All about “Readers” from an Eyewear Pro

Ready-made reading glasses, or “readers,” have become a favorite impulse buy for women age 50-plus. They make us look cooler, smarter and sexier without once subjecting us to the latest diet fad or clothing trend. So … what’s not to love? Headaches or eye strain, for starters — the too-frequent result of picking readers unsuited to our vision needs. >> 23 Fabulous and Famous Grandmas Painfully aware that not all readers live up to our expectations, I asked specs maven Jane …

Closet Clearing 101: Keep This, Not That

To achieve an ageless look, here are five basic items every age-40-plus fashionista should keep in her closet all year long: white T-shirts, dark straight-leg jeans, a classic navy blazer, a wrap dress and a go-to LBD (little black dress). Having these on hand helps you create a timeless foundation. You can then build on this with trendy pieces from each new season, such as two of this year’s favorite items (so far!): animal-print scarves and slouchy slacks. Anytime you add …

Power Color of the Month? Pink!

It may not be your favorite color. But won’t you consider wearing something pink — the color of health and hope — to get the word out that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Watching breast-cancer survivor Hoda Kotb’s recent interview with Joan Lunden, who was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer last June, reset my heart to January 2012, when I lost my dear best friend, Charla Krupp, to the disease. Indeed, every woman I know says her life has …

Has the Hourglass Figure Run Out of Time?

Ladies, are we going from zaftig to zeppelin? According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the waist size of the average American woman grew almost two inches — from just over 36 to nearly 38 — from 1999 to 2012. Making the trend especially curious, the study authors noted, is the fact that abdominal obesity — which jumped from 46.4 percent of the population in 1999 to 54.2 percent in 2012 — keeps getting …

Best Way to Handle Menopause? Eye Makeup!

Wasn’t there a cool babe in this mirror just a week ago? My hormones are out of whack. I’m tired, stressed out and cranky about aging. But then I put on my eye makeup, and it kicks my bad mood to the curb. In five minutes I feel and look 10 times hipper and sexier — like a blond version, I like to think, of Charlotte Rampling (right), who at 68 is the new face of NARS cosmetics. >> Too Old …

The Confidence Collapse: Don’t Let It Happen to You

Ladies, are we undergoing some sort of collective “confidence collapse”? Maybe you’ve noticed what I have lately: So many grownup women — in meetings, on the street, wherever — hold their bodies in a way that fails to exude the confidence of their experience. It’s not our words but our body language: Too many of us seem to make ourselves smaller when speaking, as though we’re trying to fade into the background. What’s behind this loss of self-assurance? Any person, …