Show Off Your Arms like Anna Wintour

Feeling self-conscious about sagging skin on your arms? Take a page from Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour and let it all hang out. As I write this, the 65-year-old style-setter is sitting in Serena Williams’ players box at Wimbledon, wearing a sleeveless dress that shows off the folds on her otherwise toned upper arms. Exercise…

Cool Looks for Hot Weather

One summer when our children were small, we rented a beach house with another couple. My friend Gwen was between jobs that July and offered to stay with her kids and ours during the week while the other adults headed back to our desks in the city. We spent a great first weekend together, then…

The No-Show

Here’s the secret to breaking in a new pair of shoes without blisters: just choose the right socks. Foot coverings have come a long way in the last few years, and with the exception of sandals, designers are now sewing up socks that protect toes and heels in every style of shoe, even foot-cleavage models…

Fashion Quickie: The Wedge Heel

My friend Lisa showed up for dinner the other night suddenly towering over the rest of our short girl posse. The source of her newly gained five inches – yes, five – was a jaunty pair of strappy black wedges. The wedge, also known as a wedge boot or a “liftie,’ is a shoe or…

Fashion Quickie: Summery Shirtdress

My summer travel plans are starting to come together and I’m going to be spending time in some urban areas. Warm urban areas. So I’ve been going through my closet to see what items I’m missing. And what I’m feeling I want for my travels is a shirtdress. Easy to wear, comfortable and more polished…

Dressing for Internal Climate Control

Lesson learned this week: Don’t sit near a restaurant’s wood-burning pizza oven if you are a woman of a certain age unless you have frostbite. I was having dinner with my good friend S. when we noticed the temperature rising. Luckily, we had both dressed in layers and started shedding them one at a time.…

Upping My Getting Dressed Game

Some days, I just don’t want to get dressed. If I’m lucky, it’s a day where I’m working from home and I’ll throw on a pair of exercise pants, a bra and a T-shirt. I’ll brush my teeth but not put on any make-up. Then sit down at my computer and write. On the days…

Fashion Quickie: How To Lengthen Your Legs

I need a new tennis skirt. I haven’t found one I like in about a five years. I have been rotating the few that I have, and overuse has weakened the elastic and left the crotches just this side of unspeakable. Why is it so hard for me to find a skirt to buy? I…

Friday Links: Hands-Free Fun, Aging Soda and More

Did everyone have a good week? MiddleSexy sure did. College applications, homemade tomato sauce and a few good runs. Here’s what we found when we were looking around: A hands-free couples vibrator? Count me in. Eva, by Dame Products, is available via Indiegogo with shipment in February 2015. I bought one. It looks really different.…

Dressing Like My Mother

In 2008, Ari Seth Cohen set out to photograph the older women he would see in New York City that had a certain flair, confidence and style. His blog Advanced Style has been featuring these women ever since. Last month, he released the documentary “Advanced Style”, an extension of his blog, that follows seven New…