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 want to look good on the village green, right? Here are five ways to exercise your right to be fashionable on July Fourth:
When you’re finished flying the flag, use a nurturing remover designed to whisk off tough glitter or gels while babying your nails with botanical oils. Try: Sally Hansen Gem Crush Nail Color in Cha-Ching! and Bling-tastic, Formula X Transformers Top Coat in Liberty or Glory or Cutex Spa Formula Polish Remover.
Do it in denim. Never mind what the French may say; denim is our nati
The best bet here is probably a straight, longer shift: It can be paired with flats or sandals with ease, and it gives you the option to add a belt or simply cut loose, leaving the Spanx at home and indulging in that strawberry shortcake. Try Asos Denim Longline T-Shirt Dress With Split or Eileen Fisher Sleeveless Button-Front Denim Dress.
Brighten your signature smile. Better-than-average teeth and an ingratiating smile are as American as Apple’s iPad. Help your whitening strips along with a souped-up toothpaste containing baking soda and peroxide, or microscopic blue polymers that temporarily bind to teeth, canceling out yellow tones. Then frame those pearly-whites with a cool lipstick in rose, pink, berry or blue-red.
And when it’s time to raise a birthday toast to our (relatively) young nation, opt for chardonnay, not merlot; red wine is a major teeth-stainer. (For the same reason, sip iced coffee through a straw.) You could try, for example: Luster Power White Deep Stain Eraser, Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant or Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White.
Flag your style. Old Glory has always provided fashion inspiration. But these days — and especially this week — it makes walking, driving, dancing or running in flats not only SC (Seasonally Correct) but also liberating for our bunions and hammertoes. Try: Old Navy Women’s Patterned Espadrilles or Toms Navy Freetown Star Women's Classics.
To read more of my beauty and style tips for women 50 and up, see my Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age.
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