Newsletter: Issue #038 November 2012

Style Snippets

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Jane's Jottings

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This month, more answers to your questions.

If you're in your 50s and beyond and find it challenging knowing what to wear, you're not alone, see my Grown Up Style jotting.

If you're in Sydney, or will be on 5th December, don't forget to book now for my "Discover Your Personal Style Workshop".  It'll be a fun and informative day identifying and implementing your personal style.

Enjoy this month's Style Snippets. Until next month, all the best


PS I always welcome your feedback, so please contact me with anything you'd like to see either on the website or in this newsletter (reply to this email or use the Contact Me link below).

Grown Up Style

I'm often asked for help by women 50 years and older who no longer know what they should be wearing.

I attended a webinar for image consultants recently, "Grown Up Style", run by the lovely Sue Donnelly. It was a great session. Mostly it simply reinforced what I already knew about the topic.

What I found most interesting about the webinar was the part where Sue showed us a series of photos of the same woman, most probably in her 50s, dressed in different outfits and asked us to comment on each photo. The photos were presented in groups of 3s, with 1 outfit representing too young, another too old and the other just right.

It was fascinating because while in some outfits the woman was clearly dressed inappropriately (either too old, or too young). There were also photos where it wasn't so obvious, or where we didn't all agree, or where, with just a small tweak, the outfit could be made to work. This brought it home to me why women  can find it so challenging to dress appropriately. 

I saw a woman in a shopping center earlier this week who had on a lovely, funky, spaghetti-straped zebra-patterned dress. With lovely mid-height heels in this season's strappy, high vamp-style. She had 2 young children with her. My immediate though was that she was the mother of the 2 children, but looking higher at her face, hair and skin, I realized she was their grandmother. 

She was maybe in her late 50s, or early 60s. She clearly took care of herself -- she looked toned and fit, with her white hair in a nice medium length modern cut, that was both appropriate and funky (clearly reflecting her personality). However,  the spaghetti-straped dress looked as if it should be on her daughter. 

She might have pulled the look off by wearing a light jacket, modern cardigan, or shrug, over the dress, to cover the slightly crepey skin on her upper arms and neck area. Instead the overall impression I had was of a woman who had not come to terms with her age. She looked slightly ridiculous.

> Read more on how to dress for your age

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Jane's Jottings
Your Questions Answered
Product & Service Updates
Tell Your Friends

Style Snippets Back Issues
  fundamentals of style
Understand and wear your best colors

Know your body shape and proportions

Dress to flatter your shape
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Your Questions Answered

Each month I pick 1-3 questions I've been asked that I think other readers will be interested in and publish them here. You can ask me questions or share your style story either directly on my website or through my contact me form.

Q: How do I drape a scarf to look unstructured?

A:  This question was asked in August 2011, I remember it coming in and thinking what a great question. I can't believe it came in that long ago! Anyway, I'm finally getting around to answering it.

>> Read my answer...

Q: What to wear as oversized pear shape? by Marle

A:  It sounds as if Marle used to have a pear shape body, but now thinks she might be an apple shape. She asks some great specific questions about what might work for her shape.

>> Read my answer...


Product and Service Updates

Discover Your Personal Style Workshop

Are you stuck in a style rut? Bored with your look?

This workshop is for you if you no longer know (or never knew) what your clothing and accessorising style is.

In this fun, interactive day I'll guide you through a powerful process to uncover and define your personal style.

This workshop will get you out of your style rut, help you create an inspirational wardrobe and have you loving your look!

>> For more details and to book

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