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Over-40 Fashionista Spotlight: France’s Velvet Runway

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by Jonét Wooten, FabulouslyChicOver50.com

I think we will all enjoy meeting today’s global over-40 fashionista. Not only are we headed to the beautiful French countryside (in our minds), we are meeting up with the lovely Julia, The Velvet Runway blogger and a trained personal stylist! Julia was kind enough to share her styling expertise and tips for the apple and pear shaped woman.

FCO50: How would you describe your personal style?

JULIA: I think I would describe my style as classic with a twist or a hint of fun, as I love to integrate new trends into my look.

FCO50: We love the feminine skirts and dresses you wear. How do you decide on the pieces you pair with your your looks?

A number of factors influence my outfit choices, as I love to get ideas from other style blogs as well as taking account of street-style. I’m not sure if it’s since I started blogging or took the personal stylist course, but I find I’m constantly noticing what other people are wearing.

But, I think the biggest influences on my outfit choices are my mood and my daughters’ opinion! Having two daughters in their early twenties is like having an inner critic, and I trust and value their judgment (even if I occasionally ignore it!)

FCO50: Can you share styling tips for the apple and pear shaped woman?

Julia of The Velvet Runway

JULIA: I think dressing for your body shape is probably the most important factor in styling at any age, as it can make the difference between looking fabulous or frumpy.

I could write an entire book on dressing for your body shape, but the most important factor is to choose clothes that show off the bits of your body that you like and disguise the bits you don’t!

Apple Shape

For example, if you are an apple shape, then you will likely carry extra weight on the tummy area so you should choose clothes that hide/ disguise this area and accentuate features that you like (apples often have great legs!). So, wrap dresses, lower cut tops and empire line cuts, as well as vertical stripes will look great on the apple shape.

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