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Sweet Monochrome: A-line dress & Bright Splashes

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Like I said when first featuring Kris Jenner, I may not a big fan of her lifestyle, but definitely appreciate her bold choices when it comes to fashion. Sometimes she may dress too young for her age, but mostly her outfit choices are fashionable yet perfect for women her age. Today’s two looks are great examples.

Timeless A-line dresses/skirts are women’s best friends. They cover the parts we may not comfortable with while giving us the ultra feminine hourglass shape. To make them age-appropriate, like Kris Jenner did here, choose the right length and stay in a simple, sophisticated color palette.

Monochrome clothing gives us room to play with accessories: The red studded strap pump and clutch, along with the rests, result a classic, iconic combo; A black and white ankle strap pump enhances the power of simple black and white. For both looks, she wisely kept her makeup natural and quiet.

Upper arm may be a problem area for moms, a lightweight cropped cardigan can cover that area, elongate our legs, or transform an evening dress daytime appropriate, like the strapless version featured below. Of course, a perfectly tailored blazer will do the same.

These two looks are actually great for women at any age: For younger ones, you can wear the dresses alone, accessorize them with bold, fun fashion jewelry or top them off with a denim, military or motorcycle jacket.

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Cardigan: ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo (similar here)
Dress: Dolce & Gabbana (great alternative here & here)
Shoes: Valentino (remember she worn the nude version?)
Bag: Valentino (similar here & here)
Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James 

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Cardigan: J.Crew
Dress: Rebecca Taylor (similar here)
Shoes: Nasty Gal (great style here)
Watch: Kate Spade New York

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Stay Chic In Your 50s

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Photos: Kris Jenner; Courtesy of  stylebistro.comgettyimages.com.

Although I’m not a big fan of Kris Jenner’s life style due to my traditional background, I definitely appreciate her fashion style. Just like many moms in their 50s and above, she doesn’t have a “perfect body”,  but she is never afraid of bold colors and trends. These featured two outfits (above) exemplified her age-appropriate yet fashionable style.

My favorite part of these looks is the way she made evening dresses daytime appropriate: adding a fine cardigan or wearing a tailored white button-down underneath. These tricks not only extend the usage of our cocktail dresses, but also help to cover the part that we may not feel comfortable to show. Also, these outfits are ageless (see Emma Stone in a similar outfit), women at any age can wear them beautifully!

Wearing one color head-to-toe is a big trend this season. For accessories, you can choose those in the same color family with your clothing but in different shades for contrast (like the light pink pumps on Jenner). For a modern and fashion forward touch, go with metallic ones!

Accessories is always a great start to try a trend without looking overdone: a pair of latest sunglasses, an it-bag or of-the-moment shoes can instantly update your basics and neutrals or elevate your bright and printed pieces.

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Cardigan: P.A.R.O.S.H ($15 here, $46 here)
Dress: Vivienne Westwood (similar here; Designer version on Kris Jenner here)
Shoes: Charles by Charles David (more color options here)
Sunglasses: Tom Ford (it’s the one on Kris Jenner)
Watch: Michael Kors
Nail: Deborah Lippmann ‘hit me with your best shot’

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Top: J.Crew (similar 30% off here with code MAYCHIC)
Dress: J.Crew (great style here)
Shoes: Valentino (or this version, similar here & here)
Belt: Ann Taylor
Lip: M·A·C  ‘Lady Danger’
Nail: Deborah Lippmann ‘It’s raining men’