Go Big Or Go Home, Fashionable Pattern Play by Joely of Fashion Beyond Forty

Note from Pauline Durban, Founder of Covered Perfectly: I love Joely, she always has such a big smile on her face and she looks like she's enjoying herself in her shoots. Joely puts together great looking outfits. This time she has mixed prints and she looks amazing! Now over to Joely...

Mixing prints is not always something I was comfortable with however, I have learned to enjoy it. Covered Perfectly offers so many colors and prints you can play with. They are some of my most grabbed for items in my closet. A key factor in mixing prints is to stick to one type of print. Mixing prints of black and white like the Zig Zag Cascading Vest, makes it a lot easier, and is a good place to begin if you are just starting to play around with mixing prints.

I love how there are so many ways to wear the Cascading Vest. It can be worn tied, tucked, draped, belted, even backwards! There are so many cool ways to style it, and I am sure there are still more ways to discover! Personally, I love wearing it long and draped, I just love the way it flows. Below I did a quick tie to the vest just to show you what that looks like. The flattering zig zag pattern is uniform covering the entire vest.

Shop the Simply Gathered Top here Shop the ZigZag Cascading Vest here The Simply Gathered top is as attention grabbing without the vest as it is with it. I just love how it fits, showing off all the right curves, and hiding a few you may not want to show. The fabric is super comfortable and has a nice stretch. I love how you can rearrange and adjust the tucks and puckers to give me the most slimming effect. When I arrange it, it actually stays in place too! The Simply Gathered top is absolutely gorgeous in the deep wine color, but you can also get it in black, and royal blue. Imagine how slimming the black would look. I need to get myself one in every color!

Shop the Simply Gathered Top here

I also love the neckline on this top because it dips just low enough to show off a shorter necklace, but also looks great with a long necklace as well. I usually wear a medium in Covered Perfectly clothing but this time I went for a size small. I wanted to see how their smalls fit me in comparison to the medium. I also wanted this top to fit a little tighter to really get the benefit of the slimming rushing on the sides! The Simply Gathered top features 3/4 sleeves, ruched sides and the fabric is 96% MicroModal® and 4% Spandex. It is conveniently machine washable on a delicate cycle. Hang or dry flat. Also it is made in the USA! So just what is MicroModal? It's actually very special! The fibers used to make this fabric are from European beachwood and is natural product produced in Austria! It is super breathable and is described as the softest fabric in the world and is so gentle it feels like a second skin! I encourage everyone to give print mixing a try if you have not yet ventured into it. It takes a little time to get the hang of it, but it's so much fun. The younger ladies are doing it and I promise you I have seen so majorly out of the box prints mixed and matched, so you really can't make a fashion faux pas, even if you tried! Sure the younger ladies may be able to pull off more out of the box styles with their social groups than we midlife women can, but I would rather be a leader than a follower when it comes to fashion. I want to inspire all of you to give it a go and do the same! Why let the younger ladies have all the fun? Us midlife ladies have the benefit of claiming menopause brain if we totally blow it! Let the young women try to use that excuse!

All joking aside, I took my fun, funky look a step further. I threw a hounds-tooth cape into the mix! You be the judge. Personally, I love it! These three patterns just seem to work. It may be too much for some, but on a good day, when I am already feeling great, and want to stand out in a crowd, this is what I would wear. I love how everything layers perfectly and how when the cape opens up you get a peek at the cute Cascading Vest. Oh and speaking of hounds-tooth, if you hurry, you may be able to grab up one of Covered Perfectly's last Hounds Tooth Pencil Skirts! ! I wanted one but they no longer have them in medium, but if you are size small or large, you are in luck! Grab one if you can because it would also look great with the Simply Gathered top, and Cascading Vest and they are almost all gone!

Shop the Pencil Skirts here Shop the Simple V here

Other than the comfortable, and fashionable styles Covered Perfectly offers, I also love Covered Perfectly because of the founder, and owner, Pauline (read her story here). She truly cares about women, about helping us all look, and feel our best. She wants midlife to be the best years of our live. Fashion Beyond Forty readers get a 20% discount on up to two items! Use the discount code FBF20 when you check out at Covered Perfectly. There are several styles to choose from, and the discount will apply on up to two items. Or you may take advantage of the “Buy 2 get your 3rd FREE” special. This special applies to any combination of items store wide, just add 3 items to your cart and the discount will be applied automatically. Only one of the discounts will work. Happy Shopping! If you would like to see more of Joely's fabulous style, click here

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