Hemlines That Flaunt and Flatter

I lead a double life. My grounded suburban self — kids, grandkids, malls and all — saves me from making the sort of mistakes that my fashion-editor self might easily commit if I allowed myself to fall for every new trend that trots down a runway. Take this year’s hemline hash, for example: Mid-calf skirts and below-the-knee lengths are the next big thing? Not for me, honey! Popular games, new recipes, movie reviews — AARP Leisure Newsletter » Fortunately, today’s retailers …

Gray Hair Is Gorgeous!

Once upon a time, I was a blondaholic. These days, however, my role models are all silver-haired beauties: I long to look like Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones or Storm from X-Men, or Julianne Moore as President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games. What’s behind my shifting loyalty? Partly I blame the “moonlit manes” that have been popping up all over Pinterest. True, some of these silver foxes may have achieved their signature look thanks to wigs (or extensions or …

Girl Meets Guy Meets Glam

Gender-blending is nothing new for older women: Tailored pantsuits? Been there. Boyfriend jackets? Done those. These days, when an age-50-plus woman is not wearing a dress, you’re apt to find her in leggings or jeans, accented by a boyish leather motorcycle jacket or baseball cap. This fall, the spotlight on LGBT rights will inspire even more “Girl Meets Guy Meets Glam” fashion. If you’re thinking of shaking up your closet, here’s how: If you love a good blazer. Remember when …

50+ Celebs: Just Like You and Me(ish!)

Stop turning green when you look at photos of famous people! They have the same — OK, almost the same — body flaws, sun-damaged skin, skimpy hair and anxieties about looking good that we do. And who am I to talk? Well, from 1997 to 2008 I served as the beauty and fashion director of MORE magazine, a gig that introduced me to a British supermodel world-famous for her stick figure in the 1960s. Now it was 1999, the global …

The ‘I Hate My Legs’ Guide to Summer Styles

Peel off my skinny jeans and you’ll find some colorful secrets: blue ropy veins, red spider capillaries and brown spots. (As for those wobbly inner thighs that even my killer spin classes can’t seem to firm up, let’s not go there.) Every morning when I open my closet, my summer dresses glare at me accusingly from their hangers. And I’m still not ready to discuss wearing shorts — although I have to say the new cut-off Bermuda-length jeans do beckon. …

Don’t Rain on My Prada!

I remember Woodstock even though I was there. Still, I have no plans to mosh my way through any rain-soaked music festivals this summer. Instead, all I want for May Day is a watertight beauty-and-style plan. Why’s that? Because, according to the Farmers’ Almanac, we’ll be needing a rain check or three for the hot, humid months stretching ahead. If you’re like me — wondering, that is, how to prepare for “air you can wear” — consider these four protective …