Recently, I’ve tried to decide whether or not to buy a French message shirt or sweater. They’re a hot trend … and rather fun.
Many “fashion don’t” lists for middle-age women suggest we just say no to clothing with writing after 40!
But I saw this cute “Holy Chic!” sweater and the fashion rebel in me had to have it. To make matters even worse, it was from Forever 21! I could just see Stacy London and Clinton Kelly (formerly of What Not To Wear) shaking their heads at me!
But I’ve never been a big believer in fashion rules. Us mid-life fashionistas all have such different personalities, body shapes, and lifestyles, that it’s too hard to find one-size-fits-all rules. I was going to decide for myself what I felt confident wearing and what was age appropriate for me. (More on this subject in my post – “Fun with Fashion at 47”)
I also tend to spend more money on classics that I’ll have for years and try to go for bargains when it comes to passing trends. This Forever 21 sweater was a steal!
So, I ordered the sweater online and started thinking of how to style it, quite sure that the mini skirt shown in the F21 ad would not be part of my personal look!
Here’s a couple of looks that I came up with:
Cream moto jacket, rolled up skinny jeans, comfy flats, and a red purse for a pop of color.
This was my favorite look of the few that I tried.
For a bit more glam: a long red coat, boot cut trouser jeans, and zebra boots.
(It just wouldn’t be my blog without a doggy photo bomb pic!)
And how about this leopard scarf with it?
So, it’s not for everyone, but I love my new Holy Chic sweater! If you give this trend a try and post on Instagram. tag me @fashionshouldbefun !
How many of us got our love of fashion, clothes, and shopping from our mothers? All through my life, whenever I told my mom about something happening in my life, her first question for me was always, “what are you going to wear?” This was soon followed by, “want to go shopping?!” Any excuse for a mother and daughter shopping trip. Not that we ever needed an excuse!
I recently lost my mother and I miss her more than words can ever express. She was a constant loving presence in my life. She had so many admirable qualities, like seeing the best in people and always looking on the bright side. But this is a fashion blog, so this post is just a little a snapshot look at my mom’s love of fashion.
I love this photo of my mom in the 1950’s. Her and a girlfriend went on a cruise to the Bahamas. How glamorous! Love her gorgeous dress, purse, and gloves.
Always such a lady!
Mom grew up in New Jersey and spent a lot of time on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. Love these two pictures of her there.
What a hottie!
So put together!
Even as a mom, she still managed to look glam. Here’s a pic of little me, with Mom, Dad, and Grandma.
I want that plaid coat!
I wish I had photos from more of our shopping excursions. They were so common that we never thought to take pictures. But here’s one of us at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.
A splurge at Bloomingdale’s was picture-worthy!
Last summer, I took Mom to Vegas for a gambling and shopping getaway. She was in heaven! Love this picture of us. Mom is looking lovely in a thrifted Abercrombie cardigan. She could always spot a bargain!
And for the last shot, lunch out for my mom’s birthday in September. I definitely got my love of big sunnies from this woman!
My dear fashion friends, if you still have your mom around, please savor every precious moment. Life is short and things can change so quickly. Make some mother/daughter memories to last a lifetime. Call that lady up and invite her shopping!
Shopping and blogging are two of my favorite hobbies! But I haven’t had time for either lately. My first priority right now is taking care of my sick mother, and rightly so. But today I decided to steal an hour for myself and take a trip to the mall. With limited time, I decided to concentrate on one desired item: a coat.
I had asked my husband for a warm coat for Xmas and I got this totally fabulous Calvin Klein puffer ski jacket that I LOVE!
But I still felt I had room in my wardrobe for a wool coat, something warm, classic, and versatile.
I saw that Macy’s was having a sale on their coats, 50% off most of them, so that’s where I headed.
First I tried on this cute plum Calvin Klein, but wasn’t sure if plum was neutral enough.
This Jason Kole was a steal and cute, but just not quite long enough for my 5’7″ long-waisted frame.
I tried on this London Fog coat and liked it a lot. Red is my favorite color and it even came with it’s own plaid scarf.
Almost love, but not quite. This was their smallest size and it still seemed big on me.
Next, I tried on this adorable BCBG plaid jacket, but again I was looking for something more versatile.
How lovely is this DKNY tweed coat?
But the plaid had hints of plum in it and I just didn’t think it would go with enough of my wardrobe.
I love camel, but this pretty Larry Levine just looked shapeless on me.
Then I found this Larry Levine classic walker coat in my favorite color. Originally $275, it was %50 off + an extra 15% off today.
Hey, red is a neutral to me!
I loved it even more when I got it home ….
And these two curious critics approved as well …
Thanks for taking my quick shopping trip with me, Dolls! Keep an eye out for more looks starring my new coat on Instagram @fashionshouldbefun !
Once upon a time I was a girly little girl, loving to play dress up! Fashion was super fun!
In a flash, I was a lovely 20 something year old, taking fashion classes, working at Macy’s behind the cosmetic counter, and riding every edgy trend that I could.
This is me at 22 years old, in Florence, rocking harem pants.
And this is me trying out a more goth style, with red hair and even a bindi!
How did I end up here at 47 years old?! Time does fly! My sense of self has grown and changed through the years. My fashion sense has as well, and like all growth sometimes it has been a bit painful and awkward. There was a stage when I was dressing as a frumpy school marm by day and a hot-young-thing-wanna-be by night. Somewhere in my late 30’s I realized that shopping in juniors really wasn’t working for me anymore. I know … I was a bit slow with that realization. I went through an awkward stage, not really knowing how to grow my fashion sense to match my changing sense of self. Next I started my new plan to dress age appropriately. I marched myself through Coldwater Creek, J. Jill, Chico’s, and Talbots … and if I found myself staring longingly at Hot Topic or Forever 21, I would repeat this mantra in my head “I will dress my age. I WILL dress my age!”
Somewhere in this stage, I started looking for guidelines. I found many rules, but were they really necessary? No mini skirts past 35? Well, actually I stopped wearing them before that, but I knew many women who were still looking good in them in their 40’s. I heard Stacy London (who I actually adore, but don’t always agree with) disapprove of Heather Locklear wearing a tank top past 40. Really? If Heather Locklear can’t wear a tank, maybe the rest of us should just give up now and buy muumuus, right? And hey, Jillian Michaels workout DVDs have given me pretty good arm definition. I still think I look good in a tank, gosh darn it!
I really will miss this show What Not To Wear. I learned so much by watching it, but I didn’t always agree with every choice and rule.
So that’s when I just started concentrating on having fun with fashion again. Why take it all so seriously? Why not just enjoy it? To me fashion is about a way of expressing myself, a way of being creative, and a way of feeling good about being me. Age appropriate? Yes, it’s still important to me, but I can decide for myself what that means and I don’t need to stick to any rules. After all, if we were still following all the rules our handbags would always match our shoes and we’d never wear white after Labor Day, right?
Now, I can let myself go into a trendy junior store and into a more mature women’s store without fear that I’ll forget who I am along the way and where I am in my life. For me, it’s been wonderful to shop for the life I actually have, the body I actually have, and focus on wearing what makes me feel good and happy.
My latest fashion incarnation has been as “fashionshouldbefun” on Instagram. Looking for some girly fun and style inspiration, I changed my personal account to focus on my love of fun with fashion. I’ve been thrilled to find so many fabulous fashionistas out there, all different ages, full of creative ideas, and so supportive and sweet! I’ve been so inspired by you all!
Since I’ve always been a fan of fashion blogs, this post is my baby step in that direction. My dear friend, Kim, who writes the Northern California Style blog, has been a huge inspiration to me. We’ve been friends since working at Macy’s together way back in the day, and I could write a whole blog on our fashion-infused friendship! But here I just want to thank her to encouraging me to speak my fashion truth, blog style.
@northerncalstyle (AKA Kim) & me
As I busy woman with a demanding career and a full plate of personal responsibilities (just like most of us), I’m not sure how often I’ll post a blog, but I’m looking forward to blogging here and there when I can.
Thank you for reading my first attempt at sharing some of my thoughts on fashion!
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