They say that fifty is the new forty and the general consensus is that older woman, are looking younger, sexier and healthier than ever before. Not only that but being over fifty means that you have got a higher disposable income to spend on as many dresses, tops, skirts and beauty as your heart desires as well as the maturity and sophistication to carry off all this wonderful looks. Think about all the stunning celebrities that are gorgeous and over fifty, Helen Mirren, Sharon Stone, Michelle Pfeiffer, Andie MacDowell and Madonna.
So how do you dress if you’re over fifty? By now you are well aware of your body and are comfortable in your own skin, so the best advise is to dress right for body type. Depending on whether you’re an apple, pear, ruler or hourglass there are ways to conceal and reveal in all the right places so acknowledge this and play up to your assets and get a full length mirror! Also many woman tend to dress more conservatively when their over fifty so think classic shapes and elegant colours.
A big concern for more mature woman is loose or saggy upper arms. Luckily there are many stylish ways to conceal this problematic area with beautiful boleros, comfortable shawls and sexy shrugs. There are also many tops available that are bang on trend with three quarter length, poet, bell or angular sleeves. Body shaping undergarments are also popular regardless of age. Body suits go half way down your thigh and smooth out those areas you may not want to stand out. Most of even the slimmest plus fifties need a little help to tone and smooth so invest in some quality under garments.
Look for colours that will flatter your own skin tone and buy many pieces that you know compliment your colouring, despite what the trends are telling you. Over fifties need not get caught up with fashion fads as you have seen and laughed at all the disasters that you once fell victim to. As a general rule if you have a darker complexion, quite often you’ll find that lighter colours tend to lift you. This is in contrast to those with relatively lighter complexions whose features are more distinguished when they go for darker colours, as lighter ones may make you looked washed out.
Avoid wearing baggy and shapeless clothes. Instead choose classic shapes some shirtdresses, trench coats, pea jackets and jeans which are eternally youthful in spirit. Don’t expose your upper arms and neck: these are both tricky areas for most women over a certain age. Also do not remove all black from your wardrobe. It will be better to invest in several fitted black turtlenecks! They are unavoidable, flatter everyone and they always look great for day out or evening party. For going out for evening always avoid fussy, frilly evening attire. Switch to tailored instead! Don’t wear your skirts too short unless you have good legs. And the bottom line don’t overdo the glitz to look youthful, anything unfussy, minimalist, functional designs and details will add to your personality.
Sarah Sabner, Styleshake.com content editor.
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