What to wear on New Year’s Eve is always a quandry not only when you are Over Fifty, but I think at any age.  As you get older, however, you don’t want to glitz things up too much. This year I tried to keep it really simple; black and white, or black and black.  This  great Milly off-white top with flared sleeves, I have been wanting to wear since I got it on sale over the summer.  Those flared sleeves are so dramatic aren’t they?  Jewelry-wise I decided only one statement piece, which is these great vintage pearl earrings I dug out of my mom’s costume jewelry box.

Here is the entire outfit.  I have worn these lacy-cut-out cropped black pants a lot this past Fall. They are so easy to dress or up down. I compromised here and went casually dressed-up, if there is such a thing. Luckily I am in LA, or I would never consider wearing these in the middle of the brutal cold that is in most of the US right now. The little suede mules with the cute bow (very 1960’s) are from Zara. In this instance, I think less is more, and I am thinking that wearing something easy is the way to go.

The detail on these Kobi Halperin pants is really pretty and they were less than $100.00. If you know the designer Kobi Halperin, you know he likes to design very lacy and very intricate clothing and he likes to charge a lot. Well, I found something out this summer that is great. He makes a less expensive line called Kobi just for Macy’s  The quality and feel of these pants is terrific, so who needs the real thing?  These suit me fine, though they do run a bit small.

But, then, I gave in to the temptation to add a bit more GLAM to the evening, even though we were just going over to a friend’s house. I replaced the Milly shirt for a Valentino!! I haven’t been able to figure out how to wear this shirt that my girlfriend so generously gave me from her over-stuffed closet. I have no shame, I will take hand-me-downs any day!! Then, I added the giltz factor, which, as a mature woman Over Fifty, I knew I should keep toned down. Some rhinestone earrings and a belt, and away we go!!

I love how the shoulder area on this shirt is sheer but then there is a little collar at the top. And the long ruffles from the shoulder down are just so feminine.  But, when really thinking about it, this ensemble is more suited for a black tie event than a New Year’s Eve party at a friend’s house!!  So, no, I didn’t wear it, but I will keep trying. Maybe next year if I am invited to a black tie New Year’s Eve party, I can wear it then!!

In the end, I was much more comfortable in the two pieces at the top. The off-white Milly top won over the Valentino. However, either way, it was win-win.  And, it is now a new year. I don’t know about you, but I am glad to see 2017 go, and I think 2018 is going to be great for everybody. I am hoping it is great for all of you too.

Happy New Year Everybody.  Wishing you the best of everything in 2018


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