It’s in the bag

What’s in the bag? Apparently, everything.

Fall 2017 is going to see the emergence of super large handbags and totes. I mean, pack-your-furniture-in-a-bag large.

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This is a beautiful Tory Burch bag, and is certainly on-trend with the ultra-large bags for fall. As with all trends, though, a question you need to ask yourself is, “is this trend for me?”

One of the best things you should know is your style personality. This extra-large bag trend works well for Dramatics and Creatives. Those who are Elegants, Traditionals (although the check pattern is a fit), or Romantics will have a tough time making this trend fit their true styles. And, for sporty Naturals, this tote only works if it’s used for sporting goods!

Even if this size of bag works for you, you’ll need to find one in the colour and pattern that fits your style. While I personally love the rich texture and pattern of this handbag, the hounds-tooth might be too traditional for Creatives, for example. I do encourage you to think outside the black handbag. Consider luxe fall colours so the bag complements your wardrobe.

If you do choose a super large bag this fall, be sure not to stuff it full, or it will be very heavy to carry. Also, stuffed bags don’t look as nice as bags with some room. Finally, when you open your bag, nothing should spill out.

Have fun with your fall selections, but remember to stay true to your personal style so that you are comfortable wearing your clothes and handbags often!




Add a little fun to summer

Trending this summer are very cute styles and accessories to add a little fun to summer. Wicker and straw handbags exude whimsy and fun. Similarly, shoes are featured in an ice-cream-parlour colours, fabulous floral prints and styles. Check them out – and while you’re at it, check out Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.

I’m regularly asked which of the season’s trends can be worn by mature women. Lots of rules have gone by the wayside, however, dressing for your age is always in style.

Let’s play, can you wear this? Ready?

blue and white off shoulder

Can you wear this? This is a boho style off-the-shoulder, one of hundreds of similar styles available this summer. Some women may be comfortable with the off-the-shoulder look. A couple of things to look for. Women who are less busty can wear these tops, but do wear a strapless bra underneath. Make sure the top is long enough. Not all of us are prepared to show a little tummy, especially if you’re over 40.





melissa mccarthy embroid skinny jeans



Can you wear this? Skinny jeans with embroidery is really great on women under 35, but can look really aging on mature women. Stick to plain skinny jeans without rips or embroidery. Skinny jeans are contemporary, but any embellishments belong to younger women.

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Can you wear this? Absolutely! Fun, whimsical shoes make a great accessory and conversation point. They’re comfortable and better for your feet than flip flops, plus you can wear them to a range of events. Go for it!