Spring Outfit For Saint Patty’s Day!

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! Today I’m showing my Irish heritage by wearing green in my pre-St. Patrick’s day dress. However, I’m also wearing peach, recognizing that there used to be a division amongst my ancestors between Protestants who wore orange and Catholics who wore green. I’m so glad that turmoil is over! One down! Countless more to go!

Spring dress with spring jacket! whenthegirlsrule.com

My mom is 100% Irish which is where I got my fair skin and white hair. I actually started getting gray hair when I was 17 and was noticeably gray by 30. I dyed my hair for my wedding and then kept doing it until I was about 40. My hair grows so fast (about an inch a month) that I was having to dye my hair every two weeks. It never felt that healthy doing it (why is my scalp burning?) and having to do it so often was just too much of a pain. How did I go full gray? I cut my hair super short. Think military short (my husband called me sarg. Yes, really). That way I didn’t have a line in my hair, just a super short haircut, which I got lots of compliments from women.

Spring dress with spring jacket! whenthegirlsrule.com

I eventually let it grow longer because short hair can be hard to style if you have hair like me that has a mind of it’s own! My natural dark brown color just faded away, taking the longest to go away from the back of my head and now I couldn’t be happier with my hair. If you’re hesitant about how your hair would look without dye, look closely at your roots when they grow in. Are they gray? White? Blonde even? How has your mom or aunts gone gray? All at once or slowly? Silver or gray or white? Sometimes you don’t realize you are a silver fox underneath!

Spring dress with spring jacket! whenthegirlsrule.com

Ok, onto clothes! This dress is the reversible one you’ve seen looking pretty here. This time it’s the solid, dark green side. I love this choker collar because it makes this dress fresh and not frumpy. They have a pretty, new one out that is short sleeve and reversible and actually it looks like they have several dresses that are reversible (two for one!) that look like they would fit our shape well. Remember, we like dresses that are sheath or shift style. No pesky waistband!

This jacket is the one I raved about (and am still loving) with it’s beautiful cut, perfect weight of fabric and a great color for spring. And pockets!

Spring dress with spring jacket! whenthegirlsrule.com

The dress is on sale now! Usually when they go on sale they get snapped up quickly. I’m wearing a size XL and XL in the jacket too. Actually, I can’t believe I haven’t photographed this jacket much and shown it more often on the blog. I’ll have to show you it in a casual outfit soon. Sounds like a project for this weekend!

Don’t forget about the blog birthday party coming up on March 23rd! If you want to attend the party, please send me a picture of yourself in an outfit that was maybe inspired by this blog or wearing something you bought that I recommended or showing something you learned from this blog. You don’t have to show your face or your last name if you want and make sure you send me your pic by March 18th. You can email me it at julia@whenthegirlsrule.com. You can see how we did it last year here. I love seeing you out there and putting a face with a name and this weekend would be a great time to do it!

See you all Monday!

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Spring Dress & Jacket that are flattering for women over 40 who are apple shaped! #over40 #plussize #springoutfit

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  1. We have some Irish in us…we think, and I used to celebrate with green beer every year (with friends of course)!!
    That dress is one of my faves on you Julia. I think it’s that neckline—I’m so in love with the choker necklines, that I’ll be getting more soon!!
    Have a fabulous weekend!

  2. I have a wee bit o’ the irish in me…but it’s way wee. I don’t think I own anything green at this time. Hmm.

    I want to see a picture of Sarge! I’m off to cut a “pixie” neaten-up this afternoon. This very short hair thing is very new, I don’t really know WHAT to do with it, what products to use, etc.

    I think your reversible dress has like 6 sides! They should do an inside-outside reversible AND front-to-back, so each item would have FOUR different looks, ha ha!

    I just sent my Birthday Picture!


    1. Thanks for sending your picture! I love it! Now, everyone can place a face to your name! I could look for a photo of my sarge haircut but that seems like a big pain and I think it’s on another computer not mine. Can’t wait to see your new do!

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