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Steal This Style - Moms and Daughters Swap Wardrobe Secrets
by Sherrie Mathieson
Clarkson Potter/Publisher
ISBN 978-0-307-40676-7
Published April 2009 - Softcover - 248 pages - $22.95

You know you're going to have to be a certain age to be able to swap clothes with your mom and pull it off.  My mom's in her seventies....  Say no more.  Okay, got it.  The book sleeve says, "...how to take the best and most appropriate ideas from the younger generation - for every occasion."  That's more like it.  It is difficult for the older woman (70+) to find age-appropriate clothes (I really feel bad for them and would be willng to help design this type of wear if someone would just give me a chance!) - I have friends in this age bracket who complain all the time about nothing for them in the stores.  My grandmother and mother had and has good fashion sense (it didn't all come down to me sadly) which I use today, mostly in my observations of how older women should dress to look good.  Look around you when you're next out and see what I mean.  Often it would appear so many women don't have mirrors and/or don't have a clue.  It's fairly easy - be realistic and open to criticism.  [I'm letting off steam, forgive me.  Read my blog on style and dress sense on TV, celeb fashion and more celeb fashion!  It's my website! Ed.]  Mathieson seems to offer constructive advice for women borrowing from the younger generation, and I liked her suggestions on these pages: 45, 51, 65, 137, and 155.  The horrors I see on a daily basis, I kid you not, resemble the "never cools" on pages 18, 44, 54, 118, 126, and 136.  I don't think the faux pas were particularly bad - the "forever cools' were for the most part, cool.  I loved the accessories - handbags (practical and pretty) and jewelry (understated yet elegant).
Conclusion - Lots of elegant advice for the older woman.  Makes sense, but I didn't see too much "borrowing" going on - in fact, many of the younger women looked too much like the older ones (pages 87, 117, 131, 147 as examples).

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