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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #26

Creating A Theme With Details

Posed standing holding my white cane in front of my counter As an analytical person, I like details. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’d have a fondness for details in my clothing.

When I got the workout capris I’m wearing in the photos I envisioned wearing them with sneakers, casual, and dressy shoes. The determining factor in the look I want to create relies heavily on the shoes. So when I found these fabulous strappy criss-cross strappy heeled pumps I knew they’d work with the capris.

The lattice hem feature on my capris gives them that little extra oomph while adding a long-sleeved light knit sweater with the heels takes them up an added notch. Did I mention the sweater also has lattice detailing on the shoulders?

Posed half seated on my bar stool with my white cane in my right hand. Rear shot of me standing displays the lattice hem on the back of capris Posed standing next to my counter holding my white cane in my right hand.

The combined pieces, capris, sweater, and pumps all share strappy features that work well together. Adding a silver-toned medallion on a faux leather necklace was the perfect accent.

What I wore:

  • Heather gray, long-sleeved, ribbed lattice detail sweater | Macy’s
  • Black lattice hem capris | Kohl’s
  • Black faux suede black pointed toe pumps with crisscross straps | DSW (link is to a comparable pair)
  • Silver-toned medallion on a faux leather necklace | ancient
  • Silver-toned cuff bracelet | ancient
  • Small embellished hoop earrings | Vera Wang Kohl’s
  • White cane

Have a nice weekend!

 

 

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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #25

How To Achieve A Casual Monochromatic Look

Selfie of me with my shades on in my son's car.When I’m feeling blue and my energy levels are down a monochromatic outfit is in order. Adding just a smidge of bling and some new shades helps to lift my spirits. I created yesterday’s low-key vibe by going with several shades of gray.

The ensemble consisted of a charcoal gray tank top, gray capris, light gray hoodie tied around my waist, and gray sneakers. Earrings, cuff bracelet, shades, and white cane made me appear as if I hadn’t a care in the world. It’s worth mentioning that I got the capris and shoes on sale, added stacked coupons, and used Ebates to accumulate cash back on my online purchases.

Trio collage of me posing in a standing position with my white cane.
Capris | Kohl’s; Sneakers | DSW

After I uploaded the collage in this post it occurred to me this look serves another purpose as well. The range of gray from light to dark and shades in between is a simple example of sight loss. The similarities, although on a grander scale, demonstrate what the loss of sight looks like from vision that is sharp to no sight at all. It’s anywhere in between these two where varying degrees of sight loss occur.

Blindness is not simply seeing vs. unseeing. This is why we have to use great care in assumptions. Many people, myself included, use a white cane or guide dog even though we have residual vision. We need this mobility tool(s) to navigate safely and to let others know we cannot see very well.

Have a very nice Friday and a fab weekend!