Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Feminine Differential - Amazing Palette

This is a youthful look from several season ago. I certainly am not a "Junior" and this top is listed on Macy's as "Juniors' Ruffled Off-The-Shoulder Top".  I like the jeans look and it would equally work with shorts.  For my taste the shoes could be a touch more dressy which would add to the overall look.  I get the market that this top is aimed to please.

Although this was written some time ago, similar tops are available in Macy's "Free People" line. 

I like that the top is blousey and is a color that I could mix/match with many other items. I seldom buy something now just to go with one piece unless I am thinking/planning for a dressy event. I have talked many times about the amazing palette that the feminine differential provides.       

I guess the major point of discussion here is dressing in our proper age group. I can get away with a lot here in Florida because of the casual/colorful life style. I am an avid people watcher and during my travels always study fashion as it relates to the area where I am visiting. I was amazed that in the US northwest (Washington/Oregon), many of the fashion choices were devoid of vibrant colors. Going out her in South Florida, not being colorful would be conspicuous. So my locale does provide extended variety and maybe this will work; although youthful.  What do you think?  

I will keep you posted.  There are times when we need to be adventurous and live the feminine differential.  What is included in your palette?  



  1. Yes, Rhonda, we in the Northwest usually arrange our closets by color - graduations of gray to black. For a pop of color, of course, we do wear blue jeans, and sometimes Seahawks or Mariners blue.:-)

    I used to joke that, if you saw someone wearing a dress in Seattle, it was almost certain that she was a cross dresser. Still, the dresses are more often black or dark-colored. In this politically ultra-liberal part of the country, we seem to be ultra-conservative in our color choices. I think that the fact the weather is gray for so much of the year has something to do with it. It does seem to be counter-intuitive to me, though.

    I have a dress that I always wear to kick off the (short) summer season. It is basically a sleeveless shift with a pattern of large geometric flowers in fuchsia, yellow, white, and orange over black. It's a very bold statement around here, and I wear the dress with little care of what others may think. I know that I attract attention, and even though I may get an occasional compliment, I feel as though many women are envious that I have the confidence to wear such a thing. In wearing the dress, my personality becomes more colorful, as well. As a trans woman, I often feel the need to blend in, but I feel so much more alive by standing out.

    It's interesting that the outfit you are showing is not so colorful. Although the style would not look good on me (too much accentuation for my larger upper body), it does look like something you would wear. I don't think it's too "youthful" at all. In fact, that outfit would work perfectly well for a Seattle summer day.

  2. Dressing in 'our age group'? You appear much younger than your 'age group'.
    (And that ruffle top would be perfect for you.)
    I prefer to push 'my' age group DOWNWARD, by dressing younger.
    My favorite rush was the lady at a clothing store estimating my age as 46-- twenty years younger than my chronological age--66!