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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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PHOTOGRAPH BY BRENDA COFFEE, ©2019 1010ParkPlace
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A couple of weeks ago my friend, Donna Beckman Tagliaferri, and I connected on the phone. We’ve been Facebook friends forever, but this was the first time we’ve actually spoken, and we had fun talking about everything. Donna’s the friend who put the word “frumpy” in my ear not long ago, and I used it in my post 10 Ways Not to Look Frumpy Over 50. Today’s Fashion Friday idea comes from Donna as well, so…

Here’s a detailed tutorial about how to shop online.

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Fashion Illustration and blog post by Jill Anthony. Background by Brandon Smith.
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We’ve all been told, time and again, if you’re a woman of a certain age you must never, ever, wear a mini. Do you remember the last time you wore a mini? At the height of my mini wearing days, The Cars album played on the turntable as I doused myself in Jovan Musk, strapped on my Maud Frizon heels and headed over to Studio 54 to dance the night away.

Yes Darlings, it was that long ago.

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While this isn’t a typical 1010ParkPlace Fashion Friday post I think you’ll be interested in what the original supermodel and the oh, so fashionable, Kim Alexis, is up to these days. Kim is one of my favorite people. She’s so real and down-to-earth and has a giant capacity for love whether it’s people or animals. Kim wrote this post for 1010ParkPlace. Thank you, Kim. xoxox, Brenda

“Wow, there are so many dogs,” was one of the many thoughts going through my head as I walked through my first “dog pound” visit.

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BRENDA COFFEE & SANDY LINTER, 2011. Sandy did not do my makeup the day this photo was taken. We were talking about her new book, Makeup Wakeup. The first time she did my makeup I was 21.
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Before the holidays a reader sent me a message: “I went to see Stevie Nicks last night and I was so surprised at how frumpy all the women (in the audience) looked, and I wondered how I looked. I don’t want to be 16 again, but I want to shake up my “look.” I don’t need to look like Stevie Nicks, but I would like to look less… old. Do you have any suggestions?”

My answer to her got me thinking about this post. Here are 10 things all women over 50 should think about.

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