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Friday, October 29, 2010
Forgive me if this offends anyone, but I can't help the impression that this old style from the late 1800s must have made a woman look like a horse's rear end, and I'm no style maven.

I came across this picture when looking for a wedding dress for my heroine in the historical I'm writing. I might dress her worst enemy in a dress like this, but not my character. The bustle makes the area below the waist seem to spread to twice its size.

May I say again that I'm definitely no style maven. That's why, when Kristin Billerbeck speaks, I listen. Now there's a woman who knows style. And then, of course, I listen to Colleen when it comes to color.

Someone in a store the other day tried really hard to get me to purchase straight leg, stretchy knit jeans. That means they were almost leggings. Another no-no for someone of my shape. Don't you hate it when you go shopping and the sales person isn't interested in helping you look your best, but instead just shoves anything at you, taking no notice of an overlarge area of your anatomy?

Kristin says leggings are for the young. Some other friends say they're for the young-at-heart. I guess I'm neither. I want comfort, and I don't want to look in the mirror and scream. So there are some fashions I'll love, and some I will never, ever, ever purchase. If a sales person from even one of my favorite stores tries to convince me to purchase something that isn't right for me, I'll give that store a few months before I return again, and hope that the clerk who knows nothing about fashion has been figured out and found her niche somewhere else.

If anyone has any ideas about what fashions look good on a fifty-something, normal-sized woman (for her age) please share! I can use all the help available.

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Hannah Alexander  
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At 12:13 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I have to tell you, we were in the grocery store the other day and Elle comes running back to me, "Mom, you have to see this. There's an old grandma in the produce section wearing skinny jeans, and she looks so cute!"

She pulled me over by hand, and the woman did look cute! She looked just like my Nana used to. It's all in the attitude, I guess. Though I am not a fan of skinny jeans on most people. I do, however, own them and I like them. But they're Joe's and they're cut for me too.

However, as Ashley Stockingdale once noted, "Never underestimate the power of a new outfit." And she means, the confidence dressing can give you, and if you're not confident in it, it's the wrong outfit for you!

At 1:15 PM, Blogger jel said...

I have no fashion cents :(

it's jeans or sweats for me

oh as for the picture , do you think that's where they got the term ( bubble bu_ _ ) ?

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I've seen slender, attractive older women who look great in the skinny jeans. The majority of us should stick to boot legs that camouflage our hineys.

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

You know what, JEL? You could be right! LOL. But I trust my friends to tell me what does and does not look good on me--before I make a huge fashion mistake, because I'm NOT fashion conscious in the least.

At 1:29 PM, Blogger jel said...

I'm glad ya got friends, that will tell ya,

my friends won't tell me (maybe cause they can't talk) ya know how them animals are! :)

and ya know me, just being silly here :)

At 1:58 PM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

Tune into What Not to Wear on TLC with Stacy London and Clinton Kelly tonight at 9 pm EST. They take ordinary people of all shapes and sizes and make them over, teaching them how to dress comfortable and stylishly for their body types and lifestyles. I've learned a lot from watching the show. Repeat after me--color, texture, pattern, & shine. :)

At 2:28 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Trust me, JEL, I have some friends who have no compunctions about telling me when I've made a fashion booboo. I appreciate it, too. My cats...not so much. Though when Data jumps on me and covers me with his white fur, is that his way of saying "This doesn't work"?

At 2:29 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Lisa, I'd love to watch that. Do they have it on Netflix? LOL. That's all I get. Maybe there's something like that online? Thanks for that heads-up.

At 12:18 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

What does Colleen say your season is? (Just curious!)

I see you in sporty/natural styles, actually. (What do you think, Kristin??)

Because I picture you hiking and outdoors, and I think you are comfortable that way. That doesn't mean sweats, but I just see simple, classic lines.

Do you like things from Eddie Bauer, L.L. Bean, Land's End? But then, I think you need a great "pop" of color in a hot pink or berry pink purse!

I think the "Cher" style in that berry color of Brighton purses. (Colleen has a black one and I have an aqua one! :)) Don't ask Denise about that, because her purse has to be organized. LOL.

You should get your girls and go shopping for some key basic pieces. :)

At 12:20 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

Oh, and Kristin's story made me laugh. I can't even imagine that since I don't have a daughter, but I thought it was cute that she did that.


At 10:23 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I wouldn't want to wear them, but I think they're gorgeous! LOL Besides, that lady was leaning forward at the waist. The didn't all look that bad. In fact, the tended to make the rest of the woman look tinier.

After costuming people for plays, I learned a trick or two in that department ;)

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Oh, Crystal, Colleen knows my color is winter, and so my hair just doesn't work with my face. Every time I look in the mirror I get a little shock, and will have to wait a few weeks to get it repaired. Yes, I'm casual as I can get...jeans to church jeans shopping...sweats at home writing. MBT or Sketchers or my hiking boots for arch supports. And Mary Janes in several colors. I love jewel colors, and Thursday Lissa, another writing friend, talked me into buying a purple purse that looks perfect for most of my clothes. Guess I like purple. ;-)

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Ane, I could use you and Colleen and Kris and Denise and Diann and...who else? To go shopping with me. Denise can tell you that I change clothes about six times before I'm settled on an outfit.

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Diane Marie Shaw said...

My best dressing critics used to be my sons. They would comment, "you're not wearing that are you mom?"
They are grown and out of the house so I don't have their assistance anymore. :(


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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