Fashion Tips for Women Over 50
by Gill Hart
As you gets older it is even more important to learn what flatters her body shape and develop your own personal, signature style. Your wardrobe should include some quality, tailored investment pieces and a few on-trend extravagances!
Classic,tailored pieces are wardrobe staples that can be mixed and matched, and accessorized to fit your own personality; allowing you to dip her toe into the latest fashion trends, but still look elegant and, dare I say it, age-appropriate (think Joanna Lumley - who always manages ot look sexy but elegant at the same time).
For example, a scarf in the print-of-the-moment, an up-to-the-minute statement necklace, a pair of fashionably-colored shoes or a quirky clutch bag or can update these investment outfits every season.
Paula Reed, in her book Style Clinic (Harper Collins 2009) indicates that once women hit their 40s and beyond, they should have a wardrobe ratio of 60:40, - 60% timeless pieces (such as a trenchcoat, white shirt, cashemere sweater or black pants) and 40% fashion-of-the-moment. As age increases, so should the investment pieces.
There are some die-hard wardrobe staples that never fail, whether you are in your 50s or your 80s. Whilst the fickle world of fashion comes up with new trends every season, there are some truly timeless outfits that stay elegant across the decades, no matter what a lady's shape or age. The same goes for print, opt for timelss prints such as stripes or polka dots and these will always look trendy, no matter what your age.
10 Classic Pieces for Women Over 50
- Blue Jeans — well cut in a good quality denim. Darker colors are more slimming. Find a cut that really suits your silhouette - this is one time when it pays to spend more for the best fit. Tryst boot-cuts will suit andy figure.
- White Shirt — a classic cut that is fitted to flatter the silhouette. Keep styling simple as frills fussy embellishments can be aging. If you are an apple shape then look for a fitted shirt with fastenting at the side. If white is too harsh against your skin try cream or oyster.
- Chiffon Blouse — sheer chiffon looks flirty and feminine and allows show some flesh, whilst covering up arms. As long as delicate fabrics are worn with camouflaging underpinnings, a heavier fabric skirt or pants.
- Blazer — well-cut with character. Beware of looking too prim and stuffy. Make sure and follow a style recommended for your body shape. If you dare, go for a timeless biker jacket for a Jane Fonda or Sharon Stone look!
- Cashmere Sweater or cardigan — ultimate glamour and my failsafe option - dress it up for a special occasion or keep it simple. Fitted sweaters are less aging than baggy ones. Dark jewel colors look elegant on a more mature woman.
- Pencil Skirt — universally sexy no matter what the age. Make sure the hemline is no longer than knee length to avoid the frump factor. If you feel a pencil skirt is too clingy then a fun 50s prom skirt is sophisticated yet sassy.
- Black Pants — a pair of tailored trousers are utterly timeless, go for a good quality fabric which hangs well. Look for side fasting trousers if you are self-conscious about your stomach.
- Trenchcoat — a classic coat but always on trend. This coat is timeless and age appropriate for all women. If you are feeling daring then go for a trench is a color such as red or green.
- Little Black Dress — a failsafe outfit which can be dressed up or down to suit almost any occasion. If you are self conscious about your figure flaws, go for a fitted dress with draping, which is elegant and covers a multitude of sins. Also consider adding some color with a little red dress - older women can look gorgeous in this color, and it will get you noticed.
- Long Silk Scarf — choose a quirky print that reflects the wearers personality or key trends that emerge almost every season such as floral, animal print or tribal. Wear it over a shirt, sweater or dress, or under a jacket. This will not only pep up an outfit but it will make you look slimmer, if worn with the ends trailing down your upper body.
A piece of clothing need not be age appropriate, if it is work stylishly and you follow the "in proportion
" rule. A 60-something woman with great legs can still get away with a short pencil skirt (although opaque tights might be her new best friend). Conversely, a 20-something can look fashionable in a tweed jacket whereas a 50-year -old may appear too frumpy. A leather biker jacket can look just as fab on an older woman, (provided it is devoid of ultra-trendy embellishments), as someone who is still still the right side of 30!
When it comes to fashion over 50, you should buy what makes you look you best.
What you wear should not be dictated so much by fashion rules related to your age, but by the limitations of your figure.
"You can be gorgeous at 20, charming at 40 and irresistible for the rest of your life."
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