posted by Jo Frances on December 27, 2012 10:04 pm
Oooh boy, do I agree with this recommendation! Tall boots never fail. You can wear them with a slim maxi skirt, or tuck jeans or leggings into them---they don't just make a look, they ARE the look.
Which means that I have to be really picky about the boots I buy. Everyone notices the boots you're wearing, so the heels can't be too high, or too low; they can't be too pointy or rounded, and you can't have too many buckles or straps on them because instead of just wearing "boots", you're wearing those-pointy-boots-with-all-those-buckles. And everyone in the office remembers you wore them last Tuesday. Anyway, I guess the word I'm looking for is...neutral. If your budget and closet allows, you can go crazy with low, high and over the knee boots. But for closet basics, I'd get just two: a black one and a cognac or caramel colored pair with a two inch heel.
posted by Jo Frances on October 21, 2012 8:26 am
It's time to start thinking about the holidays...as in what am I going to wear, and what shoes will go with it?
Black has always been a stand-by, but unless you're wearing a black dress, it can look...old. Meanwhile, conventional (fashion) wisdom says that matching your shoes to your purse to your dress is a huge fashion don't. But adding color to your outfit through shoes is a big fashion do---think contrast or colors in the same color family.
For tips on pairing, look at pictures of actresses at the Oscars or the Golden Globes. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions. (Most of the shoes come in other colors, including neutrals, so if you find a style you like, click through for other options.)
posted by Jo Frances on July 6, 2012 12:53 pm
Look cool, stay cool with loose tops in heat deflecting white:
posted by Jo Frances on June 16, 2012 7:42 am
Two strong looks meet in the middle: Floral prints tones down red's overt sexiness, while red keeps flower prints from looking too girly-sweet.
posted by Jo Frances on June 14, 2012 7:41 am
Combining two trends into one skirt, this style is an easy way to update your wardrobe:
posted by Jo Frances on June 13, 2012 2:32 pm
Here are some suggestions to wear with yesterday's khaki shorts:
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posted by Jo Frances on June 12, 2012 8:57 am
The search for a "perfect" pair of weekend shorts starts with a 9 inch inseam. I think a longer length is too formal, and anything shorter looks junior. (Although a quick look at pictures of Hollywood celebrities over 40 shows me that anyone who is a size two can wear any length they want!)
This pair from J. Crew is cut a little lower (I'm a big fan of a mid rise in jeans, but strangely enough, a mid rise in shorts looks matronly) and also comes in a variety of colors:
posted by Jo Frances on May 28, 2012 9:31 am
Most of us still remember the old rule of matching our shoes to our purses. (Which may explain the enduring popularity of black purses...) These days, however, coordinating an outfit by pairing similar styles, seasons and textures is the norm. Color is still important, but the goal is to choose colors that are complimentary instead of exact.
posted by Jo Frances on May 15, 2012 6:48 am
One of the things that can age a woman is wearing a style silhouette that is dated. Nothing says "my best style years were in the 90s" than a closetful of boot cut jeans with no variation. A skinny fitted pant in a bright color may seem like going to the other extreme, but sometimes we all need a nudge towards the middle...and comfortable tunic tops may just be the incentive.