Thursday

Powerful Speaker Outfits

Powerful Speaker Outfits

Lace Tops Over Fifty

Lace Tops Over Fifty

Valentino lace blouse
$2,965 - farfetch.com

David Koma lace top
modaoperandi.com

A L C lace top
theoutnet.com

Floral top
rosegal.com

Lace top
rosegal.com

White Jeans Staple for Spring

White Jeans Staple for Spring

Frame pull on jeans
matchesfashion.com

Flat sandals
$81 - dunelondon.com

Mulberry satchel purse
$530 - mulberry.com

Tuesday

Summer Style Ideas for Women Over 50


Give Yourself a Summer Glow like this beautiful woman whose outfit shouts SUMMER IS HERE! Do you wear all-white outfits?

Summer is the time of year when you want to:
  • Relax in cool, easy fabrics -- comfort is key
  • Wear bright, fun colors
  • Put on a summery lipstick color with lots of glossy shimmer
  • Eat light meals and enjoy longer days

It's about not overdoing it -- it's about lightening your spirit and feeling loose and lovely. There is something so welcoming about sultry summer days and nights, especially in parts of the world where winters are particularly harsh. It's a time to let yourself go wild and show a little skin! I know this is tricky when you're over fifty, yet there are ways to let some of that beautiful skin show and let the warm rays of the sunshine bring out your summer glow.

Here are some summer fashion ideas:
  • Silk and cotton tunics over leggings or skinny white jeans
  • Oversize linen blouse over leggings
  • Colorful lightweight scarves for a put-together look
  • Bright color blocking is a simple, elegant summer trend
  • I love maxi dresses for summer, especially with a cap sleeve

Summer Fashion Ideas for Women Over 50 

Wear colorful tunics in silk or cotton over leggings or skinny white jeans


A long linen shirt over leggings or skinny jeans -- FabulousOver40

Lightweight, colorful scarves create a put-together look.



Color blocking creates a simple, elegant outfit.



A sequined poncho in beautiful blue hues creates a pop of color over white pants.

Bright, fun colors and lightweight comfortable fabrics always bring a smile to passersby -- AdvancedStyle.com

This maxi has cap sleeves to give you a little more arm coverage. It's the perfect summer look.

Give yourself a summer treat with one of these new fashion ideas! Lighten up your summer and enjoy the sun. What's your idea of a sultry, comfortable summer outfit? Please add your comment below.

Monday

Being Over Fifty Isn't For Sissies and Other Truths

The truth is, being over fifty requires a well-developed sense of humor. There are so many advantages to growing older -- the wisdom, experience, freedom from older children who have flown the coop, but there are an equal number of challenges. The key to growing old gracefully is keeping your sense of humor intact because body and hormonal changes continue to show up with regularity and precision, and you just have to deal with them the best you can. A sense of humor about the whole thing comes in handy:

Here are some funny truths about being over fifty that I think you'll relate to:


Truth #1: Eyeliner can’t be applied while wearing reading glasses.

They haven’t invented eyeliner application glasses yet, so many of us are applying our eyeliner and eyeshadow blindly. There are some tricks to make it work. One is to use a liquid eyeliner and instead of drawing a line, just put a series of dots along your upper eye line. Make the dots as close together as you can – from far away it looks like a continuous line. Then there is the eyeglass reader trick: buy two inexpensive readers at the drugstore, pop out the left lens on one pair and the right lens on the other. Voila! Perfect eyeliner eyesight!

Truth #2: Your search for an anti-aging face cream can feel like a quest for the Holy Grail.

The youthful skin of our twenties – soft, clear, almost translucent – starts disappearing in our late twenties. As we get older, the skin tissue starts to sag, fine lines appear, and eventually turn into “railroad ties.” Nothing to do but try to slow it down. Aging is inevitable, but some anti-aging products actually work! You might try a product and it works for a while, then it doesn’t work anymore and you swear you’re not going to waste your money – until the next one comes around. We spend billions of dollars on anti-aging products every year, as the search for the Holy Grail of translucent, youthful skin continues. Email me directly if you'd like to know more about what I think works.

Truth #3: Comfortable, sexy shoes is an oxymoron.

Let’s be honest. Our feet hurt without ANY shoes on. The thought of finding a pair of shoes that fill the bill of being both sexy AND comfortable is another search for the Holy Grail. Okay, I’m exaggerating. There are shoe designers who understand that we have a host of foot ailments, like plantar fasciitis, bunions, corns, and ingrown toenails that drive us away from high heels. We refuse to squeeze our tootsies into a pair of sexy pumps even for 10 minutes. I remember when Oprah Winfrey admitted that the sexy high heels we saw her wearing while interviewing guests were donned at the last minute right before the cameras came on while she was seated. She would walk over to her chair barefoot! The truth is, if shoe manufacturers want to sell dressy shoes to baby boomers they have to make them both comfortable and sexy. Good luck! I know many of you ladies have said the heck with sexy, the pain is just too unbearable, and life is too short to be in pain all the time. But admit it, if someone invented a drop-dead gorgeous sexy high heel that made your feet feel like they were walking on a cloud, you’d buy them, wouldn’t you?

Truth #4: We wouldn't mind going back to the 40's style bathing suits.

Look how carefree these women looked in their suits. She didn't have to keep checking to make sure her buttocks was still covered, or whether she had a muffin top. Women wore the equivalent of a short dress in the water. How wonderful was that? The older I get the more I appreciate this bygone era fashion statement. On the other hand, when I go to the beach nowadays, I see women of all shapes, sizes and ages enjoying the sun and water seemingly without caring about how their bodies look. They're having too much fun!


Truth #5: Sports bras are bras, right?

The older I get, the shorter time I want to be pushed up and held in by a tight, underwire bra. In fact, I’ve given up underwires altogether because I heard the underwire isn't good for you, and this is leading me closer to the day I will wear exercise bras with all my outfits. Doesn't give you the best silhouette, but it's REALLY comfortable. Women may have been on to something in the 60's when they burned their bras.



Truth #6: We are envious of the woman whose hair turns gorgeously gray or white in her fifties.

I am so tired of coloring my hair, but alas, my hair is not turning gray/white in a beautiful, sexy way. So, I will continue to color it. I’m lucky, I suppose, because I color my hair blond so the gray doesn’t show as much. For those of you who have dark hair, you’re probably coloring your gray more often every year. I guess that’s when many women say that’s it, we’re done coloring, and whatever color it is, it is. Aren’t you so happy to see the older models sporting gray hair and looking sexy as hell?

FINAL TRUTH

You may feel invisible some days, but truly, you’re not. You’re a beautiful, talented, experienced woman who matters and who is sexy from head to toe – painful bunions and all. Let's all have a good laugh about it!

What are some of your funny truths about being over fifty? Please share in the Comments section below!

Sunday

5 Tips to Find Your Style After Fifty


I know how you feel. You’re washing your face in the morning and catch your silhouette in the mirror and you shriek back – who is that person and what happened to the twenty-six-year-old? Where did the years go?  


I’ve finally come to terms with being of a certain age – I’m over the hump so to speak. Now it’s a matter of making every second count, not wasting a minute feeling badly about my body, learning to feed and take care of my body, and spending more time doing things that bring me joy. 

Style trends have come and gone over the decades (thank goodness!). I've adapted my individual style over the years, tweaking it here and there to fit my lifestyle, body and career changes.

What about style after fifty? 

I don’t believe that age has anything to do with style. If you love current trends, wear them. If you have fantastic legs, show them. If you prefer to cover up completely, you can still look stunning! Everyone can have fabulous style at any age. The joy is in discovering your style.

Make Style Your Own in Your Second Act!

 

Here are some of my Style Success Rules to Live By:

  1. Know yourself. What is your coloring? Has it changed since you decided to go gray? What is your body shape? Knowledge is everything and knowing how to flatter and enhance your coloring and body shape is a great way to approach style. You don't want to walk around looking pale and tired, do you? Knowing the colors that bring radiance to your face is worth a million bucks. It gets you noticed for all the right reasons!
  2. Appreciate your assets and work with what you have. I can’t tell you how many women I work with tell me about the body parts they hate. It usually takes me by surprise because that’s not the body part I expected her to criticize! I used to wish I had an hourglass shape with round, full hips. Then I discovered all the ways I could create the illusion of an hourglass shape from my rectangle shape using garment shapes, and that wish melted away.
  3. Build a wardrobe of essentials. Great style is built on a foundation of good basics. Your lifestyle dictates what are essential pieces for you. When you invest wisely in essentials that fit beautifully and bring you pleasure, it boosts your confidence. For more information about essentials, download my free ebook, "Your Ten Wardrobe Essentials."
  4. Create a wardrobe that allows you to Shampoo. Rinse. Repeat.  What does that mean? When something works, run with it. If you feel beautiful and powerful wearing a pair of dark-colored straight pants, a white or blush top, and a structured jacket, then your closet should have several straight-leg pants, a dozen various light-colored tops, and several structured jackets. An outfit can have many re-incarnations and some of the most stylish women I know wear the same combinations over and over. Why re-invent something that is already successful?
  5. Identify someone who has a style you admire. Understand the elements of her “look” and define why it appeals to you. What are the attractive style features that reoccur in the way she dresses? You can adapt the pieces for your look if they don't work on your particular body shape. In my upcoming “30 Days to Style Success Workshop” I will have participants create a style vision board to define the looks they admire. This is so helpful in creating a reference for style when you build your wardrobe.

 Here are some of looks that inspire my individual style:

 

 

Individual style is about re-interpretation and investment of your time and money. It is about being aware of who you are, your lifestyle and the opportunities available to you when you dress confidently.

Who inspires your individual style?

Tuesday

Are You Apologizing For Your Age or Body Shape?


I meet with a lot of women who comment about the physical changes that have taken place after crossing the monumental threshold of turning fifty, with a shift in weight in one direction or another. Some changes that are perceived as undesirable by those who dictate the "standard" for physical beauty are actually positive and necessary for our emotional (and physical) well-being. Some women benefit by gaining weight and only need to shift over to a different garment shape that accentuates their new curves to feel beautiful once again.

Why do women ignore (or loath) the beautiful changes that age brings on? Perhaps it's our society that celebrates youth over wisdom. Perhaps it's the fault of a fashion industry that is myopically in love with the young prepubescent body. It doesn't matter. It only matters what YOU think about your age and your body image.

A recent client wrote to me, "My body size and shape have been morphing and changing since I was sixteen years old. It was only after I met you [Linda Waldon] that I realized I had been trying to keep up with every body shift by purchasing more clothes. Clothes that often hung awkwardly or were what I considered pretty colors as opposed to the colors that were right for me. The most powerful gift I received from you was awareness. Learning how to align your outer style with your inner being creates a steadiness to one's personality that translates in the outer world as CONFIDENCE.

The point is if you're in "body hate" mode all the time, you're sabotaging your confidence and your potential. What good can come of that? I help women rediscover, revitalize, and reinvent their beauty, body, and style so they wake up every day feeling beautiful.

Here are 4 simple ways to reconnect with your feminine beauty:
  1. Acknowledge your body shape and love the skin you're in. I wrote an article several years ago called "Seeing Your Body as a Work of Art." What I discovered after marrying an artist was that artists look at the human form as a work of art. No judgment. No "body hatred." The human form has lines, curves, shadows, folds, and colors, all creating a unique presence that cries out for fabric to be draped beautifully over each fold and curve. Wear clothes that create flattering lines, don't pinch and pull, and most of all, elongate and slenderize. Learning about your body shape and how to drape it beautifully can be a transformational experience.
  2. Do something every day that brings you joy. Someone commented to me the other day at my husband's artist reception that I looked beautiful and radiant. I responded with, "happiness shows." If you love what you do, the joy will permeate every cell in your body and you will radiate attractiveness.
  3. Be unforgettable in your appearance. It's about time you had fun with fashion! Create your own signature look and flaunt it. See some examples of cool summer outfits below. I love colorful, figure-flattering tunic tops with leggings for a casual look. A maxi dress will take you from beach to lunch. For more outfit ideas, visit my Polyvore page.
  4. Do a closet purge. Do not hang on to one piece of clothing that reminds you of the "old days" or the way your body used to look. Move on. Make peace. Make room for new and interesting pieces that accentuate your beautiful curves and light up your eyes.



I'd love to hear how you feel about your age and body shape. Do you find that it holds you back from manifesting your dreams? If you've made peace with your age and body image, I'd love to hear your advice for other women who are struggling with self-criticism.