Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fashion tips for us!

If you are on the plus side of fifty you may feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to making new choices for your wardrobe. Many of the fashion news articles and store displays seem to be geared to the twenty somethings. Those styles may not be appropriate or comfortable for our bodies so we must make adjustments to create a style that is flattering and comfortable but keeps our look current. It's also a plus if we can use what we already have in our closet and update it with a few key fashion pieces.

I've named the photo set below "Street Style" because it represents my formula for getting dressed for daytime. Layers allow you to be prepared for cooler restaurant temps, a sudden Spring rain or a ride in a convertible. Push up the sleeves of a light weight cardigan in a color that is flattering for your skin tone and wear a body skimming tee underneath. This gives you a flattering deep V neck and pushing up your sleeves to show forearm always adds height and takes away pounds visually. Layering in light weight fabrics allows you to feel confident that you aren't showcasing those extra pounds around the middle that we find so very difficult to get rid of. 

I often wear a hat in summer for several reasons. My hair is not as full and thick as it once was but I also like covering my hair when it is likely going to be stuck to my head with perspiration. (Never a good look!) Some rules will always apply when wearing a hat. Your other accessories need to be less in number and scale when you wear a hat. I like to add a small clutch to my tote bag so that I am not carrying a big bag and wearing a hat at the same time but I still have all the things I need for a day in the country or shopping in a nearby village. The brim of your hat should never exceed the width of your shoulders. I like to add a flowing sheer scarf over the band to relate to another color I'm wearing. If the weather becomes too warm later in the day I can take off the cardigan and drape the scarf across my shoulders. Try on several styles of hats to find the one that is flattering to your face shape. Remember round plus round is never good when it comes to faces and accessories.

Sunglasses in shapes that flatter your face and protect your eyes are a wise investment for anyone. I have several styles and always make sure I have the correct sunglasses and shade of lip gloss before I leave for the day. Lip gloss or lip color of any type should blend with the color of your top. Image a beautiful red blouse with a lip color in the orange tones. (Clash!) I like to wear earrings and bangles in my accent color in hot summer weather. A necklace, earrings, sunglasses and a hat all at once are way too much going on in a small area.

Platform sandals are much more flattering with cropped pants or walking shorts because they visually add length to your lower leg to balance out the fact that cropped pants shorten the length of your leg.  A nude color leather with accents such as jute, straw or cork are great summer neutrals with white or khaki pants. 

I hope you have a happy, healthy, fashionable summer!

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