We spotted this FOF in the SoHo neighborhood of NYC. She’s elegantly covered from her head to her (perfectly polished) toes--but, what about everything in between? We asked our style experts to weigh in. Read their answers, below, then tell us what you think: Is it hats off to this FOF?
“This woman is wearing a flattering, well-proportioned, seasonally- and age-appropriate ensemble. She looks great in the wide-brimmed hat which nicely balances the wide, cropped trousers. The crisp, white blouse camouflages any imperfections that most of us ‘of a certain age’ have. The tailored white handbag is a complementary and elegant element to the whole look.”
is merchandise manager for Muse, a full-service jewelry showroom.
“For hot and humid summer days in the city, this woman looks really okay. I like the long vertical line created by her comfortable looking outfit, ending with pretty flat sandals, and the horizontal line that her hat brim creates at the top. Good proportions--the large bag, included!”
is a leading style expert and Random House author of Steal this Style
and Forever Cool
“This FOF looks pretty cool. She put together a nice black and white ensemble for a hot New York City day. The black straw hat is chic and provides all-important protection from sun on the face. The lightweight, long black skirt looks cool, comfortable and is right on trend. I love the accessories—quilted white tote and flip flops upgraded with patent leather are city perfect. The white cotton top layered over the black tank could fit a bit better but all in all I say, ‘hats off to this FOF!’”
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
“I am totally fine with the way this woman looks but, ARMS LADIES! They should be covered. If this woman did so, she would have appeared ten pounds thinner. The hats a little squishy but all in all she looks fine--neat and happy.”
is a Beverly Hills-based stylist. She was formerly in VIP sales for Louis Vuitton on Rodeo Drive.
Deborah Boland and Jojami Tyler (The Glam Gals)
: “Layering can be tricky when you have curves. One thing you don't want to do is to layer with a stiff, white, blousy top. If she had used a softer fabric then it would drape nicely and harmonize with the outfit. However, she got the hat right--the large brim balances out the long flowing skirt."
"Glam Gals" Jojami Tyler and Deborah Boland co-write the brilliant fashion blog, Fabulous After 40
“It appears as if the outfit is wearing her. Although she looks comfortable, her outfit lacks balance. All the elements of her outfit are large, and not one item helps define her shape. If she is trying to hide a tummy, the shirt she is wearing does the opposite. She could easily make this a great outfit by changing the top. By adding a vest, a fitted-and-flare tee, or even a cotton scarf around her shoulders she would add some definition.”
Glenyse Thompson is a personal home and wardrobe stylist and the creator of Styleosophy