Fashion after 40

What to Wear Over 40–Shopping the Summer Sales II

Akris at SaksMy after July 4th shopping philosophy:

  • buy staples like T-shirts and jeans while they’re on sale
  • buy warm weather clothes in classic silhouettes that will still look great next year (see my last post, Shopping the Summer Sales I)
  • splurge on a designer piece or two that I couldn’t possible afford at full price. One caveat–I have to LOVE it for 10 years and it has to be something that fits into my wardrobe–no sequined T-shirts or chartreuse stilettos, no matter how great a deal!
  • hunt for great deals on the fall/winter clothes left over from last year (that is the subject of my next post, Shopping the Summer Sales III) (more…)

What to Wear Over 40–Shopping the Summer Sales I

The scene:  It’s time to start planning a fall wardrobe and to stop buying summer clothes…UNLESS… great deals can be found on clothes that will still look fresh next summer

The outfits:  some great outfits to wear to work, with dark pallets that will seamlessly take you into fall

#1  Unbelievable that this gorgeous basic can be had for a great price–Trina Turk black wide leg slacks (Chickdowntown.com) paired with a sweet but sophisticated silk blouse that you can wear all year long (from Milly at Chickdowntown.com). Or, if your workplace is more serious, how about a flattering little shirt-jacket with these slacks. (from Theory at Chickdowntown.com) The proportion is perfect–short and fitted over long and loose. Add some smokin’ black heels and silver jewelry and you’re set to goMilly at Chickdowntown

Theory 2 at Chickdowntown
Trina Turk at Chickdowntown

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What to Wear Over 40–Casual Summer Wedding

Foley + Corinna at ChickdowntownThe scene:  A casual summer wedding, in a garden or on a patio or a bridal shower, brunch or other daytime summer celebration

The outfit:  A floaty garden party dress (Foley + Corinna at Chickdowntown.com) paired with whimsical shoes (Donna Karan at Zappos.com)Donna Karan at Zappos with heels that won’t sink into the grass, a little sweater (Talbots.com)Talbots for some coverage and one piece of statement jewelry–a gemstone necklaceNovica 8

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

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

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
Bloomingdales

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.