Sherrie Mathieson, style consultant

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A MOM’S and DAUGHTER’S UNDENIABLE STYLE INFLUENCE

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Some words from "Steal This Style"...in honor of Mom's Day...

My most vivid clothing memories, are the ones I created myself. I suspect many of you also took long but memorable detours off the fashion freeway before settling on wherever it is you’ve arrived now. It took me a while to understand the beautiful elements of the classic style my mother favored as a young woman. Let’s face it: the 60’s happened, and, well, wow! All bets were off. My picture album lays witness to my experimentation. It was a challenge for my girlfriends and me to keep up with new styles – so much so it kept us up at night!

The pieces that were coming from designers filled me with aesthetic adrenalin. I had my grandmother, a seamstress, recreate suits I imagined Audrey H. and Jackie O. would have worn. In the 70’s I embraced hot pants as some do religion. They were often extremely abbreviated and made from suede or even fully sequined – the less the merrier (oh, no…oh yes). Those were the days of fakery deluxe. False eyelashes, and artificial “falls” (hairpieces), scarves on the head with large gold earrings were all part of the look.

Clothes were my way of showing my creativity and high-fashion bent. I, like many of you, was just doing “my thing” – experimenting and having fun, using myself as a test tube and model. Our age and the era gave us a pass on appropriate – even the most “out there” fads looked completely suitable. My mother, tried to block the doorway , ( fearing for my safety in these outlandish ensembles) and asked: “You’re not really going out that way…are you?” Yes, I always did! Funny thing, you could still be hearing that same fateful question, but it probably is no longer coming from your mother. It may well be your daughter who is now concerned about your current look.

The Stylish Art of Translation

This role reversal isn’t terribly surprising. A lot of us are confused, and as a result are either stuck in the past or have simply given up and wear what’s easy, which is not necessarily the most flattering. Women clients always ask me, “What is appropriate?” They come from a variety of backgrounds, are of different ages, and work in all sorts of occupations and fields. They want clothing solutions that are tailored to their lifestyle, personality, and changing physiques.

To guide them correctly, I formed a truly workable wardrobe theory, grounded in classics, but which also included the habit of constantly reassessing clients’ and my own attire in order for all of us to remain totally modern. I abandoned my taste for extreme styles long ago, and, after donating a baleful of trendy clothes to charity; I made a mental note of what never to re-visit (i.e., extremely wide shoulder pads and excessive bling to name just two). Updated classicism handily provides an ageless look, while forming a solid foundation for what I call the art of the mix, or the ability to add in trendier pieces, combine designers and mingle styles. With this groundwork, any woman can individualize with accessories and separates that express her unique personality and interests.

The art of the mix…sounds good, doesn’t it? You’re no doubt wondering how you make such a wardrobe shift – and where your daughter (or the younger generation) fits in? Well, it starts with observation. Generational interplay keeps us from stagnation. Curiosity keeps our minds fresh and encourages a natural eagerness to grow. Great news in my estimation.To that end why shouldn’t you take the time to observe women ten, even twenty years your junior, and “borrow” judiciously from their choices, always translating to suit your body, your age and lifestyle? This process organically leads to reassessment, creativity and renewal. Consider your personal style afresh every five years… at least…and a youthful flair may more easily enter the bargain.

 

 

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A MOM’S and DAUGHTER’S UNDENIABLE STYLE INFLUENCE

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Some words from "Steal This Style"...in honor of Mom's Day...

My most vivid clothing memories, are the ones I created myself. I suspect many of you also took long but memorable detours off the fashion freeway before settling on wherever it is you’ve arrived now. It took me a while to understand the beautiful elements of the classic style my mother favored as a young woman. Let’s face it: the 60’s happened, and, well, wow! All bets were off. My picture album lays witness to my experimentation. It was a challenge for my girlfriends and me to keep up with new styles – so much so it kept us up at night!

The pieces that were coming from designers filled me with aesthetic adrenalin. I had my grandmother, a seamstress, recreate suits I imagined Audrey H. and Jackie O. would have worn. In the 70’s I embraced hot pants as some do religion. They were often extremely abbreviated and made from suede or even fully sequined – the less the merrier (oh, no…oh yes). Those were the days of fakery deluxe. False eyelashes, and artificial “falls” (hairpieces), scarves on the head with large gold earrings were all part of the look.

Clothes were my way of showing my creativity and high-fashion bent. I, like many of you, was just doing “my thing” – experimenting and having fun, using myself as a test tube and model. Our age and the era gave us a pass on appropriate – even the most “out there” fads looked completely suitable. My mother, tried to block the doorway , ( fearing for my safety in these outlandish ensembles) and asked: “You’re not really going out that way…are you?” Yes, I always did! Funny thing, you could still be hearing that same fateful question, but it probably is no longer coming from your mother. It may well be your daughter who is now concerned about your current look.

The Stylish Art of Translation

This role reversal isn’t terribly surprising. A lot of us are confused, and as a result are either stuck in the past or have simply given up and wear what’s easy, which is not necessarily the most flattering. Women clients always ask me, “What is appropriate?” They come from a variety of backgrounds, are of different ages, and work in all sorts of occupations and fields. They want clothing solutions that are tailored to their lifestyle, personality, and changing physiques.

To guide them correctly, I formed a truly workable wardrobe theory, grounded in classics, but which also included the habit of constantly reassessing clients’ and my own attire in order for all of us to remain totally modern. I abandoned my taste for extreme styles long ago, and, after donating a baleful of trendy clothes to charity; I made a mental note of what never to re-visit (i.e., extremely wide shoulder pads and excessive bling to name just two). Updated classicism handily provides an ageless look, while forming a solid foundation for what I call the art of the mix, or the ability to add in trendier pieces, combine designers and mingle styles. With this groundwork, any woman can individualize with accessories and separates that express her unique personality and interests.

The art of the mix…sounds good, doesn’t it? You’re no doubt wondering how you make such a wardrobe shift – and where your daughter (or the younger generation) fits in? Well, it starts with observation. Generational interplay keeps us from stagnation. Curiosity keeps our minds fresh and encourages a natural eagerness to grow. Great news in my estimation.To that end why shouldn’t you take the time to observe women ten, even twenty years your junior, and “borrow” judiciously from their choices, always translating to suit your body, your age and lifestyle? This process organically leads to reassessment, creativity and renewal. Consider your personal style afresh every five years… at least…and a youthful flair may more easily enter the bargain.

 

 

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Hollywood Costume exhibit thats a “Must See!”

Saturday, May 10, 2014

I feel more than ever that the Pheonix Museum, is "world class".

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F Murray Abraham richly deserves kudos as an excellent actor..but..!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

F Murray Abraham was the first actor I ever costumed. It was my first "costuming" job--and it was for a Salada Tea commercial for one of the A-list commercial companies at the time. I swathed him in Indian silk as I imagined would befit a traditional east Indian. Thankfully this led to 550 (at least) other commissions in the field. F Murray went soon after to win an Oscar for his amazing portrayal of Salieri in Amadeus. Recently he has enjoyed a resurgence of great acting parts.So I was not surprised to see him recently on the Today Show talking about Wes Anderson (who has terrific personal style) and his role in The Grand Budapest Hotel. However (with a capital H) I was really put aback by his attire. For this interview Murray (his real name) decided on a yellow/blue stripe rugby shirt with a black sport coat. He paired this with baggy chinos and Rockport type black oxfords. Jeez, he's still young in his early 70s. Does man live by talent alone? Perhaps...perhaps many men do.

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Joined Thumbtack.com for easy quotes on my style consulting

Monday, March 10, 2014

Thumbtack is another way to hire me. Give it a go!

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Oscar winners for 2014, and some “Oh, Nos!”

Monday, March 3, 2014

I LOVED the way Ellen DeGeneres dressed in a variety of tuxedo styles, that stayed true to her masculine side but were so complimentary to her looks as a woman. I love her sense of humor--so special-- and hope she continues to host. Her humor partially allayed my disappointment that "American Hustle" received no awards. To me Christian Bale is one of the all time acting greats, as is the beauty, Amy Adams (who must get rid of her hairdresser). Other handsome tuxes were sported by another great talent Leonardo DiCaprio (LOVE navy as the new black!) and the already much lauded Daniel Day Lewis, in perfectly fitted versions.  Kudos to them for paying attention to the correct slim fit of their slacks that should never pull or pool at the shoe. Pharrell Williams, who has his very original style (which I love) solved the problem, and stays "Happy":)-- by donning shorts.

My vote for best hair and make-up goes to the lovely Naomi Watts.She shone!

Penelope Cruz, looked amazing, as did Jessica Biel, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, and the stunningly gorgeous Charlize Theron amongst other beauties. If you caught the Jimmy Kimmel short skit, I hope you laughed as much as I did. A big nod to "Walmart People", the sculptures of Duane Hanson, and what I see at airports and malls (..Yipes! ..so those are the folks that tweet "fashion commentary"?)

Sadly Kim Novak only met ridicule in the media and Twitter (few kind remarks) thanks to her terrible plastic surgery and poor style. When will these older stars see there is beauty in old age--its own appropriate beauty--especially when you look natural.? Kim was dressed by the studios in the Golden Days --and her personal taste thankfully was not evident. Today older stars still make the mistake of trying to compete with their own youthful image as well as the young beauties who now have the public's admiration and yes, alas, the public's scrutiny.

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A public notice to Bazaar!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Let me preface this that by saying-- I try to always maintain a good sense of humor. But Bazaar asks me to accept p498 to p503 of the current issue as a "family that doesn't take itself too seriously".This is expected of me, as I view Stephanie Seymour in various stages of sexy (her thing ) undress posed suggestively with both her sons carressing and dressing/undressing her. Are they kidding? Are there no boundaries for mother/sons "fashion spreads? I can only come to some distasteful conclusions about Ms Seymour, and unfortunately the sons she raised (along with Peter Brandt, her former husband)--and BAZAAR .Please don't rush to by this March Issue with Lady Gaga on its cover (I subscribe so therein lies my only excuse). The media needs a reality/responsibility soul search. Don't buy it! See if you agree. Sad for me to say sinse I recommended BAZAAR in my books, as a generally great high end and inspiration filled magazine for women of all ages, but especially boomers.

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I May Be 50, but Don’t Call Me a Boomer..

Monday, January 20, 2014

..Is the title of a NY Times article (Jan12th)...which I wholeheartedly agree with. In gathering the real people who bravely posed for my books --it was so obvious that they cannot be lumped together. Not within the boomer age range or with those older. The word I dislike--"Senior "--has been defined loosely. It is particularly true of the attitude toward style, and the realities of style (or the lack of). This article illuminates the cultural differences, that are so interesting. But I suspect that in my line of work, I best look at each person uniquely. I've met people over 80 that have more sense of real style than 20 year olds.So it has less to do with age than the more important-- exposure (geography, family, friends, job), curiosity and interest. And then your true ace is -- (drumroll please!)--how you absorb the information of what you see.

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The lovliest of them all?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Golden Globes are attended by very talented and hopefully well-dressed people. My "winner" amongst the ladies is Cate Blanchett dressed in a gorgeous black lace Armani, that she carried beautifully. I loved Julia Robert's in her Dolce and Gabbana "shirt" style dress (her hair also was exquisitely done)..as I loved Diane Keaton's tuxedo look. But you too may have noted that Diane who bravely has not indulged in plastic surgery (and even  sported her natural hair color) was followed by an  obviously retouched L'Oreal commercial. Not a good thing for L'Oreal. Lupita Nyong'o looked truly lovely in her stunning Ralph Lauren red dress. Jacqueline Bisset is still a beauty at 69, although perhaps her hair would have been better pulled back, not dyed so dark (a common mistake), and her  dress less gaudy. It was great to see Jon Voight --a contemporary-- look up to her with an admiring gleam in his eyes. The beautiful Robin Wright needs to change hairdressers and her stylist should hve secured her dress so that the pasties at her breasts were not exposed (Yipes! how does this happen?) as she moved. Several male actors looked great-- as maybe more men realize that maybe Cary Grant had it right. Deserving mention are Bradley Cooper and Colin Farrell (who cleans up nicely!).

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Do you want to become a stylist? I can help…

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Thrilled to be a PivotPlanet advisor providing #expertise in how to become a #stylist!

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It Takes a Lot of Money to Look This Good…

Sunday, December 1, 2013

..is the title of a an article in this Sunday's Styles NYTimes. Do I agree? Not if an interested potential client understands how small an investment--perhaps a few hours--can instantly change their personal style for the better. With the right stylist (real taste, real experience)--wonders can be achieved in relatively little time.

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No excuses for foot comfort over great style this year!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Many of my clients have shoe "issues". Sometimes I see genetic bunions appear early on, some must deal with super wide or narrow shaped feet, squared toes (cannot fit into pointed shoes), poor arches/high arches..and some troubles come as a result of bad shoes worn in younger years.But this year brings "CHOICE" (in capital letters!) to  the table --with lots of flats and oxfords with support. These shoes are great with dark navy slim jeans and a white shirt for beginners...and tons more options to add on. My philosophy is that shoes are key to an outfit--therefore can also make or ruin it. Spend the most you can afford on your shoes. Try to think of a variety of looks you can wear with your new purchase, before you buy. Here are some options (I bought the white ones for a funky pointy toe twist on a classic--and LOVE them!).

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