timeless style red cardigan, white tee, short skirt, ferragamo gancini shoulder bag, jljbacktoclassic

(ABOVE) I wore this outfit recently to meet a girlfriend for lunch. The sweater looks new, but it’s actually more than 20 years old. Classic pieces truly are timeless.

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August 15, 2023 / Video Post Notes


Red and White Nautical Skirt, White Tee, Red Cardigan and Ferragamo Shoulder Bag

The weather is quite hot now–97 Fahrenheit and very humid–so I have been wearing my cute summer skirts. That means I’m turning to my “Short Skirt Uniform” often, an outfit formula made up of a short skirt, top, sweater, and sandals. Because each of the items is timeless, they can easily be mixed and matched with other classic items in my closet.

This Nautical-Theme Skirt is a side-zip, A-line style in a wonderful canvas material made up of 97% cotton and 3% spandex. It’s so comfortable! It’s also part of a huge sale going on right now, so it’s more than half off of the original price.

My V-Neck Tee Shirt is made of pima cotton and has a slightly longer short sleeve, which I think makes it look just a bit more refined. With the tee I’m wearing a cardigan I bought at Ann Taylor more than 20 years ago. I found similar crewneck red cardigans at Land’s End, Old Navy, and GAP Factory; and a red v-neck cardigan at  New York and Company.

I love red mixed with navy, white, grey, or black. You can see the four I found on line pictured down below–along with a photograph of me wearing this cardigan in July 2003, when I was visiting my parents at Hound Ears in North Carolina. You just can’t go wrong with a classic cardigan. It’s the perfect year-round, lady like layering piece.

I’ve had my White Leather Demi-Wedge Sandals for several years and wear them spring through summer. I love a white kitten-heel sandal! These are slightly padded and are so comfortable that I can wear them for walking around a shopping center. The heel is just high enough to elongate and flatter the leg. Whenever I plan to wear white jeans or a trouser, skirt or dress that has white in it–and I want a dressier sandal that’s also easy to walk in–these are one of the pairs I consistently choose.

For photographs of all of these items, as well as the items in my handbag, simply scroll down the page.

I hope you are staying cool wherever you are. Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and I will write again soon.

~ Janis

Janis Lyn Johnson
Classic-Style Lover. Happily Married. Born in 1960. Fan of Understated, Timeless Fashion and Healthy Living.

My Previous Posts:

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Timeless Fashion: 10 Classic Navy Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
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Vlog: Kate Spade Wicker Bag, Sweater Set, White Pleated Skirt OOTD; Lunch Jane’s Cafe, Naples, FL
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Vlog: SLG’s in My Louis Vuitton Trouville; Shirtdress OOTD; Lunch Campiello, Naples, FL
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Vlog: Fendi Selleria Mini Peekaboo, Tan Tunic Sweater, White Jeans OOTD; Lunch The 239, Naples, FL
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Vlog: Christian Dior Lady Dior Bag, Leopard Top, Ivory Trousers OOTD; Lunch Ridgway, Naples, FL
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Vlog: Louis Vuitton Vernis Alma BB, Pink Cardigan, Ruffle Blouse, Grey Pants OOTD; Lunch Sante Fe Cafe, Waterside Shops, Naples, FL
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Vlog: Louis Vuitton SLG’s in My Ralph Lauren RL Handbag; Striped Oxford Shirt, Ankle Jeans, Cardigan; Lunch Grain de Cafe, Naples, FL
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Timeless Fashion: 10 Classic Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
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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

Timeless Fashion, Grandfluencer Janis Lyn Johnson, Ann Taylor Red Cardigan

Timeless Fashion, Classic Fashion Grandfluencer Janis Lyn Johnson, Red Cardigan

Timeless Fashion, Classic Fashion Grandfluencer Janis Lyn Johnson, Red Cardigan 2

Timeless Fashion, Classic Fashion Grandfluencer Janis Lyn Johnson, Red Cardigan 3

Classic Fashion Grandfluencer Janis Lyn Johnson, Red Cardigan, red Ferragamo Shoulder Bag

talbots pima cotton white v-neck tee

Pima Cotton Tee (more colors available)

land's end cotton cardigan, red

Red Cardigan, Land’s End

old navy red womens cardigan, cropped

Red Cardigan, Old Navy

GAP Factory red cardigan

Red Cardigan, GAP Factory

Red Cardigan, New York and Company

talbots canvas a-line skirt, sail away, red and white

Red and White Nautical A-Line Skirt (currently on sale!)

bernardo miami demi wedge sandal

White Leather Demi-Wedge Sandals (more colors available)

63-year-old classic style grandfluencer janis lyn johnson, cole haan clear sunglasses

(ABOVE)  I like clear-frame sunglasses because they can be worn with anything. These are by Cole Haan and are quite old. See similar Cole Haan Sunglasses on sale.

cole haan 56mm clear-frame sunglasses, cat-eye shape

Timeless Fashion, Classic Fashion grandfluencer Janis Lyn Johnson, Sweater Set, July 2003, NC

(ABOVE) Here, I’m wearing my Ann Taylor Red Cardigan in July 2003, along with its matching shell. Standing left to right are my middle brother, me, my mother, my older brother, and my father (who passed away the following spring). Note: I still have and love the Polo Ralph Lauren Blackwatch Plaid bag, along with a matching duffel bag for travel.


My Handbag and What’s Inside

classic style grandfluencer janis lyn johnson with red ferragamo gancini shoulder bag

(ABOVE) I bought this Salvatore Ferragamo Gancini Shoulder Bag at our local Ferragamo store in October 2013. The size and shape of this bag make it work well with both casual and dressy outfits. It really is a perfect size. I wish they still made it, because I also love the understated gold gancini hardware. To create a similar look, I found several current handbags that also would work well with this outfit. See them below.

polo ralph lauren waxed leather mini bellport tote, scarlet

Polo Ralph Lauren

lauren ralph lauren crosshatch leather medium danni bag, red

Lauren Ralph Lauren

ralph lauren collection rl50 classic red mini bag

Ralph Lauren Collection

Tiffany and Fred Red Leather Shoulder Bag

Tiffany and Fred (on sale)

inside my ferragamo gancini shoulder bag, mark and graham key pouch, jljbacktoclassic

(ABOVE) Here, I’m showing the Leather Zip Card Case/Key Pouch, which I had monogrammed. It has a lobster-claw keyring inside to hold my keys, but I also use it to hold credit cards, cash, and coins.

mark and graham leather mini card case, key holder

classic style, mark and graham card holder and cosmetic pouch, jljbacktoclassic

(ABOVE) Along with my Leather Zip Card Case/Key Pouch, I also carried a Leather Zip Cosmetic Pouch. It comes in this size and a size larger, but I like this one the best because it fits in my smaller handbags, too. Inside my pouch, I stored my Dual-End Lip Brush, 10ML Glass Hand Sanitizer/Perfume Spray Bottle, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Perfume, Pocket-Size Lint-Removal Sheets, Pink Swiss Army Knife, and 3-Gram BPA-Free Mini Cosmetic Jars that I filled with hand lotion and Triple-Purified Petroleum Jelly.

mark&graham small leather tassel-zipper pouch colors available

Leather Zip Cosmetic Pouch


Dual-End Lip Brush

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Intense Mini Twist Spray, 3 x .2 FL OZ or .7 FL OZjpg

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Perfume

3-gram, bpa-free cosmetic jars, set of 25, at amazon

3-Gram BPA-Free Mini Cosmetic Jars (set of 25, and are $6.99. Choice of black, blue, pink, lavender, or clear lids)

20-pack glass 10ml refillable spray bottle

10ML Glass Hand Sanitizer/Perfume Spray Bottle

swiss army knife, mini pastel pink, Amazon

Pink Swiss Army Knife

hollywood pocket-size lint-remval sheets, amazon

Pocket-Size Lint-Removal Sheets

timeless style, mark and graham leather zip cosmetic case, monogrammed, janis lyn johnson

classic style, prada saffiano leather card holder, jljbacktoclassic

(ABOVE & BELOW) I often use this Prada Saffiano Leather Card Case, because it holds a generous number of cards (six slots), as well as cash and coins in the middle compartment–all in a slim size that’s perfect for small bags.

prada saffiano leather card holder, fiery red

timeless style, Boucheron quatre large ring, michele white silicone-band watch, jljbacktoclassic

(ABOVE) I’ve had this White Michele Deco Sport Watch With Silicone Strap for about 8 years and wear it with casual outfits all year long. The square-face style currently is available in this Michele Deco Sport Watch with White Silicone Strap and also this Michele Deco Sport Watch with Lilac Silicone Strap; for more Michele watches, visit Neiman Marcus. The Boucheron Quatre Large, 18K Gold and Diamond Eternity Band Ring was given to me by my hubby two years ago (preloved here). 

michele deco sport two-tone silicone strap watch, white

Michele Deco Sport Watch with White Silicone Strap (more Neiman Marcus)

michele deco sport two-tone silicone strap watch

Michele Deco Sport Watch with Lilac Strap (more Neiman Marcus)


Boucheron Quatre Large, 18k gold, diamonds (preloved here)


My Makeup

clean, classic beauty over 60, janis lyn johnson, age 63, august 2023

(ABOVE) My mother gave me the pink sapphire and diamond necklace for Valentine’s day years ago; see a similar Necklace with garnet. See similar Garnet Earrings. For all the makeup products I’m wearing, see below.

ross simons garnet rope-edge earrings, 14kt yellow gold

Garnet Earrings

ross simons garnet bar necklace in 14kt yellow gold


Garnet and 14KT Gold Bar Necklace (similar to my pink sapphire necklace)


Mineral Fusion Powder Foundation, Warm 3 (Amazon, Walmart)

rms beauty lip2cheek lip and cheek color, beloved

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Lip and Cheek Color, Beloved, on my cheeks and lips),


Gold Dual-Ended Retractable Lip Brush, for lining and filling-in lips with lip color


Honest Beauty Get It Together Eyeshadow Palette, Burnt Mocha (brown) shade wetted, used as liner above and under lashes (Ulta, Target)


Sigma E21 Smudge Brush, to smudge liner on lid and under lower eyelashes (Neiman Marcus)


RMS Beauty Un-Powder Powder, for setting eyeliner (Nordstrom, Amazon)


Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer in One (Ulta, Amazon, Target)


Set of Four Portable Eyelash Combs, Pink, to comb out mascara


Vaseline Triple Purified, 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly, applied to cheeks and cheekbones as highlighter (Amazon)


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)

Zoreya 13-piece pink makeup brush, sponge set with faux leather case

Pink Makeup Brush Set & Case (12 synthetic, soft face, eye, and lip brushes, a makeup sponge, and faux-leather case)


YouTube Video

(ABOVE) If you are seeing this message, then I have published the video and it should be appearing above. However, if for some reason the video isn’t appearing above–and you have refreshed your page and cleared your cache–you also can view the video at my JLJ Back To Classic Channel on YouTube.