Guest Blog by Jan Correll of Silver is the New Blonde, a Charlotte-area fashion/lifestyle blogger for the mid-life, ageless woman. Jan believes that fashion should be authentic, chic and fun; no matter what your age is. 


As a fashion blogger, I recently had two readers reach out to me and ask for advice on dressing for two very special times in a woman’s life; a wedding day and the wedding day of a son/daughter.  Luckily, I have had the experience of all three.  Married for 43 years, this summer and the mother of a 35-year-old son and a 33-year-old daughter, each married 7 to 9 years ago.   I remember the time fondly and know how important it is to look just right on this precious day.  Therefore, the timing was perfect to write about a recent visit to Paul Simon Women to search for special occasion wear: a MOB/Mother of the Bride and MOG/Mother of the Groom dress for my friend.  

As I walked under the arches toward the store, I was feeling excited but anxious about helping my friend (from afar) with ideas.  But the minute I walked into the store, I felt right at home.  The wonderful staff was so welcoming and I immediately noticed that each customer was provided specialized one on one service. And the best part was the beautiful, high quality and classic clothing.   I had to browse the complete store first to see all the different lines, as I made my way to the evening and formal wear towards the back.  Where I was wowed again, by the selection of evening attire and formal dresses available in a variety of colors.
Paul Simon Women offers a number of lines to choose from including Teri Jon, Marisa Baratelli and Frasacra, and  Julie Voss and Lafayette 148.  They are also in the process of expanding their formal event department, including dresses from Shoshanna (arriving soon.)  
I have put together 5 different looks for a MOB or MOG but feel they could be used for a number of different events or special occasions.

Look #1

Teri Jon Navy Gown (no other colors available) – $660
Lafayette 148 Earrings – $298


Look #2

Teri Jon Sequin Metallic Lace – $440
Julie Voss Earrings – $110
Julie Voss Bangles – gold $65 clear crystal $85


Look #3

Teri Jon beaded lace 3/4 sleeve cocktail dress, with tiered crepe skirt in periwinkle – $560, also available in navy, blush, and mint
Julie Voss Earrings – $255


Look #4

Teri Jon cap sleeve lace, jacquard skirt – $520
Julie Voss Earrings – $98
Julie  Voss Bangles – gold $65   pearl $125


Look #5

Marisa Baratelli 3/4 sleeve cocktail dress – $840
available in the several colors, Thai silk swatches below

Julie Voss Earrings – $178
Julie Voss Cuff – $225


Look #6

Frasacra silk wool cocktail dress – $1150 – also comes in navy and black
Julie Voss Earrings – $165
Julie Voss Bracelet – $375


If you have a special event or are looking for evening attire, I suggest putting Paul Simon Women at the top of your list.    In October they will be having a formal wear trunk show. 

Next up is helping my ageless friend with ideas for her wedding dress for the fall.


Jan Correll of Silver is the New Blonde™ is a fashion/lifestyle blogger, that happens to have silver-hair. She believes that age, nor hair color should define us.  That we can aspire to be our personal best in our 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond and have a ton of fun while living every day to the fullest.  Jan has always loved style and fashion and was inspired by her chic Grandma at a young age.  She has always dressed for success while leading global sales teams over the last 20 years.  Jan is married to her high school sweetheart and has called the Charlotte area home for over 30 years.

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