'A pretty soul': Woman's Club looks at fall fashion

Sunday, October 21, 2018

"Nature-inspired colors," "beautiful details" and "elegant comfort" were descriptive words used by local clothier Jennifer Jordan Thompson, emcee for Shelbyville Woman's Club's recent fashion show at Riverbend Country Club.

Owner of J Jordan Boutique, Thompson previewed lots of rich sweater colors, pairing each with the newest cropped pant. She announced sweater offerings now come in "one size fits all."

By adding a new soft duster sweater to a wardrobe, ladies are motivated for a day of Christmas shopping. When going shopping, select warm cardigans featuring deep pockets.

Designers feature elbow patches

Sweater and blouse details include relaxed elbow patches and sexy shoulder cutouts. Long necklace sets with chunky pieces set off each bold-colored sweater.

One show stopper was a luxurious animal print maxi dress accented with a black cross-over top. "Animal prints never go out. "We just keep re-designing . . . every year in a different way."

Bell sleeves accented with ruffles have definitely flooded the fashion markets. Bold florals, coupled with black and white striping, also trending.

"This striped sleeve is the trend . . . really hot right now," said Thompson. "You need to have at least one piece like this in your closet . . . dress, tunic or blouse."

The crowd enjoyed a laugh when Thompson introduced her line of "hide your muffin top skinny jeans." The pants include a tummy control panel, but remain ever comfortable.

When it comes to comfort, don't forget the distressed jeans with their rips and holes. Thompson advised, wear the distressed jeans. "You're not too old."

Another casual outfit making it to the show was the men's wear style print top with penciled in black stripe. To balance the low-key style for every age woman, Thompson suggested pairing this trend with a more traditional pair of jeans.

"That's a nice look for a football game," she mentioned.

Plaid boldly returns

Just when florals seem to be everywhere, plaids come storming through another season. Thompson suggested plaid tunics featuring taupe, olive, red and cream.

"You're going to see it [plaids] strong in buttoned-up shirts," advised Thompson. "They're wearing it like this nice tailored outfit . . . also tying around their waist. Plaid tops are really strong this season."

Other pairings during the show featured a periwinkle blue top and navy tapered ankle pull-on pant. "You can wear this to the office . . . a lot of different occasions, it's just a pretty look for fall."

Some trends such as women's jumpsuits just continue to live on in women's wardrobes. Thompson described the newest styling with its elastic ankle as sleek. "If you can wear them, wear them. They are really strong and stylish. I love the olive green."

Show a little skin

Adding a bit of youthfulness to the fashion show was a floral split front maxi romper dress with attached shorts underneath. The off-the-shoulder ensemble is designed to be a bit alluring, yet remains elegant in detail. Don't forget the gray ankle boots, she reminded, which complement the romper's floral patterns.

Thompson gave the audience some sage advice. "If you have the legs, wear it!"

There was standing room only for this members-only event. Thompson said she was appreciative of the turnout and for all the women who've supported her business on the east side of the square over the last 13 years.


A devotion was given by former city council member and former T-G edtor Kay Rose, who advised the women not to forget their most important daily beauty essential-a smile. She said they may be walking around wearing the latest in high fashion, but it's only when women put on the proper spiritual clothing that others can see their true, incredible beauty.

"I read once that for a woman to be truly beautiful, she has to think she's beautiful ... have confidence," she said. "But we should remember that beauty, like talent and a healthy body, is a gift from God. Accent these gifts with gratitude. True beauty is not about having a pretty face [or] figure. It's about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart and a pretty soul."

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