Is Your Closet Too Young?

Tim Gunn fixes the wardrobe of a reader who dresses like she’s in high school.

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"I work in a youthful, creative business," Barbara Newman, 55, explains. "I know I dress too young, but I don’t know how to choose things that are more sophisticated without feeling like I’ve lost my sense of self." Gunn instructs Newman to limit the prints, try fitted tops and look for "jacket alternatives" that are stylish but not stuffy. "You can look youthful," he says, "but still have polish."
photo by Karen Pearson

After-Work Chic

Newman’s own leopard top is too sheer for day, but under a jacket it gives "just the?right punch of ?print," Gunn says. The trench is a classic style, but this shrunken version "is more youthful, in keeping with Newman’s personality." Lacoste jacket, Jones New York skirt, Lauren by Ralph Lauren belt, Urban Posh earrings
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Print It

A pop of print adds interest; the solid bottom is slimming. Shoshanna silk dress, $350; Urban Chic, 202-338-5398
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Bold Carry-All

It’s bright and fun, but roomy enough for work. Coach leather satchel, $898; 866-262-2440
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Terrific T-Strap

A modern vintage look that’s actually comfortable. Target patent leather and faux suede pumps, $33; target.com
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Weekend Chic

A wrap top is flattering on most women. "It slims the tummy and the arms," Gun says. This skirt is Newman’s; it was too inches too short, but Gunn had a tailor lengthen it. Plus a heel that’s comfortable, fun and stylish? Check, check, check. St John Bay’s top, Wendy Mink necklace, BCBG MaxAzria shoes, DKNY clutch
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Playful Trench

A trench always works, and the bold color makes a statement. Lela Rose taffeta coat, $1,595; Neapolitan, 847-441-7784
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Graphic Cardigan

This intense black and white pattern adds polish. Tory Burch merino caradigan, $275; toryburch.com
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Shoe-In

Perfect flats for running around town. Moschino Cheap and Chic suede flats, $375; macys.com for stores
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First Published Fri, 2009-09-11 15:27

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