{What do you think of this look?}

Batwing blouses hide a multitude of FOFlaws. But, by wearing one you also run the risk of looking like Casper the FOFriendly ghost. We spotted this bat-winged lady from Switzerland, in SoHo, New York City, where she was spending her 50th birthday. Tell us: is her look–haunt couture or FOFrightful? Plus, see what our style experts think!

Glenyse Thompson: Haunt couture! Excellent mix of textures and metallics–muted, silver satin pants, gold sandals and knit top with silver metallic strands. She brings all these different elements together for a chic and comfortable look. Love it!

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


Susan Hersh: I’m not afraid of this woman’s sleek, sophisticated and modern take on a classic batwing blouse. The metallic slim trouser is the right proportion along with the small delicate clutch. This one’s not scaring anyone away.

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


Deborah Boland and Jojami Tyler (The Glam Gals): This gal looks frighteningly fabulous in her chic, bat-wing top and tombstone-grey, satin, skinny pants. Love how she mixed metals by adding gold sandals. She just needs to tie it all together with a gold and silver statement necklace or colorful large earrings. Also, this look needs a tiny tweak. We suggest wearing a seamless, nude bra that’s as invisible as a ghost. Happy Halloween!

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

Shelley Zurek: This FOF is so beautiful, she would look good wearing a potato sack…the only trouble is, I think the top is a potato sack! It’s poorly lined, oddly constructed, and just plain hideous. The pants are laughable except they do highlight this FOF’s long legs. What I see of the shoes, I don’t like. There is hardly anything about this outfit that is redeemable. An entirely new outfit would be a treat because this look is a tragic trick.

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

Terry Gibralter: “I think this outfit is no trick, all treat! I love a dolman sleeve top when paired properly with a matchstick bottom like this–very flattering! I also like the shimmery beige sweater. She’s even matched her cool blue-gray pedicure to her outfit. A few nitpicks: I would prefer grey or silver instead of the gold sandal to keep with the cool color scheme. Bolder accessories would work well with this outfit. Maybe a bigger, blinger earring, bracelet or even the right necklace to add some interest to the rather plain top.”

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.

Sandra Soich: “Love! I try and stay away from the word ‘love’ when it comes to fashion but she really looks pulled together.

Her casual chic look is perfect from head to toe. Her hair and makeup look great as well as her pedicured toes. I like the way she uses the shapes of the clothing (full on top and skinny bottoms). Her accessories are perfect. “Less is more” works for this attractive woman.”

Sandra Soich is wardrobe stylist to the stars and founder of YourFashionTherapist.com.

58 Responses to “{What do you think of this look?}”

  1. Cynthia says:

    U looks fab,I love your dress style
    and i envy your slim figure.

  2. Mary Lou says:

    Not something I’d expect to see here in Southern California in the daytime, but this lady looks great!

  3. Pam says:

    Personally, I would pair that top with slim jeans. Also a head wrap, drop earrings, bracelets and sandals. But that’s me. To each his own.

  4. MIck says:

    I love this! Some big shiny gold statement earrings would have completed this look to perfection and tied in the shoes. She looks stunning!!

  5. Diane says:

    I can tell by the smile on her face that she loves the way she looks. So do I. In fact, I would love to own every piece that she is using. She is small, well proportioned, quite lovely and pulled this off magnificently. On a scale of 1-10………….I give her a big 10. You go, girl!

  6. Laura Borud says:

    Love it! Balanced, the color scheme, love everything about it, maybe not the shoes but she looks fabulous!

  7. Deborah Shade says:

    This woman would have looked fabulous in anything…the real test is when you put this outfit on someone that’s not a size 0…could you even imagine what this would look like on some that is say a size 20…you would be covering your children’s eyes…the test of a truly great outfit is that it looks good in any size.

  8. laura alva freyre says:

    ELove the look. Perfect outfit for an evening outing.Although I agree with Terry Gibralter, the shoes should be silver or black.

  9. Leslie Bonner says:

    She looks very chic. I had one of those batwing tops but the fabric kept catching on my undergarments. Definitely you need a slim bottom for the look.

  10. MapSkraps says:

    Understated bling. Nice statement for the majority of us. However, I’m guessing that most trim women don’t hide themselves in so much fabric.

  11. mxkh says:

    Perfect. Bravo !
    I would not clutter this look up with a necklace.

  12. Trisha says:

    I like the look. Give her a break on the shoes, she’s visiting from Switzerland and most likely did not bring shoes to match every outfit.

  13. Sue (Over 60 and Over Here) says:

    My first impression was that she looks absolutely stunning. It’s possible to nit pick and suggest different ways of wearing this, but the overall look is great just as it is. She is obviously posing to show off the sleeves, but if you look at the way the blouse hangs on her other side I don’t think it looks bulky at all. I think that other women could wear it even if they aren’t as slim as she is – so long as they don’t walk with both arms extended!

    • Judith Marshall says:

      She looks fabulous! The key to wearing this look is proportion. A voluminous top works best with skinny pants or a pencil skirt. I agree that a statement necklace would finish the look, but overall this outfit is superb.

  14. Lisa says:

    She looks fantastic. I’m hard-pressed to see how anyone could find fault with this outfit.

  15. ACeeKayWa says:

    Frankly I think a top that voluminous only looks good on a slim woman – like the woman in the picture. I’m bigger in the bust and I’d look like bigger than is reality. The slim pants are great, but SATIN? Really? I’d have those ruined before I left the house. But this woman looks great!

  16. Jewel Hopson says:

    The idea is to make it look like you have nothing to hide. Is she hiding something? We’ll never know. Great sense of style.

  17. Patricia Hight says:

    I don’t care for all that white together with the silver pants.

  18. ctgal says:

    I think she looks lovely! By the way, I think the pants are beautiful and just fine. I have a very similar pair of Jil Sander pants and they come off just like that. The only thing I might add is a necklace of some sort, but that is nit picking. She looks so elegant.

  19. jennifer t. schultz says:

    For this woman it looks good except the white washes her skin color out. If I wore it, it would be a different color. I would keep with the silver theme and put silver sandals instead of gold.
    Perhaps she should wear a necklace since the top is so plain. something in silver. Maybe a pair of silver hoop earrings. I wouldnt look good in this top because I have a pear shape and I love showing off my waist. she is very thin; especially those skinny leg silver pants.

  20. Sally says:

    Fabulous! We should all look so well and be so chic. Love the mix of metal tones in pants and shoes as well as the wide on top slim on the bottom proportion .

  21. Marilyn says:

    I think she looks lovely. Great outfit on her but not on me. I am too short to carry this off.

  22. Sheila A Caruso says:

    She looks FOF frightful and dynamte. I like the look and now that she is 50 she can join Fab over 50. lets invite her. That top would be god to hide my flaws. I really like it. But I would rather have another color thne white because thjat can look ghostly.

  23. JC says:

    She stole my look!! lol! I have a pale gold top just like this that I wore to a family get together last year w/skinny pants and pale gold flats. The look was relaxed and chic. I did have a statement necklace and earrings bought specifically for the outfit, though. So…of course I love this look!!! I probably would have gone with red shoes, jewlery & nails, or just maybe change out her shoe to a silver & black metallic sandal or shoe, (a pointy pump would have been totally on trend), but she looks totally beautiful and fabulous just as she is.

    • Sue says:

      Where did you get your gold top? I would love this top in gold, which would suit me better.

  24. Marla says:

    I think she looks beautiful

  25. Connie says:

    She looks perfect. I read a lot of street fashion blogs and it seems like some of the best looks are on European women. Unlike so many American women, they don’t try to look younger than they are. They make the Most of their age. So admirable.

  26. Pat says:

    Perfect! I love the elegance and simplicity of this look.

  27. Vickie says:

    I love her look! She is stylish and looks like a fun person!

  28. Christine Remo says:

    I absolutely love it. What a gorgeous look. I would wear it in a minute and feel fabulous doing it. When I saw the teaser of this in my inbox I was ready for some ridiculous getup and was so happy to find just the opposite. What I really want to know is where she bought the pants – they simply MAKE the outfit. Beautiful sense of style, mixing the textures and remembering not to have a big handbag slung over her shoulder which would ruin the fluidity of the top. My only recommendations would be to go with a cool tone shoe maybe in the pewter color family instead of gold, and a different bra/shaper with smoother lines that would not show under the top. I have never voiced wholehearted disagreement with one of your reviewers before, but in this case Shelley Zureck was so far off base again that it leaves me questioning her credibility as a relevant reviewer at all. This look was pure chic, timeless, and elegantly effortless.

  29. Pamela Moresby says:

    I like the style, but for me, I would love to see a bit of colour of creativity. I have done hand painted clothing or fabric for a while, although it may not be fashionable there is nothing like having fun with it but creating things.
    Im tired of just black and white, colour I think makes things a lot brighter, with black or white to contrast depending on the person.

  30. Moonchime says:

    I think she looks absolutely lovely. She paired the top with slim slacks, and her shoes and clutch all work together to complete her wonderful look. She has style!

  31. Anne says:

    I think it’s a great look. The only thing missing is a necklace to set off the rather plain top. And maybe silver shoes to coordinate with the pants. I say way to go for a Fab 50!

  32. NoreenB says:

    I really like this look on her, with the exception of the color of the top. I am guessing that it is the photograph that makes it look like a white sheet, the experts say it has silver strands in it, but lost here. She has the body for this, but we busty gals need to stay away from these tops as they hang down from our chests like tents!

  33. Joy says:

    This would look gorgeous for any age! I agree with Susan, Glenyse, Jojami and Deborah, and Sandra; and am horrified by Shelley’s snarky comments. I like the mixed metals as a bit unexpected and the simplicity of the outfit with a minimum of jewelry. I’m taking notes on this fab way to cover aging arms, especially on a warm day.

  34. Debra S says:

    *sigh* SHE looks wonderful. Totally.
    I I tried to wear this, it would be hideous. That is about all I can say

  35. BlueBear says:

    I have no problem with her look but it would be nice to know where she was going. If it is evening and she’s going to a restaurant or club, I can see this look as okay. If it’s daytime and she’s going to lunch, it’s a bit much. She has a great figure!

  36. SUSAN G says:

    Can I please look like her for just one day?

  37. Betty Herbert says:

    fabulous look on her

  38. Ann says:

    First off this lady is lovely and if anyone could pull this outfit off it’s her (but why would you want to hide that undoubtedly hard worked for figure). However, I feel that the outfit looks cheap…the top looks like a sheet from Walmart and the pants are so shiny that at first I thought they were two tone….yuck. I’m sorry but I just don’t like mixed metals….perhaps if she had a necklace or braclet that tied them together…the bottom line is when you’re built like that stick to the always fashionable shift dress and add trendy accessories.

  39. Julie Vadnais says:

    Fabulous. I love the narrow pants with the fuller top. The whole outfit works.

  40. Jill says:

    She looks awesome.

  41. beauty by Judy says:

    She looks boo-ti-ful! She doesn’t look at all like a bat but rather like a sleek cat! Love the mix of metallics and would have added either a statement necklace or earrings. Drop dead divalicious!

  42. RED says:

    Soledad and I must have been separated at birth. I agree that this look is wonderful on this FOFer, but wouldn’t work for me. I especially like the pants — and how she lets them define the outfit.

  43. Jacquie says:

    You go girl. Looks great!

  44. Pat says:

    one word says it all……FABULOUS!

  45. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I don’t think you mean to be hurtful with your “catchy descriptions” of the outfits we’re to comment on, but I think that some of the phrases are more appropriate for a tabloid than a blog that is meant to lift-up 50-somethings +

    I think she looks gorgeous and delightful in every way!

  46. Allyson says:

    Wow! She is stunning! All she needs is a statement necklace and a white streak in her hair (a la a younger Emmylou Harris) to complete the look!

  47. IleneFaboverFifty says:

    *Pulled together

  48. cl says:

    She is gorgeous and looks very chic. I don’t mind the top at all. The whole outfit is fantastic. I would love to dress like this. Her hair and makeup is pefect also. as are her jewelry, clutch, and sandals. She knows how to dress. Class act.

  49. Boni says:

    Love it! From head to toe! Textures, proportions, styles of each item blend and compliment. She looks so great! Wish I would of thought of that!

  50. Jill says:

    It’s great–no controversy here!

  51. Linda says:

    I love it! She looks fabulous!

  52. Sharron says:

    I LOVE it! She is very stylish!! Alot of us wear these types of tops. She especially looks good because she is tall! I am so happy that these style of tops are back in style.

  53. Soledad says:

    If I were slender like her, I would love to try the look. She looks chic.

  54. Muzzik says:

    Remember ponchos of the sixties? Kind of a glam upgrade. It’s good with the slim pants look; not too baggy. Not my thing,though.

  55. Lola says:

    Very elegant look for a woman in her late 40’s and 50’s.

  56. Victoria says:

    This looks great on her. It would not on me, because I have an “hourglass” figure and I look best in things that accentuate the waist. This type of top does hide figure flaws for some, but for me it hides my best feature and makes me look fatter than I really am. But this woman is thin enough to pull it off. Plus, she balances it out with form-fitting pants, which is rule number one when you wear this type of top. I think she looks fabulous. I would add a “statement” necklace, but that is only a quibble. This is very European and a great example of “ageless” dressing.


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