Fab 40 Readers Model Their Favorite Boots

brown wedge bootie

These suede wedge booties add a modern edge to a casual outfit.

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.

Ana’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. [Read more...]

Gray Hair Confession

I’m going to say something that some of you may not want to hear…. I’m not big on gray hair.

Sorry, I know it’s vogue to say how wonderful and sexy it is, but I just feel on many women it tends to wash them out and can make them look older.

Of course, there are some women with gray hair who really do look stunning, but I find that’s usually because the woman is usually so darn attractive to begin with, she could wear purple and orange striped hair and still look good!

She is also the same woman  the color industry labels as a winter or summer, whose hair, when it turns gray, turns that striking silvery white color instead of that dull gray.

This former model revived her career because she went gray!

One such woman is a gal  I recently met who had modeled professionally and then retired to have a child.

Interestingly enough, this over 50 model  was able to revive her modeling career, simply  because of her gorgeous gray locks! She’s one of those stunning silver foxes!

It wouldn’t matter what color hair this gorgeous woman had, she still looks great!

But that being said, I still feel that gray can definitely be tricky to pull off .

I know coloring your hair is a pain, yes it totally is!!

And I know some of you say, who cares if gray makes you look old(er), you are not a young woman anymore – Good point, fine, then go gray.

I’m just saying if you want to stay looking youthful (fresh, vibrant –  not ridiculously young) think long and hard about going that route.

I know I’m going to get some flack about this one but that’s o.k. There is no right or wrong in this “gray area”.  It’s just my opinion, and every opinion has a right to be heard. Everyone needs to do what makes them happy, so follow your heart.

Interested in Modeling? It’s Not Too Late!

Ines de La FressangeDid you hear all the chatter about the 51-year-old model who has the fashion scene all a twitter? According to news reports, ex- Chanel model, Inès de La Fressange, “stole the show” at the Spring Gaultier show?

The fashion industry has always ignored “real” women, even though we’re the ones that are doing most of the buying!

But the tide seems to be turning…  With new modeling agencies popping up that specialize in “older” models, there is still a chance to fulfill your lost dream of modeling! [Read more...]

Sartorialist inspires Real Model Trend

Interesting post at Newsweek about a new trend happening with models. It seems there’s a swing away from serious looking pencil thin young glamazons to more real looking models -everyday people of all shapes sizes, who exude their own unique kind of personal style no matter what they are wearing.

Scott Schumann

Apparently, it’s all because of bloggers like Scott Schuman, who we’ve written about before, from The Satorialist. His candid person-on-the street fashion photos have inspired the fashion industry to make the change.

First it was the Dove Pro-age ladies… now this. Looking forward to seeing many more magnificent midlife mamas and boomer babes!

(Let’s hope these real models smile and laugh a little. We’re sick of looking at photos of teenage girls with sucked in cheeks and sour faces. Life is too short to be frumpy and too short to be so serious!)

Dove Pro-Age Ad

Dove Pro-Age Ad

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.

We love them all including Michelle Griffith Hilliard, a physician, wife, mother of six and a natural cover girl. Now there’s inspiration. She’s enough to shake any 40 plus woman out of a gloomy midlife crisis and motivate her to get going!

Reading over the profiles of these amazing women it is interesting to see that when asked, “If you could go back to your 25 year old self what would you say?”, all of these gals said basically the same thing.

Have faith in yourself, be confident, take chances, enjoy every moment. It’s something that seems so natural to us now, but be darned if we could have lived that message at 25 no matter how many times we were told it.

Thank goodness for this wisdom -  It’s the best gift of aging.

Bravo to Dove’s Pro-Age Models!

dove pro age modelsJust saw the new Dove Billboard of the nude “Grandmother” in Times Square. Dove is boldly challenging the “only-young-is-beautiful” stereotype. The campaign, called Pro-age, features real 50+ plus women tastefully uncovered, wrinkles, grey hair, curves and all.

Now when I first heard about this I wondered, “Do they really need to have these women naked on a billboard to prove that older women can still look great?” [Read more...]