How To Bowl Them Over In Black And White Stripes

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, in so many forms. This is one trend that is going strong. Here a couple of classy, but casual ways to wear the look.

black and white striped dress

1. Try a Black and White Striped Dress

If you thought big bold stripes weren’t for you, this look may change your mind. This is a fantastic dress for two reasons:

  • It’s a fit and flare shape- so flattering on everyone.
  • The stripes are arranged in such a way that they camouflage trouble spots and highlight your best features. You see, dark recedes and light colors advance. By having dark at the tummy and bust where you might have some midlife weight, and highlighting the rest with white stripes, you camouflage your problem spots and create the illusion of a shapely, youthful figure.

In the old days (does that sound bad? – you know what I mean) you might of added a gold necklace and a black bag, but today it’s chic to punch up your outfit with some bright color. The orange bag and mint necklace are two of spring’s top colors according to Pantone and so they’re  just perfect to go with this look. Check out this dress and some others below. Continue Reading

St. Patrick’s Day – What to Wear

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 will make you look chic, long and lean. Have Fun!

green monochrome

7 Ways to Wear Radiant Orchid

radiant orchid

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

blue purse

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

white outfit in winter

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

Mykonos Blue For Fall – Runway to Reality


Resembling the color of the sea near the Greek Islands,  Mykonos blue has been named one of the top colors for fall/winter by Pantone, the world leader in color prediction. This bold, hypnotic … Continue Reading

How Pink Can Perk You Up After 40

pink fall 2013

Step aside, purple! Though it's not usually thought of as a top fall color, an unexpected pop of pink is just what you need during these dreary months. This fall pink has been seen in feminine … Continue Reading

Colorblocking Done Non-Weird!

color blocked basics

When you think of colorblocking, do you think of neon pink next to a searing yellow? It doesn't have to be. Colorblocking for  fall is much more sophisticated, while still looking youthful and bold. … Continue Reading

Pointers On Wearing Purple this Fall

purple jacket fall 2013

If you read my post on the Top Colors for Fall you already know that purple is right up there at the top of the list.  This luxe jewel tone adds drama to every outfit, creating instant impact. See … Continue Reading