52 responses

  1. miranda
    September 7, 2011

    Love your long shift. I’m soooo envious of your beautiful arms!

  2. DaniBP
    September 7, 2011

    I love your hair I think it’ beautiful!
    Elephants are a particular favorite of mine so I do love that dress, and yes you have the arms for it.
    Your JCrew Liberty shirt is perfect on you as well. Lovely writing in this post as always.

  3. Susan Tiner
    September 7, 2011

    I’m going to be saying “cost per wear, baby” all day now.

  4. Mary anne
    September 7, 2011

    5 pairs of identical khakis? Yeah, so? Thanks for the giggle. Good points, as always

  5. Jan
    September 7, 2011

    I have no problem with colors (although it took me 36 years to get to that point), but black patterned with brown elephants? I could never pull that off. Go, Lisa.

  6. Lara of Long Beach
    September 7, 2011

    I’m with Susan on “cost per wear, baby”! I’m guilty of having 7 pairs (much less 5) of black stretch “garbo” pants that I wear almost exclusively. They blend into all my combos which, of course, are all black-compatible. I’m slowly embracing some other colors….muted colors: silver grey, dove grey, amethyst, French blue, a soft sage. It seems these are colors that go well with my greying hair. Gold jewelry has changed to silver. Soon….no, really…..I plan on getting some new non-stretchy, non-black pants…….honest. Submit.

  7. hostessofthehumblebungalow
    September 7, 2011

    I am nodding yes to the scrunchie and the casual up do!

    09/07/11
    12:55 pm
    Flo said...

    Also nodding, mmm. Yes to insouciant.

  8. The Preppy Princess
    September 7, 2011

    Both looks are really lovely on you Miss Privilege, I particularly like the Liberty Gap blouse, I bet the print pops when seen in person. You know me, never one to shy away from color!

    BTW, I’m with all those understanding the amortization rate with investment pieces, it almost always works out to being a very savvy purchase.

    Sending you a smile,
    tp

  9. Ida
    September 7, 2011

    Yep 7 for all Mankind jeans are definitely great for short legs,as I have parted company from jeans any tips on trousers for shortie legs what designer caters for us?

    Love scrunchies but wish I could find something different from my velvet ones not much choice in the shops over here. Ida

  10. Laura
    September 7, 2011

    I like that you are showing more real life photo examples. I also like the sound of those 7 for all Mankind jeans. Thanks for the tip!

  11. Wendy
    September 7, 2011

    Love the shots and love your writing! Artsy Cousin makes me laugh!

  12. valentine
    September 7, 2011

    I own 13 identical BB white shirts and 3 pairs of black BB gabardine pants. To add color, I finally started wearing Hermes silk squares in colors that go with the black and white. It has worked for all seasons!

  13. Susan
    September 7, 2011

    Cost per wearing should be everyone’s mantra. If only it could be known from the outset that the shoes/dress/pants/ etc would be a real success.

  14. Blighty
    September 7, 2011

    I really like your hair, both when loose and when tied back, very elegant indeed.

  15. Terri
    September 7, 2011

    The hair is insouciant…but it is the main thing I’m noticing about both photos. I am jealous that your locks are ahead of mine in the greying department, but looks so full and healthy. Must try a pair of those jeans.

  16. Laura
    September 7, 2011

    If I love it, I buy it in every color available. Rainbow on auto-pilot.

  17. BarbaraG
    September 7, 2011

    You are an inspiration. Lisa, I love your choices. And here! here! to your glorious hair. Dressing well may well be social anthropology but it fun, too.
    BarbaraG

  18. BarbaraG
    September 7, 2011

    Lisa,
    A correction–I quoted you incorrectly–
    style anthropology (not social).
    BarbaraG

  19. materfamilias
    September 7, 2011

    Very nice! I’ve been moving from the other direction (louder, brighter) and am sidling towards quieter, less prints — might meet you in the middle ;-)

  20. kathy
    September 7, 2011

    You’ve got to explain how wide legged jeans with flats can possibly make one’s legs look longer. I’m an artist, and it doesn’t make sense to me, and yet somehow, I trust you. And, since my legs aren’t long enough either, this is a really crucial question for me. Geometrically, it doesn’t make sense. Maybe with high heels or platforms hidden under the bell at the bottom? Have I been wearing the wrong fit jeans my whole life? Sort of having an existential panic attack and hope you answer soon.

  21. Jane
    September 7, 2011

    Well done oh glamorous one.

    Sturdy my butt.

    Effortlessly chic is more like it.

    Have you seen J.Crew’s new yellow raincoat?

    Do I want it to be my birthday present to myself?

    Dog walking, bus riding,dashing off to the library?

    ???

    xo jane

  22. Jane
    September 7, 2011

    Did I say J. Crew when I meant Anthropologie?

    oops.

    09/09/11
    6:13 am
    Flo said...

    Jane, can’t find the “new yellow raincoat” online at Anthro, can you link us there?

  23. Lynda
    September 7, 2011

    Although my profile pic shows me in a jewel-tone tie-dye T-shirt, that is the lone item in my wardrobe so wildly colored and patterned. Being an old hippie I just couldn’t help myself.

    That said, my wardrobe basics consist of jeans, khakis, LL Bean pima cotton tees with a slowly increasing collection of lovely white cotton shirts. (I’m a Domestic Goddess living in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California, and rarely have occasion to wear anything more formal.) My tees are in colors I’ve found to be flattering: hot pink, whisper soft pink, light and dark teal, Kelly green. I wear the pastels and whites far more often than the brights (or the tie-dye).

    As important to me as color is simplicity of, or perhaps I should say, lack of pattern. Although I think it can look fantastic on others, I can’t abide it on my own clothes. Makes me twitchy.

  24. Lynda
    September 7, 2011

    Oops on the profile pic. That’s on Google. =:o

  25. metscan
    September 7, 2011

    First, you have wonderfully thick hair. Please keep it natural. I do like it tied up better though.
    I also like your outfit 2 a lot.
    About colors. Less is more.

  26. That’s Not My Age
    September 8, 2011

    I’m a member of the Quiet Dressers Club but I’m slowly allowing a splash of colour into my wardrobe.

  27. Jessica
    September 8, 2011

    color (makes) me happy!

  28. Luna
    September 8, 2011

    Lisa, I think in your avoidance of the loud and too bright, you actually wear the perfect colors for your coloring. I sense a True (Cool) or Light Summer here…

    http://mayteegarzapca.shutterfly.com/12-tonepictures

  29. Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita
    September 8, 2011

    You look fabulous no matter what! It is all about staying true to yourself and what works for you. And yes – cost per wear, baby!

  30. Englishvers
    September 8, 2011

    Ah, how happy and well you look with those beautiful arms and that glorious head of hair. I adore colour during the summer months, but shy away from said colours during the winter & autumn months.

  31. kathy
    September 8, 2011

    Tried the Gingers, too wide for me, but the original boot cut, dark rinse, no “whiskering” are perfect. Bloomingdales was having a denim sale, so I bought 3 pairs in dark denim, one in black. Thanks for guiding me to my perfect jean, since that’s pretty much all I wear.

  32. The Style Crone
    September 8, 2011

    Your blog is fabulous, as is your hair and the wonders of the color blue.

  33. Karena
    September 8, 2011

    Lisa you look great, very together, comfortable, classic.

    PS I have done the cost per wear for years!! Works for me!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

  34. Blighty
    September 9, 2011

    Hi Lisa, hope you don’t mind, I mentioned you re the mysterious Arm Party in my post today xx

  35. Paula
    September 9, 2011

    Hi Lisa! I am curious about your hair – I had a Lisa with much shorter hair on my mind until I saw your recent photos. Can you tell us more about it? Was it a decision to let it grow long? Did you read Poppissima’s posting on grey hair about one and a half years ago? Your hair is blonde, of course!

    My new hairdresser won’t allow me to wear my hair anylonger than shoulder-lenght, no bra-strap-length if he were to decide.

  36. Duchesse
    September 9, 2011

    Putumayo! Who knew! You have gone to the artsy side and I like it! What’s next, big pearls? And your pensive blue: the intense yet restrained way you put it together! A deep blue palette embraces you.

    Lisa, your Sturdy cred is in serious jeopardy.

  37. Lisa
    September 9, 2011

    Miranda – Thank you. As the rest of me declines, gotta go with the arms:).

    DaniBP – Thank you! How cute that elephants are a favorite.

    Susan Tiner – I can only imagine:).

    Mary anne – Ha! My pleasure.

    Jan – The elephants are, to be honest, kind of camoflaged in by the batik.

    Lara – Your colors sound gorgeous. It will be a big step, non-black pants. Might require a massage, after. I’d go to silver for the hair but my skin tone calls me back to gold. Also? Silver allergy…

  38. Lisa
    September 9, 2011

    Hostess – Thank you!

    TPP – The print for the Liberty shirt really is gorgeous – you’re right to imagine it popping.

    Ida – Thank for the confirmation! For trousers/short legs here in the US Banana Republic Martin fit works very well on me. Otherwise, um, Armani wide legs? Or Bernard Zins (German). Unfortunately I haven’t tried any lower price European goods.

    Laura – Ah good. As you can imagine I debate whether or not to go this route of self-picturing. If it’s useful, I’ll continue.

  39. Lisa
    September 9, 2011

    Wendy – Thank you! Laughing is my favorite.

    Valentine – OK. ‘Fess up. Which BB white shirts?

    Susan – Yeah, I know. That is the risk. *she says with a glance at the white cashmere Kiton suit in her closet….*

    Blighty – Well thank you! I think I shall call it an accessory from now on:).

    Flo – I thought of you and your Artsy Cousin Polyvores when I wore that dress. I did.

    Terri – My hormones, and therefore my hair, haven’t figured out I’m 54. My joints on the other hand got the early memo.

    09/10/11
    8:04 am
    Flo said...

    “Flo – I thought of you and your Artsy Cousin Polyvores…”

    I SO regret pulling those down. But a point proving itself from that action is that High Wasps can’t stand too much public exposure, even from behind a veil!

  40. Lisa
    September 9, 2011

    Laura – I love that. Rainbow auto-pilot.

    BarbaraG – Your words are deeply appreciated. And heckyeah to fun:).

    Mater – See you there. Round about turquoise?

    Kathy – I am so glad you found some 7s that fit you. Totally get that the flares might be too wide but I think the general principle applies! Short-legs represent!

    Jane – Flo wants to know:).

    Lynda – Hehe. We are all old hippies here and there:). I love the Santa Cruz mountains, and spent last Sunday in Pescadero just for fun.

  41. Lisa
    September 9, 2011

    Metscan – Thank you. I only let it down for short events. Otherwise it drives me nuts.

    That’s Not My Age – See you inside:).

    Jessica – We all have to know our profiles…

    Luna – How fun if I have gotten to the right spot, even if I did it by backing up.

    Stephanie – Thank you. It takes some of us 50 years to grow into who we are.

    Englishvers – Thank you. And I hadn’t even considered the seasonal aspect…

  42. Lisa
    September 9, 2011

    The Style Crone – Cheers to blue! Thank you so mcuh.

    Karena – Thanks!

    Blighty- I’m thrilled to play a role on your wonderful blog.

    Flo – Let’s see if Jane hears our pleas.

    Paula – I’ve been growing out my hair since, hmm, last November. Stopped coloring it then too. I’ve documented the process a bit here, but more so maybe over at Rock the Silver.

    Duchesse – Ha! Keishi pearls maybe? But I tell you, Sturdy is also of the heart:).

  43. Sarah (Semi Expat)
    September 10, 2011

    Wish I could wear more colour but apart from a few splashes of orange it is very much missing in my wardrobe. Love your liberty print shirt and your maxi. And the ‘cost per wear, baby’ comment too! x

  44. Madeline
    September 10, 2011

    Keep up the fashion input! As a recent returnee from Artsy Cousin back to Sturdy Girl, I need all the help I can get to find my way back into the fold. I fear appearing too mannish, due to , um well. more sturdiness than you. Lead on!
    Madeline
    Aka Muffy

  45. belle de ville
    September 10, 2011

    Cost per wear is my mantra.
    You look great btw. I love the artsy cousin outfit.

  46. Ida
    September 12, 2011

    Thanks Lisa on my next trip to London will check them out. Ida

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