Wear a 1970s Look — at 50

What makes us orgasmically nostalgic — or is it nostalgically orgasmic? — whenever an oldie but goodie pops up as a “new” trend? This whole 1970s bohemian thing, for example: It gets my bateau bobbing because I’m still 35 — and holding! — in the fashion part of my brain. Are you concerned that a ’70s look might not be “age-appropriate” for you? Well, get over it, sez I, and then get on board: Staying relevant and looking contemporary may …

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 …

5 Ways to Dress Up Your Neck This Fall

Other than you-know-what, nothing makes a woman’s face glow brighter than something lovely at her neckline. And if you happen to be amply endowed — either at your chest or at your middle — a collarbone distraction will draw the viewer’s gaze up toward your smiling face. Sure, a glamorous statement necklace is always in vogue. But let’s look at five other ways to turn a ho-hum outfit into a chic ensemble simply by sitting something cool at your clavicle. …

Who Can Resist a Sexy Black Shoe?

Three of my favorite fashion muses — Cinderella, Dorothy Gale and Carrie Bradshaw — taught me it’s all about the shoes. Here are four reasons why they were so-o-o right: 1. No matter my age or weight, shoe size is never an issue. 2. I may never wear a plunging neckline again, but toe cleavage? Always! 3. New shoes update my old togs without the need for a single additional purchase. 4. Shopping for shoes is a feel-good high — …

The Fanny Pack — No Laughing! — Is Back

When the fanny pack was introduced to American consumers in 1988, AdWeek hailed it as “the hottest product of the year.” From there to laughingstock, alas, was a short slide. But now the fanny pack is back — would someone ple-e-ease come up with a less-goobery-sounding name than that? — and this time it’s got both edge and sophistication. You can now have the function, ease and style of a small bag at your waist without feeling like a cluelessly …

5 Steps to Cure Binge-and-Purge Shopping Disorder

I once had a dirty little secret. No, it wasn’t an online flirtation, a crush on actor Mark Rylance (that’s common knowledge) or a tendency for midnight fridge raids. It was a brief problem with BPSD, aka Binge-and-Purge Shopping Disorder, and it’s why online retailers such as Amazon, Target, Sephora and Beauty.com are such a success. Women 50 and older are the biggest buyers of online beauty and fashion. Buy, try, return, repeat is a familiar but addictive habit. The revolving door …