Ok, guys I know your the last to move on style, but you can and should step it up a notch. Especially if you are single and looking to attract some attention. Below are some photos of Nick Wooster who is now a style adviser for JCP (that's J C Penney's) so style does not have to cost a lot. By the way if something does not fit perfect, have it altered.
I did not forget about you I have been very busy working and social stuff. It's good to be busy but then I miss this. This past week-end I copied a J.Crew top. It was actually quite simple here is what it looks like, the real things not the copy. This was the outfit, it really looked classy, my husband loved it. I wore this with my Levi's 505's.
Today I was feeling old, I had just gotten several fashion magazines and it made me feel old. I thought why am I writing this, why do I care, is anyone even looking at this. Then I snapped out of and realized that there a lot of women of a certain age, that care, about how they look. Not so much if they are "in fashion" but whether they look great, age appropriate and feel amazing in their own skin and the clothing they are wearing. So I carry on sharing my ideas and sense of style. The bonus at the end of this photo session you will see a photo from the new J. Crew catalog, it's Linda Rodin a famous stylist, fashion icon, and now the owner of a beauty line. She's older and she cares, and she wears J. Crew and Levi's.
Here are the Jeans I will be using for my 30 days of denim, I call them the "Usual Suspects". Levi's and J. Crew jeans.
These jeans are not new they are from my closet. Some I have had for awhile some I not so long. Most are a darker wash which is more flattering for an older person (older then 39 that is).
From left to right they are:
1.Eco Vintage bootcut (I like straight leg but I got these because the bootcut is not too wide at the bottom) and they were Eco friendly.
2.Levi's Eco straight leg.
3 Levi's 505 straight leg from Kohl's
4.Levi's 505 straight leg from Kohl's
5. Levi's 505 straight leg from Kohl's
6. Levi's 505 straight leg from Kohl's
7. Levi's Jodhpur style skinny leg (no longer made)
8. Levi's 501 Vintage men's
9. J. Crew matchstick in a medium wash.
As you can see they are all worn and loved.
We are never ever happy with what we are given for body types. While we should be happy that we have good health and wonderful personalities we fret over our bodies. So let's do some looking at how clothes can change that.
This outfit is great for an older woman who has a short torso, the sweater brings the eye downward, making the model look longer waist ed. The hem length is perfect, right at the knee. If you go too short you will look like your are trying to look like your daughter or trying to look too young. Any longer and you would look really dragged down and frumpy. The tone on tone color or the outfit, makes her look taller and skinnier. What a fun outfit for fall and winter. Remember though this may not be a color for you, so stay within your personal color palette.
We use accessories to make us individuals, especially for men, as your clothing does not change much in shape and style. I am always preaching the classics as we get older but we still want to look like we have a spring in our step when it comes to style. Use scarves, hats, cufflinks, ties, and shoes to change up a look. GO FOR IT GUYS, HAVE SOME FUN WHEN YOU GET READY TO GO OUT AND ABOUT.
Of course we all know how to shop right? But do we really I am not so sure, so below are some great ideas for shopping.
1. Always spend your biggest money on the classics, in both styling and Color.
2. Define your style and stick to it. Wear what you love; what makes you comfortable, what makes you feel expresses you. Stay true to this and the wardrobe will follow. Shop with the motto, love it or leave it.
3. Understand your body type and shop accordingly, learn what looks best and never compromise.
4. Don’t go on fishing expeditions, go but don’t buy unless it’s perfect.
5. Go to the stores you know have your styles and what works for you.
6. Look for color and fabric first, then silhouette, then size.
7. Think outfit, not item. Before buying the new items think about what other items it can be worn with. If you don’t have anything don’t buy it, it needs to go with at least three other things.
8. Get help from a professional stylist.
9. Insist on fit; otherwise take it to your alterations person. So factor in that cost always. Even your jeans can be altered
10. Buy the best you can afford. You don’t need a lot of stuff when you have the right stuff.
11. Vintage** Vintage can give you a unique look, but always try everything on
Sizes were different back then. Again, make sure it fits with your style and goes with other items you already have.
12. Make your larges purchase first, in other words, buy the suit or coat first then
If you want to be fashionable do it with accessories, or just a few items to add to your already “styled” wardrobe. When I do closet clean outs I see a lot of hang tags still on clothing in closets. Buying outside the box can be very costly. Stick to what suits you best for overall look, then go crazy with the accessories, jewelry, scarves, some handbags and shoes can really bring you the fashion your looking for.
The detergent companies are not going to like me, but that is ok, I don't really need them too. I have all of you. I have been dealing in clothing pretty much my whole life, I started sewing when I was five and then spent years doing wardrobe in the film and entertainment business. "Clothes were Me". Let's just say I have done a lot of laundry, a lot of laundry and here is one thing I know for sure. You do not need all that detergent to get your clothes clean, nor do you need all those dryer sheets to keep clothes static free. I swear the more detergent you use the more dryer sheets you need. So here is my advise based on experimentation on my part alone.
You need about 1/3 of the amount of detergent that is suggested on the bottle or box of soap. Most clothes will come clean with cold water, really only construction workers need hot or warm water. People who prepare food might want to use warmer water too but heat from water helps to set stains making them harder to get out.
Now once you have reduced your detergent you won't need to use a new dryer sheet every time you dry your clothes. You can use the sheets for several loads and because you use less detergent you won't need all those chemicals for the dryer like you once did.
I told you I can help you save money on laundry. Tomorrow some eco friendly products that get rid of dirt, stains and leave your clothes and the environment clean and chemical free.
If you love Style as much as I do you will love these other blog sites. Now you are not going to go out and dress like this, more than likely but they are fun, whimsical and "hey" they might give you some ideas. http://www.thestylerookie.com/
This is our future ladies and gentlemen. http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com
This one makes it all work. http://stylebubble.typepad.com/ the author is in London, but it's a gorgeous blog. Some real inspriation here.
We recently went on a trip to Wyoming and Colorado. There are two things that happen to be when traveling. I don't sleep well and my beauty routine is not what it should be, plus the environment is different from at home. It's funny the environment I can deal with and the beauty routine as well. It's the lack of sleep that shows up on my face and really makes my skin look shallow and lacking in color. They say you never catch up on sleep but after last night's big snore I am not so sure that's true. I feel a thousand times better and happier today just because I got a lot of sleep.