Chic At Any Age? Yes, Really!

Women of  a certain age are a growing demographic. Josephine Lalwan is out to prove they are also one chic bunch! Josephine is the creator of  Chic at Any Age, a popular blog that helps give mature women confidence in the way they present themselves.

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With a background in fashion pr and image consulting, Josephine is a natural to report on style. The 64-year-old fashionista travels between London and St. Tropez blogging about the latest trends and showcasing her timeless style. [Read more…]

4 Classy Ways to Look Cute in Shorts

If you want to wear shorts this summer, go right ahead. Shorts can look cute and classy especially if you keep your look classic. What do I mean? Here are a few examples:

TAILORED BUT NOT STUFFY

 

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Tailored Shorts

Crisp tailored shorts are a good starting point for a summer outfit that is fresh and chic. Pair them with a bright solid top in silky material – so much more classy than a cotton tee.

Add some fun by showing off your personality with an interesting bag. You can’t go wrong with metallic flats which work with anything and add a tinge of elegance. A great necklace, some bracelets..these all make a huge difference is you want to dress up your shorts look. Go for something bold, not wimpy and watch the compliments come rolling in. [Read more…]

Floral Dresses Signal Summer is Here

chiffon floral dressSome of summer’s most beautiful flowers aren’t in the garden. They’re blooming in clothing stores! Feminine dresses in pretty floral patterns are everywhere.

Two of the most flattering styles are the sheath dress  and the fit and flare. Here’s a look at a few that could work for you.    

Perfectly Pretty  This delicate  floral chiffon dress  almost looks like it has been hand painted. Soft and feminine, it would be pretty for any special occasion.

No Boring Bouquet Here!

This striking floral dress showcases the latest trend in floral patterns- big bold blooms with an exotic feel. – A head turner!

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Brushstroke Florals

What a ladylike dress! — This Shantung Midi  with a brushstroke print is just right for traditional types looking for a modern update.

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Not Your Grandma’s Florals

These blooms are anything but garden variety. This striped organza floral  is perfect for gals who want to look classy and chic. Fashion forward and fantastic!

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Time to Update Your Jeans?

Are skinny jeans still in? Have boyfriend jeans been replaced? What’s the coolest denim this spring?

If these questions leave you scratching your head, then it’s probably time to update your jeans.

Here’s a look at the latest jean trends for spring and some popular styles that are holding their own,  + ideas for what to wear with them.

 

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SKINNY JEANS INCH UPWARDS

Skinny, tapered jeans that end at the ankle or just above it have been #1 for a long time and for the most part, I’ve loved them. The problem has been trying to find a pair that comes anywhere close to my belly button. Most of the time skinny jeans are so low-rise that my tummy is spilling over the waistband, and my backside is hanging out because they keep slipping down. There’s no way to disguise a muffin top and I’m sick of constantly tugging up my pants! [Read more…]

7 Color Block Dresses That Slim and Shape

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Clever combinations of color fool the eye and sculpt your figure.

Color has the power to slim and shape and that’s why color block dresses are still so popular. Strategically placed colored panels whittle your waist, shave inches off your thighs and create optical illusions to make you look slim and trim.

What am I talking about?

What Dark Colors Do?

Dark colors recede and light and bright colors advance. This means wherever on your body you put a dark color it is going to make that part of your body look smaller. This why so many women love black pants. They camouflage a tummy, heavy hips and thighs.  [Read more…]

How to Look Alluring on Valentine’s Day

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What’s the best way for a woman over 40 to look alluring this Valentine’s Day?

Wear Some Make-Up even if you normally don’t.  It’s shocking how many mature women go around looking bare-faced and boring like they’ve just spent the day scrubbing toilets.

A bit of make-up brings some color and life to your face and enhances your femininity. Throw on a little pink lipstick, add some blush to your cheeks and pile on the mascara so your eyes look alive and pop!

It’s a special day so why not look like the gorgeous woman your guy married.
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How To Wear Ankle Booties With A Dress

Dear Deborah,

I love ankle boots and own a few pairs. I usually wear my booties with jeans or leggings, but would like to try them with a dress.

Since I’m 46, I  wonder if they are age appropriate? Do you think I can wear them and would you suggest I wear them?  

Thanks, Sheila

Deborah BolandHi Sheila,

Ankle boots work at any age and yes you can wear them with dresses. Here’s a few guidelines to help you look your best.

 

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For a Flirty. Feminine Look.   [Read more…]

Neon Rainbow – What I Wore

Color makes you look alive, and if you are wearing neon, electric! Take a look at how these over 40 style bloggers rock this summer’s neon trend.

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Neon with an Urban Vibe

Carmen is a 50+ style blogger who wanted an outfit that would do double duty for her trip to New York City. It had to be casual but a little trendy, and  it had to be versatile enough to  style a few different ways. These neon yellow jeans and t-shirt worn with a black vest and shoes fit the bill.

This is a look with stand-out style. It’s got a cool, urban vibe and she can mix and match pieces, which means it helps to cut down on her packing.

To see more of Carmen’s outfits and read about her adventures, visit her blog Fashionable Over 50.
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Street Style – Spring Skirts For Women Over 40

If you want to feel feminine and flirty, then a perky skirt is the way to go. Here is a quick look at REAL women on the street – Fashion bloggers and Fabulous After 40 readers who show off their skirt style.

Maxi skirts for women over 50

This vintage inspired skirt looks modern with the addition of a leather jacket. Perfect long skirts for women over 40 and 50

Timeless Tulle Skirt

Tulle isn’t just for graceful ballerinas. It’s also one of this season’s hottest trends, and looks especially pretty as a midi-length skirt.

Fashion blogger Vale fell in love with this delicate mint color and now finds that this tulle skirt is one of her favorite spring pieces. It’s romantic, nostalgic and quite girly, which makes Vale feel a bit like she’s playing dress-up.

In fact, when Vale wore this skirt, she had so many compliments from adults and children too, that it made her feel like she was living a fairytale.

Vale likes to pair her vintage-inspired, tulle skirt with this ladylike color block bag, colorful pumps that play off the mint color of the skirt, and this artsy statement necklace.

This is one dreamy color palette and a beautiful way to wear this spring’s pastels! Don’t miss more of Vale’s inspiring fashion sense and her life in Italy at her blog Fashion and Cookies. [Read more…]