Red Alert! Fall has arrived, and just like that, a new color pallet is upon us! This fall, we’ll see lots of bold, timeless, yet versatile color. Colors like bright cherry red, orange, green, kelly green, yellow, hot pink, and lilac popped up on the runways for Fall/Winter. Color is an easy way to transition your Spring/Summer wardrobe into Fall/Winter. Today we’re highlighting our favorite pop of color BRIGHT CHERRY RED. All of these looks are super wearable; you can mix and match all of these pieces to create dynamic and on-trend looks to take you into the new season.
We’ve all heard the expression: You are what you eat. Nowadays, thanks to a more conscious lifestyle that we all chose to embody, we know that the adage also includes what we watch, listen to, read, and the people we surround ourselves with. Everything that we consume and participate in makes up the fabric of who we are. Speaking of fabric, what you wear also plays a big part in your mental and spiritual well-being.
There is a vibratory frequency to everything. Have you ever felt down and used a little lipstick as a mood enhancer? Frumpy, so you added your favorite pair of shoes? We’ve all felt stuck, unmotivated, and unconfident in our lives, and I find the best way to shake up any mood that I’m in is to go for an outfit change!
Live your best dressed and most confident life with these three motivating factors.
Dress for the job that you want, not the job that you have
These days, traditional office jobs don’t look so traditional, and a lot of us are working from our kitchen table. While your morning routine may look like making your coffee and hitting the keyboards running, allow me to try to persuade you to take a moment to take off your PJs and find your self an OOTD. What we wear dramatically affects how we perform and how people perceive us (even on Zoom). Dressing “the part,” even from your living room, can help motivate you and cultivate an air of confidence that ultimately enables you to stay focused, especially when you work from home.
You are what you wear
Getting dressed can help elevate your mood, which I know we can all use right now. Often, when people feel depressed or bad about themselves, they reflect those feelings in their wardrobe. Dressing well can help your psyche, make you more empowered, and have the confidence to control your life. It can help improve your outlook, and the positive feedback you receive from others can significantly improve your sense of self and overall happiness.
Slim Aarons, “Quiet Afternoon”
You never get a second chance to make a great first impression
Whether you like it or not, people judge by their first impressions of us. Mindful dressing helps attract friends, partners, and relationships that form our lives. By attracting others and developing meaningful relationships, you can reinforce dressing well and begin to improve your confidence.
High Vibe Fashion
Here are a few of my all-time favorite High Vibe Fashion Lines that are revolutionizing timeless essentials that are always in style. Ethical, sustainable, and value-driven choices that make everybody feel good!
Astra | Luxury Grounding Footwear
Walk With Intention | ASTARA was created with the vision that shoes should be both functional and purposeful. An intentional piece connects you to the balancing frequency of the Earth, which is often blocked from urban living and the conventional rubber sole shoes.
Everlane | Modern Basics, Radical Transparency
At Everlane, we want the right choice to be as easy as putting on a great T-shirt. That’s why we partner with the best, ethical factories around the world. Source only the finest materials. And share those stories with you—down to the true cost of every product we make. It’s a new way of doing things. We call it Radical Transparency.
AWAVEAWAKE | Naturally dyed, Earth Conscious, SUSTAINABLE FASHION.
AWAVEAWAKE strives to be a marriage of functionality and beauty: easy to wear but entirely elegant; modest, yet embracing the sensual feminine; luxurious, while conscious of its footprint and considerate of the resources of planet Earth.
Made in Los Angeles, colorful lingerie, easy shirting, dresses and tops are quintessential to the brand. With a clever mix of boy meets girl, underpinnings turn into swim and day dressing turns into a night out. This unpretentious collection can always be worn two ways – casual with sneakers or dressed up with heels. This is the XíRENA girl!
Print Head to Toe
Well, I certainly got out of my comfort zone with this look and I’m so glad I did!
As I get older, I am noticing that I am now “petite”. That means my height is shrinking, so being overwhelmed by prints would seem to be something to avoid. But, a pair of strappy heels and a confident attitude go a long way to feeling fantastic in a look like this. Bonus points for not having to think about coordinating anything, just pop it on along with your attitude and you´re ready to go.
The gold item is a button off a dress of my mother’s, the turquoise stone came from a necklace that broke and the lapis was a worry stone I rubbed for ages (have you ever used one they are very popular in places like Greece). It cracked on a fault line so I added the silver top to hang it as a necklace and it ended up on this clutch.
Graphic Tee Cool
The straw bag is from @targetstyle embellished with pompoms for a pop of color. ( I must be into decorating my bags).
Check the ring from @lovechicos. They have the best accessories every time.
Prints and Stripes
Another fantastic Chico’s look.
We all have that striped T in our closets, so just pull it out, run it across your prints and see what catches your eye.
The key here is to keep it in the same color scheme – in this case navy.
Until we show thispicture I didn’t notice the bottom of this @patricianash bucket bag. So cool!
The shoes are @colehaan. They work with this look but honestly they are too clunky for my taste and hard for me to walk in, however, they seen to be all the rage. You get height without a true heel just a flat platform, so they may work for you.
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Loungewear for the Non-Casual Women, like Me
I´ve always considered loungewear to be those comfortable clothes you wear around the house when you don’t really plan to go anywhere, but nowadays loungewear is stylish, chic, and sophisticated.
I’ve dipped my toes into the casual pool, and been totally won over by the feel, the ease and the effortlessness of the pieces I’ve collected, that I thought it was time to share them with you.
Underwear as Loungewear
The new @evelynbobbie bra design has become a favorite to wear on its own or underneath something else. Combining lift and comfort with an adjustable design it hugs you in all the right places, but isn´t too tight either.
Who says I can´t be casual? In this Alala loungewear, I can do anything. The comfort, the style, the ease – it´s ticking all the right boxes.
Cozy PJ´s as Loungewear
You might hear me suggesting you can wear PJ´s out to lunch and think I´ve finally lost it; but when your pajamas are as chic as these, it is a possibility. I fell in love with this pair from @Somaintimates
Loungewear for the Non-Casual Woman
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She´s back! Today at Style Beyond Age our resident stylist, Serena, is sharing 20 under-$100 dresses for summer; and we´re spoiled for choice. There are maxi dresses, midi dresses, mini dresses, wrap dresses, smocks and more – before I give away too much, I´ll hand over to Serena, so you can dive straight in…
20 Under-$100 Dresses for Summer
A little late to the party, but it feels like summer has finally arrived!
In these hot summer days, when I can’t have anything touch my body, my go-to is always a dress. I’ve pulled together my favorite summer dresses under $100 to refresh your summer wardrobe.
You´re half way – Still 10 under-$100 Summer Dresses to go!
20 Summer Dresses under $100
I don´t know about you, but that´s definitely put me in the summer spirit.
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On the Style Beyond Age blog, we´re featuring 24 Black owned Fashion Brands to support today.
In the wake of recent events, many people have asked what they can do to help. And while there is so much to be done about educating ourselves on systematic racism and police brutality, as we protest, organize, call our local government officials and vote, there is nothing like putting our money where our mouth is. It is my goal to help amplify the voices of the many talented Black designers that have graced us with their visions. Here is a list of 24 Black-owned design houses that we love to support.
24 Black Owned Fashion Brands we LOVE
Brother Vellies was founded by Aurora James in 2013 with the goal of keeping traditional African design practices, and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs. Now handmade artisanaly across the globe, Brother Vellies creates luxury accessories that celebrate cultural histories and timeless design.
EDAS founded by Sade Mims, was created from an innovative standpoint, initially focusing on sustainability while using unusual home-goods and refurbished elements. Through the maturity of the brand, EDAS now delivers feminine and staple accessories, accommodating the everyday, eclectic woman. We create each piece of jewelry by hand, and we take pride in seeing the hands of the craftsman within our pieces. Our signature is making each item one of a kind, and uniquely tailored to whoever chooses to wear it.
lemlem is an artisan-driven collection of women’s, men’s, children’s and home goods made entirely in Africa. Supermodel Liya Kebede was inspired to launch the brand following a trip to her native Ethiopia where she met a group of traditional weavers who no longer had a market for their craft. Meaning to bloom and flourish in the Ethiopian language of Amharic, lemlem is committed to elevating artisanship and expanding production and jobs across Africa.
Cushnie, founded by Carly Cushnie, is a luxury women’s ready-to-wear and accessories brand that empowers women and celebrates diversity. Defined by the balance of proportion, structure and fluidity, the CUSHNIE aesthetic embodies a refined sense of cosmopolitan minimalism and femininity. Cushnie launched their Target capsule collection this week!
Haitian-born designer Victor Glemaud launched his eponymous leisurewear collection in 2006 and is known for his brilliant use of knitwear and color for all people, genders, races, and sizes. Victor Glemaud was a finalist in the 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and honored for his achievements by the Ambassador of Haiti to the United States.
Founded by self taught designer/artisan Valerie Blaise, in Brooklyn New York. VAVVOUNE (pronounced vav•une) is a leather accessories brand recognized by way of cultured design. Introducing passionate wearable leather accessories , while hinting spunk in effortless ways of impression. Moods, moments of nostalgia, and functionality introduces inspiration.
Undra Celeste New York, founded by Undra Duncan, is known for its elevated basics; like our ultra-soft sheer turtlenecks to the eye-catching faux collar statement coat. Elements that you will find prevalent in the brand’s aesthetics are BOLDNESS (color and prints), MODERN (clean lines and silhouettes) and FUN (embellishments and metallics).
Island Tribe is a womenswear lifestyle brand, founded by Angeline Hayling and OD Odero, with a strong commitment to sustainability and fair trade practices. “The Tribe” embraces femininity, environmental consciousness and holistic living. Inspired by the Ocean and the Elements of life; their intimate designs are created with peace, love and blessings for all the free spirited around the world. In 2020, they were selected as one of the top 25 emerging brands by the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Mateo New York, founded in 2009 by Jamaican jewelry designer Mattew Harris, is a fine-jewelry collection that takes inspiration from modern art. The fine jewelry collections bare Mateo’s true aesthetic of simplicity and minimalism, drawing inspiration from modern art for the modern woman. Each piece is made from 14KT gold with a consistent use of diamonds and precious gemstones.
Kimberly Goldson, founded in 2011 by sisters Kimberly Goldson and Shelly Powell, is all about brightly colored, statement pieces. The Kimberly Goldson lifestyle brand is inspired by the flavor of Kimberly and Shelly’s hometown, Brooklyn, and draws from the dynamic cultures encountered during their international travels. It was created as a mix of those worlds for women who love luxury and dare to be bold and vivacious, fearless and distinctive.
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10 Styling Hacks to start incorporating 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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.
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
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.
SUPPORT – SHOP – SHARE
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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.
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.
How to Wear a Bohemian Maxi Skirt Casually
Once Upon A Warm Summer Night
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!
Maxi Skirt Restyle
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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.
Romantic Boho Style
Spring is coming to the valley at a clip. I still need this jacket now, but the winds, they are a-changing!
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.
This coral embroidered Zara jacket has been in the same closet rotation, every time looking different.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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…
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.
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.
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
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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