30 is the new 20, 40 the new 30, and 50 & 60 are the new...huh? Our obsession with youth (and celebrity) has made shopping for clothes feel like a confusing tug of war between a Forever 21 Fad and Matronly Jolie Madame, so it's small wonder everyone's now completely confused about how to be both fashionable and age-appropriate.
Which is why top celeb stylist Kendall Farr - who's dressed chic A-listers, including Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, and Diane Sawyer - decided to write Style Evolution: How to Create Ageless Personal Style in Your 40s and Beyond (Gotham Books, 2009). "Ageless," explains Farr, "is based on wearing good design with the right foundations underneath." Advocating an organic, more natural approach to fashion, she helps anyone striving to dress their age do it in the best way possible by developing a look that evolves in way both hip and individualistic.
Explaining the difference between "young" (aka "mutton dressed as lamb") and "youthful" (fabulous), this helpful guide demonstrates how to dress for your specific body type (there are basically 3 to choose some, with a few fuller variations); which colors, fabrics, and silhouettes are most flattering; and most importantly, how to interpret the latest trends in way that makes them personal and timeless.
Along with her handy High Fashion Cheat Sheet, detailed shopping lists, and numerous tricks of the trade, it's now possible for anyone to dress like a grown-up...and that's a good thing.
- Lesley Scott
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