Dresses ~ What I Wore

After a long winter it’s refreshing to slip on a pretty dress. Here’s a look at the dresses my readers have been wearing lately.

Regal In PurpleRegal In Purple

Do your recognize Donna? She’s a regular contributor to my weekly What I Wore post.

Donna looks stunning in a deep, jewel-tone shade of purple that suits her winter coloring. She’s accented that with touches of silver to make the look pretty and polished.

Purple happens to be one of my favorite colors because it looks so regal and also suggests creativity. (Check out my post on what purple communicates and tips for wearing purple to find out more about what I mean.)

Just lovely, Donna!

Tips for wearing purple

Classic Color Block

Julia, 48  from Washington, D.C., injects color into her wardrobe by using the color blocking technique.

She’s paired a fuchsia dress with an orange fitted blazer to create a polished and playful look. Her matching bag and shoes are the icing on the cake!

Want to get Julia’s look? Read my post, “Color Blocking Over 40: How To Get The Look”.

Color Blocking Over 40: How To Get The Look


Bold and Beautiful

When you see a woman wearing a dress she loves the joy comes shining through, and that’s certainly the case here. Georgette looks radiant in this stunning wrap dress that’s the perfect silhouette for her very feminine, curvy shape.

The geometric print is bold and modern. Not everyone would have the confidence to pull that off but Georgette manages it beautifully. I love the combination of the black and green. It’s so rare and fresh.

You look ready to hit the town Georgette!

Summer dresses for women over 40

A Twist on a Traditional Maxi Dress

The Maxi dress is one of the more popular summer dresses for women.

Jyothi shies away from prints and bold colors but recently celebrated the start of spring with this 100% silk maxi dress in eggplant/brown.

Although Jyothi is only 5’3″, she loves the romantic, lightweight, breezy and fresh feel of this long bohemian-style dress.


Menswear-Inspired Shirtdress

Pamela, 48, from California sent in this photo of herself wearing a Tommy Hilfiger men’s shirtdress with a belt that looks and feels like a man’s tie. She paired it with a pair of Vince Camuto wedges and says it’s extremely comfortable. To learn about other ways to wear a shirtdress check out this post I did a while back. april-emerald-dress

Elegant in Emerald

So you think red carpet looks are out of your budget? Think again! April, a 48 year old mother to two has put together this fabulous look using thrift store finds for less. April describes herself as “a fashionista who loves to take my thrifty and vintage finds to create high fashion looks on a budget.”

Color Me Fabulous

No Fear

Antoinette, a fashion blogger and self-proclaimed budget fashionista, sure has no fear of color. This Pashmina scarf in her favorite hues is one of her wardrobe staples and gets lots of wear due to its versatility.

Scarves are a great way to dress up a casual outfit or add color to plain colored outfits.   For more tips on injecting color into your wardrobe, check out my popular eBook, “Color Me Fabulous”. Download your copy today!

I love hearing from you and cheering you on, Glam Gals!
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  1. Debbie Grundgeiger says:

    Julia has put together a perfect outfit. It looks great on her.

  2. Kim Bell says:

    Love the Color Block. I never would have thought to put those two colors together. I also like the Flower Power look also love the shoes.

  3. Corinne Garrett says:

    Diana looks cute and sassy, ready for a party. Great use of the floral trend and love the shoes. Nothing “old lady” about this floral.

    I LOVE Julia’s color blocking outfit – what great pop! The only thing I would have done differently is to use a gold necklace instead – she had gold fittings on her purse and gold buttons on that great blazer.

    Jyothi didn’t pick a color that flatters or looks like Spring. This one would have stayed in the closet with the rest of my winter things until fall. Boho and maxis are fine – wouldn’t this dress be gorgeous in a lighter shade of any color?

    Tracy looks very casual and practical. Not exactly fashion – more like “run the errands and hope no one publishes a picture” She doesn’t look braggin’ rights best in this, although she’s a beautiful woman.

    • CeeCee Bailey says:

      Julia looks great but I feel that Diana’s dress is too short for her age. She has the figure for it, but I am a believer in “just because you can doesn’t mean you should!” I also agree with Corinne’s comments about the other two outifts.