Ahh, those skinny runway models. They always make wearing long; loose cardigans look like a breeze when for the average midlifer, it’s not quite that easy. Lumps, bumps, and aging shoulders that slope can make a swingy sweater look more like a frumpy old housecoat if you don’t know how to style it right.
If you’ve shied away from wearing long cardigans for this very reason, it’s time to take a second look. Here are 5 reasons to love long cardigans and tips on how to wear them without looking sloppy.
Reasons to Love Long Cardigans…
There are plenty of good reasons to embrace a long cardigan:
They’re warm and cozy. You’ll want to live in them all winter!
They’re a great way to deal with a sleeveless top, which I know many of you aren’t big on because you prefer to cover your arms.
They give an outfit more presence. They are not as commanding as a jacket, but since they are semi-structured, they do give you some power, albeit in a gentler way.
Long cardigans are also perfect for traveling. When you are on a plane, train, or in the car, you want something light, warm, and comfy, and a long cardigan is it!
If you steer clear of long cardigans because, in your mind, an oversize knit = ten pounds heavier, then know this: there’s are ways to wear a long cardigan that can actually be very slimming.
Do you know why doctor’s offices are often in pastels or why a bullfighter waves a red flag in front of a bull?
It’s because color has a powerful psychological effect on us. In episode 10 of The Fabulous After 40 Podcast, I talk about how the colors you wear can be used as a powerful tool in communication.
You will learn what color to wear to:
Portray elegance and sophistication
Appear Calm Relaxed and Reassuring
Send a Dramatic Message
Play up Your Artistic Side
Let me give you an example:
RED: The color red includes true red, burnished red, bright Christmas red, and tomato red. Ligh shades such as pink, mixed shades such as fuschia or dark shades such as burgundy are all included in red.
The positive psychological power of red is high energy, confident assertive and exciting. Red can also be perceived in a negative way and appear to be domineering, aggressive and threatening.
You need to feel confident to wear red, since it is very powerful. This is why many women shy away from red, in fact, they are terrified of it. You will always stand out in red.
I personally love red. I think it is a gorgeous exciting shade and it gives me tremendous energy. I agree with the famous quote by American designer Bill Blass, “When in doubt, wear red”
to project authority
to give a visual boost of energy
for occasions when you want to draw attention to yourself
when you want to attract the opposite sex.
when you are being interviewed on television
if your position is controversial
if you re not prepared to defend yourself in your position
If you have a full bust and bottom and a tiny waist you have an hourglass figure. Think Marilyn Munroe, Sophia Vergara and Scarlett Johannson. If you think there are no dressing challenges with this balanced type of body, think again. In episode 6 of The Fabulous After 40 Podcast, I talk about the right and wrong Ways to Dress Your Hourglass Figure.
what styles turn an hourglass figure from fab to frumpy
the best tops to complement your shape
pants to wear or stay away from
the bets and worst fabrics for this body type
my favorite dress for this figure type
Have a listen and see if these tips ring true for you.
F4005 – How to Dress The Inverted Triangle Body Shape
If you have wide shoulders and small hips you know it can be tricky to look balanced. In this episode of The Fabulous After 40 Podcast you I give you tips and tricks to balance and Dress Your Inverted Triangle Figure, so you look wow in your clothes.
You will learn:
the dressing goals of the inverted triangle figure
which tops to wear to soften your shoulders
the most flattering necklines for broad shoulders
clothing to avoid
the best skirts and pants to balance your figure
how the right colors in the right places can make, you look more proportionate
Enjoy this podcast and let me know what dressing challenges you have come up against being an inverted triangle and how you’ve gotten around that.
The pear-shaped figure with its narrow shoulders and wide hips is the most common female shape. What do you wear to flatter this body type and look slim and trim? This episode of The Fabulous After 40 Podcasthas all the answers you need as I discuss How to Dress the Pear- Body Shape.
Tune in to discover:
how to determine if you have a pear-shaped body
examples of celebrities who share this body type
the best tops to flatter your figure
the right length of the top to look more balanced
whether you can wear skinny jeans if you are a pear
which dresses the best suit a pear-shaped body
Take a listen and tell me if you have tried any of these dressing tips and what works for you.
If there’s one part of the body that women our age are sensitive about, it’s our arms. I’m all for women having the right to bare arms at any age, but I have received a lot of letters from readers who would just rather not have all that wiggle and jiggle going on in public.
O.K., fair enough. Then, what’s a good way to cover up without feeling too warm all the time or looking too old lady? (Remember showing some skin is youthful) Here are some suggestions:
In this episode of The Fabulous After 40 Podcast, I talk about some ways to get the coverage you need without having to completely covered up.
Check out these easy ways for How to Hide Your Flabby Arms. You’ll learn:
why long sleeves aren’t the best answer to covering up
the best sleeves length to camouflage but look youthful
a favorite trick for covering up used by celebrities
the neckline that works to distract from your arms
It’s finally here, what you’ve all been asking me for. Welcome to the first episode of The Fabulous After 40 Podcastwhere you can subscribe to iTunes to automatically receive weekly fashion tips via my style podcast.
In this podcast, How to Wear Leggings, I give you some easy tips on how to wear leggings to look classy and not trashy.
the difference between leggings and pants
who can wear leggings
the biggest mistake women make when it comes to wearing leggings
the best style of tops to wear with leggings
what color of leggings to wear
what shoes to wear with leggings
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