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Old Tue, Aug-21-07, 13:37
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K...

Jackets are HOT this fall. Especially in a cool colour! And there are these new, layered sleeve looks that come just below the elbow. Where them will a fabulous jewel-toned blouse (sapphire blue is the colour to pick up this fall). Little coats can be in bright yellow! You could wear these short-sleeved jackets with long gloves too. What style.

blazers are always in. A good suit jacket is a marvy thing! Watch the lengths with skirts though. Finger tip length with pants only really, but a nice trench cinched at the waist with a slim skirt is classic.

Hair... i just cut mine off as I'm in my 40s and hair just loses its bounce as you age. I have the reverse flip myself and it opens up your face and takes years off of you. Be warned though, it takes a flat iron and wax to keep it in place. I like it because you can wear it so many ways.
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Old Tue, Aug-21-07, 13:54
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uh, camel toe is cuz you're wearing a size too small, unfortunately


Most likely, but if I go a size up there is a horrible gap in the waist and tummy and the butt sags. It's just that "inner thigh" rub that makes the shorts ride up between my legs. If they were nice clothes, I'd probably have to have them tailored or something. I guess I'll just stick with the skorts and tell everyone I'm 15.
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Old Tue, Aug-21-07, 14:02
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15 or get out the sewing machine! LOL... oh gee, I'd break into sundresses. I never ever wear shorts. Capris and sundresses in the summer. Some day....
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Old Tue, Aug-21-07, 15:35
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Pen, many thanks for all the advice, really useful, I too work at a very formal places, where everyone is dressed in 'The Devil Wears Prada' manner. Am not in the fashion industry though, everyone competes to look like a million dollar including men lol -and girls look sooooo thin, even at my present weight which is almost goal I find myself often being the fattest girl in the room.

Re blouses, I really really love satin blouses - it makes me feel so feminine and soft, I have all kind of satin coloured blouses, however I also have a big chest for my size (whatever my size I am my chest is slightly big for it lol) so mostly I buy blouses that has buttons just at top, not all the way down, this is because I really really hate it when buttoned blouses have that gap between buttons round the chest areas, am I committing some kind of a fashion fatal error by wearing half buttoned satin blouses?

The other thing I go for is buy tailored dresses, in heavy material that define and flatter my body contours (i.e. not lycra or stretchy material) I especially like black sleeveless dresses, because they are great to wear under a jacket with one bright peace of jewellery, or with a soft pearl nicklas (soft coloured Pearls were all the rage this year here in the UK), then if I got invited for an unplanned after work do, then I just remove the Jacket and instantly my outfit is an evening black dress.

Secondly I loooove big hand bags, must admit this is to hide an extra pair of shoes, I usually wear my expensive pointy high heels only at the office, then change into my comfy flat shoes when I travel back and fourth to work. But I do look at all these cute cute small handbag and would love to get one, what do I do with the spare shoe lol, should I carry two hand bags (I see some women do this now, one small cute handbag, and a large subdude one) or should I have one cute hand bag and carry my spare shoes in a stylish shopping bag (makes me look as if I just purchases something from a designer shop)

I am sorry if the above questions are really trivial, but would sure appreciate your advice
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Old Tue, Aug-21-07, 16:51
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Re blouses, I really really love satin blouses - it makes me feel so feminine and soft, I have all kind of satin coloured blouses, however I also have a big chest for my size (whatever my size I am my chest is slightly big for it lol) so mostly I buy blouses that has buttons just at top, not all the way down, this is because I really really hate it when buttoned blouses have that gap between buttons round the chest areas, am I committing some kind of a fashion fatal error by wearing half buttoned satin blouses?
I also love satin blouses. I told DH that when I reach a really important milestone I'm going to buy silk charmeuse and make at least one cream blouse. I never thought about having a button (or several buttons) just at the top. I am also large chested and don't like gap (and that doesn't just apply to use well-endowed women) but I would like to minimize my chest.

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Secondly I loooove big hand bags, must admit this is to hide an extra pair of shoes, I usually wear my expensive pointy high heels only at the office, then change into my comfy flat shoes when I travel back and fourth to work. But I do look at all these cute cute small handbag and would love to get one, what do I do with the spare shoe lol, should I carry two hand bags (I see some women do this now, one small cute handbag, and a large subdude one) or should I have one cute hand bag and carry my spare shoes in a stylish shopping bag (makes me look as if I just purchases something from a designer shop)
I never thought of doing that. I have foot problems and if I wear heels, or even dress shoes, for any amount of time I end up in excrutiating pain. I could carry a larger bag and put my shoes in that. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old Tue, Aug-21-07, 18:10
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15 or get out the sewing machine! LOL


So true! I have one and am trying to motivate myself to make some new pj bottoms, maybe I should spend the time doing alterations. I've never tried that however. I'm pretty limited in my sewing skills. (And my sewing machine is actually older than I am - and that's pretty darn old!)

I could probably handle capris. Sundresses, not so much. I hate my arms. Actually, just my biceps. My forearms are normal. Bleh. Huge thighs, broad shoulders, herculean biceps and everything else about me is disproportionately small. Some times I think my genes are just playing a cruel practical joke on me!!
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Old Tue, Aug-21-07, 18:19
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Hi Sandy, you sound like you are really doing things great!

for the blouse gap thing (no, the half buttons are fine!), but if you want to sew in very small clear plastic dome fasteners at the potential gaps and you might be pleasantly surprised at how they hold. I've also put a tiny bit of sticky velcro on the placket of blouses when I didn't feel like sewing.

About the shoe switch. I actually have a large bamboo basket at work where I leave most of my shoes and slip into flats as I leave the office. But if you want to go for a small purse check out all the VERY cute little carrying bags all over the place now to slip your shoes into! I also have a large alligator-(fake) style briefcase I can get some shoes into.

The sleeveless dresses look very sophisticated, and I love a heavy linen for the summer. Also sleeveless turtlenecks look amazing under suits with skirts... all the time. I don't care I've got a nice 'rack' I know it makes my waist look smaller!
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Old Tue, Aug-21-07, 18:50
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Thought I'd share this 'mind the gap' story...

A few years back I was grocery shopping. My toddler was in the buggy facing me. I get up to the check out and as I placed two honeydew melons on the belt they rolled and rolled on past the cashier.
I exclaim, "Oh, my melons are escaping!" I thought it was mildly funny, but neither the cashier or the bag boy said a word but exchanged a funny look.
I push my cart on out of the store and my little girl looks up at me sweetly and says....





"mommy, your shirts undone"



Yes, indeed... my melons WERE escaping.
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Old Tue, Aug-21-07, 19:04
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I'm missing out on all the fun here - I'd like to know what 'pointy-toe' shoes entail.

Like what? You're not talking actual heels are you? I'm a 'loafer' girl, through and through. Think Bass Weejuns...chunky turtlenecks and corduroy pants. Oh, I know...so very 'preppy' and probably way out of date.

Sometimes I think I take 'classic' a little too far.

Last time I wore something other than navy blue, grey or black was on Memorial Day weekend. We were having a big BBQ thing - and we ended up with 17 people coming for dinner. Feeling rather daring, I put on a pair of white jeans, topped it off with a bright turquoise slinky halter top and white strappy sandals that had actual heels on them.

I felt like....

Like a neon sign.

I got a lot of compliments....and way too much attention for my liking.

So, I've retreated. Again.

Back to the basics, where I feel a bit more comfortable.

Unfortunately - I am having a tough time figuring out my size. I shop...I try on things, and most stuff is too big. And then I go back for yet another smaller size, and that's too big too. Eventually, I give up and walk out without buying anything.

A few weeks ago, I did buy a few things - just cheap t-shirt type tops. I come home, and I'm thinking that the stuff I've bought might be too small. So I try on the few things - only to have my husband say, "That's way too big".

Agghhh..

There's a real adjustment going on here.

And in the meantime - I don't know where to shop or what to buy.

Like I said, I'll be spending the next few months in my bathrobe.

Then, when I get to goal - I'm hoping that I'll somehow find the courage to try some colour, some pointy-toe shoes or whatever it is that makes one seem 'current'.

And I'll keep reading this great thread for ideas.
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Old Tue, Aug-21-07, 19:09
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I bet you looked wonderful at that barbecue.

I have recently learned to take a compliment and revel in it. I used to dread the slightest change in my appearance drawing attention. I think, nah, I know, it's part of wrapping myself in my comfort layer of blubber. Bad thing happened to me a few years ago... you get the drift.

Citrus, ballet shoes are low and current! Try them!
Cords and woolies pack on the virtual pounds... but good news! Greys are back this year and tweeds too! Just team them up with wee splashes of colour and you'll be de rigeur!
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Old Tue, Aug-21-07, 20:09
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What a WONDERFUL thread this has evolved into. Pennink, you are an absolute wealth of knowledge. You job sounds really interesting..The Devil Wears Prada is one of my all time favorite movies..and fashion is one of my favorite "things".
Years ago when I was showing horses there was a woman who also showed that I really admired. She was quite heavyset, like me, and always looked PERFECT..breeches/coat fit perfect, hair perfect, makeup perfect..horse perfect..WOW, what an impression she made and the weight did not matter in the overall picture. That is what I have always aspired to.
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Old Tue, Aug-21-07, 20:19
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pennink - you really *are* very good at this

So tell me about the ballet flats - are these good with jeans? What colour would you recommend? I'm always going for black or brown loafers.

And I hear you about bad things happening...yep, been there, done that.

I see advertisements for the ballet loafers - but am not sure what to wear them with.

I am going to make an effort to buy closer fitting clothes this fall. Maybe they'll be grey or kind of 'tweed-y' - but I will look for clothes that aren't quite so bulky.

Do you ever find that as you lose the weight - parts of you get way smaller, and that the only reason a particular size fits you is because your bottom half is still 'plus size' or larger than the rest of you? That's my conundrum these days.

I finally decided to measure my waist, hips and chest. I'm sitting at 36-30-36 right now. This means that I need to buy pants that fit the 36" waist, but that they gape all over the place around my now-smaller waist. Meanwhile, my old 38C bras are way too big.

Ack.

Nothing fits right. Waist is too small for the rest of my body, and I feel a bit odd. Not slim, but not fat either. And the slimmer parts are much slimmer than the rest of me.

This whole losing weight deal is awkward, to say the least.

And no, the weight loss isn't all that even. My ankles are small...

Last thing I wanted to do was lose weight in my toes.

My rings are sliding off...and yet, my tummy is still ....round.

Sigh....
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Old Tue, Aug-21-07, 20:26
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Just have to add - I've *decided* that I'm going to get some of those new-ish ballet flats. Can women who are in their 30's wear the new ballet flats?

So what colour(s)? And is it ok to wear them with my dark wash jeans and some of my dress pants?

Meanwhile - I get the feeling that if I really want to amp up the style quotient, that I'd be out there buying 'pointy-toe' shoes. Again, what are these exactly? Heels with pointy toes? Or are there flats that are the new, ultra- stylish 'pointy toe' version?

Thanks a million. I am really liking this thread - thank you so much pennink

Sara
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Old Tue, Aug-21-07, 21:17
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Excellent thread Pennink! I think you've found your sweet spot (no pun intended ) Some great ideas in here!

So how about some advice for the over 50 crowd? I have to go to Chicago next week and am dreading it because I can never figure out what to wear that looks good. And of course I have a limited wardrobe because of losing the weight now, too. Your timing is perfect with this thread... I'm going shopping Saturday and also going to get a new 'do. Any suggestions for hairstyles? I was looking online tonight to see if I could find something. Thanks!
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Old Wed, Aug-22-07, 00:58
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Just have to add - I've *decided* that I'm going to get some of those new-ish ballet flats. Can women who are in their 30's wear the new ballet flats?

So what colour(s)? And is it ok to wear them with my dark wash jeans and some of my dress pants?


I'm late 20's (so pretty much close enough) and I'm currently in love with square toed ballet flats - ones that actually look like ballet pointe slippers YUM! I personally hate pointy toed shoes, heels or flats.

I have them in zebra print, leopard print, gold, silver, black and pink.. and I match them with black wide leg tailored pants for work or dark wash boyfriend cut (sort of bootcut but a bit slouchier but still fitted) jeans for socialising. Keep the top fairly neutral (I pretty much only wear black tops so I'm not the person to give colour advice), with an interesting neckline, earrings which semi match whichever pair of shoes I'm wearing and one of my squillions of black handbags

apparently I look pretty good because I get people complimenting me
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