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What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life: Ageless Secrets of Style Hardcover – May 3, 2010
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-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
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The basic advice here is REALLY basic - wear underwear that really does the job for you, wear classics which fit your lifestyle as it is now, wear sensible shoes, accentuate the... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Roberta Moore
Wonderful book for those of us going through our "senior adolescence" of fashion changes. I have had the book since it was first published and just presented it to my newly... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Penny Macdonald
The first one of many books I've bought to help me figure out what pieces to invest in ... for a range of budgets and styles...with lots of good tips too...Published 9 months ago by pam rose
This is a great book for helping with the different chapters of my life and stay in classic style. I appreciate good advice and recommendations.Published 10 months ago by Akgal
Much of what is in this book repeats the conventional wisdom that you can read in books of this type. There were a few tidbits that made the purchase worthwhile.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer