Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fashion for the Over-50 Woman


I love fashion. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed. As I look back at pictures from my teens, 20s, and later, I see that although my outfits have changed, my basic style hasn’t. Everything I wear more than once has to be flattering to my coloring, suitable for my body type (which has changed several times through the years), appropriate for the occasion, and comfortable.

Now that I’m past 50, I realize that some of the things my 20- and 30-something daughters wear won’t work for me. They look cute in certain outfits that make me look downright silly. That’s why it’s important to stop and think before purchasing something just because it’s cute and stylish. It needs to look good on me and be age appropriate. I also have a limited clothing budget, so it has to be affordable.

Here are some tips I’ve gathered from research and observation:
  • Start with the basics. I typically spend more money on pieces that I’ll be able to wear more than one season.
  • Keep all your clothing organized so you can find what you need.
  • Have pieces that are versatile and can be worn in more than one outfit combination.
  • Trends can be embraced with one caveat: They must be age appropriate, or they make us look silly.
  • Don’t show too much skin that may be saggy or droopy.
  • Avoid skin-tight clothing. Instead, opt for luxe fabrics in pieces that fit.
  • Be cautious with fussy prints. I love prints, but I try not to overdo them. Rather than an all-over print, I try to keep it to one piece for maximum effect without allowing it to overwhelm the visual effect.
  • Layering adds interest to most outfits. Use belts, jackets, cardigans, vests, and scarves for the look you want to achieve.
  • Pantsuits can be more youthful than many skirt suits. Try on both and take a long look in front of a full-length mirror to decide which works best for you.
  • Fashion jewelry is fun and inexpensive, so wear it. But don’t overdo it. Too much jewelry looks cheap, and that’s not the look you should be going for at your age.
  • Wear a hairstyle that has some movement. Whether it’s short or long, it looks more youthful if it isn’t plastered in place.
  • Use only enough makeup to enhance your natural beauty. Too much makeup is aging.
  • Moisturize your skin to keep it glowing.
  • Stay in shape with a healthy diet and exercise. When you don’t feel well, nothing you wear will look good.
  • Walk with confidence.
  • The best fashion statement is a warm smile.

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