Your 10 favorite posts of the year, ootd, what’s next

A year of posh midlife style in review

At the end of the year, it’s time to look back on the year, and make goals for the next. The slide show shows some of the favorite looks of the year.

What you liked to read about

The ten posts you were the most interested in were

  1. Just Fashion Now Review
  2. These awesome 40+ European bloggers get it right
  3. Electrostatics or why clothes release sparks
  4. How to wear over-the-knee boots over 40
  5. The most wearable 2017 trends to look great in midlife
  6. How to look great in denim over 40
  7. The best and worst fall trends for women in midlife
  8. Review of Marine Layer T-shirt: Style meets sustainability
  9. How to dress for a family reunion
  10. Review of Sympli drama dress

Outfits you loved this year

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Bloggers I met

This year, Chrissie of Granola and Grace came to Fairbanks and we met together with here lovely sister who lives here. She took this photo of Chrissie and me.

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Fashion blogger Chrissie at Granola and Grace and me in front of a map at the Geophysical Institute in the Akasofu building on the UAF campus

In summer, I visited the lifestyle instagramer Britta of By the Way of Berlin. We had a wonderful chat about fashion and style over a great dinner in an It restaurant in Scottdale, where she lives.

#midlife bloggers Britta of By the Way of Berlin and Nicole of High Latitude Style
Britta of By the Way of Berlin and I posing after a great dinner and great chatting at a restaurant in Scottdale

In October, I met Ana of Mrs. American Made in Boulder again. We went shopping at a high end thrift store and then chatted enjoying ice tea (unsweetened three limes for me) while chatting about sustainability in fashion.

What’s next on High Latitude Style

Here are some of my plans for High Latitude Style in the New Year.

Clothes reviews for online shopping

Online shopping is a great challenge for us women in midlife. Fashion industry still cuts with the bodies of young women of twenty something in mind. Of course, the clothes in online stores are presented on young women.

Even when we still have the same weight as in high school, college or pre-kids, we don’t have the same body as we had back then. Our boobs lost mass and changed direction. Sitting a lot and less time for exercising had its toll leading to muscle loss on the legs and arms, and gain of mass around the belly. This means online shopping is a big challenge for us. The big question is: How will these clothes look like with a mature face and body? Since reviews of clothes from online stores seem important to you, I plan for next year to add a section in the High Latitude Style archive that will permit you to find reviews easily.

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Me at a book shelf in the Keith Mather library wearing a Pendleton pleated glen check midi skirt, August Silk leopard print cardigan, GNW tight, silk floral print neckerchief,Söfft shearling booties

Analysis of the best trends for 40+ women will continue

Another challenge for us women over 40 are the changing trends and how to turn fashion into style. We are old enough that we have seen many trends already the last time they were around. One tricky part is that the way we styled the trends back then looks so Old Lady today! A second tricky part is that some trends just don’t work on our changed/changing body. Watch out for a post in January that will review the 2018 trends that work for us and how to wear them. As in past years, I will continue to post about the seasonal trends at the beginning of each season. Would you be interested in posts on what to buy in the end of season sales towards the end of each season?

How to get ageless style remains top priority

Of course, I will continue to provide How To Wear posts. These posts include weather and climate region specific tips, DIY, and new trends, but also can address questions or challenges that you have. Thus, please do not hesitate to send me an email with your fashion and style questions. I also like to hear about an upcoming dressing situation you want my opinion on. I really love to write posts to help you and many other midlife women who have the same problem. Of course, I will not reveal your name! Don’t be shy to ask. Believe me, you aren’t alone with the challenges. We are all in the same boat.

#fashionover40 #maturestyle woman in all neutral work outfit
Wearing a neutral color work outfit with mixed pattern and print: Pendleton glen check wool skirt with button details, August Silk leopard print cardigan worn as top, GNW brown tight, silk Daisies print neckerchief, Söfft buckle boots (all own)

Top of the World Style Linkup will continue

The Top of the World Style Linkup party offers you readers three things. It’s a great opportunity for you to find other fashion and style blogs, and to linkup up your own outfit posts from Instagram. Furthermore, you like the bloggers can become Top of the World OOTD or Top of the World Style Winner. Thus, try it out and link up. When you don’t know how, check this instructional page on how to link up a post. The party also provides networking and growth opportunities for my blogging readers and friends. When you are a blogger you can gain visibility and a free feature as a co-host of my party. Just apply by email.

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Trying to reach a book on the top of the shelf. Side view of neutral color work outfit with mixed pattern and print: Pendleton classic glen check midi skirt, August Silk cardigan styled as top, GNW opaque tight, and Söfft heel boots (all own)

I would love your feedback and input

To better serve my readers, I plan to run a survey early next year. One lucky reader will be chosen at random and will get a copy of my style recipe book How to Dress for Success in Midlife.

Do you like the Focus Alaska series with its travel insider tips, reports about Alaska lifestyle, life in Alaska, and what people wear in Alaska?


I wore this outfit at work last week. I went for all neutral colors, but different prints (leopard, floral) and a pattern. I grounded the look with the brown tights. I paid attention to repeat colors at least twice in the outfit. For instance, the neckerchief has a black ground, and white flower leaves. The white is repeated in the glen check pattern of the wool skirt. The black is repeated in the leopard print. All pieces have in common brown in different shades and tunes. Since there is a lot going on in the outfit because of the mixed prints and pattern, I kept jewelry to a minimum.

Do you have time off or do you have to work? Are you looking forward to the New Year? What are your plans? Do you make a list of New Year’s resolutions? Let me know, I’m curious.

I wish all my readers and their loved ones a Happy Boxer Day.

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Photos of me: G. Kramm

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