There's something summery about clothes that billow in the breeze, loose fitting yet drape the body just enough to float airily and swing effortlessly as we walk. This Valerie Stevens blouse, courtesy of Stage Stores has it all, plus it's perfect for the soaring Arizona temperatures, and the best part - it's currently on sale for $9.99. Click on any of the pictures below to take you right to the store whilst it's still available.
The split back is a high trending style right now, but not always the best trend for us midlife ladies. This top has a double layer, so as the back splits open, the under layer keeps us covered... perfect! In addition, the double layer adds interesting detail as it's tiered at the front. There's a small zipper at the back, but I don't use it as the neck opening is big enough to pull over the head without opening the zip. What I really love is how the shoulders cut away slightly which gives a really dainty and feminine look.
To amp up the glam factor, I added an embellished fabric collar necklace. It's also white, but has some different textured beads and bling to add sparkle. It lends a little something special to break up the long line of the top. This is an old necklace from a few years back when the collar necklaces were really big! I love being able to combine an older trend with a current look. You could also add a colored necklace to tone in with another part of your outfit. A long tassel necklace would look lovely, or a chunky gold chain around the neckline - gold looks beautiful with white.
These skinny cropped pants work the best from what I had in my wardrobe, and I like the overall look with heels as they add balance. When a top is longer as this one is, it can make legs look shorter, so a pair of heels counteract that. The Chanel clutch bag added some indulgence! Since everything else was inexpensive I don't feel in the least bit guilty!
This same Valerie Stevens top also comes in a Medallion print and a Black and White print... all on sale! Thank you to Stage Stores for the wonderful addition to my summer wardrobe.
Have a wonderful week lovelies!
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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