I come from a family of book lovers. There must have been at least 5,000 books in my house when I was growing up. There were three sets of Encyclopedia Britanicas for goodness sake.
Because I am interested in fashion after 50 (and 60 and soon to be 70), I have started to look more carefully at books that are aimed at woman of a certain age.
Recently, I discovered The Wardrobe Wakeup by Lois Joy Johnson. So far, this is my favorite. Here’s why:
- It is very well written, up to date, and includes photographs of real women with real shapes and interesting, but not outlandish, styles.
- It has great ideas of how to organize your wardrobe, how to flatter your figure, and how to develop a sense of “style”.
One of the challenges for me about Advanced Style, one of my favorite blogs, is that the women in the photographs often have an eccentric quality about them. Now I am all for individuality and self-expression, but as a guide to style, I am less certain.
Compare these two women below from Wardrobe Wakeup to the photo from Advanced Style above.
These looks are certainly individual and interesting, but not outlandish.
I also like the down-to-earth quality about what Lois has to say. Here’s some examples:
“If we can’t talk, think, walk, sit, and relax in it we’ll pass.”
“I’m really on the fence here. I’m a grown up fashion editor who makes practical smart clothing choices but I have an ageless, irreverent attitude about style. . . I need the classic black pencil skirt but I really want the one covered in layers of tulle. My fashion pro self knows what I should buy and wear but my stylish alter ego can’t resist anything that looks like fun.”
Sounds like me . . . although I am buying less “fun” and more practical nowadays. But, at almost 70, maybe buying skinny jeans might be classified as “fun”.