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are normal length blazers out? what about jackets that length... also what about flare leg jeans? please help!

Wed. Oct 10, 4:35pm

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Way flare are back in. Barneys.com and look at the jeans there. Skinny jeans are still in but you don't look cutting edge, you're on the last wave of that trend.

High waisted are in but really only for people like Chloe seviengy. No one else can really pull it off, except maybe Kate Moss.

Normal blazers are fine, but many people, if they wear the legging concept go with longer blazers. IF you wear the way flare jeans, pick a blazer that's short and more fitting to accentuate the hourglass.

The rule is:

If you're old enough where you've already participated in the trend before, you can't do it. Meaning, if you already did the long sweater and legging thing in high school, you can't do it now.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 4:49 PM

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Normal-length blazers and jackets, and jeans with a slight flare (aka bootcut) are always safe, but never cutting-edge. An extreme flare makes a statement whenever you wear it.

I think just about any age can do the long sweater with leggings combo. Just be sure that what you're wearing flatters your figure and your appearance. While I could see my mom (who's 60) wearing a long sweater that appears well-made, and fully covers her tush, with a pair of leggings, I would think it'd be weird if she wore a denim mini skirt with the leggings underneath. I think it'd be weird if she wore the denim mini a couple of years ago w/o the leggings too.

If a store that caters to people your age does not carry particular styles, then perhaps you are too old or young to wear it. But almost anything sold at, say, the Gap is safe for most age ranges (I say almost, b/c the mini denim skirt may be sold there too).

Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 5:53 PM

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4:49 whoever you are, you have my admiration and respect. Good advice all around I would say. But there are some of us fabulous dahlings over 40 that CAN get away with wearing a fashion a second time around. Just have to be skinny enough and spend enough!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 5:53 PM

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5:53 Do you mean they have to have spent enough on face products/face lifts? I'm sorry, but anyone woman who is visibly over 40 looks terrible when trying to wear something that 20 year olds wear. Sure, it may look fine on her body, but it's lacking in taste or class. You don't have to resort to sweater sets and pearl necklaces, but you can always find age appropriate trendy stuff.

(personally I think tights look terrible on pretty much anyone, and prefer more classic stylish looks)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 7:16 PM

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hmmmm i see a fight coming about that last comment about 40, sweater sets and pearl neckaces.... is 40 the new 60?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 8:35 PM

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7:16 it's me, 5:53. I think we are not that far apart in our opinions. I agree that there are certain things that just look silly on older women. But I'm guessing that my list of no-no's is much shorter than yours. When you see an older woman dressing young is your only thought that she looks terrible? Do you never think, "hey she looks like she's still having fun with fashion"? Your comment about "lacking taste or class" is exactly why I say "spend more". Better quality materials and cuts exude class, even if the outfit is fashion forward.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 9:48 PM

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Older women cannot get away with the "cheap" fashionable clothes - i.e. most clothes you'll find at H&M (though the accessories still work), Forever 21, etc. But high-end stores that sell high-fashion items are not gearing their clothing towards people in their 20's - people in their 20's cannot afford their clothes, for the most part. There is a balance somewhere in between, where clothes have a good quality, but aren't so prohibitively expensive. Gap, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, White House/Black Market, are all common stores that are not too "young," but all sell trendy clothes (including the example of leggings and long sweaters), and women with nice figures of all ages can wear them.

I almost never see older women wearing quality clothes, and think to myself that they're wearing clothes that are inappropriate for their age. Sometimes cheap clothes, but more often, it's a big t-shirt from Disney World with Mickey Mouse on the front. That, in my opinion, is far more age-inappropriate than any of the fashion-forward items sold at reasonable stores.

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 11:41 AM

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