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Now I know that covering up parts that used to turn heads and draw envy can be tough to take for some women. Which is precisely why beautiful jewelry and fine fabrics are revenge tools of choice for many well-dressed mature women.
So your bustline isn't as perky as your twenty-something daughter or granddaughter. So what? Add a beautiful necklace and draw envious glances from women of all ages. Don't have same backside you did as a teen? Encase it in a fine fabric and see how many men go out of way to hold door open for you. People will look where you focus their attention, so use that knowledge to redirect their interest to parts you want them to see.
Or, as actress Cybil Shepard once said, "I like to flaunt what I have left."
Don't flip through fashion magazines and bemoan fact that you don't look like models. Instead, look at various fashion elements to determine what will and won't work for you. Are printed scarves all rage this year? Grab a few and be trendy. Are mini skirts style of choice? Pass and bank your money.
See how easy this is?
"A woman has age she deserves," Coco Chanel once said. You don't have to go under cover and dress "like a little old lady" just because that's what your mother or grandmother did. You're your own person.
If you remember to dress in clean lines and classic styles and cover appropriately, you can still be fashionable - AND draw long, lingering glances from handsome men -- whatever your age. And if THAT doesn't make you feel like a blushing girl again, then honey, nothing I can say will!
Diana Pemberton-Sikes is a wardrobe and image consultant and author of "Wardrobe Magic," an ebook that shows women how to transform their unruly closets into workable, wearable wardrobes. Visit her online at www.fashionsavvy.com .