FALL & WINTER

Fuzzy Wuzzy Sweaters To Cuddle Up In

You don’t have to make massive changes in your wardrobe to stay looking modern and chic. Sometimes it’s as simple as adding some fluffy texture to update your style.

Case in point, one easy way to refresh your classic sweater + jeans look is to swap out a smooth, low texture sweater with a fuzzy eyelash fringe knit.

1. Green Eyelash Sweater

Eyelash sweaters are trendy this time of year because they are a little more dressy than your average sweater and they are super comfy too. Eyelash knits are fun for casual holiday get-togethers and so cozy by the fireplace at Christmas.

This gorgeous emerald green cropped eyelet sweater looks magnificent with black jeans, and the boatneck neckline is such a flattering shape because it makes your shoulders look broad and beautiful.

2. Color Block Eyelash Sweater

Maybe you’ve been on the fence about these sweaters because some really do look more like hairy bathmats! But there are also many out there that are pretty, darn cute. This is one of them.

I love the soft pastel colors and modern chevron pattern of this fluffy pink crewneck. These colors look fabulous with light wash jeans and taupe boots. There’s a real casual elegance to this look – fluffy but not stuffy.

3. Eyelash Cardigan

Concerned that all that fluff will make you look like a giant Abominable Snowman, or make you melt under the heeat? Try a long fuzzy cardigan over a tank or tee with a pair of jeans and some cute booties.

This is an adorable look and really makes a very basic outfit come to life!

4. Off the Shoulder Eyelash Sweater

For a more dramatic look, you can go high contrast with a jet black eyelash sweater with a sexy off the shoulder neckline.

Fuzzy eyelash sweaters that reveal your decolleatagé can look quite elegant. Just keep your accessories simple and let your fluffy sweater do all the talking.

Do you like fluffy sweaters? Where do you wear them? 

 

Casual

How to Look Pretty in a Puff Sleeve Sweater (without looking too Princessy)

Have you noticed all the beautiful statement sweaters in stores these days? There are some really creative-looking knits out there, including this one at Nordstrom’s.

It’s pretty, isn’t it? This romantic ribbed knit sweater is from Joie, a favorite brand of mine. Joie is all about casual yet luxurious clothing and effortless style. I find their clothes very feminine and modern.

Sleeves had been a major focal point in fashion over the last couple of seasons. We’ve seen a lot of wide sleeves, long bell sleeves, and slit sleeves. Now balloon and puffy sleeves seem to the new thing. The gorgeous Juliet sleeves on this sweater (tight at the wrist and puffy at the top) make it a  “wow” top.

When I first saw this sweater, I wasn’t quite sure about the sleeves. They seemed Renaissance and princess-like. It was the vibrant desert rose color that really made me want to try it on.  But when I paired the sweater with these cute plaid cropped pants, I loved the look.

Do you see the beautiful detail on this cotton-cashmere sweater? The eyelet holes and the way they are arranged to create curves is so feminine and figure-flattering.

So what’s the key to wearing a very soft, romantic top like this without looking like a Disney princess?  You pair it with something slim-fitting, crisp, and modern. With their clean lines and menswear-inspired checks, these pants balance out the ultra-feminine look and feel of this sweater. And, the cropped pant length gives the outfit a very modern vibe.

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I added fine black suede booties and my Gucci Velvet bag for an extra touch of sophistication.

gucci purse cropped pants

Black accessories always make an outfit look chic. These are suede booties, but you could also wear leather ( also on sale).

orange statement sweater with cropped flares

And there’s the look! The blousy Juliet sleeves give me broad shoulders, which shrinks my waist. This sweater is great to even out your figure if you have a pear-shaped figure, creating width up top to match your wider bottom.

Casual

5 Fave Jeans & What To Wear Them With This Fall

When it comes to jeans, everybody has their favorites. From distressed, slouchy boyfriend jeans to dark wash, high-waisted skinny jeans and everything in between, there’s a style of jeans to suit every personality. Just when you thought you’d seen it all, a few new styles of fall jeans have arrived that are pretty exciting. Here’s a look at five fave jeans and what to wear them this season.

 

How To Wear Slit Boot Cut Jeans outfit with white sweater and booties | Fabulous After 40 | Deborah Boland

 

FRONT SLIT BOOTCUT JEANS – CLASSIC WITH A TWIST

If you like classic jeans that are slim in the leg but not skin tight, then bootcut jeans are for you. This pair goes one step further by having fashion-forward slits up the front. As with all jeans, the darker the denim, the more slimming and elegant it is. These jeans look rich and classy, but the subtle release hem also keeps them looking youthful and zippy.

Try wearing these jeans with a gorgeous pair of tall, suede ankle booties, a chunky sweater, and a pretty scarf, and you will look wow!

Continue reading “5 Fave Jeans & What To Wear Them With This Fall”

Casual

Dump the Frump With These Classy, Cozy Cardigans

Less serious than a jacket and more pulled together than a simple top, a cardigan layered over your outfit can up your style factor, big time! A cardigan in a modern color and/or silhouette is a quick and easy way to dump the frump and look fabulous in a casual, classy way.

Deborah Boland Cashmere cardigan

Here’s a look at 7 styles of cardigans that are trending right now.

 

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1. The Grandpa Cardigan

Forget the prim little cardigans we wore in our 20s and 30s. Loose and relaxed is the modern way to go. This wool and camel hair shrunken grandpa cardigan from Leith is a perfect example.  I love the gorgeous rust cider color, and the blend of wool and camel hair gives it great texture and will keep you warm this winter. You’ll wear it like crazy with jeans and a t-shirt but consider wearing this grandpa with a silk or jersey dress, the slinkier, the better, for an eye-catching and fashionable juxtaposition. Continue reading “Dump the Frump With These Classy, Cozy Cardigans”

DEBORAH'S STYLE

What to Wear With Pom Pom Sneakers?

I’m a pretty classic dresser, but I always like to include a modern twist. Shoes and accessories are where I like to have a lot of fun. So today, I’m partnering with Neiman Marcus to walk you through a fun new fall trend- Pom Pom sneakers.

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Please leave it to Neiman Marcus to always be on the cutting edge of what’s new and happening.  They’ve always got the latest styles and gorgeous quality brands. Before we get to my new pom sneakers ( don’t they look cute?),  let me tell you a little bit about my outfit. Continue reading “What to Wear With Pom Pom Sneakers?”

OUTFIT IDEAS

Street Chic Trends At New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion week showcasing Fall 2015 has now wrapped up. As usual, there were lots of fashionable women of all ages who turned in interesting outfits at Lincoln Center.

This is the place to be photographed if you want to show off your style.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Here’s a look at some fearless fashionistas, each with their own unique style. Can you spot how they’ve incorporated the latest trends?

NYFW - Winter Pastels

 

 

Pale blues, pinks and peaches have a been a huge hit this winter- pastels are a refreshing change from all dark colors. Continue reading “Street Chic Trends At New York Fashion Week”

Coats/Jackets/Blazers

Pep Up Your Wardrobe With a Black Poncho

My lifestyle is very casual, but I miss the old days when I used to get all dressed up for work, so I’m always on the lookout for something a little special- something casual but with a touch of drama to it.

I’ve always been crazy about capes and wraps,  so when I spotted this interesting poncho at the start of the season, I just had to have it.

I’ve been wearing it for about two weeks now, and boy is it ever comfy and cozy! It’s a thick black knit – pretty much a knitted square folded over – with a turtleneck and a big button on either side to give it some waist definition.

black poncho

I thought at first it might wash me out but with that red underneath and some bright lipstick, I’m fine. When you love a piece, it can transform you. This poncho makes me feel casual, modern and chic. It gives me pep. Continue reading “Pep Up Your Wardrobe With a Black Poncho”

FALL & WINTER

How To Wear Chunky Knits After 40

Fashion has cozied up to chunky knits this fall. It’s a great look, but can be tricky to pull off especially after 40 when your body is a little rounder and softer than it used to be. Chunky knits, if worn wrong, can make you look like a frumpy old lady. Here are some tips for how to wear them after 40.

Sweater coat: You don’t want to end up looking like you are wearing a sloppy bathrobe. Be sure your sweater coat fits properly at the shoulders and isn’t too bulky at the thighs. Also, look in the mirror and make sure the belt loops are really at your waist and not your hips. 466023_ou_pp
Cowl neck and Boat Necks: are great for pear shaped women because they add substance and width up top to balance out your silhouette.  boat neck
Patchwork can be aging after 40 making you look like a granny wearing a quilt. Choose modern color combinations like gray and yellow for an updated look. Also, reserve patchwork for weekends. It’s a very casual look.
Vertical lines: like a row of buttons, a long zipper or trim down the front elongate your body, making you appear slimmer and taller. gray cardigan
Sweaters that cascade: are soft, and artsy. Wear a very simple top underneath, so as not to compete with the sweater, and make sure it doesn’t cascade below your knees. These sweaters look great with leggings or slim pants. cacading sweater
Petites: have to be especially careful they don’t drown themselves in oversize knits. Choose knits small-medium in size, and shorter more fitted styles. blue knit