How to Wear Vertical Stripes on Over 50 Feeling 40

Yes, there is magical power in wearing vertical stripes when selecting our fashion over age 50.  I have been pleasingly plump…well, most of my life, really…and learned how vertical stripes pay off, while horizontal stripes most often give us an appearance of being larger. It is all about eye line and a vertical stripe draws the eye downward and does give us a slimmer appearance.  I displayed it yesterday with the custom fit tunic with a print that had vertical lines at the top. 

And today, I am showing you a Ming Wang top I purchased on sale at the beginning of being sent home to work.  At that time, I did not realize just how long we would be working from home, so I thought this was an excellent top to have for summer professional work.



Ming Wang top on Over 50 Feeling 40

As I told you, I am currently re-evaluating what stays and what goes in my wardrobe…as I transition to new phases of life.  I do own excellent, quality brands for my professional life, and I have decided it is good to continue to hang on to most of these…especially as long as I am working.  This outfit is one that will stay.  The top is 97% cotton, very lightweight and I can wash it.  The sleeves on this top also make it unique and fun….that creative adjective I go for with my style.   I like the fact the stripes are not overpowering…that gives more of the elegant style I am seeking these days.  If I wanted to, I could open the top of the necklace, iron it to stay open and create a V shape.  I have lost a little weight since I first got the top and it is roomy, but for now I like the polished style of it.

Unique Ming Wang Sleeves on Over 50 Feeling 40

Favorite Eileen Fisher pant on over 50 Feeling 40

My love of the Eileen Fisher crepe pants has been shared with you for years.  I have them in 7 colors and though they have been a foundation of many professional outfits, I will continue to use them over and over again to upgrade my more casual lifestyle.  They are comfortable, cool and easy to wash at home as well.  I have been wearing them for working at home because of that cool, comfort.  Also, I topped this off with my Rockport ballet flats…another brand I have promoted and worn for years….. a simple Chico’s necklace, and James Avery cuff bracelets.  




I am currently reading one of the books a reader recommended which was originally published in the 1960s,  so the advice can be very interesting when applied to our lives today.  A Guide to Elegance by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux recommends all vertical lines for women who carry extra weight in the middle.  Her list of what we should always wear includes:


-V Necklines

-Dresses which button down the front

-Single-breasted coats and suits

-Draped bodices which break up the size of the bust

-Straight skirts

-Straight coats

-Tailored suits with collars and lapels

-Crepe, and other soft materials. (YES, to me keeping the pants!)


“The general principle is to hide what is most generous and to accentuate the slimmest part of the figure.” – Genevieve Antoine Dariaux


I also plan to mix some of my nicer pieces with denim and see how it works.  Before I completely purge the closet, I want to pause…ponder…and then proceed, so that I do not regret tossing or selling pieces I may want to have later.  I know that has happened to me…and some of you, before.   

Today’s Fabulous Finds slideshow includes a touch of casual chic.  

Would anyone like to add to the list above with techniques to help trim down your style?  Or “tossed-too-soon” stories.  I love to hear from you…and thanks for being here.



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Sun Basket on Over 50 Feeling 40


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