7 Color Block Dresses That Slim and Shape

navy color block dress

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.

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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…]

Do You Need To Update Your Jeans? Take This Test

Are skinny jeans still in?

Have boyfriend jeans been replaced?

What’s the coolest denim this spring?

Are white jeans still wonderful, and should you toss or keep your colored jeans?

If these questions leave you scratching your head, then it’s probably time to update your jeans. Here’s a look at the hottest jean trends for spring and some popular styles that are holding their own,  + ideas for what to wear with them.



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. Half 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. I’m sick of constantly tugging up my pants!

The fantastic news is that this spring the latest crop of skinny jeans are midrise and high-rise. In fact, low-rise skinnies are out. Hallelujah!

Skinny jeans are still very popular but instead of being fashion forward are now considered a good, basic staple. Here are three new ways to wear skinny jeans for spring.

Flared jeans have moved into the #1 spot. More about this exciting trend in a minute but first let’s look at another very hot jean that is also changing.



Bruce Jenner isn’t the only one undergoing  gender reassignment these days.  The Boyfriend Jean is morphing into the Girlfriend Jean this spring. What am I talking about?

The slightly slouchy, slightly worn Boyfriend Jean is a relaxed and youthful look that has been a huge hit with women of all ages. Now it’s poised to become even more popular because of a slight tweak. For women who enjoy a bit of slouch but not a baggy leg, there’s the Girlfriend Jean. It’s has a more form-fitting leg and looks sleeker.

With both of these styles, you need to roll up the bottoms and show off some ankle in a cute bootie or high pump. Top off your jeans with a cute top jacket or sweater – nothing too baggy since the jeans have that laid back vibe and you don’t want to look sloppy. Add a quality bag and accessories and you have one chic jean look!




It’s feels like déjà vu with 70’s inspired flared leg jeans taking #1 SPOT on the jean scene this spring. Mid and high-rise jeans with shorter tops and classic pieces give what we used to call bell bottoms a new feel. Check out this full report on how to wear the Flared Jean Trend for Spring.


I can’t talk about jeans without mentioning the dark wash Bootcut Jean. It is a classic that women can’t get enough of.  The inky blue shade is slimming and classy, the bootcut gives just enough flare to balance out a wider hip. This is one jean that has stood the test of time and will be around for many years too come. If it works, don’t change it.


For women who can’t get enough bling, glamorous bejewelled jeans are on the radar. Check out this post that shows you sparkly, studded and embellished jeans on the runways this season.


How to Look Alluring on Valentine’s Day

pink lips

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.


how to wear booties with a dress


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.

Yellow denim colored jeans

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…]

Floral Sheath Dresses – A Spring Must!

blue floral sheathIt’s barely spring and the flowers are already blooming.. in the stores at least!

Sheath dresses (Michelle Obama’s signature look) are everywhere, which is great news because they’re timeless and perfect for over 40 fashionistas!

Sheath dress are elegant, not bold, but also very fresh, modern and youthful. They’ve always been my personal favorite!

Here’s what I’m seeing in the garden of fashion …………… Painted Roses: The elegant mix of colors and  the painterly quality of this floral print jersey sheath make this dress divine!

striped floral sheath



Florals and Stripes 

This modern twist on florals makes this sheath edgy and new. [Read more…]

Modern Safari- How to Get the Look After 40

Hi Deborah,

How can I tap into this spring’s Safari look without appearing like I’m wearing a costume? …Jan

Hi Jan,

If you’re a midlife gal, you know that safari trends trends tend  to come and go out of fashion every few years.


It probably won’t be the first time you’ve worn this style, if you opt to buy into it this spring. To make sure you don’t end up looking like an adventurous boomer going on your first African safari, you will want to remember these things.


Safari style shirts like this one (above) that perfectly match your pants make it look like you are wearing a uniform or costume. Avoid this look. [Read more…]