Ponchos and shawls make an effortless transition into colder seasons and this lightweight collection from Lotta Stennson is no exception. They make wonderful layering pieces, or on their own as Hope Kauffman has captured here at my home in Montana. Lotta Stensson is one of our favorite collaborators. Serena and I have been champions of her work for years. When we were preparing for our multigenerational photoshoot I knew that I wanted to include pieces from Lotta’s Fall/Winter line of featherweight wool ponchos. I wanted to showcase her work in alignment with women of varying ages to show the natural beauty that we all encapsulate when we are comfortable in our skin. You may remember Lotta’s kaftans from earlier this year when we went on our Girl’s Trip to the Grand Cayman Islands. If you missed it you can check it out here.
In a sea of casual dressing be the one who came to WORK. Your look that is!
There’s a trend happening in fashion right now that is throwing it back to the good ol days of Power Dressing with a hint of Dynasty. It is put-together, polished, Ladylike and I love it! Dressing for the job you want (hello, CEO of your life) has never looked so good. Now is the perfect time to look through your closet for those “quirky” items you couldn’t part with and pair it with your favorite corporate separates.
Every outfit needs a good statement piece or in this case the more, the merrier! I paired this gorgeous silk printed blouse with my favorite things of the moment! Mom’s alligator bag, an 80’s inspired chain belt (I mean, WOW!) and my favorite leopard Kate Spade pumps.
I bought these pants over a decade ago at Intermix in Dallas. Serena and I have always been huge proponents of anything animal print and fell in love with the color of these pants. How could I ever let go of such a statement piece? They have a great 90’s bootleg that works so well with my Forever21 boots that seem to go with everything! I have always loved the structure of a blazer paired with an unexpected rock tee.
LadyLike in White
This suit feels so 70’s disco to me! I love the dichotomy of the oversized pants with a cropped printed top.
LadyLike Every Day
Polish up your statement tunic by belting it for a strong Lady Boss Look!
Top: Zara Belt: Vintage Celine Pants: Marc Jacobs Purse: Chanel
Have you noticed that animal prints have a way of coming in and out of fashion throughout the seasons? One year they’re hot and the next year they’re not? Luckily for us, the fashion industry loves a good comeback! This is the year to dust off your old favorite animal print coat (in my case it is this Leopard one that I scored from TJMaxx for $30!) and try them in fresh and unexpected ways!
Here are 5 styling tips to try for our favorite fall coat!
Cinch it up with a statement belt and vintage collar!
Pair it with your boyfriend Jeans and a vintage scarf
Keep it in the same color family
Tall boots and short skirts rule the winter games
Wear it over your kimono print robe
You’re never fully dressed without a smile!
Don’t leave your home with out it the season!
You don’t have a leopard coat you say? Our resident stylist Serena recommends 6 coats that won’t break the bank!
With the transition of Fall in the air I have switched my closet over from Spring/Summer to Fall/Winter last week with the help of our Fall Fashion Guide. I know trends can be touchy but it is my opinion that the trends that float in and out of Fashion every year are here to inspire us to look at what is already available and create new looks through fresh eyes. Here are some of the treasures that I found in my closet that I plan on carrying over to the new season. What will you be wearing?
Print blouse. High rise Marc Jacob wool slacks. Chain belt. Leopard print shoes and bag.
White House Black Market Tuxedo Jacket. Silk Palazzo Pants. Animal Print crop top. Again the white Booties.
Blue velvet yoked cowboy shirt. Fringed scarf. White Booties.
Silk Cami with ostrich feathers. Zara plaid skirt I lengthened with ostrich feathers. Black sock Booties. Prada bag.
Animal print bell bottom pants purchased at least 18 years ago at Intermix. Black silk blouse. White boots.
Oversized white sweater. Ralph Lauren plaid silk dress. White Booties.
Equestrian print jersey dress. Green sweater. Of the moment neon bag. I have matching high heel sandals too! Now I know why I kept that set 🙀.
It was fun to get creative and it didn’t cost me a dime! What’s in your Closet?
You may have noticed in July when every single blogger in the blogosphere sported their brand new Dior Saddle Bag. The brand took to Instagram on July 19th, endorsed by celebrities and influencers alike, to welcome the reissue of the crown jewel of Dior’s accessory business back in 2000.
Since this year’s fashion trend seems to be a blast from the past, the iconic Saddle Bag is a reissue that we are thrilled to see!
The new saddle bags are available in-store and range in price from $2,350 for the mini oblique saddle, up to $8,500 for the medium bag embroidered with beads and fringe. A sampling of the first delivery is below.
Rumor has it the second delivery of new Dior saddle bags will be dropping sometime this month. Although the exact date of the second drop hasn’t been announced yet, our sources say that the below are at least some of the styles we can expect any moment now.
In the meantime, check out this gorgeous making-of video, courtesy of Dior. It’s seriously almost as lovely as the bags themselves.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!
You guys! It’s the END OF SUMMER! On one hand, I’,m like where did it go?! and the other I am so ready for the next chapter and transition. It’s a strange thing because I am ready to move on but the heat of summer is holding on tightly!
Holding on the to the theme of transition and update, I have put together the ultimate shopping cart of the best pieces from summer that you can bring into Fall or on any last min Summer vacations that you have planned!
x’s your resident stylist,
For the most part I live in my sweats. The weather in Montana almost begs for you to be comfy cozy. That’s why I am so happy that the “Athleisure” trend is here to give a welcomed update to my go-to weekend look.
As you know I love any excuse to dress up so we updated my new Moxy Evolution gear with a few of my favorite high and low end pieces to show you that you always have something in your closet to make an outfit go from wow to WHOA!
How do you Moxy?
Challenging times are ahead for the glossy magazines that I loved so dearly growing up. I got an email from my best friend and fellow stylist on Monday: Re: The September Issue is DEAD. Can this be true? And if so, what does that even mean?
September marks the beginning of Fall. Transitioning from the sheer nakedness of summer into layers and textures. Summer is over, school and work commence as we finish off the year as strong as we started it. For the fashion industry, and those who follow it, The September issue has been the Bible. It is loaded with the freshest in Fall fashion showcased and beautifully curated by the masterminds behind what is “IN”. The editors.
Growing up I would plaster my walls with beautiful spreads from W and Vogue. It was the first time that I had seen clothes and fashion used in a way that really spoke to me. These images were an expression and an extension of the creators vision and I couldn’t get enough of them. Imagination was stretched and fantasy was born within me. It was in these pages that I developed my craft as a stylist.
The way that we receive information has evolved drastically. We live in the digital age where everything is available to us in an instant and on our phones. There is no need to wait until September to see what’s happening for Fall. After all, we saw everything on the runway in February! If knowledge is power then the editors of these publications have nothing on us. There is no surprise and reveal when your favorite celebrity influencer is live-streaming the preview from the front row.
With the onset of fast fashion and even faster celebrity influence, can anyone catch up and stay there? Is the patriarchy of the magazine editor over? And if so, are we at the mercy of the celebrity du jour? At what point do we start finding inspiration outside of what someone else dictates to us and find it within ourselves?
We’d like to hear from you. What drives your creative fires? Are they in the pages of a magazine, or in your Instagram feed? How do you remain an Individual in a Social Media driven world?
What’s better than a good deal? A good investment!
Here at Style Beyond Age, we love to keep our money where we can see it: In our closet! There’s nothing quite like treating yourself to a well earned (and researched) Splurge! Whether it’s an iconic handbag or watch that you can pass down for generations or a beautiful pair of sunglasses that make you feel like a million bucks. The quality of one of these classic investment pieces can transcend seasons and trends. Start saving your pennies and doing your research ladies! Here are my top 5 Key pieces every woman should own.
The Iconic Handbag
Even if big ticket items are not your thing, I am sure that you have lusted after one of these Iconic Handbags. When it comes to investing in a luxury bag be sure that it is something you really love and educate yourself on which ones will retain their value like the Hermes Birkin which is estimated to go up in value by double in the next ten years!
Chose Classics that can be styled and appreciated in many ways.
Often times these bags get better with age so don’t shy away from retailors like the Real Real for gently used and pre-owned luxury items.
Shoes are hands down my favorite thing to shop for! I love how they can literally and physically elevate your outfit instantly. And despite what size jeans I am wearing at the time I can always fit into my favorite pair of shoes! Your shoes are one of the first thing that gets noticed when you walk into a room so step out on the right foot! Be sure to take them for a test drive before you buy! Take your time when you’re in the shoe salon and make sure you can WALK in them! I also recomend to take your new shoes to your shoe guy immediately and get a slip resistant pad on the bottoms before you go out on the town!
Another fabulous investment that will withstand the test of time is a great coat.
- Look for quality: Check the labels and fabric content. Polyester will not keep you warm in the winter!
- If at first you don’t succeed, try try again! It may take a few tries to find the right coat fit for you. Don’t get discouraged and don’t make any rushed purcahes!
- Have enough room under the coat for your layers. Seems obvious but you’d be supprised how many designers forget this rule!
I know, I know! You’re probably rolling your eyes at this! Quality shades get a bad wrap. Who wants to spend the money on something you’re just going to throw in your purse? YOU DO. There is nothing like teaching responsibility, how to care and value your well-earned items than owning a pair of high end shades!
Buying yourself a beautiful quality timepiece is anything but instant gratification! Like investing in a luxury car, the resale value of fine watches depends on the make and model.
It is said that purchasing a vintage or previously owned watch is the best bang for your buck when you are purchasing a timepiece.
These vintage pieces continuously increase in value while some newer styles may depreciate upon leaving the jeweler. Here are the names in timepieces that you should look for.
We could go on and on with this extravagant list but regardless of your budget , do your research and purchase the best quality you can afford and you will only have to buy it once.
We may be in the full swing of Summer but it’s never too early to start prepping for your Fall wardrobe! With so many trends popping up at the blink of an eye, I’ve found the 5 strongest Fall Fashion Trends that you can start playing with NOW! Weather they are already in your archives or treasures yet to be found! These looks are so hot you’ll need to crank up your A.C., get cozy and take a peek at what we think you need to put in your shopping cart for Fall.
Frame Fall 2018
DVF Fall 2018
Cynthia Rowley Fall 2018
Johanna Ortiz Fall 2018
“I’ve always loved autumn. This is a kind of Indian summer, with all the leaves. It’s a beautiful mood.” Karl Lagerfeld
Animal print has been a long time favorite in our household! As a matter of fact, we still have pieces from when I was in high school hanging in the archives! Just goes to show you Quality over Quantity wins every time!
This fall we will see animal prints of all kind from leopard to zebra. I’ve always felt that a combination of leopard outerwear paired with bold color and print is a winning combination! I love this layered look from Alice & Olivia (note: the hoodie underneath) but if the floor length coat is too much for you I’ve found more options that will flatter your silhouette and wallet!
Photo Cred Alice & Olivia Fall 2018
Plaids & Checks
I love a play on plaids. You can mix and match all kinds if you keep the color story in the same tone and hue. Glenn Checks and Tartan Plaids always bring to mind classic menswear pairings like strong structured blazers and high waisted trousers. I personally love the strong lines of this long coat with the soft femininity of the metallic shirtdress. Have fun mixing and matching and maybe throw a little animal print in there!
Remember our 4 tips on mixing prints:
- Match COLORS not prints
- Simple prints and graphics are easiest to pair together
- Spread the print out throughout the outfit
- Don’t forget to break it up with a solid!
Photo Cred Alice & Olivia Fall 2018
The 90’s called, they want you to pull out your old combat boots! I love my dainty beautiful pumps just as much as the next girl. But what I really love is a shoe that I can run around in. I’ve been wise to this one for a bit now as the combat boot has been with us for sometime now. I love to mix the super tough with the ultra feminine.
The key to pulling off this look (and not going full on punk rock or goth) is to soften it up. Pair it with an unexpected plaid or floral and a feminine silhouette like this trumpet skirt from Alice & Olivia. Whatever you do, the look should feel effortless and not too “done”. When in doubt it is all about proportion.
Photo Cred Alice & Olivia Fall 2018
Any way you tie it, we love a good scarf. If you are anything like me, scarves are another staple that I can never part with. I have tons of vintage scarves handed down to me from my Grandmother in addition to every single scarf I’ve ever bought. Luckily for us scarf hoarders, designers are taking inspiration from these little silk squares creating playful and fabulous dresses, outerwear and entire outfits!
Tie one on as a headpiece, neckercherif or belt or TRY one of these playful separates now. There’s no getting around it, scarves and scarf prints are back and not going anywhere. I predict you’ll see lots of billowy silk scarf kaftans come Summer 2019.
Photo Cred: DVF Fall 2018
This one is my personal favorite. I’ve always been known to turn up the Western vibes any chance I get. My fashion was heavily influenced by my younger years spent in West Texas in the 80’s. I love how this trend has evolved and softened over the years.
You can pair your Western styled shirts with unexpected textures and prints. Think more Prairie Girl instead of Cowboy when you play with this look. Mix your sunwashed florals with denim and leather and do not forget the silver hardware!
Photo Cred: Dsquared Fall 2018
Recently I took a trip to Dallas and decided to challenge myself.
In light of the fact that I have limited availability near my home in Montana and I had no time to shop on the Internet, I took myself to our local TJMaxx. I spent about 2 hours there and what I was able to put together might surprise you.
For a five day trip I was able to find everything I needed and packed it all in my carry-on.
From swimwear to an anniversary evening out, here are my finds.
The key to packing light is coordinating colors. In this case a choose navy, white and a pop of orange.
Starting with my travel outfit white jeans ( typically I avoid white when traveling for obvious reasons but it was 100 degrees in Dallas ) a colorful tank, a shawl and my sneakers. ( wear your biggest shoes if you are carry on only)
- Joe’s Jeans from TJMaxx $69
- Striped Scarf from TJMaxx $18
- Silk tank JCrew
- Sneakers Reebok
It’s hot and we are headed to dinner. Sometimes you just don’t want any clothes to touch you. This dress is perfect for that time.
- Dress: TJMaxx $20
- Scarf TJ Maxx $18
- Straw bag Target style $28
- Bracelet from Organic Glam Designs
But first: COFFEE! Early morning coffee run!
- Pants: TJMaxx $15
- T-shirt: is a classic from Polo Ralph Lauren.
- Satin Slides: Target $23
This was a well earned cocktail hour!
- Dress: TJMaxx $25
- Earrings: TJMax $10
- Dior purse and strap: Major splurge
Hunting down lunch for Maggie, myself or both.
- Dress: TJMaxx $30
- Sweater: TJMaxx $49
- Hat: Eric Javits $250
- Sunglasses: RayBan $225
- Satin slides: Target Style $23
Our trip to Dallas was a little bit business and little bit pleasure. This jumpsuit works for both moods. Watch me go to my business meeting in my $20 jumpsuit from, you guessed it, TJMAXX!
- Jumpsuit: TJMaxx $20
- Shawl: TJMaxx $15
- Belt Vintage St.John
- Shoes Steve Madden
- Dior clutch There is that splurge again minus the strap
Fashion Hack: the lining was too long for me on this jumpsuit so I simply cut it up higher to make the look more balanced to my frame. Don’t let a little thing like lining stop you from this great find!
Mixing prints. The key to a print mix is color coordination and print size. One large one smaller. Same color pallet. Play around with it.
- Top: TJMaxx $15
- Shorts: TJMaxx $17
- Hat: Eric Javits $250
- Straw bag: Target style $28
- Tote: Louis Vuitton
A happy wife leads to a happy life! I look pretty happy here on our 15th (maybe 16th) Anniversary dinner!!!
- Jeans: Joe’s Jeans TJMaxx $60
- Silk Cami: Polo Ralph Lauren
- Kimono: TJMaxx $17 shopped in the ladies XXL section.
- Shoes: Steve Madden
- Pendant: My mother’s!
- Clutch: I DIY’d it with the bling
- Perfume: LeLabo musc25 which was a limited scent for Los Angeles
Well there it is! I packed an entire carry-on with some wonderful deals at TJMaxx and Target. Looking good is not so much about money as it is about thinking outside of the box and not shying away from places you might not readily frequent. Have fun with fashion. Invest in great accessories and look for hidden treasures.
Fashion Photo Shoot Fun!
If you caught “My stories” during this fashion shoot, you noticed it was pouring rain. Of course, we managed to have fun anyway. Our destination was the Flathead Lake Lodge a huge dude ranch in Bigfork, Montana with tons of amenities. What could possibly go wrong! The management was wonderful and more than accommodating. We were set. Our imaginations were humming, and we had boxes and boxes of divine outfits coming every day. Jimmy from Fed Ex was a regular.
It all started out innocently enough when my friend Sue and I went off to scout for locations.
Serena and I had been planning a multigenerational photo shoot for quite a while. It was bohemian inspired, with models from 17 to 71. We were looking for a Montana hideaway with lots of different settings: teepees, cabins, lakefronts.
As the day approached the weather was getting worse. Of course, the day before we were scheduled to shoot it started raining and never stopped. Another lesson in
You can control some of the things some of the time…
We had to cancel the Lodge and move to the house. Now the games are really on! We had to find the best lighting in the house bring in tropical plants, rugs, and pillows you name it. All to provide us with the right setting to showcase our theme.
We had a lovely time with all our local ladies the day before. We tried on outfits and set the scene. Sadly, as promised, the day of the photo shoot was raining cats and dogs.
We started at three ( lots of activity) and around four o’clock we realize we are missing one. Our new assistant Laura is not here. Unusual and completely out of character! A quick check of my email and it turns out she has been in an accident and is in the hospital with a neck brace waiting on an MRI. Another call and she is “fine” but sore. Thank goodness. One hand down!
In the coming weeks Stylebeyondage will be expressing through pictures, how different generations can take a look or a feeling and translate into a fashion statement that works for your age. Our hope is that you enjoy seeing it as much as we enjoyed producing it. We hope to inspire, amuse you and deliver to your imagination the truth that fashion and trends can really be applicable to Style Beyond Age.