New Friends and Resort Casual

New Friends and Resort Casual- Hello I'm 50ish

I had the most amazing lunch date in Hilton Head with my new friend, Jan Correll of Silver is the New Blonde,who is also a part of the Fierce 50 Revolution . We both have second homes in Hilton Head and I was delighted that she was going to be in Hilton Head when I was there.
The wonderful part of being a 50ish blogger is following other women who inspire me with their fashion style and how they embrace their life after 50.
I really enjoy this new movement of over 50 bloggers sharing themselves so openly on social platforms and I’m learning so much.
Jan is a busy professional,wife, mother, grandmother, and a blogger who believes in many of the same things I do. I was so impressed with her candor of what it means for her to be a 50ish woman living authentically without cosmetic procedures and letting her hair be it’s true color. She is truly a wonderful person and I hope you follow her blog and her social media.

Jan Correll

We spent 3 hours discussing our personal life, the blogosphere,social media, and how she juggles all of it,(which I’m still trying to figure out.) She had so many great tips and I loved her for openly sharing her knowledge and points of view with me.

Jan Correll- Silver is the New Blonde

I enjoy sharing ideas with other women and found Jan to be smart, honest, and very authentic.
There is a wonderful connection between women when you listen to what they say about how they are embracing their life after 50 without judging how they do it.   We all wear different fashion styles and do different things to ourselves (Cosmetic, hair coloring, eyelash extensions, wigs, and the list goes on) to make us feel better. I love looking at women over 50 and their choices of fashion and beauty tricks may not be my own. I see so many beautiful women over 50 and I was fortunate to make a new friend with one.

My Resort Casual Style:
I always pack a couple of nice outfits when I’m in Hilton Head because I know I will be eating out a couple of times during my stay. Because it’s in the high 80’s in August at Hilton Head, I always pack sundresses for shopping in and a chic resort casual outfit for dinner at the finer restaurants.


New Friends and Resort Casual- Hello I'm 50ish

New Friends and Resort Casual- Hello I'm 50ish

I always wonder what other people think is proper attire when dining out on vacation while at the beach. Do they think about packing a couple of nice outfits or just assume all restaurants are “Come as you are?” I see a lot of people wearing cargo shorts, flip flops and baseball caps at really nice restaurants. First of all, men should remove their hats when they enter a building. Period.

What is resort casual attire?
Resort casual is fashionable and functional . You can wear casual dresses, skirts, nice shorts, and tops. It isn’t cutoffs and flip flops!
I packed this sundress I purchased from Collage Boutique in Atlanta and wore it for my lunch date with Jan and for dinner later that night at a popular seafood restaurant.


New Friends and Resort Casual- Hello I'm 50ish

New Friends and Resort Casual- Hello I'm 50ish

The restaurant is a dockside casual restaurant and you see all types of outfits worn to the restaurant. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. I thought it a lot while eating out!

New Friends and Resort Casual- Hello I'm 50ish



My Other Dining Story:

I had dinner with my daughters and husband at a popular Italian restaurant in Hilton Head to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We dressed appropriately for this restaurant but a party of 4 were refused to be seated because they look like they just came off the beach, (The guys were wearing flip flops, baseball caps, cargo shorts, and tee shirts. The women wear wearing fedoras and really short jean cut offs.)They probably never thought once to look at the dress code or call the restaurant to ask what the dress code was in the first place.

New Friends and Resort Casual- Hello I'm 50ish

This restaurant is highly rated and one of the top restaurants on the island. If you’re going to spend a lot of money, dress like the restaurants would prefer you to dress. Or you may find yourself scrambling to find a restaurant who will take you just the way you are….

Even the local Hilton Head Island Packet wrote an article this week to help the tourists figure out if they will be under dressed  at the better restaurants on the island. There was a time when people wanted to dress up to eat out but now I see a very casual look that may not be acceptable to some restaurants.
Know before you go.

We love eating at the different restaurants on the island and resort casual is acceptable everywhere!

Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Do you pack resort casual when you’re at the beach on vacation just in case you eat out?

I hope you join me again!
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Hugs from Hilton Head!



  1. August 5, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Loved your post! Great that you were able to connect with Jan! Yes, I always pack what I consider resort casual and love to go to dinner looking cute! I’m talking about it on my blog this Wed. Great minds think alike Tobin!

    • August 5, 2017 / 9:48 pm

      You are so sweet! Yes, it was great connecting to Jan and she is absolutely wonderful. We will do more together as fierce sisters!
      I can’t wait to read your post too!

  2. Dona Stewart
    August 6, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Thank you for your honest post and helpful hints on what is acceptable attire. I enjoy wearing my nicer clothing and coordinating jewelry when going out to dinner, or lunch of just out and about. In my opinion it is a matter of respect for oneself to present yourself in the such a fashion. I’m new to your blog and am enjoying it very much.

    • August 7, 2017 / 11:38 am

      Welcome to my blog and I hope you will enjoy it!
      I agree that I enjoy looking nice when out and about because it lifts my spirits.
      I have been seeing way too much “down dressing” lately and I am wondering why some people dress this way!
      I am especially shocked when people are under dressed in fine restaurants and the restaurant’s let them in!


  3. Julie
    August 7, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    I love your outfit and enjoyed your post. I agree on dressing up to the level of the restaurant. I think it’s disrespectful to show up in cutoffs and beach attire.

    • August 7, 2017 / 9:35 pm


      Thank you for your comments!
      I always worry if I offend people who like to dress super casual 24/7.


  4. Claire
    August 18, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Hi Robin
    Thank you for your blog – I really enjoy your positivity and I think your love of life shines through in your style.
    I remember reading an article many years ago about dressing appropriately. The general sentiment of it was “dressing appropriately is a matter of respect. By overdressing no-one can ever criticise you for not respecting your host – unlike the other way around”.
    Ever since reading that I have never felt self-conscious about being overdressed anywhere as I believe I am showing respect for my host and fellow attendees at whatever event it is. I feel comfortable erring on the side of overdressing! But I would be mortified to be underdressed. Lol!
    Kind regards

    • August 19, 2017 / 6:58 pm


      So happy you like to dress up and you’re right, it is about respecting your host and yourself!
      When I go out to dinner I prefer to dress nice even on vacation!


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