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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Fashion for the Distinguished Woman

My post on Mandee's focussed on the teen and young adult crowd. My fellow blogger and commenter Sandy rightly pointed out that it is difficult to find clothing for the more mature woman - the distinguished woman, as I like to call it. Shopping with younger relatives, being dragged into boutiques blasting incessant dance music. You know, the ones with those flimsy western doors not large enough to cover anything that matters, being served by malnourished, skimpily clad store attendants with nasal voices...it's enough to scare anyone.

As a woman becomes more distinguished, she become wiser and more particular about what works and what doesn't when it comes to fashion. Think elegant, not frumpy.

Chiffon Wrap Blouse from Kaleidoscope

Flowing lines, elegant wraps, tunics and cardigans. Some people grumble about cardigans, some people have an unnatural fear of them (Kath from Blurb from The Burbs - you know who you are!!) - however I think a good cardy has its place in society, you just have to find the right one that flatters your figure and makes you feel comfortable.

Long Cardigan

Jacquard Cardigan

Don't let anybody tell you that you cannot dress in a way that makes you feel special. If you've got it, flaunt it, whatever your age. Sophia Loren, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, these women know how to look elegant and alluring at the same time. You will know intuitively if an outfit is right for you. If it is too tight, gaudy or uncomfortable or shows too much skin for your liking, then it is probably worth a miss.

Chiffon Printed Skirt

Note the use of black with the patterned skirt as the focus of the outfit. It can be a good idea to feature a single piece in this way, without allowing things to get busy or clash.

Very Wide Leg Trousers

Evening Trousers

The worst thing is to think that none of the clothes you see in the stores are for you. Start building up your wardrobe from the basics with some pants, tunics and tops and before you know it you will find your own individual style.

Remember, when shopping online, always check the country of origin and make sure you convert the currency and more importantly, sizes before buying.


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