Friday, May 21, 2010
There is a name or actually several names for the condition that affects a large percentage of women over 40. Call them mom jeans or rib ticklers. You know when it takes four minutes for your zipper to travel from bottom to top or if your jeans look like they are consuming your torso ,it's time for an update. Start with your body type are you curvy? straight hipped? Curvy gals are actually better in a slightly higher rise jean with a contour waistband. A little stretch, say 2% will help with problem spots. Keep the washes and pockets simple and clean.
A woman with a straight hip has the opportunity to wear a little lower waist and possibly a little slimmer leg. The jean should sit at your natural waistline just above your hipbone. Buy them a little snug. All jeans stretch out as you wear them anyway. Keep the length clean without a lot of break at the ankle, this makes for a longer leg look and keeps the denim from dragging and fraying. A slight update at any age can drastically change your look. Don't get stuck on something you liked 8 years ago.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Every generation has it's trademark style . The 80's had padded shoulders the 90's was the start of luxury denim (and Hub) as well as the velour virus of Juicy Couture. The 00's brought Americana updated and over embellished crap.
As a buyer and an older guy the trick is to be objective and insightful into all decades and customers. Folks in their twenties are the best canvas for more extreme trends. The only problem is sometimes they take it too literally. Runway is not reality.
Next, the lost souls in their thirties trying to figure out who they should be. A lot of people stall in style development at this point. This can also bleed into their music and cultural development.
The forties are a great time to look back and figure out what really works for you. If your are in decent shape you should be able to draw from past decades. Think of it as a "Best Of".
In your fifties, unless you are one of the left over style stumped people from the age thirty group you have a real opportunity to mix all the things you have learned. It's hard to beat the combination of wisdom and style.
When you are young the clothes can wear you. When you grow up you get to wear the clothes.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
What is it with guys and girls calling each other dude? Is it because of the one syllable capacity of the "Duder's"? First, don't call me Dude if you are younger than me or I am your boss or teacher. Girls. Really? "Dude I started my period", "Dude I'm pregnant" It's just wrong and odd. Is this an affectionate term? Don't think so. Maybe I am just not So Cal enough.
My father couldn't be bothered to remember my friends names so he just called them all Robert. That was okay with me, at least it had a meaning. It meant these are my son's friends, fair enough. It was a little tough when he gave me phone messages though.