• Neutrals are everywhere now from feet to nails. A look composed completely of neutrals is the most trendsettting. Don’t be hindered by age, size, or fabrics. This look has no boundaries and works for any age. Covering up in romantic layers is the way to do it now. This popular approach is especially good at any size. Silk, cotton, linen, lightweight wools and cashmere all have their part in this look. A combination of textures is important.

    Don’t limit yourself to black, white, and gray. Camel, caramel and metallic are very popular, fresh spins on tradition. An animal skin print is perfect as a pattern neutral that stands out, looks stylish and is easy to wear. Minimalism and simplicity are important. Monochromatic looks can be inventive and flexible. Use what you have to create a fresh take combined with investments in staple pieces such as a jacket and pants.

    Whatever you do, don’t stint on quality, because subtle, solid colors show fabrics well.

    1) Ivory and Beige – Cool Sophistication

    Ivory, cream, beige, tan – combine them several together in your outfit.
    Consider an investment in a great trench coat. A darker neutral such as a classic tan can be worn year-round. Winter white is the new classy classic.

    Ralph Lauren Grayson Leather Trench Coat

    Robert Rodriguez Trench Coat available at Nordstrom

    Cream Lace Suit – a combination of beautiful light textures

    2) Natural Linen

    The original undyed color of linen is a color between beige and gray with lots of texture. It’s especially effective contrasted with sparkling white or dramatic black.

    Lightweight fine gauge linen in its natural undyed color, a sophisticated casual look by Eileen Fisher

    Fair Trade Bead Crocheted Necklace made by artisans in Peru

    Cap Sleeve Dress – pleats create a soft shape

    Open-Twist Cardigan, by Eileen Fisher

    3) Camel and Carmel – Rich and Versatile

    Camel and in all its shades are an asset to your wardrobe.One great dress or a pair of classic pants can be worn over and over and still look great. Caramel is its richer, more vibrant cousin. It looks especially appealing in accessories.

    Ralph Lauren McNeil Chino Shirtdress

    Lalette Satchel, by Salvatore Ferragamo

    Elephant Charm Bracelet

    4. A Beautiful Gray Day

    Pair together shades of grey with white and ivory. .

    Zenergy Vertical Stripe Tee at Chico’s

    Ombre Scarf and Crinkle Dress, by Eileen Fisher

    5. Metallics

    Daffodyl Cutout Ballet Flats, by COACH

    Essential Metallic Belt, by Soft Surroundings (click photo to order)

    Sequined Cardigan, by Donna Karan

    6. Roaring Prints

    Try animal skin prints on your feet or on a purse to get the look without being too dramatic. Pair them with other neutrals to keep the light-look in the jungle of fashion.

    Stella McCartney Nirvana Leopard Print Nylon Top Handle Bag, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Julian Python-Embossed Small Shoulder Bag, by Michael Kors

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    As a designer and entrepreneur, products for women have been my focus. Dianne Sullivan Designs created fun jewelry for boutiques and department stores. Miraflores Designs designed and supplied custom branded soap, shampoo and other toiletries for hotel chains. With Bay Linens, Inc, we created decorative bedding sold through Bloomingdales, Bed, Bath & Beyond and other retailers. Our home decor products, with the brand, China Seas, is 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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