Hello! It’s wonderful you’re here for my inaugural post on Style At A Certain Age! I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share what I wore during my recent trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Packing for this trip was challenging for me for a couple of reasons: the forecast called for rain and cooler temps; plus, I haven’t done much sightseeing in the last few years which translates to I haven’t been wearing “going out” shoes for extended periods. This all amounted to packing for comfort, style, and possible rainy weather. Fortunately, our hotel was centrally located! So, I wanted to show you some of my best vacation outfits from the trip.
My husband Alex and I chose one of our three nights for a special dinner out. We chose a very highly recommended restaurant called 167 Raw. It’s a wonderful seafood restaurant, with super fresh seafood preparations, raw oysters, and chic cocktails. If you’re in Charleston, I highly recommend you make a stop at 167 Raw.
This ensemble is not a suit per se, as the blazer and the pants are not exact matches. But it works! A black blazer is a wardrobe staple. I get a ton of use out of this blazer; it’s perfect for dressing up a pair of jeans and it works perfectly over a dress or with a skirt.
Parke Blazer | Regent Blazer (similar) | Unstructured Blazer (similar) | Pintuck Camisole (similar) | Shirred Top (alternative) | Drapey Top (similar) | Cameron Slim Crop Pant in 4 Season Stretch | Cameron Pant in Bi-Stretch Cotton (similar) | Vince Camuto Enella Sandal | Vince Camuto Saprenda Sandal (similar) | Nine West Sandals (similar) | TSATSAS Tape Bag | Hobo Waver Wristlet (similar) | Hobo Brave Leather Clutch (similar)
With a classic little black suit, you can get creative with your choice of top. A strappy camisole is a perfect option. Another great option to achieve this look is with a drapey top, tucked in. I went with this top by Frame, from Nordstrom. It’s no longer available, but there is a similar version still available.
Straight-leg cropped pants in a heavenly four-season stretch fabric from J.Crew are a dream to wear. These pants are so versatile. They dress up beautifully, but they also look great with a t-shirt and denim jacket. The straight leg cropped fit is perfect for a petite frame and J.Crew’s Cameron Slim Crop Pant fits true to size.
My favorite shoe to wear with a little black suit is a strappy sandal, with a little bit of a heel. These Vince Camuto heels are super comfortable and easy to walk in for blocks!
For a classic neutral outfit, you can go with almost any color handbag you like. For this special evening out, I decided to go with the quietly elegant black Tape Bag by TSATSAS.
Fortunately, we did end up with a sunny day to stroll around the historic Broad Street neighborhoods of Charleston. You can’t help but be immersed in the history of Charleston and our nation, as you walk the cobblestone streets amongst the 18th and 19th-century architecture.
My favorite places to tour are the cemeteries and graveyards. This has a lot to do with the fact that cemeteries are quiet places; one can contemplate and get lost in imaginations of times long passed. The south has some of the most beautiful cemeteries; the spring flowers add color and the Live Oak trees draped in Spanish Moss really set the tone.
For our self-guided walking tour, we had beautiful sunny skies and warm spring temperatures. It was the perfect day to wear a skirt! Spring is my favorite time of year, especially for fashion. There are so many options with skirts, dresses, shorts, and jeans – you can mix them up with a variety of shirt styles to create fun, colorful, bright looks.
We started in the morning, so I have a denim jacket, which is my favorite go-to light jacket for Spring. I haven’t yet come across an outfit that doesn’t work well with a denim jacket!
Madewell Denim Jacket | Gap Denim Jacket (similar) | J.Crew Factory Button-up | J.Crew Factory Skirt | Quay Aviator Sunglasses (similar) | Whirlpool Aviator Sunglasses (similar) | Kingston Aviator Sunglasses (similar) | Puffy Crisscross Sandals (similar) | Crisscross Slide Sandals (similar) | Similar Olive-Colored Slides (similar) | Sydney Crossbody Bag | Transport Crossbody Bag (similar) | Transport Saddlebag (similar)
Gingham is one of my favorite prints all year long. But somehow as soon as Spring arrives, gingham comes to the forefront of my mind. This olive and white gingham button-up feels especially appropriate for the shoulder seasons, the color is just perfect for Spring.
This linen-cotton pull-on skirt from J.Crew Factory is a no-brainer for me. I have this skirt style in a few colors and this cream-color version is by far my favorite. As a neutral, the cream color will work with nearly every top in my closet. It’s lined and so comfortable – plus it has pockets! You will definitely see this skirt on repeat all Spring and Summer long.
These Vehla Dixie sunglasses are my new favorites. I love the lightweight tortoise frames. I especially love the lightly tinted, sage-colored lenses.
I haven’t walked for miles in closed shoes since the pandemic, so my feet have become more sensitive to shoes (anyone else have this issue?). So I went for an ultra-comfy pair of crisscross sandals.
These olive green sandals are from last summer, but I’ve given you similar styles.
A crossbody or shoulder bag is a must for a day seeing the sights. My favorite, most-used bags are all from Madewell. I absolutely love their leather goods, they make well-priced, quality bags, shoes, and belts that last for ages.
This is the Sydney Crossbody Bag. It has a removable shoulder strap for versatility. Its rounded, structured hobo shape is updated for this year, and its classic styling will be a go-to for years to come.
Those were some of my best vacation outfits from Charleston. If you’re looking for more fashion inspiration, make sure to check out Beth’s 5 ways to wear white sneakers this Spring.
And remember, Thursdays are a two-post day. Make sure to check out the one piece of Spring clothing Beth can’t live without.
is our 40s+ fashion & food contributor. She posts a Daily Look on Tuesdays, writes about Fashion on Thursdays, joins Beth for Fridays with Oscar and shares a new recipe Sunday evenings.
She’s 46, 5’0, and a petite 0/XS.
Kelly also has a food blog called Djalali Cooks, which you can find by clicking the world icon below.
Great first post Kelly! Love your choices for your trip. I will continue to follow your food blog and I’ve already printed the recipe for the strawberry and goat cheese danishes. Yummy!
Thank you, Pat! I am sure you will enjoy those danishes! xo Kelly
Hello! The site wouldn’t let me comment…so I’m adding to an existing post. I wondered what the weather was like? I’ve never been able to wear a jacket in Charleston…maybe you could add some layering ideas next time? And I love your bangs! …
Welcome—-I enjoyed reading about your trip and seeing the pictures of the sites and your outfits! I look forward to your future posts.
Thank you so much, Joan! xo Kelly
Love your style, Kelly.
Thank you, Nancy! xo Kelly
Congratulations Kelly on your first successful post! I have been following Beth’s emails for several years and enjoy them immensely. Now I have another amazing lady to follow! Thanks !
Thank you, Dianna! xo Kelly
Wonderful post! Beautiful photos and outfits. I love walking through cemeteries too and you summed up why perfectly. I also look forward to future posts and being a petite woman I appreciate the wardrobe tips and ideas.
Thank you, Nancy. I am so excited to bring a petite point of view to Style at a Certain Age! xo Kelly
What a nice fashion blog! You’ve done well, Kelly! Let us see your pretty smile more often. Good work!
Thank you so much, Stephanie! xo Kelly
So glad to see you Kelly. Love the post especially the daytime tour and outfit. You look like you were enjoying yourself. Bravo.
Thank you, Judy! We had a great time, Charleston is a beautiful city! xo Kelly
Congratulaions Kelly! Charleston is the perfect backdrop for your first post. I enjoyed seeing the outfits and the pictures of Charleston.
Thanks so much, Sharyn! It’s really fun to share some scenes of Charleston with you! xo kelly
Kelly – I am so happy to have petite YOU giving fellow petite women style tips and places to shop! I like your choices.
Thanks so much, Christina. I am really excited to share petite fashion and outfit ideas with you! xo Kelly
Great post Kelly. I really like your taste in clothes and they look great on you.
Thank you, Rory! xo Kelly
Grreat post. Since Savannah is one of our fav places to visit,I especially liked the restaurant suggestion,as will my husband who loves oysters. I have followed your recipes and enjoyed all of them that I have made. Good job,cute clothes too.
Thanks so much, Susan! We were in Charleston, but we go to Savannah a fair bit, so stay tuned for Savannah recommendations this summer! xo Kelly
You look lovely Kelly—great choices. As a 5 feet/104 lb petite, I appreciate seeing how similar items may look on my body. Just ordered the J Crew button-up—have been looking for a green gingham for a while. Thank you (also love your recipes/instructions).
Hello Elisa, Sounds like you and I have the same stature! I am excited to share fashion ideas with you, fellow petite! xo Kelly
Thank you Kelly for your wonderful post. My daughter and I are visiting Charleston in May. It
will be our third time there. Love the history,
people and food. 🇨🇦
Thank you Lea, that’s great you will be visiting Charleston soon. I am already looking forward to our next visit there! xo Kelly
Love the outfit with gingham blouse, blazer and
especially the linen skirt….Does the skirt run small? Also love the travel pics…You look so put together well and pretty…thanks
Thanks so much, Pat. The skirt runs true to size, I am wearing a regular size 0. So the length is a little longer than on a taller person, but that suits me just fine! xo Kelly
The outfits are very nice and look great on you. Women of any age could wear them and look appropriate for so many occasions. I did pop over to Madewell and look at their bags. They have some really nice ones and are way more affordable than designer bags. That’s where I’m buying my next one. Or two.
Thank you, Mari! Glad you checked out Madewell bags. I still have (and use) Madewell bags from 8 years ago, very well-made. xo Kelly
Love Charleston! Looks like you’re at the Belmond. We’ve enjoyed staying there. I enjoy your ‘looks’ too b/c they’re a little diff. than your MIL being a petite. I’m 5’2″ so can relate. I’ll have to check out your restaurant suggestion.
Thank you, Carolina Girl! We were at Charleston Place, which is a wonderful hotel – such a perfect location. Definitely check out 167 Raw, it was great! xo Kelly
Great post Kelly. Loved your outfits. I especially loved the top with the black suit with your beautiful shiny hair.
Thank you so much, Lisa! A little black suit is such an easy, go-to look. Plus the opportunities for tops and accessories are endless! xo Kelly
Great first fashion post Kelly! Love the green shirt, I just got a similar one, from BR, in light pink. Too cold here, I haven’t worn it yet. Happy to see you style one! Can’t wait for it see more of your petite ideas(4’foot almost 11″ myself). I am so happy to get advice from another petite!
Hi Susan, Thanks so much! I can’t seem to have enough gingham in my closet– Lol! I look forward to sharing more style ideas with you! xo Kelly
Great post Kelly! Can’t wait for more petite advice. Love the green top. I bought one similar in light pink.
Wonderful post! I loved the Charleston setting as it’s one of my favorites places in the world to visit! I am a foodie and we hit the restaurants every time we visit. On your next trip, book a table at FIG (Food is Good) or 82 Queen. Welcome to the blog!
Hello Janine, we heard a lot of talk about FIG, we were staying right down the street from it. We will add it to the list for next time. Thanks so much! xo Kelly
Very lovely post, Kelly. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Charleston exactly 23 years ago this month — such a great city. You look so stylish and comfortable in all of your outfits — the perfect way to be when traveling. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts on fashion and cooking!
Thanks so much, Beth. Charleston is wonderful city for a honeymoon! xo Kelly
So proud of you! Love everything in this first post. The comments are fantastic! Petite ladies sound so happy! Wish you much success, Kelly 🥰
Hi Sylvia! It’s so nice to have these two spaces to connect with you! Thanks so much for all your support! xo Kelly
Welcome Kelly! I really enjoyed your post. I very much liked both outfits. The pleated shirt with the suit especially stood out to me. Very attractive. Thank you.
Thanks so much, Nancy! xo Kelly
Kelly!!!! Congrats on your inaugural stylish outfit post. Love the outfits you wore in Charleston. Oh oh…looks like you may be a purse lover! Dangerous, as I may have to try a Madewell bag! Love this blog as much as your food posts.
Thank you so much, Deanna! I definitely have a soft spot for purses…and shoes! I am so happy you enjoyed the post, xo Kelly
Wonderful first fashion post Kelly; and in a place I’d love to visit. I especially liked the blazer outfit with that cute top and shoes! Nice to see a petite model! Although I’m closer to Beth’s age, it’s still fun to see how a petite styles the same type of things that many of us wear no matter what our age!
Thank you, Nancy! Beth and I are a good pair because she and I have a similar style and philosophy about classic fashion items. I am excited to bring the petite perspective to Style at a Certain Age! xo Kelly
Welcome Kelly! You look fantastic – especially the night look – great styling and attention to detail. That blouse is everything! Looking forward to seeing more from you!
Thanks Deb! That top is really fun. I got it last summer at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. You never know what goodies you’ll find during the Anniversary sale! xo Kelly
Color me happy. Love this post – the scenery, the charming outfits and adorable you with that fabulous hair. I’ve worn bangs my whole life. At 68, I’m every bit as interested in your posts as Beth’s. So glad you joined SAACA. Can’t ever have too much fashion and style.
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