Category Archives: Fierce at 50

How The Polished Tomboy Does Layers And Avoids Flapping Fabric


Layering. An excellent strategy to add interest to the extremely casual wardrobe. But tomboys (AKA Sturdy Gals) hate excess fabric. This is partly because it’s hard to carry heavy stuff around when our coats keep getting caught up, and partly because when long cloth panels hang from our broad shoulders we start to look like old-fashioned voting booths. Or […]

Grinning At The Window With My Face Near The Floor, Or, Saturday Morning At 9:59am


My legs hurt. To be precise, my hips and the inside of my left thigh are sore because I took a hard yoga class. Yoga has begun to define a not small part of my retirement. I don’t go every day. I’m not good at extremes; moderation in all things means twice-a-week classes. But they resonate beyond my joints. […]

Polished Tomboy In A San Francisco Spring And Princetown Slides


The Uniform, in another guise. The moto jacket with black bag and bright patterned shoes is perhaps not as perfectly balanced as I’d like. (BTW no graphic tee, the shoes were enough.) But who among us is perfect every day? I felt fantastically cool whether I was or was not. And yes, I did succumb […]

The Polished Tomboy’s 2017 Spring & Summer Uniform


I didn’t set out to build a Spring uniform, but here we are.   Any time I want to leave the house looking put together I find I reach for my high-waisted cropped/ankle jeans (try 100% denim, you might be surprised how good it feels), a graphic/patterned tee, excellent shoes, and a light functional (AKA […]

If You Give A Style Sort Some Black Boots She’s Going To Want The Brown Ones Too


The other night we went out to dinner at Boulevard, a San Francisco institution. I wanted to get fancy, although it’s never required here, so I wore my Prada dress. Also black Isabel Marant Dickers, black Wolford tights, Blue Nile earrings, and this MaxMara camel coat. As I looked in the mirror, I realized I’d […]

La Garçonne, Thoughtfully On Sale


A good sale’s on at La Garçonne, site for Polished Tomboy gear. While I’ve never enjoyed the models’ deadpan stares, and find some of the clothes too-too, they do very well at upleveled basics. Which Polished Tomboys appreciate beyond measure. Red tartan from from Comme des Garçons anyone? Isabel Marant also offers a gorgeous red […]

Take Back Our Ray-Bans And Show Them What We’ve Got


This post is sponsored by Ray-Ban. All opinions are assuredly my own. Today I have one message for my fellow baby boomers; remind the young ones we’ve still got it. We still think and feel. We still style it out. But we’ve also been around too long to try too hard. You know what’s easy? […]

Can I Wear Navy And Black Together? Yes, And Even For Holiday Parties


Today, Sue of Une Femme and I are giving you our take on black and navy, unappreciated color combination that it is, and dressing up for the holidays. While navy and black may not give you the punch of, say, red and green, or black and silver, for those of us who like our style […]

Can A Mother And Her Daughter Wear The Same Sequined Skirt?


You already know the answer to the headlined question. Back in 2012 I bought a sequined skirt at All Saints. I wore it to the office holiday party with a black cotton button-front shirt, black Louboutins (these days you might prefer the pointy-toed version), dark red nails, gold bangles, and a family diamond-embellished cuff (I […]

A Few Singular Pieces Make Retirement Style Very, Very Simple


In a suburban retirement, one really doesn’t need all that many clothes. Unless one volunteers at a high level and attends glam events. The rest of us can live pretty simply. This doesn’t preclude style. I find that the best way to enjoy dressing simply is to find best-in-class pieces that I can wear over […]

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