The New Black: Blue and Pink?!

And the award for color of the year goes to … rose quartz and serenity?!? When the Pantone Color Institute announced last week that those two hues — a pale pink and a light blue — would be 2016’s colors of the year, my reaction quickly morphed from snark to acceptance. The snark: Frankly, my dear, my closet and I are not about to pivot from confident neutrals to passive pastels. Get discounts on prescriptions, health exams, eye care and …

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 …

Our 7 Biggest Fashion Mistakes

Mistake 1: Believing you are too old or fat to wear trendy clothes. I call them “retro addicts”: women who buy and wear the same stuff over and over again, mistakenly convinced it’s possible to age out of new fashion trends. Try telling that to Iris Apfel! Mistake 2: Still wanting to “paint it black.” Give black a break, already! Navy blue, coffee brown, inky plum, maroon and charcoal gray all perform the same sort of slim-and-trim tricks. You can …

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 …

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 …

Need a New Swimsuit? (I Do!)

Every summer my postmenopausal body and I play a little game I like to call Find the Swimsuit: I want one that will make me feel as sexy as Madonna looks. My body wants one that will make me look as confident as Madonna feels. We agree to disagree, then battle it out in the fitting room. No selfies are sent to chums for opinion polls. No bossy saleswomen are admitted. No fat- or age-shaming is allowed. Eventually, we find …