Design Inspiration

Fall Wardrobe ’09–Part 1

Many of you have visited my new blog, What to Wear Over 40. One of the reasons Istarted composing outfits for over 40s is because I searched the web for wardrobe ideas for myself and all I found was a lot of outdated advice on how to dress after 40.  I wanted some ideas! Some fodder for my sewing inspiration. So, I decided I just better do it myself. Most retailers cater to younger women (HELLO merchants…who has the income for this expensive clothing?), finding contemporary clothes when you’re older is a matter of weeding out what’s inappropriate (or just plain ugly). (more…)

Suiting Picks for Fall ’09

At this time of the year number one on my fall wardrobe list is a great suit; it becomes the backbone of my wardrobe. Luckily, nice looking suits can be had at any price point, but this is where it pays to be able to sew it yourself and have the out of reach designer looks and beautiful fabrics.

Here are my fall 2009 suiting picks:

Akris at NM#1  The Splurge–if money were no object, I’d go for this suit by Akris. It’s structured without being boring, the red and burgundy combo has a creative flair and nothing is more flattering than a fitted jacket with a belt–instant hourglass figure! If you’ve ever purchased Akris, you know that their fabrics are sumptuous (this jacket is cashmere/silk) and their tailoring is soft, but finely executed. (more…)

Spring Wardrobe ’09–Part 3

burberry-at-nmCoats, sweaters, tops and pants–that’s what you need for springtime in Chicago. Here it is, almost Easter and the temperatures are hovering around the freezing point. And we have 6 weeks more to go of this lovely spring weather, until about June 1st when summer usually arrives, hot and sticky.

 

I love this trench coat from Burberry, but this fabric could never be found in Chicago, so it’ll go on my wish list and maybe I’ll find it marked down 90% at the end of the season!

 

 

 

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Jeans, Jeans Everywhere

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Home again; home again…I’m so glad that trip is behind me. All went exceptionally well and I’m on the fast track to recovery.

 

In India, I had visions of spring fashions in my head and I’m starting to sort out where I want to begin; more on that in the next few days.

 

On my trek to India, I spent many hours sitting in O’Hare and Frankford airports and I was overwhelmed by the number of people wearing jeans. All different nationalities of peoples, every style of denim known to man; jeans really are the global dress code. Makes me wish I invested in a denim factory way back when! (more…)

Spring Wardrobe ’09–Part 2

Ralph Lauren Spring 09 designs to sew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ralphie baby. My relationship with Ralph Lauren has come full circle. In my 20’s I was a RL girl—all cashmere, velvet and luxurious woolens. That was B.C. (before children), when I had time to sew and I remember going to Marshall Field’s (gone, but not forgotten) to take intricate notes and measurements from a burgundy silk velvet turtleneck dress so I could copy the look. Ah…those were the days of easily dressing like a million bucks. (more…)

Spring Wardrobe ’09–Part 1

 

 

Couture-Couture '08

 

So, I’m doing my fashion magazine thing…going through last year’s issues with spring and summer fashions. I’m always amazed at what looks good to me the year after it is introduced, I think it takes my eye some time to adjust to new styles. (more…)

Fashion Role Models for Women

This is a frustrating subject because in our youth centered society, we are flooded with images of young women. Even when older women are in the public eye, most are trying to look years younger than they are which, in my opinion, looks ridiculous. (more…)

Fall Shoes and Boots

I have a love/hate relationship with shoes and boots. I won’t buy shoes or boots unless I love them and they have to pass rigorous scrutiny to be loved. They must be: (more…)