About Susan

Hi everyone! I'm Susan Street, the editor of Fifty, not Frumpy. I love fashion but at fifty-eight years old I must use a different set of guidelines for putting together outfits than the gals featured in Vogue and on runways. Living in a small southern city and working within my clothing budget, I've learned to adapt current fashion to fit my lifestyle and social circle. 

Fashion is an unspoken communication. I want my style to say I'm a professional woman with an awareness of fashion trends, I'm fun and approachable. This blog is my way of sharing what I continue to learn. As a point of reference, I am five feet seven inches tall and I weigh one hundred and forty pounds.

My career in the fashion industry began in 1976 when I became the Visual Merchandise Manager for three Belk Department Stores. Later as the Corporate Director of eight Cosmetic Departments for Rices Nachman's Department Stores and then the District Manager of a chain of boutiques, I learned even more about projecting a professional image that fit my soft contrast cool coloring and my subdued personality.

My first venture as a business owner was a consulting firm named 'Career Image', which also included public speaking and appearances at seminars throughout the southeast United States to present the concept of using your best colors and clothing shapes to build a wardrobe that will work for you in any situation. I conducted personal consultations at the client's closet and accompanied them on well-planned shopping trips afterward.

My current position evolved after being a professional boutique jewelry designer for more than ten years. As the President of Vintage Jewelry Supplies Company, I still must know current trends in fashion and buy what is needed to fit those trends months in advance. 

I'm happy to share the pictures of outfit ideas and tips that might be helpful to you here on this blog and on Facebook and Polyvore.
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