Fashion Tips For 40 & Beyond

Getting older comes with its own set of challenges. For women, these challenges can be especially tough. Not only do most women in their 40s and older have to deal with anti-aging measures to keep their complexions youthful and radiant, they also have to deal with body issues and adjusting to a new wardrobe that is age appropriate. We all know the popular saying, “dress your age” but how do you go about it?

The most important thing to remember when it comes to fashion and age is to know yourself and be honest. Dressing your age doesn’t mean you have to be stuffy and conservative, but it also doesn’t mean that you should try to fit into the younger crowd, either. The good news is that designers all over the world are creating fashion pieces that are ideal for women in their 40s and beyond that still allow them to feel sexy and youthful.

It can take some time to find the right clothing items for your wardrobe, which is why you shouldn’t rush. Take your time while shopping and exhaust all stores in your area until you find the one that carries styles that you feel comfortable in. Stop shopping in stores frequented by your daughter or granddaughter – chances are those styles will not suit you and above all else, you’ll want to avoid dressing younger than your actual age. Instead, know what colors and styles look best on you as you are now – not when you were younger. What looked fabulous on you in your 20s and even 30s may no longer have that same effect now. Just knowing what colors flatter you can save you time during your shopping trips.

One way to get inspired is to look at celebrities within your age range. They are icons when it comes to aging gracefully, and you’ll see that many of them don’t hide behind large sweaters and long skirts. If you’re not sure you can pull off a short skirt or dress, play it safe at first by purchasing a longer skirt or dress and then have it hemmed higher to a length that you feel good about. This saves you time and money instead of buying a super short skirt that you later regret. Keeping solid colors in your closet is also another way to build up a great age-appropriate wardrobe. If you do plan on adding patterns, make sure they serve as accents to flatter your body. For example, horizontal stripes (and pinstripes) are ideal for creating the illusion of height and can also make the body appear slimmer.

Make sure you have clothes that you feel good wearing – instead of trying to squeeze into jeans that are many sizes too small, go for a comfortable fit that still flatters your figure. When it comes to tops, avoid wearing oversized, drab sweaters. Instead, opt for fashionable blouses and tops in fresh colors that hug your body and won’t lose its shape over time.

Even your shoes can help your wardrobe. Adding a little heel can make you feel sexy, graceful and finish the overall look of a great outfit. But don’t get too carried away with the height of the heel – you still want to be able to walk in them without pain.