Dress + clutch + pumps = instant chic

midlife woman in paisley dress

There is this statement that
a dress with pumps and a clutch is instant chic. Click To Tweet
It’s true, when you have the right well tailored day dress in a cut that suits your body shape. In this case, just add a clutch and pumps and you are ready to go.

A great dress can fail to provide instant chic

Recall Princess Diana‘s worst looks were those when she wore a shift dress. Her shift dress was well tailored, high quality fabric and craftsmanship, top designer, but it hadn’t this instant chic factor with her expensive clutch and pumps. She like most of us just hadn’t the right body shape to rock shifts.

Know your shape to find the dress that's most flattering on you. #dress4success #midlifestyle Click To Tweet
#maturestyle woman in fall office outfit with dress
Karina dress, layering top, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Gloria Vander Bilt pumps (all own), and suede Florentine designer clutch c/o Uno Alla Volta
#midlifestyle woman in fall posh chic outfit
Karina dress, Gloria Vander Bilt red pumps, neckerchief (all own), and suede purse c/o Uno Alla Volta

The dress must balance the proportions

Posh instant chic style is all about balance. For example, when you are full-breasted and have small hips (apple shape) a fit-and-flare dress is your friend as the skirt balances the proportions. When you are top heavy a sheath dress may be too loose around your hips. However, a sheath gives a boyish frame some curves.

#fashionover40 middle-aged woman in printed fit-and-flare dress
Karina dress, Kieselstein Cord belt, Gloria VanderBilt pumps, and neckerchief (all own)

When you have full hips and are small breasted (pear shape) the dress should have a statement cut or some “drama” (e.g. big bow, ruffles, embroidery, sequins, lighter colors) at the top part of the dress. This trick draws the eye upward and highlights your waist. When the dressing occasion allows go for a strapless style. At the office, wrap dresses with a cami underneath are a great instant style. You are the person, who can rock a knee-length shift or A-line style dress. A sheath dress is also instant style for you.

Do you know your body shape and how to dress for it? What is your body-shape dressing challenge? Let me know so I can help you. Just drop me an email.

You are interested in shape specific styling you can find, for instance, tips for the best pants or dressing tips for petite women at the links or in the Archive.

Top of the World Style linkup party

Welcome to the 134th Top of the World Style linkup party. When you are new, welcome. We are glad you are here. You can sign up the form below to join the VIPs who receive an email invitation each week for the Top of the World Style party.

As a “Thank You” for linking up, I will pin photos from this party’s outfit posts to the Top of the World Style pinterest group board. When you want to pin all the photos of your outfit post to this group board, please follow my boards on pinterest (pinterest requirement to add you), and send me an email with the request to be added to the group board contributors. I will email you an invitation. All you have to do then is to click accept and start pinning your outfits. I would love for you to join us.

By linking up you agree that I may feature you as Top of the World Style Winner, Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav or Top of the World OOTD My Fav and use a photo from your linked up post in the feature. Thank you. 🙂

Top of the World OOTDs

The Top of the World Style Winner is picked by a random generator from the party two weeks ago. The reasons are as follow: Each party runs a week minus 5 minutes. At the time of scheduling a new party, the old party is still in full swing and blogger still can join. To give all guests the same chance, the old party has to have closed before drawing the winner. In plain English, the Top of the World Style Winner visited the linkup party two weeks ago.

Top of the World Style Winner Carrie
Carrie, the blogger at A Stylish Fit, became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post

The winner of this week’s feature is Carrie of A Stylish Fit, who submitted her winning post at the 132nd linkup party. She featured several stylish work outfits in her post.

Top of the World Readers' Fav Laurie
Laurie the blogger at Vanity and Me became Top of the World Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post

The post by Laurie at Vanity and Me became Top of the World Readers’ Fav as you clicked her post the most. Her kale green silk shirt looks adorable with the jeans.

Top of the World OOTD My Fav 71 year old Penny
Penny the blogger at Frugal Fashion Shopper became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post

Penny, the blogger at Frugal Fashion Shopper became my favorite of last week’s party. Isn’t her skirt perfect for a night on the dance floor?

Congrats ladies! Please grab your respective featured Top of the World Style button from my Linkup Page for your sidebar, featured or awards page. :).

Speaking of this Linkup Page, when you host a party, please send me an email with the day, name and your blog URL. I then will add you to the linkup directory. It’s a free promotion for your party!

Now let’s party. Everyone of any age and gender is welcome to share their fashion and style posts.

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  1. Grab the above banner and put it into your sidebar if you like
  2. Please follow your hostess via email.
  3. Linkup up to four of your fashion/style posts by simply adding your link below
  4. Please be a good sports and visit the posts of at least three of your linkup-fellows, introduce yourself to them to network and to make new friends. If you know them all already, I am sure they will still appreciate your stopping by and saying Hi. We all like traffic, don’t we?
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