Alison Gary

Editor in Chief of Wardrobe Oxygen, a personal style and fashion advice blog geared towards women over 30.  Every woman is gorgous, I offer tips to help make fashion work with, not against you and help you express your personality. 

My Blogs


By the time this post goes live, I will be in surgery to repair complications with my right arm. Another cast, and a bit more complicated of a procedure and healing time. I have a new doctor who is a specialist, and who respects me as a person ....more

Ask Allie: Draped Tops for Large Busts

I'm wanting to add some draped tops to my wardrobe. However, as a large breasted lady with wide shoulders and slim hips I'm having a tough time finding draped tops that give me a balanced silhouette. Any ideas? ...more

Saving Face: Long Wearing Makeup for High-Stress Moments

2014… we’re having a rocky relationship. We started with the best of intentions but there have been quite a few things in the past few months that have caused stress, distress, and many tears. I fully believe that taking care of what’s inside takes precedence over taking care of your exterior, but I also know that looking good can improve your mood, and not having to worry about how you look gives you room and time to focus on more important matters.A couple months ago, I had a pretty severe and unexpected cryfest ....more

Ask Allie: Very Casual Office Attire

I was wondering if you could do a capsule collection for the casual workplace. My workplace is so casual that I have coworkers who walk around in cargo shorts and flip-flops all summer, pretty much everyone wears jeans always, and I'm pretty sure I've seen a coworker or two in actual pajamas. I like dresses and skirts, I love jewelry, but lately I've been defaulting to a uniform of jeans/sneakers/artsy tee/cardigan ....more

Small Business Saturday - The Shine Collection

After spending time as a stay at home mom, Dianne Brickman began The Shine Collection. With years of marketing and management experience working in New York City for such iconic brands as Barneys New York, Nike and DKNY Coats, Dianne decided to take her skills and create her own line of clothing and accessories that merge style with heart. Inspired by the unique, hand blocked fabrics made in India, Dianne launched The Shine Collection in the summer of 2013 ....more

The Purple Marigold

There’s this boutique in town called the Purple Marigold. How stupid of a name is that, I mean who has ever heard of a marigold that is purple? I hate that store and the manager, she’s such a bitch. I mean, you just look at her and KNOW she’s a bitch....more

What I Wore: Spring Green

Blouse: Elodie Tunic c/o Dobbin Clothing | Pants: LOFT | Belt: Steven by Steve Madden | Hat: J. Crew Factory | Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff | Shoes: Vince Camuto I am such a fan of green and this blouse from Dobbin Clothing is the perfect Kelly green for spring....more

What I Wore: Maybe Navy

Shell: LOFT (have simple knit tank underneath for opacity) | Pants: LOFT | Belt: HOBO (similar) | Shoes: Nine West | Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff | Watch: Citizen | Lipstick: Revlon Matte in Really Red I feel as though every outfit post recently is about how I break rules! With my figure, rules say I should wear sleeves, I should wear a top untucked, and have shoes the same color as my trousers to make me look taller and leaner. Well the weather's getting warmer and I think it's ridiculous for women to have to sweat and hide their arms just because they're not as thin or toned as society thinks they should be ....more

A Brow Beating: Reclaiming My Eyebrows

Above, you can see my brows in their natural glory, never before waxed or plucked or powdered. I never did anything with my brows, they seemed fine to me....more

What I Wore: Ikat Believe It

Jacket: LOFT (similar) | Tank: c/o J.Jill | Pants: LOFT | Shoes: Nine West | Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff | Lipstick: Korres Guava Lipstick in Wine Red I swore off LOFT for a while, the quality had really gone downhill and the sizing was inconsistent. However, this winter I tried them again and found some great wardrobe staples that were the quality I remembered from before and a 14 petite pant, especially in the "Julie" cut fits me quite nicely. I haven't really been a pants person in recent years, but after being in a cast so long I really enjoy more effortless clothing and pants allow me freedom ....more