Updating Your Casual Wardrobe ~ 40+ Style Bloggers Show Us How

One of the biggest things on readers’ minds seems to be, “What do I wear to look casual but classy over 40?

A few days ago I posted a great solution – The Boyfriend Jacket. Other 40+ bloggers seem to agree. Here’s a street chic look at the boyfriend style jacket and how these bloggers wear it to look Fabulous After 40!

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Make It Funky

Inspired by menswear trends, jacket designer Nora wears her gray, houndstooth boyfriend jacket with a pair of chic cropped trousers and a fun graphic print t-shirt.

To make it dressier, Nora has added heels and a soft, silky, art- inspired t-shirt from Zara. It’s interesting how something as simple as the right t-shirt can really add a lot of class to an outfit. Steer clear of concert tees or worn, messy tees that make you look sloppy.

The boyfriend jacket Nora is wearing is the “Beverly” and is part of Nora’s fabulous jacket collection which can be seen in its entirety at Jacket Society. [Read more…]

Interested in Modeling? It’s Not Too Late!

Kirin Chrisitanson and Deborah Boland - women of all ages and sizes

Top model Kirin Christianson and I at a conference.

If you’ve always wanted to be a model, but got busy along the way on this journey called life,  it’s not too late to fulfill your modeling dream. Yes, really!!!

I have learned that there are thousands of modeling opportunities out there for women of all ages and sizes. You just have to pinpoint what type of model you should be (there are dozens of different types) and then tap into all the opportunities available.

That’s where a friend of mine, Kirin Christianson (The Red Haute Mama), comes in. Kirin and I know each other from many internet conferences we have attended. She’s beautiful gal, and her story is fascinating.

With a lot of hard work and determination, Kirin went from an insecure, gangly, red-headed girl to a sexy bombshell, a beauty pageant winner, business person and top model.  She modeled for many years and at 37 she was signed to the prestigious FORD/Robert Black Agency in Arizona where she lives. Now at 40 Kirin has a glamorous and very busy life modeling, doing charity work, inspiring other women through her website and raising her lovely family. She is living the dream!
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Fab 40 Readers Model Their Favorite Boots

Wearing booties or boots is an easy way to add some instant sex appeal after 40. Check out these street chic photos from readers in their favorite footwear, and send in a photo of your own.

Booties- AnaAna’s Take on How to Wear Booties

Ana prides herself on donning head to toe fashions that are made in the United States. Her super cute wedge booties are no exception. They’re made from a beautiful brown suede which gives them a rustic feel and makes them work really well with distressed boyfriend jeans and a cozy hand knit sweater. The wedge heels are super comfy and give the booties a modern edge.
I think Ana always looks perfectly polished and pulled together. She tells me that some days she obsessively tries on outfit after outfit and plans exactly what she is going to wear. But other days she  just throws anything on she knows works. Either way Ana, the suede booties add a modern edge.

To see more of Ana’s American made apparel and accessories, visit her at her blog Mrs. American Made. Unsure how to wear booties? I’ve got tips on wearing this popular shoe and boot hybrid. [Read more…]

Modeling When You Are Over 40

Hi Deborah,

I am probably too old to be featured on your blog. I am 66, have long hair and for the first time at 64 entered and won a model competition to go on catwalks with footballers.

modelling over 40Last year was selected to represent Miss Germany in an International Pageant and I came 2nd in the Mrs Commonwealth UK.  I have had no cosmetic surgery or face filler etc. to date. To me age is just a number and I just make the most of what I have. I am also a positive thinker and to me the best is yet to come.  Regards, Christyne

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Thanks Christyne for sharing your story with me. No one is too old to be on my blog! Many woman want to get into modeling after 40 and it sounds like you are having fun with it!

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I love your simple cut that shows off your healthy hair! You look amazing and are obviously a natural beauty! Also, your attitude serves you well!!  Good luck in the future!


Finding Mature Models is Challenging

Hi Deborah,

If you are an over 40 site, why do you use such young models?

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Mature female models

Hi Wendy,

I get this question all the time and I am  frustrated too… you see to there are just no photos of “real women” out there in current clothes that you can buy! I want to be able to show you things that you can go out and buy, but all the stores insists on using ultra young and super skinny models!

A few years back, I was excited to start working with a NYC modeling agency for women over 40, but they went out of business!

That is why I try to find women on the street photos, but it can be frustrating for our readers, since most of the time the outfits the women are wearing was purchased a last season and can’t be found now. [Read more…]

Want to Model? Here Is My Newest Success Story…

What are your big DREAMS?

I was so excited to get a note from one of my readers about how one of her dreams has come true! Andrea_bondAndrea Bond runs her own Real Estate business, but has had a lifelong dream to be a model. So, recently, after  I had blogged about Judy Goss and her book How to Be a Model No Matter What Your Age, Andrea took action. [Read more…]

How To Break Into Modeling

Judy-Goss-Founder-Over-40-FemalesI confess, I love to watch America’s Top Model. It’s so fun to see the girls in the glamorous and not so glamorous settings, and how they can be transformed from an awkward teen to a sultry vamp with some great hair, makeup and wardrobe.

There is a good chance that you know someone who either wants to be a model or wants their kids to model…but where do you go to get advice on the how, what and where of it all?

Meet Judy Goss, from  Over 40 Females . She’s also a former Ford model/agent and author of  How to Break into Modeling for Under $20.00. [Read more…]

MORE Visibility For Invisible Women

It’s hard to stay motivated to keep looking great when you feel like you are invisible. Let’s face it, past 40 there are very few role models out there representing mature beauty and style… no one to inspire us or make feel validated.woman-over-40

That’s why we’re thrilled that MORE magazine, the sole publication that celebrates women our age is runs their annual More 40+ model search. They’ve just come out with the finalists and these gals are fabulous-smart, beautiful and vibrant.
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