Friday, August 31, 2012

Are You Ready for Some Labor Day Sales?

Editor's Note: Most, but not all, of the sales reported below ended on Labor Day, Sept. 3rd, 2012.

On my way home from work last night, I stopped at the local sporting goods shop to check out its Labor Day Weekend sale. I was looking for a deal on a new tennis outfit (yes, I've got US Open fever!) and found a Lacoste outfit, originally $150 before tax, reduced to just $58 after tax. Eureka!! This very happy over 50 woman recommends you check out the sales at your favorite online and on-the-street shops this holiday weekend. Clothiers are offering up to 75% off. While some of the biggest savings are on summer items, there are discounts on new fall fashions, too. For instance, you'll find the Pure Collection Fall - 25% Off. All the latest styles are reduced--I like that! The Animal Print Pencil Skirt (above), which is regularly $124, is $93 right now. Click "read more" for other sales and a few garments and accessories that could make you a happy over 50 woman this weekend. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Over 50 Style: 10 Fun Fall Flats

Nine West Siteseeing cap toe flat

Fun fall flats--say that five times fast! I'm thrilled to see so many fall flats appearing online. With so much emphasis on towering heels and hot pants this summer, I started to fear shoe designers might forget about those of us who prefer our feet firmly on the ground. For this post, I've assembled 10 fall flats that caught my eye. Take, for instance, the Nine West Siteseeing cap toe flat ($79) above. Go to just about any shoe website and you'll find animal print shoes. But I love these flats because the toes are the only part dipped in animal print. Want a shoe that's covered in animal print? Click "read more" below to view an animal print loafer and 8 more fall favorites--many of them currently on sale.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fall Suit News: The Three-Quarter Sleeves!

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Quick! What fashion trends are the most flattering for women over 50? Off the top of my head, I would say: scarves, longer hemlines and 3/4 sleeves. I've enjoyed wearing long skirts this summer and can't wait to start wrapping up in scarves again this fall. But what's got me really excited are the fall suit jackets with 3/4 sleeves. I've worn suits all my professional life, but I've always felt they were a little stuffy, a little too masculine for my taste. And now, post 50, the last thing I want is to wear anything that feels stuffy or masculine! I'm loving the suit jackets with 3/4 sleeves because they're professional, but also feminine. Take a peek at the Today show video (above) which features several "looks" for women over 50. The video starts out with an 11-second advertisement, then some sensible styling tips, and followed by a fashion show of over 50 women. It's one of the better ones I've seen. (Note: If you want to watch the video full screen, go to NBC Today's Style: Baby Boomer Fashion.) And click "read more" for a couple of suit jackets with 3/4 sleeves currently available online.

Fashion Pick of the Day: Lace Blazer

Rory Beca Sofia Lace Blazer

Check out this Rory Beca Sofia Lace Blazer (was $143, now $71) available in sizes Medium and Large. (Focus on the blazer, please, and not the babe in the hot pants!!) I came across the blazer while working on a post about fall suits. Click on the photo to zoom in on the lace material. It's so feminine and festive, ready for a party or other special occasion. And the sales price is hard to resist. Flattering50 readers are always asking for garments that will cover their arms. Most clothiers aren't interested in showing tops or dresses with sleeves in the summer months. A lace blazer seems like the perfect way to cover up in a sleeveless top or dress! Click "read more" below for links to other posts on covering over 50 arms.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Huff Post Heralds Fashion Blogs for Over 50s

Well, I couldn't be more tickled. This week, Huffington Post's Post 50 column ran a post entitled Fashion Over 50: 11 Fashion And Beauty Blogs By And For Stylish Post 50s. And guess what?!? Flattering50 was mentioned! I'm honored to be included in the list, which includes a bunch of great blogs, including Not Dead Yet and Chic At Any Age. If you're looking for blogs for us, take a peek at the list. Cheers!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Giveaway: What’s Your Must-Have Fall Fashion?

Last month was the hottest July on record for New York. And August hasn’t exactly cooled down. Blistering heat doesn’t put me in the mood for fall shopping. However, everywhere I go, I’m seeing “Fall Fashion Preview” issues of magazines. And I must admit the previews are having their intended effect: I’m starting to think about my fall 2012 wardrobe. Personally, I don't like to shop in stores or online without a plan. If I don't have a particular garment or accessory in mind, I end up spending too much time and too much money. So…for my current Flattering50 Giveaway, I’d like to know: “What’s Your Must-Have Fall Fashion?” What garment or accessory will you be adding to your fall wardrobe? Share your ideas in the Comment Box on this post for a chance to win one of three $25 Gift Certificate! Click “read more” for Giveaway details…