Ankle Booties

Ankle Booties are useful, versatile and add an instant update to your wardrobe! They can become the workhorse of your wardrobe because they can be worn with shorts, skirts, skinny jeans, flare jeans and they can totally chic up dresses!  They also span the seasons.

The ankle boots selected are diverse in price point and look, but similar in usefulness and adding a cool factor to your outfit!  If you buy one boot this Fall make it an ankle bootie!

Striped tee with white jeans 3 ways

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Shopping my closet,  playing around with pieces in my wardrobe and putting different outfits together is happy time for me.  For Women over 40 the loss of a defined waist starts to become a reality. So using techniques that do not draw attention to the middle, like leaving tops out and choosing jeans that have a high waist, are helpful in camouflaging that area.

Two very basic pieces – a Gap striped relaxed black and white t-shirt and Gap 1969 destructed resolution true-skinny high-rise jeans are combined to create three classic yet different black and white looks.

First is the casual outfit.  I turned up the jeans a bit to create a cuff and mixed the pieces with a black denim jacket, super comfortable Roxy Ventura Crochet slip-on sneakers, my silver Nantucket basket necklace, diamond studs and Chanel sunglasses.

 

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Pulled hair back in an unfussy, low, casual pony tail that I don’t pull through all the way.

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A black bird paid a visit and landed on the white fence – perfectly black and white!

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The second is a comfortable day out shopping outfit.  Worn with BP booties from Nordstrom, carrying a red tote from Zara with an Hermes red enamel H bracelet.  Bringing in the pops of red makes the outfit more fun.

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Lastly, the dressiest outfit of the three.  Wearing platform heeled sandals by Vince Camuto…

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…with a fringed black clutch and a statement ring by Tous and…

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Front and Back Chain Stud Drop earrings by TopShop.

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One rainy day or any day, spend a little time picking out a few pieces and mix them with different shoes and accessories and see if you can create one outfit, 3 ways!

Photos by the talented Carola Muis www.carolamuis.com

Style a Summer Dress for Fall

Early Fall days in New York, and many parts of the country, begin chilly and end chilly but can get quite warm during mid-day.  While an Indian summer is wonderful, I am itching to start wearing my favorite Fall pieces by the end of September.  Until those leaves start to change color and cool Fall days arrive, style a summer dress for Fall by simply wearing an ankle boot!

When the Fall temperatures finally arrive add a jean jacket or cardigan sweater, layer a long-sleeved t-shirt or turtleneck under the dress, tie a scarf or hanky around your neck and add opaque tights.  Of course, adding a great pair of sunglasses always finishes off a look in any season!

By mixing summer pieces with cool weather pieces and wearing an ankle boot, you stretch your wardrobe, have an outfit that can accommodate the varying temperatures of the day and elevate your style!

Will you style a summer dress for Fall?

Keep an eye out next week for the beginning of a series on Fall Trends.  Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia
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Modern Metal Cuff Bracelets

Minimal and Modern Metal Cuff Bracelets are great statement accessories!  They add a finishing touch that complete yet and will not overwhelm you or your outfit.

Add a Modern Metal Cuff Bracelet to your costume jewelry collection.

Chic and Comfortable Shoes

Chic and Comfortable Shoes — key criteria for making a footwear purchase!!  The five choices from Vince Camuto below fit the bill – they will elevate your outfit and you could walk for hours!

Which shoes will you choose this summer??