I’m still keeping some in my closet is can only be answered by the hoarder gods (no minimalism here). So I surrender to the waist! Pass the potato chips!
    You and belts, on the other hand, are friends.
    Both the dress and the blazer are special pieces.

    • Thanks Ann, don’t you love to wear special pieces? Your new clogs, for example, are fab and they join a very nice collection! xox

  9. I am all for shopping your closet , it stretches the imagination so much more than simple buying something new constantly. I love that velvet blazer , it would be perfect with so many different outfits. I hadn’t heard that tall glass of water expression in ages. Many thanks for hosting Visible Monday.

    • Thank you, dear Jill! I am so happy to learn you got your breathing problem sorted out, and it’s indeed a good cautionary tale. xox

  10. Oh, I love that blazer – be still, my heart!

    Thanks for hosting, Patti!

    • Thank YOU for coming over and sharing your style inspirations. Love the sequin dress for day! xox

  11. Patti,
    That velvet jacket is absolutely stunning. I can certainly see how it would go with, and embellish any outfit. The maxi is also quite beautiful and I adore the casual boots with it. You know I am all for fashion dichotomy.!
    And the answer is yes. As I prepare for New York fashion week I am certainly shopping my closet!

    • Thank you Elle. I know your closet will deliver beautiful looks. You’ll share lots of pics, yes? xox

  12. Patti – I love your hair! That blazer is magnificent and those booties are not only beautiful but I’m guessing they are every bit as comfortable as the name Sofft implies! That is such a terrific brand, I own one pair of their sandals and I am crazy about them!

    • Thank you Kellyann! The hair is a wig I cut into a topper – much more comfortable. I need a piece of Reese’s peanut butter chocolate cake asap : > xox

  13. I’ve been shopping my closet all month (dry January and all!) and it forces me to be more creative and I’ve found a couple of combinations that I wouldn’t have even considered before. You don’t always have to be shopping to look stylish! Thanks for hosting this link-up!

    • Hi Julia and I hope you’re doing well! I enjoyed learning more about you, and I adore your “Sassiness” idea! xox

  14. Whoa! Loving everything about this outfit. That jacket is spectacular. Looks great belted with that fab maxi. And those boots! I jumped right on the Sofft site, but didn’t find them. The tooled leather is very eyecatching.


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