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Are shorts appropriate over 60?  
Are shorts appropriate over 60? Would love advice on whether shorts are appropriate for a women over 60? If so, what styles can you suggest? Jane's …

Trousers for large thighs and smallish waist? 
I am wondering what the right style of trousers would be for my shape. My waist is 35 inches, however the widest part of me is around the tops of my thighs …

Combining current styles with older classic styles 
Hi Jane, I found some lovely older clothes – classic styles from late 1980s – until about 2010. Most of these were bought at Katies prior to 1998 and Millers …

I'm a plus sized girl with an hour glass shape will this dress work for me? 
I'm 18 and I'm buying a dress for my senior prom. In the past I have always gone for A-line dresses and they have worked well, but I really want to …

How can I start to change my style?? 
I'm 22 y/o and I feel I'm old fashioned. Can you give me some advice or book or article that can help me? Also what hair style is good for my square …

Mother of the groom outfit for NZ vineyard 
My son is getting married in New Zealand, in a vineyard. Any ideas about an outfit? I prefer a hat to a fascinator but don't want the outfit to be too …

What defines a pear shape? 
Is a pear shape defined by small bust, or narrow shoulders? I have seen both in various places, and am confused. Comparing it to hourglass doesn't help. …

Styling ideas for classic Chanel pencil skirt 
I recently inherited a classic black/white/grey Chanel skirt in a tweed-fabric with a tiny bit of silver showing. Its only a few years old and brand new …

How to be a stylish Pear over 50, over weight and not sophisticated or classic 
Your answer to the "How to be a stylish 'Summer Pear' at 48?" was interesting but there is not a single thing there that I, as a slightly overweight …

Pear shape body best casual dress style? 
I am short and have a pear shape body and like flat shoes to wear. Please tell me what dress style will be beautiful on me. Jane's answer... Sara, …

Stylish Summer Pear 
Summer beckons and I enjoy the sun. Like many pears, my upper body can cope with a summery fashion approach - strappy tops, halter necks etc. However …

How About Myself Who is Really Petite at 4' 9"? 
I find the regular Petite styles are still too big for me, especially sleeve lengths and pant lengths, even in Petite I still have to have 4 - 5 inches …

Orange in Winter Colour Palette? 
I think I am a Winter Colour Palette - having been colour coded many years ago. My hair is dark brown with grey, looks like I streaked it. My complexion …

Smart Casual Clothes 
I've been a little bit confused about what clothing elements make the difference between Casual and Smart Casual? Can smart casual be worn in most of casual …

Nearing 60 what can I wear instead of jeans 
I am a plus size 22-24 women 5'8'' in my late 50s my hair is white -- I am allergic to hair dye so can't change the colour -- I stay at home a lot and …

Do dresses go out of style? 
I am cleaning out my closet. I have mid-calf dresses and skirts that are still in great condition. Are they still in style? Jane’s answer... Great …

How to find comfortable, extra wide, high heel shoes? 
Hi Jane, I have a question about shoes. I'm a neat hourglass, with long body and short legs and I'm 164 cm tall. I absolutely love high heels but most …

How can I make a "wrong" colour work? 
Hi Jane! I really like what you do and how you do it, so I thought maybe I could ask this to you. I am a deep autumn: dark brown hair and eyes, …

Not usual pear shape 
I am not an apple or a pear shape. Very small up top with small breasts. Large in hips and thighs = Pear shape but I don't have small waist or a flat …

Clothes to suit sway back and saddlebag thighs 
I think I have a bit of an unusual body shape and it seems that no matter what I wear nothing looks right. I have "dips" in my hips so when I wear jeans …

Dresses for pear shape body with love handles 
Hey, firstly reaallly liked your website. I have doubts regarding dresses and other clothes I should be wearing since I have a pear-shaped body type …

Tying Scarves 
How do i drape a scarf around the neck to look unstructured? Jane's answer... I love wearing scarves. I'll often wear a scarf in place of a necklace. …

How do I choose a summer handbag? 
I am a cool summer and tend to wear soft blues, blue-greens, greys and rose pinks when the weather is warmer, teamed with white or denim. I always have …

Wardrobe organization and coordination 
Here are two helps I've found for my new coordinated look... The first is, I live in a tiny flat and have no wardrobe. Instead I have one of these …

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How to create a wardrobe of casual clothes in my colors? 
Dear Jane - got the color book yesterday. Thank you! I love the colors and look forward to the day I'll open my cupboard doors and look into this beautiful …

How do I dress my age without looking frumpy? 
I am about to turn 62 and until now have got away with looking and dressing much younger. However, my clothes and hair suddenly look too 'girly'. I am …

How can I create a seasonless wardrobe? 
I love your website! I live in warm, southern California, coastal region. I am recently retired and determined to pare down the closet clutter and …

Petite clothing stores in Sydney? 
I am a petite 158cm (5' 2") and typically an Australian size 8. Can you recommend any petite clothing stores in Sydney? Many thanks, Karen. Jane's …

Mother of the bride 
Hi, I'm 48 and about to be mother-of-the-bride. (Semi-formal dress required.) I'm 162cm (5ft4), 52kgs. Body shape is rectangle with a bit of a waist, …

makeover for my brother 
Hey guys ;) (sry for the mistakes -> come from germany) I don't know where to ask my question so I will ask you. I am 16years old and my brother is …

Hair colour for Winter complexion 
My question is for Winter Complexion hair colours. I was told years ago that Winter complexion should not put red in their hair but more a blue black or …

what to wear in your 60s 
I am 63, and don't buy many clothes, but I am always kind of confused on what to wear for my age group. I have always paid attention to style fashions …

Tapered vs Skinny Pants 
What is the difference between skinny jeans and tapered jeans? My eStyle results said I should not wear skinny pants or jeans. I have 3 pairs and I …

Fashion tips for huge broad shoulders?? 
I would like to know what kind of styles would match my body type. I have REALLY broad shoulders, and the rest is all skinny. Im 5'7. Which styles wouldn't …

How do I style curly hair? 
I have similar hair to yours and would love to know what products you use and how you style your hair. I feel I have no control over how my hair looks …

Fashion Trends Versus What People Wear 
You are a wealth of information and I am so enjoying reading through all the newsletters and articles. In your article on fashion trends for North …

What kind of casual clothing should I be buying to suit my petite frame? 
I am 5ft 150 lbs, petite, and need a new wardrobe badly. Please tell me what should I buy for casual clothing that will look best on me? My measurements …

How to Prevent My Style Becoming Boring 
How do I go about sticking to personal style without becoming boring? Over the past few years I have developed some rules about how I dress and am pretty …

Hourglass figure with baby belly 
I have an hour glass figure but also the baby belly! Spanx only goes so far, so how to wear a skirt or dress and camoflage? What can be done to lessen …

Tall womens clothes? 
I'm an 18 yr old girl. Almost 6 feet Tall ( longer legs and short torso), with large: (muscled) shoulders, bust, upper thighs, hips, and a small head …

What to Wear to Evening Wedding? 
I'm going to my step niece's wedding (her grandmother married my father). It's end of June at 5:30pm reception at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Wash, DC. Dress …

Shorts for long-legged woman? 
Thanks for a great site. I have a question to ask: I am very tall (almost 6 feet/180 cm), slim, short-waisted and I have very long and - almost - skinny …

Not your usual pear shape Not rated yet
First of all, I'm 60 years old. Dressing my body shape has always been a challenge for me, & even more so now, since I'm larger, but not plus size. …

Is feminine style limited to small and short women? Not rated yet
My style is feminine elegant. I am 5ft 7ins tall. Why are feminine women always supposed to be small/short? Any sites about style on the web say feminine …

How to dress clothes down and up? Not rated yet
Julie, one of the lovely students in my recent online style program, has worked out the set of words she wants to use to represent her style. They are: …

Closet Refresh - In w/the New; Out w/the Old. (Yikes!) Not rated yet
Hi Jane. I am 60, 5'9", 170 lb and have spent the last year gradually aligning my new, age-appropriate, clothing purchases to my season (spring) and post-menopausal …

60 Too Old for Halter Neck? Not rated yet
Example of halter neck top. Image courtesy David Jones I am 60 years old and very petite. I am always told that I look very young. Halter necklines …

How coloring changes with age Not rated yet
LOVE the blog! Would you please address how a person's colors change when she stops dying her hair? I started going white in my twenties and dyed my …

Is it age appropriate at 54 to wear young styles? Not rated yet
Age 54, 5 ft 8 in, 110 lbs. People tell me to not lose even one pound, but I think that I look good, and don't want to be heavy. Men hit on me from every …

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I hate 'my' colours.... what to do? Not rated yet
I got my colours read at a face to face session and I hate them. They are exactly the opposite of what I would normally wear. I like bold and bright and …

Colors Not rated yet
Can Autumn wear certain Spring colors? Jane's answer... Peggy, what a great question! I'm assuming you've been color-coded as an Autumn? If so, …

What not to wear when top heavy and 65yrs old? Not rated yet
What not to wear when you're top heavy and 65yrs old? I always seem to look fat with having a large bust no matter what I wear. My problem is I have …

Where is the top of your skirt supposed to sit? Not rated yet
Where is the top of your skirt supposed to sit? At the the narrowest part, at the belly button, or at the top of the hip bones? More specifically …

What length leggings should I wear? Not rated yet
Hi again Jane, I have a couple of summer dresses that are the right colour and shape, but are a bit shorter than I want to wear these days. (I'm in …

64 overweight and short will ankle length skirt look ok? Not rated yet
I am 64, 5' 1" tall and overweight. I need a new look not only clothes, but hair and makeup. Most of my weight is around the middle how can I make this …

Dressing modern for apple shape with large bust Not rated yet
I am 62 years old and stuck in jeans and boxy blouses, which makes me look as if I have no legs and a fullback shape on top. I don't know where to start. …

What to wear to school dinner dance Not rated yet
My school is going on a trip to Hershey, PA, this Spring and we are going to have a dinner dance in the evening. I was wondering what I should wear. I'm …

Oversized pear shape Not rated yet
I am 5'3", pear/apple shape and I weigh 188 pounds. I was a pear shape when I was young with large thighs and saddlebags, tiny waist and bra size C34. …

Appropriate dress length for evening wedding? Not rated yet
I'm attending a wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando in November. It's an evening wedding and I am not sure if I should wear a long dress or a cocktail …

Bright Skinny Pants!! Not rated yet
I have a very simple yet confusing question. Hope you'll be able to answer. The thing is I recently bought "mid-night blue skinny pants" (I don't know …

What to wear to look good? Not rated yet
The "what to wear" questions below are simply too general, or too broad, for me to answer individually. However, I thought it might be useful to group …

Question about the online estyle portfolio  Not rated yet
I am considering buying your e style product but would like to know if the illustrations will be in my colour palette as well as my body shape. I am a …

Meaning of High Waisted and Low Waisted? Not rated yet
What do high waisted and low waisted mean? Jane's answer... This is a good question, especially as, if you're in your 30s, or younger, you typically …

I'm 17 how do I dress my hourglass body shape? Not rated yet
I'm 17 and I don't know how to dress my body shape like my other friends. I really need some help. My body shape is: big breasts, muffin top, big thighs, …

How to tackle big breasts and a tummy? Not rated yet
I feel that my breasts are big and I want to tone them down. I also have a muffin top (tummy) that I want to conceal. To top it all, I don't have an ass …

Do figure types refer to age? Not rated yet
The size you are matches your age? Jane's answer... Now there's a question I haven't been asked before! Thank you! No, body types are not directly …

Dark colour tights lighter shoes? Not rated yet
Is it acceptable to wear dark colour tights and lighter coloured shoes? I have just bought a lovely navy silk dress with beige coloured spots. As the …

Is this outfit suitable for a wedding? Not rated yet
Can I wear a lovely white pantsuit (wide leg pants with short fitted jacket) with a gorgeous silk blouse to a wedding? Wedding is at 6pm on a Saturday …

Finding the right shops and designers for my style Not rated yet
What if you know what suits you in style, colour and shape but have no idea where to buy it? What I want is to find the one or two designers that cater …

What to wear as light spring with oval body shape? Not rated yet
I am a Light Spring, but my body is Oval, and I have long legs/short torso. Color analysis says wear light colors, body shape says wear dark colors. When …

What do older women wear in summer? Not rated yet
I never know what to wear to be cool and comfortable yet age appropriate (young looking 60s) in summer. Knee-length shorts recommended in style guides …

What about hats? Not rated yet
Straw Cloche Hat I'm wanting to get into hats, and am wondering are their different style hats that better suit different face shapes? What …

How can I dress classy at school Not rated yet
I've always admired Audrey Hepburn and the look of "old money". I'm in high school and was wondering how I could dress classy easily but still look modern. …

How do you hide a rounded belly? Not rated yet
How do you hide a rounded belly? Jane's answer... Many women have a stomach that's more prominent than we'd like, no matter what our horizontal or …

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Wearing white Not rated yet
On a Melbourne Cup TV fashion interview I heard there were rules for wearing white before a certain month. What month??? Do the four seasons change on …

How to work out best wedding dress styles? Not rated yet
Hi Jane, thanks for your mail about the estyle program - you'll be pleased to hear the technical glitches sorted themselves out, so we've guessed it was …

appropriate clothing for son's wedding Not rated yet
Hi jane my son is getting married in july and i am not sure what is appropriate for the grooms mother to wear The wedding ceremony will be in the morning …

What to wear as young mum Not rated yet
I've asked this through the questionnaire that I just filled in for you however, I thought it might be a better idea to post this question here. I am …

Bright Blouses Not rated yet
Hi Jane, As always I enjoy reading your style snippets. But I have another question. I'm 5-9 and a plus-size, apple-shaped lady in her 60's. I love bright …

What to wear for valedictory dinner? Not rated yet
Hey your website is very interesting and it has been helpful. I am 17 and have a valedictory dinner coming up soon. It's a semi formal dinner. I have more …

How to create a wardrobe Not rated yet
How can I create a year round wardrobe for So. Cal. living? Jane's answer... Hi Pat. You first need a good understanding of the colors and styles …

Casual wear for short woman Not rated yet
my height is 5.2,can u suggest some dressing tips for casuals that short people can carry off well.. regards Disha Jane's answer... Hi Disha. …

Evening wear for a 44 year old Not rated yet
I am attending a very formal function. Should I wear a long gown? what style or colours are in? I have a nice proportioned figure, but only 5 foot tall. …

What to wear to a wedding? Not rated yet
I have a wedding in Canada on Sept 5th and I am the youngest sister in law whose nick name is our little top model. I am a black or brown african, modern …

What would be my best look? Not rated yet
I'm trying to figure out what exactly my best overall look would be, I am very short, only standing at 5' 4", and believe I have an oval body shape and …

V-neck with my heart shaped face? Not rated yet
Recently eveyone I know has said to me stop wearing V-necks: Your face is thin and angular a V-Neck "draws me down" is this true? I have black hair, …

Is this slutty or fashionable? Not rated yet
I am 5’7” about 170 pounds, and i am 17. I have a vertical balanced body with the horizontal hourglass and a circular face. I have a bit of a pudgy lower …

Visiting Southern Australia 4/30 thru 5/5 Not rated yet
HELP! I live in the US where it's Spring time during my Aussie visit. I have no idea of the seasons fashion trends during my visiting time. Thanks …

What clothes should i wear to make myself look good? Not rated yet
i am in a wheelchair and have been all of my life, i am perfectly able except i cannot walk. i am a petite woman with an inverted triangle body, i have …

wardrobe Not rated yet
Can't decide what clothes to keep or throw. Jane's answer... The short answer is: keep the clothes that... Fit well Flatter your body shape …

Long-torso or balanced-torso and skinny jeans? Not rated yet
Can girls with a long-torso or balanced-torso wear skinny jeans? :) Jane's answer... The short answer is that a girl (or boy, for that matter) with …

what should i be wearing? Not rated yet
I am 31 slim, short. HAVENT GOT A CLUE! Jane's answer... Hi Wendy. At your age and being slim you have many options available to you! Although, being …

Balanced and hourglass which style to go with. Not rated yet
I am 5ft 4 have a balanced body and an hourglass shape , one says to elongate your shape the other says to define your waist but does that not cut me …

Can Thin People Wear Wide Belts? Not rated yet
Hi, I have purchased your Style ePortfolio software which I love just haven’t had much time recently to review it again, but I have a query about belts? …

What Hairstyles for Casual Outfits? Not rated yet
I am small faced 19yr old girl with a small body can you suggest me hair styles for casual outfits eg jeans, dresses , tops... Jane's answer... Hi …

I'm over 50 can I wear leggings? Not rated yet
... and if so how? Jane's answer... There was a great blog on this subject, but I can't find it now (I think the owner may be moving it), it was all …

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