Fashion failures with a big black sweater

Allright….. this post is for a good laugh.

Some people seem to think that I am really stylish. That I know how to put together the perfect combination.
That is not true. I struggle. I try. Sometimes I succeed but lots of times I fail miserably.

Up till now I have shown you mostly my successes. Some of the outfits were put together by friends who are better in styling than I am. Some of them were actually by me.

This time I will show you my struggle with a very old, comfortable black sweater. As big sweaters are in fashion again, I thought I could re-use it. I also still had the long yellow skirt which I bought together with the sweater. (I saw to my surprise it was by Rykiel. Never knew that. Bought it in a tiny shop in Nice.)
And as leather and big sweaters are also in fashion, I got my long leather skirt out too.

We can safely say that it is hard to re-use something twenty years later.ย I don’t mind sharing my failures with you. As the subtitle of this blog says: live, learn and laugh.

OK…. now for the laughs:

I have uploaded the above yellow skirt with a fiited jacket to the Forum of the 40plusstyle.com site:
40plusstyle forum

And these were the best pictures of the series……
Greetje

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28 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    11 December 2012 / 20:25

    Yep! That was pretty funny! Patski

  2. 11 December 2012 / 20:49

    Do not think it’s to laugh, you might like more or less, but are sometimes useful solutions. I like the black sweater, I like the oversize, have their moment. Personally, I prefer the outfit with the yellow skirt, I find it nice. The first two outfits do not like much, the first belt, and pants the second I do not like. The latter can also be used when you’re a nun … ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 11 December 2012 / 21:40

      hahahahaha, I don’t think the convent will accept me. Have no aspirations on being a nun.

  3. 11 December 2012 / 23:29

    Ehm….not your best fashion moment;) Thanks for being brave and sharing!

  4. Marianne van den Berg
    12 December 2012 / 01:49

    All the items you are showing are made to re-use again. Those printed trousers are fashionable at this moment so I think with a black jacket it will be a good combination with a touch of red for instance. The skirt from Rikiel you can wear with your yellow sweater or your Max Mara orange sweater, I would have to see the colours together. I would wear the first outfit without the belt.I don’t know what to do with the last outfit, because I can not really see the model of the skirt. I would not call your posts failures, but hiccups.

    • 12 December 2012 / 12:33

      Thanks Marianne, but I don’t like them. Especially not the shape. So I am not going to experiment any further with the black sweater.

  5. 12 December 2012 / 06:41

    I’m not sure I see the humor. I like all four outfits! I especially like the yellow plaid skirt with the sweater.

    • 12 December 2012 / 12:35

      I cannot help it Heather. I think I look ridiculous. The yellow plaid skirt is hard to give up, so I have also tried it with a black fitted jacket. That was better but still a bit eighties? I will post that on 40plusstyle Forum.

  6. 12 December 2012 / 06:53

    They are not laughable outfits, but I also don’t particularly like them. The big sweater overwhelms you and it doesn’t help that it’s black.

    • 12 December 2012 / 12:36

      The black sweater is definitely reserved for lounging about the house.And I agree about the black. I discovered that I have way to much black in my winter wardrobe. I seem to combine everything with black. So safe, so boring.

  7. 12 December 2012 / 14:28

    I agree with Pat and yourself, Greetje: no, no, no and no!!!! The last two remind me of Mormones with their long skirts and shapeless silhouettes..brrr….

  8. 12 December 2012 / 18:53

    Your beauty and zest for life shine through no matter what you wear!

    • 12 December 2012 / 19:41

      Ah.. you are so sweet. Thank you Judith. But I will try to let my outfits enhance “my beauty” rather than pulling it down. LOL

  9. Anonymous
    13 December 2012 / 00:46

    Over-sized, chunky sweaters are really “In” this season and I normally like them best over a skinny pant and boots (as in your first 2 outfits) but I think this sweater is just too big. Even belted it does not show off your figure. It doesn’t work with the skirts either, IMO. Sorry.I love that plaid skirt. Midi length, plaids, and yellow and black are very on trend but I think this skirt needs to be a little shorter. Even on tall, thin you it is a bit too long. But you will need to find a good tailor who knows what to take off without ruining the line of the skirt. It looks worth doing though. I think somewhere below the knee but showing more leg than it does now. USA Suzanne

    • 13 December 2012 / 00:14

      I have two very good seamstresses, so I am good. Hope you had a good laugh.

  10. Anonymous
    29 December 2012 / 04:31

    I like it also with the yellow skirt. YOu are tall and stylish and I like how that skirt looks on you.The second outfit with the black and white pant, although I like big chunky collars. I will like that outfit better without the collar and some red ballerina shoes, for going to the shopping mall!I’m Cabellin!

    • 30 December 2012 / 23:34

      Aha.. I get it. The necklace was meant to bring more colour near my face, but perhaps it is a bit too much with the big sweater.

  11. 29 December 2012 / 21:34

    Thanks Cabellin for your feedback. I am still not sure what to do with the yellow skirt. I am contemplating shortening it. The sweater is knitted so it is too difficult to take the collar off.

  12. Anonymous
    30 December 2012 / 02:11

    I was talking about the red necklace, sorry!Cabellin

  13. Anonymous
    20 January 2013 / 01:28

    The long black sweater swamps everything.With the long black leather skirt, try chunky comfortable trendy ankle boots and a black and white bold, GRAPHIC, simple top that hits at the waist and is wide not fitted. You will look amazing. (I want your skirt!)

  14. 20 January 2013 / 13:46

    Thanks for the tip. Have not got such a top …. yet. I understand it is going to be very fashionable this spring, so it will probably not be that difficult to come by. Very nice of you to leave this comment. If you plan to do that more often I would like to recognize you, so please leave a (fake?) name?

    • 11 December 2013 / 07:46

      Hahaha Elle… That is very kind, but I can look much better than this. (I hope.)

  15. 14 January 2014 / 23:37

    Oh my. The one with the yellow skirt made you look like your legs are 2 inches tall and your torso is 5″.

    The skinny jeans you are rocking now are a million times better than these options. Like you wrote…this is how we learn. That is why I posted my worst looks. I need to remember what totally doesn’t work for me.

    Really changes people’s perception of a person though between looking at you here, as opposed to looking at you with your skinny coated jeans. I think the jeans took 10 years off your age.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • 15 January 2014 / 07:22

      I fully agree. Unfortunately I often have no clue why something works or not. Styling is not my strong point although many people do not believe that, seeing nice outfits on my blog. They are usually put together by a shop assistent, my husband, my friends and only sometimes by me LOL.

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