JANESSA LEONÉ "Clémence" Hat
Regardless of where you live, the weather forecast says temperatures are going to continue to soar from now until fall. In addition to always carrying a full bottle of water, we need to wear something lightweight and cool, plus what about a hat and a hand fan?
May I make some suggestions?
Image From Ralph Lauren
A great way to build a wardrobe is when you’re buying new clothes, think about how you can mix and match with the clothes you already have. Imagine most of the pieces I’m showing you today with the same black top or pullover sweater, a great necklace and sandals, or boots, when the weather gets cooler.
I’m stepping outside of my neutral color palette. Would you believe I bought a taxicab yellow, leopard print skirt and a pair of coral pants?
My first pair of espadrilles were Calvin Klein, navy blue canvas with a jute rope wedge and thin rubber soles, and I wore them everywhere, including to a fire. In the middle of the night we got a call that my first husband’s company was on fire. We leapt out of bed and raced to the fire. I was wearing my espadrilles and a pair of bellbottom jeans… So ’70s! After the fire was extinguished we followed the firemen into the building. My shoes and jeans wicked up the black sooty water and were ruined. For years afterward I couldn’t find another pair of espadrilles.
Perhaps that’s why now I treat every pair like they may be my last.
Illustration by Jill Anthony, ©2019. Background by Brandon Smith
Darlings, do you remember the days of laying out in the summer sun in your string bikini, covering every inch of exposed skin with a thick coating of suntan oil? In those days it was all about the tan. The only sunblock around was zinc oxide, and If you weren’t a lifeguard, chances are you never used the stuff.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNIFER DENTON, ©2019
Last week I met Diana Ross at her 75th Diamond Jubilee Birthday concert at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Twice during the concert she took two fingers to her eyes and then pointed them at me in an “I see you” gesture. I was in the fifth row center, end seat and was standing and singing most of the time, so I’m not surprised she could see me. Toward the end of the concert she answered a couple of questions from the audience, and then motioned for me to come up to the edge of the stage.
Over the microphone Diana Ross said to me, “Did you see me looking at you? I like your dress.”
I’ve discovered Zara, and I love their clothes. This surprises me for two reasons: It’s fast fashion plus the fabrics are poly blends. I will still buy an occasional investment piece, but for fashionable seasonable clothes, I’m having fun shopping online with Zara. While these outfits may not hold up a few years from now…
Over the short pull I’m getting chic designer looking clothes for a fraction of the price.
My Favorite Color & Cut From Rita Hazan & Juan Carlos Maciques, NYC, 2017.
While the first official day of summer isn’t until June 21, what if we use this time to give ourselves a more youthful, modern update to our hair and nails? For starters… Teasing, helmet hair (hair with not a hair out of place) and too much hair is aging.
BTW, I’m talking to myself about teasing.
I have a girlfriend in Austin who always says I’m too dressed up for Austin. Sometimes she’s right and sometimes she’s not, but I don’t care. I’m dressing for me, not to follow a trend or fit in with the hip Austin millennials—who all look alike—the older hippie dippy crowd or those women of a certain age who look fabulous.
I’m interested in what looks good on me.
Hildie Plumpepper Illustration by Jill Anthony, ©2019, Background by Brandon Smith
Ahh Capri…with its azure shores, captivating beauty and Italian charm, it’s no wonder that it has long been a playground for the rich and famous. Capri has a free-spirited vibe that exudes a leisurely glamour, much like myself. In the 60’s and early 70’s, it was the place to be for the international jet-set.
In the past few weeks a curious thing was happening on my instagram feed.
I’ve heard we shouldn’t wear any more than seven things at any one time like pants, blouse, dress, belt, shoes, earrings, rings, necklace, watch, purse or a scarf. If we’re wearing more than that, we need to remove something until we’re down to seven items. I’ve also heard bags and shoes need to match. Well those were the old school ways of styling an outfit.
Here are the new ways to dress and use accessories over 50.