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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Susan's Tips

We all have favorite pieces in our wardrobes that make us feel good when we wear them. It could be because of the fit, the color, the fabric or the style.

Here are some basic pieces you might have in your wardrobe. Using myself as an example I will share with you why these items were chosen and why they work for my midlife body.

1. Jeans are almost a uniform for some women. When I buy jeans I look for a dark wash with plain pockets and a straight leg. Not a skinny leg but a smooth straight line that fits nicely all the way down to the hem. A waistband that sits at my natural waist is more comfortable. No low rise jeans for me.

2. Tank tops are part of many of my casual outfits. I like the fact that they help to give a smooth line under jackets and sweaters. White is a good choice most of the time but I look for a white that isn't brighter than my teeth.

3. Jackets are a great transition piece for this time of year when the weather is starting to change. I look for slightly fitted styles rather than boxy. Breast pockets are not a good idea for me since I'm already a couple of sizes larger on top than on the bottom. I look for a color that is flattering to my skin tone and one that can be worn with jeans. A simple neckline that forms a V is always a good choice for my round face.

4. I adore animal print but the normally warm tones of the print are not a good mix with my cool coloring. Shoes, handbags or other items worn away from my face are better choices for me. One piece of animal print per outfit is usually enough. If I wear flat shoes I look for pointed toes and a fun color or pattern. Rounded toe ballet flats look ridiculous on me because I have thick calves and smaller feet compared to the rest of my body. The pointed toe helps to make me look taller and thinner. 

5. Handbags can make or break your look. I don't wear bulky shoulder bags because they alter the line of my clothes too much and make me look sloppy. A structured bag with top handles in a size that is in proportion to my height is what I normally look for. I am always amazed when it is so difficult to find a full-length mirror in the handbag department of some stores.

6. Sunglasses are almost always part of my outfit for the day. I have several shapes, styles and colors to fit both my face shape and the mood of the day. There is always a pair in my handbag if not on my face.

7. Jewelry is the statement piece that can express your personality. I like to wear button earrings with a drop or a nice fitting pair of hoops in white gold or sterling silver because I have cool coloring and gray hair. When I say nice fitting I mean the wire or post doesn't accentuate a sagging pierce. I wear either a statement necklace or fun earrings, not both at the same time. 

I hope these seven tips help you to put together a fun and comfortable outfit for today. Have a great Saturday!