“Signora” – Maturing with Style

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I’ve mentioned before here that I’m going through a bit of a phase.  Well, actually, “phase” would imply that this will pass, however,  it’s not going to pass because it’s called “aging”.  So you could say I’m not going through a phase at all actually, I’m just aging! And I want to do it somewhat gracefully!

 

That doesn’t mean that I’m not going to wear rompers, it just means that I love turning into a 35 year old woman!

 CRAZY.

 I’m 35 this year, how did this happen? And thank God it did!

 

In Italy, when you are a woman and married they refer to you as a “Signora” – Mrs., it is very strange to hear people call me “Signora”, I always look over my shoulder to make sure they’re speaking to me. As much as I love a good fashion trend, one of the things I’ve noticed about my style lately is that I also despise them!  If I notice a certain shoe style (like this trend from this post), becoming too popular, I avoid it like the plague.

 

That’s not to say I hate all trends, I’m loving lace this season, like this white lace cardigan bought on sale for 40 euros (down from 80) and these vintage 60s culottes bought for under 3 euro!

 

 

The beauty of clothing is that it changes daily, which is perfect since I’m still not able to commit to a certain style.  Changing your clothes each day is like changing the character you want to play in life.  There are just certain characters I avoid now, for example, my fluorescent yellow hightops from a few (9!)  years ago haven’t been worn in, well…. years!  Whereas, clothes that make me feel polished and lady-like are in constant rotation.

 

 

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The Reason I Dressed

Here we are in Italy’s largest indoor Butterfly House in Cervia, I’ve written a post about this fantastic spot for kids along with the Nature Park and Adventure Parks nearby immersed in the area’s ancient Maritime Pine forest.

 

Our day consisted of a morning of sightseeing along Cervia’s port, lunch in a famous spot (review coming soon!), the early afternoon at the Butterfly House and an evening walk and dinner out in Cesenatico.

 

 

My Style for the Day

Because I knew we’d be walking quite a bit I wanted comfortable shoes, but I also wanted shoes that would elongate my legs because as much as I love culottes I also find that they shorten my body.  At 150 cm (4’11”) I can’t exactly afford to be shortened, so I wore my Sarah Summer espadrilles wedges in suede.  This is a brand famous for their high quality wedges in Europe, they are comfortable enough to walk around in all day but give some good height!

 

 

 

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Because of my new found love of “dressing maturely” (sometimes) I paired them with a white t-shirt, culottes and a white lace open-front cardigan.  White lace is one of my favorite summer trends this year, I’ve written about it here and specifically about the white lace jacket trend here.

Perhaps one of the MOST noticeable changes I’ve made to my style recently is my hair!  I haven’t cut my hair in something like 15 YEARS!  But it was time for a change and a dramatic change at that.  I was really worried that short hair would age me, but I’ve never felt so good.  Mature…. but good just the same.

 

For now go ahead and call me “Signora”, the next time you do I’ll answer instead of wondering who you’re speaking to.

 

 

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This week I submitted this post to be included in the “Links A La Mode” fashion post roundup hosted by the IFB – Independent Fashion Bloggers and I was chosen! Please feel free to check out the other bloggers in the roundup, I read a few posts this morning and some are VERY good! If you want to submit your posts the submission guidelines can be found here, and you can become a member of the IFB here!

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  • http://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/ ADA

    Love your styling of the prim and chic culottes. The wedges and cream open-knit cardigan are beautiful. =)

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      Thank you Ada!

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  • http://www.alovelylifeindeed.com/ Kelly @ A Lovely Life, Indeed

    I love this outfit, especially the cardigan, and your hair is so cute and stylish! I love being called Señora. I hope you love it too, Signora. :-)

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      I’m getting used to it Kelly!

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      • http://www.alovelylifeindeed.com/ Kelly @ A Lovely Life, Indeed

        It’s very becoming! I love it!

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  • http://prettythingandco.com/ Madaline

    I was literally just talking to my mom about me turning 30this year. Truthfully aging in America is like a sun, but in someways in Italy I feel like aging gives you something over all the young girls. Sometimes I get a touch sad I’m not early 20s smooth perfect skin, but I’m at so much more peace now.

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      Maybe it is because in Italy people only leave the house at 30…so everything happens later. I feel so much younger here, perhaps because all of my furniture is from IKEA like when I was in my 20s! Ahhhh smooth skin, you mean cellulite free not just wrinkle free, right?

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  • http://www.torontoshopoholicblog.com/ torontoShopoholic

    Loving this look! I find that there are certain trends that I try in a way that doesn’t make me look foolish and there are other trends I just stay away from. I think as you get older it is about being selective as opposed to running to the closest Forever 21.

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      EXACTLY….It is about GOING to Forever21….but being selective about what you buy so you don’t actually look like you shop there!

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  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Love the cardigan…it’s perfect with the whole look. I’m always taken aback when I’m in public and someone calls me “m’am” as opposed to “miss” or some other younger sounding word…lol!
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.com

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      I’m trying to get used to it for my egos sake!

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  • http://comoperderseenespana.wordpress.com/ Ashley @ Cómoperderse enEspaña

    Embrace aging in style, because you look fantastic! I’m really into those culottes, they’re super stylish!

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      Thank you Ashley! It is unavoidable right? So I might as well make the most of it instead of wishing I was something that I’m not. Good thing my husband is such an old man!

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  • Tracy Miller

    Aging is such a double-edged sword. Being 25 would give me back the metabolism and body/face, but I was so young and dumb. The wisdom we gain with the years is totally worth the physical changes. I’ve said this before, but I love your hair short like this. I think it looks fresh. And, love the whole outfit, especially the wedges.

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      I was stupid until at least 28 …. well less stupid than I am now!! I would never go back to 25!! I’m just glad I made it out of my 20s alive!! I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to have long hair again after experiencing the liberation of short!!

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  • http://www.dousedinpink.com Jill

    I love this chic look! The cardigan is perfect with the culottes and those wedges are fab! You look amazing!

    Jill
    Doused
    In Pink

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  • Happinessatmidlife

    I can only wish to be 35 again! Once I turned 40, my body starting having a harder time recovering from workouts and weight stays no matter how healthy I am. But age is just a number and wear what makes you feel good is always been my motto. I agree that culottes always require shoes with height – love how you styled it here!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!

    Alice

    http://www.happpinessatmidlife.com

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  • GoFashiondeals

    Love your culottes! The wedges are super cute too.

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