By Kathy Wallace
Hello to our Forever 51 friends and fashion followers! I would like to introduce myself as a new addition to Forever 51 as a fashion blogger. I am very excited to have the opportunity to share my fashion ideas, photos, and shopping resources for fashion over fifty, and am also excited to receive feedback from our followers.
As my first blog post, I want to introduce velvet as my most favorite fabric. I love the smoothness and richness of the texture.
The colors in velvet always appear so vibrant and it is such a classic, dating back to 2000 BC. Velvet can be dressy or casual, and worn not only as clothing whether it be a top or kimono, but as an accessory also, as a shoe. I have it in both a tennis shoe and a bootie.
The kimono tie jacket that I am wearing is multi-functional and serves two purposes. It can be worn as either a kimono or a jacket, tied or untied in the front center. Any fall colors worn under the kimono, ranging from mustard to green, will bring us into the color of the Thanksgiving holidays. Worn with leopard booties, you are now ready to carve the turkey and count your blessings! Happy Thanksgiving!
Allow me to share a little more about me and my shopping career! I love to shop in boutiques, specialty shops, and antique stores, and this love was instilled in me by my mother, Flo, the shopping pro. From shopping for home decor to clothing, clothing was both of our faves. Every Saturday was a day to look forward to in not only doing our most favorite thing, shopping, but spending the day together. We were best friends and more.
My style has always been traditional with a touch of sass, though during the past few years my style has become more casual chic. My shopping resources consist of boutiques and specialty stores because of the “uniqueness” of current styles that are not found in major department stores or retail chains. I also believe in supporting small business owners.
My second hobby other than shopping is antiquing with a newfound collection of vintage fashion rings. They are fun and unique, and provide that finishing touch to a great outfit! Here is a gold and black piece with a lot of personality.
To me, an individual’s personality is expressed through their clothing and accessories. Fashion after fifty continues; it never stops at any age nor do we ever outgrow it! My advice is to express yourself, dress for you and what makes you feel the amazing over-fifty woman that you are!
Enjoy, and I will talk to you soon!
The Real-Real Behind the Scenes
My love of velvet has been life-long!
A Little Background Music
Leopard Bootie, Pink Attitude Boutique, $42. The Pink Attitude Boutique is selling this lush boot like hot cakes. Owner Trina asks that you contact her if your size is not listed online because she is re-ordering stock for her many happy customers.
*Photos of Kathy in the featured outfit by Marcie Everhart