Can You Relate to Fashion Magazines Anymore?

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Here’s a topic that drives me nuts as I think the store’s mannequins and ads are turning more and more women away from shopping in stores.

Can You Relate to Fashion Magazines Anymore?

I miss being inspired by fashion magazines, which makes me ask: Are fashion magazines dying out for women over 40?

I remember as a teenager, being so excited when my mother’s monthly issues of  Harpers Bazaar and Vogue arrived in the mail.

Oh, those gorgeous women, perfect makeup, hair, and clothes. Classy, stylish, and oh so inspiring.

When it was time for me to grow and dress up, I couldn’t afford those clothes, yet I was inspired to create outfits using clothes that were in my budget.

Fast forward to today and being easily inspired is not so easy, and it’s no wonder woman, especially those who follow and/or hire me, are searching for flattering and wearable fashion for women over 50.

So listen, I’m not trying to further depress you, and maybe I’m pointing out the obvious, but unless you’re totally into expensive labels and outfits that will turn heads 360 degrees, you can no longer strictly rely on fashion magazines to get your wardrobe styling creative juices flowing.

Note: Often high fashion outfits are now styled to be artistic but that does nothing for those of us who have to figure out what to wear to have dinner with friends, meet a client or give a presentation.

Can You Relate to Fashion Magazines Anymore?

Oh, and don’t get me started on how some store windows. The one above can make you want to run in the other direction.

All of this doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the towel, and keep wearing the same things or stop trying to step up your wardrobe and self-confidence. It just means you need to look elsewhere for ideas.

One suggestion is to take a look at the store and online clothing catalogs for more wearable and practical outfit ideas.

It’s always a good idea to try different labels and sizes to see how they fit your current shape and size.

Listen, the labels I wore in my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s etc. don’t fit me as well as they used to. One of us has changed, and I think it was me. Experience has taught me that I’m not the only one.

Below are a couple of my favorite catalogs for you to look at for relatable, comfortable, realistic real-life outfits and styling inspiration.

Soft Surroundings 

Garnet Hill

I also bet that you have plenty already in your closets right now to create a whole bunch of new outfits that you don’t even know exist. Trust me…you do as I see that all the time when I work with new clients…so how about doing some in closet shopping before heading out to a store.

When you know how little details make big improvements, getting dressed is so much less stressful.

Stay tuned for when my online course Dress Without Stress is available again on June 1st, 2019. If you don’t want to miss out hearing more, please sign up on the wait list and get ready to Stop Stressing About Dressing.


  • Scarlett De Bease is a personal wardrobe stylist who shows women women how to stop stressing about dressing and feel more confident when they walk into a room. She guides her clients virtually and in-person to create their own unique signature style, feel fearless and confident to be seen and heard, and excited to put themselves out to the world in a way that is game-changing. From creating outfits with what you already own, to taking you shopping in person or virtually, Scarlett uses her creativity and compassion to help women of all shapes, sizes, and ages go from feeling insecure and frumpy to confident, successful, and stylish. She takes boring outfits and turns them into “oh hell yeah, look at me outfits” while making her clients feel great about themselves. As the founder of Scarlett Image Consulting and author of Stop Stressing About Dressing, her one-of-a-kind in-person and worldwide online workshops reveal how a more powerful presence leads to more opportunities and more profit. You can find out more about Scarlett at

1 Response

  1. Sydney Barrows says:

    Love, love, love Soft Surroundings!! And I have a lot of clothes in my wardrobe from Loft, too.. Have saved a lot of money since they closed down the store on the Upper West Side.. From time to time Zara has clothes that look good on “us” and Uniqlo is great for inexpensie, good quality basics and some of their fastionable stuff is oftern appropriate, too.

    There’s J. Jill – they have a nice catalog, so does Talbots and while Eiileen Fisher isn’t my look, they have a good selection of clothes for older women, too.

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