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Date: 9/23/10 11:00 PM

In search of style, which I seem to have either never found or lost somewhere along the way, I discovered this book at the library Forever Cool .

I thought it was a good one to share with the "over 50" crowd. On the left side of the page there is a photo labeled, "never cool" and on the right, "forever cool".

I think the last time I wore anything cool was when borrowed my sister's mini skirt in high school. No matter how hard I try I feel like I'm only pulling off the Land's End, LL Bean, ex-nun look.

I'm noticing the shoes are a big part of this style book. I'm not so daft as to wear trainers with a suit while at work but 3 inch heels or pointed toe footwear will not be invited into my home. My bunions would never forgive me.

Notes to self...
1)Funkier glasses with the next Rx update.
2)Back away from the Keens.
3)Accessorizing means more than hand lotion and a work ID on a lanyard.
4)Loosen up? I am active and erect (my Aunt Marge called this good posture). This stiff schoolmarm look can't be doing a thing to promote the "cool" image.
5)Make-up might help but some lip color is about all I'm willing to do.

Maybe I need a virtual makeover.


-- Edited on 9/23/10 11:02 PM --

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Date: 9/24/10 9:06 AM

Going with your notes,

1. Have some fun with inexpensive rx glasses from Zenni Optical.
2. Wear your Keens deliberately with style. It's the mindless putting on of shoes or clothes that creates a style-less look.
3. An accessory is an addition to your wardrobe, it can be anything that you deliberately add to your outfit for more color, texture, etc.
4. Nothing looks as stylish and good as good posture.
5. Lip gloss can be more than enough.

Item 2 fits with something I saw yesterday. Waiting for the locker room at the gym to clear of a pre yoga class rush I got to see what the women mostly 40-60 age were wearing. Golly ladies, I know it's yoga class but do you really want to look that schlumpy? It was all a matter of proportion of clothes and how they wore them. A deliberate choice could have made all the difference. I was most bugged by the lady who shuffled along in her Keen sandals with the back straps under her heels. You are wearing shoes, just put them all the way on. And stand up straight, you would look a billion times less haggard.

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Date: 9/24/10 9:11 AM

I'm definitely not cool, but from what I've observed, "cool at any age" people are that way mostly because they have strong self-acceptance and dress in a way that says "I know who I am" but without being in-your-face about it. For example, the classic French woman who feels no need to buy fad clothing, dresses quite simply but always with some little touches that provide visual interest.

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Date: 9/24/10 10:37 AM

Eyewear is a definite for me. I have many pairs of glasses and sunglasses. And, I agree with you on the shoes, though I'd love to wear more stylish footwear. My back won't tolerate it. You might want to go here though--->There is a group on Flickr posting outfits each day. This is for those of us participating in self-stitched september. It has been interesting to see that some people are almost always stylish while others of us need to think about it. I have picked up some really good tips by just looking at everyday women in the photo gallery. group pool
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Date: 9/24/10 11:04 AM

I am a makeup person. It's gotten lighter as I've aged but I like makeup and I feel more pulled together. It doesn't take me more than 5 minutes start to finish.
Change your hairstyle, especially if you've been wearing it the same way since college.
Proportion and fit go along way to having more style.
I don't know what Keens are.
You wear your hair short, perfect to show off some nice earrings
If you are wearing khakis, straight leg and not tapered are chicer. Again they need to fit really well.
Instead of a crew neck a white blouse with the neck worn open is much more flattering and stylish. Think Carolina Herrera.
Scarves make a nice way to introduce color to your basics. Pick something you'd never wear in a larger piece.
You may not follow fashion, but it doesn't hurt to know what's in style and pick and choose what suits you.

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Date: 9/24/10 11:17 AM

First of all - never give up your Keens! I didn't know about them until I stumbled on a pair at Winners/TJMaxx. Now I can't live without them. But do look for the trendier, cuter designs. My first pair are quite heavy and a little masculine looking, but the second is a pink Mary Jane that is my go-to shoe right now.

Secondly, I think there is a huge mental resistance to changing one's typical look. I know I am going through that right now over this whole "rocking a look" over 50 thing. I know I can physically do the look, but it is so different from my typical day look I feel like somehow others will perceive me as "dressing wrong" for my role. I had to do some pretty deep thinking to figure that one out. I am sure it stems from high school, where we each must conform to the rules of our own group so rigidly. Can the athlete show up one day dressed like a music student? NO! Ack! I think I will go ahead and try this look, maybe even today. Why not? Even if people think I am trying too hard to dress cool in spite of my age, most (being no longer high school students) are too polite to say anything, at least to my face.

So that is my long way of saying to make a change. Try a new colour, get some trendy specs and keep the Keens but look around for some tiny heels that are still comfy. I have some Aerosoles that I swear are nearly as comfortable as flats, but look dressy. Of course, they are also red, which bumps up the cool factor a ton.

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Date: 9/24/10 11:59 AM

I really liked the Flickr group. It is a mystery how some women look very put-together wearing almost the same clothing as another woman who leans more toward frumpy.

Earrings won't happen, no pierced ears.

I do wear scarves and they work for me with my short hair.

I'm seeing some nice belts.

I know enough about fashion. I grew up with a mom and aunts who lived with their noses in Vogue Magazine. I can tell you about designers, fabric, etc but that scene doesn't fit my lifestyle or interests. I just want to look unique, not bizarre, not dowdy.

I like the comment about feeling like you're confident and dressing for you. Really, I think I look and feel quite good in my best stretch jeans, fitted T and cardigan, scarf and sneakers (not trainers, but some fun bumper-toe canvas sneakers). Maybe this is just who I am. Oh, and Burt's Bees lip toner.

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Date: 9/24/10 12:11 PM

Quote: MNBarb
Really, I think I look and feel quite good in my best stretch jeans, fitted T and cardigan, scarf and sneakers (not trainers, but some fun bumper-toe canvas sneakers). Maybe this is just who I am. Oh, and Burt's Bees lip toner.

If that's *you* then rock it in colors that flatter and complement your skin and hair tones. I always notice color before the actual style, and the "wrong" color for a person will totally destroy an otherwise great outfit.

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Date: 9/24/10 12:30 PM

May I inject my 2 cents? If you just add some color or something alittle funky - maybe a Marcy Tilton pattern with some embellishment - will go along way to bring you up to date, be fun to wear, and get a zillion compliments. I think also sometimes we (I) grab the same old thing because it is comfortable, but you look like everyone else. Why not catch up with the artsy style that is the trend right now, and even better if you can recycle and update an item in your closet....green...green..green as they say today! This is what I am doing, and it is forcing me out of my "mold" and "habits". For ideas, go to Marcy Tiltons website, or just click on Neiman Marcus website or even Burda is very up to date in style this fall. Have fun!!!!

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Date: 9/24/10 1:18 PM

Barb - I just took a peek at your online photos and you have lots of great colour, terrific style and (if I dare say) a very nice figure for clothes! I would call it sporty-classic and it looks great.

I do see your bunion issue and I understand the pain! Mine are acting up right now and I couldn't even squeeze my foot into one of my snazzier pairs of shoes last weekend. But I did wear my Aerosoles and was fine. Look at the "comfort line" shoes and see if you can find at least one pair that is tolerable. It will help give that dressed up feel for special occasions.

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