Embrace Your Curves
Just because you’re now on the other side of 50 doesn’t mean you need to switch to baggy clothes to hide. Embrace your curves and flaunt that beautiful body of yours.
Switch to slim-fitted blouses and jeans that sit on your body beautifully. The accentuated shape of your body will only draw eyes and make you appear vibrant and youthful!
Pay Attention to Your Legs
As a woman over 50, you don’t need to opt for baggy trousers to hide your legs. They might be the optimum choice for some outfits, but don’t make them your go-to bottoms.
Skinny jeans are a great way to get your legs to look longer. Even wide-legged trousers are a great and chic way to show off your leg length! Mix it up and show your legs to your advantage.
Show Off Your Shoulders
Shoulders are an essential and defining part of the body. A fitted top that skims your shoulders perfectly and gives them definition can make you look younger, sleeker, and more fashionable.
Fashion is all about doing your best to enhance your assets. Your shoulders are one such asset! So ditch those padded tops, and opt for ones that either show them off or define them better.
Change Up Your Footwear
We all have those favorite stilettos or slippers that we wear year after year, and when they look like they’re falling apart, we only buy a similar one.
But switching up your footwear every once in a while can positively impact your overall look. Instead of stilettos, buy some wedges. Opt for fashionable boots under your jeans instead of the same old pair of slippers, for example.
Look for Quality Clothing
The better you dress, the suaver you look. One of the benefits of getting older is the confidence to repeat clothes as much as you want — no more having to keep up with the daily things that come with fast fashion.
At an older age, the more you opt for quality instead of quantity, the better you’ll look and feel. Instead of three tops, buy that one silk shirt because it will make you look like a million bucks every time.
Stock Up on Staples
Having certain staples in your wardrobe is essential for chic and sophisticated outfits. You can reach for these items on good days and rainy ones.
These timeless items include a cream shirt, a white blazer, a black turtleneck, and more items along these lines. Looking well-turned out doesn’t take a lot of effort, just a few trusted items and a bucketload of confidence.
Minimalistic Jewelry Is Helpful
You might think big, chunky jewelry makes you look fashionable, but sometimes the opposite is true. The older you grow, the more critical it becomes to adhere to style over everything else.
Minimalistic jewelry helps add a little bling to your outfit without overwhelming it. A unique and simple necklace or a dainty bracelet adds sophistication to the outfit! Adulting also means having some dough to spare, so get some pretty jewelry.
Get a Statement Bag
Having lots and lots and bags is fun, but that one statement bag can make all the difference in taking a plain outfit and making it fabulous. Having a statement bag boosts confidence and adds power to your outfit, too.
Thankfully, now there are enough designer options for you to choose from, and you can choose between different sizes and patterns. Having a good tote bag by a well-known brand in your wardrobe can also be game-changing.
Embrace the Colors
As you grow older, you start shying away from the bold and the bright, sticking more to neutrals, white, and black. While these might be safe options for you to indulge in, what’s wrong with a little color once in a while?
Jane Fonda rocked the colorful pink Brandon Maxwell gown to the 2017 Emmys and looked brilliant. The color made her look young and fab in all the right ways. So add a splash of color to your look to feel like a star.
Get a White Button Down
Expanding on the idea of having certain staples in your wardrobe, let’s talk about the classic white button-down. It’s the perfect addition to your wardrobe and is a versatile garment that is timeless and chic, sporty and casual, all at the same time.
Depending on your styling, you can wear a simple white shirt at any time of the day. Wear it with simple jeans and a hat to run errands in the afternoon, and switch it up with some wide-legged trousers and dainty jewelry for a night out around the town.
French Manicure It
It’s not just about the clothes and the bags, every little detail matters when you’re trying to make an impression. Just because you’re above a certain age doesn’t mean those things stop mattering.
Having manicures and well-maintained nails shows that a person is well-groomed and out together. Who cares how old you are when they notice those flashy French tips on your nails?
Mind Your Knees in Your Skirts
Wearing midi skirts when you’re over 50 can be a bit of a hit or miss, but mostly a miss. After a certain age, wearing above-knee skirts or minis can look like you’re trying too hard to recapture your youth.
Even when you have a beautiful, leggy physique, sometimes the best thing to do is to opt for a more mature and sophisticated look. Wearing skirts that end below your knees gives you a youthful glow without compromising your adulthood.
A Good Watch Can Tell More Than Time
It’s true what they say — a classic timepiece can make or break a person’s look. A watch is an iconic accessory that is always constant, even with changing fashion styles.
A good timepiece is essential in your extensive wardrobe to elevate your outfit. Even if you can’t afford a vintage Cartier, you can still buy something that screams class and sophistication.
Chose What Area to Highlight
As you grow older, you might start growing conscious of certain areas of your body. It might have made you feel insecure all your life.
Knowing what area you want to highlight and what you want to hide can be a significant advantage. If short legs aren’t your best feature, focus on showcasing your shoulder. Compensate correctly to get the best results.
Shapewear Is Shaping
Even if you’re above a certain age, you can still use some external help to ensure that you appear your best self. Proper shapewear can go a long way in helping keep everything smooth.
Especially if you’re wearing anything form-fitting, shapewear can be the key to making that outfit look its best. Otherwise, having lines can be a huge issue overall.
Safe and sound might seem like the best way to do things, but that’s not always the case. Your age gives you more experience and confidence to go a little wild sometimes.
Bold prints here and there, color, and a new style of pants are all options you can try. Refrain from letting anybody tell you that you can’t experiment — taking risks is part and parcel of looking glam and finding a new favorite.
Silk Scarves Add Class
A Silken scarf in your wardrobe is a great way to amp up the maturity and sophistication of your outfit. After all, you must have seen all the country club ladies wearing a scarf over their shirts for some added color!
You can tie these around your neck or drape them over your shoulders. The multi-purpose accessory is a fun addition and easy to play around with.
Play Mix and Match
Outfits in your wardrobe mostly follow a similar routine. You know you wear a T-shirt with shorts, tops with jeans, and a dress with a scarf. But it can be good to change it up once in a while.
Pair that shirt with a pleated maxi skirt and some boots for a playful look. You can make a style statement at any age, and playing mix and match is a must for some new inspiration.
“Bigger — Better?” Not for Hair
Many older women love to puff up their hair in giant towers and walk around with a little mound on their top. It might have been all the rage back in the day, but today the fashion trend is long gone.
Now, the bob or the pixie cut is super in fashion for mature ladies. Easy to maintain, sophisticated and chic. It’s the era of short hair, and everybody loves it.
Textures Are Your Friend
Sometimes you want to help guide the attention of the person looking at you away from certain parts and towards a particular one. The stomach and the arms are two of the more popular body parts many of us wish to camouflage.
Opting for textured clothing can help you cover it up beautifully. Scrunched up, pleated, ruffled, or draping are all multiple ways you can manipulate the looker’s vision to show your best self.
Ditch the Oversize Lifestyle
We all know that young women are all about the oversized lifestyle. Extra baggy jeans, shirts a little big, hoodies taken from their boyfriends — it’s all about relaxed and casual.
But, growing older also means ditching the two sizes too big shirts. Maybe you can wear it to a theme party, but otherwise, it’s a big no-no for your everyday style.
Define Your Waist
Another tip talks about the importance of showing off your curve and leaving the sanctuary of your baggy T-shirts. To somebody looking at you, your missing waistline will only make you appear baggy and unkempt.
With maturity and confidence, there also comes a need to define your waistline in the clothes you wear. It’s flattering to your figure, and you’ll appear gorgeous.
Have a Staple Black High Heel
Wearing a skirt or pants? Are your bottoms skinny or wide-legged? Are you opting for blue or black denim? Regardless of the answer to these questions, you can always pair them with a good pair of black heels.
A pair of black stilettos are a must-have in your wardrobe. They’re classy, voguish, and look perfectly good whether you’re 20 or 50.
Embrace the Prints
Older women can feel the need to hide behind plain clothes. Even when it comes to prints, they usually stick to minimalistic or boring prints that are almost invisible to the eye.
Wearing prints not only makes you stand out but also shows off your confidence. Embrace your inner fiery goddess, and wear the prints with panache.
Hair Care Is a Must
If you’ve seen Fleabag, then you know that hair is everything. It’s the difference between a good day and a bad day; it can provide you with a boost of confidence and power.
Taking good care of your hair is essential, no matter your age. Go for a hair spa occasionally, and be regular with your oiling and shampoo. Protect your hair from dirt and heat. After all, hair is everything.
Pack a Peplum
This is one of the styles that can benefit an older woman’s wardrobe. Peplums are a favorite in the fashion world and have been a regular part of it for many years.
With a fitted, waist-defining bodice, peplums are an excellent option for women. You can easily switch from casual to dressy in a matter of moments when it comes to peplums. Pair them with some fitted pants and some high heels!
Every Detail Matters
When dressing up for the day (or the night), keep an eye on the details. It’s not just a tip if you’re over 50, but everybody who wants to make a good impression should keep this in mind.
Wearing the right colors, ensuring that your clothes are clean and pressed, and adding touches like jewelry and accessories — these details can make a wealth of a difference and can change your final look completely.
Choose the Correct Lip Color
Remember when matching your lipsticks and your top color was a thing? Yes, even today, there needs to be harmony between your clothing and lip color, but there’s no need to match them exactly.
A purple top only sometimes calls for purple lipstick! If you need help deciding what shade to apply, go for neutrals or a color a few shades lighter! Many YouTube channels and influencers can teach you to pick the best shade if you’re ever in doubt about how to match your lipstick.
Have Fun With Your Pantsuit
If you’re one of those ladies who loves a good pantsuit, well, you can always take it one step further and make it even better. Ditch those boring color pant suits that bring to mind office wear.
Instead, go for printed material that will wow everybody who crosses your path. Checkered patterns or one with strips is a great idea if you’re looking to amp up your daily outfit.
Be Careful With Makeup
Getting older means having older skin, of course. Your skin already has a lot of wear and tear from the dirt, sun, and years of makeup use. The result? Some itty-bitty wrinkles and lines!
Don’t try to cover everything up with foundations and concealers. The more you apply, the more noticable it becomes! Lighter formulas and some powders can work wonders for your face!
Opt for Skin Tone Enhancing Colors
Knowing what color your skin tone responds best to can change the game for you entirely! Some skin tones pop with pinks, while other skin tones love some black!
With some experimentation and trial and error, you can figure out whether you’re a cool summer or a deep winter! The right color palette can make your skin pop and make you look and feel beautiful.
Find the Perfect Pair of Jeans
We all buy multiple pieces of denim over our lifetime, but finding the perfect pair can feel like the solution to all our wardrobe problems. Whether they’re straight-cut or mom jeans, you’ll “know it when you see it” that they’re your ideal jeans!
The perfect jeans will transform everything you wear and elevate all your outfits. Whether you’re wearing a t-shirt or a fancy top, this pair of denim will make your outfit.
Graphic Tees Add Some Fun
Older women like to wear more and more plain tees! This is usually because they prefer to avoid turning to graphic tees as they did in their younger days!
Truthfully, graphic tees are just a way to add some youthfulness to your outfit! Pair it with chic jeans and a pair of super cool sneakers for the final look. You can even layer it with a blazer for added flair.
Invest in a Statement Piece of Jewelry
When you’re younger, having a different accessory for every outfit can be a driving need. You end up buying dozens and dozens of pieces of jewelry, like earrings, bracelets, and rings, that cost next to nothing and last almost the same amount!
However, when you’re over 50, you should know the right way to pick your jewelry. A unique chunky necklace or a pair of bright earrings can help you stand out when you go to formal gatherings.
Belt Your Waist
Whether wearing denim or a sheath dress, a belt can be a great way to level up a look. It helps defines your waist a little better and helps draw the eye to the definition.
Not to mention, for dresses, a good belt can help hide any belly that might be visible! You can always invest in one good designer belt and wear it for royalty points from your friends.
Edit Your Wardrobe Every Couple of Years
Another tip that isn’t just for the oldies but for people of all ages and gender — go through your wardrobe regularly for that much-needed purge.
Everything you haven’t worn in years, looks like it might be more your daughter’s style, or just doesn’t fit anymore needs to leave the sanctity of your wardrobe. This way, you know your preferences and even get space to wear new clothes.
Don’t Be Afraid of Trends
Just because you’ve lived half a decade on the planet doesn’t mean you can’t be excited about new things! Even something as fleeting as fashion trends.
Fashion trends are a great way to keep up with the world and figure out what suits you and what doesn’t. Remember the time when co-ord sets had a moment? Now they’re a favorite of many people, including women over 50.
Always Stock a Classic Black Dress
Audrey Hepburn and Chanel, these two powerhouses, have established the importance of having a classic black dress in the wardrobe, and boy, has it paid off for so many.
As you age, choose a knee-length or mid-calf black dress as a staple instead of the classic LBD. You can accessorize the black dress in different ways for every occasion.
Stock Up on Some Tank Tops
Tank Tops have no age limit. Just like jeans, they’re a wardrobe staple from when you’re a teen into your adulthood! They can work with everything — over shorts, jeans, skirts, under cardigans, sweaters, and even tops!
They’re the perfect summertime clothing item, but they also work throughout the year. Find a tank top fit that you like and stock up on some colors to have some fun alternatives.
Choose Your Shorts Wisely
Yes, we all love wearing shorts and showing off our legs when we’re young but as you grow older, choose bottoms! You can’t still strut around in hot pants while giving people peeks at your cheeks!
Instead, opt for shorts that are comfortable and a little airy! Denim shorts are also a great option as long as they’re a decent length. Bermuda shorts and linen shorts are two of the best shorts for you to wear.
Too Much Logo
Some people love to flaunt all the big brands they have in their wardrobe, and going logo-heavy is a part of their style quotient. But these days, it’s all about “the less, the better,” even when it comes to big-name brands.
Having a subtlety about the brands you wear shows maturity and confidence. Let your confidence and style do the talking instead of the big bucks you might have shelled out for your branded belt.
Sleeve it Out
Many older women are conscious about their arms. This problem occurs as the skin around the area starts sagging. A good sleeve can work wonders if you’re one of the women looking for ways to cover your problem arms.
Long, 3/4 sleeves are an optimum choice, as well as comprehensive or bell sleeves. If you’re looking for something feminine and delicate, you can opt for a lace sleeve.
Buy Some Good Jumpsuits
If you’re bored of the same old shirt/jeans or dress combinations, you can always wear trendy and fabulous jumpsuits! These are a one-in-all outfit — chic, classic, and a little edgy!
You can find a jumpsuit for all occasions, from a black tie to a lunch out with the ladies! You can even pair up your jumpsuit with a jacket for some added glamor.
Layer it Up
If you’re uncomfortable about your body — be it the shape, the size, or anything in between, there is a surefire way to look glamorous and give yourself a break from the anxiety! Just layer it up!
Layers help add mystery to your body while giving a fashionable feel. A long jacket or a cardigan, a black leather jacket, or some trench coats are all a way to make you look good without wearing clothes that are too tight.
Whatever You Wear, Do it With Confidence
Whether you’re 20 or 50, confidence is the one thing in your arsenal that can change your outlook and outfit. A confident woman is second to none and holds the power to arrest the attention of everybody the moment she walks into a room.
Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a thrift store dress or carrying a designer bag, whether in shorts or a black dress; as long as confidence is there, you know you’re going to kill it.
Stay Away From Leggings
Yoga pants, jeggings, and leggings. For some, this is a staple part of their wardrobe but should be ditched completely. Leggings scream “lazy” and seem to be the first thing many women grab when they’re getting ready in the morning.
We get it, leggings are comfortable, but they do nothing to help you look well put together and often just end up making you look frumpy.
Stripes will always be on trend, but be careful about the type of stripes you choose. Vertical lines will help you look taller and slimmer and should be opted for over horizontal stripes. For those that carry a little bit extra in the tummy, horizontal stripes only make you look wider and shorter and are unflattering at best.
Never wear stripes on stripes; consider a monochromatic color scheme if you want to wear stripes well. All we can say about stripes on stripes is that it’s an attack on the senses. Avoid!
Ditch the Complicated Hair-Dos
A fussy hairdo requires more time to manage than most of us have. While we’re not saying get a boring cut, a more complicated hairdo can take the time you don’t have when getting everybody ready in the morning.
As pretty as these hairdos can look, they can be somewhat impractical. Rather go for a simple cut that flatters your face and complements your style and personality.
Skip the Low-Waisted Jeans
Low-waisted jeans might have been hot in the early 2000s, but most stores and designers go for high-waisted jeans. Let’s be real, we all need a bit of a lift as we age, and that’s exactly what a good, tailored pair of high-waisted jeans can do for you.
There’s nothing bad we can say about high-waisted jeans. And the best part? High-waisted jeans can also hide that mommy-tummy.
Toss Out the Skinny Jeans
Thanks to Gen Z and their fashion influence, skinny jeans are a thing of the past, and many women are opting for regular cuts or mom jeans instead.
Millennials everywhere shed a tear when skinny jeans were added to the no-go list of clothes you should wear. Choose a flattering cut in a regular fit, and make sure those babies are high-waisted too.
Hide the Thong
The name ‘underwear’ gives an apt description of where you should be wearing it; UNDER your clothes. If you prefer thongs, that’s perfectly fine, but ensure you don’t let them peek out from your pants.
While this was considered a “look” in the 90s, it’s a big no-no nowadays, and it’s considered trashy to show off your thong. Unless you’re Britney Spears in the early 2000s or have a part-time job at the local gentleman’s club, choose underwear that has a good fit, and ensure that it stays under your clothes at all times.
Box the Baggy Clothes
As a mom, you spend much of your time rushing around getting kids to school, taking care of the chores, and running errands. It’s so easy to throw on a baggy t-shirt or hoodie with your leggings for comfort, but this is the easiest way to look frumpy.
There’s a time for baggy clothes, like when you’re attending your child’s sporting match and are wearing a supporters jersey, or on those winter weekends spent indoors playing board games with the family.
Keep Maxi-Dresses to a Minimum
Maxi dresses are great for hiding those unflattering bits on a hot day but can quickly make you look frumpy if the dress doesn’t have a flattering cut or has a large, loud print. If you love a good maxi dress and can’t see yourself going without one, choose a dress in a plain color and avoid prints and textures that could make it seem too busy.
Add shape to your maxi dress by cinching in the waist with a belt, and remember to cover those bra straps or wear a strapless bra.
Tailor Your Clothes to Fit You Well
You rarely find a pair of jeans or any other garment that fits you like it was made for you. Tailoring your clothes to suit your body is a great way to look more put-together and like you take time to choose your clothes.
Ask friends and family for advice on a tailor they would recommend and consider getting your clothes altered to avoid an unflattering look. There’s nothing more annoying than a pair of jeans that’s just too long for your legs.
Skip the Sneakers
Sneakers are great for comfort, but if worn incorrectly, they can quickly make even the most stylish outfit look casual and frumpy. Paired with jeans and a hoodie or sweater, sneakers are the go-to for many women, but even sneakers should be chosen with care.
Wear sneakers on the days you’ll be on your feet, like when buying groceries and running errands. Pumps are a great alternative to sneakers. They’re comfortable and add subtle glamor to any outfit.
Say Adios to Side-Boob
Nothing’s worse than wearing an ill-fitting bra under a fitted t-shirt or sweater. If you’ve never been measured for the correct bra, you need to get it done soon. A well-fitted bra can change up your whole look.
Say goodbye to your boobs spilling out of your bra or riding up and causing those horrible lines on your back, and get measured today. Most lingerie and department stores offer this service for free.
Don’t Overdo the Designer Clothes
Designer clothes are great for a spoil and a special occasion. But if you wear your Gucci jeans with a Louis Vuitton shirt or head-to-toe designer clothes to do the school pick-up, you might be overdoing it a bit.
Pair your designer clothes with comfortable classics to tone down the look a bit, and use accessories to spice up your outfit. Save your designer clothes for when you need a pick-me-up or are going to dinner with your partner.
Keeping Up With the Joneses Isn’t Always a Good Thing
Keeping on trend with ever-changing fashion trends can be tricky and cost you a ton of money. Buy key pieces, and pair them with your everyday essentials like jeans or a good pair of fitted trousers to bring a bit of glam to your outfit.
Wearing all-new trends always has the opposite effect of looking stylish and could convey a rather different message that you’re trying too hard.
Invest in a Capsule Wardrobe
Opening your closet in the morning and choosing an outfit shouldn’t cause panic. Rather than buying clothes for the sake of having something new, invest in a few classic items that you can mix and match to look good and feel comfortable.
Pinterest, fashion blogs, and even fashion magazines are great sources of inspiration when choosing items for a capsule wardrobe. Research, learn how to put different outfits together, and focus on the basics.
Shy Away From Attention-Grabbing Looks
Neons, shirts with rips and cuts, and pants that are too short or skin-tight will certainly gain attention, but perhaps not the attention you want or need.
Nothing shouts “mutton dressed as lamb” more than a bright outfit or clothes that are designed for the younger generation. Sure they’re not frumpy, but you should be dressing for your age.
Dress for the Occasion
Dropping your kids off at school? A pair of jeans, a classic white t-shirt and a pair of pumps are perfect. Meeting with the principal or a meeting with the boss? A more put-together look of a pair of black trousers and a white button-up shirt would be more appropriate.
Dress for the occasion. Nothing’s worse than being over (or under) dressed for any occasion. Consider where you’re going, who you’re seeing, and the kind of impression you want to give when choosing your outfit.
Leave Outdated Trends Where They Belong – In the Past
Fashion trends are fleeting. What’s considered on trend today can be outdated tomorrow. Buying clothes that are on trend is dangerous, and so is wearing clothes that aren’t on trend. This sounds complicated, but you can make sure you put your best fashion foot forward and invest in classic items, rather than those on the hot lists right now.
Jeans, blazers, t-shirts, and button-ups are always trendy and can be glammed up or worn for a casual look based on the occasion.
Crop Tops Are for Teens
Another ‘lamb dressed as a mutton’ fashion piece, the crop top isn’t designed for the older generation. Sure, crop tops are great for the gym, but nothing screams “young” like wearing a crop top with jeans to the grocery store.
Leave the crop tops to the youngsters, and focus on tailored, well-fitted clothing that gives you an elegant and well-put-together look.
Matching mommy-and-me outfits are super cute, and many designers keep this in mind when designing clothes. Many stores sell the same outfit in both adult and kids sizes, allowing you to dress up to match your little one.
What’s not cute is matching your partner. We’re not talking about wearing the same colored top or sweater, but head-to-toe matching looks gross and can make you look old way before your time.
Short-Shorts and Aged Skin Don’t Mix!
Summer can be brutal, and the temptation to wear as little as possible to keep cool increases when the temperatures rise. You can look great while staying cool by wearing light fabrics and textures.
No one wants to see the bottom of your bum cheeks peeking out from under your shorts, so always try on the shorts before you buy them. Skirts are great for beating the heat and are available in various lengths, styles, and fabrics.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
Choosing comfortable footwear that still looks great is a challenge we have all faced at one time or another. Winter brings snow and is a time when many women look for warm, comfy footwear that will help protect them from the elements.
Ladies, we’re here to tell you that Ugg or Sherpa boots are a no-no and should only be worn around the house! Invest in a good quality pair of leather boots and rock the cold in style.
Let Your Personality Shine Through
Your choice of clothes says a lot about your personality. If you’re quirky and want to bring that across into your wardrobe, do so with subtlety. Light, bright colors, and designs might be your thing, but remember to tone it down and focus on one bright or loud piece at a time.
Jewelry is a great way to add that extra spice to your outfit and can reflect a bit more of your personality and style with a few statement pieces.
Say ‘No’ to Self-Tan Products
Bronzed skin is great when you go to the beach for a vacation or have a special occasion that you want to look amazing for. Unfortunately, many turn to self-tan products in a bid to achieve that bronze glow.
Using makeup and watching a few online tutorials can help you achieve a natural bronzed look without the need for messy self-tans that make you look more like a carrot than a bronze goddess.
Style Your Mom Jeans
One of the biggest problems with mom jeans is how to style them to avoid looking frumpy. With mom jeans on the hot list this year, many fashion bloggers, influencers, and fashion magazines have tips on how to style your mom jeans correctly.
Look for ideas on Pinterest, and rock your mom jeans the right way. Who says you can’t be comfortable while also looking stylish?!
Keep Your Makeup to a Minimum
Learning to do our makeup correctly is one of the easiest ways to look great, regardless of age. Rather than piling on the products, use only the products you need, and adapt your makeup to suit the occasion.
Makeup is used to ENHANCE your features and shouldn’t look like you’re trying to change your natural appearance.
Keep the Capri’s for That Island Getaway
Capri’s are not the most flattering pants on earth. Depending on where they end, they can make your calves look enormous and also add unnecessary weight to the thigh area.
Rather opt for a great pair of fitted pants in a ¾ length, or wear culottes if you don’t want to do long pants.
Wear Pastels With Caution
Pastels are one of the most feminine colors you can wear, but they can also age you significantly. Choose one pastel piece and pair it with fun accessories rather than an outfit of head-to-toe pastels.
A pastel camisole under a dark blazer or jacket can add a hint of color and femininity to your outfit.
Pass on the Polo Neck
A great way to keep your neck warm without the added layers that a scarf adds to your outfit is by wearing a polo neck or turtleneck, depending on where you’re from. But choose your polo neck carefully. Large cowl-necked sweaters are great for any age, and so too are thicker chunky polo necks.
Avoid slim polo necks that end up looking like they’re too tight and enhance those frown lines on your face. While they help hide wrinkles in the neck area, they have a habit of highlighting the rest.
Choose Quality Over Quantity
Buying cheaper clothes might seem like a good idea, but it can cost you more as the need to replace them more often increases. Invest in good-quality pieces that’ll last you for a few seasons.
Great classics include a good pair of jeans, black sweaters, a blazer, a white button-up shirt, and a great handbag or purse.
Kiss That Granny Cardi Goodbye
Those in-between days where the sun is out and the air is cool are hard to dress for. Many women tend to grab a cardi to wear over their t-shirt or shirt. Cardigans are considered outdated and old-fashioned and would be better worn by your granny.
A lightweight jacket or blazer in a neutral color can keep you warm while not too heavy and add instant glam to your look, depending on how you style it.
Keep Logos on the Down-Low
College sweaters will always be popular, but be careful how you style them and what you wear them with. A logo sweater with matching track pants might seem like a great outfit for a Saturday morning running errands, but this is the easiest and most common way to look frumpy in an instant.
Pair your baggy sweater with a pair of jeans or shorts, and yes, even leggings. Wear a contrasting color to avoid looking like a piece of fruit, and remember to keep your shoes casual.
Grab a Belt
If you don’t have a belt in your closet, you must rush out and get one. Belts are no longer used just to keep your pants up but can be used to cinch your waist when wearing a dress or even as a tie to add more shape to an oversized cardi.
Keep it neutral and purchase classic blacks and tans that can be used on any outfit you own.
Ill-Fitting or Too Tight Clothing
We all have that pair of jeans that we keep at the back of our closet for “when we lose weight.” This can be a good motivator to get you to the gym or eat healthily, but it’s a waste of money.
Buy clothes that are the right size for you, and always try any item in the store before purchasing. Sizes of clothes are not the same at all stores, and a six at one store could fit like an eight from another.
Makeup Tips to Remember
While the 80s were great and saw some of the brightest makeup looks, dark shadows and bright lipsticks should be kept in the 80s where they belong.
Choosing neutral shades that complement your skin tone and eye color can do more for you than a bright eyeshadow that’ll clash with your look. Lipstick is also tricky to match, and neutrals are the best shades for any outfit.
Hair trends change as quickly as fashion trends do. Do you remember the big hair from the 80s? More modern hair trends focus on sleek cuts that are easy to manage and style.
Choose a hairstyle that’ll flatter your face shape and get a more age-appropriate cut. Skip the perm and opt for a long-bob instead.
When Florals Are Your Foe
Florals are one of the most feminine prints, but choosing the wrong florals can drastically change your look and make you appear frumpy and older than you are.
Avoid floral prints that look like your granny’s curtains, and say hello to small floral prints like daisies or tropical flowers to add pizzazz to your outfit. Pick one flower and go with it, rather than choosing a too-busy design.
Yoga Pants and Camel Toes
Yoga pants are another firm favorite for many women and are great for the gym. But that’s where they belong… in the gym. Yoga pants might seem comfortable but can become a bit of an eyesore when they cause that dreaded camel toe that generally comes with wearing them.
Pairing yoga pants with a thong only makes matters worse and should be avoided completely. Keep your yoga pants for when you do yoga, and rather choose a pair of comfortable pants in a more flattering fabric.
Accessories Are Your Friend
The right accessories can change up and add glamor to any outfit. But beware of large statement pieces that can be too overpowering. If you’re wearing small earrings, a larger necklace will balance out the look, but be careful of wearing large earrings and a large necklace simultaneously.
Choose your accessories wisely and select those that highlight your outfit, rather than overpower it.
Hair Highlight Dos and Don’ts
Highlighting your hair is a great way to add some tone and color, but it should always be done by someone who knows what they’re doing.
Large highlights look trashy and are generally the go-to style for “Karens.” Add subtle highlights and lowlights to your hair in a similar shade to bring depth and warmth to your hair.
Sheer Stockings Are a Fashion Faux Pas
In the “olden days,” stockings were considered classy and were worn with dresses and skirts to add elegance. But the younger generations have done away with sheer stockings, and many prefer a bare leg.
With some pigmented creams and lotions available, stockings are outdated and are no longer the go-to fashion accessory like it was when our grandparents were young.
One of the hardest makeup decisions is selecting the right color foundation for your skin tone. This is where speaking to a store assistant can help you make the best purchase decision. Foundation shouldn’t cover your freckles and other beauty marks and should only be used to hide blemishes and provide an even base for your makeup.
If you’re lucky enough to have clear, great-looking skin, you can skip the foundation completely and opt for a tinted moisturizer.
A Focus on the Eyes
As you age, the need for glasses might increase. Choosing the right pair of glasses can be tricky as you try to match them with the style or look you’re going for. Choose glasses that accentuate your eyes, are not too bulky, and that can be worn daily with any outfit.
Glasses can be seen as a fashion accessory, so choose a pair you know will complement your overall look.
Don’t Tie Sweaters Around Your Waist
If you’re out and about and suddenly feel hot in your sweater, please don’t end up tying it around your waist. This is a great look for teens and skateboarders but can look frumpy and add bulk to your hips.
Rather, opt for a light jacket or sweater. Or choose layers that can be removed if necessary.
Choosing a purse is a big decision. Depending on your career, what you use a purse for, and the occasion, a purse can instantly make or break your outfit. Going to a cocktail function with your large mom-tote hanging off your shoulder can quickly take away from the elegance of your outfit.
So does a glamorous bag while out shopping for groceries. Invest in a quality neutral-colored bag for smarter events, and choose a larger bag with pockets and dividers for day-to-day use.
Too Casual vs. Too Fussy or Overdressed
There’s a fine line between dressing too casual and too flashy or fussy. For stay-at-home moms, a pair of jeans and a jumper or white t-shirt is perfect for running errands, fetching the kids from school, and the all-too-familiar dreaded chore of cleaning the house. We all want to feel great when doing the same old thing every day, but nothing is worse than feeling restricted in your clothing and getting irritated with extra frills or fussing.
Avoid wearing clothes that have frills and over-fussy designs and will be uncomfortable to wear after an hour or two. Being a stay-at-home mom is an important job, and comfort is key when you’re racing from one errand to the next and driving your kids to all their extracurricular activities.