style after 50

Woman With Gifts - Frantic Holiday
’Tis almost the season — of overreach, that is, when your already busy life gets even busier.
Dress shopping
To achieve an ageless look, here are five basic items every age-40-plus fashionista should keep in her closet all year long: white T-shirts, dar k straight-leg jeans, a classic navy blazer, a wrap dress and a go-to LBD (little black dress).
Fashion should be fun, not frustrating. And it should definitely not be frumpy.
mother and daughter
After 50, certain styles you once threw on with abandon should probably be abandoned.
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We are always looking out for the next 'new thing''-that one diet that will help us drop the pounds, or the skin cream with the latest anti-aging ingredient that promises to erase every wrinkle-instead of just taking some good, simple advice about what really works (and what doesn't). And this is especially true of one of the easiest things to fix: what we wear.
Where did those extra pounds come from? This is the question of the month as millions of women 50+ shop for new jeans. Goodbye camouflaging layers, cozy carbs, festive cocktails, holiday desserts and SAD ( Seasonal Affective Disorder). Hello muffin tops, flab and a belly that wasn't there last time we checked. Common sense (and the daily media surge of diet and exercise warnings) says get your booty to the gym and start eating  healthy again because the warm weather won't melt fat. Besides we still have pound-packing issues like insomnia, stress, a sloth-like metabolism and ice cream all year round. We're not alone. Even celebs our age in enviable shape like Christie Brinkley, 59, Sharon Stone, 55, Julianne Moore, 52 and Demi Moore, 50, use fashion tricks to look slimmer, sexier and more self-confident in their jeans. Learn how they do it with these three tips! Then, DIY:
Frazzled woman
When I interviewed Diane von Furstenberg for my book, The Best of Everything After 50, one of the best pieces of advice she gave me was this: don't waste time and money by shopping for clothes on your own. Get help! Make a terrific 'personal shopper' your new best friend.
I learned something new recently: we're born with a certain shape. Sure, we can go up and down in size, but the basic silhouette seems to stick. Somewhere along the line, some clever soul decided that those of us with a little more in the middle could be compared with an "apple" or those with a bottom that's, shall we say, overly endowed, a "pear." For sure we want to try to maintain a healthy weight, especially as we get older, but one of the greatest gifts we could give ourselves is to embrace and celebrate our bodies for what they are, instead of trying to look like some media's idea of the "ideal body." The other thing I learned was this: instead of trying to fix my body, why not just make a few simple style choices that will enhance my post-50 curves?
How do you balance looking hot but sophisticated? Ageless and yet age appropriate? Edgy but not easy? We do like to blur the boundaries but we also like a dose of taste and tact too. This is why animal prints are our idea of a sexy, youthful wardrobe "neutral."  They're our generation's plaid. Back in the 60's, Ann Bancroft seduced a preppy Dustin Hoffman in leopard in "The Graduate," Bond-girl Ursula Andress wore a leopard coat and boots, and Dylan sang about a leopard hat on his Blonde on Blonde album. We never got over it. Neither did celebs like Kris Jenner, Lisa Rinna, Madonna, Wendy Williams and Jane Fonda who make style look like an adventure. Here's how to make a wild fabrics work for you:
Wednesday nights are hotter and even more stylish. TVLand's Hot in Cleveland is back for a fourth season with its cast even more sizzling than before. Enter Lori Eskowitz, the costume wizard behind the great wardrobes worn by the sitcom's leading ladies, pictured above -Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and AARP ambassador Betty White. I recently had the delight of chatting with Lori about her work with these funny ladies.
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