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I loved the vests in Little Women! In an interview with Greta Gerwig, she said that Jo and Laurie shared a lot of the vests, and I just really loved that detail. I like it when vests and blazers have a patterned lining. I learned how to sew during the pandemic, and I was thinking of lining my own coats with fun prints of my choosing, so it's like "business on the outside, party on the inside." lol

Most of my clothes come from Madewell or Lulu, but I stumbled into a store called Evereve in Manhattan Beach the other day. It's one of those upscale trendy stores where the sales people style you from head-to-toe. I was in the dressing room and the lady helping me looked at what I picked out, and brought me similar items. I ended up buying denim cutoff shorts, a brown linen blazer, and a black tank top that is one of my favorite clothing items now (https://evereve.com/ultra-rib-boatneck-tank-48120-c).

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I am your age and was just about as Madonna obsessed (it was hard not to be in that time) and I think often about how much I'd have loved seeing her confront aging head on! Feels like we lost the opportunity to see what it could look like for someone so full of energy and athleticism and creativity to settle into her later years. So much more interesting than grasping at youth for decades.

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I think you could def pull off the vest as shirt thing! Maybe you could go w a skirt or earrings to balanced the femme-ness? Been very inspired by the new league of their own costuming lately too- feel like you would understand 💗

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Ha- I can relate to the vest interest. Carla Bruni and Kate Moss also pull them off so well. Mine is still hanging in my closet with the tags - a purchase from years ago. Wish I had the guts to be more out there with my dress. Keep thinking maybe when I’m in my 60s I could embrace the Iris Apfel look. Or if I didn’t have a husband and kids I’d feel more creative. For now, I keep it classic with Parisian scarfs and delicate gold jewelry- going for what’s flattering over what’s trendy- jeans or a midi dress/midi skirt with a blazer or button down collared shirt w rolled up sleeves and a good bracket. Sandals with a heel that are walkable. The main concern for me is what to expose and what to conceal when dressing. I appreciate clothes for their ability to create an illusion and to hide flaws. Or for clothes to allow you access to certain places. If you appear a certain way - people treat you better in hotels, restaurants, galleries, parties, etc. I like the sense of power and freedom that clothes can provide- even if fleeting.

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