Making New Outfits from Your Same Old Wardrobe

capsule wardrobeSometimes all you need to freshen up your wardrobe is a few pieces to mix and match. Have you ever heard of a wardrobe capsule?

That’s a collection of a few garments that can be put together in many ways to create lots of outfits.

Capsules reinvent your wardrobe. They make it easy to dress because:

  • Everything goes with everything, so it takes no time to pull an outfit together
  • They save you money. You don’t buy something once and never wear it again.

You can have several capsules in your wardrobe. For example, one for casual wear, one for work, one for an evening out etc. This one is for work. Take a look at the pieces from L.K. Bennett.

Each of these pieces work with one another and there is nothing that does not match. You can wear the: [Read more...]

What to Wear With Booties

Booties are everywhere this fall. Here are a few idea on how to wear them.

Layering with cropped straight pants:Great casual look, could do it with flats too! (DKNY)
Add a vest! (try one, you might like it!)Simple white blouse (untucked)Flat front straight cropped pants vest. (Might want try to find one longer, if you want to hide hips).(DKNY)
Cute for work or out to dinner:Back again, this layered look was popular last fall thanks to Michele Obama.Try a skinny belt and make sure you have a pair of those opaque tights. (the ones with patterns can make your legs look fat, so keep it simple with solid colors unless you have super skinny legs)(DKNY)
Slim Balloon pant:
We are seeing a huge comeback this fall with the balloon pant. Beware this style does not work on all body types. However, if it is well cut, on the slim side, like this one, it might look great on you! Can be a fun style to try. Not so great with flats though…. (DKNY)
Scarf Action!:Adding a long skinny scarf is an easy way to go from drab to fab! These tight, just to the ankle jeans have a little “poof” at the ankle that can actually be flattering! (DKNY)
This Soft Jacket  pulls the entire look together:For a modern twist on the navy or grey blazer, try one that is made of a soft fabric. Both comfortable and chic it will knock you up on the style scale! (DKNY)

Is This Dress Too Short? That Grey Area When You Are Over 40!

Pictures don’t lie! It is amazing how many of us imagine ourselves one way and in reality look another! Nothing like a reality check! Take one of my readers Janet O. for example, who thought she might have to give up this dress…

Hello Deborah,

When is short too short?  I have several dresses that hit me above the knees.  I am not a fan of my knees (I call them “thnees” – thighs that merge into my knees with no definition) but these dresses are so comfy I continue to wear them.

What do you think?  Time to hang them up?

~Janet O

HI Janet… your new term! However, you don’t have “thnees”, you have nice knees and you look great in your dress!!!
Keep on keeping on!  Your wedge shoes, long necklace and bangles, really look updated too!(so does your hair, the little that we can see of it!)

Your dress is much better than a boring pair of khakis and a polo shirt yet you look totally comfortable and chic.

Thanks for sending me your photos!

Glam Gal Deb

Can Janet pull this dress off? She thinks she has ugly knees!

Yes, she can! Her legs are beautiful!

This Glam Gal has an updated look and great style!

The Military Jacket, is it for over 40 women?

Hi Ladies-

I am so glad I found your wonderful website.  I have a question that relates to what is “age-appropriate”.  I am 43 and very petite.  I am in love with a trend jacket that is big for the Fall, although I usually stay away from trends.  The jacket I am talking about is the Alice + Olivia shrunken military jacket, a picture of which is attached.

Can I wear this look after 40?

My only concern is the age-appropriate perception of this jacket due to the adornment?  My idea would be to wear it with some nice fitting jeans, a simple white top underneath and simple sleek black or metallic heels.  No excessive accessories.  I have tried the jacket on and it fits beautifully.

Your thoughts on the age-appropriateness of this ensemble is greatly appreciated!



Hi Gail,

We have been seeing this look around and we agree it is so FUN!… but here it the thing… this is definitely a trend and what we call a “statement piece”.  That means that you really will not wear it all the time and if you do, people will definitely remember that specific jacket.

A more wearbale military style by Tory Burch

Also, we know that this piece is rather expensive and is in the price range that we would call an “investment piece”. We suggest that you keep looking and find one that is similar with the military look, but perhaps not so dramatic as this one.

Moreover, if you buy it,  because it is so trendy you might get tired of it soon and wish you had put your money in a high quality coat that is still fun, but one that you feel good in and can enjoy for a long time. An example of this would be this one we’re showing by Tory Burch.

To answer your question if it is age appropriate, we say that yes, someone over 40 can pull this off, but it is almost “costume-like”… so you would really have to be in a funky, fun job or live in a very cosmopolitan city or environment to wear it enough to get your moneys worth.

BTW… we think it would great left open with a red plaid flannel shirt under it with blue jeans.

Let us know if this is helpful, comment below!


The Glam Gals

Can I Wear This To My Class Renion? (Part 1)

gray dress with black sweater coatHi Deborah 

I would love your opinion for this outfit I have chosen to wear to an informal class reunion at a bar/ restaurant next week. Do bear in mind that it is the middle of winter here. I was wondering if maybe I was a little to chunky to pull it off, what do you think.

Warm Regards,Kathryn

Hi Kathryn,

It is really smart that you ares planning your outfit now and not waiting until the last min!

First of all, I  can see that you have a great sense of style.  Layering and belting+ black hose with boots are very much in style now. However, your outfit is  good example, of what can happen when you put this type of look on a body that is not 6 feet tall and 99 pounds! [Read more...]

Can I Wear This To My Class Reunion (Part 2)

gray dress with black sweater coat

Kathryn sent in this photo and asked, “Does this look good on me?”

My reader Kathryn recently wrote to ask what to wear to an informal class reunion to be held at the local pub, in the dead of winter.

The grey and black layered/ belted look shows Kathryn is up on her fashion trends, however I felt it was not so flattering on her cute figure.

I sent her some suggestions and here is what she came back with.

checkered shirt and clunky shoes

Checkered shirt and clunky shoes

Kathryn sent in this outfit and asked if this would work. Even though it is an informal event, this outfit is way too casual, and dowdy if Kathryn wants to dress to impress! The layers hide all her curves, and the checkered shirt and clunky shoes make her look very masculine.

The long, light-colored top is the wrong proportion on the body, and makes her legs look very short in comparison. This is definitely not a look I would recommend.

It looks classy and crisp

It looks classy and crisp

This look is much nicer! It looks classy and crisp, and the shapes flatter her figure.The only point I’d make is that it’s just too conservative!  From the first outfit to this one,  Kathryn’s style has disappeared.  Where’s the hip touch we saw in the first outfit?

adds a little sexiness to the outfit

This adds a little sexiness to the outfit

This makes her figure look cute but is rather school girlish. She might be better to wear this dress without the blouse and throw a colorful fitted jacket on top.Adding a pop of color will give her outfit some visual interest, and help her stand out!

 winter white wool trench

Winter white wool trench

Kathryn also sent in a picture of her coat.  Isn’t it adorable?  I love the winter white wool trench with the cinched waist and decorative vintage pin.The A-line is a perfect cut for her too.  That just goes to show that even in sub zero weather, you can still look hot!

How To Update Your Work Wardrobe On A Budget

woman over 40Dear Glam Gals,

Two years ago I decided to go back to college.  Most of my fellow students were the same age as my youngest child.  I started looking for resources to help me update my look so that I could try to maneuver that area between not too young and not too old.

I have now graduated and am now at my new job in my new career.  I have learned that wardrobes need constant updating and your emails give me ideas on how to do that successfully.

Several people I know are looking for new jobs or trying to hang on to current jobs.  I am looking for ideas for summer – more stylish, career pieces that are easy on the pocketbook.  Thanks and keep up the great work.

Renee F., San Marcos, Texas

Dear Renee,

We love the fact that you are making the effort to keep yourself updated, especially since you are competing for jobs in the workplace. Showing that you take pride in yourself and care about what is up-to-date makes you look even more like a go-getter in this tough economy!

That being said, there are a few trends popping up this summer that you can inexpensively add to basics you already have in your wardrobe. Some summer trends we see are: full skirts, splashy colors and prints, and flowy fabrics.

Of course, all together, these trends are not very age appropriate, unless you want to look like a little frilly girl playing dress-up in a nightgown. But, focusing on working one of these pieces into an outfit is totally acceptable, and will make you look very hip.

For example, here we took the full, colorful patterned skirt trend, and dressed it up for work with a modern, sleek short sleeve blazer. On the weekend, choose one of the colors from the pattern to wear on top, and wear it with a flat sandal.  The idea is to use these pieces sparingly in a sophisticated way.

brown blazer floral skirt

By using the new splashy summer prints, you can breath life into old separates. Look how this plain khaki blazer looks instantly more chic with a flowy, colorful skirt!

khaki blazer kohl's yoryu skirt

As far as staples for this season, invest in modern classics like a great fitting pencil skirt and cardigan sweater set.  You will be surprised at just how many outfits you can create by mixing in fun items with these staples!

cardigan set kohl's pencil skirt

Adding touches of in-style items here and there not only makes your wardrobe look up to date, but it can save you money as well. All these pieces came from Kohl’s and KMart….and each piece is under $30 (it’s true!)! Mixing these inexpensive pieces with your quality basics will give you a great bang for your buck. Let’s face it — they’re probably only going to be popular for one year anyway!

Can Colorful Shoes Make You Look Young and Modern? Part 2



Ballet flats can be worn with most anything, but we think they look best with walking shorts or capris. These coral beauties from Tory Burch have a classic feel, but the color makes them new and interesting.

walking-shorts-outfitCoral looks classiest paired with neutrals like brown, tan, gold and white. This is a great weekend or vacation look. If you love color, you could go one step further and wear a multicolored top with coral in it (i.e., a turquoise-coral-yellow top with neutral walking shorts and coral flats).

Here’s a pretty ballet flat in lavender suede that’s a little more formal with snake embossed leather covered buttons.

Sometimes you just get lucky and find the perfect top to match your shoes. There are so many of these feminine colorful chiffon tops around that it shouldn’t be hard to find one that works. BUT DON’T wear a top like this with these teensy shorts (as if we really had to tell you)! Instead, try putting the top and flats with some great dark denim jeans.

Can Colorful Shoes Make You Look Young and Modern? Part 3


fuchsia-peep-sling-backsWe call these slingbacks “power pumps” because they sure let you know who’s in charge. belted-houndstooth-businessThey are the perfect complement to this business suit because they add just the right touch of femininity and personality. The key to wearing colored shoes at work is to keep everything understated except for that pop of shoe color. If your workplace is more conservative, a closed toe pump in fuchsia would look great too.
patent-pumpsShiny patent pumps like these in pump turn up the heat on this black and white graphic dress. david-meister-dress
See what a beautiful contrast these shoes are to this eye catching dress If the dress was red and white, and you wanted to wear red shoes, it would be nearly impossible to match the red, and if you did it would look too matchy matchy and dated anyway.

Can Colorful Shoes Make You Look Young and Modern? Part 4



Gladiator Sandals are an easy way to update your look, but still look age appropriate. These Cole Haan sandals combine Nike air technology for a super comfortable fit.

floaty-topDraw on any color in this floaty top and you’ll be sure to have a winning look. The yellow gladiator sandals add some excitement. Just don’t go out and also get a matching yellow purse, jewelry or anything else yellow, or you’ll overdo it!

Orange is another popular color this spring and these Diane Von Furstenberg suede slingback flats look really nice with a summer tan.

billowy-silk-caftanThey’re the perfect choice for this wonderful billowy silk caftan… not too loud but they make a statement.