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Stylish at Every Age

February 16, 2015

The rules for looking “appropriate” are not what they used to be. Your number does not define your age, you’re lifestyle and energy does! And what’s appropriate for one person might be different for another, so let’s not put each other in a box, rather let’s celebrate our fashion style and bodies and dress the way we want to. I happily shopped the best boutiques in Newport Beach to find the perfect outfits for your age range, whether it’s literality or figuratively your age, if you can pull off these looks then I say go for it!

When you’re in your twenties, it’s a great time to experiment with fashion forward silhouettes and flaunt your figure, but it’s also the time to figure out what going to work for your body. You’re getting into the working world and life is changing fast. You might be getting married or having children, or you might be living the most wild and carefree time of your life; whatever you’re doing, do it in style! Look for playful looks that make you feel young, because you are. It’s a time to try rompers and crop tops, gladiator sandals and putting a hat on for every outfit.

Social B Boutique: This shop might be off the beaten path, but it’s on the right track for the best offerings for 20-to-40 set. The pieces owner Christy Salem carries are young and fresh, she has great taste and her boutique is filled with chic-yet-affordable apparel, plus home goods.
359 Old Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 533-3525

Social-B-Boutique-Outfits
Crochet off the Shoulder Lace top, Denim Cut-off Shorts, Beaded Necklace with Horn

Spring Bohemian Romper, Wide Brimmed Felt Hat, Mesh Metal Bracelet

Your thirties are a time to start building a timeless wardrobe with pieces you’ll wear every day. Just because you’re all “grown up” doesn’t mean you have to avoid all those fun fashion trends, but be selective, some might not be as perfect for you now as they were when you were in your 20’s. Play with classic silhouettes with a twist, look sophisticated and put together. Pair your favorite jeans with a fun fringe top and finish it with a third piece like a blazer or leather jacket. Opt for mules and pointy toe heels instead of the sky-high platforms and curate the perfect jewelry drawer with bold pieces to keep your looks polished yet playful.

Bardot: Founded in 2012 and inspired by Brigitte Bardot, whose quintessential seaside style made her a fashion icon, Bardot brings the latest in effortlessly chic clothing and accessories to the well-heeled women of Newport Beach of all ages. Owner Dana Harmon, prides herself on strong seasonal buying, colorful merchandising, and personal service, catering to the style-set in Orange County and beyond.
2043 Westcliff Dr., Suite 103, Newport Beach, (949) 515-2710

Bardot-Outfits
Koch Maude Top, Smythe Anytime Blazer, McGuire Newton Skinny, Ann Lightfoot Agate Necklace, Cynthia Vincent Evie Heel
Pam & Gela Frankie tee, Sam & Lavi Paige Skirt, Chan Luu beaded Necklace, Wonderland Havasu Sunglasses, Tibi Nora Mesh Mule

Ah, you’re in your forties, you’re comfortable and confident. Play with color, keep silhouettes conservative with an edge; add fun details like silver sneakers with your boyfriend jeans or the perfect stripe dress with contrasting belt and lace up sandals. Stylish and practical pieces are key! play up your shape and show off your favorite parts like your décolletage with a statement necklace or your legs with skinny jeans or a skirts. Or hide what you’re not too fond of with a scarf or a boyfriend fitting blouse. You’re in control and when you walk into a room you’re definitely noticed.

Laguna Supply, Corona Del Mar: Dana Marron and Laura Hart, have played effortlessly to their strengths and created a store that is the “go-to” for chic locals and visitors of all ages. Their assortment is classic but beachy, sophisticated but natural, proper but fun.
3250 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, (949) 644-6026

Laguna-Supply-outfits
Sofie D’Hoore Striped Digit Dress, Sofie D’Hoore tan leather belt, Beek Wren Gladiator Sandal, Clare V Rose Gold Flat Clutch
Rag&Bone Beacon Boyfriend Jean, Xirena Beau Shirt, Leather Crown Silver Sneakers, Espice Ikat Scarf, Ronald Pineau Bracelet

When you’re in your Fifties you can afford to invest in quality over quantity. Update your tried-and-true basics for perfectly tailored pieces you’ll cherish. You know what works for you at this age and what doesn’t. Feel free to wear a few choice trends—like a bow-tie blouse or pointy-toe heels—with smart pieces like cropped pants. The result? Fresh and not old-fashioned.

Written by Leslie Christen

Leslie Christen is one of Southern California’s most sought-after personal stylists and the founder of the region’s leading independent styling company: Leslie Christen | LifeStyling. Leslie’s stylish and educational Web site, LeslieChristen.com , gives her audience inspiring tips and showcases cutting-edge trends and images on the latest in designer fashions. Leslie spent years as a personal stylist and costume designer in the fashion and entertainment industries, and is also a fashion contributor for several local publications. Her extensive experience in the fashion world has given her the talent to quickly assess strengths, minimize body challenges and authentically express her clients’ individuality.

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