SV: Many of us are Fashion Sybils—the chick who mommies,
careers, lunches, shops, ranches, Harleys, black-ties and
occasionally just hangs at home. She juggles wardrobes for
all her “personalities,” but her faves are jeans and sweats.
But you have a beef with sweats and track suits …
CK: Yes I do. There are comfortable clothes that every
woman should have that are not sweats. So many
women are walking around in sweats and those track suits today. It
is so not attractive. It doesn’t show your shape at all. You don’t want
to show skin all the time, but at least show your shape. It’s much
better to wear a pair of hip jeans that fit you perfectly. This is an
essential in your wardrobe. Not every jean looks good on the “over
40” body. I recommend just a few brands in the book that work every
time—Paige Premium Denim, Citizens Save Humanity, Joe’s Jeans,
and Seven. One of these jeans will work for you. Don’t wear super low-riders, or you’ll have a big muffin top. And you must be able to
bend over without showing your thong. Lastly, check the length.
Wear jeans a quarter of an inch from the floor … too short looks
OL. Purchase or have them hemmed according to the shoes you are
going to wear.
“Aging sucks!” Wise words from veteran
beauty editor and style expert of NBC’s Today
show, Charla Krupp. Penning the new beauty
bible How Not to Look Old, Krupp gives us
permission and encouragement to refuse
to grow old gracefully. Stop with the Old
Lady—OL. Amen! Looking young and hip—
Y&H—is easy with her straight-shooting
advice, specific dos and don’ts, brand-name
dropping and comprehensive plan of attack
from head (lighten your hair) to toe (step into
Krupp has appeared on numerous segments
and television shows including The Oprah
Winfrey Show, The View, Dateline NBC and Good Morning America. She’s also a regular on
E! channel and the Home Shopping Network.
A former beauty director at Glamour, senior
editor at InStyle, beauty editor at People: Style
Watch, executive editor of Shop Etc. and currently
a columnist for More magazine, Krupp gives Southern
Vanity readers fast and effortless ways to look 10
years younger, 10 pounds lighter, and 10 times better …
Excerpt from the Interview:
SV: Let’s assume we all have clothing and accessories in our
closet from “once upon a time” and on up to last Saturday’s
shopping spree. Give us a few easy but effective steps to
begin the de-cluttering process.
CK: This is the number-one step of how not to look old
and it doesn’t cost a dime. Go through everything in
your closet and lingerie drawer. Throw out anything that isn’t going
to make you feel powerful, sexy, professional or whatever you want
to feel right now.
Many women are in a state of transition, moving onto the second
act of their life. They no longer are stay-at-home moms because
the children are grown. They may not be doing the same thing
professionally as they once did or might even be entering the
workplace for the first time ever or at least in a very long time. So,
we have to be much more demanding of our clothes and underwear.
SV: Name one fashion accessory no woman should be without today.
CK: A fabulous long necklace, like a long chain necklace,
either in gold or silver—something long that hangs
below your bust line that looks cool..