Shopping Secrets and Wardrobe Essentials
Fashion Philosophy and Style Smarts
In addition to finding sales associates and shopping venues that go the extra step, you can improve your shopping experience by doing a little investigation on your own. This means kissing a lot of toads (i.e., trying on many, many outfits) to find your fashion royalty. Just know that not all shopping advice is suitable for all sizes, shapes and styles.
The Art of the Curve
As much as I enjoy reading different takes on style, I’ve grown weary of magazines that tout super-inexpensive garments as “fashion wear” for women of a certain age. Mainstream women’s magazines often identify bargain-price wardrobe pieces that follow the trends of the day, but they fail to note that the styles are cut to enhance the figures of the young, the super-slim, and consumers who don’t mind having a disposable wardrobe that won’t stand up to time or laundering. Most one-size-fits-all fashion advice in women’s magazines just doesn’t fit – the style or the figure—of the mid-life woman with curves and jiggly bits. Those glossy style-spreads hyping discount store designs have little to offer fashion-conscious females who would nonetheless like a more modest hemline or covered sleeve or décolletage. A flash of flesh may be fierce…or felonious. When you’re seeking guidance on what looks good on real women, look beyond the newsstand.
Serious Shopping Sources
Blogs I encourage all of my curvy women readers, especially those who are often photographed or appear on-camera, to become faithful readers of the blog, In Bed With Sue. Photographer and blogger Sue Bryce has the best tips on how to look stellar in photographs. Other blogs I like for finding the right fit and fashions for ample bosoms, curvy figures and womanly lines include:
Fashionable women who would rather not dress like their teenage daughters should consider:
Whatever aspect of your figure you wish to maximize or minimize, there’s likely to be a blog that fits just right. Use Google’s Blog Search to find coverage of your shape and style concerns. Books To get a sense of the rules of what does – and doesn’t – work for women with realistic proportions and ample life experience, avail yourself of some books that let you hone in on how to accentuate the positive.
- 40 Over 40: 40 Things Every Woman Over 40 Needs to Know About Getting Dressed and Brenda’s Wardrobe Companion by Brenda Kinsel
- Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That’s Right For Your Body by Clinton Kelly and Stacey London
- Forever Cool: How To Achieve Ageless, Youthful and Modern Personal Style by Sherrie Mathieson
- Nothing to Wear by Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo
- Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible by Tim Gunn
- What Not To Wear For Every Occasion, What Not To Wear Part 2, and Body Shape Bible by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine
Geralin’s Gems: My Favorite Fashion Finds
Viewers often ask about my wardrobe choices, so I thought I’d share the names on the labels in some of my favorite wardrobe pieces.
For workout-wear, I like C9 by Champion from Target and Zella, available at Nordstrom. Whether you are tall and slender, apple- or pear-shaped, blessed with a bosom and a tiny waist, or have hips that just don’t quit, there are guidelines for finding styles that fit and designers who make fashions that flatter. Happy shopping! If you’d like to build a practical and elegant wardrobe that fits you and your life style perfectly check my Wardrobe Wisdom ebook here.