Sunday, January 29, 2012

Visible Monday #31: Black and Blue, In a Good Way

Welcome to Visible Monday #31! If you want to participate, it's so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the simple how-to.

I'm not breaking through any fashion barriers today, am I? I am in familiar territory, with a cozy knit top and black midi skirt. But I felt so good that my confidence made me more visible and I smiled at (almost) everyone. Being visible isn't only about the clothing, of course: it's also in our posture, our attitude, and our willingness to engage.

I love a horizontal stripe on top, and this Old Navy knit is just right. The dropped shoulder makes it a little more stylish, and how about those stripes lining up between sleeve and body? I also like an open neck like this - no itching, and it shows off collar bones (in my 50's, I am very particular about what gets "shown off").

I like to "surrender the waist" some days; thanks to Angie from You Look Fab for that phrase. It's a different look for me but I enjoy the change. The skirt is a recent thrift store purchase. It's by Randolph Duke, whom I believe sells via the Home Shopping Club. It's a nice medium weight swingy knit. Thrifted wedge boots and a leaf pendant from Forever21 are the final touches.



Nothing fancy, but it feels like me.



Odd kitties give silent approval.



I can't wait to see what you are wearing today!


The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple!
  1. Any Monday, whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
  2. Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post.
  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on this cute little link:


In the "Next Step", you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you're done!



35 comments:

  1. I love black and blue! You look great!

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  2. Simple but pretty.  The horizontal stripes are just the right size and a lovely color.  The whole outfit works.

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  3. I love it!! It looks so comfortable. My non-existant waist is optional everyday!!!

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  4. This is a great look on you Patti. Loving the big big blue stripes and it looks great with the long skirt. I feel that this is your signature look :)

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  5. Patti, I admire your effortless chic. You always look visible and beautiful. .

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  6. Pam@Over50feeling40January 29, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    I love this look...black and blue...it's great!  You look lovely!

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  7. You are always visible with that bright smile and beautiful hair! Speaking of black and blue, was it you who had a gorgeous blue velvet skirt a few months back? I could not find that post...

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  8. Hi Patti, I love relaxed shirts...you look wonderful in yours! Stripes are def. in this season, and I love it! Thanks for letting me link up. Have a great week!

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  9. Patti, your Visible Monday is really growing! Congratulations!  And I love your black-and-blue look...very Yves Saint Laurent.

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  10. OK, I had to giggle about the non-itching comment.

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  11. Blue with black is one of my favorite color combinations. 

    And the stripes have just the right width to them. The long pendant helps break up the lines - something I learned to do from Une Femme. 

    Thank you for hosting another great Visible Monday! xoxo

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  12. "surrender the waist" -- love that. you look so comfortable YET NOT FRUMPY! Bravo

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  13. I see you are looking gorgeous this monday too, dear Patti.
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  14. Patti, thank you for hosting, you always have such great response!!  How exciting!  I love your feather necklace!  Great collar bones!  I dress similar  to this for work with a skirt and a comfly sweater...it is the best way to be comfortable and stylish. You look classy and elegant.  dawn suitcase vignettes xo 

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  15. Love navy and black together. Sometimes different fit days are just necessary.

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  16. Hello, Patti! Thanks again for the joy that is Visible Monday. I am all stripy and somewhat blue-toned myself, today!

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  17. Patty, thank you for hosting the party! Love your outfit: simple, but very elegant!

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  18. Whoa, look at all the participants.  I need to come back and take some time to visit ALL of these blogs.

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  19. Whoa, look at all the participants.  I need to come back and take some time to visit ALL of these blogs.

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  20. Thanks so much for your comment on my site. It's scary starting a personal blog, but your Visible Monday is such a welcoming event. I have been following you for quite a while, but it's the first time to join VM. You look fab today! Your blog entries feel so genuine and I always look forward to seeing what's going on. I envy your warm weather!

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  21. Familiar territory is a good thing, especially next to the 'kitties.'  I'm learning about so many new blogs thanks to 'Visible Monday."  Thank you Patti.

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  22. I love those stripes! Very similar to a Club Monaco top I wore on the weekend. The black/indigo is an easy way to get the graphic punch of stripes without too high a contrast (which can sometimes feel too attention-getting).

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  23. You can't go wrong with stripes!  LOVE

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  24. Very pretty outfit on you.  Love the stripes.

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  25. Very classy as usual, I like this nautical stylish look. Navy blue is always elegant, it looks adorable when mixed with black stripes. Great outfit.

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  26. I have made it this week!
    Lovely outfit Patti

    Ariane xxxxxx

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  27. I really like the loose top with the long skirt, it give a great silhouette

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  28. Practical ParalegalismJanuary 31, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    You look beautiful! So glad to have figured out Visible Monday, too, and added several new style blogs to my RSS feed reader :)

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  29. Patti, you look gorgeous!! I heart stripes!(as u can see from my image here!) Thanks for hosting visible Monday!
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  30. Patti! I actually love this look...and I might copy it this week...haha lovin the loose top over the maxi skirt....Thanks for linking up!!!

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  31. I think black and blue is a very chic combo!

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