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Flattering and Appropriate Wardrobe Choices

Susan Shares Her Flattering and Appropriate Wardrobe

I am pleased as punch to present this week’s Fashion Friday Feature. It is Susan with the blog, Fifty, not Frumpy.  I’m sharing several of her summer looks to get us through the month of August. Fall is just a few weeks away, ladies!

“Susan began Fifty, not Frumpy as a Facebook page on July 16, 2011. It was a fun way to share her passion for style along with outfits appropriate for those of us who are enjoying our second fifty years of life. When she started her blog she had recently lost more than forty pounds and was in the process of buying a new wardrobe. She discovered it wasn’t as easy or as much fun as you might think.”

Flattering and Appropriate

Susan shared, “We may run and workout or diet endlessly but the fact is… our bodies are now shaped differently. Our more rounded curves and softer coloring require that we put a little more thought into our wardrobe choices. We may still dress like our daughters, but we need to make some adjustments so that our choices flatter us and remain appropriate.”

We are fortunate to have her share her tips with us here today. She shares in hopes that it will help us find a style that serves us well.

Monochromatic Looks

Jacket by IC Collection

Monochromatic under the blue jacket makes a bold statement.

Blue Notes

Blue and silver compliment her hair beautifully!

How to Wear Hats

Wide Leg Pants

Susan’s Tips for wearing hats: “I always need to choose a style of hat which has a high crown and a wider brim. Hats that fit close to the head such as ball caps and cloche style hats do not flatter my roundish face. A woman who has a long thin face and neck would look great in a cloche style.

The brim of your hat should not exceed the width of your shoulders.

The hat should rest comfortably on your forehead with no bangs showing, not on the back of your head. I comb my bangs back with my fingers, put on the hat and then brush the lower part of my hair toward the front with my hands.”

The Cold Shoulder

The Cold Shoulder

Here, Susan shows us how the over 50 crowd can look fabulous in the current trends. The cold shoulder top in royal blue helps us look young and modern. Skinny jeans are the perfect pairing.

The Cold Shoulder

And who doesn’t look stunning in basic black and white?

Low Rise Belts

I believe that Chico’s helped us discover the elongated torso with low rise belts. Susan pulls this look off perfectly.

Sexy Cut-out Sleeves

Another monochromatic look is taken to a whole new sexy level with these cut-out sleeves.

Flattering and Appropriate Wardrobe Choices

We all need a little black dress. So many of us try to cover our shoulders or arms thinking they are no longer attractive, but Susan shows us how to wear sleeveless. She is bold and beautiful!

I Wanted to Blog…

I wanted to blog – I sat down to do it –
But life interrupted, and I had to get to it.
Squabbles to mediate, children to feed,
Dishes and laundry and phone calls and need.
This was part of a poem from Fighting Off Frumpy
A few simple lines to avoid being grumpy.
She wanted to blog. She sat down to do it.
Here was her chance, so she had to get to it.
A precious few minutes ticked by on the clock …
The kids were all quiet, she awaited the shock.
The house was once full and laughter was plenty
But then they turned nineteen and then twenty
I wanted to blog, I sat down to do it.
No one interrupted, I could finally get to it.
The nest is now empty.
I can now enjoy blogs like Fifty, Not Frumpy.

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