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{What Do You Think of This Look?} Clashing or Courageous?

2013 July 31

Orange is such a happy color, we were immediately attracted to this FOF in the park. Did she do her trench justice by pairing it with gray boots and an aqua top? Or is the look all wet?

We asked our FOFashion Gurus. Tell us what YOU think.

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Lovey Dash: This look is great because of the woman who is wearing it, and not the other way around.  It looks like she has a great sense of self esteem and a gorgeous smile.  I love the silver ring and the on-trend orange coat.  A lot of color blocking which is fun for this season.

Lovey Dash is a Beverly Hills-based stylist. She was formerly in VIP sales for Louis Vuitton on Rodeo Drive.


Karen C. Hughes: A bright trench is a wonderful transition into warmer weather.  If it is very warm, perhaps after Mother’s Day, I’d store the boots away and give them a rest until fall again.
When it does come back, I would encourage the model to show just a little skin from the hemline of her skirt to the tops of her boots.  Even with longer lengths more in vogue in the coming seasons, when wearing a shorter skirt, it is still more interesting to see a little break between the skirt hem and the top of the boot.  As someone who loves color myself, I think her colors are great.  She’s missing a vital piece from her outfit– accessories!  I’d stick to a delicate scarf or longer layered necklace to complete her look and some oversized earrings.

Karen C. Hughes is an Atlanta-based style and image coach, her company is styleYOUniversity.
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{What do you think of this look?} Seasonably simple or just plain safe?

2013 May 29

Simply spring.

We spotted this FOF on Long Island, where she lives and works. She loves vintage and secondhand items– the bag is from a garage sale, and the earrings were $1 at a flea market.

Do you love her simple spring look, or is it just too boring? Help us decide– leave a comment below!

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{What do you think of her look?} Watercolor wonderful or washout?

2013 April 23

We saw this FOF on the street in SoHo.  She’s originally from Russia but now lives in New York.  She brought some color to a traditional outfit, but we want our FOFs to weigh in with their opinions.  Do you love this watercolor accessory, or is it a classic case of the “wrong place, wrong time?”  Help us decide, leave a comment, below!

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2013 March 5

This FOF that we spotted in SoHo works for a worldwide organization that provides interview suits and career development to low-income women. What a mensch! She tells us she once went two years without repeating an outfit and does most of her shopping at Goodwill. Thrifty can be nifty…but did she take it too far? What do you think, FOFs–does her outfit look avant garde or like a Buckingham Palace Guard’s?

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{What do you think of this look?} 2013 Oscars Edition

2013 February 27

The third time was not the charm for some of our FOFs at the Oscars.  A few of our stars shined through, but many crashed and burned.
What do you think: Which FOF takes the award for best dressed? Which gown was an FOFlop?

Gloria Cooper (Bradley Cooper’s Mother)

It was really sweet of Bradley Cooper to bring his mother, Gloria, along to the Oscars.  What’s not so sweet is her choice of metallic Keds instead of statement stilettos. Her black lace dress has gorgeous detailing, which you might actually be able to see if it wasn’t obscured by her faux feather shrug.  What do you think of her look?

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Helen Hunt

We love an FOFrugalista! When we found out Helen’s navy blue dress was from retail chain H&M we were stunned. She looks like a million bucks but perhaps it has something to do with the $700,000 worth of jewelry she had on? What do you think?

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Jane Fonda

While some of us though Jane Fonda looked ravishing in her canary yellow retro redux dress from Versace, others thought its polygon pattern and yellow color was a bit reminiscent of a Star Trek uniform. What do you think?

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Catherine Zeta Jones

We think Catherine Zeta Jones looks like a golden goddess in this stunning Zuhair Murad gown. The gold tones make her complexion look even more FOFlawless, and we love the intricate detail. Gold stars all around for CZJ! Do you agree?

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Sally Field

Third time’s a charm? After two “almosts” with her gown choices at the Golden Globes and then the Sag Awards…Sally Field has finally nailed it with her red organza layered dress by Valentino Couture. It fits like a dream and the color is delicious. Agree?

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Jacki Weaver

Wrong color, wrong shape…Jackie Weaver didn’t take home an Oscar, nor will she take home our accolades for this oxblood Rana Salam dress. The sequin-patterned top of the dress looks like it fell off a gymnastics costume and the criss-cross waist on this dress don’t flatter her FOFigure at all. What do you think?

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Sandra Bullock

In an Awards Show FOFull of misses, Sandra is truly a diamond in the rough with her sheer black lace and bedazzled Ellie Saab Gown and diamond hair barrette. Are you a fan?

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Barbra Striesand

Beautiful “memoriam” performance, but sorry Barb–your gown is a miss for us. The neckline scoops too low and the choker doesn’t do any favors for it and is looking, well–dated (yeah…we said it.) Add chunky sequins, layered necklaces and flowing fabric for a look we’d rather forget. What do you think?

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{What do you think of this look?} Lovely in labels or simply showing off?

2013 February 19

This FOF we spotted on the streets of downtown NYC is certainly label happy! In one outfit she manages to sport Chanel (earrings), Tiffany (bracelet and necklace) and a Gucci (bag). What do you think? Is she lookin’ lovely in labels or simply showing off? Read what our style experts think, then, tell us your opinion in the comments, below.

Lovey Dash: It’s not the multi designer frenzy that bothers me, it’s the fact that she looks sooo soo boring. I do not think I would look twice at this person–she would just blend in with a crowd and hopefully disappear! B-O-R-I-N-G!

Lovey Dash is a Beverly Hills-based stylist. She was formerly in VIP sales for Louis Vuitton on Rodeo Drive.

Sherrie Mathieson: I’m not a fan of bags that have logos all over them and likewise those Tiffany pieces are not particularly beautiful.The sparkly socks at the top of her boots are garish and not in line with her look. This lady is not stylish in an independent, creative way. Rather she stays safe and consequently, ho-hum.

Sherrie Mathieson is a leading style expert and Random House author of Steal this Style and Forever Cool.

Karen C. Hughes: When everything you have on is a ‘statement’ or a ‘label’ then nothing is special. There’s nothing exciting about her outfit. What would I recommend she do? Swap one of these pieces for something truly unique. To spice things up I would add some color or even belt the sweater to give some shape to her body. It just kind of hangs there. That being said, she has a great smile and I like each of her pieces on their own.

Karen C. Hughes is an Atlanta-based style and image coach, her company is styleYOUniversity.

Susan Hersh: The shawl collar cardigan is a keeper! It adds lightness to her black dress. The boots are too slouchy and not refined enough for this outfit. A fine leather knee-high boot would polish this look as well as transition better from day to night.

Susan Hersh is a Ford model and the host and executive producer of Meet The Experts.

Photographer: Statia Grossman

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{What do you think of this look?} 2013 SAG Awards

2013 January 29

Two weeks ago, we featured our FOFashion faves and flops from the Golden Globes. Last night, they had a chance to dazzle us again…or in some cases to redeem themselves!

What do you think: Were their fashion choices fab, or should we wish them better luck at the Oscars?

Julianne Moore

We thought Julianne wouldn’t be able to top her stunning Golden Globe getup…and we were right. Did she take the concept of SAG awards a little too literally? It’s hard to pay proper attention to her white, haute couture Chanel gown with its lovely navy flower applique details. While beautiful, she’s FOFalling out of it, but nothing a little double sided tape can’t fix…right?

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Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman’s navy and black Vivienne Westwood gown with its revealing side slit FOFlaunts her best assets–her uber-toned legs and fab Manolo Blahnik shoes! However, with the intricate detailing on her navy and black Vivienne Westwood gown, we just don’t know where to look first. We’re undecided on this one.

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Sally Field

Sally: You chose such a stunning shade of purple for your SAG awards gown. Bra-va! However, we really wish you selected a better bra! Your J. Mendel gown, while beautifully delicate, is just a bit too sheer for your undergarments. Better luck at the Oscars?

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Edie Falco

Thumbs up for Soprano’s matriarch and Nurse Jackie star, Edie Falco’s new dark ‘do. As for her marine blue Chantilly lace Chagoury gown, well, it really makes her baby blue eyes stand out, but doesn’t do much for her FOFigure. What do you think?

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Alfre Woodard

Last night, Alfre Woodard, received a SAG award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor” in the all-black remake of Steel Magnolias. We also think she deserves an award for this stunning chartreuse, off-the-shoulder Kevan Hall gown. It’s flattering, forgiving and just, plain FOFabulous. If we are being nitpicky, then we might suggest she have a tailor take it up a few centimeters on the bottom, but all in all, one of the best in show. Do you agree?

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Jessica Lange

We think American Horror Story star Jessica Lange looks stunning in navy blue, but we wish her J.Mendel dress wasn’t so sheer and revealing, especially around her waistline! She didn’t take home the award for best female actress in a drama series, but did she win your vote for best dressed?

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Helen Hunt

We give Helen Hunt two-thumbs up for this sizzling strapless gown by Romona Keveza. However, her choker and chunky bangle bracelet by Neil Lane add superfluous sparkle to a gown which already shines. What do you think?

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Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver’s shapeless black satin dress is so poorly made that it’s designer remains unnamed. Not only does this dress make the actress look wider than she really is, but her lack of undergarments leaves her looking like she has a uni-boob! There’s plenty of room in Sigourney’s dress, but it’s such a miss that it doesn’t leave much room for debate. What do you think?

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Jackie Weaver

We think that the cut of Jacki’s Tadashi Shoji dress is super FOFlattering, but it’s gunmetal color is a bit of a letdown after she sparkled in a gorgeous-colored but ill-fitting emerald dress at the Golden Globes. Here’s an idea, Jacki: mix and match the shape of this gown with the gorgeous green hue from the Globes and then maybe you’d have a winning ensemble…What do you think, FOFs?

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Jane Lynch

Glee star Jane Lynch ditched her signature pant-suit for this black satin studded signature gown from David Meister. We love seeing her all glammed out in smoky eye makeup and a full-length gown, but we think that the studded harness makes her look a bit FOFreaky.

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2013 January 28

Meet our furry FOFriend! We spotted this woman in New York City looking quite cool…er…warm with her aviator hat and blazer decked in fur. But what do you think? Is her outfit fur better or fur worse? Answer in the comments below plus see what our style experts think.

Glenyse Thompson: Fur better, for keeping her warm. Fur worse, because the sleeves are too short. I would take that jacket to the tailor and convert it to a vest (keep the sleeves and have them converted into a clutch!). Then, lose the hunter hat. There are chic-er alternatives out there that are just as warm and stylish.

Glenyse Thompson is a personal home and wardrobe stylist and the creator of Styleosophy.

Karen C. Hughes: The fur is fun but styled all wrong. What bothers me more than the fur, though, are the leopard leggings paired with a t-shirt. It seems like she just pulled whatever out of the closet and put it on. I’d have to say this look is fur worse.

Karen C. Hughes is an Atlanta-based style and image coach, her company is styleYOUniversity.

Sherrie Mathieson: I might say this cute FOF has all she needs with her nice figure and great smile. Her warm fur hat, scarf and biker boots are stylishly funky. But it takes all her lovely naturalness to offset the cheap look of the rabbit fur jacket, animal print jeggings, and the vintage bag.

Sherrie Mathieson is a leading style expert and Random House author of Steal this Style and Forever Cool.

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Shelley Zurek: This woman has two great things going for her–she hardly looks a day over 25 and her boots are awesome. The rest of the outfit…umm…not so much.

Shelley Zurek is the clever FOF behind the blog, Still Blonde after all these YEARS.

Deborah Boland and Jojami Tyler (The Glam Gals): Fur-get this look! Call it haute hoser but we think this wacky looking thrift store combo is a mixed up mess. It’s much too teenaged for a grown-up gal. If she’s going for an eclectic look, we’d suggest an oversized leather jacket, bigger boho-style purse and a less bulky scarf to make her look cool in a more mature and tasteful way.

“Glam Gals” Deborah Boland and Jojami Tyler co-write the brilliant fashion blog, Fabulous After 40.

Lovey Dash: Her outfit is furry good. It looks like she is cold so where are her gloves? Speaking of which, I hope they are on the long side because her jacket sleeves look short. But all in all, not bad. The look is a bit cluttered from the chest up, but hey, I lived in New York and a girl must do what a girl must do to stay toasty. I’m letting her slide.

Lovey Dash is a Beverly Hills-based stylist. She was formerly in VIP sales for Louis Vuitton on Rodeo Drive.

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{What do you think of this look?} FOF Golden Globes fashion

2013 January 14

Awards season is upon us–and FOFs are showing up in full force. This year’s Golden Globes were no exception with appearances from Helen, Julianne, Angelica and other FOFavorites.

What do you think: Were their fashion choices fab, or should we wish them better luck at the Oscars?

Helen Mirren

We’d expect nothing less than fierce, ageless style from the always gorgeous Helen Mirren. She upstaged starlets half her age in this stunning black gown accented with intricate gold beading by Badgley Mischka.  The black and gold pairing emulated old Hollywood glamour. We thought she looked FOFlawless, but what do you think?

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Sally Field

Sally Field may have played Lincoln’s dowdy wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, in the 2012 historical film about the president. But, she was looking anything but dowdy last night in her navy blue Alberta Ferretti gown with its plunging neckline. Does she get your vote for best dressed of the night or is her frock too scandalous for an “FOFirst lady”?

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Jodie Foster

We love the color of this deep blue bedazzled dress from Giorgio Armani, but we wish it was more FOFigure flattering. Jodie’s sleek Anna Wintour style-bob and understated yet classic makeup earn her extra points, but overall we expected more from this legendary actress, who accepted the Cecille B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at this year’s Golden Globes.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia celebrated her 52nd birthday at the Golden Globes, but we’re not a fan of her birthday suit. Julia’s jewel-tone, custom-made Vera Wang dress with black lace overlay washes her out, and her nude-tone lipstick doesn’t help. Her battened-down hairstyle looks a bit greasy, and the A-line cut of this dress makes her look wider than she is.  We prefer the hip-hugging, saucy yet sophisticated Vera Wang that she hit the red carpet with at last year’s Golden Globes.

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Helen Hunt

Is this about as good as it gets for Helen Hunt? We’re mad about hue, as in the rose smoke color of her Dolce & Gabbana tulle and beaded column gown. But, do you think The Sessions (2012) star–shined?

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Anjelica Huston

Did Anjelica Huston get a little too into her role as Morticia in the Addams Family? Is it just us or is her Memeka by Gustava Cadile gown is looking a little crepe-y and cooky? Or do you think the getup which featured a silver metallic and lace bell sleeve top with black silk skirt is a Smash-ing success?

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Jacki Weaver

We recently learned that Emerald is the 2013 Pantone color of the year. To that end, Jacki Weaver, the Silver Linings Playbook (2012) supporting star, couldn’t have had better timing when she chose to sport this green gown by Pamella Roland to last night’s Golden Globes. Its flutter sleeve and ruched bodice are all great choices for an FOF, but is she swimming in a sea of green with that full and flowy skirt?

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Julianne Moore

We’re in love with Julianne’s custom made minimalist black and white gown, designed by her good friend and fashion designer Tom Ford. The open back is just the right amount of revealing, and her eye-catching Bvlgari chandelier earrings and bangle bracelet complete the look beautifully. Do you agree?

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2013 January 2

We commend any errand-bound FOF who leaves the house sans sweatpants. Take for instance this dog-walking beauty sporting an elevated weekend look. But, is her outfit too simple or simply perfect? See what our style experts think, then tell us your opinion in the comments, below.

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Sherrie Mathieson: Lucky dog, lovely lady! Living proof that you can look both sexy and appropriate. Because her boots are flat they have a sporty chic and youthful look. She wisely kept her sweater loose, and balanced the tight jeggings with the over the knee boot, perfectly.

Sherrie Mathieson is a leading style expert and Random House author of Steal this Style and Forever Cool.

Deborah Boland and Jojami Tyler (The Glam Gals): We’re in puppy love with this gals polished, pooch-walking look. Making an effort to look pulled together even when popping out for a walk with the dog is the sign of a true glam gal. With a touch of light makeup, a crisp white blouse and updated over-the-knee boots tucked into skinny jeans she has all the elements to look elegant and comfortable. We salute her for looking chic on the street!

“Glam Gals” Deborah Boland and Jojami Tyler co-write the brilliant fashion blog, Fabulous After 40.

Shelley Zurek: The only change I would suggest in this elegant dog walker’s outfit, is that she lighten her much too dark eyebrows. Everything else, while plain, is quiet, understated, and appropriate to the task at hand. Love the outfit head to toe!

Shelley Zurek is the clever FOF behind the blog, Still Blonde after all these YEARS.

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Terry Gibralter: Simply elegant! She put together a very chic and classic look. Love the beautiful sweater worn over the gorgeous silk blouse. The top paired with leggings tucked into over-the-knee boots (every FOF’s must have), has her looking pulled together for errands or whatever the day brings. Love her polished hair and makeup too!

Terry Gibralter is the Sr. Vice President and Creative Director at Grey advertising as well as a fashion stylist and the creator of these clever work accessories.

Susan Hersh: This chic elegant woman is starting the New Year off on the right boot. This particular knee-high shoe is one of the prettiest I have seen, and paired with the dark skinny jean is true perfection. The sweater is simply luscious and her jewelry choice conveys subtle elegance. This outfit shows that fashion doesn’t have to be complicated to make a statement.

Susan Hersh is a Ford model and the host and executive producer of Meet The Experts.

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