what to wear over 40

What to Wear Over 40–Shopping the Summer Sales III

This is a great time of the year to purchase fall clothes, shoes and boots that are on sale from last year. I’m looking for great deals on not-too-trendy pieces that will jump start my fall wardrobe. I don’t want to spend too much though, because I want to save the bulk of my fall budget for things that are starting to hit the stores.

Here are my picks for fall deals and steals:

I wanted to buy this DKNY (at Bloomindales.com) last winter, I can’t believe I have another opportunity–at a great price! With it’s cropped length and 3/4 sleeve, it still looks fresh:

DKNY on sale Bloomies (more…)

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–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.

TTFN

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