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Wear a 1970s Look — at 50
By Lois Joy Johnson, April 25, 2017 11:52 AM
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 require you to look a little “new,” but who doesn’t want that?
Want to test your way into the look? Let me list five action items that will make you feel like Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Ali McGraw, all rolled into one:
Look for a higher rise that hits your natural waist (also handy for tucking in your tummy and any muffin tops). The hems should just barely skim the ground. But there’s the rub: To be flattering and leg-lengthening, flares must be paired with higher shoes (see below). Try something like Madewell Flea Market Flares in Carl Wash.
Add stacked heels. Sorry, girlfriends: Wedges may be comfy, but they are so-o-o not sexy. Stacked heels are, however — plus they provide the same sturdy support and height without that bulky “clodhopper” look.
Just don’t go too far (I beg of you!) and get platforms; single-sole stacks are chic not clunky, and they work with all types of jeans — flares, skinnies and boyfriend — as well as with ankle-cropped pants and dresses. Take care, though, to avoid ankle-strap versions that shorten your legs or make your ankles swell. Try any of these or similar: Steve Madden Confdnce (were those pesky vowels cramping their style?!), Rockport Seven to 7 75mm Cross-Strap Sandal or Seychelles Lyra.
Here’s an item to pass up, though: Those hippie-dippie ankle-length maxidresses! Consider, for example: Zara Tie Belt Midiskirt or Uniqlo IDLF Georgette Print Skirt.
Look for UV protection, of course. And steer clear of oversize, thick round frames. Sure, they make a statement, but it’s the wrong one! Eyewear candidates inlcude: Ray-Ban 3447 Round Metal Polarized or Giorgio Armani at Sunglass Hut.
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Don’t fall for the old bohemian blouse this time around: Its floaty, baggy shape does our boobs and bods no favors at 50 and tends to come off as a little costumey at this point. The crisp lines of a tunic, by contrast, sharpen our silhouette in a forgiving way. Try, perhaps: Uniqlo Women Premium Linen Long-Sleeve Tunic or Eileen Fisher Band Collar Organic Linen Tunic.
For more beauty and style tips for women 50-plus, check out The Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age by a blogger you know well.
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