Confidently Wearing White Over 40

Being comfortable in white pants is like saying I love walking around in a bathing suit at the pool.  But it has to be done sometimes.  One leg at a time. If we women can take the uncomfortable feeling out of wearing clothes, we will have so much more fun in life.  I want to help you truly feel confident in your white pants.  Heads will POP when you walk into a room.  And you won’t even notice because you aren’t worrying about how your outfit looks!

While white does have a scary reputation, smart dressing can help “disguise your size.”  I have several ideas that POPped into my head to help you live life to the fullest in white pants/capris/trousers/jeans.  

FIND THE PERFECT PANT FOR YOUR BODY TYPE/COMFORT LEVEL .  Think first of what fabric you like.  Usually jeans are not see-through.  If you’re hesitant about white, then hunt for white jeans instead of white cotton pants.  Casual ones have a cotton blend.  Nicer pants are made with a rayon so that they look dressier.  You want the fabric to skim your body in a flattering way, not cut in too tightly or hanging too frumpy.  Choose the one that flatters your body.  

Is your upper body fluffy?  Then keep the jeans slim-fitting and wear a loose top-not billowy-just a little loose.  Is your upper body slim and trim?  Then I hate you.  You can wear slimmer pants or huge-legged pants.  Everything will be so much more fun if you know you got the best type for your legs.  Just start with one pair-it’s out there.  Is your lower body fluffy?  Then choose a pant that elongates and smooths it out; loose fitting at waist as well as in the leg-try pants that hit the floor, and ooh lala you will look like a million bucks.

Also make sure your white is not see-through.  If you can see pockets through the pants, they’re too thin.  I don’t know why manufacturers do this.  Maybe if you’re wearing a tunic that goes to your mid-thigh.

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You can’t see through this pair.

Sometimes it may take as long as bathing suit shopping takes.  But it’s worth your time!  I tried on 9 pairs of white pants, then 12 pairs, and 2 more at Marshall’s in one visit.  But I found 1!  The brand is Artisan NY.  Now, you can find which one flatters your body.

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Try on as many as it takes.

NOW WHAT?

SHIRT PLACEMENT:

Investigate where your shirt hits your body.  Does it need to hide your hips?  Does it need to cover the whole backside and crocheruno?  If so, then maybe you got the wrong pair of pants.  Does the shirt look better half-tucked (Half-tuck is when just a piece of one side is tucked in) or tucked in all the way?    Many women POPping over the hill wear their shirts untucked.  I love my shirts to hit half way down my booty.  The half-tuck looks great on only some of my outfits.  Just try all these looks and you be the judge.

CHOOSE A FLATTERING TOP:

White trousers draw the eye up and are way underestimated in their utilitarian skills.  Key, though, is to choose a top that you know looks good on you. Do you have that go-to tee? You know which shirt style is flattering for your upper body.

CHOOSE A BRIGHT HUE :

Opposite of white on the color wheel is black.  When I see a black top with white bottoms, I think Audrey Hepburn classic and feminine.  You can’t go wrong with this look.  So crisp and fresh…and confident!

Navy lends itself to a nautical look, and is absolutely fun.  It can swing both ways too, toward casual or totally professional.  The “converse” type shoes are all the rage, so experiment with them.  Gold accented sandals and gold necklaces would be great too.  Or cognac boots and a denim jacket on top for those of you in the Northeast.  Denim jackets scream spring time chilly night-wear.

DID I PULL IT OFF?

One idea that POPped into my head is to take a selfie and investigate which fit looks best on you…according to YOU.  If YOU think it looks right, then you will feel that surge of confidence.  And then do the “Home Alone” slide and say, “YES!”

ALL WHITE (I dare you):

Try it!  Combine a white jean and a white tee.  Or try a linen white shirt over the white tee with gold shoes.  Make sure you have a white or gold or shimmery belt.  Oh, so beachy and cool looking.  It’s stunning!  Monochromatic, Hydromatic;  it’s Dressed Lightning!  I’m wearing the Vintage Soft Tee from Loft and necklace from Magnolia Market in Waco.  Watch my Trip To Magnolia Market – Fixer Upper VideoIMG_4146

Wear white and POP over soon!

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