When do youthful fashion trends begin to look silly on midlife ladies? The answer is — ‘it depends.’
Next time you are tempted to purchase something trendy, however, don’t apply the brakes just because someone somewhere told you you were ‘too mature’ to pull it off tastefully. Our original personal styles were, after all, established in our youth, when we began to express our individuality with our hairstyles, makeup and wardrobes. No matter what the age, however, we like to feel pretty and feminine. So don’t ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’ and severly limit your style because of what you perceive to be your fashion ‘age.’
We’re not saying not to donate your mid-thigh minis, camel-toe-crotched jeans, pegged pants and tube tops to the nearest Salvation Army store, but you also don’t have to bury yourself in shapeless tops, long skirts, baggy pants and boxy dresses, either.
Discretion is the key. Fewer items with cleaner lines, flattering dips at wherever your waistline indents most and playing up the positive can go a long, long way to looking your best after age 40.
Accessories can play a huge role in tasteful dressing, connecting fashion dots at every turn. Bold jewelry at the neckline or hanging off ears can take a tailored outfit to new heights, drawing attention to a lovely décolletage, a great hairstyle, a long-ish neck or the feminine clavicle. A slouchy belt over a longish, slightly stretchy, crisp white punk-collared blouse over skinny jeans, topped with a generous pashmina to disguise hip size can make you look long, leggy and put together and keep you from exuding too much ‘clutter’ on a no-longer-skinny body.
Incorporating trends into fashion during midlife includes having some staples at its core. Hourglass shapes do well in pencil skirts, believe it or not. And as mentioned above, everyone needs one or more basic crisp, white blouses (as featured on Oprah, one of the best non-iron varieties can be found at Brooks Brothers stores, factory outlets or online.)
If you can find comfy (latex-laden) jeans of any color or cut that fit and flatter your waist, hips and/or thighs, then why not take one or two pair of them to an alterations expert and have them made ‘skinny’ at the ankle, pairing them up with a great pair of heels? And if you don’t have a podiatrist telling you they are completely off-limits, learn to walk in pumps again – you’ll feel instantly sexier…
The result? Youthfulness with a midlife edge… Taking the simplest pieces and pairing them up with something trendy is the secret most fashionistas keep close to the vest.
You’re only as old as what the mirror reflects back at you. And you can take years off that reflection and feel prettier with looks that play up the positive.