10 Styling Hacks to start Incorporating Today!

10 Styling Hacks to start Incorporating Today!

Today at Style Beyond Age we´re joined once again, by our resident stylist Serena, as she spills her industry secrets and shares 10 Styling hacks to start incorporating today.

10 Styling Hacks to start incorporating today!

If there’s one thing that all stylists agree upon, it’s that age has nothing to do with style. Great style is possible no matter how old you are; the key is knowing how to flaunt your body sensibility in a way that works for you. Navigating the ins and outs of fashion styling can be tricky, so I’ve put together a list of my favorite styling tricks that you can try today.

1 – To Tuck or Not to Tuck

In this case, we should have split the difference! This blouse looks like a boxier fit with a lot to tuck in, especially paired with these high waisted jeans. With this particular shirt option, I would have chosen a French Tuck or Front Tuck. Unless you are going to tuck into your seamless panties (which is my favorite trick), I would recommend working with the fabric instead of trying to hide it. This way, we are visually creating a waist and elongating the look. To achieve a casual front tuck, just tuck the middle of your top straight into your bottoms. You can losen where needed to achieve this casual tuck. I found an excellent resource for all other tucking issues here.

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2 – Shortening Statement Sleeves

I loved this dress so much but when my mom tried it on it just seemed off! The dress itself has wide longer sleeves that overpowered her and looked messy. We transformed these sleeves into a more bohemian blouson sleeve by wrapping two longer rubber bands (or two hair ties) around each wrist and covering them with matching silver bracelets.

 

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3 – Define Your Waist

By adding a good belt; you can elevate any outfit. You must, however, be mindful of your body proportions when choosing the right belt for your look. Short-waisted women look best in skinnier belts while thicker belts are better suited for longer torsos. Consider a belt, another piece of jewelry to be the icing on the top of your outfit!

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4 – Wear One Color

Monochromatic looks are chic, timeless, and are instantly more fashionable! Dressing in all one color is a simple, clean approach to putting an outfit together. Try mixing textures in the same hue to create a striking look that can be just as bold as a pattern.

This suit is from Choosy, Here is a similar one from there in Satin.  

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5 – Invest in Shape Wear

We all need a little help at times and wearing the proper shape wear underneath everything helps to give you smooth lines. We love Evelyn & Bobbies longline boyshort to smooth under skirts because they are just the most comfortable and aren’t too clingy like traditional shapewear.

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6 – Graphics Tees

I love to mix the feminine separates with tougher “borrowed from the guys” pieces. Try thinking outside the box while styling your favorite band tee by pairing it with something unexpected. Whether it is a silk skirt, or a two-piece suit, pairing a graphic t-shirt will always give you a bit of an edge.

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7 – Know When to Cuff ´Em

Cuffing your jeans is certainly not a new trick, but sometimes we forget that with just one turn of a hem we can, show off a little more shoe, instantly tailor a pant that is too long, or refresh an old favorite pair of jeans.

8 – Brooches

Our family has always had an affinity for brooches and have quite the collection. They aren’t typically on your radar as a fashion accessory; however, I love to add them to basic jackets as an unexpected statement. I’ve pinned them to necklaces to create dramatic effects and also used them to cinch and drape a blouse.

9 – Become a Nudest

 

 

Nude shoes should be a wardrobe staple for any fashionable woman. Not only do they flatter and elongate the leg, but they can also go with basically any outfit. There are two rules of thumb with nude shoes: Find the correct shade of nude for you, and don’t forget to keep them clean!

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10 – Tinker Tailor

 

 

Often what makes or breaks an outfit is the fit. Tailoring your clothes is a luxury that does not cost a fortune. With so many body types, we are hard-pressed to find clothes off the rack that fit ANY body perfectly and as it was designed. I work with a tailor to alter new purchases to fit perfectly as well as alter clothes in my closet to give them new life. A good tailor can also recreate your favorite looks in whatever fabric and color work best for you now.

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That wraps up today´s share; 10 simple, yet effective styling hacks, from our resident stylist, Serena,  to help you get creative with the clothes and accessories you have.

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5 Ways you can Support Small Businesses During Covid

5 Ways you can Support Small Businesses During Covid

There´s a whole lot of female-led fabulousness on the Style Beyond Age blog today, we´re sharing 5 ways that you can support small businesses during the time of Covid.

 

Support Small Businesses during Covid 

 

As the country starts to relax its Covid-19 precautions, we emerge into a different world. No matter where you are, I’m sure that you feel and see a change. Everything from the way we socialize, shop, eat, and engage is evolving. 

 

As we transition into this “new normal,” have you noticed that some of your go-to retailers haven’t come back or are packing up their storefronts for good? Some national retailers haven’t re-opened their doors yet, and if they have, they are only offering limited services or curbside pickups. 

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Support Small Businesses 

 

I see my local boutique owners as brave because these are stark and scary times for small businesses. Women often run most of these businesses that we admire and depend on as a community. 

And as you know, here at Style Beyond Age, we LOVE to support our fellow female entrepreneurs. I’ve made a list of my favorite shops that you can patronize today and five ways to help support small businesses during these transitional times! 

5 Ways you can Support Small Businesses During Covid

(and Beyond)

 

1 – Shop local – online

Our communities need us now more than ever. Online shopping is convenient and can be done right from the comfort of your couch! Most, if not all, small business retailers have websites offering their products with a click of your mouse that can be delivered right to your door. Honestly, I love this way of shopping. I get just what I need, and it is available for pickup within the hour.

 

2 – Purchase gift cards

Consider buying gift cards for the businesses you visit most often to use later when they are officially up and running again.

 

 

3 – Order takeout

Can’t wait until you can eat your favorite meals from your favorite local restaurants? Many are keeping things going by offering meals to go, and some are even providing free delivery. This is a great way to keep money going into the local community while enjoying all your favorite dishes.

 

 

4 – Increase the tip amount

Don’t forget, servers and delivery people will also be feeling the decrease in business, and many of them survive on the tips they’re now missing. If you’re ordering takeout or delivery, consider giving a little more than usual when tipping. 

 

 

5 – Practice patience

We’re all in this together. Don’t forget that many small businesses are most likely working with a skeleton crew, so you might have to wait a little longer for your delivery to arrive or for items to become available to purchase.

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Women’s Boutiques and Brands that we love to Support 

 

Join Style Beyond Age in supporting small buisnesses during Covid-19, and beyond.

Accessory Junkie

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Aquelarre

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Bird Brooklyn

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Harlow

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The Canyon

@shopthecanyon

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Ala von Aurspberg

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Erica Weiner

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Grayson

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JadeTribe

@jadetribe

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JoosTricot

@joostricot

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Lotta Stenssen

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Lykke Wolfe

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MBK beauty

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Tai Jewelry

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Day to Evening Maxi Skirt Restyle

Day to Evening Maxi Skirt Restyle

Today, at Style Beyond Age, we´re taking you from day to night with a maxi skirt restyle. As you know, we love to feature women-owned brands and businesses. I was over the bridge, excited to connect with the Peruvian Connection. Not only are they a woman-owned company but were founded by a mother and daughter team! That resonates with me because, as you know, I am super close with my daughter and our resident stylist, Serena.

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She has taught me a lot over the years about styling and using dynamic color theory to change a look completely.

When we shop for clothing, we look for items that can be worn in multiple unique ways and through the seasons. Today, we’re going to show you how to style this jacquard circle skirt, from Peruvian Connection, for a casual day time look and another for a warm summer night.

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How to Wear a Bohemian Maxi Skirt Casually 

Let’s be real; you know that I only live in casual looks here in Montana. Keeping it light, I paired my Siena skirt with one of the Peruvian Connections Sophia Swing Cami  in blush and used a white camp shirt to cover up. Layered with a suede and pearl lariat necklace from Proud Pearls  and topped it off with a tan straw hat (also Peruvian Connection).
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Once Upon A Warm Summer Night

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My Day to Night Maxi Skirt Restyle 

  

I swapped out the blush cami and white camp shirt for a more romantic black knit blouse that I’ve had for years. I love the soft fabric and off the shoulder neckline of this top. It makes any outfit feel softer and more romantic. Paired with delicate black wicker handbag and my favorite vintage silver and coral pieces, I feel like Stevie Nicks! 

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Maxi Skirt Restyle 

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Boho Refreshed with our Resident Stylist

Boho Refreshed with our Resident Stylist

We’ve got company. Join us for Boho Refreshed with our resident stylist, Serena.   We’re shopping from my closet, restyling old favorites and embracing a romantic boho style. 

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Spring is coming to the valley at a clip. I still need this jacket now, but the winds, they are a-changing!

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Less is More 

Hasn’t it been fun looking through our closets and restyling what we already have? Just goes to show you: less is more.

I have posted this Lotta Stensson dress several times over the last three years and always feel fabulous in it.

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Closet Rotation 

This coral embroidered Zara jacket has been in the same closet rotation, every time looking different.

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I hope that you have been creative with your beautiful things as well.

That wraps up my restyling session, boho refreshed with our resident stylist, but we´ve got a few more treats for you yet. 

Inspired by this look?

Our resident stylist, Serena, has put together three looks that you can get right now to bring this romantic boho look home with you today!

Serena’s Picks

Cris Cross Ring – White Gold 

Regular Price $106.00

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Kobi Halperin Lexy Coat

On Sale $478.80

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Dagget Western Boots

Regular Price $260

 

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Flag Strap Cowboy Boot 

Regular Price $120

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My Ultimate Closet Hacks to Maximize Space

My Ultimate Closet Hacks to Maximize Space

Today, I’m sharing my ultimate closet hacks to maximize space and care for your clothes.

If you didn’t already know, I´m a big fan of shopping from your own closet and being creative with the clothes you have. The downside of shopping from your own collection, is the issue of storage. It´s meant I´ve gotten quite creative over the years, so let´s take a peak what´s inside. 

 

Transform your closet with these storage solutions

 

If you ask me, the closet is prime real estate, so when we were building our place in Montana, I took the opportunity to create a space I loved. I appreciate I´m blessed in the closet department now, but it wasn’t always that way. Whatever the size of your closet, a good storage solution, is a good storage solution, and are some of my favorites that I still use to this day. 

My Ultimate Closet Hacks to Maximize Space

 

 

Office File Boxes

 

You might think they´re out of place here, but these clear file boxes from Target are handy and a great way to utilize shelf space. I line them up and store scarves inside. The clear acrylic is also very browser friendly.

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Drawer Dividers

 

Drawer dividers are simple, yet effective. I use them for sock, underwear, and accessory drawers. Drawer organizers allow you to make the most of your space, stay organized and easily swap items in or out as the seasons change.

 

 

Pull Out Rods

 

Pull out rods are easy to install and a great space saver. I like to use them for belts, as they´re easily accessible and just as easily tucked away again.

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Stagger Hanger Clips

 

Stagger the clips on your trouser hangers, to maximize hanging room. You´ll be surprised at the difference this little adjustment makes.

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Corral Old Hangers

 

If you´ve got unused hangers, don´t just leave them hanging there taking up space. Instead, corral them into old boxes, so they´re ready for when they´re needed again.

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Closet Hacks for Shoes and Accessories

 

We´ve maximized your drawer, shelf and hanging space, now onto the shoes and accessories.

 

 

Use Trays for Odds and Ends

 

There is often wasted space below hanging items, so make the most of this with trays and boxes. It´s a great way to gather up the odds and ends to keep them organized.

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Shoe Storage Solutions

 

A simple bookshelf is a great storage solution for shoes. Display them with the left toes facing out to your closet and the right toe facing back, and you´ll fit an extra pair of shoes on each shelf.

 

 

Storage Solutions for Purses

 

The perfect way to store your purse depends on the size of it. Larger purses should be stored hanging, to keep the bottoms from creasing. I have an adjustable display rack, that works perfectly.

For smaller purses I use an acrylic filing system, which you can pick up from any office store.

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store small bag in filing rack

Bags and Hats

 

Maximize space by hanging bags and hats on a peg. No need to take up hanging room inside your closet, instead attach them to the outside of your cabinetry.

So, that rounds up my ultimate closet hacks to maximize space and care for your clothes. Enjoy transforming your closet.

 

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Covid 19 Changing the Face of Fashion: The winter of our discontent

Covid 19 Changing the Face of Fashion: The winter of our discontent

It only takes a quick scroll through Instagram to see that the Covid 19 pandemic is already changing the face of fashion. Our feeds are peppered with sweat sets, lounge wear and the newest addition, face masks.

Even at this stage, a shift in the fashion industry is apparent, but what is next? I want to explore how the future of fashion might change in light of this pandemic, which in the US at least is turning out to be thankfully much less than we had planned; but much more than we expected from an economic standpoint. So, what does this mean?

 

 

What We have Learned

 

This has been a time for reflection, assessment and thought. A new normal will emerge, and we are all part of its creation, so what have we learned?

 

About who we are: Do we want to be independent or be led in our lives

About our joint Commitment: How we join together and follow rules

About our Ingenuity: How we work to solve problems

About our Independence: How we define and defy authority

About our Security: how we buy into fear and deal with stress

 

In the end, history will show us how we handled this challenge, but one thing we know for sure we will have more to look back on you the next time.

The New Face of Fashion

 

How will fashion change? None of us really know, but here are some thoughts…

Quality over quantity. We will buy less but spend more on higher quality staples.

 

Fashion trends will slow down and be swapped for minimalism, capsule dressing and classic styles.

 

Will we see a rise in digital stylists, as shoppers seek advice from a socially safe distance?

 

As a nod to social distancing, will designers be playing around with hats, masks and capes?

 

The fashionable masks and gloves industry, here to stay? It looks that way.

It was well said by Angelo Flaccavento about the fashion industry; “this crisis is an opportunity to edit down the superfluous, to regain our long-lost soul “.

Un-Masking Creativity

 

If there is one fashion item to come out of the Covid 19 pandemic and define the aesthetic around the world, it´s the face mask. It looks like fashionable face masks are destined to become part of everyday fashion and we´re already seeing designers releasing their creative, revamped versions.

 

I am not a fan of being muzzled, so if I´m wearing a mask, it´s got to be a pretty one.

I´ve seen some gorgeous creations by Denver designer, Brooks Ltd. and there´s a beautiful face mask collection from Curriedmyrrh. I showed them off on a fun-filled day with my photographer, the talented HKCamerface, exploring the lakebed, discovering an abandoned Teepee and having lots of fun whilst, of course, maintaining social distancing.

These women, and so many others, have shone bright during these times and I have loved seeing the creativity, the invention, the resilience, the support, the beauty, the passion and the love from our fellow females. Thank you.

DIY No Sew Face Mask

 

If you haven´t had a chance to buy a face mask yet, you can DIY solution from home. We found this mask tutorial online and gave it a go for fun. Oh, the things you do for the Gram! HKCameraface and I had such a laugh.

My Attempt – Oh how we laughed

Not a fan of the plastic wallet visor? Here is another no sew face mask option, with a video walk through; all you´ll need is a scarf.

A New Normal

 

Covid 19 is changing the face of fashion and the industry’s reaction to the pandemic is quite apparent, but none of us know what the long-term future holds. I for one am taking positive lessons from this, holding onto what is important and looking forward to seeing the new normal we create from here.

 

I hope you enjoyed this share. It´s some fashion for thought. Until the next time….

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Light in the Dark: Nominations Open for Style Beyond Age Idol

Light in the Dark: Nominations Open for Style Beyond Age Idol

Nominations are open for your Style Beyond Age Idol. A bit of light in the dark. It´s times like these when we must all be thinking each other and doing our bit to improve situations in any way we can.

The dreaded C word is working its way around the globe and although not all of us are considered “at risk”, we all share concern for our loved ones, friends and followers in different parts of the world that are.

 

Let´s Spread Good Vibes Only

 

With the intention of spreading good vibes only, and nothing else, I´ve decided to open the nominations for Your Style Beyond Age Idol a bit earlier than planned. If you´ve been following me for a while, you will know I believe that style has no age. I so love to admire and honor a fellow stylista and now it´s your chance to nominate your favorites.

 

So, what does the accolade of Style Beyond Age Idol entail.

  • The winner will be interviewed and feature in an upcoming blog post.
  • They´ll appear on the Style Beyond Age Instagram feed
  • They receive lots of love and appreciation from our fabulous community
  • They´ll know you think they´re a style queen!

 

How to Nominate your Style Beyond Age Idol

 

Do you have a friend with flawless fashion sense? Nominate her.

Is your sister a stylish senorita? Nominate her.

Is your co-worker the queen of causal chic? Nominate her.

Is your gran the ultimate in glam? Nominate her.

 

Nominations are made directly through my Instagram. Just simply tag your nomination for Style Beyond Age Idol in the comments or send me a DM.

 

Let´s get the nominations rolling in. I can´t wait to receive them!

Style has no age and that´s reason to celebrate.

Nominations Open

 

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My Favorite Fashion Finds for Under $100

My Favorite Fashion Finds for Under $100

You probably know by now, I´m a lover of all things to do with personal style. Dresses, coats, shoes, accessories; my closet is full of my many treasures. As a fashion admirer, I have an appreciation for designer pieces and have built a collection over the years, but I´m also a firm believer it is possible to be fashionable and affordable.

 

 

Affordable Styling Tips

Styling designer pieces with ready-to-wear elements allows me to invent new looks and keep my closet feeling fresh. A designer handbag can be teamed with a $100 dress. A custom suit can work with simple pumps and clutch.  Browse, shop around, style, play! I find I create my best looks when I´m having fun! Here are my favorite fashion finds for under $100.

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Woven Clutch Bag

 

This woven clutch bag has been a great addition to my closet. As a neutral, it goes with everything. The woven leather adds a touch of texture to your look and it´s big enough to carry around your essentials for the day.

Here you´ll find two ways I´ve worn it. One shows the bag teamed with a midi dress, knee-high boots and caped with a classic white coat. In the other it´s faux-leather Bermuda’s, boots and a suede trench. This is one versatile piece!

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Faux Leather Shaping Leggings

These faux leather shaping leggings from Saks are one of my favorite, affordable fashion finds.  I love them under a blouse or sweater teamed with heels or sneakers. The shaping waistband a winner too! For this look, I´ve teamed designer pieces with affordable fashion and I love the finished result. Can you tell I feel good?

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Midi Slip Dress

You know those dresses you can just throw on and feel great? Well this is one of those! I´m a big fan of the color, length, shoulder detail and most of all, I feel great when I wear it.  Here I´ve styled it with heels and a colorful coat for lunch, but if you visit my Instagram you´ll find lots more inspiration.

 

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Graphic Tee

Hands up if like me, you love a graphic Tee. I also love to customize them. For this look I ripped off the band and teamed it with a leopard slip dress, comfy boots and velvet jacket. I was aiming for comfort with an edge, do you think I achieved it?

 

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Yoga Work-Out Bra

This piece of activewear looks just as great on your yoga mat as it does for a meet up with friends. It´s edgy, eye-catching design really makes it stand out. I decided to team this suit with a silk cami, but I think the Alo Yoga Work-Out Bra would look great with this look. I´ll remember that for next time!

 

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Slim Ankle Pants

These Slim Ankle Pants from Chico´s look great and feel even better. They´ve got a bit of stretch, so their super comfortable and very flattering. Here I´ve teamed them with leopard ankle boots and fine knits, but with multiple color options, you´ll find a pair that works for almost every look.

 

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Ankle Strap Heel

It´s great to have a classic heel that gives you a bit of height, but that you can also walk in and this pair fit the bill perfectly. The classic design with ankle and toe strap also comes in a variety of colors. Here their styled with a maxi for an easy breezy Spring/Summer look, and they work just as well with slacks or shorts.

 

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So, there you have it. My favorite fashion finds for under $100. You can browse them all here.

 

Let me know over on my Instagram, which is your favorite?

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Beyond the Bedroom Style for Us Women Over 50

Beyond the Bedroom Style for Us Women Over 50

On the Style Beyond Age blog we´re styling beyond the bedroom for us women over 50. Wearing underwear as outerwear is nothing new on the catwalk, but it´s officially stormed the world of ready-to-wear in style. Everything from sultry slips and cinching corsets to exposed bras are gracing our stores. Before I scare you off too much, this beyond the bedroom trend can look cool, chic and sophisticated for us over 50´s and 60´s.

The secret? Keep it cool and in line with your style.

Let´s talk about some of my favorite pieces and a few styling hacks to ensure you´re looking and feelings fabulous.

Sultry Slip Dresses

 

If you´ve been following me for a while, you probably already know I am a fan of the slip dress. It´s become a closet staple. I dress them up, dress them down, or layer it up to create the look I´m after.

They are nothing new, but we´re seeing varying styles evolve. Nudes, soft pinks, off-whites and lace detailing have graced the runways, offering a fresh and feminine take on this trend for spring. Style it under a blazer or tailored jacket and I guarantee you´ll feel comfortable, chic and empowered.

Gaga for Garters

 

Garters are strutting out as a top accessory for the season. It´s had a revamp and it´s bolder, stronger and more stylish than ever before.

We´re seeing garters worn with blazers, under skirts and dresses and combined with tops to create cool and interesting style details.

Garters are no longer just for your wedding day or weekend away. I´m expecting to see them popping up everywhere this season.

Corsets to Cinch

 

Vampy corsets, cinched waists, sheer bodices and beautiful boning were out on the runway in force and I for one am happy about that. They really are so versatile. I like to wear them over a dress, long blouse or under a tailored jacket.

I´ve fallen head-over-heels for my Brooks Laser-Cut Corset Belt. It´s taken me from day to night, more times than I can count and now it´s official!  Corsets are moving out of the sheets and onto the streets, so let´s have some fun with them.

Bustiers and Bras

 

This season, we´re not burning our bras; instead we´re wearing them. Bear with me here!

Exposed bras and bustiers featured heavily on the catwalks for Spring Summer 2020, but before you start cringing, there are ways for us over 50´s to embrace the trend too.

I recommend swerving the lace bralettes, for something more structured. A bustier would be my choice. It offers support and that extra lift, exactly where we want it. I´d style it under a suit, or over a blouse if you´re looking to experiment with this trend.  Take this example, from Style Beyond Age friend, Isabella Thorpe @confessionsofasuperager – I love her style!

Beyond the Bedroom for us Women over 50

I hope I´ve helped you to embrace this sultry and sophisticated style trend. Are you brave enough to take it beyond the bedroom? Let me know in the comments.

 

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Closet Gem: Brooks Corset Belt styled by Style Beyond Age

Closet Gem: Brooks Corset Belt styled by Style Beyond Age

Join us for some fun in the closet as we play around with this closet gem, the Brooks corset belt styled by Style Beyond Age. This piece has taken me from day to night more times than I can count, so I´ve decided the Brooks Corset Belt deserves its very own feature.

First things first, here’s a little about the designer.

 

Behind Brooks Ltd.

Brooks Ltd was founded by Brooks Luby, a Colorado native, in 1974. Since then, the sole designer and visionary has fused her skills and passion to create a brand that is built for contemporary women, just like us.

The fabrics, the details, the functionality; they intertwine perfectly to create modern trends and timeless styles, which for me, is a combination of dreams.

The Brooks Corset Belt

This is one of those pieces, that I receive a compliment on every time I wear it.

The black pleather belt has been laser-cut to create it´s intricate design. The zipper closure can be worn at the front or back and the wider corset design cinches the waist perfectly.  It´s compact enough to slip into your bag, ready for a styling transformation on the move, and if you´re looking for one piece to update your closet, this is it.

 

How to Wear It

This stunning Corset belt can be worn with jeans, an over-sized blouse, a simple dress or an elegant gown. Any which way, it´s a stunner!

I´ve had so much fun playing around with it. You’ll see some of my favorite styling creations for inspiration and I hope you love it as much as I do!

Day to Night

I wore this look with a simple belt for daytime, then kicked it up a notch for dinner with my @brooksltd corset belt.

Layer It

When in doubt, layer it out. This belt added structure and sass to an otherwise cool and casual look.

Transform It

I love this dress, but I love it even more when it´s teamed with the Brooks Corset belt. I’ve included the before and after.  It´s a dream duo, don´t you think?

Closet Gem: Brooks Ltd. Corset Belt styled by Style Beyond Age

 

 

It’s a gem, right? And that´s me just getting started! If you love the Brooks Corset Belt as much as I do, you can find yours here – Brooks Ltd. Laser-Cut Corset belt.

Until the next time…

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How to Wear the Colorful Faux Leather Trend

How to Wear the Colorful Faux Leather Trend

Join to Style Beyond Age blog for today’s stylish session, we´re playing around with how to wear the faux leather trend. When it comes to rocking a leather, or faux leather look, black and brown are the traditional colors that spring to mind; but not for this season! Tuck the tired black jacket away, as we´re being treated to an explosion of deep colors, earthy richness and buttery soft tones. It´s not limited to outerwear either; this trend has faux leather dresses, shorts, shirts, skirts and jumpsuits all making an appearance.

You might consider a leather look tricky to pull off for us over 50´s, but I´m here to show you how we can rock this trend in the real world.

To be honest, I simply can´t get enough, so let´s jump straight in and look through how to wear faux leather this season.

 

 

How to Wear the Faux Leather Trend 

The Leather Look for Spring

 

The leather look featured heavily on the catwalks for spring summer 2020 and it shows no signs of slowing. Designers are bringing us faux leather dresses, jumpsuits, shorts, shirts and pants in a delicious array of seasonal colors.  Luxe nudes, deep greens, rich blues and plush purples are brightening up stores for the season.  And the best news – with more and more designers opting for animal-free versions, the faux leather trend is kinder, more affordable and pretty much a no brainer.

So, how do I wear it?

A Dress of Dreams

 

This leather dress from Dillards, looks (almost) good enough to eat, and I hope you´ll agree, it´s a far cry from the spray-on black pants and biker jackets of the past. I´ll take soft, sumptuous and sophisticated any day. Accessorize with earrings, heels and toss a coat over your shoulder. It´s a winner for brunch, lunch or date night.

Bermuda’s are Back

 

Bermuda´s are back and this tan faux leather pair from Zara are one of my top picks. They look great dressed up or down. Here I´ve styled it with boots and a graphic tee for a daytime look. Then amped it up with a bustier and corset belt for some extra va-va-voom. Which is your favorite?

Faux Leather Pants

 

A great pair of pants makes you feel good and this black, faux leather pair from Zara totally hold their own. The soft fabric and relaxed fit mean they’re cool and comfortable. My preferred way to style them? Keep it casual. Team them with sneakers and soft knits for a cool and comfy combo.  I love them with a turn-up too.

Glamorous in Green

 

This faux leather top from Zara instantly won me over. I loved it so much, I wore it for our recent Valentine’s Day celebrations. The feel, the flattering neckline, the rich green and the voluminous shoulder had me handing over my credit card quicker than you can say, well, faux leather. It´s a top that speaks for itself, so I teamed it with a waist belt and simple skirt to complete the look.

My Favorite Skirt

 

You´ll be happy to know, I´ve saved the best until last. I love all the pieces I´ve listed here, but if you made me pick just one, this Get Choosy Aurora skirt would be it. It´s incredibly flattering, comfortable and so versatile. Here I´ve styled it with a black knit and tan cape, whilst @kerifay wears it with a crisp white shirt. Both look fabulous if you ask me!

So, will you be embracing the faux leather trend, and which look was your favorite?

 

I hope I´ve offered some ideas and inspiration. If you want to grab one for yourself, you can Shop my Style here. 

Otherwise, until the next time… Stay stylish.

Upgrading Your Spring Trench Coat

Upgrading Your Spring Trench Coat

Are you upgrading your spring trench coat? If you´re anything like me, a trench coat is a must-have item for the spring season. I love how light, versatile and timeless they are, but I also love adding a twist to a classic look.

 

That´s why I´ve been busy hunting down five of my favorite trench coat upgrades for the 2020 Spring season. They each offer a unique twist on this classic springtime piece and would be a great addition to any closet. Let me know which one’s your favorite!

Upgrading your Spring Trench Coat

ASOS Hybrid Check Trench Coat

 

This trench boasts the classic tie waist, notch collar, and double-breasted design, but with an added twist. It features a splash of interest and fun with a checked lining and a relaxed fit.

The result? A stylish and casual look.

They call it the Hybrid Check Trench Coat and you can pick this up from ASOS for $151.

Pixie Marker Neck Scarf Trench Coat

 

This chic and versatile tan trench coat is a classic I can´t wait to get my hands on. You might expect the belted waist, side pockets, and double-breasted design, but there is more. This trench comes with a detachable neck scarf, which transforms and softens the look.

The result? A classic and quirky combination.

They call if the Neck Scarf Trench Coat and you can grab yours from Pixie Marker for $245

Eloquii Puff Sleeve Trench

 

This is a classic trench with some extra puff; in the sleeves I mean. This puff sleeve trench amps up the style factor, whilst still retaining the versatility of the trench that we love so much.

The result? A modernized classic with high impact.

It´s called the Puff Sleeve Trench and you can pick one up from Eloquii for $170.

Sandro Pleated Trench Coat

 

This stunning trench is all business in the front and party in the back. It boats the typical features you would expect from a classic trench, with a surprise pleated section in the back.

The result? A modern twist on a classic.

It’s called the Pleated Trench Coat and you can pick up yours from Sandro for $745

Get Choosy Blackjack Vest

 

I didn´t think a trench coat could get more versatile, but I think it just has! This can be worn tied as a dress, or open as a vest. The combination of camel and black provides a striking contrast, and the red accents around the pockets had me squealing with delight.

The result? Bold and beautiful versatility.

It´s called the Blackjack Vest and it´s currently reduced. You can pick yours up from Get Choosy for just $45.

Treat yourself before they´re gone!

Upgrading your Spring Trench Coat 

Which one will you be snapping up this season?

Let me know in the comments.

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