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"What a great style book! A perfect mixture of keen insight, inspiration, fashion savvy, and flawless practical advice. An absolute must-read for any woman with any doubts about how to look her personal best---now and forever."

-Leah Feldon, author of Does This Make Me Look Fat?

"It is great to see such a comprehensive guide to style for women over 40. Our lives evolve and often our wardrobes do not. As we grow older, we should feel more comfortable in our own skin...books like this help us relax and enjoy who we are, and give us permission to be stylish, feminine and sexy at any age. "

-Sigrid Olsen, artist and designer

"For women over 40 and beyond, style tips that won't get old...The guide is for women whose lives have evolved while their wardrobes have had trouble keeping up. More than a "how-to", the book is a "why-to"...―Denver Post

Kim Johnson Gross...co-creator of the Chic Simple book series offers help for 40-plus women who "need to evolve their wardrobe and don't know where to start."―People Magazine

About the Author

Kim Johnson Gross has worked in the fashion industry for over 30 years, as a Ford model, an editor at Town & Country, Style Director at Avenue, and Fashion Director at Esquire. She is author of The Chic Simple books, which were international bestsellers and inspired the popular Chic Simple Solutions column that appeared for five years in InStyle. Gross wrote the "What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life" column in More for two years. She's been interviewed as a style expert on the Today show, CNN, the CBS Morning Show, Good Housekeeping, AARP, Business Week, Dove.com and About.com. She was recently a contributor to Better Homes and Gardens (circulation 7.6 million).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 1 edition (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446534943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446534949
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bold Consumer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 22, 2010
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The author uses her own experience in waking up one day and realizing her body had changed but her closet hadn't. She had been in avoidance and denial until her mother, bless them, brought it to her attention. She realized that her needs had changed and her closet needed to change with her life the way she now lives it. Many of us are in that same situation and this book does give some solutions and a great deal of confidence that we greatly need.

There are a number of very short but helpful case studies of people realizing they have to 'own up' to their new bodies. The author rethinks the health of her entire body and made specific goals. She gives us her list, which includes wanting stronger lungs, bones, muscle, and a stronger core, to lessen the possibility of back injury.

Some of it is very funny. Most is introspective and hands-on practical. I'm already considering some changes in the business suits I keep in my closet but never wear. I'm all in favor of her "closet classics" which help to give us confidence and comfort. Jeans are even discussed throughout the book, and my favorite comment, since I'm comfortable in jeans, is "Jeans are our new 'little black dress' and like other Closet Classics, they're our best friends. They're there for us when we need to dress up, dress down, and to feel our best, whatever the occasion."

Included in the chapters are sections on "Mirror Talk" which I found helpful. They are a "series of reality checks that will help you learn to use the mirror as a constructive tool. It may not be a friend, but it's definitely an expert witness." There are brief discussions of celebrities and how their style is working for them. Some of these are the author's "Style Mentors" who refuse to disappear quietly into this next part of their lives.
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I bought this book sight unseen, and I have regretted it. I've loved Kim Johnson Gross's "Chic Simple" books, so I looked forward to this one. I was quite disappointed however; this book reads like a mishmash of a memoir. I didn't find it to be a useful wardrobe guide for the mature woman. I get the sense that this was a book that was cathartic for KJG and one she really needed to write. I didn't need to read it though. I hope she truly has found her way to the next stage of her life. I would instead suggest Kendall Farr's books if you want a good guide to dressing maturely, from a woman who has also gone through the process. As far as the psychological points that are made in the book (which are quite valid) I think they are explored and explained much better in "Face It" written by two ex-models who are now psychologists.
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I've read a few books on style and how to look young, and how not to look fat, but Kim's new book on 'What to Wear for the Rest of your Life: Ageless Secrets of Style' ( irresistable title )is the best. Kim is a great writer/storyteller, who has the credentials to tell us what's what. She has written about fashion for top magazines for years, and has been surrounded by fashionistas all her life. Kim's ideas to help get us started, for instance, The Feel Good Closet concept, is brilliant. I love the mirror-talk, and her tips on what NOT to wear for different body types is right-on. My friends who own [...] help women learn their body type and style, how to correctly select fashion trimmings from head to toe, what fashion looks to avoid, and how to shop. Kim puts these 'body type' rules, and so much more into this priceless new book. Even though some of the information will sound familiar, the way Kim guides you from one step to the next, makes it seem all new, rewarding (!) and doable! This gem of a book will convince you to toss clothes that no longer serve ( bye bye designer suits from the '90's !), and inspire you to create the look you've always longed for. I read the book over the weekend, it's a page-turner. Trust me, buy it for yourself, and gift it to your friends. You're welcome. Have fun, look fabulous, beautiful women!
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I pre-ordered this book based on the title and the author's previous books. Unfortunately this one offers little practical advice and too much focus on the author's divorce and personal views. I expected a helpful book on fashion and received no new information. Instead, it was a record of the author's personal life journey which has nothing to do with my own experience.
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I keep reading that this book is for women over 40, and while I'm not over 40 yet, with the way the years have been flying by since I've had children, 35 will turn to 40 in no time at all.

That being said, I don't think this book is just for women over 40. It's for any woman who absolutely hates to go into their closet to find something to wear. I am in the category. I used to wear the cutest most stylish clothes and then children hit. I became a stay at home mom. My closet is now full of t-shirts and yoga pants, with just a few other outfits that I like how I look in. Yet I hold on to the comfortable (both in how it feels and that it's comfortable mentally) rather than going out and finding what I look good in now that I am no longer a size 10. I have all my size 10's still in the garage. This book has made me admit that even though there is a slight chance that I may fit back into a size 10 again with a lot of hard work, my body has changed A LOT since I was 24. The things that looked good on me then most likely won't look the same on me now.

And there is no excuse to have a closet of clothes that I hate just because I am not physically where I want to be. I need to dress how I want to feel.

You know what I'm talking about. You put together the perfect outfit for the perfect occasion and your confidence shoots up about 1000 points.

You wear jogging pants and a t-shirt to soccer practice and stand next to all the mom's who just got off work and are business chic, you feel slightly dowdy.

I'm a mom. I'm not dead. I put all this time into my hair and make up and then have nothing to go with it.
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