Ageless Style: Fabulous 50’s and Above!

“Live long enough and you will have seen it all and worn most of it”
~author unknown

Are you in your 40’s, 50’s or above? Do you look at today’s fashion and think, “the stuff they make today is only for the young?”  I know I certainly have.  The flip side of that is, I feel young!  Okay how about I feel young at heart, my body however knows better!

In a culture obsessed with quick impressions and youth, you can use your own personal style to communicate to the world that you are fierce and 50! Yes, I am well over 50 and still obsessed with style!  Notice I said style, because “fashion fades and style is eternal” right. One big dilemma I know I have faced was once I started approaching my late 40’s I was uncertain as to what to wear without looking like what I call “Old Ms Young”!  In my mind I wanted to rock the trendy styles, … you know, the cropped blouses, short skirts and stilettos to name a few, but felt I little uncomfortable in them. Now, some of you may be thinking. “I want to look younger and don’t see a problem with dressing like my daughter.” By all means, if you feel comfortable in doing so, don’t mind me, I say go for it! My point is, at some point in your life some styles are just not meant for a “seasoned” lady. Not every one is a superstar that needs to keep up with stage presence such as a Madonna!  The average Jane Doe would look and feel a little foolish!  You can express a youthful attitude without adorning yourself in any any of these defining trendy looks. Besides by the time we reach a certain age we’ve probably seen and worn many of today’s trends.

Fashion is circular and is resurfaced time and again. The great thing is, many designers are having fun with fabrics, silhouettes and color, which provides the true novelty in a season. Allowing the ageless woman to feel plugged into the now and connecting us to our younger selves, allowing us to continue to have fun with fashion at any age! The difference is however, we are more interested in “styles” that will withstand the test of time as opposed to five-minute fads and fast fashion. The Ageless Woman is not concerned so much about the “it” look, she’s only interested in “Her” look!  Women with ageless personal style will always remain true to themselves, choosing the right shapes, lengths, best colors, and maintaining a combination of investment pieces mixed with less expensive.  Always having an interest in what’s new but keeping the trendy at a minimum.

Tips on Dressing With Ageless Style

  1. Avoid following trends. Know what to camouflage and what to accentuate.
  2. Comfort is a must for seasoned fashionistas! Avoid tight clothing meant for 20-year-old girls. While some fitted dresses can be very flattering, they may not look very elegant for someone over 50. Fitted skirts that are tailored to fall slightly above the knee or below and fit well on the waist. Simply choose clothing that enhances. Look for better fabrics and cuts to achieve elegance and a perfect fit.
  3. Cross your heart dresses that fall beautifully at knee-length are sexy and stylish.  Look closely at subtle and defining details: stitching, pleating, draping, piping, etc. that enhances your shape and silhouette. What you wear must check out from every angle.
  4. Avoid very low cuts, short or plunging necklines. They tend to look a little too much on woman over 50. Fashion doesn’t mean you have to flash your skin all the time. Choose your clothing wisely.  If your legs are showing little signs of aging choose little longer skirts if possible. Opt for styles that covers what you prefer to hide. Choose bolder, bigger accessories than using many jewelry items. A one bold, strong jewelry is more chic and age appropriate.
  5.  Color blocking is a great way to rock colors that you may love, but don’t seem to love you. Try accessorizing with a scarf to break up an unflattering color next to your face.
  6. There are other easy ways to get the look. Even a slight nod to trendy will make you look current.

Remember:

Let’s face it ladies, as we age, what use to be toned body parts begin to take its own direction. Even if you haven’t gained a once since your 30’s clothes just don’t fit the same. Fifty may be the new 40, but it doesn’t give you the green light to dress like your daughter.  Besides, dressing younger does not make you look younger.  But that doesn’t mean they can’t look good and have fun with their wardrobe. Fifty should not mean frumpy; it’s about comfort and elegance.  And for those still wearing the same outfits they wore 20 years ago, it’s definitely time for a wardrobe update.

A few classic pieces to include in your wardrobe:

  • A great Trench Coat
  • Stylish leather jacket
  • Crisp white shirt
  • Pants/Slacks with some stretch in black, navy, gray and/or khaki
  • Shoes: a comfortable but stylish flat for work, a sexy low-heel or sling-back in black, a casual shoe for fun and an evening shoe.  If you are still able to rock a stiletto by all means go for it, but keep it under 4/5 inches
  • A flattering knee-length fitted Pencil skirt

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Holly Faux Oscar Dress!

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My recent post depicted a few of our favorite looks on the 2015 Oscars red carpet. Normally, Lupita Nyong’o would have been one of my pics. I consciously did not include her, not because I did not like the dress, but because she’s almost always going to nail it. It wasn’t that I did not simply love the dress, l kind of thought it was a bit simple in design, although the workmanship was awesome.  The thought of a dress valued at $150K and made of pearls … 6,000 white Akoya pearls to be exact was of the charts! My first thought, “she’s a walking brink truck. What I know about these pearls are what I’ve read, … they are a specialty of Japanese pearl farms, the first pearl to be cultured in the 1020’s, that they are a high-quality pearl with few blemishes and a deep beautiful luster you’ll find set in gold because of their white color and rose overtones. And then it happened, …  EXCLUSIVE:

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$150K Pearl Oscar Dress … STOLEN!!!!

I nearly lost my breath!  How on earth could this happen. My street sense also kicked in and I immediately thought, “they will probably break that bad boy down, make and sell pearl necklaces, earrings and what ever else they could make from those gorgeous gems. And, … then another thing happened, ….

Holly Faux Dress! …

EXCLUSIVE:

Lupita Nyong’o

Dress Returned

To Scene of the Crime!

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TMZ: “Lupita Nyong’o‘s Oscar gown was returned to The London West Hollywood Friday afternoon where it was taken 2 days earlier … and the thief called TMZ to tell us where it could be found and added it was a worthless fake.”

My first reaction, …OMG! Really, this is a Calvin Klein Original!

And in another shocking “Exclusive”, …

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We Never Said Lupita’s Oscar Dress was Real

REALLY! This is an Oscar Red Carpet Original created by none other than Calvin Klein, you don’t have to be told it’s real, I’m sure it is assumed by many that it is real.  Why on earth would it be fake!  And to make matters worse, it was allegedly said that Calvin Klein‘s people never told them if the pearls were real or fake. “Did anyone ever say they were real from Calvin Klein? I always assumed everyone knew they were fake, but I guess not.”We’re told the only person who represented the pearls as real and valued the dress at $150K was Lupita’s stylist”.  So now, it is the stylist fault!  What are we coming to that we now can not believe that the red carpet original dresses are fake, … not to mention that our news reporters are falsifying the news and their experiences in trying to get the news to us.  We already know about false advertising to get us to buy junk, marketing of unhealthy and dangerous products that are aimed at our children.   Does this change your perception of “Haute Couture”? Are you safe in buying what you think, or what is marketed to be real?

We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Let’s Talk Style/Fashion

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And poof, the highly anticipated fashion month is almost over! From New York to Milan top designers strut their creations down the fashion week runways in anticipation of acceptance by celebrities, boutiques and high-end department stores.  From celebrity style to street style, we marveled at the thought of some day wearing a Haute Couture creation by one of our favorite designers.  The print’s, colors and eccentricity on the runways for this years Spring and Fall collections are to die for! And, you can certainly get some of the looks at a cost that may be a little kinder to the pocket, the key is to shop smart and wait for the day you can actually snag an original.  I am in total bliss with European fashion and Avant Garde styles,  I tell you, I get all excited to see the creations of those designers filling our senses with styles and workmanship that are sure to blow us away. I get more excited sharing with you some of our favorites, with hopes of starting some fashion/style dialog. Personally pulling off some of these looks is a little challenging for me, but “holy fashion high”  do I get a rush out of styling those who can. Okay, so I wasn’t personally there, I just snooped around some of the hottest mags and editorials to pull some of Critique’s fav picks from the runways and not to mention the biggest fashion show of them all, “The Oscars”!

So please check it out and leave a comment or start a conversation. We love talking fashion!

Street Style!

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Runway:

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Our best from the 2015 Oscars:

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Let’s Talk Fashion!

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