Style Bloggers Bloom in Spring Florals

There’s nothing more spring-like than a pretty floral dress and this year there’s a garden of choices. Take a look at how these three 40+ style bloggers in bloom in botanicals!

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Floral Fantasy

Florals pop up every spring but this season ushered in a more moody floral: the dark floral.

Glenda loves the visual arts and was drawn to this fabric blocked peplum top from Zara because it looks like a painting you’d see in a museum. She’s paired it with one of the new tea length skirts for a look that’s lady-like but on the creative side too.

Love the sandals and the clutch. They really polish off the look. Gorgeous Glenda! You can see more of Glenda’s daily dose of fashion at her blog So What To Twenty!

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Red Hot Florals

Style blogger Kristin had always thought of florals as fussy and better suited to her aunts and grandmothers. Then she discovered this dress hiding in her closet and decided to style it in a fresh, new way.

Look how adding a pair of  edgy Vince Camuto booties and a denim moto jacket adds a whole new vibe to this Asian-inspired, retro-style print dress. Very cool!

To see more of  Kristin’s unique style, check out her blog, Highland Fashionista, where she encourages readers to step out of their comfort zone and get creative with fashion.

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Subtle Florals

If you’re not keen on wearing head-to-toe floral, then try this look from style blogger Janise.

Janise loves white dresses, even though a lot of women would consider white high maintenance. She feels white is definitely worth it for two reasons: it makes her  skin glow and it’s the perfect backdrop to create both casual and dressy looks.

For example, a white dress look fabulous when worn with a big colorful statement necklace or with a beautiful scarf like this one above. The punch of color and pattern against the white takes her look from ordinary to extraordinary!

Janise says her style is based largely on her moods and she doesn’t like to place limits when it comes to fashion. Judging by this outfit, she was in a very lady-like mood the day she wore this. She looks so pretty and feminine! You can visit Janise at  Mama in Heels.

Thanks Ladies!

Lessons in 40+ Style From My Readers

Calling all readers! I love it when you share your photos, so please keep them coming. This week I’m featuring photos from 3 lovely Glam Gals who’ve nailed 40+ style. Let’s take a look at their beautiful outfits.

snakeskin-dressClassy in Snakeskin

Julia is beaming in this chic  print dress by one of my favorite designers, Michael Kors.  Here’s what I like a about this dress: The silhouette is very clean and simple, but the print is a little exotic (almost snakeskin like), so what you end up with is a very classy dress  that is anything but boring. Classic with a modern, spicy twist- that’s a guaranteed way to look fab after 40.

I also want to mention that this color is perfect for Julia. Getting the right color that makes it look like you are wearing the dress, and the dress is not wearing you is a big part of looking  well dressed too.
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Darling in Dresses – 40+ Bloggers

You can tell it’s spring because of all the street chic photos of women in pretty dresses that have started to pop up. This week I’m sharing pictures from three 40+ bloggers who look modern and ladylike in their feminine frocks.

how-to-wear-a-knit-dressSpot On

The Black and White Trend in dresses that started last summer continues this spring, and one of the ways to get the look is with polka dots.

Ann was drawn to this easygoing knit dress because of the 3/4 length sleeves, and being able to style the dress in so many ways.

It originally came with a thin black belt, but since Ann wanted the outfit to pop, she replaced the black belt with a red belt and added red shoes and a purse. (Replacing a self belt is a great trick to jazz up an outfit – see what I mean)

Ann is an artist by trade and blogs as a hobby. Be sure to visit her at Blue Hue Wonderland to see her personal twist on the latest styles. [Read more...]

Dresses That Make You Feel Feminine

What better way to flaunt your femininity than in a pretty dress?  Take a look at these lovely readers who sent in their photos this week.

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Royal in Blue

Looks like my recent feature on maxi skirts may have inspired Sara, a fashion blogger at lifestyle over 40, because here she is in a striking cobalt blue maxi that she wore on her birthday.

Doesn’t this color look stunning with her gorgeous winter coloring?

Sara’s sheer skirt combined with this pretty lace wrap top would make anybody feel like a Queen. I love her choice of jewelry which really finishes off the outfit. You look regal, Sara!

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Here’s How to Be A “Lady” of Style

Annette  HoeldrichEvery so often I like to profile a 40+ blogger friend whose personal style of dressing is distinct and inspiring. So this week meet Annette Hoeldrich.

Annette is the creative force behind Lady of Style - a fashion and style blog for mature women. Each week she showcases her outfits in a series of photos taken in her hometown of  Bavaria, southern Germany.

In a world where many women dress rather racy (and sometimes even rude ), Annette is a breath of fresh air. She always looks polished and  lady-like. Annette has fabulous style and the confidence and class to carry it off. I caught up with her recently to chat about her style. [Read more...]

40 + Street Style – A Summer of Dresses

Nothing like an easy, breezy dress to light up a summer day. Here’s a look at some fabulous frocks my readers have been wearing lately.

colorful-party-dressSummer Brights

Don’t you love a vibrant, happy print?

A regular contributor to our What I Wore series, Carina look like she’s ready for a beach party this cute wide brim hat and over-sized sunglasses paired with this fun sundress.

Flip flops keep it casual and work well with the short length which Carina manages to pulls off! This dress could also double as a top that you could wear with white capris leggings underneath. You look picture perfect, Carina!

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Pretty Peacock Print

You might be brave and confident enough to wear a figure forming, just-above-the-knee-length dress, but choosing the right shoe to go with it can be a struggle.  A flat shoe could end up looking too boring and a high shoe may be too provocative.

My loyal reader Donna put a lot of thought into picking the perfect shoe to wear with her slinky peacock print tank dress.  In the end she chose a pair of flat, metallic silver thong sandals for an outdoor dinner date with her husband in her home state of New Jersey. Donna, you look as pretty as a peacock.


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Snakeskin Isn’t Just for Bags and Belts

A slick print like this looks just as good on dresses too!

Pamela looks exotic in this teal snakeskin print dress from I.N.C. The rich colors in the dress and cool metallic wedges suit her strong coloring.

A chic and contemporary look Pamela!

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It’s a Wrap!

Wrap dresses are a popular choice for dresses for women over 40. They are incredibly flattering and versatile and can be worn for just about any occasion.

Birthday girl Wendy celebrated her 45th birthday in this pretty printed purple and green wrap dress.

Wendy’s high ponytail accentuates the deep neckline of the dress and shows off her slender upper body.

A festive choice for a birthday celebration Wendy!

Will you be attending a birthday party, graduation celebration, or a backyard bar-b-que? Check out these sizzling summer party dresses that are perfect for the occasion.

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Pretty in a Pink Cut-out Dress

There were some pretty wild cut-out style dresses on the runway this spring, but since this trend hit the stores there have been plenty or more wearable versions of this style to choose from.  Here’s one of them that’s perfect for a mature woman.

A Chesapeake, Virginia marina is the perfect backdrop for Jeanie in this sexy pink cut-out dress. It’s one of Jeanie’s favorites, and no wonder. The style is gorgeous on her and the color is stunning.  Jeanie finishes off the look with a matching bracelet and cream-colored wedge shoes. You really rock this, Jeanie!

summer-dresses-for-women-over-40Colorful in Curaçao

On a recent trip to Curaçao, beautiful Svetlana, with sun-kissed skin posed for a few pictures in this vibrant coral dress. The 42-year-old is the picture of summer with her tanned skin and long blonde locks.

You are a ray of sunshine, Svetlana.

I love seeing your style and cheering you on, Glam Gals!

 

Asian Allure – Fall’s New Trend and How to Wear it Over 40

Designers have drawn inspiration from the far east this fall with a collection of Asian inspired styles that sizzle. Are you fan?

If you like the look and feel this new trend but are nervous to try it for fear you will look like you are wearing a costume, here are a few  tips on how to wear the trend over 40:

 

How to Wear Asian Allure Over 40
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Fabulous After 40 Summer Fashion and Beauty Tips

Summer Beauty Tips

What’s a Fashion Flash?  It’s a collection of wonderful tips on beauty, health and fashion from our panel of top over 40 bloggers! This week’s Fashion Flash, hosted by Kari from Fab Over Forty, give you an update on beauty products for over 40 skin.
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Maxi Dresses- Appropriate For An Afternoon Wedding?

Dear Deborah,

I have an afternoon wedding on the 25th of this month, and love the look of the Maxi dress, but have no idea what kind to choose. Also, I’m 5’3 and wonder if this style would even work for me? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Melissa

Hi Melissa,

Yes, A maxi dress is a wonderful choice for an afternoon wedding, but here’s the catch. You have to be careful you don’t pick a maxi that is too casual for the affair.  Some of the maxis out there look like they belong lounging by the pool. You are best to choose a maxi in soft fabrics like silk, jersey or chiffon, rather than cotton or linen. Also solid colors are more formal than prints- not to say you can’t wear prints, but be mindful the pattern is not too funky or beachy.

Also, since you are only 5’3″  avoid maxis with little or no shape because they will drown you. Petite women need to choose maxis that sit closer to the body  and have a defined waist. The defined waist can even be a higher one – i.e. empire waist.

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The Sweater Dress – Great to Run Around In

red ruffle sweater dress

Great way to add color to your day.

When running around town, I want to make sure that I’m super comfortable, but chic too. So what do I wear?

The answer is simple.

I wear a  sweater dress, leggings and a pair of boots!

Here is my recipe for how to pull this look together.

  • Find a simple straight sweater dress.
  • Add a nice wide hip belt
  • Layer it with a scarf or loose, long sweater
  • Make sure to wear dark opaque tights or leggings
  • Find some nice fitting boots that are either flat or have a short heel.
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