Thursday, January 29, 2009

Book Review: Forever Cool by Sherrie Mathieson (Fashion over Fifty)

Forever Cool is for baby-boomers who want to update their style. I found the book uplifting and encouraging. It's one of the best in the fashion-over-forty genre. The models, both women and men, are real people. Many are over fifty, and everybody has a real-life body.

Most of the book is devoted to before-and-after photos. You can pick up lots of ideas about line, fabric, and accessories. I love Sherrie's use of color. While some of the other before-and-after books show women dressed up in cocktail wear, these people are shown in regular clothes suited to the way a lot of us live.

Sherrie has good suggestions for where to find clothes, too--most of which are available in my neck of the woods off the Internet. I like that she doesn't encourage transition-age women to hang on to a younger image as long as we possibly can. She encourages us to make the most of what we have and know that it's enough. She refers to looking "youthful" rather than "young," which is appropriate and accurate. Youthfulness doesn't have an age.

The before-and-afters in this book are more realistic than those in some other books I've read. These aren't head-to-toe makeovers that require women to rethink hair, makeup, and clothing and break the bank doing it. They're manageable re-dos that many of us could begin with clothes we already have. The women don't look like they're trying too hard. They just look their best.

Sherrie has a new book coming out in April, too. It's called Steal This Style: Moms and Daughters Swap Wardrobe Secrets (Random House). I can't wait to read it. I highly recommend Forever Cool. Sherrie's website is

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