Drew Barrymoore's outfit is perfect for a date night, or girls night out. To make the look your own, take tapered black pants, a metallic top and gray suede pumps. Add chandelier earrings, and you have a casual but dressy look.
Begin the slow transition from Winter to Spring clothes by pairing your dreary grays with a light blue top.
I love these jeans. They are just the right shade of dark blue, and the trouser cut makes them a little dressier than your typical pair of Levi's. The Limited is not typically a store where forty-plus women can find a lot of things (unlike J. Jill or White House) but these pants are worth a look.
Try the following combinations with these pants:
There are certain things I'm always on the lookout for, and a white blouse is probably #1 on that list. I love wearing white tops because they go with everything, and they always make whatever I'm wearing look more finished. This tunic top by Free People is the Swiss Army knife of white blouses. I can wear it untucked with leggings, capris and skinny jeans, and there is enough detail so it isn't boring. Like a swiss army knife, I will find a lot of ways to use this top!
What to wear with the Free People tunic:
Leather jackets are one of those clothing items that played such a big sartorial role in my past, it's hard to look at them in a 21st century way. As a child who watched The Fonz on "Happy Days", I still have an impulse to throw both thumbs up and mumble, "aaayyyyy" whenever I see a motorcyle jacket. Then, in the 80s, leather jackets were the domain of punk rock, Euro bands and skinny young men everywhere. Needless to say, now that I'm a mom in my 40s, I could no more see myself wearing a leather jacket for everyday wear than I could see myself rocking leg warmers and headbands at the yoga studio.
But, with some inspiration from younger celebrities like Blake Lively and Rachel Bilson wearing short leather jackets over floaty, feminine tops, I've found a way to update the tunics in my closet. I'm not quite ready to spend hundreds of dollars on this trend, so for now, I'm wading in with some affordable alternatives in faux.
After spending way too much time standing in front of my closet in the mornings trying to decide what to wear, I finally created a basic core of clothes. My list was three blouses, a sweater, a cardigan, khaki pants, black pants, and a black jacket. As long as these clothes: fit (I had to define this as something that fits today, not after a five pound weight loss) and were clean and pressed (something I would do on the weekend), I could always get dressed in five minutes. When I had more time, I could be more creative, mixing up these (admittedly) boring basics with the trendier things in my closet.
Here are a few staples from New York and Company. I'm featuring this store because they are reasonably priced, offer a wide range of sizes (0-18, tall and petite) and more importantly, they have a sale going on today, where you can get $40 off $90 (promo code 6359) or $20 off $50 (promo code 5139).
OK, I know these women are models. But for those of us who want to develop our own style, seeing how models put together their own outfits is worth a closer look.
(All photos courtesy of Craig Arend at Altamira.com)