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Sporty New Togs Lift the Spirit
January 02, 2015


Clothes express self-respect and set the mood for one's day.

Shabby run-about clothes encouraged me to let myself go (see Expressing the Goddess, below). So I have been renovating my wardrobe with twill pants and colorful tunic tops.

I prefer straight-leg jeans, such as these at JC Penneys. They give a long, lean line to the leg. They are versatile enough to wear with loafers, tie shoes, or a little ballet flat. The model shoes them with heels which is not my style for everyday wear.

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A plaid tunic shirt is perfect for a rustic, outdoorsy-look. Long sleeves add warmth. Tunic length hides tummy.

Because I am frugal, I inevitably look around for a lower-priced similar garment if I like a style.

A classic sweater adds a pop of color; it's a look that can't go wrong. Preppy chic travels well from suburb to city.

Add an infinity scarf for an up-to-date twist. Ankle boots and a medium-to-large handbag would be appropriate accessories.

Not long ago, a reader who asked for advice lamented that my suggestions would not be appropriate in her part of the county.

Of course, this is always true. Fashion is localized, and style is highly personal. What works in Florida may not work in Montana, and cities such as New York and New Orleans develop style themes.

Experiment, pay attention to what friends and family say, notice what gets compliments and what doesn't, and carve your own way of expressing yourself so you always feel your best – whether you are cooking for one or joining friends for lunch.


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We are told it is normal to gain weight as we get older. I believe that over-sized, thrift-store dresses I started wearing about 10 years ago are the main culprit in my case.

I was at a low spot in my life, emotionally, spiritually, and financially.

Partially employed, I spent a lot of time at home in an apartment with barely-working air conditioning.

Cotton thrift-store dresses at three bucks a piece were a cheap solution. Comfortable, moisture-wicking, and affordable, I draped myself in billowing folds of fabric.

And there was little need for exercising or looking in a mirror.

Twill slacks with a bit of Elastane or Spandex are comfortable and stylish. The stretch fiber helps resist wrinkles and ensure smooth fit.

Into the garbage goes those old house dresses, pretty much in shreds after thousands of washings.

I feel perkier with this new look. I am walking more and gradually getting back to my yoga routines.

Peace and blessings.

Enid Sefcovic, Publisher, Fashion After 50
3700 Inverrary Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL

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