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HIT OR MISS – CARDIGAN DRESS

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Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a long navy and white cardigan with a white button up shirt and jeans

It’s time for another Hit or Miss, Would You Wear It segment. Each Wednesday, I try to bring you an outfit that some will love, and some will scratch their heads and wonder, “what was she thinking?” Fashion is a highly personal thing, and you should always wear what you love instead of what someone else loves. You may come to this blog because you like my style, but I’m betting that you don’t like everything I style.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a long navy and white cardigan with a white button-up shirt and jeans

Here is your chance to play fashion blogger. I ask that you be kind in your comments and try to say why something would or wouldn’t work for you. An example might be, “this cardigan wouldn’t work for me because I am petite.” Or, maybe you want to leave a comment on “how” you could make the item work for you. An example might be, “I would pair this cardigan with a shorter dress and heels to make me look taller than I am.”

Reading your comments is what I love best about this post. So many of you are very talented when it comes to fashion suggestions, and I know that others can gain lots of knowledge from the comments.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a long navy and white striped cardigan with a white button up shirt and jeans

Let’s start with the basics of this outfit. I added this white button shirt with a feminine ruffle. A white button-up shirt is a wardrobe staple, and it is an item that you can wear with almost anything. A regular button-up shirt is fine, but this shirt with the ruffle takes the look to a different level. The ruffle goes around the collar and extends down one side of the placket. This unique detail keeps you from looking like everyone else walking down the street. The shirt is softly fitted, which is more feminine than a boxy style. I’m wearing a medium, and the shirt fits me great and even has a tiny bit of extra room.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a long navy and white cardigan with a white shirt and jeans

Now, for the star of this outfit. I feel like this navy and white striped cardigan dress will be the item that some balk on. For me, this look is a hit, and I’ll tell you why it works for me. I’m pretty tall at 5’6″ tall, and I love a duster cardigan. I think the longer length makes me look taller since it draws your eye downward. The horizontal stripes will be an issue for some of you. Stripes can make you look larger, but I left the cardigan dress open and opted to wear it as a cardigan instead of a dress. This breaks up the stripes and keeps you from looking larger than you are.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a long navy and white cardigan and jeans

I think the large solid band of navy at the top and bottom breaks up the striped look, giving the cardigan dress a different look. This item is incredibly soft, and it has blouson sleeves, even though you can’t see that very well in the photos. I’m wearing a medium in this cardigan dress.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a long navy and white cardigan with a white button up shirt and gold earrings

Here is a close-up view of the white ruffled shirt. I added my large gold hoop earrings to the outfit. These hoop earrings sure make a statement, but they are lightweight and not heavy.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a long navy and white cardigan with a ruffled white button up shirt and jeans

These bootcut jeans are in a medium wash. Bootcut or straight-cut jeans are the most universally flattering for most people. Skinny or flare jeans can be challenging for some people to wear, but the bootcut works for most. I like a medium wash since it can be dressed up or down. A good rule of thumb is that a dark wash is dressier, and a light wash is more casual.

I messed up and ordered the Curvy version of these jeans, so they are too big for me through the hips and thighs. Since I am shaped like a ruler, I don’t have a lot of curves, so the curvy version isn’t for me. I’m wearing my usual size 10, which could have also been part of the problem. I’m in between sizes, so a size 8 might have worked better.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing bootcut jeans and black boots

To help elongate my legs, I added a pair of black pointy-toe boots. I usually try to wear shoes in the same color family as my pants so that my legs look longer. I broke that rule yesterday when I wore animal print heels with black pants. Sometimes you want to add a little flair to your look. These boots are sold out, but I’ll link to others that will get you a similar look.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is showing her long lashes courtesy of Lash Boost

For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to have a Lash Boost special. Some of you might not know, but I never had long lashes before October 2016 when I started using Lash Boost by Rodan and Fields.

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Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a long navy and white cardigan with a white button up shirt, jeans, and boots

Okay, let’s hear it…is this outfit a hit or a miss? Would you wear it? What would you change?

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