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Fashion Lesson #16 Forty And Fabulous


First, I would like to apologize for the delay in posting my usual Friday Fashion lesson.  Life is speeding up on my end of the world, therefor I will not be able to post as regularly as I did this past winter. 

That said, I received a request from Nothing Fancy, requesting advice for ladies in the forty-something category.  I have to start by telling you a story about my days working in the Insurance Industry.  About 10 years ago, my boss who was over forty advised me that all women no matter their age should dress like they are 35 years old.  In her case, she should dress “younger” and in mine, I should dress “older”.  I am still curious why she made 35 the magic number.  And now that I have attained that benchmark, what does it mean to dress like a 35 year old?

When thinking about women over forty and what is appropriate, I think as with any woman it varies.  If you have a well toned body, you can get away with wearing tighter clothes than you could otherwise.  However, it must be within reason.  So how do we navigate that invisible fine line?  Not even Julianne Moore dresses like she did on the cover of Vogue Paris in her daily life.

Here are some very general suggestion that I would give women who feel uncertain in what to choose while shopping.  For the purposes of this post, I will stick with casual clothes. 

Dofocus on fit first.  As we age, all those sexy parts seem to shift.  Boobs droop, butts sag, even our skin starts to loosen.  It’s of the utmost importance to find clothes that fit, even if it requires a trip to the tailor.  Also, be sure that you are wearing the correct size bra and undergarments.  Panty lines and saggy bums are not a good look.  Spanx has a minimizer with a little lift in the tush that can be your best kept secret.

As I discuss with each of my Fashion Lessons, focus on your assets.  If you have toned arms or legs, show them off.  If you have killer abs, rather than revealing them, you can wear a slim fitting shirt or dress. 

Don’t borrow your teenager’s clothes or shop in the Junior section.  The clothes in the Junior section run much smaller and are not proportionate to a woman’s figure.

Also, as I have mentioned before, if you want to participate in a current trend and you are old enough to remember it the first time around, Do choose wisely.  Pick one item from said trend.  If you like the new bright neon look, wear a bracelet or pair of earrings.  Never dress head to toe in trendy items. 

Don’t go too monochromatic.  There was a time back in the 80’s when matching everything ruled.  My advice is to break up your color scheme. If you are wearing a yellow vest, don’t carry a yellow purse, wear yellow shoes or yellow jewelry all together.  The yellow vest is enough.

Don’t wear white shoes.  This is just a personal opinion.  I think if you are over 30 and are wearing white shoes, it ages you.  Instead wear a pair of metallic sandals or heels.  (See below for examples)

Do stick to showing off one asset at a time.  If you are wearing a low cut shirt, wear a longer skirt (knee length or just above).  The same goes if you are wearing a shorter (not mini) skirt, pair it with a more conservative top.  You can be sexy without giving it all away.

Here are some suggestions for summer…

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Girls Night Out

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All Purpose White Shirt And Jeans (notice the metallic bag)

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One last thing, if it has been awhile since you have had your make up done, please go in to a place like Sephora for an updated look.  You want to make sure that you are not still wearing lip liner or full on blue eye shadow.  An update in your hair style and make up can make a world of difference.  Oh, and just because you are 40, doesn’t mean that you have to cut your long hair.  😀 holly hunter

Nothing Fancy, I hope this addressed some of your questions.  Again my apologies for getting this out so late.  Please weigh in with your opinion, good or bad as to the selections or advice.  Do you know someone who doesn’t dress their age?  Tell us about them in the comment section.

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2008 Gap Design Editions Collection


This week you can find the 2008 special edition collection of designs by emerging American designers, Phillip Lim (3.1 Phillip Lim), Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg, Michael Bastian, Philip Crangi and threeASFOUR’s Gabi Asfour, Adi Gil & Angela Donhauser. 

All the designers were asked to participate in creating the 2008 special edition collection based on the classic white Gap shirt.  This year however, it wasn’t limited to Gap’s 35 year old icon.

Fans of Philip Crangi will find special edition jewelry to choose from in addition to the interpretations of the iconic white shirt.

Fellas, don’t you worry either, Michael Bastian has also designed a couple of shirts that you can get in on too.

Here are a few selections from the collection. (click on images for shopping details)





2008 is the second year that Gap has partnered with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund to introduce the winners of the annual Vogue Fashion Fund competition to mainstream consumers. 

Items from this collection will range in price from $35 to $88 and  will be available exclusively in flagship and top Gap adult stores in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Japan and online in the U.S. at gap.com.

To read more about this collection and the designers, click here or go to Gap online.


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Banana Republic Joins The Green Movement


Last week I reported that Nordstrom is phasing in their eco-friendly shopping bags, now  Banana Republic is weighing in.  In a recent press release, Banana Republic announced that on April 8th,they will roll out a new 50 piece collection of men’s and women’s lines and will also adopt a new label and packaging system to compliment their “eco-conscious” fabrics.

The new fabrics consist of bamboo, organic cotton and linen amongst other renewable or sustainable materials.

Simon Kneen, EVP Design & Creative Director for Banana Republic is quoted as saying:

“Designing this product has been an inspiring process.  Many of us are now looking to our everyday practice for ways to demonstrate our ongoing commitment where we can, not just for this collection, but future seasons as well”

It’s not coincidence that this new line and lines from other retailers such as Guess and Keds are announcing their “Green” ambitions.  April 22nd is Earth Day.  Keen marketing, wouldn’t you say?

Whatever the reason, I applaud their efforts and am looking forward to future collections from this an other companies.

To see pictures from their Green collection click here.

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Fashion Sensei Says…

FS Says

This price is a steal!

Not everyone would agree with my taste, but I really love wellies and for $19.99 at target, it’s a steal.

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Indulge yourself…

Now this could be a combo of deal/indulgence/trend watch, but being that the prices are still pretty high, I decided it would fit best here.

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These shoes are made for walkin’…

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Trend Watch…

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What’s that Smell?

Coming March 1st Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Union Square

AW Union Square- hi res “The scent, a seductive green floral that’s simultaneously cool and warm, is housed in the slim Bond No. 9 superstar flacon, this time displaying Warhol’s flowers as its surface design.”

One other thing to know about Bond No.9, bring any of their bottles of used perfume or any other brand of perfume to Saks Fifth Ave. to be recycled, and receive a refillable pocket spray with purchase.








Shop till ya drop…

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I have underwear that covers more than this.  Madame, if you happen upon my blog, PLEASE contact me and I will happily give you a free makeover! 


Carry on…

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