{What Do You Think Of This Look?}

We spotted this FOF out-of-towner at Lincoln Center in NYC. As it turns out, she, too, was making a day of people-watching during fall Fashion Week. Her tunic which would be a good fit at an exhibit of abstract impressionism art–surely, makes an impression. But, is her overall look a stroke of genius? Read the opinions of our FOF style experts, then tell us in the comments, below: What do you think of her look?

Sherrie Mathieson: “Ugh! Where do I begin? I think this woman is still in her childhood–at least mentally. You might say she’s playful but the end result is inappropriate and not at all attractive. However she does attract attention and perhaps that was her real purpose.”

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

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Lovey Dash: “Interesting…This almost worked for me. I think the dress and the tights are too crazy for the shoes. The bag is very big but hey, she probably carries around most of her life in there. I know that feeling! I’d keep the necklace and ditch the earrings or vice versa. The matching nail polish is too…well…matchy matchy. The dainty watch with all this chunkiness does not work for me. Last but not least, that hair color is outdated. That’s the first thing that has to go!

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

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Deborah Boland and Jojami Tyler (The Glam Gals): “This gal looks totally fabulous with her chic haircut, painterly dress and bold statement necklace but, the purple, plastic sunglasses confuse the eye and undermine her look. We say donate them to Barney the Dinosaur and get yourself a classy pair of Karen Walkers in tortoise shell.”

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

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Susan Hersh: “This lady has a quirky sense of style and her hair color makes a strong statement. The watercolor dress is fresh along with the circular necklace but, the metallic capri [legging] belongs with a different look. Yummy python bag but it clashes with the flirty dress. [She should] go for a solid red bag and black frame sunglasses, instead.

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

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Terry Gibralter: “Overall, I like this FOF’s look but there are some tweaks I would suggest to make it better. I really like the dress—great colors and on trend with its painterly abstract print. I don’t like the necklace because I don’t think the color and shape work well with the dress. Perhaps it would be better to lose the necklace and just go with a bigger, more graphic earring. Although the leggings are the perfect color match for the dress, I don’t like the texture. Something more matte would look better. She’s gotten it just right with the shoes. Also, love her hair color and classic cut!”

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.

49 Responses to “{What Do You Think Of This Look?}”

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    • Joan says:

      Needs longer leggings, shorter top, no necklace, big earrings, smaller bright bag – then maybe I could stand it.

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  2. Stlmag says:

    I have problems with the sunglasses (too big for her face), the shoes and the hairstyle (reminds me of Buster Brown). But love the dress and leggings.

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  3. lori says:

    The Sherrie lady is mean, and should take a look in the mirror, just sayin. I think the street lady looks fine, its her style no one elses, why do people have to be so judgemental, the reason we are all different is because we are all different, thats the point isnt it?

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  4. Magoocrazy says:

    Each to their own! And this one she can keep! Looks like something I made back in sewing at school. Just not the nicest Colours to want me to even look at her again!

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  5. Hawklady says:

    I think she looks like she is comfortable in her choices. The tunic, leggings and shoes look well together. I also like her glasses and hair. The necklace and bag would not have been my choice. Maybe stacked bracelets and bold earrings would have suited me better. The bag IS too large, looks like a suitcase. Overall she looks like a fun and happy person and that’s not bad.

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  6. kellykat says:

    cute & quirky—would like it better with foot covering stockings instead of the tights .

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  7. kats says:

    I laughed when my page opened and I saw those glasses. It looks like little girl dress up day! Plain leggings, smaller purse and get rid of that hideous necklace. The dress is adorable and the shoes are fine, if you and walk in them. Large earrings would have topped it off.

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  8. Wanda in Edmonton says:

    I like it, but I would tweak it just a bit. i’d prefer matte black leggings to the ankle with black flats. No necklace, just big earrings , a chunky bracelet and a slightly smaller bag in a bright color. Maybe blsck sunglasses, although this style defintely suits her face. Overall, it looks nice. She is almost ‘there’.

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  9. Nancy Mazz says:

    No leggings at our age. Screams: I want to be young! (Not youthful or sophisticated) Like the tunic.

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  10. kellykat says:

    quirky but interesting

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  11. Janet Tyrrell Keyser says:

    Sorry, she just looks too far out there for me. Not what I would put together at all….

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  12. Dolores says:

    To much going on with this outfit. Not very attractive.

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  13. Becky Beer says:

    I like the look; but the hair color and glasses do not work with it. Both need to be softened:the glasses more rounded.(better fitting with the look). And the hair color also needs to be more soft;the cut is great!

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  14. jennifer t. schultz says:

    i like the tunic. i dont care for the shoes. i however i cannot wear trendy shoes. i would put flats, maybe aerosoles brand. then i would get rid of necklace and put hoop earrings. watch needs to be a little bigger.
    purse is too big i think. the leggings should be different type of material but color is good.
    Her haircut is cute but she needs to have a touch up job.

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  15. Laurakb says:

    Everything works for me but the tights, to my eye they are just..not quite right. Maybe if she had boots on the tights went into? Or longer tights? Different tights and shoes? As for the rest of the outfit, cute!

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  16. Judid says:

    I think it is a cute outfit but theshoes and bag detract from the look. A flat ballerina shoe and smaller purse maybe in red, blue or even white to balance her look. Too busy with those accessories.

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  17. MarDo says:

    This very nice lady made a generous contribution to Goodwill and the Salvation Army Thrift stores. How else coud she have rounded up this hideous outfit? Sorry Honey…..back to the drawing board…..quickly.

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  18. Ann says:

    I think she looks adorable, although the bag seems a little too large. I guess it’s practical for sightseeing. One of the best outfits in this column.

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  19. madison says:

    I think she looks fabulous – and I don’t say that often when commenting in this “style” column. Love the paint-abstract dress, leggings and shoes. Her hair style and color are chic and stylish. She looks alive and energetic. The only change I would suggest would be to lose the necklace, which I think looks a little cheap and tacky. Other than that, she looks great!

    I think the so-called “fashion experts” – especially “Sherrie” – who dissed this look and called her “child-like” are just dated and stodgy. I think you need some new fashion experts who understand that women aren’t dead after 50 – and shouldn’t dress like they are.

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    • lori says:

      I agree with you !

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  20. deestea says:

    The only thing I would say is get rid of the necklace, which doesn’t work for me. Other than that, she looks like she’s out for a day of fun 🙂

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  21. Connie says:

    Well, not sure where to start at this point. The print is too large for her figure. The purse is too large for her too. The necklace is way too big for her size and competes with the fabric….that I personally also don’t like. Leggings….OK for working around the house….not on the street. Love her hair and her shoes too!

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  22. Boni says:

    Honestly don’t like any of this as one outfit. The “tunic” is to obviously a dress. The shoes belong somewhere else, to heavy. i also don’t like heels with a casual legging. The necklace is to bulky for the outfit and to big for her cute little frame. Cute hair cut for her friendly face though.

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  23. maxine kell says:

    The look is bold and sassy. It works well for her. Just the earrings without the necklace would be better. I would wear a ballet flat type shoe; otherwise – she is attention getting and why not.

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  24. IronPapilion5 says:

    I don’t mind the colours or the bold statement.
    There is no shape to the dress whatsoever, and implies a person that has no imagination with the type of dress.
    I would like to see a bit more elegance to the boldness.

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  25. tarheel4ever says:

    Her outfit is not offensive in any way and if it makes her happy, I’m happy. What bothers me more is when people nitpick and are critical and then turn around and say women should be their own person – creative and not try to blend in with the crowd. Come on – let’s be supportive of women of all styles. 🙂

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  26. Starrcrenshaw says:

    Although everyone has a right to do what they want, why make yourself look bad on purpose. That wouldn’t even look good on a teenager! But over 50, NO WAY,

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  27. robshee says:

    Overall I think she looks pretty good. The glasses need to go. The shoes do not quite work, they make her ankles and feet look thick and choppy. Instead of the necklace a chunky bracelet.She looks happy and self confident and the hair color matches the happy look on her face. But who am I to say. You will never see me on this page. If I tried that outfit I would be hauled away by the fashion police.

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  28. K.C. Griffin says:

    Thinking this is what my daughter’s friends refer to as a “hot mess.” Seriously though I really do admire her spirit for trying. Obviously she is a FOF. She has a beautiful complexion, hair color & lovely slim figure but this outfit does nothing to accentuate her strong points. I wish we could’ve seen her in a fitted tunic belted to match her leggings, lose the necklace & swap weird purple shades for tortoise shell. Lastly a mani-pedi in one of the newer very dark shades to finish off her edgy chic look. Leave the blue polish for the teens, it’s not sophisticated enough for a FOF!

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  29. Debbie Phillips says:

    Keep the dress and earrings, ditch the necklace (too much with that dress), wear plain leggings and flats with a different bag.

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  30. noirinB says:

    Love this overall look, I’d copy it in a minute with flats. Wait, I think she might have copied me…

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  31. BlueBear says:

    Awful! Her neck belies her age & it’s the first thing I noticed because of that horrid necklace. There is a certain time when you have to go from hippie to classic and it occurs when you’re over 50. None of this outfit works for an FOF lady. He hairstyle is terrific and definitely classic and it suits her face. Everything else has to go, particularly those sunglasses that do nothing for her and are too oversized for her little face. There is a difference in large sunglasses, a la Jackie Kennedy, and these. The necklace looks cheap and those leggins look cheap too. She is a very small build and there is so much she can do with that. Many women would kill for her figure!

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  32. Betty Herbert says:

    This is simply awful! The shoes don’t go with the rest of the outfit at all – although to be fair what shoes would! She doesn’t have the legs for the leggings. The dress looks like she borrowed it from Maxine the little old lady on the greeting cards. The necklace is atrocious. I cringed when I saw it.

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  33. Diane says:

    That outfit makes me cringe. Where to look first? The large necklace? The bold print? The large handbag? The large sunglasses? Notice a theme? Everything is large! The woman is eclipsed by fabric and color and shapes. It’s far too youthful a look for someone her age.

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  34. Dolores says:

    I like everything except the shoes. I think flats would look better.

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  35. sharon says:

    She looks GREAT!!!! Shows personality to wear this. I love the dress, leggings, shoes and necklace. Ok, perhaps the watch is a bit dainty, but c’mon, that’s such a minor thing.
    Kudos to her!

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  36. Susan says:

    She’s adorable!

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  37. Barbara M. says:

    Wow, she’s way cute. And details like the watch; maybe she needs to tell time or it’s something she never takes off (her deceased mom’s watch or something?) and I think she looks just fine, shoes, hair, bag and all, she’s on vacation; who takes more than one bag or two pairs of shoes? I would hate to have all of ya’ll see me out on the street in my tees and capris. But oh well.

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  38. Celeste Crago says:

    The only thing that looks well thought out is her haircut. She’s too cute for the garb, it pulls her down. The tunic is too long, the leggings match the brown tone in the tunic but just don’t work for me. Maybe a different shoe, thin straps, would look less startling, and then the leggings might work (a blue strappy?) The dainty watch is out of place, and the glasses and bag are too big. She’s cute as a button, though.

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  39. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I’m with Terry Gibralter: I love the tunic/dress and her cut and color look adorable with her youthful looking face. But I think I’d change the glasses and have something black and basic. I like the bag, but the necklace is bothering my eye. So I think Terry is right about earrings. And is it just me or do the leggings look a little thin? I think a pair that looks more like daywear than gym or sleepwear would be more appropriate. But she’s on the right track!

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  40. Connie says:

    Nice try but the shoes ruin it. Some kind of cute flat would change it from crazy lady to hip artistic lady.

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  41. Judith Marshall says:

    From top to bottom: hair color – great! Sunglasses too big for her face. Necklace looks cheap (maybe just in the photo). Tunic could work but seems to overwhelm her. Leggings – blah. Shoes – blah. Bag, again too big for her. Woman have to consider proportion when choosing an outfit.

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  42. Mary G says:

    Whoa Sherrie Mathieson! You’re way harsh here. Take a deep breath and have a glass of wine!

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  43. bclaxton says:

    I think she looks awful. Too much is going on. The tunic is so-so but the necklace is just not right for the tunic. Earrings and watch should be a little bolder. OR keep the sunglasses which look fun and keep the quieter earrings. I don’t like the tights. I think matte black leggings would look better.

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  44. Rae Nolan says:

    I think she looks cute. I would switch the sunglasses for something a little smaller and more modern and would change the shoes to ballet flats but otherwise it looks cool and comfy to me.

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  45. Susan Palumbo says:

    I like the tunic, leggings and shoes. I would dish the necklace and instead wear a pair of bold earrings. The bag is a little oversized for her body size. Everything else great! The haircut and style are classic with the color making it just a little different. This look says I might be older but I still have the bohemian sensibility and dress without looking ridiculous.

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  46. pkw says:

    I think she looks great- I would tweak this look for me , ballet slipper shoes and a small wallet on a chain bag, my favorite sunglasses. But for her, she looks pulled together and her smile says she is ready for a great sight seeing day or house hunting or lunch/brunch with family and friends. Heck, I would wear this on business casual day at the office in houston.

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  47. Geri says:

    I adore her look. It’s totally happy and goes with her wonderful face. Who says you can’t wear purple glasses with a dress of different colors? This isn’t 1960. As Cole Porter wrote “Anything Goes.”

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