How Do I Project Sophia's Simple Elegance?

by Barbara Sullivan
(Forsyth, MO USA)

Years ago a man complimented me by saying, "You have a simple elegance." The results of this test made me think of that complement and reminded me that this truly is the image I want to project. Trouble is -- I just don't know how to do it -- how to choose the right clothes -- now that I am older. Hoping this site will help.

Hi Barbara -- You must be on the right track if you received this compliment.

Stick to solid colors that compliment your skin tone for a start. I'm a huge proponent of building a wardrobe around a palette of colors that go together -- for example, jewel tones or the autumn palette.

That way, whatever you pull out of the closet is likely to go together.

Long lean lines, without much fussy ornamentation, are another component of simple elegance. Now, I definitely do not mean that your sophisticated Chanel jacket should not have the classic border trim or that you never choose a dress with ruching that drapes to flatter your figure.

I am thinking more about the overdone look of bling T-shirts, lots of cheap jewelry, mixing print-on-print and an explosion of colors.

I do not think there is anything wrong with that; but that is Kali and Hecate, not Sophia.

I also hope you will find some ideas you can use on the site. Please check out the wardrobe building and 11 Do and Don't pages. Let me know what you think.

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Artist Finds Her Best Look Is Guided by Sophia Fashion Archetype

by Debbie
(Melbourne, FL, USA)

I am a young grandma and artist who has worked at home most of my life. I am beginning a new career and I want a more professional look.

I have always been small, most of my life a size 4-6, so I could easily find clothing that fit when I was younger. I have only size 4 feet, so shoes are a big challenge for me. Most of the time they look too young, or they simply don't fit well.

Thank you for writing. Do you have tips for petite woman for shopping and finding your best style? As an artist, perhaps you have esthetic principles to help us.

I prefer to be comfortable and I will push comfort above fashion.

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Where Can I Shop for Clothes that Fit My Older Figure? Sophia Wants to Know

I have a full time job as an art studio manager. I just turned 55! I have a beautiful 15-year-old daughter and a husband in poor health. I'm the income, the health insurance, the cook, maid, gardener and home maintenance crew.

I love clothes, but my time and budget are stretched. I buy most of my clothes for work. I'm having trouble adjusting to the slightly larger version of my younger self. I want to look stylish and on-trend, but not trendy. I don't know where to shop anymore!

Hi there --

I wish creating a wardrobe was as easy as saying, "Shop here or there." Are you petite? Full-figured? How does the manager of an art studio dress?

At the most basic level, we can stay on-trend by building a wardrobe from classic basics -- skirts, slacks, jackets, and dresses. Add blouses and accessories in on-trend colors and styles.

Always dress for your figure and coloring.

For more information, please see the Wardrobe Planning pages on Fashion After 50.

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