Fashion after 40

Fashions for women hitting their stride (40+)

What to Wear Over 40–Summer Cocktail Party

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The event:  An outdoor cocktail party

The outfit:  A cool, sophisticated, not-too-bare top, drapey full trousers (available at Ann Taylor.com) and to dress things up a bit, gold accessories (shoes at Ann Taylor.com, Kate Spade earrings, bangle bracelet available at Nordstrom.com) (more…)

Poor Michelle, Suffering from Kid-in-a-Candy-Store-itis

Oscar de la Renta at Style.com

Oscar de la Renta at Style.com

I have three words for Michelle Obama, “elegant, understated fashion”. She simply has too many choices; she needs to learn to be a good editor. Style is as much about what you don’t choose as what you do.

 

American fashion is about uncomplicated clothes with clean lines worn with a dash of panache. Iconic American designers like Oscar de la Renta, Calvin, Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Michael Kors know how to design contemporary clothing without falling prey to foofy, fussy design. (more…)

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…)

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…)

How to Dress 10 Pounds Thinner from Glamour

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I don’t read Glamour often; occasionally I’ll leaf through my daughter’s issues and I find it to be geared to 20-30 year olds. But this article from Glamour.com has some good advice for dressing slimmer without the typical stodgy recommendations like ­­­­“wear a scarf near your face to draw attention up”…

Frumpy–“A woman regarded as dull, plain, or unfashionable”

photo from You Look Fab

 As the mother of a 22 year old, I’m at that stage in my life when some styles just aren’t attractive or appropriate anymore. My two biggest fears are looking like my mother and looking like my daughter. And, those of us who work hard to stay in shape walk a tightrope because we can wear just about anything (low rise jeans, skimpy tops), but there is a fine line between looking current and looking like a fashion victim. (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…)

Ruffles, Lace and Florals for Fall?

photo from Stylelist.com

photo from Stylelist.com

As this ultra femmme/baby doll phase dies down, we still have a few trends to deal with. As I’ve said before, I like to look current while maintaining “my” look. Can the floral prints that have seeped into fall fashion fit my image? Can ruffles work for women over 25? Can lace look sophisticated? Well, only if they are toned down a few notches. (more…)