5 Fashion Fireworks for July Fourth

I live in suburbia — home to barbecues and book clubs, malls and multiplexes, country clubs, cul-de-sacs and Costcos the size of Connecticut. The occupants of those precincts will be out in force this Saturday, as SUVs all over town disgorge 50-plus types eager to communally celebrate our national birthday. (Cause to feel festive: We’re only 239 years old!) Whether you’re an empty nester, a “Glam-ma” or a dating divorcee rocking ankle tattoos, statement glasses and a monster-size handbag, you …

Here Comes the Bride — What, Again?!

Getting married for the second or third time at 50, we shimmy down the aisle with attitude. Farewell, big white fairy-tale gowns! So long, uptight updos — and any and all rules about what’s “appropriate.” I tied knot No. 3 at Town Hall in a silver-sequined pencil skirt and an ivory cashmere top. It was June 2005, and I was doing everything in my power to ignore a major makeup meltdown and some industrial-strength hot flashes in progress. (It was …

5 Ways Better Posture Can Brighten Your Day

Grandma used to nag at me to straighten up my spine To act respectful and read good books To take care of what was mine” Carly Simon may have resented the advice her grandmother gave her in “The Carter Family”  (one of my favorite tunes), but her gran was correct on all counts — especially the one about standing up straight. Good posture improves your mood, your health — even how well your clothes fit. Slouching, by contrast, makes you …

How to Build a Better Dad

Three marriages — and lots of “empirical dating research” in between — have led me to a conclusion or two about men. OK, make that five conclusions. Not about men in general, but about 50-plus fathers in particular, whom I’ve taxonomized below. With the approach of Father’s Day on June 21— the year’s best opportunity for you to help any pater in your familias deal with age, weight and vanity issues — it’s time to leave the socks-and-tie gifts behind …

Frenchwomen Don’t Wear Granny Panties

Bloomers are booming—and I’m flipping out. I’m talking about those “big girl” panties we traded for lower-cut bikini undies way back in junior high school, before The Cult of the Thong began its cheeky brainwashing campaign. Having just returned from Paris, where a lingerie shop seems to nestle next to every patisserie, I can assure you that no grownup Frenchwoman (unless she’s a dancer at the Moulin Rouge) would be caught dead in a thong or a V-string. Instead, Frenchwomen …

Hot Shoes to Make You Look Cool This Summer

It’s time to kick off those wintry black booties and fuzzy Uggs and put a little spring — OK, summer — in your step! Unless you live below the 35th parallel, last winter was cold, wet, dreary and long, making us extra eager to shed our heavy clothing and lighten up. Now that we’ve celebrated Memorial Day — the official start of Fashion Summer — a great place to begin your seasonal transition is with your own two feet. Before …