Dressing for Your Age While Still Being On Trend
Whether you’re used to dressing on trend and have been doing so all your life, or just recently took an interest in wearing the latest styles, you have plenty of options when it comes to fashion. The trick is knowing how to be stylish yet age appropriate—in other words, dressing for your age. You don’t want to look as if you’re trying too hard, or worse yet, missing the mark altogether. The good news is that today’s fashions can work at any age once you learn how to make them work for you.
Don’t Reveal Too Much
This rule applies to all women once they enter their late 40s and early 50s. Even if you’re in shape and can squeeze into your daughter’s clothes, it doesn’t mean you should. The clothes may fit, but you might run the risk of appearing as if you’re clinging to your youth. It’s more attractive to be confident in your age and to let your style reflect that, which is what people mean by “dressing for your age.” Go for more of an alluring style by choosing high-quality clothes that don’t reveal too much and that hug your shape in a figure-flattering way.
Expertly Pair Leggings
Leggings are back with a vengeance. They’re practical, comfortable, and versatile. You can wear them, but your mantra should be, “Leggings are not pants.” There are three lengths for leggings: just below the knee, just above the ankle, and full-length. Leggings look fabulous on women when worn with a tunic, asymmetrical, or high-low top; a long sweater; a long cardigan; or a sweater dress. In the summer, you can pair just-below-the-knee leggings with an asymmetrical top and flat sandals. Wear just-above-the-ankle leggings with ankle booties and a long sweater in the fall. In colder months, style full-length leggings with flat, knee-high boots and a long cardigan.
Find Flattering Jeans
Dark wash jeans are versatile and can be easily dressed up or down.
If you’ve been a fan of skinny or tapered jeans that end at the ankle, you’re in luck. These jeans are still in fashion, and now have higher waists. You can choose between the waistband hitting you right at the waist or about 3 inches above your belly button. If you’re not a fan of skinny jeans, you’re still in luck. The 1970s are cool again, and flared jeans are on trend. Just make sure to choose jeans that fit your body type and in a dark wash so you can dress them up or down. Jeans work well with almost any type of shoe, including pumps, strappy heels, wedges, boots, booties, loafers, and pointy flats.
Go Subtle with the Fringe Trend
Boho chic is a trend this year, and nothing embraces the look better than fringe. The key to this trend is moderation—overdo it in a fringed dress, for example, and it may look as if you’re wearing a costume. Fringe can also scream juniors’ department, so forgo crop tops lined with fringe. Instead, get your fix in a scarf, a purse, or a strappy sandal with a cascade of playful fringe running down the front.
Layer up with T-Shirts
Layer a blazer over your favorite shirt for the perfect go-to outfit.
Although you really shouldn’t walk around with message T-shirts anymore, you can definitely still wear this classic go-to. Just choose quality cotton shirts in solid colors that aren’t too thin. You might find that wearing a T-shirt with a bit of stretch material gives you a better fit. Spend some time finding the perfect T-shirt for you, and stock up on several of them. You can also dress them up by layering them under fitted blazers, sweaters, and cardigans.
Dressing your age is easy when you master these simple tricks. From fringe to leggings, this guide will help you learn how to incorporate today’s trends into your wardrobe in the most flattering, age-appropriate way.