If you been biting your nails wondering if you won our Spring Trends 2013 – Style over 40 Contest, then check out yesterday’s post where we featured winners #10 and #9 . Everyone loved the 10th place – Emerald Green ensemble and 9th place – Monaco Blue dress highlighted with wine colored accessories.
Are you ready to meet the 8th and 7th place winners? * Read on….
Winner #8 Navy Stripes by Annette “Lady of Style”
Ladylike fashions were a huge hit with all of you who voted for this beautiful outfit inspired by the current Bold Stripes trend. Fabulous After 4o reader Annette Hoeldrich who you met in our lemon zest post did a fabulous job putting together an over 40 look that was feminine, age-appropriate and modern.
Annette started with a simple sheath dress in off white – a wonderful canvas for her creation. Don’t you just love the chic cap sleeves and gorgeous side pleating that works so well to accent the waist? It’s really important as we age to try and create a bit of a waist , even though middle age spread may have crept in. This dress subtley does the trick.
Next came this fab Navy Striped Jacket. These kind of jacket is all over the place, so it’s pretty easy to find at any pricepoint. Make sure the one you choose is not boxy, and as with any jacket, make sure it is well made. The better the quality, the more shape the garment will have, and that means the more it will help define your figure.
The shoes in this collage are to die for, don’t you think? Navy suede shoes add some texture to this outfit and the sexy gold heel is so sexy and regal. A perfect example of how less is more sometimes when it comes to shoes.
As for the jewelry, the resin double bangle and the the crystal friendship bracelet complement each other nicely and look contemporay worn together and the gorgeous Lamprini Black Star necklace is showstopper. A piece like this is what makes an outfit go from lovely to unforgettable. It’s important to choose jewelry that really feels like you because jewelry is very much an expression of your personality.
Poppy red has been another big trend this spring and Annette incorporated this power color into her outfit. We love the way the bursts of red bring so much energy and joy to this look. And oh, that red nail polish!! Whoo Hoo. Watch out boys!
Finally….the hat. “Who wears a hat?”, you maybe thinking. Well you might! For a unique occasion like a wedding, charity event or for a special opening ceremony of some kind this would be memorable and fun and isn’ that what fashion is all about- having some fun?
Speaking of having fun, it appears Annette was having a lot of fun when she created this next look- Winner #7. Double applause please for Annette!
Winner #7 Nude Laces also by Annette “Lady of Style”
The lace trend has been around for a couple of seasons and it’s no wonder. Women love it, especially you ladies here at Fabulous after 40! Let’s take a look at why so many of you chose this outfit as one of our Pin it To Win it Winners.
This is an look that is classic, elegant and definitely on the romantic side. While the belted jacket is all business, the lace skirt reveals a very feminine side. It’s got a beautiful ying and yang feel that shows you are in charge but doesn’t hide the fact that you are a woman and enjoy being one!
If you look at the color palette – tone on tone shades of white, creams, and taupe, you’ll find that it communicates a very calming, sophisticated message.
It’s really interesting to see how Annette incorporated a make-up palette in this collage. That’s actually a great starting place for creating an outfit if you have no idea where to begin to co-ordinate colors. I love the way unique necklace she chose to wear with the jacket. It balances out the lacy skirt and that touch of pink just brings the outfit to life. A purely brown and cream necklace wouldn’t have been too perfectly matchy.
Accessories are important when you put together an outfit. These have the same lady -like feel as the outfit but they aren’t wimpy. The tote, snakeskin shoes, bracelet and cool sunglasses are clean and sleek and go with the elegant feel. Bravo Annette!
What do you like about these outfits? Comment below and let us know.
For specific designer and pricing information for the items in the winning collages as well as all the creations submitted, visit our Pinterest board Spring Fashion Trends.
Be sure to come back tomorrow for more Spring 2013 fashion inspiration when we will feature winners #6 and #5!