I dislike the unwanted ugly look from shoulder straps
College Tee "Never underestimate and old woman who graduated from University of Cologne", Shein duster, Shein satin jogging pants, horse bite slides (all own), and sunnies c/o Winkwood

What I love about this jogger with long blazer outfit

I love the combination of marsala with olive plus black and white. Actually, they are all neutrals. But when combined they make a pretty colorful look without being over the top. I wore this casual comfy outfit on the weekend for grocery shopping.

fashion over 40 woman in joggers and coat
Shein satin joggers, Shein coat, college Tee (all own), and sunglasses c/o Winkwood

I like the contrast between the mate long blazer – didn’t we call this style duster a decade ago – and the shiny satin of the joggers. What I like about these joggers is that they look great with both flats and heels. I have to wear heels with my black mate jogging pants. The wide rubber band at the ankles makes all the difference.Just another evidence of the fine line between what works and what doesn’t.

mature style blogger in casual look with long blazer and joggers
Shein long blazer, Shein joggers, Esprit shoulder bag, horse bite mules (all own), and wood frame sunglasses c/o Winkwood

Shoulder straps are style killers, but needed sometimes

I am not a big fan of shoulder bags. They tend to slip down. Moreover, they often make the blazer, dress, coat, you name it, look funny at the shoulder part. However, I see the necessity to have at least one shoulder bag for situations when they are needed like doing the groceries, shopping at the Farmer’s Market, or as a cross-body bag at an outdoor concert, etc.

horse bite slides
Zoom-in on the horse bite pink leather slides

Additional side effects of a dress back pack

Sure, dress back packs also permit you to have both hands free. I once bought one, but I would put that nice leather back pack into my needed, but not wanted category for a variety of reasons. The humpback of Notre Dame isn’t so me. It makes a blazer, coat, jacket, etc. look funny on both shoulders, i.e. doubles the style break. 😉 Every time I wanted to turn I was worried to hit someone with that “extension in the back.” In addition, I always was worried about its security when being in a big crowd. And I was right about it! Even though the safety issue wasn’t the one that I was initially concerned about.

How the back pack broke the camel’s back

One day, I attended the University of Alaska Women Association’s fall tea. I put my back pack bag into a corner where all women had put their purses. Later, prior to leaving, I wanted to pay my annual membership fees. I picked up the first back pack I saw. Upon lifting it, I thought “why is it so light? That can’t be right!” Then I looked at the bunch of bags again and saw another one exactly like mine. Thus, I lifted that one. The weight seemed right. So I opened it and guess what? The second one was mine! Can you imagine what funny faces the other woman and I would have made when I hadn’t realized the unintended swap? Like many women I had my car keys in my coat!

mature style woman in mate and shiny casual outfit
College Tee “Never underestimate and old woman who graduated from University of Cologne”, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Shein duster, Shein satin jogging pants, horse bite slides (all own), and sunnies c/o Winkwood

Of course, this thing can happen to you with any bag,even a high end one. But this event was the final reason to let that dressy back pack go for good. I swapped it with my colleague for a bag that was a gift from her great aunt and a white elephant for her, but so me. And she is a back pack sort of gal. Thus, it was a win-win for us.

My notes to myself

My lessons learned from this incident? I now keep my bag with my coat and shoes at such events. Furthermore I stopped buying a bag at a department store in town. In know that in Alaska, if there is something nice, every Alaskan woman buys it in all colors, if possible.

Have you had a situation of a nearly swap? Do you have a necessity related relationship with one of the items in your closet, i.e. you know you need it for functionality, but you don’t like the side effects of it? What is that item? I love to hear from you.

Welcome to the 118th Top of the World Style linkup party

Thanks to all of you who linked up in the past and make this party great and exciting with your inspiring outfit ideas. Welcome back! You are an awesome crowd!

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 to the party each week.

As aa “Thank You” for linking up, I pin photos from this party’s posts to the Top of the World Style pinterest group board. When you want to pin all the photos of your posts 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.

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 Emma Peach
Emma Peach, the blogger at Style Splash, became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post

The winner of this week’s feature is Emma Peach, the blogger at Style Splash who submitted her winning post at the 116th linkup party.

Top of the World OOTD Readers' Fav Charlotte
Jodie the blogger at Jodie’s Touch of Style became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav with the thumbnail showing Charlotte looking stylish in black and white. Photo from Jodie’s post

The post by Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav as you clicked her post the most. For those of you, who don’t know her blog, Jodie presents in her post one theme styled for women in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. The thumbnail showed Charlotte, the 70 model. The theme was wearing black. A pretty tough challenge at any age, but Charlotte looks stunning and the stark dark color looks perfect.

Top of the World OOTD My Fav Lily Seymour
Lily Seymour at the blog with the same name became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post

Lily Seymour, the beauty blogger at Fun Fierce Fabulous Beauty over 50, yellow and white outfit became my favorite. Yellow and white looks so summery together. The beauty of daisies. The draping of the top gives her an awesome body shape. Great look! <3

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

Link up each week. Maybe you are the next featured Top of the World OOTD or Top of the World Style winner.

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

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