• The pantsuit is a constant for office wear. It fits our desire to look professional.

    But we worry that it’s not always a good choice for women over 50. In the 1970’s through the 1990’s, pantsuits looked new and interesting. They were a symbol of women moving into higher work positions. They were the feminine version of the male uniform, a business suit. The Wall Street Journal just announced they love them in their fashion coverage – but then I guess that’s predictable.

    Now that we’re over 50, we’re more experienced. We have more flexibility about how we look and we can choose more flattering concepts. We admire Hillary’s professionalism and intelligence but she often looked overwhelmed by the suit back then.  (I know – she has moved on in her fashion choices, so this isn’t really fair to her but the photos do make a point.)

    The fabric is often rather heavy and inflexible looking. The cut looks like a man’s straight cut business suit.This might be one of those trends that, if you wore it yourself some years ago, you shouldn’t wear it now. Designers need to come up with something to make them look new and flattering on a woman over 50 (or even over 40)
    This is a lot of fabric to carry well. Imagine how it would look with just a few more pounds.
     This look is just off the runway. Even on a very tall, very thin, very young model, the pantsuit is a little shapeless and grim.All that monochromatic fabric becomes a large distracting block of color.
    We don’t think this new pantsuit design from Prada is the answer. While it isn’t a solid block of color,  the busy pattern would be overwhelmingly distracting on most women, especially after 50.
    This is an new interesting idea that solves some pantsuit issues. The 2-color placement is adds dimension. It also is sliming.  The belted waist gives definition. The shorter pants length looks newer. The length also works well with flatter, comfortable shoes.
    The fabric is softer with lots of texture. The cut is more feminine and unlike a man’s business suit.
    What often works best is a jacket and pant in different colors. We like a little shape to the jacket and shorter pants to wear with flats or boots. I realize the model is very young and thin but many women could wear this.
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    Article by: Dianne Morris

    As a designer and entrepreneur, products for women have always been my focus. In my first company DianneSullivan Designs, I designed and made fun jewelry for young women to buy in boutiques and department stores. That company transitioned into Miraflores Designs which designed and supplied custom designed soap, shampoo and other toiletries for hotel chains including Hyatt, Sheraton and many others. After selling that company, my next company, Bay Linens, Inc, designed decorative bedding which was sold through Bloomingdales, Bed, Bath & Beyond and other retailers. Our home decor products, with the brand, China Seas, was sold at Isetan Department stores in Japan. At this stage of life I'm connecting with other women over 50 who want to examine their interests and to connect with each other. At ZestNow.com I want to gather useful information and inspiration for this new phase of life.

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