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  • What's your personal fashion style?

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    42 posts, 31 voices, 4871 views, started Aug 16, 2010

    Posted on Monday, August 16, 2010 by Cynthia Schmidt

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      How has your personal fashion style changed in your 40’s? I’m needing an overhaul and not really sure how my style should change.  I seem to wear a lot of jeans, cargo pants, t-shirts, knit tanks, loose coats and sweaters but I look in the mirror and I feel frumpy.

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          Mztracy wrote Aug 16, 2010
        • I am and will always be a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal.

          For outings and things I will dress them up with some funky jewelry or cool shoes/boots.

          For nice things, a pretty skirt/blouse or dress and boots.



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          Frannie1964 wrote Aug 16, 2010
        • I’m with Tracy also. I wear jeans and t-shirts or jean skirts and blouses. If I go out somewhere nice then I just dress up my top with some jewelry and wear nice shoes.happy

          Although lately I have been buying Summer looking dresses. Which is odd for me cause I am not a dress person..lol



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          Lazylola wrote Aug 16, 2010
        • Lately I either live in sweats or pj’s, if I need to run out for anything I’ll throw on some jeans and a tshirt...pull my hair up and call it good. If I was working I would keep it casual, jeans or slacks, skirts or dresses, I have all kinds of stuff in my closet, but no where to wear them, my style is a bit on the classic side, I prefer timeless pieces and maybe an occasional trendy piece.



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          Hbrose wrote Aug 16, 2010
        • I don’t have much style anymore .. just jeans & tshirts and the occasional dress for an event.  I need to spruce up too!



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          Mary Clark wrote Aug 17, 2010
        • I rarely wear jeans!  And funny thing is...my three sisters rarely wear jeans!~  I don’t feel comfortable in them at all.

          If I am “bumming around“...it’s usually in a cute pair of capris that look like jogging pants...and a nice t-shirt.  

          For me I have found that when I dress up even to go to the grocery store...I feel so much better about myself.  And I just like getting all “dolled” up.  Now..with that said, I’m not into “formal dressing” at all.  

          I like fashionable clothes...nothing too too trendy...but up with the latest.  I like clothes that are different but classy.  And I try very hard to buy pieces of clothing that I can mix an match and make different outfits.  Shoes....love cute shoes but I can’t wear high heels...kills my feet. I am definitely a “JEWELRY JUNKIE“....and like different kinds!  

          If you have a Marshall’s, Ross, or a TJ Maxx in your area...I suggest shopping at one of those stores to find some great bargains for the fall.  You can usually find some different things that are nice but with a much nicer price!  And my other favorite store is Steinmart!



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          Max0125 wrote Aug 17, 2010
        • I am in a rut as well. I was recently told about a book/cd entitled “Creating the Ultimate Image” she got from www.jojami.com. It is suppossed to be good.



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          Angelcart wrote Aug 17, 2010
        • I’m definately a jean’s and T-shirt gal with flip flops all summer and then boot’s with the jeans in fall/winter.  I really can’t see me ever changing either.happy



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Aug 17, 2010
        • I wish we had a Steinmart, Mary. Love that store!



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          Vikki Hall wrote Aug 17, 2010
        • Since living in the south I have discovered Stienmart.....aaarrrgh!

          I am basically jeans, t’s scarfs and boots....same concept for work except black slacks or skirts.

          Shorts and flips are summer wear..... naked would be best if I could get away with it.



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          Mary Clark wrote Aug 17, 2010
        • Cynthia and Vikki....Steinmart is just about the only place I can find clothes that really fit me good and they are nice...tailored and different.



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          Linni wrote Aug 17, 2010
        • lol.. i just wear whatever i have..



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          Esther Bloom wrote Aug 20, 2010
        • I have stared wearing longer dresses. They are fun and cool. I like to be comphy but stylish. They work with slaps or heels. I can dress them up or down. At my age I need to start hiding things. It is a great option to looking frumpy.



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          Suzann wrote Aug 20, 2010
        • I’m with Esther, I’ve been wearing longer dresses for years now. I had been living in Texas, and the long dresses (as opposed to skirts or jeans) were cooler.

          Now I’m in New England and I’m just used to my long dresses. They don’t annoy me around the waist, and they so cover up leg issues.

          The trick now is to find the long dresses! The only ones I’m seeing in the stores lately are the strapless beachy-type dresses, and the bra-unfriendly tie-around-the-neck dresses. But winter is coming, and it will be cold, so maybe I’ll wear more slacks and jeans.

          I got an amazing   pair of jeans from, of all places, Pajamagram.com (not sure of the URL). They are actually pajamas that look like jeans. Soft, easy on the waist, most of the doo-dads that real jeans have are simulated on the pajama jeans so there is not all that hardware to deal with. I wear them out in public, and no one could ever guess they are pajamas!

          My style? Ummm, make it up as I go along?



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          Dilara Sultan wrote Aug 20, 2010
        • Interesting, I had someone ask me this question earlier this week.  She’s into her 40’s.  Now I’m reading these comments.  

          I know frumpy all to well... I was that person in my 30’s.  In fact, I look younger NOW than I did then.  A friend shared a photo with me taken when we first met ~ almost 10 years ago.  i was shocked. (i’m gonna have to get that picture and post it sometime)

          I have found a lot of my friends have changed their outlook of themselves lately - I’m 41, and many of them are my age or a year or two older. Some of my friends seem to be “settling” for whatever comes their way.  Did turning 40 throw the ‘slow down’ switch?  lol

          But for other buddies, like your question... They are more along the lines of : hey, wait a minute.  Who is this chick I see in the mirror? ohhhh  & how can I be me, show my style, without looking silly?

          There’s a book called: How Not To look Old, by Charla Krupp—i have heard it’s great & plan to pick it up this weekend.

          I suggest watching Bravo this weekend!!!!  If I were to give a 'homework assignment' it would be grab a great bottle of wine, turn on Bravo -- and call me , I'll bring the hummus & baklava! heart



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          Kyah wrote Aug 20, 2010
        • I am a jeans and shirts kind of gal as well, and on the weekends, shorts and tees. I do like to wear a sheath dress or a sun dress on occasion, and the only thing I like to hide is my 6 minus 4 pack.



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          Mindy Wilson wrote Aug 20, 2010
        • In cooler months, I invest in a couple of great jackets, jeans, sometimes kahkis, I love Frye boots.

          Summer I wear a lot of deep V’s and cropped pants or gauchos with dress shoes or flip flops. I tend to stick to earthy colors. But, added a bit of pool and also orange this summer to my closet.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Aug 23, 2010
        • Here’s a little video of Carla Krupp



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          Vikki Hall wrote Aug 23, 2010
        • $50 for eyebrows!!!!!! Well no wonder people are going broketongue out

          I don’t think I have ever paid more than $20 and thats including the tip.



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          Mary Clark wrote Aug 23, 2010
        • The most I pay for eyebrows is $7 and the other times...FREE!



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          Denise Richardson wrote Aug 23, 2010
        • WOW! ladies, let’s see I just hit the 50 mark and I think the only style change I’ve made which was almost two years ago was not coloring my hair I’m all nat‘turel. However as far as fashions I have always been quite the dresser and that hasn’t changed even my jeans are the men trouser look jeans creased and pressed to he nine, heels and a nice blouse. Less makeup though unless I’m going out on the town.
          And for those special occassions I still dress to impress.happy



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          Dilara Sultan wrote Aug 26, 2010
        • thanks for that video clip Cynthia—she’s great (and so are you! ;)   )



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          Jo Frances wrote Aug 28, 2010
        • One of the things that has helped me get ideas has been to read the online content from fashion magazines like inStyle, Vogue, People StyleWatch, etc.  Surprisingly, they often have articles for 40+ women or age-appropriate dressing.

          I would also recommend “How to not look old“.  It has a lot of practical advice about colors, cuts and styles flattering to women our age.  (!)

          Jo Frances



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          Cocofix41 wrote Jan 15, 2011
        • Ok, im going to get that book, it sounds so intersting .



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          Betweenthelens wrote Jan 15, 2011
        • As I’ve gotten older, I really tend to wear what I like, what is comfortable and what I think is flattering- not what the media dictates.  

          I wear jeans and T-shirts, longer shorts and linen pants and blouses in the summer. Fall and winter- long-sleeved blouses and sweaters, capes, and jackets, usually with jeans or dressier slacks when the situation calls for something a bit more than casual wear.

          I still have a love of hippie-wear like tie dyed sweats and peasant blouses, clogs, and ponchos (but not all at once!)  

          I have a really nice pair of winter boots with a wedge heel that I wear quite a bit, several pairs of clogs, sneakers, and sandals for warmer weather, and assorted other footwear. I cannot wear heels other than wedges ever since I broke my fifth metatarsal in karate a couple of years ago.  

          As far as makeup goes, I find I look better with less. The same with brows- the fuller (yet groomed), the better, as opposed to pencil thin brows.



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          Cathie Beck wrote Jan 17, 2011
        • I’m an independent dresser, myself. And before the divorce I changed up my wardrobe, it has continued this past year and I’m really enjoying going back to my “me“. I don’t care if it’s “in style” as long as it’s flattering and comfortable. I do want T-shirts, blouses and my sweaters to skim my outline and not be too long, since I’m short. I’ve always been crazy about shoes since a kid, and it’s my biggest wardrobe expense. I lean towards “classic” so I get a lot of wearing time out of my clothes and shoes, but I like some funky too for fun.  

          Cathie



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          Vikki Hall wrote Feb 2, 2011
        • I can’t get into the skinny jeans either unless I’m wearing them tucked into knee high boots.



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          Cathie Beck wrote Feb 2, 2011
        • Morning Ladies and Welcome to Fab 40 & Over, Vivijaye and Karen!  

          About jeans.....

          My favorite jeans are Levi’s 501’s, but I do have a few pairs of skinny jeans that aren’t skin tight on me to tuck inside boots when it snows and when just plain too cold out there! To my surprise, Levi also makes some comfortable women’s jeans that are a step up for me... seeing as I don’t really have much hips and normally can’t wear women’s jeans without the look of deflated air bags in the hip region. I bought ones that sit in the hip region so you can’t even tell I don’t have hips.  ;oD  

          Cathie



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          Debbie61 wrote Feb 2, 2011
        • I am new here but I am already enjoying it very much. I love reading all the different posts.
          I LOVE anything to do with fashion. I have a motto that says “it’s important to look good no matter what you do“.  

            I’d like to think my style is classic. In the winter I usually wear my pointed toe boots with a moderate heel.  I wear them with my dress pants to work and I wear them with jeans.  I mostly wear a tshirt with a jacket or cardigan sweater. I wear a lot of scarves with my tshirts when the weather is cool.
          I have a great pair of leopard print wedges that I wear often if the weather is decent. My jewelry varies but i love bracelets so i will stack those.
          And last but not least I always carry a GREAT bag. I have a passion for handbags.



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          Cathie Beck wrote Feb 3, 2011
        • Welcome to Fab 40 & Over, Debbie61.  

          Last summer my favorite sandals (which I will wear next year too) are my wedge platform  “bling” thong sandals. Bronze metallic with rinestones. I Love them! I’m into simple and classic on handbags of neutral, clean lines so I don’t have to switch out bags all the time. I did find a black faux suede bag at a yard sale this past fall for evenings out and I Love it.  

          Being a almost “still young” 62 this month, I’m very much into fashion, but not trends. I enjoy dressing for what suits me with some zip & zing. I enjoy wearing my clothes and I think that our confidence is what pulls off anything we love to wear that looks good on us and expresses ourself. I won’t wear sweatshirts off the rack in public. I re-designed
          mine for some Pop and get they get noticed as fashionable. ;oD  Winter wear, of course.

          I did a stint of fashion design in my younger years and it stuck. ;oD  

          Cathie



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          Cathie Beck wrote Feb 5, 2011
        • Oops.... Cynthia.... I got carried away with my own personal style and forgot you were feeling frumpy in your old clothes. Lose the big loose clothing, Darling. You’ve lost weight so go with some more form fitting clothes. If you have some gorgeous clothes (style, color and fabrics) you can shorten and take them in. Clothes can skim your new figure and will not look frumpy on you. Hanes makes some beautiful knit tops. My favorite is the tops that criss cross over and it minimazes a bit of bloat if you‘re experiencing it. And jeans, go for a new style, and dump the cargo pants! A more fitted capri pants with pretty sandals or flats is not going to look frumpy and much more flattering than cargo pants. Don’t pair tops and pants in the wrong direction. Never wear a wide leg jeans with a big loose top! If your jeans are fitted, your top can be less form fitting, but watch where the hem lands so it doesn’t shorten your height in appearance. A loose jacket or cardigan sweater should only be worn over slim fitting pants and shorter tops! Add a jazzy vest over your tank tops that goes past the hem of your tank top if you don’t want to highlight your hips & butt, shorter if you do. Mix up casual with dressy. A sensational jacket over new jeans with a simple T or tank top. Or a soft, pretty “big shirt” that’s not too long or too baggy and paired with slim fitting jeans or capri pants.  

          Shoes make an outfit. Don’t wear frumpy shoes, Please! You can have comfortable ones without them looking like you borrowed your son’s or your grandmother’s. Go for some color, go pretty, go feminine! They don’t have to be expensive as long as they are made well.  

          Have fun!  

          Cathie



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          Paulina Jacobs wrote Feb 10, 2011
        • I love a great pair of jeans always in a dark wash, straight leg or skinny.  I like to keep up with trends but at my age I am always careful to use a trend sparingly, just enough to look current, not over the top.  I like some good classic pieces in my wardrobe to mix in like cardigans in a variety of colors worn over a more trendy top.  It is important to accentuate the waistline.  I always invest in good outerwear.  If you have a great coat or jacket it can polish off whatever else you pair it with.  I cannot live without heels.  I never wear flats or sneakers when I go out and I love collecting designer handbags.



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          Cathie Beck wrote Feb 12, 2011
        • And I’m of the mind that a handbag should suit the outfit and blend in, not stand out. I’m going to put mine down first chance I get anyway. ;oD  I care more about belts because I am wearing it.  

          Cathie



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          Samirah wrote Mar 16, 2011
        • Honestly I have basically kept the same style since high school. I can get a little trendy every now and them but mostly I have remained consistent. I’m 40% Audrey Hepburn 20% Kate Moss and 40% Michelle Obama...my staples have always been capri or clamdiggers (that is what they were called in the 80’s LOL)
          Sheath/Shift dress and sweaters. I used to get a lot of vintage clothing but now there are so many stores but they are not really retro more or less just used clothes from this era...If I wear jeans(and I LOVE jeans) I do so with a cool tshirt (I LOVE t-shirts and am going to start designing my own)
          I love sweats/yoga pants but I keep that for the house and the gym...

          I wouldn’t stray too much from your comfort zone because imo you end up spending a LOT of money trying to achieve a look that is not you and end up not wearing it anyway. If you love jeans and t shirts dress it up. I have put rhinestone pins on my jean pockets, used a silk scarf as a belt, made sure my t-shirt was cool (not just a boring tee), amp it up with cute shoes or heels-I love flats but I have made myself invest more in heels and I love the look...

          Okay I’m going on and on...sorry ladieshappy



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          Tori Santos wrote Dec 4, 2011
        • I am a teacher who dresses very taylored during the day and as soon as I come home its pjs or sweats. my problem I am having is I am on a big budget right now and I have to make it strech. I want new clothes but it seems all  see are cloths for on the town, or grandma gertie wear (no offense to any one who has a grandma named gertie) what do I do. I am not small either I try and play down my chest and I am a 14 on the bottom.



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          Tori Santos wrote Dec 15, 2011
        • lately  I have begun to wear cloths that are a size to big to cover my back brace, but my aniversery is New years eve and I want to pop my husbands eyes out despite the weight iv gained from the steroid shots



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          Nita P wrote Jan 27, 2012
        • i love dresses more and more the older i get.  i am also finding in my older age that i like being more girly girly.



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          MaryAnne Carrier-Harrison wrote Jan 27, 2012
        • I have always been in suits or dressy clothes. I am not a jeans and t-shirt person but neither is my husband..lol

          I have many many pairs of high heels and tons of jewelry, belts and purses. I just have to wear heels-I feel so small with out them.  

          Style has always been important to me. It makes me feel good.
          I work for a marketing firm and I am always in front of people and looking good makes me feel more confident.

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          Hugz
          MaryAnne



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