Off to The Movies in 2 Great Outfits

Feel like getting out to a movie this weekend and need an idea or two for what to wear?

Here are 2 easy outfit recipes that are perfect for sitting back and enjoying a flick on the big screen.

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I haven’t seen a  good movie in ages. I’d much rather stay home and watch Downton Abbey or a juicy episode of Scandal. But there is one movie that saw recently that was  great. It was the new Reese Witherspoon flick called Wild.


Reese plays a woman who has lost all hope after a failed marriage and the death of her mom. After years of reckless behavoir, she suddenly decides to hike 1,000 miles of the Pacific Coat Trail alone!  Laura Dern who plays the mom, is fantastic too. Here’s the trailer:

Thanks to everyone who has commented below on what you like to wear to the movies. One lucky reader has just won:

Prizing courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. Congratulations to Susan P.! She’s our lucky giveaway winner.

Can You Wear Leggings Over 40, 50 or Beyond?

Hi Deborah,
I’m 54. I would like to wear leggings. Am I too old?……
Confused in Cleveland

Hi Confused,
Your question does not have a  “one size fits all” answer.  The short answer is, you’re never too old for leggings….but, you must style them in a way that makes you look sophisticated, not silly.

Here are some great examples.

How to wear leggings over 40, 50 and beyond

Leggings for women over 50 – Black look best and go with everything.


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1. Leggings +  A Pretty Blouse

You can’t go wrong with this basic style recipe for leggings that is classy and casual. Take a black pair of leggings and add a  simple long blouse.  Then  throw on a long wrap or poncho in fab pattern. Cute booties and a fun bag make you look modern and cool.

Black leggings for women over 40 or 50

Thinking of wearing leggings over 50 or 40? Try leather leggings with a turtleneck.


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2. Leather Leggings + Jacket

You’re not too old for leggings if you go this sophisticated route. Pair black leather leggings with a black turtleneck and pair with a white or cream jacket. Black with white is always chic. You’ll look grown up but slightly edgy in this combo of leather and ladylike.

How to wear leggings over 50 or 40

An idea for wearing leggings over 50 or 40


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3. Leggings + Cozy Knit Sweater


Leggings are a great way to transition from summer to fall. Throw on a big cozy sweater. some wedge booties, a scarf and some funky accessories and you have a very wearable weekend look.

How to wear leggings over 40, 50 and beyond

This zebra stripe leggings are too crazy to be classy.

One more note… Remember when I started off by saying you want to look sophisticated and not silly in leggings?

Do you notice how we have stuck to basic black leggings?

I suggest you stick to solid dark colors.  If you are out looking for leggings and you come across something like these wild  patterned ones and think they look pretty fun, please stay away. These are more of a costume than a fashion look. Glam Gals need to look classy, not flashy in leggings.

And for those of you wondering can you wear leggings when you are plus size, the answer is yes!


3 Leggings Fashion Tips All Stylists Know

If you like the idea of wearing leggings ,but haven’t got a clue how to put a leggings outfit together, then here’s a few ideas. It’s actually a lot simpler than you think if you just understand what leggings are and apply some basic styling tips. For example:

leggings  with camel coat

Leggings Tip # 1 – Start with Quality Leggings [Read more…]

12 Chic Ways to Style a Shirtdress

Are you a fan of shirtdresses? Sometimes they can look so plain on the store rack, they’re easy to pass up. But in reality is, a shirtdress is a fantastic wardrobe staple.

It’s easy to wear, very versatile and a great way to get that casually chic look we’re all after.

Here are a some tips for styling this simple classic.


how to style a blue shirtdress

1. A well-fitting shirtdress mean no pulling across the chest or buttons that pop. [Read more…]

3 Stylish Tops to Wear With Leggings This Summer

If you read my post on leggings vs. skinny jeans, you know that the main difference is that leggings are not pants.

They’re lighter, thinner and much more revealing which means that for mature gals like us, it’s best to wear them with a long top. What do I mean? Here are three styles of tops that will work well with your leggings this summer.

Leggings with red shirtdress1. Wear a Shirt Dress With Leggings

A button up shirt dress makes a great top for leggings. I have a couple of shirt dresses with sleeves that I often wear with leggings, but in summer I like this silky, red snakeskin print one from Equipment. I wear it belted to give it a bit of oomph, and I pair it with flat sandals.

It’s a great casual outfit that I can wear to the mall, running around town, or when I’m on holidays sightseeing. I just wore it in NYC when I was there for the weekend. [Read more…]

9 Tips For Looking Fabulous After 40 in Tall Boots

Wondering how to dress after 40 to look sexy and hip, but still age appropriate?  Buy yourself a pair of tall boots! Be they high-heeled or flat, boots that cover your calves and sit just below the knee are alluring, chic, and ageless.

Here are 9 Tips for How to Wear Tall Boots:

1. Leave No Gap

tall riding boots Michael Kors

These tall riding boots are very popular a popular at the moment and look great with leggings. just make sure there’s no gap.

When wearing pants tucked into flat boots make sure the boot is tight enough around the calf, so there’s no gap. Any gaping will make your legs look twice as bulky.

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Top Ten Posts of 2013 ~ What Readers Loved

This year the Fabulous After 40 readers were gaga for leggings and skinny jeans.

But how to wear them and style them presented quite a dilemma for over 40 gals.

It makes perfect sense that some of my most popular posts of the year focused on helping stylish 40+ women wear their favorite casual essentials in a classy way.

Let’s take a look.

jacketleggings2Leggings are casual and perfect for 40+ lifestyles. However, they are tricky to style. Here are 7 ways to tastefully wear leggings and skinny jeans over 40.










obama21Many of you liked the fashion forward look of over-the- knee boots, but you would never wear them to church.
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Looks You CAN Steal From Your Daughter’s Closet

mother and daughter fashion

Your daughter’s closet holds clues to what’s modern and “now.” Draw some inspiration from her style. All you need is a “nod to the trend” to look hip. Clothes and accessories from

If you have a  teenage daughter at home, then chances are her closet is filled with hip, trendy pieces that you’d never think of wearing.  But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a poke around.

You may be surprised to find a few things in there that you can draw inspiration from, or that you can tweak to create a modern, hip, but still very grown-up look.

Here are some pieces you might consider “borrowing” from your daughter’s closet: [Read more…]