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Fashion 101: Meet the Plaids

You may have voted pro-Plaid last week, but do you know your plaids?  Plaids all have criss-crossed horizontal and vertical stripes, but not all plaids are created equal.

Houndstooth is a two-color pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract-looking four-pointed shapes. 
Style tip?  Try a fitted houndstooth blazer paired with a solid colored shirt for contrast.

Glen Plaid
Glen Plaid
Glen Plaid is a variant of houndstooth with contrast striping. 
Style tip?  Glen Plaid is a bold choice for suiting, especially if you don’t want to look like every other guy in the office.

Prince of Wales Check
Prince of Wales Check
Prince of Wales Check is version of glen check, usually with a light blue overplaid. 
Style tip?  Wear it with a light blue shirt for best results.

You’ll know herringbone by the zig-zag pattern made by the alternating diagonal rows. 
Style tip?  Herringbone is a heavy fabric, making it a prime cold-weather choice for suits.

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Pale Country Bird Pendant Charm

Pale Country Bird Pendant CharmIsn’t this bird pendant simply precious?

$8  at JessicaJane’s Etsy Store.

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Q&A: Art Gallery Style in Your 50s

Q:  I am to be the featured artist at a gallery art walk in a city by the water north of Seattle.  What do I wear?  I want to look classy, yet artsy.  I am 51.

Feeling the love for this outfit?  Here’s more information about it.

by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A: At fifty-one, you fashion priority is to select a dress or suit that is not only sophisticated but also suits both your coloring and body type.  For a classic yet artsy look, build your outfit with classic foundation elements.  A little black dress is always appropriate—but if you dare, you may want to wear a splash of color. 

  • If you have an hourglass figure, try a sleeved wrap dress to accentuate your curves. 
  • To elongate a fuller figure, you can try a suit with a high stance (where the two lapels meet in front) and strong vertical lines.
  • If you’re blessed with a long, lean figure, a colorful maxi dress may also fit the bill.  A maxi dress gives you full coverage, and it also has a bohemian air to it.

Finish off your outfit with a pair of comfortable flats or low heels.  You’ll be standing for hours, so choose a pair of shoes that will allow you to focus on the event—not your aching feet.

Style tip?  After thirty-five, the color black tends to drain color out of a woman’s face. Should you choose a black dress, make sure to accessorize with colorful jewelry (or a scarf) and give yourself some extra color with your make-up. 

Have a great tip about style in your 50s? Share it with us in the comments!

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Issac Mizrahi Eyelet Trenchcoat

Issac Mizrahi Eyelet TrenchcoatClassic with a twist: laser cut eyelet details at the hemline. We’re swooning.

$49.99  at Target.

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