NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Summer may not officially arrive until Monday, June 20 but many women have already spring cleaned their closets and are out and about with their new (or old) wardrobes.
According to Bedford resident Diane Roth, owner of L’Armoire in New Canaan, there are a few things women should not wear when they reach a "certain age." Her tips for the DON'T list follow:
- Graphic print leggings. Especially with tight underwear or none at all.
- Pants that are neither here nor there. Go, instead for capri’s which hit your bottom calf muscle or cropped hits ankle bone. No half masts.
- If you're over 25, nix the shorts. Take a long look from behind and you'll agree.
- Unlined dresses. Long flowing dresses are great, not so much if they are see-through in bright sunshine.
- Bras as tops. Get a bra fitting – start with the foundations.
- Work out tank tops. Choose one that is cut high enough but not too high.
- Bingo wings/flappers can be avoided by wearing a sleeve to the elbow. Sleeveless tops can work if you have a suntan (real or faux) but be brutal on your arm assessment.
- Big hats. Remember you are supposed to be able to see when wearing them. They should also have a relationship to the outfit you are wearing.
- Peep toe shoes – unless you have good feet; then invest in a pedicure. if you don’t have good toes, don’t let them hang out. Peep toe make your legs look shorter and cuts the foot. Instead opt for a sandal, mule, slide or wedges.
- Too many accessories, i.e. summer bangles. Keep clothing loose and soft, like your jewelry. Matching sets are fabulous for over 80’s.
- Big with big. Choose a soft flowing top with narrow bottom/pant/pencil skirt or fitted top with a flowing pant. Big over big equals big. Even if you are tiny.
- Heavy makeup – keep it minimalist. Glossy, lighter make up. Bronzers are not paint.
- Heavy fabrics. Choose light fabrics which breathe, such as cool cottons and linens.
- Busy prints. Current trends are block color turquoise, pinks, melon. Find a color that looks good on your skin tone. Don’t rely on what looked good when you were 20-years-old.