Tag Archives: Accessories

Wanted: Women of all sizes, aged 40+ (make fashion history)

fashion pixYou’ve noticed the Fashion category of Better Ideas Now has examples that are practical, mostly affordable, and flattering.  But what you may not have realized is all the models are 40+ years old.  What’s THAT all about?

I figured if it looks good on women 40+, it will look good on a variety of women, and it’s probably a classic style that will stand the test of time. Most women over 40 won’t put up with uncomfortable clothes or shoes, or ill-fitting styles/fabrics, so that’s another reason why contributors are 40+.  They’re honest if something fits and feels right, and honest about their bodies as well – not as scared of a pooch or a wrinkle as a younger woman might be.  They respect and honor their shape, size, and experience, and want to see if a style/fashion ‘really’ will be flattering Continue reading

Hooded sweater/jacket dress

purple coat/dressI’ve been looking for a sweater dress: something affordable, warm, and modern that could do double duty in some way.  I found this little gem at Syzygy, a boutique in Manzanita Oregon. This hooded sweater/coat dress is Horney Toad brand.  Fabric is 35% modal, 25% organic cotton, 25% nylon, and 15% angora, so it has a little more drape and a little more warmth that a 100% cotton sweater knit.  The dusty purple colored fabric has a smooth finish on the outside but inside it has a terrycloth-loop-thing going on, except for the inner hood which has a smooth lining in an olive color. Details include side pockets, a tulip hem in front, a full front zipper, and shaping darts in the back.  I like that I can wear it as a dress in the winter, but as a longer sweater/jacket in the spring and early fall.

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Brushstroke ‘retro’ dress, front-ruffle shrug, and spanx are classics that work

'retro' dress, black shrug

Anne looks great and is comfortable in this cream/black/brown brushstroke patterned ‘Retro’ dress.  Brand is Olivia Matthews, and she found it at Ross Dress For Less.  The dress has an included skinny black belt, cap sleeves, pleated scoop neck with keyhole opening and black button detail.  The back-zip 40’s/50’s era shape has a fitted bodice and straight skirt with darts.

The black front-ruffle shrug is polyester, Dress Barn brand, and Anne found it at Goodwill.  The elbow length sleeves compliment the shrugs’ over-all length, where the shrug curves up in the front and dips down in the back to a peplum finish.

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Breathable, waterproof, comfortable boots

Bog bootsBog boots are breathable, waterproof, and comfortable.  I got a pair for myself several years ago, and my teenage daughter kept borrowing them, so I purchased a pair for her as well.  She tells me she wears them practically every day on her college campus in the winter, tucks her jeans into them, wears her coat, and knows that no matter what – rain, snow, wind, sun – she’ll still be comfortable.

I like that they are easy to walk in and seem to just know what temperature Continue reading

Luxury brands at consignment store prices

Pink coatJoan loves the color pink.  She also prefers the luxury of designer brands at consignment store prices.  Here Joan is wearing her pink knee length car coat in sturdy cotton.  It has vintage detail, such as glass pink buttons, velvet ribbon around each cuff, and pink netting around each cuff as well.  The pants are Ann Taylor Loft petites cotton/lycra blend.  The coat and pants were both purchased at the Silver Lining consignment shop in Milwaukie OR.

The gray leather short half boot with buckle detail is Continue reading

Thrift Store shopping for the creative yet timeless woman

Shannon brown coatShannon is modeling a slightly oversized brown tapestry coat.  It features a jewel cut and collared neckline, and brown plastic buttons down the front, giving this coat a timeless yet bold fashion statement.  Purchased at Here We Go Again resale boutique.

Black straight-cut knee-length jean skirt has orange stitching and good stretch due to it’s cotton/lycra fabric content.

The brown sweater has a hint of red in it, 3/4 length sleeves, scoop/boat neck, and a verticle textural pattern to the Continue reading

Creative reusable gift wrap using fabric, scarves, and more

gift wrap:fabric and scarvesGift wrap – it’s pretty, but it costs a lot of money and then you throw it away.  Here’s an earth-friendly alternative, especially if you have a lot of fabric or scarves laying around.  Scarves, pillowcases, and random pretty fabric can all work …closed up with a few safety pins, rubber bands, or creative tying.  Here are some examples:

Put your square or rectangle gift inside a pillowcase, fold the case over, then tie Continue reading

Finding your unique personal fashion “style”

How do you find your personal style? What happens if you HATE shopping, or crowds just aren’t your thing?  Cindy Joseph, fashion model and founder of Boom! Natural make-up, gives a folksy 8 minute video about finding your personal style here http://www.boombycindyjoseph.com/blog/?p=492.   I like Cindy’s natural approach, and that she’s sharing a template we can personalize, not a one-size-fits-all, flash-in-the-pan trendy approach.  (Too may hyphens…)

The Difference video shows how to ‘finish your look’

Here’s an outfit from The Difference, a boutique store in Lake Oswego Oregon that features personal style consultants.  I’ve taken their Personal Concept consultation, enjoyed fashion workshops, and wandered around their well appointed store looking at all the pretties (and buying some of them, too – including the outfit pictured). They specialize in helping you define and refine your personal style, and inspire you to choose items that make you look wonderful.

Check out this great video on how ‘finish your look’ through grooming, accessories, and footwear.  Practical ideas to help give you polish and poise.

Pants that don’t pooch out

As  a short petite 40+ woman, the zipper or buttons in front on jeans tend to jut out, giving an odd pooch-type area on my strawberry figure.  One option is to wear elastic waist yoga type pants, but sometimes a gal wants to wear jeans.  So here’s a compromise – JAG brand Jeans have a wide stretchy denim waist band with no front closures at all, so the jeans lie flat.  Which makes  the shirt on top lie flat. Which you can then layer with a sweater.  Another nice thing about wearing pants with a flexible waist band is you don’t have to loosen or tighten a belt around the holidays – they just stretch comfortably to fit whatever time Continue reading

Hand powered flashlight is fun and funky

Use your own energy to create light!  Here’s a hand powered black cat flashlight with LED eyes.  When I squeeze the lever by my thumb repeatedly, it charges the flashlight.  No batteries to replace.  This is a productive way to use your frustation energy or keep grade school kids busy… “hey, Tommy, (stop torturing the dog and) come charge the flashlight!”  The fact that this particular flashlight is in the shape of a black cat makes it all the more fun – I display it on a shelf as a decoration so it’s always in easy reach should I need it.  I purchased this several years ago at our local New Seasons Market around Halloween, but you can find similar hand powered flashlights at places like Lehman’s Catalog and Ikea.

Lightweight bead neckace

I got this necklace at a free swap, and LOVE it because it’s lightweight. I’m not sure what material the beads are made of, but they are smooth rounded heart shapes in the colors of silver, charcoal and black, with a gold cord and small gold round metal beads between each heart shape. Metal clasp closure. I like it because it has a classic yet modern look about it, doesn’t overwhelm my petite figure, and yet makes a statement. And the colors are neutral enough to go with many things I already have.