How to Cure Yourself of ABD – {Video}

Do you have ABD? Watch this video to find out and learn how to cure this common fashion ailment.

Deborah BolandDeborah: If you have a closet full of black clothes and can’t stop buying and wearing black then you likely have ABD or Abundant Black Disorder.

It’s a problem that anyone can have but is really common after 40. Who doesn’t love black? It’s very slimming, it goes with everything and always looks chic, but you know what? As you get older black can make you look tired, hard, and old.
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How to Wear Pastels Without Looking Old

Deborah BolandFor a long time pastels were associated with sappy senior citizens’ fashions and medical office decor. But now, that’s all changed.

Did you see the pastel striped top I blogged about recently? Take a  look at how it gave my outfit a fresh and modern feel.

So what’s so different about the new pastels, and how do you wear them in a way that’s not old lady? Fashion stylist Morgan Mullin has put a few ideas for how to wear pastels with modern flair.

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1. Keep it Minimalist

The new pastels are all about clean lines and strong shapes, so choose streamlined garments with simple cuts and few embellishments to capture the look. The emphasis is not meant to be on the color, but the piece itself. Great examples of this include simple blazers, clean and crisp pants, or even un-embellished bags in pastel shades.

On the flip side, avoid pastel pieces with frills or lace- they’ll age you instantly. If you want added drama, choose a piece with a strong, sculptural shape- like the cocoon jacket in the set above. Continue Reading

Pastel Stripes Make Sporty Feminine

Fabulous After 40 Deborah Boland

I was wandering around at Ann Taylor the other day and noticed a lot of pretty pastels. I usually gravitate towards brighter colors, but this soft peach, striped top was just so delicious and … Continue Reading

How To Bowl Them Over In Black And White Stripes

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Have you ever had that experience of talking about something and then seeing it pop up everywhere you go? Since I last blogged about bold black and white stripes they have shown up in so many places, … Continue Reading

Is Beige Boring Over 40?

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Dear Deborah, The color beige seems to be everywhere this spring, but I'm afraid to try it because I think it will wash me out. Do you think beige is too much of a blah color for women over 40? … Continue Reading

St. Patrick’s Day – What to Wear

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Top o' the morning to you this St. Patrick's Day. I thought it would be fun to post an outfit idea for those of you who like to celebrate in green. Here's a monochromatic look in Emerald Green that … Continue Reading

7 Ways to Wear Radiant Orchid

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A few years ago a girlfriend of mine gave me an elegant purple orchid as a gift, and ever since I have been hooked not only on the flower, but on the exquisite color. Pantone  calls this … Continue Reading

Spring/Summer 2014 Color Trends – Flattering For Women Over 40


After a long dark winter things are cheering up as the latest styles arriving in a gorgeous array of spring hues. Here's a look at what Pantone, the global color forecaster, says will be hot … Continue Reading

Make Your Outfit Pop With a Blue Purse

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I don't know about you but I own a lot of black purses, so a couple of years back when I spotted this cobalt blue Furla tote,  I was instantly hooked. To this day, it's still one of my favorite … Continue Reading

How To Look “Wow” in Winter White

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Fabulous After 40 fan Sara Ehrlich sent me this cute photo of herself decked out in winter white that she recently posted on her 40+ style blog. Doesn't she look fab? Yes, white in winter, … Continue Reading