As we “mature” in age, we inevitably see changes in our bodies, our earning power and even social status. We become wives, mothers and CEOs of our companies. Yet we often overlook changes in our wardrobe. We begin to notice that the “trendy” pieces that once worked are no longer appropriate for a day in the life of a successful working mom. Women today want to feel more youthful than ever before and want to remain stylish and on trend like stars including Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston and Halle Berry, who make getting older look so effortless. Can we all pull off the art of aging gracefully while also embracing a style evolution that maintains our sense of style? You can if you follow these easy style tips:
Choose clothing that fits correctly. Some styles that used to be essentials in your wardrobe may no longer work for your new and improved mature closet. Avoid too tight or too baggy outfits. Finding and investing in a tailor is also something that should be considered. Focusing your attention on pieces you already have and buy in the future and taking them to a tailor really customizes them and provides you with a fit that you won’t get off the rack. Well-cut clothes can make you look younger, and can empower you to feel more confident and put together.
Update your Basics:
Every woman should have an updated pair of pants and jeans in her closet. So get rid of those mom jeans and look for a pair that flatters your leg shape. If your legs are wider at the calf and ankle, avoid crop styles and wear shoes the same color as your pants to elongate the leg. Slightly flared or bootleg pant bottoms are more flattering than straight pants. But be sure to get rid of baggy, wide, oversized pants.
Also, find a go-to little black dress. Every woman needs a LBD in her wardrobe, as it can easily be worn for multiple occasions.
In regards to footwear choose classic footwear styles that will transcend the fashion fads. Select a few key styles like D’Orsays, round toe shapes, ankle strap or sling back heels. Limit the purchase of styles like platforms, wedges, Mary Janes and mules.
Painful stilettos were the price you paid for style while in your 20’s. However, as you are aging gracefully it is smart to choose heels with a 2.5 to 3 inch heel with a wider base. This will keep you from straining your back and increase stability.
The reality is as we age we come to rely more on undergarments to help keep everything in the right place, so don’t underestimate the importance of good undergarments. The start of any great outfit is well-fitting undergarments. Get fitted for your correct measurements to make sure you are wearing styles that fit. Dispose of any dated styles you wore in your younger years and invest in quality undergarments to kick start your wardrobe.
In your 20’s, you could wear pastels, bright colors or lots of patterns. Now, you should opt for more sophisticated, neutral color palettes. Add pops of color to your outfit through accessories; just be sure to not overdo it! We also love the idea of a monochromatic ensemble; it is simple and easy to achieve and gives the illusion of a slimmer figure.
Update your hair. If you have the same hairstyle you had when you graduated high school then it’s definitely time for a change! Take a visit to your hairdresser and get an interesting cut with layers to frame your face.