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Many women over 50 say they feel invisible. While the cloak of invisibility is a real phenomenon, many of us forget to update our style, or if we do, we buy haphazardly with no thought about putting together an outfit instead of separates that just hang in our closet. It takes more than a great blouse and a pair of pants to have style. Regardless of your personal style, or your figure, here are seven tips that will give you that extra “je ne sais quoi.”

A style that says we’re vibrant and interesting, someone you’d like to know.

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I started today’s Fashion Friday post to report that Mom Jeans and Skinny Jeans are out plus I included “Five Tips for Wearing Denim.” Then I got to thinking… Since leggings, skinny pants and cropped pants hit the market, I haven’t seen many women over 50 wearing jeans, so I’m curious.

Do you still wear jeans, be they blue, black or colored jeans?

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I was recently asked if I could pick one fashion person to have dinner with, who would it be? Why, Isaac Mizrahi of course. I can’t think of a fashion designer or entertainer who makes me happier than Isaac. From designing clothes to singing cabaret, Isaac’s approach to all things is exuberant. I have always found him to be a delight.

I was immediately drawn to his clothes when his designs began appearing in fashion magazines in the late ’80’s.

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Last week I mentioned the two delightful women over 50 I met at the mall. We went from talking about the outfit on the mannequin to talking about cropped pants. Neither one of their husbands liked cropped pants which prompted me to take a survey among some of the men I know. None of them like cropped pants either. 

One man, who wants to remain anonymous, says “cropped pants make women look frumpy.” The majority of the time I agree with him.

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Not every woman can afford to wear the latest trends in couture, but we can take the overall arching themes and make them our own. This spring sees a return to more modest, romantic clothes, often long-sleeved with a midi or maxi length skirt in soft colors. Perfect for wearing day or night with sandals, flats or sneakers, and we don’t have to worry about “does my butt look big in this?”

The trick is to borrow from the current trends and find something affordable that women over 50 would wear.

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TORY BURCH MILLER CROSSBODY BAGS, Photos by Brenda Coffee, ©2019
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Have you ever arrived at a museum, a concert venue or a public building only to discover they don’t allow purses inside any bigger than your cellphone? I have, and more and more places are implementing “Clear Bag” policies to increase venue security and move guests through checkpoints faster. Even if you have a ticket, if you show up with a bag that doesn’t meet their requirements, your choices are to be turned away; hike back to your car or hotel and stash your bag, or throw your bag in the trash before entering. 

So what’s a girl to do? Fret not. I have the answer.

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ILLUSTRATION BY JILL ANTHONY, BACKGROUND BY BRANDON SMITH
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Darlings, you must recall that famous scene in Woody Allen’s romantic comedy, Annie Hall, when we are first introduced to Diane Keaton’s iconic style. During her first meeting with Allen’s character, Alvy, after playing a doubles tennis match, we see Keaton’s character, Annie, with all of her self-deprecating charm and warmth, in the ensemble that sparked the imagination of women and what they wanted to wear. Continue Reading

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FLEETWOOD MAC CONCERT PHOTOS ©BRENDA COFFEE, 2019
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Last week I saw Fleetwood Mac in concert. It’s hard to believe Stevie Nicks will be 71 this May. She’s as beautiful as ever and together with her stage presence and that same strong husky voice, she can captivate an audience like no one else. Other than the Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks, the mystic poet of rock ’n’ roll, and Fleetwood Mac may be the only performers from the ’70’s, who can still fill a stadium.

Stevie Nicks and her iconic Bohemian/rock style are as relevant, today, as they were in the ‘70s, when she first influenced the way millions of women dressed.

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PARIS PHOTOS ©Brenda Coffee, 2019
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One of my girlfriends is going to Paris next month. While I don’t know what clothes she’s planning to take, I saw these Cuyana pieces and thought of her. They’re timeless and versatile, and since they’re neutrals, she could mix them with almost any color.

So dear friend, for your consideration…

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