Casual

How to Wear a Long Cardigan and Not Look Sloppy

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.

tan long cardigan

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.
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Color

How to Communicate Your Style With Color

color theory

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:

  • Project Authority
  • Radiate sexiness
  • Portray elegance and sophistication
  • Appear Calm Relaxed and Reassuring
  • Communicate Friendliness
  • 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”

Choose 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.

Avoid Red 

  • 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 are overtired and overstressed

Learn more about the power of Podcast in this podcast: How to Communicate Using Color.

Do certain colors make you feel good when you wear them or seem to influence others? Let me know by commenting below.

 

 

OUTFIT IDEAS

F4006 – How to Dress Your Hourglass Figure

 

Sofia Vergara
Sexy Sophia Vergara is known for her hourglass figure

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.

You’ll learn:

  • 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.

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Here’s the podcast: How to Dress Your Hourglass Figure.

 

Body-Type

F4005 – How to Dress The Inverted Triangle Body Shape

 

inverted-triangle-body-type

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.

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Here’s the podcast: How to Dress Your Inverted Triangle Body Shape.

 

 

 

OUTFIT IDEAS

How to Dress The Pear Body Shape

 

short pear shaped woman

 

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 Podcast has 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.

Also please Click to Review & Rate the ‘Fabulous After 40 Podcast’ on iTunes! I value every review I receive and often read them out on the show. If you take the time to leave one, THANK YOU – You’re Fabulous!

Here’s the podcast: How to Dress Your Pear Shaped Body

 

 

Body-Type

How To Hide Flabby Arms – Podcast 4-003

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:

flabby arms

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
  • how to camouflage if you are wearing an evening dress
  • the role color plays in helping hide those flabby midlife arms

Take a listen to this podcast and let me know what you think, and what other tricks you may have used to combat saggy arms.

Also, please Click to Review & Rate the ‘Fabulous After 40 Podcast’ on iTunes! I value every review I receive and often read them out on the show. If you take the time to leave one, THANK YOU – You’re Fabulous!

Here’s the podcast: How to Hide Flabby Arms

 

Body-Type

F4002 – How to Camouflage a Midlife Middle

 

flabby tummy

 

One of most asked questions I get from readers is How to hide that stubborn tummy bulge that comes with middle age?

Call it the spare tire, jelly belly or men-o-pot, this tummy area is a big trouble spot when it comes to dressing.

In this episode of The Fabulous After 40 Podcast, I talk about: What to Wear to Camouflage your Midlife Tummy.

You’ll learn:

  • the art of distraction dressing
  • how the right neckline can help hide your tummy
  • which colors shrink the tummy
  • tips for wearing jewelry to minimize your jelly belly problem
  • the one clothing item that can make you tummy look instantly slimmer

Tune in and let me know what you think. If you have any other tips to add, I’d love to hear them too!

Also please Click to Review & Rate the ‘Fabulous After 40 Podcast’ on iTunes! I value every review I receive and often read them out on the show. If you take the time to leave one, THANK YOU – You’re Fabulous!

Here’s the podcast: How to Dress Your Midlife Middle.

 

 

Leggings

How To Wear Leggings Over 40 (Podcast 4-001)

It’s finally here, what you’ve all been asking me for. Welcome to the first episode of The Fabulous After 40 Podcast where you can subscribe to iTunes to automatically receive weekly fashion tips via my style podcast.

This week we start by talking about How to Wear Leggings at 40, 50 and beyond

Leggings are very popular these days. They’re casual and comfy and look great when you wear them right. Here are a few instagrammers who look fabulous in their leggings.

leopard tunic black leggings

@styleatacertainage

@emptynestblessed

gingham top black leggings

@styledbyjeanne

@northwestmountainliving

 

In this podcast, How to Wear Leggings, I give you some easy tips on how to wear leggings to look classy and not trashy.

Discover:

  • 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

Check out this podcast and don’t forget to leave your comments. I’d love to hear from you!

Also please Click to Review & Rate the ‘Fabulous After 40 Podcast’ on iTunes! I value every review I receive and often read them out on the show. If you take the time to leave one, THANK YOU – You’re Fabulous!

Here’s the podcast: How to Wear Leggings.