(ABOVE) I wore this to meet a girlfriend for lunch; the gingham pants are so cute and timeless.
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July 14, 2023 / Video Post Notes
SIMPLE ANKLE-PANTS OUTFIT
Gingham Ankle Pants, Ruffle-Neck Top, Bright Pink Crossbody Bag
I touched on the outfit-formula concept in my last post and I am bringing it up again today, because this is another simple outfit plan that I choose when I want to be comfortable and casual but still refined enough to feel polished and put together: a pretty blouse with ankle pants and ballet flats. I wore it to go to lunch with a girlfriend on a very hot and humid day. It was perfect.
This particular pair of Pants (which is now on sale) is in a timeless, black-and-white gingham print and a pencil-leg, side-zip style. I love this style of pants, because the flat front and slim-but-not-tight fit is so flattering. These are a mixture of 97% cotton and 3% spandex, so they have a slight stretch to them for added comfort and ease of movement.
As for this Ruffle-Neck Blouse (which also is on sale; therefore, availability is dwindling), it is winter-white and has ruffled half sleeves that make the blouse look so pretty and feminine. It’s perfect for a dressy occasion, for the office, for date night, for lunch with friends as I show it here, or even with jeans and sandals. It’s perfect for hot summer days, but because of the seasonless material it also can be worn straight through the fall, too.
I have paired this outfit with a pair of Black Stretch-Knit Ballet Flats that I recently bought. I was looking for something cute and comfortable that I could wear year-round here in Florida for running errands. These flats were exactly what I wanted. They come with two pairs of inner soles and both the shoes and inner sales can be machine washed. Although they have some padding, they do not have arch support, so if that is an issue they may not be for you. I love them with refined pants, jeans, linen tie-waist pants, short skirts, and skorts.
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Janis Lyn Johnson
Classic-Style Lover. Happily Married. Born in 1960. Fan of Understated, Timeless Fashion and Healthy Living.
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Note: I am 5’8” tall; size XS or 0-2 in most tops (PP at Talbots, XXS at Ann Taylor, J.Crew); size 2 or S in most pants, and size 26 in most jeans; size 9.5-10 in most shoes.
What I Wore
Ruffle-Neck Blouse (now on sale, so sizes are becoming limited)
Gingham Pants (now on sale; 97% cotton and 3% spandex)
(ABOVE & BELOW) Classic Black Sunglasses (narrow, medium, wide widths available). Also in Tortoise or Pink. These are such comfortable sunglasses, because I was able to choose the frame width I preferred (narrow).
(ABOVE & BELOW) The bracelets were gifts from my husband. Pictured left to right: David Yurman, Lagos, Roberto Coin, Lagos. The diamond and blue sapphire ring is an heirloom from my mother. On my other hand (not shown) I’m wearing my Boucheron Quatre Large, 18K Gold and Diamond Eternity Band Ring, a get-well/stay-well gift from my husband two years ago (preloved here).
My Handbag and What’s Inside
(ABOVE & BELOW) I bought the Salvatore Ferragamo Gancini Mini Bag last fall, because it’s so versatile. The strap is removable, allowing it to be used as a clutch, shoulder bag, or crossbody bag. Currently, it is available in peach, black, or green. At some sites, it is on sale (see below). For another outfit showing this handbag, see my October ’22 Blog Post.
Green Ferragamo Bag (Farfetch on sale)
(ABOVE) This slim Prada Saffiano Leather Card Holder comes in several different colors. I like to use it in smaller handbags, because it takes up so little room.
(ABOVE & BELOW) To make my keys easier to locate and keep them from scratching/dirtying the inside of my bag–or other leather items inside my bag–I carried this Pink Faux-Snake Key Pouch (also Walmart).
(ABOVE) Because space is limited in this handbag, I chose to use my Blue-and-White Check Key Pouch for my Lipstick (Sheer Rose), Lip Brush, hand sanitizer, and other cosmetics. It takes up less room than cosmetic pouches. These BPA-Free Mini Cosmetic Jars come in a set of 25, and are $6.99. Choice of black, blue, pink, lavender, or clear lids.
(ABOVE & BELOW) I don’t know what I would do without this Retractable Dual-Ended Lip Brush. It has a fine, pointed brush for lining the lips and a flat, small brush for filling in lips. I keep one on my cosmetic table at home and one in the handbag I’m carrying that day–along with my Chanel Dual-Sided Mirror.
(ABOVE & BELOW) I bought this iPhone Clear Protective Case With Card Slot, because it can hold a credit card (here, I’m showing it with my business card). When I’m shopping at Whole Foods and need to scan the Prime Code on my phone, I also have my Prime credit card at the ready. It’s so handy!
(ABOVE) In the car, about 45 minutes after filming, just before meeting my friend for lunch. (BELOW) During filming that morning. On my lips: Gabriel Lipstick, Sheer Rose (orange pink/cool creme).
Gabriel Powder Blush, Willow
Gabriel Lipstick, Sheer Rose (orange pink/cool creme)
Gold Dual-Ended Retractable Lip Brush, for lining and filling-in lips with lip color
Sigma E21 Smudge Brush, to smudge liner on lid and under lower eyelashes (Neiman Marcus)
Set of Four Portable Eyelash Combs, Pink, to comb out mascara
Nourish Organic Shea Butter, I rotate this with petroleum jelly (Amazon)
1-Ounce Glass Jars (Set of 6), for storing Petroleum Jelly, Shea Butter, Etc. (Amazon)
(ABOVE & BELOW) This Pink Makeup Brush Set & Case comes with 12 synthetic, soft face, eye, and lip brushes, a makeup sponge, and this beautiful faux-leather case. It’s such a wonderful value for under $25. I have been using the set to do my makeup for the past five months, because the brushes are so soft; they don’t irritate my sensitive skin.
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