What I Wore: Contrast [Sponsored]

Over 40 fashion blogger Wardrobe Oxygen in a cold shoulder sweater, JAG jeans and Payless sandals<top | jeans | shoes | bag | sunglasses

Over 40 fashion blogger Wardrobe Oxygen in a cold shoulder sweater, JAG jeans and Payless sandals Over 40 fashion blogger Wardrobe Oxygen in a cold shoulder sweater, JAG jeans and Payless sandals Over 40 fashion blogger Wardrobe Oxygen in a cold shoulder sweater, JAG jeans and Payless sandals Over 40 fashion blogger Wardrobe Oxygen in a cold shoulder sweater, JAG jeans and Payless sandalsSweater: Topshop (L) (similar) | Jeans: Paley Bootcut c/o JAG Jeans (14P) | Shoes: Penelope Mid Wedge c/o Payless | Bag: Rough & Tumble | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Cuff: Had forever (similar) | Necklace: Argento Vivo

I love the contrast of black with white.  It's so fresh and modern, and looks great all seasons of the year.  I'm past the archaic rules of only wearing white after Memorial Day, but it took me a while to accept white shoes.  They remind me too much of nurses and the '80s.  But when wearing white jeans, black shoes have too much of a contrast and shorten the legline.  Nude shoes look too delicate, and when I was Payless I decided to try a pair of white shoes for my white jeans.

I can't usually wear ankle straps; my ankles are shins are thicker than usual from a childhood walking on my toes.  However, I found  the Penelope Mid Wedge fits comfortably around my ankle even on the 2nd or 3rd hole!  It's a comfortable, walkable height that elongates the leg but is wearable all day (these pictures were taken after wearing them for over 10 hours).  These shoes come in three other colors; my nearby Payless was sold out in my size but I'll be stalking to get another pair in Tan to wear with all my summer looks from dresses to ankle pants!

Another contrast is how I feel about the cold shoulder trend.  I blame Donna Karan for the trend and Barbra Streisand for wearing it out.  But then this season cold shoulders came back en vogue and I found myself really really liking how it looked.  As usual, I went to a lower-priced retailer to try out this trend; Topshop is a great brand for translating current fashion trends without high pricetags but buy when you see it because things (like this top) sell out fast.  This is a soft stretchy thick knit top that I have now with jeans but can see wearing a breezy evening at the beach with denim cutoffs and silver Birkenstocks.

This post was sponsored by Payless, but I had full control over content.

6 Comments

  1. Emily
    April 25, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    Those are really nice jeans! I always struggle with white jeans as they tend to just broadcast HELLO HERE ARE MY THIGHS but those are a really great cut. White shoes aren’t my personal jam but they look great with the outfit 🙂 (I like my white jeans paired with grey and leather, can’t pull off the edgy vibe!)

  2. Nancydrew
    April 24, 2016 / 6:35 pm

    This looks great on you! I just can’t do the white shoes- flashbacks to awkward childhood memories in white patent leather… I have those sandals in black!!! I deal heel height but I am having a hard time because the buckle hits right on my ankle! Do you have the same issue?

    • April 25, 2016 / 12:17 pm

      I don’t have that issue with these, in fact they’re one of the first ankle strap shoes that haven’t given me an issue. Sorry that happened to you!

  3. Linda B
    April 22, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    I love black and white so much these days! This was a great look that you put together.

  4. April 22, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    The only pair of white shoes I have are ones inherited from my mom—so maybe I need to try others? Payless is the best for trying out new things—-that’s for sure!
    I’m loving the cold shoulder thing too—-I even bought mom & Nancy shirts like this so we can all do a series on them!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  5. Patricia
    April 22, 2016 / 9:20 am

    I’m not going with the off the shoulder look so popular this year. Ain’t no way I’m wearing a strapless bra and can’t go completely without support. So this is a good way to sample the look and still wear a bra. Not on board with the white shoes. I’d still go with beige or nude sandals, they can be used with so many other outfits and don’t draw the eye down my solid lower legs.

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