Styled by……….


Styled by…..tells the story behind someones style. What does a person tell by the way she or he is dressed?  What does it say about their personality? When did they began to create their own style?

Every first Tuesday of the month you will  find a post here with someone who tells about her or his style.  Do you also have a story to tell, please contact me via email.

This month tells Nicole about her style!

Styled by….Nicole!

Personal style is not a constant and is not something that you are given in the gens. Personal style is an active process, i.e. every woman of any age can develop personal style. All she must do is to take control of what she wears. This means she must liberate herself from superimposed perceptions of society, peers, family, friends, newspapers, and most importantly the fashion industry. Developing personal style is work under progress. Having great personal style is a life long journey of picking the items that are right for you and so you. In this sense, personal style is about knowing how to turn fashion into style.

Personal style reflects who you are and who you have become.  As your life changes, what is right for you or so you will change as well. However, in personal style, two things stay constant, namely that you wear what feels right for the life you live and that you feel right about it. Personal style means that you will permanently make changes – call it updates or upgrades –  as you change your lifestyle.lederhosen in styled by......

The constants in my personal style are a great love for black, red and pink, sleek outfits, embellishments around my ankles, as well as leather.  I loved my red lederhosen as they kept me out of trouble with my mother. One of the first style fights with my mother was about my wanting something in black when I was a toddler. Back in the 60s, black was not a color for a toddler. I love black so much that I even wanted to get married in a black fit-and-flare dress with a daisy head band. However, my husband had already his gray double breasted suit and thought the wedding photos would turn out to dark. Thus, I went for a red skirt suit and a black hat. What else, right? Personal style!edding dress styled by......

Once I was an adult, the shortest haircut was a bob. I always loved 3/4 sleeves, skirt hems around knee lengths, great shoes, scarves, abstract floral print on black background.

As an early teenager, I had a retro style phase followed by a Bohemian tribal phase. Around graduation from High School and in my early college years, I loved wearing “hand-me downs” or flea market finds. I had to save money for college. Once in college, I had to live on about 600 DM ($300) a month. My mom called my style “Lumpenlook” (shabby look), but it was grunge.styled by.......

My grunge phase transitioned to Rock’n Roll when my brother grew about a foot in a year, which brought his leather pants into my closet as a hand me down. The pants ended around my ankles and they became the featured body part. 50s style self-sewn skirts with T-shirt were my summer goto, while the leather pants were for rainy days and winter. After my BS, I got a job. Even though the payment was 360 DM at maximum per month, I now could afford cool pumps or booties from brands like Peter Kaiser, or Bally when they were on sale twice a year.denim dress in styled by.....

As a MS and PhD graduate student, my style developed towards what was called in West Germany the Banker Style – a young, cheap version of Euro Chic. Young women who wanted to look professional, but couldn’t fork over the money for high quality suits, blazers, pencil skirts, coats and bags, shopped for business-like clothes at H&M. We made our own necklaces. Faux pearl necklaces were a must-have. Denim and anything casual was reserved for the weekends, but statement pumps and a bold statement necklace were a must. Lust items were a swatch or Tissot watch. I never bought the former one. Of course, many of my fake suits were black. I worked an entire summer to earn the money for a black statement leather jacket.grunge style styled by.....

In the 90s, when working on my second PhD, my style turned to Euro Chic with a twist. Think Emmanuelle Alt and Ines de la Fressange with a bit Kate Moss thrown in. My closet blackened literally. Black became my “goto” neutral. Prints were reserved for silk scarves, silk bows, and some summer weekend and vacation dresses. A blazer, shirt with bow or scarf, dark jeans (midnight blue or black) plus pumps or blazer, sweater, necklace, dark jeans and pumps were my 90s uniform. In summer, I wore straight or pencil skirts with a silk sweater, scarf and pumps or a LBD on warm days, add a blazer for cool days. Lust items were a Festina or Movado watch. I never bought the latter one. 🙁

I date the start of my American Classic with a twist style back to 2000, when I spent my sabbatical at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. I fell in love with denim beyond the pair of black or midnight blue jeans. I added denim jackets to my wardrobe and wore them with my straight skirts or over my printed summer dresses.

My blazers went from having a solid color to herring bone, plaid or hounds tooth. I added gray, chocolate brown and blue plus the white button-down shirt to my wardrobe basics. While I didn’t wear boots since junior high, I now invested in a pair of riding boots to wear with a tweed skirt.outfit in styled by.....

What’s next? Short hair? Who knows? Style evolves with the changes in your life. What to wear depends on the dressing situation. I wrote an entire book about it – called How to Dress for Success in Midlife.

Thank you very much Nicole for your Style story! At Nicole’s blog you can find out how you can order her book! High Latitude Style

Would love it if you shared!


  1. robjodiefilogomo
    February 7, 2017 / 12:11 am

    I love reading Nicole’s blog!!
    It’s so fun to read these posts, Nancy in order to learn more about them!!

    • February 7, 2017 / 1:25 pm

      Thank you Jodie! I think a lot of people would love to read about your style evolution on my blog too

  2. Janea
    February 7, 2017 / 1:45 am

    What a cool post about the evolution of Nicole’s style. I love her passion for red and black – that wedding picture is awesome!
    xo, janea

  3. February 7, 2017 / 8:33 am

    I like this post. I like to read all your evolution as far as your style in the dress, and the evolutions of your life. Great personal experience, close to that of many of us who move at a similar age. This constant struggle for a personal style that makes us look unique and makes us feel comfortable with our image. In my opinion you have. I see your looks and I think … they are Nancy style, I think this is the most beautiful thing you can say about someone. And I like Nancy’s style.

    • February 7, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      Well thank you Josep!

    • February 7, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      Dankjewel! En waar blijft jou Style Story?????

    • February 7, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      Thanks for saying that. It’s an evolution, right?

  4. February 7, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    Kort haar, daar zit ik wel eens over na te denken. De laatste outfit foto vind ik een mooie outfit. Nicole heeft ook een prachtig figuur.

    • February 7, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      Ja hè. Prachtig slank hè!

  5. February 7, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    I love this series, and seeing how Nicole’s style has changed throughout the years!

    • February 7, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      Thank you Rachel!

    • February 7, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      Thank you Izabela

  6. February 7, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    What an interesting read about how Nicole’s style has evolved over the years. I really love this series, and I haven’t forgotten that I still owe you my submission….

    • February 8, 2017 / 7:55 am

      Ha ha, thank you! I hope you’ve got the time soon!

    • February 8, 2017 / 8:17 am

      Yes she has! Thank you!

    • February 8, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      Yes, isn’t it lovely to read someone’s style story!

  7. February 8, 2017 / 10:50 am

    I love the last picture. Great dress and shoes!

    • February 8, 2017 / 1:40 pm

      Nicole is always very stylish!

    • February 8, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      Thank you! Nicole even wrote a book about style!

  8. February 8, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Oh, I really enjoyed this post as I like Nicole’s blog. It was a pleasure to read about how her style transformed over the years and to actually photos representing each phase. Thanks for sharing, Nicole and Nancy!

    • February 8, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      You re welcome Jennie!

  9. February 8, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Great style story. Love seeing the evolution. This would be something that would be fun for us all to do!

    • February 9, 2017 / 7:53 am

      Well, you can!

  10. February 9, 2017 / 7:40 am

    What a fun series! I really enjoyed getting to know more about Nicole.

    • February 9, 2017 / 7:54 am

      She has a fantastic blog!

  11. February 9, 2017 / 11:50 am

    Oh wat gaaf zeg die oude foto’s! Heel tof!

    • February 9, 2017 / 12:23 pm

      Leuk he! Zo is de Styled by…… serie eigenlijk bedoeld! Doe je een keer mee?

    • February 9, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Beautiful right!

  12. February 9, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    It was fun reading about you, Nicole! I really like that you went with a non-traditional wedding dress color and even a hat! You were a beautiful bride! 🙂


    • February 9, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Thank you for your comment!

    • February 9, 2017 / 9:49 pm

      And write a book!! Isn’t it incredible Jess!

    • February 9, 2017 / 11:36 pm

      Yes it is! Thank you dear.

  13. February 10, 2017 / 10:45 am

    I like to see Nicole to be featured on your blog. I’m following her for a while. And I love retrospective post. Thank you for linking up with My Red Carpet.

    Anna xoxo

    • February 10, 2017 / 1:29 pm

      Thank you, I also love her blog.

  14. nikkifrankhamilton
    February 13, 2017 / 2:58 am

    Nancy, I really am enjoying this series, to see how others dress and display their own style, and why. Nicole had a really cool journey, I didn’t pay attention much to style as I was growing up, so it’s fun to see how Nicole changed and her clothing style changed with her. She has a great sense of what looks great on her, no matter her age or style.

    • February 13, 2017 / 9:17 am

      I love that too! And why did someone style changed and does it match to their personality! I am glad you like to read it! And you can join too Nikki!

  15. thestylesplash
    February 14, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    It’s fascinating to see someone’s style evolution. I don’t think I’m brave enough to share mine – too many dodgy outfits and hairstyles!

    Emma xxx

    • February 14, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Oh come on Emma! We love that! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  16. March 5, 2017 / 10:46 am

    What a fun story Nicole. Leder Hosen when you were a toddler? Funny. You have really earned your style. Thanks for starting a blog so we can enjoy it.

    • March 5, 2017 / 10:50 am

      See you Tuesday

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