Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wall Street Journal Recommends Blogs For Mature Women

My goodness, what a thrill! Today, the Wall Street Journal's Teri Agins mentioned Flattering50 in her article entitled, Jump Start a New Work Wardrobe. The article is about "must-have" items for a woman over 50 returning to the office. Terri mentioned Flattering50 as well as Chic At Any Age, Lady of Style and A Femme d'Un Certain Age I love these blogs, too!

If you're looking for ideas on how to dress for today's office, take a peek at Teri's article.

Monday, October 28, 2013

The White Blouse: Fashion’s Age Equalizer

white blouses for over 50 women

About white blouses, Designer Carolina Herrera, 74, has said: “They are my security blanket. They're very feminine, and when I'm getting dressed in the morning and can't decide what to wear, a white blouse always fits the bill…They're very flattering, because they light up one's face.” To this white blouse endorsement, I would add two more things. First, the white blouse doesn’t discriminate against age. It looks lovely on women of all ages. And, secondly, there is nothing ho-hum about a white blouse. Case in point: Uma Thurman, wearing a white blouse while dancing with John Travolta in Pulp Fiction. Or how about that frisky Elaine Stritch, who wore nothing but a white blouse and black stockings for her one-woman show in 2001? She was 76. For all these reasons, the white blouse is a must-have in this over 50 woman's closet.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Style Over 50: Great Graphics!

My friend Loretta just returned from Italy. I was dying to hear about her trip, so we met for a girl’s lunch out this week. Loretta arrived at the restaurant wearing a fabulous graphic sweater dress over slacks (above). Doesn’t she look stunning? Now before you scour this post, looking for the dress’s brand, I’ll tell you: the sweater dress was bought at a Florence boutique. I know: Ugh! Still, I wanted to share it with you because it shows how flattering graphic prints are on women over 50.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Style Over 50: It's a Scarf World

Editor's Note: Katy was the winner of the Feminine Transitions e-book giveway. Congratulations, Katy!

This over 50 style watcher gets a kick out finding scarves for sale in unexpected places. It's not surprising, considering what a "hot trend" scarves are these days. Still, it makes me laugh.  Recently, my husband and I stopped by a vineyard (below) on the North Fork of Long Island, the East Coast's wine country, and found lovely French-import scarves for sale. Needless to say, my husband and I came for the rosé, but I left with two new scarves.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

‘Tis the Season to Promote Your Designs on Flattering50

Is it too soon to talk about the holiday season? I was in the local “5 and 10” store and there was an aisle stuffed with Christmas/Hanukkah decorations right next to the Halloween aisle. A little strange, yes? Still, it reminded me that it was time to post my annual offer to promote small designers over 40 at the holiday season on Flattering50. Are you or someone you know an over 40 designers of clothing, jewelry, hats, handbags or some other garment or accessory? If so, read on.

Once again, I am inviting woman over 40 who design clothing and/or accessories to share their artistry with Flattering50 readers who are looking for holiday gifts for sisters, daughters, girlfriend, coworkers and other females in their lives. Over the next month, I will publish a post about each designer and her collection. The post will include a link back to the designer’s website to learn more and shop. I'll also give a "shout out" on Flattering50's Facebook page. This is free publicity with no strings attached. In the season of giving, it’s my way of showing appreciation for women over 40 who create.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fashion Over 50: The Security Sweater

Long lavender sweater for women over 50

Is there a garment more "all American" than jeans? Off the top of my head, I can't think of one. And yet, after turning 50, I started wearing jeans less and less. Being short, I've never found the loose-fitting jeans very flattering. And being old-er, I felt uncomfortable wearing jeans that were form-fitting. In recent months, however, two things have got me thinking differently about jeans. First, in a recent interview, Iris Apfel, 92, said she lives in jeans during the daylight hours. And though she is taller and slimmer than I am, I thought: "If jeans are good enough for Iris, they're good enough for me." And secondly, I'm feeling very comfortable in this season's ultra-lightweight long cardigan and jeans. Here's how I'm styling my jeans with long cardigans. And for a few shopping sources for longer sweaters, scroll down.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Smart, Stylish Reading Glasses For Women Over 50

stylish reading glasses for women over 50

Do you remember the first sign of aging you couldn’t ignore? Mine was the necessity for reading glasses. I was in my youthful mid-40s and I could no longer read menus at candlelit tables. Fast-forward a decade and wearing reading glasses seems as natural as wearing shoes. Over the years, I've enjoyed wearing glasses in  a wide variety of styles and colors. So...when the folks at Corinne McCormack asked me to try a pair of readers from the designer’s Fall/Holiday 2013 collection, I said, "yes, please."