Last year I had a dressy alumni event to attend and needed to look the part of a fashionista. An over 45 fashionista, that is. So while I tried on dresses with ankle boots and bone-aching platforms, I decided that none of those looks were quite age or occasion appropriate.
So I turned to my stylist friend (I won't drop his clients' names, but I'll give you a hint: his biggest client likes sparkle and plays a guitar.) Wear a simple black dress, patterned black pantyhose and fabulous shoes, he advised.
I love it when just one piece can transform your entire look.
This season, that one piece is the fur vest, a look that works beautifully for our age group. During Fashion Week, I saw just about every variation of this look, from real fur to some great faux options.
Not only is this trend ageless, it can be found at just about every price point, with retailers from high end to discounters offering styles.
About this time of year I'm ready to ditch the shorts and sleeveless stuff and transition into a fall wardrobe.
Unfortunately, the climate doesn't cooperate because the days are still really warm while the nights are cool.
I think one of the first impulses of most girls our age is to throw a sweater cardigan on over anything to take it into fall evenings. Great to keep you warm, not always the best option to keep you stylish. Let me explain.
I once had a female executive boss who wore skintight print leggings with white stiletto pumps to the office. Of course, that was 1990 and leggings were in their original heyday. But, nonetheless, even in a creative fashion environment she only lasted a few months. I blamed the leggings.
Dressing for the office is tricky when you try to incorporate the latest trends. While most of us want to be taken seriously behind the desk, we still like to look like women.
How do I explain the fact that I'm willing to try fall's hot new over-the-knee boots while passing on fingerless gloves?
Trends are tricky for us grown-ups. At one end of the spectrum are fashion trends that are totally aimed at youngsters; at the other end are high-end styles that come down the runway. And neither may work for real women.
While I'm happy to try something new (like the over-the-knee boots), I never want to look like I'm trying too hard (like I think I will in fingerless gloves.)
I love a good leopard print. And I wore leopard a lot when I was younger. But animal prints – along with mom jeans and fanny packs – have gotten a bad rap as something that old ladies tend to overindulge in.
So while it doesn't stop me from enjoying animal prints, I do pay more attention to how I wear it.
This fall you'll be seeing loads of spots, stripes and skins, because animal prints – especially leopard – are a huge trend. I've seen leopard prints everywhere from Dolce & Gabbana to Ann Taylor, in everything from dresses to tops to handbags.