By Marcus Stewart

Dear Fashion Doctor,

I need your help! I’m a 43-year-old married mom who lives in Manhattan. Without heels, I’m about 5’8” and in great shape. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for what seems like forever, but now it is time for a change. My set of twins are both entering their second year of high school and I have loads of free time now and am itching to rehabilitate my boring look and resurrect myself from my style-less PTA deathbed.

My life is pretty casual but I still want to look like effort was put into my look. I attend a few “girls’ only “ and “couples’ only” dinners each month, and I’m planning to assist around the office at my husbands’ elite plastic surgery center once or twice a week. I want to look relevant but approachable and appropriate. I want my wardrobe to reflect who I am and how I feel, which is liberated and happy! 

Can you help?

Signed,

Active Mom

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Dear Active Mom,

Kudos to you for owning where you are in life and realizing that it’s always a good idea to stay active. And it’s never too late to reintroduce yourself to the world – and to yourself!

It seems that you are having a mid-life awakening moment. This is a great thing! It is also a common thing. You are at the perfect age for a “second time around F” moment – fashion moment, that is.

It’s time to illuminate your desire to resurrect who you were before the PTA meetings and the “couples’ only” dinners came along. We want to embrace those truths but not let them determine whom you are or how you should dress … 40 is the new 20! You are bolder, wiser and more beautiful! You know your body and you are aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Your wardrobe should showcase this new and exciting chapter in your life in an appropriate, luxe, and confident way.

Signed,

The Fashion Doctor

Here’s my prescription for a chic and savvy way to transition this fall season…

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H&M Flare Low Jeans $40, HM.com

Take a break from the skinny! This season, nothing says casual-chic like a pair of flared jeans. This silhouette is known to elongate and lean out any body type. 

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H&M Knit Ribbed Metallic Turtleneck $29, HM.com

A neutral-colored turtleneck is a must-have this season and it’s perfect when paired with a statement necklace. The hint of metallic adds glamour to any daytime look

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H&M Brocade Cropped Zip Front Jacket $39, HM.com

Want to jazz up a simple look? Add brocade to your outerwear for a chic yet elegant look.

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Kate Spade Weston Avenue Brice Bag $598, KateSpade.com

This bag screams everyday LUXE. #practical

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Charlotte Olympia Renee Croc Embossed Calf Leather Pumps $845, ModaOperandi.com

Nothing says 70’s chic like this chunky ankle strap pump. This sturdy heel is a perfect no-fuss match when transitioning from day to night.

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Eddie Borgo Mosaic Ring $250, ModaOperandi.com

Create finger art by choosing bold statement rings. Don’t be afraid to wear multiple rings!

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Fallon Pave Barbed Wire Collar Necklace $440; ModaOperandi.com

Add a fashion-forward edge to your modern look with this statement collar piece.

TREND ALERT:

ERA: The 70s

COLOR: Brown

ITEM: Turtlenecks

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