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.

I go into great detail about this in my ebook: Color Me Fabulous, so if you don’t have a copy, please Do pick one up. It will change the way you think about color and dressing.

Julia is sure to turn heads in this dress. She seems to have a knack for choosing beautiful dresses. I  have featured her before on Fabulous After 40 in a red and white floral dress and a fuchsia shift dress. Take a peek.

Black is a Blank Canvaslittle-black-dress

Every woman wants a dress that is versatile and easy to wear and Marilyn has found such a dress.

She’s taken a simple black shift dress- modern and comfy- and upped the ”wow” factor  with some beautiful accessories. Her statement necklace and bold, two-tone metallic shoes (Zara) turn an ordinary dress into an extraordinary one.

I was telling Marilyn I have this same dress in red and this photo has inspired me to run out and buy some d’Orsay pumps to wear with it like she has done. I like these gold ones or these nude ones too.

If you follow our What I wore feature each week you’ll know that Marilyn loves to accessorize, especially with scarves. In past posts we’ve seen her work her magic with an animal print scarf and an ombre scarf. See for yourself how cute she looks.

long-pinstripe-skirtPolished Grays

One of the easiest ways to create a refined look is to wear varying shades of one color. Neutrals are the most elegant.

For example, here’s Susan who I met at a networking luncheon looking cool and classy in  polished grays. She’s combined a soft gray cashmere sweater with a gorgeous gray, wool, pinstripe skirt and the result is very business chic.

It’s the different textures make this monochromatic look interesting. Note the rustic gray beads worn against the super soft gray sweater. The interesting tie waistband also gives the traditional pinstripes a modern boost.

If you love grey, don’t miss this post on how to wear this lovely color.

Do you have a favorite dress or outfit that makes you look and feel great? 

Feel free to share your photos with my Fabulous After 40 readers. Please send in a good quality, full-length photo, your age, where you are from, and any details about your outfit to: [email protected] . You’ll be featured on the Facebook page as well as in an upcoming What I Wore. I love hearing from you and cheering you on, Glam Gals!

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.


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

It’s definitely been the summer of dresses! Readers have been sending in 40+ street styles, and most have been a fabulous dress of some sort.

Take a look at these glam gals.

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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:




Fine ChinaDesigners like Dries Van Noten and Rag & Bone (above) used bold Asian inspiration in their designs. You can take cues from these expensive designs and look for them in more affordable, subtle versions ike this pretty Citron Print Silk Tunic with Camisole. It’s very understated yet right on trend and perfect for gals over 40 with a bit of midlife tummy to hide. (Get it now from Nordstrom)
 silk asian blouse
Classic ChinoiserieIf you are looking for a little cover-up to make your outfit pop, this exotic print Etheral Silk jacket from Citron is a great choice. It’s feminine, floaty and the perfect statement piece. Don’t wear it with anything heavy or thick underneath. Something smooth and light will complement the look. (Nordstrom has this in stock now)  silk asian jacket
Far East FantasyLove this Carmen Marc Valvo jacquard sheath in this bold exotic blend of colors. Forget the boring little black dress. Try this to your next special gathering and wow them! (Nordstrom has this in stock NOW)  jacquard sheath
Mandrin MagicHere’s a jacket with personality! If you want to stand out, then the irridescent purple/blue color + striking ombre pattern of this Ming Wang Mandrin Collar Jacket will do the trick. Gorgeous with black pants or a black skirt to let it take center stage. ( While stock lasts at Nordstrom)  mandrin collar jacket
Sumptuous, Sheer and SexySheer fabric, Velvet Appliques, Komono sleeves make this Citron Peacock Feather Print Jacket a stand out piece. Can’t you just imagine this lounging around the fire with a glass of wine wearing this? Cheers! (Won’t be around long, from Nordstrom)  silk kimono
Chinese RedCut out necklines are a big part of the Asian trend and so is this classic Chinese red. Ralph Lauren put the two together and designed a top that is understated, elegant and a very easy way to add some oriental flavor to your wardrobe.  To add even more of an oriental flair after 5, forget the hair down with hoops and  try putting your hair in a chic topknot with tassel earings! (Get it before it is gone at Nordstrom)  red top ralph lauren
Cool KimonoAsain prints may not be your thing, but if you still want to get in on the look then you can consider this. It’s a Rachel Zoe Blake Kimono vest- a smooth woven vest accented by a lustrous satin obi belt. Great for you gals who like things a bit dramatic and miminalistic. (Nordstrom has this in stock now)  rachel zoe blake kimono vest
Silk SensationGilded, Gold and Gorgeous! This Natori Dragon Caftan will make you feel like a Royal Chinese Empress! Snap this up and lounge around in style. Confucious say: You deserve it! ( While stock lasts at Nordstrom)  natori dragon caftan

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.

Here are some other topics  we’re covering:

  • Come take a peek  inside the beauty bag of this over 40 fashionista where you will find her favorite products to a polished look with using only a few special items.
  • Pastels are all the rage for Summer, but if you are a curvy girl will they look good on you?
  • Are you hiding those white legs under long pants this summer? You might be surprised on an easy solution that will have your legs glowing in no time!
  • Bored with your workout? Here are 7 new ideas that you might have never thought  of!
  • Have you noticed that your skin is changing and your foundation is just not looking that great?  A tinted moisturizer might be your answer, find out the best ones for aging skin!

Check it out! 



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.

Here’s a few maxis I found that illustrate these points and reveal some other Do’s and Dont’s … [Read more...]

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.
  • If you want a smoother look, try a full slip from Spanx

Sweater dresses are great because you can dress them up with pumps, scarves and jewelry and wear them to casual workplaces or casual business functions.

Deborah_purple_Knit_ dressMy favorite find recently was this bold purple Milli  knit dress that my husband spotted and went crazy for.

I love the bold color and the asymmetrical hemline. It’s got a nice, swingy feel to it and it makes me feel very feminine.

In this photo I’m at an internet marketing conference. It was the perfect thing to wear to stand out when I was networking but to be comfy.

Leopard knit dressI also  just bought myself this darling leopard print knit dress.

I can’t resist animal prints and the waist has some elastic to it, so it gives me a great shape.

I took off the self belt and I wear it now with this cool wider belt to give it more personality.

These suede black booties go with the animal vibe.

My only real tip for wearing a knit dress is that most of us, including me, look better with shapewear underneath. It makes a huge difference to how the dress looks with no lumps or bumps.

If you never thought you could wear this type of dress, try it own with a shapewear opaque stocking and you will find you probably look pretty great!


What to Wear in Europe

At Versailles

At Versailles in Vivienne Tam

There’s still a few weeks left of summer, so if you are traveling to Europe and wondering what to wear we have a suggestion for you.


Deb At The Louvre

Make your life easy and just pack dresses!

When I was in France this summer with my husband and three children traveling around Provence, and then up to Paris for a few days, I found dresses were the perfect travel wear.

It was far too hot to wear pants,and shorts would have felt wrong, so I opted for dresses which took up hardly any space in my suitcase, made me feel feminine and were cool and comfy.

For a twelve day trip I packed 8 dresses:  7 casual, 1 slightly dressier. (You could get away with 5-6, but I like to have a few extras to choose from depending on my mood that day.)

In Provence

In Provence wearing Trina Turk

During the day I wore these cute sundresses with flat gold or black sandals and a carried a large black tote (to carry souvenirs I was buying along the way!).  At night I added jewelry, scarves and small heels for a dressier look.

At  Jardin du Luxembourg

At Jardin du Luxembourg

Now, we were on a family sightseeing trip. We were driving through the lavender fields and visiting the the quaint French countryside towns in Provence. In Paris we were doing the typical tourist things – The Louvre, The Eiffel Tower,Versailles, Le Concierge, the Seine River Cruise etc.

Deb in Eli Tahari

Deb in Eli Tahari

It was not a romantic couple’s vacation where we were slipping off to fancy Parisian restaurants and night clubs. If so, I would have packed differently and brought some dressier date night things.

But for this kind of day tripping, my summer dress wardrobe worked beautifully.  What a relief to open my suitcase, slip on my dress of the day and walk out the door.

If you’re looking for a cute summer dress, Nordstrom’s and Saks carries all of these favourite brands!