Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Pearls: Going Long

I love scarves and basically live in them from early fall till late spring. As a result, I always feel a little incomplete style-wise when summer rolls in and it's too hot for a scarf. I have lightweight scarves that work on those unseasonably cooler summer days, but for the rest of the time, I'm loath to wrap anything around my neck. As Ella says, "It's too darn hot." I've tried statement necklaces as a scarf alternative in summertime, but even those seem too burdensome when it's 90 degrees Fahrenheit. What's an over 50 gal supposed to do?

This summer, I pulled out a string of faux pink pearls (above and below) from my bobble box. I can't begin to tell you how old the necklace is--several decades at least. For the most part, these pearls have been collecting dust for years. Now, though, I'm wearing them a lot. They aren't suffocating like a scarf and they aren't heavy like some statement necklaces.

I am fortunate enough to have a couple of inherited short strands of real pearls, but I like a longer strand much more right now. Since turning 50, I'm a little uncomfortable in anything that is supper conservative or demure, like sweater sets, boxy suits and short strands of pearls. Unlike a short, pert strand of pearls, a long string of pearls falls carelessly from the neck. And as Coco Chanel (below) has shown us, gobs of long, looping strands of pearls add drama to any outfit. It's something to aspire to!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Style Over 50: A Vest Above the Rest

Vest for women over 50

These days, I'm on the lookout for longer tops--sweaters, tunics and, yes, vests. Tops that end at the hips tend to accentuate the hips, the bottom and thighs. Who needs that? So...when Pauline Durban, founder of the clothing company Covered Perfectly, wrote to say she'd added a Cascading Vest (above) to her collection, I was excited. As the name suggests, the Cascading Vest is a draped piece that falls well below the hips, creating a flattering look for women over 50. Psst! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for a special Covered Perfectly offer for Flattering50 readers.

Friday, July 18, 2014

New Fall Socks: Rich Colors, Vivid Designs

Is it too early to start talking about fall? Believe me, I have no desire to hurry time. Time is moving much too fast already. companies are beginning to share their Fall 2014 collections and I'm seeing garments and accessories that I think might jump start my fall wardrobe. One such company, Ozone, recently sent me three pairs of stunning socks from its Fall 2014 collection.

Living in the Northeast, I wear socks a lot--9 out of 12 months. I get pretty tired of wearing ho-hum black, navy or grey socks day after day. So...I'm always on the lookout for socks with personality--even if I'm the only one who sees them. If you feel the same, you might like to take a peek at the fall sock collection at Ozone. The company has a large collection of gorgeous, colorful socks. Take, for instance, the pair of Floral Angora ($14.00) I'm wearing (above and below). The socks, which are made in France, are decorated with bright flowers, dots and...a row of purple beetles.