4 In Style

I need some fancy in my outfits, do you?

fancy-2I have a friend who enjoys clothes nearly as much as I do. She wanted me to check out a jewelry sample sale with her at one of our favorite local boutiques. How could I say no? We checked out the jewelry and also the newly delivered clothes and accessories that had come in for early fall. My friend spotted a handbag that intrigued her and asked my opinion. I thought it looked great on her.

“You try it on,” she said. I did, but it just fell flat on me.

The sales associate offered her opinion. “Brenda, you’re more fancy than that bag is,” she said.

She was right. I don’t know that I would have explained it that way but I loved the word she used: fancy. Yes, I don’t feel right if I’m wearing fabrics that are all dull or jewelry that doesn’t have any bling to it. I like polished fabrics, patent leather shoes, a cluster of sequins or beads appliquéd on a sweater. I wouldn’t wear those things from head-to-toe. I just need sheen, luster, or luminescence to represent about twenty percent of my outfit. It makes me feel happier, cheerier, even more youthful.

As I read more about it, I think I’m more of an introvert than I thought. And having something “fancy” in an outfit helps me be out in the world with more confidence and ease. At least that’s how I feel at this moment in September.

How about you? Do you like wearing clothes or accessories that have some bling to them? How much fancy do you need in your outfits?



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  • Reply
    Faithful fan, Pat
    September 13, 2014 at 8:04 am


    You are the greatest!! Thank you for helping me understand why I have worn a neutral toned tee to death this summer!!
    I live in the coastal zone of Southern California, too humid and warm during the day for the third piece, namely a cardigan., but a plain tee is too boring. Found a sage, tan, sand, cream, touch of chocolate with small shiny beads. Just enough to make me feel less sporty, beachy or whatever.

    Having this realization is going to be so helpful with future purchases.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    A faithful fan,

    • Reply
      Brenda Kinsel
      September 14, 2014 at 10:20 am

      I love when those realizations happen! Good for you! Your description about the alternative — “sporty, beach-y, whatever”– is such a different style direction. Thank goodness tees come in a variety of styles so we can all be happy. Thanks for sharing, Pat. I look forward to hearing what you come up with in your future purchases. To style!

  • Reply
    September 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Hi Brenda,
    I just came across this blog post and to answer your question: Most definitely! I need a little bit of fancy every day I get dressed. Bling is good. So is faux fur, leather, suede, patent, knit bobbles—really anything that catches the eye qualifies. And prints are a must. I don’t feel dressed if I am wearing all solid colors. The outfit feels way too staid and uniform-like and leaves me craving a pattern to spark some interest. Thank goodness the past few years of fashion have brought a lot more bright colors and funky patterns into the realm of possibility when we get dressed. It’s saved me from a lot of boring mornings.!

    • Reply
      Brenda Kinsel
      September 25, 2014 at 10:10 am

      I love the images of the “fancifulness” of your outfits–the suede, leather, patent, etc. So if you have a minute, will you elaborate on the prints you’re loving? I’m sitting here in stripes (which I love) but they aren’t fancy in this long-sleeved cotton t-shirt. Although I am wearing black patent (fancy!) sneakers and an interesting vest and shiny earrings. I’m off for a highly anticipated writing day! Recently I bought a blouse in a nature print. The blouse is very sheer and I wear thanks under it but it makes me feel very feminine. I’m with you: boring mornings be gone!!! Thanks for your comment!

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