Fashionistas and friends, talking today about key pieces and trends in fashion for women of a certain age. Ways to remain stylish and self-confident over 50…heck, who am I fooling? In my case, over 60!!
Fabulous After 50: Key Pieces for Your Wardrobe
It is unfortunate that most women over 50 think that because of their age, they have to give up their stylish wardrobes and choose clothing that is more “age-appropriate”. But what is age-appropriate? It is possible to look effortlessly elegant, trendy and stylish. There are several age-defying styles out there with new trends coming up now and then. The imaginary dos and don’ts in clothing choices are getting blurred by the day. Thank goodness!! Therefore, women have a wide choice of what pieces make it into their wardrobe. Here are a few suggestions for a stylish wardrobe for 50+ women.
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You can Never Go Wrong with Denim
Those denim pieces do not get old. Go for the dark wash, breathable ones with an elastic waist so that they do not come hard on your tummy. Some brands specialize in clothing for women over 40, like Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (NYDJ) and also Levis. They have mommy jeans styles that look great on older women from hues to allowances and elastic waists. Drop your old versions and pick some of these new styles. Have never tried NYDJ jeans but I have my eye on some light wash NYDJ wide leg little numbers.
One of the pieces from the Get Your Pretty On fall 2019 capsule wardrobe that have enjoyed wearing most was the wide leg jeans that are trending again now. I found mine at Banana Republic, bought a dark wash and a lighter wash. Have paired them with booties, flats and tennies. Dressed them up and down. And PC really likes them.
Pastel Colors and Prints
When choosing colorful blouses and shirts, it is important to choose wisely, avoiding shades that are too light for your skin tone. When looking for tops, go for vibrant and classy prints that will make a statement but are still understated and elegant. At fashion stores like Luisaviaroma, there are many great brands that fit into this category, for example Gucci that is famous for its iconic prints. Some of the best prints and color choices include golden prints, bold yellows, polka dots, pleated clothing and embellished black.
Snakeskin, animal print and camouflage are still popular ‘neutrals’ that are fun-to-wear. All 3 made an appearance on the fall 2019 capsule wardrobe. My naturally introverted, librarian sensibilities struggled a bit with the suggestion of leopard print pants. But I tried on the leopard print Winnie pant from JCrew Factory and fell in serious like. Not quite love because I still felt a little timid wearing them the first time. Planning to wear them again soon.
Seeing a lot of Fair Isle and plaid among the patterned pieces on the winter 2019 capsule wardrobe shopping list. Discovered this Fair Isle sweater at Loft Outlet. The bright colors caught my eye. Tried it on with my Loft Outlet faux leather mini and promptly put it in my shopping cart!
While my sweater is bright, pastels are also big this season. Especially pink. I’ve seen lots of pink plaid. Maybe this winter, I can finally figure out a way to style the pink plaid pants I bought last year.
Long skirts and long dresses
After a certain age (some) legs are best covered, at least partially. However, this does not mean that you can’t look stylish. Play with maxi dresses, one-piece dresses, mid-length denim skirts and ankle-high little black dresses. During summer, you can go for floral prints to give you an edge in warm weather. Always go for dresses that drape around you, rather than clinging ones. However, always ensure that they are the right fit.
I debated over buying this H&M leopard midi-length pleated skirt. Tried it on but PC was not as impressed with it on me as I was. Ha!! Of course, trying it with the right top might have helped. Wound up going back to get it a few weeks later and buying a winter white beaded sweater to wear with it.
Tell me, what do you do when you really like a certain piece but your significant other does not? Do you buy it anyway?
Fitted pants give you a sleek and smart look. They flatter your figure, which makes you look super stylish. You can wear fitted pants with a wide range of tops that include silky blouses, T-shirts, jackets and cardigans. If you intend to shop online, have your tailor make measurements beforehand.
Because I am not working much, my fitted pants don’t get a lot of wear these days. Should break them out for church. The Express mid-rise ankle columnist pants look polished in a variety of colors and a wide range of sizes and lengths. And on sale right now, 50% off.
Complete the look with Cardigans and Scarfs
Cardigans, if styled correctly, are appropriate pieces for any outfit. They are a stylish option for keeping warm in the cold weather and cover your arms when wearing sleeveless tops or dresses. Therefore, you can wear them all-year-round with a wide assortment of clothing. Scarves complete the look by adding a touch of class and extra elegance in addition to keeping you warm.
Even my granddaughter Lucia is wearing cardigans this fall. Isn’t this pumpkin-colored open-front cardigan cute?
I have purchased a couple of new scarves this fall. This one below, more like a kerchief scarf, is small, and lighter weight. It ties neatly into a knot at my neck and is less bulk on my already bulky bust!! Cardigans are something I wear faithfully, long and short, button-up and open front, with and without pockets.
Go for Long or Mid-length Sleeves
Long sleeves hide the little imperfections on your arms and cover them during cool weather. Mid-length sleeves also look stylish as they give a voluminous look if you have slender hands. You can wear cardigans and boleros if your dress is sleeveless. I have a friend whose style trademark is the different sleeves on her beautiful blouses. They can add interest to an otherwise simple piece. Cold shoulder, off the shoulder, bell, cuffed, butterfly, angel, kimono sleeves.
This spring I worked hard on toning my arms and for the first time in quite awhile, I felt comfortable wearing sleeveless tops. Hope I can keep up the good work and do the same thing this coming year. This fall and now winter, I am so glad to see the turtleneck’s return to popularity. Funnel, mock and turtlenecks can be very flattering for women of a certain age. Me, included!!
One Last Look
This last outfit was one I wore to church. It features subtle pattern mixing with a kind of monochromatic color scheme. Loft Outlet faux leather skirt and textured tights, Express long-sleeve utility blouse, H&M black and white plaid blazer and black boots. The plaid blazer from the fall capsule wardrobe was a big hit with me.
No matter your age, you should always wear in a way that you feel confident or good in your skin. Do away with (quote quote) age-appropriate dressing and revitalize your looks with the tips discussed above. What’s your favorite suggestion?
Winter 2019 Capsule Wardrobe
And the Get Your Pretty On winter 2019 capsule wardrobe is the perfect way to try some of the new trends and add a little pizzazz to your existing cold weather pieces. Registration is now open.
Upon registering, you will receive immediate access to the following tools to update your winter wardrobe with time-honored faves and new trends:
● A capsule wardrobe shopping list of on trend items and classics basics (you’re free to shop where you want and spend as much or as little as you want!). SHOP YOUR CLOSET FIRST! You will discover new ways to wear perpetual favorites.
● Links to shop for recommended items online or in store (we’ve done the work for you by choosing items to suit every budget and body type and age group!) EVEN GRANDMAS CAN BE STYLISH!
● A beautifully designed printable outfit guide so you can hang it in your closet when you need inspiration. And a host of new Facebook fashionista friends to share your new looks with!!
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Hugs and kisses,