Is your closet filled to the brim with old, outdated clothing items that don’t flatter your look the way they used to? Instead of mourning the loss of your old style, celebrate by creating a wardrobe that’s just right for your more mature self. Try these eight tips to get started.
With maturity comes a sense of fashion all your own. You may be older now, which means you’re probably wiser, too – you’ve seen the trends come and go, and you know that finding your own sense of fashion is more important than staying up to date with the latest celebrity trends. In this article, you’ll learn how to create a style that’s both timeless and fashionable, using some of the items you’ve loved for years and incorporating a few new well-chosen additions to your wardrobe.
1. Figure-flattering clothing
Frustrated by a belly that just doesn’t seem to shrink, no matter how many times a week you go to the gym? As More magazine puts it, “With age comes many things: among them – wisdom, confidence, more closet space, belly fat.” Unfortunately, stubborn belly fat is very common in women as they age, especially if they’ve had children.
According to Trinny and Susannah, authors of What Not to Wear, “if you can't beat it, conceal it." On Oprah’s website, the authors recommend a few ways to alter your wardrobe to give the illusion of a trimmer waistline, such as:
- Lower-waisted trousers. Look for pants that are cut right at the center of your stomach, which can make your stomach look “half the size.”
- Shirts with loosely gathered fabric. Shirts that are loosely gathered with elastic at the waist are flattering to almost any figure.
- Short, fitted jackets that are tighter at the waist. Short jackets with a straight line that’s fitted at the waist are an ideal look for most mature body types. Look for those in denim fabrics – these are a timeless fashion statement that’s appropriate for any age.
Avoid items that are tight and fitted all over, or belts around the waistline, which will only draw more attention to that area, the authors mention. Additionally, Real Simple suggests trying wrap tops and blouses that have a structure similar to a corset, which naturally make the waist look smaller.
2. Bright hues
Maybe you can’t pull off that neon eye shadow that’s all over the spring runways (and it’s likely not your favorite trend, either!). But incorporating a bold skirt or bright blouse shows that you’re confident enough to stand out in a crowd – so embrace some of spring’s fun hues, like sunshine yellow or grass green. If you can’t bear the thought of a vibrant skirt or sweater, try these standout hues in a more subtle accessory, like a handbag or a piece of jewelry.
3. Classic cashmere
According to More magazine, a soft cashmere sweater is one luxury that every woman deserves to have in her closet during later years: “Now that you’re on top of your game, why not drape yourself in a little luxury?” Cheap acrylic or basic cotton sweaters and twin-sets had their place in wardrobes past, but a beautiful cashmere piece will last year after year and is a great way to add some sophistication to an ordinary outfit. For spring, a cashmere cardigan goes with just about any look, whether you’re heading to the office or running errands on the weekends. Try a neutral shade and layer a fun tee or tank underneath to have some fun with color, or go a step further with a cashmere cardigan in hot spring shades like bright pink or electric blue.
4. Timeless wardrobe staples
Look to classic pieces when putting together the rest of your wardrobe, as well. If you’re in your 40s, Harper’s Bazaar recommends staying with “classic silhouettes and colors,” but incorporating a little flair into your wardrobe in the way of “interesting embellishment, feminine volume and bursts of rich color and pattern.” This should leave you lots of room to play around with new textures and fabrics, while sticking with an overall style that feels comfortable.
For women in their 50s and 60s, the magazine recommends tailored and traditional wardrobe items – think tweed, coatdresses and contrasting shades like red, white and black. By thinking first to these staple items, you’ll be able to create a variety of outfits with just a few quality pieces.
5. High-necked blouses and turtlenecks
If you spent a little more time in the sun than you should have during your younger years, chances are good that it shows on the delicate skin around your neck and décolletage. Don’t be embarrassed – this is nothing a flattering top can’t help! “Try a face-framing, high-collared blouse that brings the attention up to your lovely face,” suggests More magazine. Or, as an alternative, a classic turtleneck is a good choice – but keep it fitted, rather than baggy, in order to create a sophisticated look. If you’re worried about your midsection, though, a turtleneck probably isn’t the best choice – a structured blouse will suit you better.
You should also consider incorporating an age-fighting neck treatment cream into your daily regimen, like StriVectin-TL Tightening Neck Cream. For more on skincare for the neck and chest, read this article: 6 Tips for a Beautiful Neck & Dècolletè.
6. Elegant accessories
Whether it’s a string of delicate pearls or a pair of white gold earrings, every woman has a few go-to jewelry pieces that she wears time and time again. And just like picking out your wardrobe items, rather than buying several pieces of inexpensive jewelry, opt for just a few quality items. The right accessory can dress up virtually any outfit and is a worthy splurge for a mature woman.
7. Your favorite lipstick
Something about the right shade of lipstick can instantly perk up your complexion, so it’s worth the time and effort to find a shade that complements your skin tone and feels great on your lips. On The Early Show, celebrity make-up artist Linda Mason suggests going a little lighter in color, as a too-dark lipstick can look harsh on older women. Similarly, she advises against heavy lip glosses or lipsticks with a pearlescent finish, and also suggests skipping the lip liner – just use a brush to line the edges of your lips instead.
Look for a middle of the road lip shade that’s not too shiny, too dark or too shimmery. Lipsticks that add moisture are your best bet. Try Jane Iredale PureMoist LipColour, a super-hydrating mineral lipstick that infuses lips with moisture and color – choose from 26 different shades.
8. A sense of adventure
The only thing stopping you from exploring new fashion and beauty trends as you age is yourself. The next time you think, “I’m too old for that trend,” think again – are there subtler ways you can incorporate a new accessory or a new color into your look without feeling out of place? The best part of getting older is that by now, you should know that what you wear is up to you! If you need a few more reasons why aging can be fabulous, see this article: 7 Reasons to Embrace Aging.
While fashion trends come and go, your personal style shouldn’t depend on your age or what’s popular. Now is a great time to borrow fashion tips from both past and present, choosing items that flatter rather than assuming that trends have to be age-specific. By highlighting your best features, you can feel confident that you’re just as stylish now as in your youth.
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