Fashion 101 @ 40+

fashion9Before I start blogging about fashion, which is one of my favorite topics as it’s so much fun, I need to explain my position and opinion.

I am a graduate of FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) and have modeled off and on since I was a teenager.  I have walked the runway in my younger years (attempted it in Paris but took off to travel instead!) and ended up doing commercial print jobs in the “lifestyle” category in my forties.  I have been around some of the coolest stylists and makeup artists and have picked up so many tips and advice.  I also sewed a lot of my own clothes when I was young as I loved buying patterns and fabrics and creating something beautiful.  I wore matching shoes and bags when I was really young (why I needed a bag at 7?) and can say that fashion has been a big part of my life from early on.  Moving forward, I wish to impart my personal philosophy as I truly believe that getting older (not a negative!) does involve some scrutiny on the fashion front.

I now come from a place of maintaining class and sophistication while embracing trends and being current.  There really are no “rules” anymore in fashion but “trends” can be dangerous!  Proportion, color, classic and hip (high/low pieces . . .  think Chanel, Hermes and J Crew, Banana Republic, H&M), and being age appropriate are where I come from.  My first rule and piece of advice is to be intuitive to what you are wearing and what you look like as you head out the door every day.  I see so many women trying too hard to look young and cool, they end up looking foolish and pathetic.  Sorry for being so blunt here, but it really is a sad site to see.  Just the other day while sitting at the airport waiting to board my  flight, I saw a woman that looked like she was in her early 40’s, wearing a top that was all cleavage and jeans that were too tight and too low, she kept bending over and all you could see as her jeans pulled down (way down!) was a bright red lacy thong!  (PS and BTW . . .  she wasn’t exactly in shape either!)  The looks on all of our faces said it all . . .  sad!  Trying too hard (and being totally clueless) is not the way to go . . .  being confident in how you look and present yourself to the world says everything about you.  A perfect example . . . my two SHEros . . .  Carolina Herrera and Diane von Furstenberg.  Class and cool!  So again, moving forward, this is where I am coming from as nothing gives me more visual pleasure than to see a 40+ woman looking confident, sexy and fabulous!

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