Dawn Lucy (51) lives in San Jose and has been a high school English teacher for 25 years. With her blog, Fashion Should Be Fun, she encourages women over 40 to “show the world that you’re never too old to have fun and be fierce.” She is very comfortable in her own skin. Confident and at ease. Our blogger likes a wedge heel and mules, has a great eye for statement accessories and footwear, and is a master at remixing favourite items. Her style is feminine with boho, preppy and rock chick influences.
“In the last five years I feel like I’ve really had a personal style renaissance. I was always very into fashion, but in my early 40’s, I felt somewhat frustrated with my changing body and the limited selections available to my age group. I think blogging has helped me experiment with fashion and grow in self-confidence.”
Our blogger snapped up this tiger print graphic tee from the Kenzo for H&M collection. Here’s she’s wearing it untucked over cropped straight leg jeans with stepped hem (which she added herself). The black moto-style jacket together with the black multi-buckle ankle boots and black tote create a rock chick vibe. The faux fur pom bag charm provides a whimsical touch that adds textural softness. Statement chandelier animal patterned earrings are a fun nod back to the Kenzo tiger tee.
Dawn Lucy wore this arty look to New York Fashion Week. The brick red asymmetrical tunic is the star of the show. The beautiful crinkled material and cowl neck with architectural drape make it really stand out. Our 5’ 7” blogger is wearing it over streamlined black culottes with a long tailored gilet for extra impact. The gilet adds lightweight layering interest and a good dose of structure. Black high-heeled cage sandals lengthen the leg line. A layered gold and garnet necklace, gold chandelier earrings and dainty bracelets echo the hardware on the handbag. Subtle red lipstick and tortoise-rimmed sunnies are the finishing touches.
A relaxed casual Summer look with modern Boho vibe. Dawn Lucy is sporting cropped girlfriend jeans with an emerald green ruffle slub blouse. The square neckline with shirring and on trend ruffled bell sleeves give the outfit its fun Boho vibe. This is further enhanced by our blogger’s choice of jewellery. A long tassel necklace with beads in a rainbow of colours and bracelet with gold-toned baubles add a playful touch. The emerald with gold drop earrings complement the colour of the blouse. Neutral-coloured wedge mule sandals make our blogger’s legs go on forever. Dark red toenail polish and matching lipstick finish off the look.
Boho meets south-western style in this casual, great-for-mild-Winters, outfit. Our blogger is wearing a simple grey long-sleeved T-shirt over distressed mid-blue skinny jeans. She’s tucked the jeans into tall dark brown boots with buckle detailing and a nice snug fit around the calves. Her eye-catching reversible ruana — a poncho-like garment, specifically the type worn in the Andes region — is the statement piece here. This oversized piece with red, blue and orange swirling floral pattern provides plenty of outfit drama. Keeping the rest of the outfit streamlined tempers the unstructured volume of the poncho. Turquoise-accented jewellery and a cognac crossbody with long fringe fit the vibe of the look to a T. A red floppy hat and mirrored sunnies add further flair.
A tonal New Year’s Eve look with lots of textural interest. Our blogger’s metallic silver pleated flared midi skirt is the perfect polished piece for any party. Dawn Lucy paired it with a darker grey metallic dressy tee. The shimmery T-shirt fabric and beautiful crinkle material of the skirt create textural and visual interest. So does the quilted leather moto jacket, which adds extra sass and is easy to pop on when it gets chilly. Fire-engine red patent pointy toe pumps make the beautiful silver tones stand out even more. Plus they are the perfect happy party shoe. A small black clutch, simple drop earrings and a bright red lip are all that’s needed to go party the night away.
Jeans, a striped top and red accents make for a preppy combination that never gets old. Especially not if you incorporate an on trend piece into your outfit, like Dawn Lucy does here. High-rise cropped wide leg jeans are all the rage and our blogger rocks the look. She’s pulled up the hem of the fluid fit striped pullover to expose the top part of the jeans, which offsets the leg-shortening nature of calf-length cropped pant styles. The dark cherry red croc patent leather mules make the blue jeans and black and white top come alive. The oversized tomato red tote doesn’t match our blogger’s shoes, making it an unexpected pairing that feels modern and fresh. Her red-mirrored sunglasses come out to play again, accentuating her polished blonde shoulder-length ‘do. And they match the shoes!
Let us know what you think of Dawn Lucy’s fun looks, and be sure to check out the rest of her fab outfits over at Fashion Should Be Fun.