White boots: arguably the most popular and terrifying trend to try this Fall/Winter/Next Spring and Summer.
The popular part you get; white boots are all over blogs, style mavens, and *gasp* even some brave 'average' people. Terrifying might need a bit more of an explanation.
Some trends are easy to pick up and run with. One such example of this is plaid. (In fact, I did a whole post on plaid outfits for every age- from Target!) White boots, on the other hand, are a bit more daunting. What should you wear them with? What should you NOT wear them with? How does this work with the whole 'don't wear white after labor day' rule? (Hint: that's a rule you buck in this case)
There are questions, I know. But I'm here to give you my top tips on wearing white boots and maybe even give you enough inspiration to go out and try your hand (foot?) at this season's biggest footwear fetish.
It's not every season...
Layering clothes– it’s what makes an okay outfit an amazing outfit. It’s where personality and creativity take off.
But it isn’t always easy.
If basic outfits are simple 1+1=2 arithmetic, then the art of layering is algebra. There are formulas and ways to solve for x and make a great outfit, but you have to know them (by instinct or learning). With that said, I would argue layering is considerably more fun than algebra.
Here’s your general formula for layering clothes:
Your base garment is the simplest version of your outfit and basically whatever is needed to keep you decent. In the below example, the base garment is jeans and a t-shirt. Nothing fancy, just a top and bottom so you don’t get in trouble for public indecency. There are 20 pieces of clothing that I consider base (aka the basics) garments and are the...
The most common woe clients come to me with goes like this: “I don’t want to look frumpy because I feel young, but I also don’t want to look like my 16-year-old daughter.”
These middle-aged women are often vibrant, active, and far from looking like how their mothers did at the same age. But, it’s one thing to feel young and another thing to dress young.
Here are four easy ways to strike a balance between frumptastic and teenager.
This one sounds easy, but it can be challenging. Have you ever wandered into the juniors department thinking, “oh, that’s cute” without even realizing where you were? This happens all the time to me at Target. (Speaking of Target, did you read about what happened when I picked out plaid outfits for every age there?) One minute...
Careers have stabilized, nests are emptied, and the body is doing whatever it feels like (goodbye, eyesight). Welcome to your 50’s.
If you didn’t take time to yourself in your 40’s, then you might find yourself in a style rut, looking frumpy and out of date. Not to worry- it’s never too late to show yourself some love. Start with choosing wardrobe basics that look great on your body type. Set time aside to improve your health and your appearance (this could include anything from walking with friends to doing hair masks). You’ve spent most of your adult life taking care of someone or something else- now it’s time for you.
If you were nice to yourself in your 40’s (good for you!) then you are well set up to confront the many changes your lifestyle and body has in store for you during this decade.
Here are my top 3 tips for dressing in your 50’s:
Several years ago, a movie came out called This is 40. Do you remember it? I made the weird choice of watching it (I was in my late 20’s at the time) and found it more depressing than comedic. In fact, I don’t think I laughed at all. ‘Watched in horror’ and ‘silently cried’ were probably more appropriate ways to describe my reaction to the movie.
With that said, I think it hit on a good point about your 40’s: they are this middle ground in your life that hit somewhat unexpectantly early (middle aged is after 50, isn’t it?) and can almost be a tipping point. This is the only age decade that is solely NOT about you.
Think about it. Your kids are in middle school or high school and you are a taxi service/therapist/referee/short order cook. Promotions in your job mean that you have more responsibility and more expected from you at work. Your spouse and friends still want your love and attention (because, you...
It’s an age-old question and, quite honestly, a very fine balance: how to look sexy- without looking sleazy
Let’s face it. There are times we love to dress up and look pretty. Who doesn’t like looking pretty?
But as a stylist that works with people to find the perfect outfits, one question crops up every time when we are discussing going out/date night/sexier looks (whatever you want to call them!).
IS IT TOO MUCH?
As women, how many times have we gotten dressed for a night out (or even a coffee date if I’m being honest) and thought, “Is this too much?” You may not be necessarily dressed like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman pre-Gere (aka a prostitute) but that doesn’t mean you can’t still question the ‘too muchness’ of your outfit. The ‘is this too much?’ question is usually seen hanging out with the ‘is this age appropriate?’ question- but more on that later.
In my humble (30-something-year-old) opinion, I think your 30’s are the most underrated decade of your life.
A bold statement? Yes, but hear me out.
During the years between 29 and 40, you have an exciting mix of life events, available opportunities, and deeper self-awareness. You’re probably making more money than you have in the past and are starting to get to the part of your career that is more than an entry level job that you sludge through to pay the bills. Your body is still in decent shape, and you might be able to continue pulling off fashions from college. On top of all that, you are really starting to figure out who you are and you are doing lots of fun exciting things like getting married and having families.
Maybe I’m an optimist, (okay, no maybe’s here. I’m definitely an optimist) but I think the third decade on earth is pretty good. However, like every other decade, the 30’s bring their whole new slew of...
Plaid is a huge trend this Fall and here are just a few reasons why I love it (and think you should too):
1. It’s classic. If you don’t believe me, just look at Burberry. They are proof that a plaid can stay fashionable for decades (when done right, of course).
2. Any age can wear plaid! Continue reading to see how.
When I was prepping for this post, I considered all the different ways I could show outfits for every age. I thought about just collaging pictures of outfits together online, but that seemed so…unrelatable (and a little boring).
So instead, I decided to go to everyone’s favorite store, Target and put together plaid outfits. That means that all the pictures below are made from clothing exclusively from my local store (Athens, Georgia, if you’re wondering).
It was a bit difficult to bring in a million outfits and accessories into the dressing rooms, so I left the purses and...
"I can't wear shorts, I'm too old for that"
It's a comment I hear often from women over the age of 50 (and sometimes over the age of 40!)
They feel that hitting a certain number automatically takes away their right to wear specific types of clothing. Well folks, I'm here to tell you that it just isn't true.
Saying you can't wear shorts over a certain age is just as ridiculous as saying someone over a certain size shouldn't wear a swimsuit.
I understand that you want to look age-appropriate, but I have a little secret for you. It's possible to wear shorts at any age and look age-appropriate.
1. Choose the right length
Obviously, you don't want to wear daisy dukes, but just because you're older doesn't mean you have to wear Bermuda shorts. Finding the right length for your body is key to looking age-appropriate in shorts. Essentially, you want your shorts to be no higher than where the inside muscle of your leg ends. To find that spot, stand in a superman pose with your...
It's great knowing your body shape, but if you don't know what to DO with that information, it can be quite pointless. That's why I've written a series of blog posts that will help you always find the perfect outfit.
The first post is going to be about the pear-shaped body. A pear-shaped body (also sometimes called a 'spoon' shape) is the most common shape along with the apple. So, if you think you're the only one who struggles to find dresses that fit your bust AND your hips, you're not alone.
Keep reading to find out:
Please note that this post contains affiliate links. I use affiliate links in the form of clothing suggestions in order to help you best discover (and locate!) clothing that will work best for your body shape. If you click on the affiliate...