About Andrea Pflaumer

Author of Shopping for the Real You, Andrea Pflaumer, is a non-fiction writer in the San Francisco Bay Area and host of the video series, Vital, Vivacious, and Visible after 50. She has written extensively about fashion for local and national publications and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Better After 50, Sixty and Me, She Savvy, and Prime Women. Her free ten-lesson course, A Lazy Person's Guide to the Perfect Wardrobe, is available on Highbrow.com.

Couture vs. Real Life: Handbags

Years ago a friend of mine who lived in Manhattan rationalized buying a cheap knockoff of a designer handbag from a street vendor on Canal Street: “They charge ridiculous amounts for the real thing. I don’t feel bad buying one that looks pretty darn close.”

I think a lot of us can relate.

Now, there is a difference between a knockoff and a counterfeit. A counterfeit is simply illegal. It’s a direct copy of an original, including the logo and details. The culture surrounding the sale of counterfeit merchandise is both sleazy and slightly dangerous. But a knockoff is something that has a similar design to an original, but with a bit less refinement, and without the cache, the […]


How to Wear Neutrals

As someone who encourages people to wear their true colors – and I mean, lots of them – I’m taking a step back today to offer some long overdue praise for the unsung heroes of our wardrobes: the neutrals.[...]


Why Street Style (and Fashion?) is Dead

If you’ve been following the fashion week shows recently you might come to the conclusion that a lot of  designers have lost their minds. I don’t know if the “street style” influencers swayed them or vice versa. I just know that they have collectively engaged in fashion murder/suicide.[...]