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The Best Fashion Advice I Ever Got

Barbara Grufferman with 'Gunther'

Barbara Grufferman and pal Gunther get ready to appear on the Today show.

Fashion should be fun, not frustrating. And it should definitely not be frumpy.

But once I hit my 50s, I started feeling confused about what I should – and shouldn’t – wear to look fresh, modern and confident.

In the course of researching The Best of Everything After 50, I had the opportunity to pick the brains of a group of fashion-savvy women, among them Diane von Furstenberg, Ginny Hilfiger (Tommy’s younger sister) and personal shoppers at Saks Fifth Avenue. Their combined expertise pointed me in some sound but stylish directions, and I wound up spending less money on more clothes. The best result from this informal clothing seminar? Almost all of the items I picked up can be worn together.

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Here are some pearls of style wisdom I gleaned from my fashion team:


Knowing I couldn’t spend a fortune to look fabulous, my style team suggested I look for items that are:


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Finally, a few tips born of personal experience:


Until next time, remember that we can’t control getting older, but we can control how we do it!

For more tips on living your best life, look inside The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts’ Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and Moreand subscribe to The Best of Everything After 50 video series on AARP’s YouTube Channel.

Photo: Howard Grufferman

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