BLUE SUEDE SHOES

BLUE SUEDE SHOES
  Ever since Elvis Presley memorialized them in song, I’ve been a fan, not just of him….who wasn’t? But of blue suede shoes. This summer is all about color blocking, which is a new trend that I’m test driving for the first time this season. Mixing and matching a few vibrant colors together is a […]

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Color Quest: Stepping back from Neutrals



In recent years, the overarching fashion trend has been to ignore safe styling and look for opportunities to add a bit of edge. Women—yes, even women over 50—have been encouraged to “mix things up”—different textures, different prints, different attitudes. This summer, we’re being challenged to shake up the way we use color.
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GOING GOLD & BOLD

GOING GOLD & BOLD
  Metallics are very on trend at the moment and a huge departure for me. I love them. I think they’re fun and funky and very modern, but I’m also a little intimidated by them. They aren’t for shrinking violets. When you wear a metallic piece, you really have to wear it with confidence. When […]

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HAVING A BALL

HAVING A BALL
  Sportswear as a fashion trend has never really resonated with me. I live in heels and I’m not particularly a fan of the word “sweat.” If I’m honest, activewear has always struck me as a bit utilitarian, and not at all pretty or chic. I don’t know what happened, but something suddenly changed this […]

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A DRESSED DOWN GOWN

A DRESSED DOWN GOWN
  As fashion becomes more and more informal, I mourn the loss of dressing up in beautiful gowns for dinner and a night out on the town. Even in Las Vegas, a place once known for its glitz and glamour, formal dressing seems to have become a thing of the past. However, that doesn’t mean […]

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Style Over 50: 9 Things To Look for When Buying a Dress



I recently added a  new draped dress to my spring wardrobe (photo, above). I'm a big fan of draped dresses for women over 50, so I was drawn to this dress, a Lauren By Ralph Lauren design. Upon closer inspection, though, I realized this dress embodies just about everything I look for in a new dress. Naturally, I grabbed it.

How do I measure the value of a dress? Let me share the 9 ways. I look for...
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“IRIS” – A Delightful Documentary About A 93 Year Old Style-Maven

I’ve always adored the style-maven Iris Apfel. I’ve followed her flamboyant fashions and over-sized iconic eyewear since I was in college in the 70s. As a student of textile and clothing design, it was a treat to see what avant-garde outfit and costume jewelry Iris … Continue reading

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Design-Your-Own Clothes: Shopping Just Got Easier!



When you shop, either in stores or online, are you frustrated by what you find--or, perhaps, don't find? Are the dresses too short or ill-fitting? Do you wish they had sleeves or a higher or lower neckline? Do you find a skirt you like, but hate its  pockets?

What if there was a site where you could choose the length of the sleeves or hem, or design other elements to create a garment that flatters you? Well, there is! The folks a eShakti are committed to providing affordable, custom-made fashion to make women who wear sizes 0-36 look their very best. Recently, the company invited me to customize a garment and share the experience with Flattering50 readers. And be sure to scroll down for eShakti's special offer for Flattering50 readers!
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Still Learning: ‘Unavailable’ Online May Be Only Temporary



If you shop online, you've probably had the experience of finding something you really like,  only to discover when you try to purchase it that it isn't available in the size or color you want. In such cases, I have always assumed that "unavailable" meant, well, unavailable.  However, a recent shopping experience has taught me that "unavailable" online today may be "available" online tomorrow.
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