Cropped jacket ideas

I’ve inherited a gorgeous creamy-brown fur jacket from the 1950s (cropped at the waist with a high neck). Any suggestions on what to pair this with for a special night on the town?

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Give stains the brush off

No matter how careful I am, before I leave the house I always manage to get deodorant or makeup on my shirt. Instead of running upstairs to change, is there anything I can use to remove these stains?

Your timing is perfect! Just last week I had an unfortunate incident with sparkly eyeshadow and tried a stain-lifting sponge called Magic BrushOff, $6.95 (US). When I was done, even the tiniest sparkle was gone from my black top. I also tested it out on white deodorant marks and dryer lint, and both came out easily. It also removes makeup marks (although powders such as blush and eyeshadow are easier to remove than creamy foundations and lipstick), reduces salt residue on boots (I didn’t get around to testing this out) and lifts dried food from cotton, rayon, spandex, Lycra, polyester and some blends. Just don’t try this on silk! Imagine: fewer dry cleaning bills, and better yet, less running around. Get your own by visiting www.magicbrushoff.com.

In praise of high waists

I’m desperate to find pants that don’t sit low on my hips. I know they’re the style now, but low-riders just don’t fit my full figure. Where can I find pants that come up to my waist?

Have no fear – not all companies have jumped on the low-waist bandwagon. Labels such as Olsen, New Man and Anne Klein create stylish, work-worthy pants that sit at a woman’s waist, not her hips. To complement your full figure, look for pants that sit at your belly button and flare slightly from the knee.

Short skirts at any age

I am used to wearing long skirts (I have varicose veins and slim legs) but am ready for a change. I’d like to try shorter skirts, but what should I look for? I’m in my mid-60s and don’t want to look out of date.

Change is always good. The ideal skirt length for you is either at the knee or just below it. Look for slim skirts that sit at your belly button and have some movement in the fabric or at the bottom of the skirt (think lighter fabrics such as silk, cotton or rayon in the spring, and a wool blend for the fall). This will give you a modern edge and flatter your slim legs. If you’re concerned about drawing attention to your varicose veins, try a skirt with a brightly coloured pattern.

Cropped jacket ideas

I’ve inherited a gorgeous creamy-brown fur jacket from the 1950s (cropped at the waist with a high neck). Any suggestions on what to pair this with for a special night on the town?

Lucky you! Everyone I know is scouring vintage shops for this style of jacket right now. Your options are endless. If you’re going out to a restaurant, try pairing it with a sophisticated black turtleneck and pants. For a semi-formal or formal event, this jacket works easily with any evening or cocktail dress. And don’t feel as if you have to wait for a special night on the town to take it out of the closet. Since your jacket is cropped, it also works for casual occasions and looks extremely chic with weekend jeans and boots.

Cropped jacket ideas

I’ve inherited a gorgeous creamy-brown fur jacket from the 1950s (cropped at the waist with a high neck). Any suggestions on what to pair this with for a special night on the town?

Lucky you! Everyone I know is scouring vintage shops for this style of jacket right now. Your options are endless. If you’re going out to a restaurant, try pairing a sophisticated black turtleneck and pants. For a semi-formal or formal event, this jacket works easily with any evening or cocktail dress. And don’t feel as if you have to wait for a special night on the town to take it out of the closet. Since your jacket is cropped, it also works for casual occasions and looks extremely chic with weekend jeans and boots.

Cropped jacket ideas

I’ve inherited a gorgeous creamy-brown fur jacket from the 1950s (cropped at the waist with a high neck). Any suggestions on what to pair this with for a special night on the town?

Lucky you! Everyone I know is scouring vintage shops for this style of jacket right now. Your options are endless. If you’re going out to a restaurant, try pairing a sophisticated black turtleneck and pants. For a semi-formal or formal event, this jacket works easily with any evening or cocktail dress. And don’t feel as if you have to wait for a special night on the town to take it out of the closet. Since your jacket is cropped, it also works for casual occasions and looks extremely chic with weekend jeans and boots.

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