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‘Wardrobe Wakeup’: Fashion after 40

McClatchy Tribune News Service
Modified: January 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm •  Published: January 28, 2013

“The Wardrobe Wakeup; Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age”

By Lois Joy Johnson

Running Press, Philadelphia

288 pages, $23.00


The key phrase in this book comes on page 64 — “Fashion life after 40.”

This is what “The Wardrobe Wakeup” promises and provides.

Former fashion editor Lois Joy Johnson has written a helpful handbook for those of us 40 and above who sometimes haunt modern department stories, thinking the pretty clothes are only for the younger generation, and mourning our lost youth.

Johnson is realistic about aging. In the introduction, she says bluntly, “After a certain age women and their clothes just don’t get along anymore. … Changes in weight, hormones, work, finances, lifestyle, attitudes, opinions, and needs have had a major impact on your closet and style. … Even when the scale makes us smile we notice stuff has drooped and shifted.”

Also, “we need clothes for divorce court, wakes, and memorial services.”

Then, in a breezy, no-nonsense, no-holds-barred way, she suggests ways out of the conundrum about what to wear on your body whether for every day work, play or going out on Saturday night.            

One annoyance is that while the text is wonderful to read, the book’s layout can be confusing. The easiest way to navigate is to skim through, then mark the pages that apply to you. For example, if you’re a woman who prefers pants over skirts, ignore the parts about pencil or A-line skirts, and the same with high-heels versus flats.

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