50 is just a number and for some of us it means that we’ve found our fashion style and are happy with it. I’m a 53 year old woman who loves fashion and understands that dressing my 53 year old body is a little different from dressing my 32 year old body. I’m still the same person, but as I mature I realize that my style should mature as well. I’m not saying that I need to dress frumpy because I’ve gotten older, but I do need to dress my age and not try too hard to look like my 20 year old twins or my 24 year old daughter. I can dress for my age and still be as fashionable and stylish as any 20 year old. And by the way, my girls will not let me leave the house if I’m not appropriately dressed.
When we dress our age, we look so much nicer and our own personality and style will stand out. At our age we not only want to look good, but we want comfort as well. Comfort does not mean we have to wear baggy clothing that weighs us down and makes us look drab and boring. Don’t hide behind old clothing! Instead wear clothing that honors your ageless spirit. It can be tough when you go shopping and have to pick through racks of miniskirts and low rise jeans. Even though most stores are packed with teenage clothing we can still find current looks that work for us.
Most trends can be adapted if you know your body and a few simple guidelines:
- Sexy does not mean you have to show every body part. You can be sexy in the right fabrics and colors and having your clothing fit your body correctly.
- Your shoe style can be a giveaway to your age. Shop for wearable updated styles. Don’t ruin your outfit with shoes that are obviously geared only for comfort. Also don’t let anyone tell you that short women should not wear flats.
- Get away from owning one handbag for all outfits. Be careful of your handbag choices. Your handbag can also tell your age. Have fun by choosing fun colors and styles of different shapes.
- Use accessories in different ways to update your look. Use a long necklace as a belt, or add a broach to the side of a hat, wrap a necklace around your wrist and turn it into a bracelet. Be creative.
- Choose classic clothing pieces that will not go out of style within the next couple of years.
- Choose solids over prints when in doubt, like black and white with a bit of accessories. Solids are more classic. If you want to be bold go for classic patterns in houndstooth, stripes and argyles.
- Stay away from being too matchy-matchy. You don’t want to look like you are wearing a costume or like you purchased your outfit straight off the mannequin.
- Don’t shy away from a monochromatic look. This look is less fussy and easy to pull off.
- Don’t wear prints like tiny florals. They make you look older.
- Don’t wear skirts that are too short.
- Don’t hold on to outdated styles thinking one day they’ll come back.
- If you can’t find what you want in the stores, make it yourself or find a good seamstress to make it for you.
I was going on a cruise and wanted something fun and trendy to wear so I made two pillowcase dresses just for that event. I don’t make a habit of making all of my clothing, but I do find it relaxing and stress relieving to get on the sewing machine and design something just for me.
- Get weekly manicures and pedicures even during the winter months. Hands and nails can tell your age if not properly cared for. If you don’t want to go to the salon, there are lots of do it yourself products for at home use.
- Look in the mirror before you leave the house. Not just the mirror in your bathroom, but a full length mirror that will show your full body, front and back.
- Get a professional bra fitting and don’t discount wearing body shapers. Our body parts may be going south, but we don’t have to keep them down there!
- Help your skin age gracefully by using a facial wash and moisturizer every day.
- If in doubt, ask for help. If you are not sure about how something looks on you ask your kids, they will tell you the truth. If you are shopping ask the sales clerk, although if they are on commission you might want to be careful. If you are one who does not know where to start or the thought of creating your own style scares you, try using a fashion stylist like myself. When we leave, your fears will have disappeared.
The key to looking younger is to have confidence in your style. If you feel good about what you’re wearing, that confidence will show. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. If you are adjusting your clothing and fidgeting all day, or something is not fitting well, you will lose your confidence.
Remember age is just a number. Whether you’re fifty or ninety, you can still be fabulously stylish.