Good morning, good afternoon and good evening, fashionistas and clothes-wearing friends. It is the third Thursday of the month which means it is time for Ageless Style 09.2023. Can you guess by the theme of this month’s prompt just who might have chosen it? You might think it was Jodie, who lives in Arizona, but she chose the theme for August, summer denim. It was I!! Your Chihuahuan Desert-dwelling friend!! I chose this month’s theme…southwestern flavor.
It was also my month to choose the theme for the Tell Us About link up for which I am co-host. For that prompt, I chose the word ‘legacy.’ Please check out that post coming out a bit later today, here.
Ageless Style 09.2023
You might remember we had Joanne’s choice for our Ageless Style post in July. One-n-done. I featured this Loft jumpsuit. Then the Ageless Style prompt for June was one of my favorites…leading ladies. The minute Bo announced the theme, I had an idea which leading lady’s look I wanted to recreate. You can find that post, here. It’s been a fun summer for this series.
Jodie selected the theme for last month’s post. Summer denim. I knew I had plenty of denim in the closet already…but had just seen this darling dress at Walmart online. At a price of under $15, I had to have it. If nothing else, I figured I could cut it up for rags if it just didn’t work for me as a dress. But BONUS – I loved it!! Have a look…summer denim.
I wanted my theme to represent the area where I live. Beautiful far west Texas. And in the last year or so I have added a number of southwest-inspired pieces to my closet. Many of them are more appropriate for the cooler temps of fall and winter. They are like old friends and I can’t wait to wear them again. So, you may be seeing more southwest looks on my blog and social media in the coming months.
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When I think of southwestern flavor, I think of cilantro, cumin and cayenne. And the colors associated with those spices…sage, goldenrod, terra cotta (parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme). Some of my favorite colors. Warm earth tones. Those are the colors featured in the kimono that serves as the focal point for my Ageless Style look for September.
For my birthday last spring, PC gave me a Versona gift card. Do you have a Versona store near you? Ours went into the space that had once been occupied by Charming Charlie. I was so sad when Charming Charlie closed up shop. But Versona is just as fabulous if not better because Versona has more clothing. And beautiful accessories, too. All very affordable. I used my gift card to buy this kimono and the little horsehead earrings.
The kimono is very long. Almost like a duster. This is the way I wore it the first time. JCP olive straight leg denim, Target orange tee and Cavender’s cowgirl boots.
When I wore it today, I channeled my friend Jodie, who always makes the cleverest adaptations to her clothing. Tied the long sleeves to the tails of the back of the kimono to make it shorter then paired it with my new Old Navy denim skirt and a Loft brown tee shirt. I think I like the kimono with the orange better than the dark brown. What do you think?
My white cowgirl boots are so comfortable!! I have enjoyed wearing them this spring and summer with skirts and dresses. Looking for a pair of comfy boots? Look no further…try these Globalwin western, low heel, walking boots (for Saloon Girls & Ladies according to Amazon).
Tying the sleeves and tail made the kimono shorter and more manageable with my skirt.
And here’s a close-up look at my cutie earrings. They are very lightweight and have a little bling around the edge of the horse. You know how saloon girls and women like their bling.
Not sure you are ready to embrace the southwest flavor in a big way? Try a pair of earrings like mine. Maybe a belt. I am hoping to pick up this turquoise buckle belt and/or the heading west belt at my Versona tomorrow. The heading west belt comes in pink or black.
I recently ordered this sweatshirt from Wonder Closets. waiting for it to arrive!! Wouldn’t it be cute with one of those belts?
I plan to exchange the Daisy Dukes shown above for either my denim skirt or a pale pink pleated skirt. Love that the colors are kind of unexpected for fall. I had hoped to have it for this post but the package has been sitting in Grand Prairie, Texas for 4 days. Waaaaaa!! Excited to finally be able put this look together if the package ever comes.
More Southwest Flavor
Still not sure about this trend? Here are few other outfits I have put together with subtle southwest styling.
Maybe you could try a fringed jacket? An Aztec print kimono. Cowgirl boots. Turquoise jewelry. A bandana or neckerchief. You don’t have to go whole hog or jump in with both feet. Just get your feet wet a little bit!!
For more inspiration, take a peek at another Versona find I featured in a Western Wear post in 01.2022. Can’t wait to wear this little number again real soon.
And look what I found at Versona yesterday…more little ways to work a bit of southwest into your wardrobe.
Walmart is getting in on the action, too. These Time and Tru western slouch boots are extremely affordable and earn good marks. Or maybe these Jikolililili lace-up retro mid-calf boots also available at Walmart.com. They look right off the range. And I found these boots in my local store.
What do you think of the southwest trend? Is it something you can see yourself wearing or one you will pass on? Maybe consider just sampling it with one little ingredient and see how it feels. It has become one of my favorite style aesthetics. And I can’t wait to see what my blogging buddies have put together. Let’s go find out!!
Amy ~ Amy’s Creative Pursuits
Bo ~ Bo’s Bodacious Blog
Joanne ~ My Slice of Life
Jodie ~ Jodie’s Touch of Style
Marsha~ Marsha in the Middle
Mireille ~ Chez Mireille Fashion Travel Mom
Rosemary ~ Distinctly Southern Style
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Off to double-check my suitcase. I wrote this post for Where Bloggers Live about what I was packing for my visit to my sister’s house. But then I unpacked it, removed a couple of things and added more casual outfits. We are going to be scrapbooking, hiking and scrapbooking some more. Also attending a University of Tennessee football game. Excited to have some down time with one of my favorite folks.
Speaking of favorite folks, thank YOU for stopping by today. I appreciate your visit!!
Hugs and kisses,