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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

6 Things Women Over 40 Shouldn't Wear

You may look half your age, but if you're over 40 there are certain things you should never wear--no matter what.

That's the word from fashion guru Tim Gunn, who serves as the mentor on the hit reality series "Project Runway" that premiered on Bravo in 2004.

When Gunn was a guest on the "Oprah" show, he laid down the law to the over-40 crowd.

If you're over 40, you should never wear:

  1. Horizontal stripes
  2. Jackets that hit at mid-thigh
  3. Pleated pants
  4. Double-breasted blazers
  5. Capri-length pants
  6. Low-rise jeans

Makeup artist Bobbi Brown, who is about to turn 50, says the key to looking beautiful as we age is not what you put on your face, but rather how you care for your body. "It's about [how you're] eating," she says. "It's about exercise more than anything else."

She warned that skin care is key for older women. As we age, our skin gets drier, so it's important to switch from a powder blush to a cream rouge.

--From the Editors at Netscape

If you'd like to have more style advice, here's Tim Gunn's best-seller book:

Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style

There seems to be no one more qualified or equipped to ponder or even, dare I say, dictate 'quality, taste, and style' than Tim." -Sarah Jessica Parker, actor/producer

Television has introduced the world to a new fashion authority: Tim Gunn. As Bravo's style mentor and Chair of the Fashion Design Department at Parsons The New School for Design, Tim delivers advice in a frank, witty, and authoritative manner that delights audiences.

Now readers can benefit from Tim's considerable fashion wisdom in Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style. He discusses every aspect of creating and maintaining your personal style: how to dress for various occasions, how to shop (from designer to chain to vintage stores), how to pick a fashion mentor, how to improve your posture, find the perfect fit, and more. He'll challenge every reader-whether a seasoned fashionista or a style neophyte-to "make it work!"

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Need even more style advice?
Then read

Brenda Kinsel's Fashion Makeover: 30 Days to Diva Style!

Brenda Kinsel is the fairy godmother of fashion. Drawing on 20-plus years as an image consultant, in Fashion Makeover Kinsel helps women over 40 catapult themselves out of fashion ruts in one short month. Real women who may feel alienated by fashion magazines get the tools they need to overhaul their look from their clothes to their hair and makeup to, perhaps most important, their attitude all while staying true to their personality and not spending a fortune. Fashion Makeover presents a four-week plan of attack with clear, attainable goals. Packed with real life success stories, style solutions for every body type, confidence-inspiring motivation, and full-color fashion illustrations, this gorgeous manual puts women on the fast track to fantastic style.

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