where to shop for classic style

  1. I just love these classic looks you posted.
    I am too a classic with a bold look sometimes. I love bright colors, like red, bright pinks, bright blues, etc.
    I am looking for the classic button cardigan that you show with the plaid skirt. I am looking for both pieces. I use to have a 2 basic button down cardigans but wore them out. Thanks for your hard work on putting these
    outfits together.

  2. Judith Cronin says:

    You failed to mention Eileen Fisher which offers wonderful classic pieces that truly stand the test of time and wearing.

  3. Cynthia says:

    PLEASE, can you help those of us petites over 60 who want to dress COOL and Classy! We do not want to look like little girls, nor old grannies! Petite bloggers tend to be very young and very, very thin. Many of us, though very short in stature, do not weigh under one hundred pounds. We especially struggle to find shorts that are not crotch length, skirts that are not up to our um hums, and dresses! Do not get me started on appropriate dresses! I live in a very hot climate and there is virtually nothing to wear in our weather from late March through October!

    • Beth Djalali says:

      thanks for the suggestion. i’m certain you are shopping the brands that offer petite selections? Talbots, Banana Republic, and Loft to name a few. it’s all about proportions, not height nor stature.

    • Karen says:

      I have terrific luck at Ann Taylor. I’m petite in height but I’ve never been a waif! Their “regular sized skirt lengths are also perfect for me, hitting just at the knee. And I don’t feel like I’m being dressed like a doll.
      Good luck in your search!

  4. Susan M says:

    Could you please tell me where the outfit is from …..it is the picture of you on the museum staircase. You have jeans, long blazer and black sweater.


    • Beth Djalali says:

      whenever i put posts like this together i pull photos from the archive for examples. so this outfit is about a year and a half old. but the blazer is from LaFayette 148, the scarf is Talbots, the jeans J.Crew and the booties Easy Spirit.

  5. MaryLynne says:

    Talbots is the only brand that I have found that carries petite plus sizes. At five feet I really need petite and lack of activity due to my multiple surgeries has put me in the plus range. Do know if any of the brand’s you mentioned carry plus petite?

  6. Celine Stanasolovich says:

    Hi Beth,

    Love this post! My sister and I were just speaking about our preference for timeless classics, instilled in me and my two sisters by our 97 year old mother. We are regular Talbot’s shoppers. Great mid-price items and wonderful red hanger sales.

    In my opinion, one other great source is Land’s End. They carry many casual classics in all size ranges. LOVE their cardigans…must have at least 20 of them.

  7. Kathleen McDermott says:

    Great reminder post. Classics always work and look fresh because they are simple, easy to accessorize and can be paired with almost anything. I love cardigans of all styles and lengths and have dozens. To SHERRY: Check out Walmart’s Time & Tru Everyday Cardigan. The perfect completer piece. Many, many lovely colors (and some patterns). I have ALL of them. Inexpensive and charming.

  8. Deborah Saloom says:

    Hi Beth
    My first time commenting. I love following you and have since you lived in CA. I live in GA also not far from Athens, just a little fyi.
    I was wondering what you think orif you have tried Misook clothing. I know they can be a little pricey but I love many pieces of their clothing, like jackets and dresses.
    I would be interested in what you think.

  9. Linda Kennedy says:

    I have several basic black St.John pieces that I have owned for more than 15 years. (Short pencil skirt, slacks, shell, two jackets..one beaded) It was an investment that was well worth the money.

  10. Nancy Nixon says:

    I would love to know about the handbag in the picture with the twin sweater set and plaid skirt. I pretty sure that it is older but I’d like to keep checking the resale websites in hopes that one comes up. Thanks.

  11. love your blogs, as i am 60 and love the classic style of all things; fashion, homes, interiors, food, drinks. I was wondering where you found the long sweater you are wearing with gray slacks and turtleneck. I have a few long sweaters from Talbots, but nothing with a lapel which is nice. I must say i only shop at three stores for classic fashion style, as they do well to mx and match.

  12. Mildred Borresen says:

    LANDS END + TALBOTS have shorts, capris for us modest older gals!

  13. Debbie Carr says:

    Beth….why don’t you include Meghan Markle in that list of timeless classics? I love her style.

  14. Theresa says:

    Hi Beth,
    I really enjoy your ”style at a certain age” columns that I receive. They are all beautiful, but not for us mature plus size ladies. I would like to see clothes for us plus size ladies that can be purchased both in the USA and Canada. You are far from a plus size. There must be some brands that also make plus sizes, and not just ultra sexy things that I wouldn’t be seen dead in, as I am sure, other mature plus size ladies feel the same as me. Talbots, Old Navy and Nordstrom Rack do not ship to Canada. Anyone out there ship to Canada? Please help!
    Thanks, and keep showing us beautiful clothes.

  15. Elizabeth Husar says:

    I would never have thought that a smart jacket would look good with jogging bottoms/leggings, but it does! Thanks for this idea.

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