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#fashionover40 woman in floral asymmetric hem dress | High Latitude Style | http://www.highlatitudestyle.com
Floral dress with asymmetric hem over lace slip with leopard print T-strap Neo Tango heels (all own)

It is not a nightmare when you friend or another woman has the same dress

Do you remember that Dynasty TV soap opera of the 80s? For my German readers, this TV series was called Der Denver Clan when it run on the ZDF. Do you recall that episode where Krystle, the new wife, and Alexis, the ex-wife, nearly bought the same gown? Of course, they were enemies for the drama of that soap opera, and the same choice of dress meant a drama for them as well.

In Fairbanks, it happens often that one of my girl friends have the same piece when I buy an item at Fred Meyers. Two of my dance friends, for instance, have the same dress as shown in the first photo of this post. Thus, when I wear it to a dance, I always have a spare in my bag to change, if needed. So do they. Who comes first to a dance event with the dress, will keep the dress on. Who comes second or third will switch into their spare. Interestingly, we never had made the effort to show up on purpose all in that dress at once just for the fun of it.🙂

Two bloggers who bought a leather fit-and-flare dress each

Do you know my friend Linda, the blogger at A Labour of Life? She bought a fit-and-flare leather dress in the Nordstrom Annual Sale, as did I. Of course, we did not know about it until the outfit post. Having the same dress never stopped us from posting new styling ideas.

#styleover50 woman in black and white outfit with leather dress
Linda wearing her fit-and-flare leather dress in a classic black and white look. Photo courtesy to her

Linda and I do not only have the dress in common, but also have to style the dress for a cold climate region. She lives in eastern Canada, well what an Alaskan calls eastern Canada. I live in Interior Alaska. In both regions, the Canadian high often governs the weather. She is at its eastern side, I am on its western side. When the high extends more to the west, cold air is produced in the Interior of Alaska. When the high moves eastwards cold, dry air moves into her region.

Two fashion bloggers styling a fit-and-flare leather dress

The next photos show two other examples of how Linda styled her fit-and-fare dress. Visit her blog to see more.

#stylingleather mature woman in leather dress and leather pants
Linda wearing her fit-and-flare dress with leather pants and a buffalo plaid shirt. Photo courtesy to her

#leatherover40 woman in leather pants and dress
Linda wearing her leather dress with leather pants and a striped shirt. Photo courtesy to her

The next photos show examples of how I style my fit-and-flare leather dress.
#Fashionover50 woman in fit-and-flare leather dress styled for summer
Halogen Fit-and-flare leather dress, Gloria Vander Bilt pumps, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, and Longchamp bag (all own) styled in a color blocking look for summer

#fashionover50 woman in black leather
Halogen fit-and-flare leather dress worn as a skirt with Anne Klein sweater, Harley Davidson booties, GNW tights and pearls (all own)

mixing pin and polka dots for a #monochromatic look
Black and white look with pin dot tight c/o No nonsense, own Jones New York polka dot shirt, Halogen leather fit-and-flare leather dress, and Hermes bangles for a pop of color

#styleover50 woman in leather dress and striped sweater
Halogen LBD, Anne Klein polka dot scarf, Jeanne Pierre striped sweater, GNW tights (all own)

As you can see, our outfits look quite different from each other. This is also true when we both go for a black and white theme. This means personal style is key, not the dress itself.

When you have personal style you don’t need to fear any woman who has the same dress unless she is a copycat.

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Did it happen to you that your girlfriend, BFF, colleague or another woman showed up with the same dress? How did you react? Did it bother you? Were you upset? If so, what did you do? Let me know by email. I am curious.

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How to wear a suit and not look old

#fashionover50 woman in needle stripe skirt suit with a twist
Needle stripe skirt suit with front zipper, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, sequin top, GNW Luxe sweater, GNW tight, and Valentino boots (all own)

The fashion model Tatjana Patitz once said

Suits are so easy to wear, whether in a casual or dressy way, a woman in a suit is the sexiest thing.

Well, I agree when she would have started the sentence with “For twenty somethings.” Once you are over 40, a suit becomes tricky. We have to compete with those twenty somethings, and in many jobs, we have to wear suits.

#styleover40 woman in skirt suit with a glam and edgy twist
Side view of skirt suit, GNW Luxe sweater, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, sequin top, GNW tight, and Valentino boots (all own)

In the 80s, we wore cheap suits with a shirt to look professional and/or older and to be taken seriously, especially when we had jobs in a men dominate field. We added a faux pearl necklace and 2.5 inch (5 cm) high pumps and a structured work bag or briefcase.

While we had success with this outfit back then, such an outfit would look old-fashioned even when we would go for expensive instead of cheap items. Such an outfit would make us also look like an Old Lady. For us women over 40, Audrey Hephurn’s statement
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