Sunday, March 29, 2015

How To Cope With Aging, Per Audrey

"As the years go on, you see changes in yourself, but you’ve got to face that - everyone goes through it… Either you have to face up to it and tell yourself you’re not going to be eighteen all your life, or be prepared for a terrible shock when you see the wrinkles and white hair. Getting older doesn’t frighten me, but I wish I didn’t have to because I like life a lot." - Audrey Hepburn

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Bohemian Fashion Over Fifty

The Bohemian or Festival or Hippie Grunge look is having yet another revival - check the runway shows of Valentino, Burberry Prorsum, Etro and more. We baby boomers were part of the first Boho go-round in the late 60's. I had a floppy hat, tiered skirt, and enormous bell bottoms in high school and early college. Fringed bags and belts, suede vests, platform sandals, we loved them all.

We also stood outside in the rain or heat to see our favorite bands, had all-night "rap sessions" and perhaps partook of some quasi-legal substances. I am not prepared to repeat my youth, just revisit some nostalgic, feminine styles.

I don't believe in the old style saw that if you wore a trend once, you should pass on it the next time around. I think elements of the Boho aesthetic still look wonderful (and of course, wear what you love, you've earned the right). Some styles I won't relive, like towering platforms, because my feet can't bear the pain. But there's plenty still to love.

Here are a few looks I'll adapt from the latest revival. These pieces can be authentic vintage 70's (shop at Vix's) or modern remakes. The vintage stuff has the most soul but the new stuff is easier to find in a small city.
  • A vintage print skirt, between knee length and floor, must be flowy. No pencils here.
That's what I'm talking about, via Etsy.
  • A fringed bag.
This one is Boho and refined at the same time. Via Nordie's.
  • A peasant blouse. Not a floofy, frothy, sheer one for me, but a polished one like this:
This one is a beauty. I love the colors and the vintage style embroidery. Via Anthropologie.

  • Hippie sandals. I say no to boring shoes, at any age. While platforms are too scary for me now, I still love a sandal with personality. This one could've come from my 70's closet.
Faux snakeskin and a tiny heel. Via Nordie's.

Over to you: what are your favorite Boho looks of the past and/or present? 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What I Wore: A Dress Made For Me

I've purchased some excellent pieces from the online shop eShakti ("We design, you customize"). So when they wrote and offered to send me a customized dress, I was happy as a cat with an almost-empty tuna can. EShakti features hundreds of fetching tops, skirts and dresses. And they will customize your piece for you, in sleeve type, length, body measurements and more. I chose this Cotton Knit Fit and Flare number in cobalt. It is now renamed the PDiane, at least at my house.

I requested a few alterations to my dress's basic pattern: I opted for short rather than cap sleeves, and a lower hemline than the model. The sewing is beautifully done, the fabric has a substantial hand, and the fit is, well, like it was made for me. Well done, eShakti.

I love the color, the fabric and the shape. And pockets, we all love pockets. I'm wearing my brown suede
peep-toe pumps (similar) and thrifted tassel necklace (sim).

The dress pairs nicely with my Trina Turk coat of many colors (sim).

Have a look at all of eShakti's offerings; their dresses have a retro vibe and are especially charming.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Visible Monday #151: Making Military And Cowgirl Dance Together

Welcome to Visible Monday #151! If you want to participate, it's so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the how-to. Please be kind and leave a link to Not Dead Yet Style in your post.

I love wearing my olive green moto vest (similar). It looks quite different all zipped up (a military feel), vs. relaxed/open. Here it's layered over a simple black tee and skirt (sim and sim). I bought the vest at Marshall's a couple of years ago for about $30, and it's surprised me with its options.

Those boots! They were old when I thrifted them, but I can't give them up. Cowboy is not my go-to look, but these boots (sim) make me happy. Maybe it's the bronze or the funky stitching. Wear what you love.

The pendant (sim) reminds me of the mocking-jay.

I can't quit you, cowboy boots.

Now, show us what you're wearing, Visible Women!!

The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple!
  1. Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
  2. Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post. Please leave a comment, too, so we know you had a good time.
  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinkz button "Add Your Link". It should open a new page.
  4. In the "Next Step", you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you're done!

Oh hey - so sorry InLinkz didn't display the first twelve entries! Please post again, so sorry for the inconvenience. xo 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Visible Monday Reminder

 Just a reminder - to have a fantastic day, and to come by for Visible Monday tomorrow evening.

Let the breeze ruffle your mane.

Visible Monday starts Sunday at around 5PM. Be there for the best blogger party and the finest style on the webz!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

What I Wore: Breaking Fashion Rules, And Loving It

Among the supposed no-no's for women over 50 (call me thisclose to 60) are graphic tees and girly-girly stuff. Too bad, so sad. I am enjoying my cat tee (ASOS, similar) and trusty old tulle skirt (Old Navy, similar). I bet oxfords (sim) with skirts are frowned upon too, not being "Classic" enough for us old broads.

I wouldn't have worn this to the office or to a business meeting, but it's great for singing lessons. I do have rules (nothing too short, too tight, or too low-cut) but they're just for me. I love seeing a woman my age killing it with a mini skirt or daring cleavage.

This article from HuffPo ("What Not to Wear After Age 50: The Final Say") got a lot of attention at my Facebook page this week, and it's worth a read. The author gives no wardrobe advice, you see, only items we are too old to "wear." Examples: the weight of the world; shame and regret; and (I reserve the right) Resting Bitch Face. Lots of over-50 women agreed, although one took the time to comment: "This article is stupid."

The world is my oyster in my non-regulation outfit. The vintage bracelet is from Citizen Rosebud.

Are you breaking any rules today, you crazy kids?

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

What A Woman Wants (For Spring)

Florida only has two seasons, cool-ish, and really freaking hot. We're about to veer into that second season. I'm motivated now to clear out my closet and look for gaps. The will be my first "retired" summer ever, and I want to look pulled together while casual, not a Lady Who Lunches nor a Lady Who Plays Shuffleboard.

I'll likely return to varieties of my summer uniform: cotton skirts/linen trousers/tanks and sandals. But every woman craves something novel now and then, whether we go to the office, work from home in our jammies, plow the fields, or entertain toddlers.

Here's what's on my wish list:
  • Tops with personality (plus basic tees and tanks from GAP).
The mixed prints and irregular hemline draw me into this one, from Anthropologie.

Cotton tee with a graphic collage via Macy's. To wear with a knee length linen skirt and sandals.
No midriff will be showing on moi.

  • Walking sandals. No More Heels, ahhhhh. I'd like a pair of sandals that will let me walk all over Manhattan and Brooklyn, and look cute doing it.
These Dr. Martens maybe a bit clunky or even Old Lady (!)  Don't care, I like them for those five-mile days.

These metallics by Sam Edelman are more refined than the Docs. I might need both pairs, right?

  •  Easy skirts. Cotton, linen, rayon, or lightweight silk are best for me. A couple with patterns, and a few solids, to wear with all my tees. I wear knee length-to-ankle-length with ease. I even bike around in long skirts, I just yank them up a bit and go.
 Love the print and the unusual hemline. Via Macy's
The gorgeous and generous Pippa of Too Cheap Blondes sent me these three skirts! This gets my summer closet
off to a cheery start. My favorite is the oddly-draped knit skirt on the left - it has soul.

What's on your list?

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