A Common Wardrobe



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  1. This is so pretty, But I have noticed as I have gotten older, that the me who was so stunning in black, now looks infinitely better in pastels especially whites and creams and a splash of pale limey green. But somehow the pastels can look old ladyish, and I am a bit sick of older women in black slacks with a top of some sort. I still look nice in jeans. What can you suggest. The thought of mauve capris pants with an elastic waist is quite terrifying.

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    1. Hi there! I noticed there hadn't been a response to your comment, so I thought I'd throw my two cents in...
      It's very common to look better in lighter hues as we age and our features soften. If you're still feeling confident in a nice pair of jeans, I say rock on! Avoid the elastic waistbands, as you mentioned, and look for well fitting pants (or take them to a tailor) to keep them comfortable and stylish. Remember to look for flattering back pockets on your pants to avoid a saggy looking bottom.
      For tops and dresses, pastels can look lovely and very stylish (not "granny") if you look for timeless cuts. Nothing too boxy or super trendy. I would avoid pleats and anything too flouncy. Also, I would recommend being a little adventurous with your accessories. A simple white or cream top can look amazing with a fun statement necklace or fashion scarf.
      Hope this helps! Take some time to peruse a couple department stores without feeling pressure to buy. Just look around to see what attracts your eye and flatters your features. Another hint: You may find that if you are now looking more alive in pastels and softer colors, fall and winter will NOT be the best time to try and shop, as the color schemes will not be as flattering. Prepare to make larger wardrobe purchases in the late winter and early spring when the seasonal hues will be readily available.
      Hope this helps! Best of luck!

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  2. Help! I received a Hermes scarf as a gift, "Jardins d'Hiver", silk twill. It is the most beautiful thing that I own. I don't know how to build a wardrobe around it, I have avoided blues because they seemed difficult to match, I have been stuck in a "black" mode for years. This is a good time for me to "break out" of that. Can you take a peek at this scarf and use your considerable talents to make some suggestions? Thanks.

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    1. Oooh, can you send me photographs of it - to theviviennefiles@gmail.com? I'm always happy to tackle an Hermes scarf wardrobe, but I need to know exactly which color-version of this scarf you have.

      I've seen that scarf, and it's gorgeous - lucky you!

      hugs,
      Janice

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