Over-50 fashionistas, here’s rule #1. Don’t let your date of birth dictate your wardrobe! While it can be tough to navigate your style as you grow older, you don’t need to get stuck in a rut. Follow these foolproof fashion tips to ensure to look fabulous at 50 and up.
1. Switch Up Your Shoes
Been reaching for the same old pair of trusty pumps for as long as you can remember? Try switching things up for an easy way to update your look. You may not feel comfortable trying out a trendy dress, but a great pair of shoes? You can experiment there without feeling ridiculous. And shoes, they can transform even the simplest of shift dresses. Step out of your comfort zone with a wedge or strappy heel. A color pop pump will inject some personality into more sensible separates, while a nude heel is a classic leg-lengthening option.
2. Quality Over Quantity
While your teens and twenties may have been about fast-fashion and trying out tricky trends inspired by the catwalk, our fifties are all about knowing what styles suit and dressing for ourselves. Instead of buying plenty and often, invest in key staples that will see you through season after season. Opt for high-quality leathers, silks, suede and cashmere pieces that will last for many years to come.
3. Wear Statement Arm Candy
If you have a closet full of trusted basics that you return to time and time again, it can be difficult to update your look. A great handbag is an easy way of lifting your favorite outfits — and best of all, it’s an ageless accessory. A classic colorful tote is the perfect way to update off-duty casual outfits. Scared of rocking bold prints when it comes to your clothes? Channel it through your accessories for a safe way to try out the trend.
While it may be a cliche, dressing for your shape is the best way to improve your look. And let’s faces it, as we age, our shape changes. This is a big reason why you don’t stick to the same styles you did in your twenties and thirties. BUT…baggy, smock-like tops aren’t going to do you any favors. Try a figure-hugging pencil skirt or dress. It’s much more flattering than trying to disguise curves under shapeless clothing. Just remember to team it with great underwear for a sleek silhouette.
5. Don’t Hide From Color
Don’t hide away behind dark colors. They may be slimming but they also ensure you blend into the background. The right color can liven up your skin tone and bring out your eyes. On your next shopping trip, take the time to hold up different colors against your skin to see what suits you. You might just be surprised at what you find.