Insanely chic outfits on the run | Linkup

#fashionover50  mature woman wearing an instant outfit
DvF wrap dress, Graham and Spencer leather motorcycle jacket, L.K. Bennett wedge pumps, statement necklace, Jaeger tote (all own), and green wood watch c/o Jord

We all have been there: Having no time to pull an outfit together and there is an important meeting at work to dress for. Instead of throwing on yesterday’s outfit again, go for instant style. Like you can’t be over- or under-dressed in a LBD, a tailored, well-fitting dress in neutral colors always looks professional. Tweet this. Add the respective accessories and you are ready for a business dinner, a meeting with clients, and even date night after work.

#styleover50 mature woman in dress and leather jacket back view
Back view of instant outfit with Graham and Spencer motorcycle jacket, DvF wrap dress, Jaeger tote, L.K. Bennett wedge patent leather pumps, barrette (all own), and wood watch c/o Jord

Fitted dress plus trench coat

A knee-length classic navy day dress looks great with a taupe trench coat a gray belt, gray or navy pumps, and a red work tote, diamond studs, and a pearl necklace. Swap the pearls and diamonds for long chandeliers, the tote for a silver clutch, and the pumps for strappy sandals for date night.

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Instant style example sheath dress with cardigan: GAP LBD with Russian scarf, Moda International cardigan, leopard print tight, Söft booties, Gucci belt (all own) and wooden watch c/o Jord

Shirt dress plus blazer/cardigan

A below-the-knees silk printed shirt dress looks professional with a tailored blazer, work tote, and Mary-Janes/pumps. Add a man’s watch and you are ready.

#styleover40 mature woman wearing an instant look
Instant style example skirt dress with cardigan: Denim dress styled with L.K. Bennett patent leather pumps, GNW tights, DIY wide belt, dyed GNW cardigan and a red-black-blue plaid scarf that ties the office appropriate instant look together

Sheath dress with cardigan

In summer, a printed sheath is a no-brainer, if your work dress-code allows sleeveless dresses. Otherwise, a sheath with sleeves does the trick. Just add flesh-colored pumps to elongate your legs, pearl studs, and a work clutch to meet with clients. In fall, just add a cardigan over the sleeveless sheath or later a layering top under the sheath.

#fashionover40 mature woman wearing an instant outfit of wrap dress with motorcycle jacket
Side view of instant outfit with Graham and Spencer motorcycle jacket over DvF leopard print wrap dress with L.K. Bennett pumps, Jaeger tote (all own), and wood watch c/o Jord

What is your outfit shortcut when you have to dress up, but don’t have much time? Do you have some instant outfits ready to go? What are your instant outfits? Let me know by email, I am curious. You can also link up your examples at the Top of the World Style linkup party in addition to your outfits of this week.

#fashionover40 mature woman in pink leather jacket and printed dress with pink and yellow
Instant style example eShakti fit-and-flare printed dress with Newsport News pink leather jacket, Ivanka Trump pumps, and Jaeger tote (all own)

When you like the idea of instant looks please share it with your friends by tweeting them to have a look at these instant outfits.

#instantstyle mature woman wearing a dress with denim jacket
Instant style Karina long-sleeve dress with Star denim jacket, smoky quartz statement necklace, Gucci belt, Chanel quilted bag, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses (all own), Musse & Cloud sandals c/o Coolway, and wood sport watch with Swarovski crystals c/o Jord

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How to recycle a favorite piece in 30 looks

Rachel’s idea

A couple of weeks ago I read a post by Rachel the blogger at Rachel the Hat. She had made a pledge that she would try to wear every item she buys at least 30 times. Her reasoning was to slow fashion down.

Slowing down fashion means to be more friendly to your own budget, and to the environment.

Fast fashion harms the environment

Before, I show how I “repeated” the same item – a red sued e skirt – in 30 outfits, I want to give you an idea on how (fast) fashion impacts the environment. Indeed, fashion causes a lot of environmental harm and pollution. Wool, for instance, stems from sheep. Sheep feed on grass. When you want to produce more wool sweaters or coats, you need more sheep to increase the wool production. Consequently, you need more grassland or you overgraze the land. Overgrazing however, leads to long recovery of the grass, as well as soil and dust uptake by wind. The fertile upper soil layer is carried away by wind or washed away easily by rain. The soil dust in the air gets transported over long distances meaning it affects the Earth’s radiation budget and hence climate. The change from healthy grass to bare land also affect the energy and water cycle at least locally.

What I said above about wool applies also for cashmere, and mohair.

Dyeing of fabrics or leather, for instance, pollutes water. The transport of clothes from the manufacturer to the stores and from the store to your home means transport and hence traffic emissions.

Other fashion related chemicals

It is well know that huge and cheap cotton production relies on fertilizers and pesticides. Production of nylon and synthetics needs fossil resources.

How I repeated my suede skirt in 30 outfits

The photos below give inspirations on how you can wear the same item again and a gain without repeating an outfit. The trick is to style it differently each time you wear it. Of course, there is nothing wrong with repeating an entire outfit, especially a great one. However, if you find it boring to repeat an outfit, you will have to be creative.

1. #styleover40 office outfit with suede skirt Burberry trench coat with Loft striped top, G-III suede skirt, statement necklace, Salvatore Ferragamo pumps (all own) and wood watch c/o Jord

3. fashionover40 mature woman wearing a casual outfit Work outfitwith G-III skirt, Eddie Bauer sweater, GNW tight, Gloria Vanderbilt pumps (all own)

5. #over40fashion patriotic OOTD in red, white and blue Levis denim jacket with G-III suede skirt, polka dot print Keds, Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine tote (all own) and striped T-shirt c/o Marine Layer

7. #over40fashion winter outerwear motorcycle shearling jacket Andrew Marc shearling motorcycle jacket, G-III skirt, GNW tights, Manolo Blahnik booties, and YSL bag (all own)

9. #over40style Casual office outfit for mature women VS leather bomber jacket, Anne Klein sweater, G-III suede skirt, GNW tights, and Manolo Blahnik booties (all own)

11. #fashionover50 mature woman in red skirt G-III skirt, Ann Taylor blazer, Harley Davidson booties (all own)

13. #over40style mature women wearing leather on leather GNW tights, G-III suede skirt, GNW cardigan worn as a top, BeBe leather jacket with zipper details

15. #maturestyle mature woman in casual look Burberry trench coat, G-III skirt, August Silk top, Hunter rain boots, Jaeger tote and umbrella (all own)

17. #fashionover40 40+ woman in a suede skirt Jones New York cardigan, G-III skirt, Oliveo chambray shirt, DIY statement necklace (all own)

19. #leatherover40 mature woman wearing a red leather skirt G-III suede skirt, multi-color pumps, loft v-ncek sweate, and Celine bag (all own)

21. #suedeover40 mature woman in suede straight skirt Anne Klein cable-knit turtleneck sweater, GNW ight, G-III skirt, Peter Kaiser block heel pumps, opera length pink pearls, and Hermes collier de chien belt (all own)

23. #maturefashion wearing leather to work over 40 Leather top with G-III suede skirt, leopard print scarf, Modalo Pippa bag, gray T-strap pumps (all own)

25. #over40style work outfit with dress over skirt Barbour cable-knit dress worn over G-III suede skirt belted with Moschino belt for shape and proportions, GNW tights, Manolo Blahnik booties

27. #maturestyle color blocked winter work look with scarf G-III suede skirt with Sofie cashmere cardigan, silk scarf, tights, and shearling booties (all own)

29. #fashionover50 Halftee in layering outfit inspiration Rose dust lace 3/4 sleeves halftee c/o Halftee with own G-III suede skirt, sweater, GNW tight, Manelo Blanik booties and opera length rose pearl necklace

2. #fashionover40 mature woman in holiday outfit G-III skirt with Gucci belt, GNW Luxe sweater, GNW tight, Antonio Melani booties, and LV scarf (all own)

4. #fashionover40 mature woman in red suede skirt G-III suede skirt with GNW cashmere sweater, GNW tights, Manilo Blanik booties, triple pearl necklace (all own) and Akoya pearls c/o The Pearl source

6. #fashionover50 mature woman with leopard print pumps and suede skirt Levis denim jacket with G-III suede skirt, Aldo leopard print pony hair pumps Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine tote (all own) and striped T-shirt c/o Marine Layer

8. #over50fashion mature outfit combining various ethnic pieces Eddy Bauer Fair Isle sweater with ethnic belt, Great Northwest denim shirt, G-III suede skirt, GNW tights, and Double H lace-up booties (all own)

10. #Over40style mature woman in casual outfit with suede skirt Lookbook Store motorcycle jacket, G-III suede leather skirt, GNW cable-knit pattern tights, Harley Davidson booties, and pearls (all own)

12. #colorblocks mature woman wearing colorblocks Crewneck sweater, G-III suede skirt, GNW tights, and Gloria Vanderbilt pumps (all own)

14. #maturestreetstyle mature woman wearing streetstyle G-III skirt with VS leather shell and strappy multi color sandals

16. #fashion mature woman in work outfit GNW abstract print cardigan, G-III skirt, Hermes collier de chien belt, pumps (all own)

18. #style 40+ woman in office outfit GNW cardigan, GNW leopard print cardigan worn as top, G-III skirt and Moschino belt (all own)

20. fashionandstyle mature look with red skirtSteve Madden Mary Janes, GNW tight, G-III skirt, Burberry blazer, Loft sweater, Oliveo button-down shirt, and LV bucket bag (all own)

22. #turningFashionIntoStyle business casual look Halogen quilted cropped jacket, G-III skirt, Steve Madden Mary Janes, Loft sweater (all own)

24.slowfashion mature outfit with suede skirt G-III skirt, VS motorcycle leather vest with studs, GNW cardigan worn as top, and LV multi-color saddlebag (all own)

26. #over50style red white and blue outfit GNW cardigan worn as top, G-III suede skirt, and Chanel belt (all own)

28.#matureofficelook suede skirt with utility jacket Great Northwest utility jacket, G-III skirt, Loft sweater, camouflage booties (all own)

30. #workstyle mature woman with unmatched suit G-III skirt, Aldo pumps, Esprit bag, and statement necklace c/o Almo Jewellery

How would you style this suede leather skirt? Have you ever thought about the environmental impact of your clothes? Let me know, I am curious. Send me an email.

When you like the idea of slowing fashion down to help the environment, spread the idea by tweeting your friends have you ever thought about how fast fashion affects the environment?.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2016)

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