BRENDA COFFEE PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNIFER DENTON
Kaftans are an easy, comfortable, chic way to dress, and perfect for summer. Some are strictly casual, while others, like the one I’m wearing, could be worn to a dressy event like a wedding. While kaftans can cover a multitude of sins, I work hard at keeping my weight down and staying in shape, so I’m surprised I wear them because they hide my waist and hips.
Beautiful summer kaftans are also a great alternative to our same old casual clothes.
Brenda Coffee Photographs by Jennifer Denton
Today I’m joining two of my over 50 friends in California to talk about elevated casual. My favorite way to dress. It’s amazing how little it takes to dress up a casual pair of leggings and turn them into something we’d be comfortable wearing to a party with friends, or out to dinner.
You know you’ve chosen a great pair of leggings when Jennifer Lopez wears them in her new movie, Marry Me.
Photographs by Jennifer Denton
This week’s outfit is something I never would have thought about wearing when I was younger. Back then I took my style so seriously: Tailored suits with neutral colored heels for business and on my off-time, I liked black velvet, straight leg jeans, a crisp white shirt with the cuffs folded back, black ballet slippers and no jewelry except for a Movado watch. While it’s still one of my favorite casual looks, for the most part, my style is more playful now.
Are combat boots too casual?
The other day I was going through my closet, looking for clothes I already own that I can mix and match to make new outfits. In the process of trying them on and looking for things to pair together in other ways, I was reminded of when I bought them.
Like the yellow, Chinese cheongsam blouse I bought in San Francisco, soon after I’d been chased out of a store on Stockton Street by a man wielding a meat cleaver.
Photographs by Jennifer Denton
This week I’m doing Fashion Friday a day early, because I’ve joined five other Over 50 women to talk about fall fashion. I love being part of their group, because our styles are all so different.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not out and about like I was before Covid, which means, I’m not buying any new clothes. If you’ve followed me here on 1010ParkPlace then you know I buy quality over quantity, so my clothes last me forever.
This week I’m shopping my closet, mixing and matching things I already have.
The great Ruth Gordon from the 1968 film Rosemary's Baby.
When was the last time you visited Ulta or Sephora or cruised makeup lessons on YouTube? Lots of teens and young women have taken makeup to extremes, but I’m shocked to see how many women over 50 have joined them.
Many look like they’ve been to clown school.
David Dangle at home in Pennsylvania. Photograph courtesy of David Dangle
For those of you who shop QVC you probably already know David Dangle, CEO of Joan Rivers Worldwide. You may also know Gus, his whip smart, Smooth Fox Terrier, but did you know David Dangle had already made a name for himself before he and Joan started their phenomenally successful brand or that they pioneered television home shopping? For years David Dangle and I have talked (behind the scenes) on Instagram.
His legions of fans will be glad to know in-person, he’s the same great guy you see on television.
Illustration by Jill Anthony
Darlings, if I were to compose a love letter to fall, my favorite season, I would write passionately about its beautiful colors, crisp air and the aromas of cinnamon and spice. Oh but how I would go on and on about its fashion! Cozy sweaters, wool jackets in plaids and houndstooth, knee-high leather boots and all the rest of the fabulous fall fashion I simply adore.
Add all this and a pumpkin spice coffee and I’m in heaven.
Hildie Plumpepper illustration ©Jill Anthony
Darlings, I can hardly believe it’s been 46 years since I went to see Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden. It was all about the rock shows back then and part of the fun was dressing up to see your favorite bands. With guitarist Jimmy Page as my inspiration, I remember donning a pair of hip hugger bell bottom jeans, a velvet blazer with wide lapels and a pair of sky high platform boots. Continue Reading