The scene: a spring day at the office
The look: dressing in layers is good when the day starts cool and ends warm. Wardrobe basics elevated with shape and color
Okay, so I liked a lot of the examples in this article on More.com (What to Wear…) I usually do not like this kind of advice because it consists of, “don’t wear pink, don’t wear sleeveless…”. This one gives us some good do’s and examples of the way we dress now. Case in point…this is designer Lisa Perry, she is in her 50′s:
I love this slide show at More.com that shows celebs who look better now than they did when they were much younger…Better at 40 than 20
One thing I love about the World Wide Web, is access to fashion information. At the beginning of each season, I used to walk through the luxury retailers; Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordsrom, to see the trends and gain inspiration. Now, all I have to do is click on Style.com to see every fashion show of the season, from couture to ready-to-wear. Yes, most of these items are out of my price range, but it is fairly easy to re-create a look at a lower price point. But first you need to know what you’re looking for!
Here is what caught my eye from the Spring 2013 Ready to Wear shows:
This outfit is from Belstaff and yes, the skirt is too short, but I love the mix of earthy tones and the different textures
This outfit, by Chado Ralph Rucci, incorporates the spring trends of pastels, sheerness and anything paired with white
I love suede in the spring, this outfit from Max Mara is not exactly the way I would wear it, but a good idea nontheless: a natural color suede skirt with a casual striped top
This is just the perfect spring uniform, from Miss Wu: whatever style jeans fit the best, a pretty shirt and a cardigan
Picture this outfit, by Rebbeca Taylor, with a black pencil skirt…lovely!
This Milly dress is, in my opinion, the best of the season…the print, the silhouette, the colors. I may just buy this one before it is sold out! (here is a better picture: Milly NY )
And lastly, a heavenly dress for a special occasion, by Andrew Gn
I feel the need to say something about staying in shape as we age. At this time of year many of us have holiday weight hanging on and the prospect of vacations and summertime as motivation to get in better shape. I went from being in the best shape of my life at 42, running marathons, lifting weights and cycling to the worst shape of my life at 50 after two hip surgeries.I had no idea how much harder it is to get fit when you are older, it had been a long time since I had needed to worry about extra pounds.
I tried every thing from low carb dieting to eating only one meal a day. I even took a part-time job at a now defunked weight loss center to be “trained” as a weight loss counselor. What they really taught me was how to sell more of their products. The dieters at the center were prescribed a very low calorie diet that was supplemented with the company’s snack bars. It drove me crazy when someone would come in for counseling weeping, after “over eating” by 5 croutons. Very few attained their weight loss goals.
I started to experiment with healthy eating plans and began lifting weights again. Slowly, 20 of the 30 pounds I gained melted off. (I’m never again going to be the lean runner of my 40′s) My experience motivated me to write an anti-diet book, Your Sacred Body .It’s about eating what you want and learning your body’s “full” signal. I also included tips for avoiding emotional eating. If you are interested, I’d be happy to send you a free copy. I would love some feed back.
I think the best thing you can do for your body in your 40s, 50s , 60s and beyond is weight training. It keeps you strong and stable as you age and re-shapes your body, even if you are carrying a few extra pounds. If you do this 2 times a week and fit in cardio by walking, gardening or cleaning, it is all you need.
Here is a great article outlining the benefits of weight training: