As you mature, your wardrobe has to mature as well. The transition can be difficult, because your personal sense of style may not necessarily change with you. But there are ways to dress your age, and still stay stylish while doing it.
All those little black dresses, handy black blazers and sexy black blouses that are hanging in your closet have got to go. Yes, it’s a pity. But it’s a fact that skin begins to lose pigment over time. As you get older, your skin will become paler in tone. Wearing black will only accentuate that lack of color in your skin.
If you aren’t careful, you’ll end up looking like one of the witches from “Macbeth.” So instead of dressing in all black or wearing black near your face, add color. Replace those black blazers with colorful ones instead. Use scarves or multi-colored necklaces to put color right next to your face, and you can hang on to some of those black dresses and blouses.
When buying new clothes, avoid black. Rich Earth tones can still give you a professional, neutral look. Soft grays, warm browns and rich greens are all perfectly appropriate for business or evening wear. When you can wear bright colors, use jewel tones. They’re flattering, they’re eye-catching and they’re in style. White is also incredibly flattering on mature women, and will make your skin tone look more colorful by contrast.
Many women stop wearing dresses as they get older, because they fear looking dated. There’s nothing wrong with a sharp, tailored pantsuit but this look can make you appear austere. A dress is a much softer look , and there are many ways to avoid looking like an old lady while wearing it.
Choose a modern, slim cut and stick to a reasonable length. Knee-length or just below is fine, but if you start getting longer than this you will date yourself. A slim cut makes you look longer and sleeker. Pair dresses with colorful belts and accessories to add lots of color. This creates a modern look.
Many women struggle with finding the right skirt length, because as you get older the hem tends to get much longer. But there’s a reason women rebelled against wearing long skirts: they’re not flattering or comfortable. A long, flared skirt is only going to make you look thick and bulky and that’s not sexy.
If you’re looking for a skirt that’s longer than knee-length, stick to a form-fitting A-line. A slim skirt will make you look longer and leaner. A skirt right at knee length or above can be flared. In fact, this is a look that’s coming back. But always pair a flared skirt with a belt and form-fitting blouse to emphasize your shape. A hip-hugging, slim-fitting skirt can be paired with a loose blouse, but keep it tucked in or choose cropped blouses to avoid covering up your waist.
After years of wearing high heels and wearing out your feet, you could begin to experience problems. Bunions and foot pain may start to manifest themselves, and that could change the way you approach shoes.
You can still look stylish without continuing to beat up on your feet. Get rid of those stilettos and switch to low-heeled pumps and more supportive wedges. Your heel height shouldn’t be more than 2 inches. If you want to get a little taller, look for shoes with platform soles. This style is becoming more popular. Buy shoes that have cushioning built in, or add your own cushioning insoles to take some of the pressure off your feet. Style is important, but good foot health lasts a lot longer.
Always in Style
You don’t have to give up on style to dress your age, you simply have to make some changes. Allow your personal style to mature with you, and you’ll always look both trendy and age-appropriate.