What to Wear Over 40–North woods Summer Vacation

J. Crew4The scene:  A mountain or north woods vacation where it’s warm during the day and cool at night

The outfit:  Perfect fitting straight leg khakis (Banana Republic.com) and a chambray shirt (J.Crew.com) pulled together with a rugged Cole Haan tote  and Ralph Lauren belt (both at Nordstrom.com), Minnetonka moccasins(Nordstrom.com) and a beautiful turquoise cuff(Novica.com)Banana RepublicMinnetonka at NorsdstromRalph Lauren at Nordstrom 2Cole Haan at Nordstrom 2Novica 6

Project MyWay #26–Another Orange Dress

Project MyWay 26This orange dress was made with some of the salwar kameez fabric I brought back from India…we’ll have to plan another trip, I’m using my Indian fabric up fast! I used Style 1012 which, obviously, is discontinued. In case any of you have this pattern in your stash, it fits well and is easy to make.

I made the trim for the neckline with the border of the fabric. I just stretched it and molded it with the iron to make it hug the curves. I lined this dress with the piece of fabric that comes with a kameez bundle that is meant for the pants (I think). I was kicking myself for not lining my orange linen dress. It’s so simple to do and really makes a dress hang better and you don’t have to worry about show through.

If it ever gets warm in Chicago (it’s 64 degrees here now) this will make a great sundress for a barbeque or casual dinner out.

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What to Wear Over 40–Casual Work Wear Summer ’09

DKNYThe event:  Causal Friday or causal office appropriate clothes

The outfit:  A comfortable pull-on skirt (DKNY.com) with a fitted T in an “urban color” to give it some authority (Banana Republic.com), a casual pair of heeled sandals (Born at Zappos.com) and some fun, naturalist jewelryBanana Republic2(Novica.com)Born at ZapposNovica 5Novica 7

Project MyWay #25–Orange Linen Dress

Project MyWay 25 Orange Linen DressI’m in a crazy orange phase…it started last summer–I covered my patio furniture in an orange print, then I bought an orange bathing suit and then I made Project MyWay #9, a Diane von Furstenbeg knock-off top in an orange print. (more…)

In Praise of White Pants

Armani at Neiman MarcusIf I were challenged to wear white pants every day of the summer I could definitely do it! White pants can fit almost any occasion…here is my ultimate white pant collection:

White silk trousers–these are perfect for any time you want to get dressed up a little or a lot and they’re great for early in the summer when you’re not ready to bare your legs. (more…)

What to Wear Over 40–Jazz Club in the City

Ann Demeulemeester at Far FetchThe event:  Saturday night at a jazz club in the city
The outfit:  A classy, sexy wrap top (Ann Demeulemeest at Far Fetch.com, comes in peach too), skinny black pants (Alice & Olivia at Norstrom.com), killer sandals (Tahari at Piperlime.com) and some exotic jewelry (Novica.com)
Alice & Olivia at NordstromTahari at PiperlimeNovica 3Novica 2Hint:  This wrap top is great if you want to hide a tummy, but please wear sleeveless only if your arms look good!

What to Wear Over 40–Shopping and Lunch

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The event:  A day of shopping and lunch with friends

The outfit:  Clothing that is easy to get on and off…a simple shift (Diane von Fursenberg on sale at dvf.com), comfortable walking shoes (Celine at Bloomingdales.com, set off with silver jewelry (earrings by Argento Vivo, bracelet by Ralph Lauren both at Bloomindales.com) and a roomy bag (Bloomindales.com)

Celine at Bloomingdales
Ralph Lauren 2 at Bloomindales
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Argento Vivo at Bloomindgdales

What to Wear Over 40–Office Wear Summer ’09

Bigio at Neiman MarcusThe event:  A summer day at the office and you want to look pulled together

The outfit:  A simple, elegant summer dress (on sale at Neiman Marcus.com), a sweater (Ann Taylor.com)  to throw over your shoulders when indoors, some serious pumps (Ferragamo at Nordstrom.com) and chunky jewelry (Nordstrom.com) to add a little edge.

Ann Taylor 2Ferragamo at NordstromChunky silve bracelet at NordstromChunky silver earrings at Nordstrom

What to Wear Over 40–Farmer’s Market and Errands

Ann TaylorThe scene:  A busy summer Saturday afternoon–could be errands, a flea market or farmer’s market

The outfit: Just an easy pair of shorts and t-shirt (Ann Taylor.com), but polished looking because of the neutral pallet and handsome accessories (Ralph Lauren sandals at Bloomingdales.com, Ralph Lauren belt at Nordstrom.com,  hobo bag Michael Kors at Bloomindales.com, Juicy Couture earrings at Nordstrom.com)

Michael Kors at BloomindalesJuicy Couture at NordstromRalph Lauren at Nordstrom

Ralph Lauren at BloomindalesHint:  These short are for those with good legs; longer shorts or a khaki skirt may be better for you. Make sure the fit of this outfit is generous, it’s an easy look–no tight clothing.

Helen Mirren Looking Great at 55? 65? Who Cares!

Helen Mirren
I believe that if we take good care of ourselves and put effort into our appearance, that we reach a place where our look is ageless. As in who cares how old she is, she looks great!

Helen Mirren pulls this off with understated, figure flattering clothes, a great hair cut and a twinkle in her eye. A role model we After 40’s can look up to.