Outdoorsy Artemis Copes with New Dress Code

by Kathy
(USA)

I am a single mother of two grown children. I have three grand-daughters and by October 5th will have my first grandson.

I live on a farm and work with the animals seven days a week; I drive a tractor, work out in all kinds of weather, but I also work in town as an administrative assistant for the public works department.

I am most comfortable in jeans and a shirt. However, they are getting ready to change our dress code policy to any administrative personal will have to dress - slacks, dresses, skirts, etc. - for the position. I own one pair of black slacks, as well as one pair of tan capries!
HELP!

Hello Kathy and thank you for writing.

The first step is to go through your wardrobe to find blouses and sweaters that you can use to satisfy the new dress code. See Basic Wardrobe Planning.

The most cost-effective way to build your wardrobe is systematically to maximize the mix-and-match potential of the items.

I haven't updates how to dress professionally for one week on less than $200 recently and prices have gone up in the past few years.

I think it's still do-able if you follow the tips on this page about how to find designer clothes at cheap prices"> and plan systematically.

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What to Wear When Your Figure Is Two Different Sizes: Develop Art of Illusion

by Marilyn
(Virginia)

I live in the mid-Atlantic region. I don't need a lot of warm clothes but I do need a good looking coat or car coat with zip out lining to go with skirts and pants.

I need suggestions for styles that complement a pear shaped women; a 12 top and 16 or sometimes
14 bottom makes it difficult to find jackets that coordinate with a skirt or pants and very difficult to find a suit that fits. I mostly end up wearing coordinated pieces.

I am retired, active in church and community activities, a homemaker and grandmother.

I like to make a good impression, especially at not casual but not dressy occasions.

Hi Marilyn and thank you for writing.

Yours is a common concern for older women. You are going about it in the perfect way: Buy coordinates.

Stick to dark, solid colors for the bottoms. This year, you may like a midi-skirt with tall boots. A gored or panel skirt offers flare at the bottom while fitting smoothly from the waist through the hips.

Find a good tailor or seamstress to help you fit your garments, too.

But this does not address your question about finding a coat or car coat. It is very hard and costly to fit the top of this this kind of garment after it is made.

A princess or A-line coat is a good choice if you can find one, because the bottom naturally flares outward. Darts provide a feminine silhouette. Here are some hints on how to buy a winter coat.

A belted coat may work. The top can be a bit loose to accommodate a chunky sweater -- very much in fashion -- or a sports jacket.

You also might consider an offbeat choice, such as a poncho or cape. Novica has some wonderful alpaca garments, handmade in South America.

Yours is not an easy choice, and I hope you will let us see a photo of you wearing whatever you decide.



Winter Alpaca Collection



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Athena Emphasizes Proper Fit As Key to Style

by Suzanne
(Mornington)

I enjoyed answering the questions. I am happy with the result . As I grow older I like to dress well but on a budget.

I use accessories to keep in the fashion trends and they make basic items look stylish. I feel the most important thing is that clothes fit properly, what ever a womean's size.

Hi Suzanne --

I agree that proper fit is important. For years, I wore over-sized garments wrongly believing that these made me look slimmer. Instead, I looked like I was lost in someone's else's clothes.

Finding a good tailor can take time and adjustments cost money. In the end, we feel and look better when clothing fits us properly. Thank you for the excellent reminder.

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Urban Sophisticate Is Ready for More Casual Style

by Louise
(San Jose ca USA )

60 yrs , married
San Jose, ca

Short 4'11". 128 lbs.

For 30 years, I dressed professionally for banking, real estate. I am now working for a small business. Very casual. I feel like I am getting ready to kick back. Need an in-between.

I am healthy. Could lose 15 lbs, just gained. Guess that is age related, have never had Weight issues. I feel 30 look 50.

Thanks for the time
Louise

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Classy Metis from Singapore Shares Fashion Photo

by Boh Lina
(Singapore)

Don't know fashion.

Welcome Boh Lina. There are many pages at Fashion After 50 to help you get started. Basic Wardrobe Building is one of our most popular articles. It will help you go through your clothes to make the most of what you already own and find cost-effective ways to spend your wardrobe budget. Good luck. Please let us know how it goes.

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