How To Wear Metallics If You’re A Woman Over 50

How To Wear Metallics (if you’re a woman over 50)

I’m a big fan of women wearing what they want at any age, but there are some looks best left to those with really young bodies.  All-over sequins would be one of those looks, IMO.  Sequins, light-reflecting material and texture in general add pounds.  This isn’t a bad thing when you’re balancing one half of your body with the other, but the allover flash may not be your best look if you’re over 50.  Unless you’re Baddie Winkle – in that case, you go gurrl!!!

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Metallics are Big in Fall 2017

On the other hand, refusing to wear any trends will quickly dump you in Camp Frumpy.  Adding a few metallic items will help you look au courant in the fall of 2017. Your first decision might be to choose between gold and silver, as both are popular (with silver probably just a bit more so).  Silver-toned metal, which includes pewter, brushed nickel, sterling and sterling-look-alikes, looks best on people with cooler/bluish tones in their hair and skin.  Not sure about yourself?  Stand in a north-facing window (in the northern hemisphere) in the middle of the day without the lights on and hold a silver-toned item like a scarf or table runner up to your face.  Then compare the way you look with a gold or yellow-toned item near your face.  You want the metallic that lets your face pop out – if your eye goes to the fabric, that’s the wrong one for you.  If you need more help, please feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to help you.

Metallics Over 50: A Little or a Lot?

Here’s the “a lot” category.  So, the part of you wearing metallic is going to stand out, and you can use this to your best advantage.  If you have an A shaped frame and want to make your top half look bigger, by all means add a metallic vest, top, sweater or jacket with plain dark pants, a skirt or jeans.  That will guarantee your top half balances your bottom.  If you are top-heavy, put your metallic pieces below.  Even a skirt or pants with a metallic sheen will help balance your top (a top with a scoop or V neck that’s plain without a lot of texture would be best if you’re heavier on top).  If you have a fuller body everywhere and still want to ride on the metallic bandwagon, why not try a column of color (that’s a bottom and top in very similar colors) with a metallic jacket, vest or kimono on top?  Some items I put together as examples…

 

 

Metallics Over 50:  A Lot or a Little?

And here’s how you can add a little metallic, just for fun or to highlight a feature.  Everyone needs to look at your face, because it’s your communication center.  Adding some metallic here is easy (and I don’t mean eyeliner).  Statement earrings or a necklace in gold or silver or mixed metals would do it.  Perhaps a metallic scarf in your hair or around your neck (instead of a necklace).  Add a ring or arm candy in gold or silver to highlight your hands and wrists.  Not excited about them?  How about some little gold- or silver-toned gloves?  Or an embellished bag?  If you have a narrow waist, add a metallic belt to your outfit.  And if you don’t have a narrow waist and love belts anyway, wear one under a jacket so just the buckle and a little bit of the belt shows.  And my favorite (and VERY easy to find this year) – metallic shoes.  Silver booties are everywhere and at all price points.  I have warm skin and don’t wear silver, but I will be rocking some gold-toned loafers that I plan to paint myself.  Did I mention that it isn’t wise to spend a lot of money on trendy items?  Look for affordable things, or make them yourself, as their moment of glory probably won’t be long.

How will you be updating your look for fall?  Drop a comment below and let us know!

Confidently yours,

Sarah

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Blazers for Women: Comparing Two Jackets

Two Very Different Blazers for Women

I picked up two gorgeous blazers for women at a thrift shop recently.  One is a luscious green velvet from J Crew and the other is black and white brocade from Cabi.  Green is a favorite color of mine, but this blazer’s too small and the other is black and white (I don’t look good in black).  So both are for sale in my Poshmark closet.  If you’re not familiar with Poshmark, it’s an app that you can use to buy and sell clothes (including blazers for women and men, clothes for kids, makeup, just not housewares).  You can purchase both new and used clothes.  I’ve only had one negative experience in 18 months.  I bought a jacket that was really a man’s jacket which was not stated in the post. I was able to return it and get my money back.

What The Women’s Blazers Have in Common

  • These brands have very good reputations for making quality clothes that last.
  • Both are a small size (velvet is size 4 and brocade size 6).
  • Both have been recently dry cleaned (and are not washable).
  • Velvet and brocade are almost always trending in the fall, so both are fashionable right now.
  • Both have a low, single (button or hook-and-eye) closure, which is universally flattering, and are shaped with princess seams.  They both will add shape to a rectangular frame and with a lower-cut (not crew or turtleneck) top underneath will lengthen the look of your neck.
  • They are both textured, although in totally different ways.  Texture in a blazer adds volume to your top half. Texture on top adds balance to women who are A shaped and heavier in the hips.
  • Both blazers have details at the cuff – the Cabi blazer has piping and little vents while the cuffs of the J Crew blazer roll back.  So both will be good to highlight your hands.
  • Both blazers end at the high hip, which has the potential to lengthen the look of your legs.
  • They are also both a good combination of masculine and feminine.  Black is yang and authoritative. The white curling pattern of the brocade softens the black of the Cabi blazer.  Velvet is inherently feminine, but the traditional and more masculine style of the J Crew blazer brings it into balance.

How The Blazers Are Different:  Cabi Brocade

The Cabi brocade blazer would be very good for someone with a lot of contrast between their skin, hair and eyes.  Dark hair and pale skin, or dark skin and light hair.  Black looks best on people with cooler skin tones.  It is not lined but the inside seams are finished beautifully.  Wearing this blazer in the dead of winter in a cooler climate would not be advised, unless you wear a warmer sweater underneath.  It has no pockets, which some people would not like! The rolled collar would flatter a larger bust and and the lack of pockets will help it skim over the midsection.  The sleeves are 3/4 length, which makes your legs look longer.  If you don’t believe me, look at yourself in a full-length mirror with a long sleeved top on.  Then push the sleeves up to just below your elbow.  See what I mean?!?

How the Blazers are Different:  J Crew Velvet

The J Crew blazer would be best for someone with warm skin tones (the color is best seen in the picture of the French cuff).  It’s fully lined.  Choose this blazer for fall and winter wear in a cooler climate.  The collar points extend out toward the shoulders, creating a horizontal line; a horizontal line here gives you the appearance of larger shoulders, as do the small shoulder pads. It has flap pockets just under the waist.  The volume and the horizontal line created by the pockets in this area will accentuate the look of your tummy, so best avoided if that’s an area you’re trying to conceal.  The sleeves are long with French cuffs and you can unroll them to make them longer.  If you have long arms are are always struggling to find jackets that fit properly here, this blazer would be a good choice.

I hope you’ve found this information helpful.  Please leave a comment with your feedback!

Confidently yours,

Sarah

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A Guide to Picking Your Best Floral Print

How to Pick a Floral Print

Floral print is all the rage this summer!  This trend will continue into fall, with more of a focus on dark florals:

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Picking one that’s not right for you can make you look larger than you are, and you might look frumpy, and who needs that?!?  Follow these tips for picking your best floral.

Floral Prints and Skin Tone

Your clothes look best (which means that we see you first and not your clothes) when they mimic your coloring.  If you’re fair, with light skin/eyes/hair, pick a print in lighter shades.

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If you have dark hair and eyes with light skin, or you have grey hair with dark skin, pick a floral with some contrast of light and dark.

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If you have more medium value in your complexion, a floral print in medium shades will suit you best.

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Floral Prints and Coloring

Some women have a lot of natural coloring (e.g. yellow or red hair, pink skin, blue or green eyes) whereas some women are more neutral in their coloring (brown hair and eyes, beige skin).  A floral with a lot of color in it will suit women with higher coloring (either naturally or with the help of a hairdresser), while neutral-toned women will look best in floral prints that are neutral with one color.

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Natural versus Abstract Floral Prints

Some florals look like actual flowers, while some are more abstract.  The prints that look like the flowers in nature are best suited to younger women, particularly if they are little tiny floral prints.  They look girly, and if you were a girl some time ago you will probably look best in an abstract floral print.  If your personal style is feminine and girly, feel free to give this look a go!

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Slimming versus Enlarging Prints

Prints that make you look slimmer have very little visible open spaces in them, compared to prints where you see a lot of background.  If you are trying to slim yourself visually, pick a print that’s dense with little background visible. NOTE:  This might be hard to find this year as big splashy prints are everywhere!

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If you want to look larger your best prints will have a lot of empty space.

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As a rule, your print should also mimic your general size.  Smaller women look overwhelmed in large prints (where the flowers are the size of your hand or larger), but these suit larger women just fine.  Medium-sized women look best in medium-sized prints.

If you’re using a print to make one half of your body balance out the other, for example you are large busted with a smaller bottom half or vice versa, wear a print with a lot of open space on the part of your body that you want to look larger.

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Breaking the Floral Print Rules

Now that you know the “rules” (and there aren’t any really firm rules, except to feel great when you get dressed), feel free to break them!  If you have a dramatic or creative style, wear big prints all over or mix them up with plaid and checks.  Expressing your REAL self is what Get REAL Image is all about!!

I am an Amazon Affiliate member and I earn money if you purchase items from this post.    For more information about colors, values and personal style, please send an email to me at yourrealimage@gmail.com, and check out my website at www.getrealimage.com.  If you want to see earlier posts, you’ll find them there.

Confidently yours,

Sarah

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