Fifty Not Frumpy – Fashion For Women Over 50

If you’re a woman who is over fifty, you’ve probably heard all the old standard fashion advice for ‘mature’ women. Wear turtlenecks, they cover up wrinkled necks. Wear your skirts below your knee, it’s more age appropriate. You’re too old to wear long hair, it ages you.

The list goes on. Well, that list is antiquated. Throw it out. Today’s 50-plus woman doesn’t have to give up her sense of style just because she had another birthday. Here are some suggestions to help you dress to make you look and feel good about yourself.

Be Confident in Yourself

Wear your confidence like a designer gown. You’ve lived enough life that you are knowledgeable, experienced and can believe in your own self worth. You’ve earned the right to trust your own taste and judgment. If it feels right to you, it probably is. Don’t let anyone dictate what your personal style must be simply because you’ve passed a mile marker.

Often, you are told to avoid trends, and that may be right sometimes, just as women of all ages should be selective about the fashion trends they choose to follow. That doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in certain ones that appeal to you and suit your particular body type. Being over fifty doesn’t mean you know longer love to look stylish and up to date. Trust in your instincts.

Know Your Flaws

Yes, your body has changed over the years. Your arms may not be as firm as they once were and the girls may not be quite as perky as they used to be. Maybe your rear has spread some or your tummy is no longer concave. So, yes, you may have to change your fashion strategies a bit. That doesn’t mean you are suddenly sentenced to live the rest of your life in drab, baggy clothes with no style at all. It just means

you need to think about ways to disguise the problem areas and flatter the rest of your body. If you are uncomfortable with saggy upper arms, then either don’t wear sleeveless garments or add a shrug or jacket. If you are bothered by widening hips, accent the top half of your body with shirts or sweaters with rich color, v-necks or vertical stripes and de-emphasize the lower half with solid, dark colors. A-line skirts and wide-legged trousers also help minimize a bulky bottom.

Invest in Well-Fitting Undergarments

Gravity does take its toll on our bodies no matter how hard we fight it. The best way to help control the g-factor is with undergarments that fit correctly and do their job properly. Indulge yourself and go have a bra fitted by a professional. You’ll be amazed at what a difference a quality bra that fits correctly can make in your figure. It is a well known fact that most women don’t buy the right bra for their body. It’s more important now than ever to change that.

The same goes with panties. Panty lines are unattractive on anyone, no matter what their age. If your butt or tummy is a little flabby, don’t wear tight bikini panties that cut in and emphasizes that fact. People may make fun of granny panties, but a well-fitting pair of briefs is a good option for many people.

It Is All About The Cut And Fit

Find a retailer that sells fashionable and on trend clothes with a cut and fit that suits you. Generally speaking as you get older your clothes will look better if they are slightly better cut. Skirts that are knee length or below tend to look best and tops that are not too low cut. Dresses and tops with short sleeves also usually look better than sleeveless ones. You should always aim to wear perfectly fitting clothes.

Consider Colors Carefully

When you are over fifty, you hair color and skin tone may change. This will mean that the colors that look good on you will change. Generally speaking black can look quite harsh, try more muted colors or alternatives like navy, grey and brown instead. Color can be your best friend or your worst enemy. By holding a piece of fabric by your face you can see whether it makes your complexion glow or look drained. When you find  a color that makes your complexion glow, wear it near your face for maximum impact.

Find The Styles That Work For You

What ever your age, you should consider your body shape when choosing which fashions will look best. Some times it may be better to stick to classic styles of trousers, skirts, dresses and jackets and add the latest ladies fashion using a printed top or blouse.

Choose Fun And Fashionable Accessories

Accessories are a great way to add fun and fashion to any outfit. Add a pop of bright colors or some eye catching patterns by accessorising your outfits. Use different accessories each day to create lots of different outfits from the same basic clothes.

Following fashion and looking stylish at any age is all about skillfully picking out the pieces which suit you and make you look and feel great. You can look fashionable in your fifties and beyond, just think carefully about style first.

If you’re over fifty, don’t fall victim to out of date fashion dictates for mature women. Your love for fashion is still alive. Indulge it.

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