Feeling Confident & Stylish In This Outfit!

Hey everyone! It’s the start of a new week! I’m saying that with an exclamation point even though I feel Mondays are more of a semi-colon! I crack myself up! Anyway, I just want to remind you all to RSVP to the blog birthday party so you don’t miss out on the fun! I’ll be doing a giveaway on that post plus all my party guests get a token of my appreciation for coming. All you have to do is send me a picture of yourself in your stylish outfit that was inspired by this blog in some way by March 18th. You can send your picture to me at julia@whenthegirlsrule.com. You can see how we did it last year at the first blog birthday party here.

Over 40, Over Size 12 but still stylish! | whenthegirlsrule.com

Ok, how cute is this outfit? I actually got a compliment from my husband on this sweater so you know it’s a good one! I know I have a couple (ok, more than a couple!) black sweaters already but this striking jacket sweater was too nice to pass up. It’s also reversible! On the inside it’s light gray with black edging. If you want the same sweater at half off (!) they have it in black with red edging. You’re going to be seeing this a lot so be prepared!

Over 40, Over Size 12 but still stylish! | whenthegirlsrule.com

The weight of the jacket is actually lighter than it looks but enough weight that it hangs straight down over my bust and does the perfect “skimming without clinging” that I demand from fabric. It’s more of a sweater knit fabric but cut well to look like a structured jacket. It’s also that fabric that doesn’t have any hems so the sleeves and hem can be easily adjusted. I’m wearing a size three in Chico’s sizes.

Over 40, Over Size 12 but still stylish! | whenthegirlsrule.com

The dress is my old one from White House Black Market that was the dress that gave me that first boost of confidence from an outfit — something I hadn’t felt in decades. If you read how I started my blog you know the story, but if you haven’t you can read it here. WHBM has this great knit fabric that’s stretchy and heavy enough to hang well. I’m always looking at their sheath style dresses (no structured waist) to find one similar since this one I’ve had for over three years, wear it often and still love the look! This dress looks promising!

Over 40, Over Size 12 but still stylish! | whenthegirlsrule.com

You can’t tell but I’m wearing a slightly patterned tight (matching my purse actually) with my 3/4 height boots. Besides the heel, these boots are different than my other black boots because they stop well below my knee rather than right up to my knee. This is a flattering location for boots to end, especially with a dress or skirt.

Over 40, Over Size 12 but still stylish! | whenthegirlsrule.com

That’s it for this cute outfit but don’t forget to enter the $100 off the Jord watches giveaway here. It’s still going until March 4th and like I said before, it’s a great gift for a young adult, if you’re starting to think about all the graduations coming up!

Have a great week everyone!

This post contains affiliate links. What does that mean? It means every time you click on a link and purchase from that link I receive a small commission. I put that money (and then some!) back into this blog to offset the hosting costs. Thank you for helping me keep this blog chugging along!


Over 40 and over size 12 but still looking stylish and feeling confident! #affiliate link sweater: http://shopstyle.it/l/yQOa Blog: whenthegirlsrule.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/when_the_girls_rule/

You may also like


  1. Julia,what a beautiful outfit. I think the promising one might be perfect the darker sides can make an apple have a waist. Enjoy your time in NC.

  2. Wow, Julia, you are looking fab and chic in this ensemble. Interesting pattern play with horizontal stripes and vertical band of white in strategic places. Is this sweater a petite? Have a great weekend in NC!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *