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Tunic top and skinny elastic waist jeans

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Boy did I have fun this past week.  Went to The Difference where they were hosting a free seminar on fall fashion for the classic type.  Classic types tend to stay in our fashion rut – hey, if it was popular 2 decades ago, it still should look fine, right?  What I love about The Difference is they always prod me to crawl out of my fashion rut and try something new that flatters.

I am actually 3 types:  classic (I like simple, classic lines), delicate (it’s because I’m petite and about 100 pounds, not that I like the term ‘delicate’ at all), and casual (I prefer comfort over anything, so my casual side is always fighting my classic…and they both are unnerved to be considered delicate).

I think the ladies at The Difference did a fine job of helping me to find an outfit that perfectly fits ALL my criteria, while challenging my pre-conceived notions.

tunic & boots 2IMG_1853I usually shy away from tunic tops because they make me look squat – but look what looks fabulous when it’s the right cut/color/style for a petite?  This Tunic Top is Tribal brand, 94% polyester, 6% spandex.  It has a gentle cowl neck drape and long sleeves (which I prefer.  If I want 3/4 sleeves I can push them up).  I like this color combination for fall, and the pattern speaks of anything but delicate:)

The pants are by a company called Miracle Body.  The ladies at The Difference assured us that these make ANY women’s body look great.  I ended buying the pull on jeans so I could wear them under tunics without the zipper-pooch.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m of that age where I prefer elastic waist pants…or that I’m petite so any extra pooch or puff shows up more on me, but I’m finding that I’m little by little replacing all my jeans/pants with no-zipper ones.  These Miracle Body elastic waist pants are 88% cotton, 9% polyester, and 3% spandex, and have some sort of a pooch eliminator belly band inside that I didn’t even feel at all, it’s that comfortable.  The color is a gray/green, so depending on what you wear on top, they seem to change their hue.  The pants look great tucked into boots, and lay flat at the ankles.

The belt was the big investment, but it really does make this outfit, and here’s why.  I have a short waist.  O.K. a non-existent waist.  My rib cage sits on my hipbones, so there is no place for a belt to go.  However, I have long legs, so since this belt sits on my hips, it extends my short waist, AND gives my body the illusion of being taller because it dips lower in the front.  The silver buckle matches the silver in my hair, and the black leather goes with EVERYTHING, including these black leather boots and pretty much everything else I own.

The boots I got a few years ago at Nordstrom.  They are Spire Peak Merrill boots in black leather.  They’ve got thinsulate insulation and are waterproof, so they keep me warm and comfortable. They have tennis shoe like walking comfort, and have easy access inner side zips.  Check out The Difference on facebook.

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Plushy snuggly bathrobe, fun slippers and pj’s

Margaret bathrobeWith colder weather around the corner, here’s a snuggly warm submission from contributor Margaret Kumma. Plus, she’s got creative uses for some of these items that go beyond sleeping.

The bathrobe is a plush robe in pink.  The fabric is 100% cotton.   The brand is Hotel Spa Collections.  I purchased it from Amazon a few years ago in the winter.  What I like about it is that it’s very warm for those cold winter nights.  I also like the mid-thigh length.  I love how soft and comfortable Continue reading

Flowing, breathable, beachy-type tunic

beige and white top backHere’s contributor Lynne Spreen, talking about her new favorite place to shop for breathable fiber casual clothes.

Hi Barb, here is the first outfit, 2 pics, one of back and one of front.

I just discovered a wonderful store called Fresh Produce. They sell a lot of flowy stuff but it’s all cotton or similar fibers, very breathable. Like Chico’s only not so plastic. The store makes me think beach first and desert second. It’s casual but stylish. Prices are Continue reading

Supple fabric feels great, looks great on curves

Lindapurpletop_2Linda found a line of tailored soft tops that fit her curves:

I am modeling an open-collar casual top with cuffed sleeves made of micro-modal fabric.  The top is part of a classic line designed by Covered Perfectly for women over 40. What I love most about this garment is the feel of the fabric. It feels luxurious, supple.   I also love that it was offered in the color purple, which I often wear with turquoise and orange.  The style is nice for body types with more “butter” around the middle as it falls loosely, without looking baggy.  Originally, my shape was Apple/Apple Core; however, as time evolved, so did my shape.  I still have to accommodate comfortably and elegantly a big bust and hips.  Covered Perfectly’s line is ample and is something to note.   I normally wear an XL in tops and found that with their line, XL is too big.  I size-changed to L (worn in photo) and that works well.  With their garments, I would venture to wear more tailored tops and feel good about it.

Thanks to Linda for sharing!

You can share items from your closet, too!  When we share, we see how items really look on shapes/ages like ours.  If you don’t see a shape like yours represented, please be a model/contributor!   Here’s how.

P.S. If you like Linda’s look, use the discount code OVER40 and get 20% off your first order at Covered Perfectly, a women-owned American business making a positive difference in women’s fashion.

Tops designed to flatter women 40+!

pauline covered perfectlyPRACTICAL is the operative word for this new clothing company, and ATTRACTIVE is the operative word for these new tops!  Covered Perfectly is a clothing company started by Pauline Durban, because she couldn’t find clothing that flattered her body.  She wanted tops that covered her arms and that were long enough to go over her belly.  She wanted comfortable soft fabric, and styles that made her feel good about herself.  So she designed a line of tops that ‘covered perfectly’ and made them easily available.

Covered Perfectly launched on May 5th 2013, so this is a brand new company with lovely clothes at reasonable prices made of fabulous fabric (the main fabric is a natural fiber, MicroModal, with a touch of spandex, which is super soft and luxurious and drapes wonderfully).  Pauline listens to the opinions of her customers – by popular demand she’s in the process of adding plus sizes to her collection, which should be in by the end of September.

Check out the Covered Perfectly website and see these gorgeous clothes for yourself.  For our readers at Better Ideas Now and Over 40 Fashions, use the discount code OVER40 and get a discount of 20% off your first order!  You’ll support a women-owned American business making a positive difference in women’s fashion, AND you’ll get fabulous fitting tops at a great price!

Purple/blue crinkle top flatters curvy figures

Margaret purple floral top and skirtMargaret Kumma talks about clothes she loves from her own closet that flatter her curvy shape:

What I love about this blouse are the colors, the crinkle fabric, the shape, and the pleated front and 28″ length.  I also love that it’s very roomy! I’m fairly sure my shape is Apple because I seem to be pretty much round!  The Crinkle Georgette Blouse color is listed as Blue Multi-Floral, but really it’s a sort of rose background with multi-colored flowers, which are mostly blue, and there are purple and white as well. The fabric is 100% polyester, the brand is Only Necessities, purchased from Continue reading