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(ABOVE) My friend Gail Theile in a plaid maxi skirt and black cardigan.


Ageless Beauty In Black and White

My friend Gail Theile wore a plaid maxi skirt and black cardigan to her retirement party a while back. I didn’t get any decent photographs of her that day, so I pestered her into meeting me for lunch and wearing the outfit again. That way I could capture a few images to show here.

After we’d finished taking the photographs–and my cell phone battery was on its last leg–we thought of filming her in the skirt, because it flared so beautifully when she moved.

At the bottom of this page is that video, which unfortunately is quite short, since my phone died mid-shoot.  But once viewing that short clip, I realized it was more than just a video about what a woman had worn that day.  Because, when Gail twirled, she sparkled.

That is what beauty looks like.

~Janis Lyn Johnson


What She Wore

(ABOVE) Skirt: Soft Surroundings (Alternative black and white maxi at Ann Taylor or cute twirl-worthy maxi in denim at Soft Surroundings) / Camisole: Boston Proper (Similar at Gap) / Sweater: (Similar in black or other colors at Ann Taylor) / Shoes: (Similar at Nordstrom)  Handbag: Brahmin (Alternatives in Brahmin at Nordstrom) / Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren / Wire Charm Bangles, Left: Alex and Ani / Bead Bracelet, Left: Tiffany) / Watch: Raymond Weil / Twisted Cuff: David Yurman (Similar).(Some links may be affiliates.)

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