Women, listen up! Our age group, the 50s, 60s and + (and thereabouts), which is targeted in this website, is largely ignored. We are one of the fastest growing demographics, a woman in this age bracket may be the next president and longevity is ever increasing. So, we have to excel because this may be our best time ever! Consider this, one must not be young or look adolescent to be in style and to be successful.
I would like to propose that one can be chic and youthful, by using certain style tips, being expertly discriminating and learning all kinds of life’s lessons from interesting and inspiring daily occurrences. We can adapt chapters of our lives, our experiences and visual perceptions into style lessons to enhance our beauty inside and out.
Being middle aged is nothing new and many successful people have done it before us. Use this time as an opportunity to make the most of life at a complicated stage. Many of us experience new job positions, eclectic family situations, are front and center of the sandwich generation and have more free time, but have not yet realized the full and unlimited possibilities.
First Steps to Women’s Fashion
Notice fashion and care about the way you look. A new area of interest is, in and of itself, positive. You do not have to religiously follow the fashion magazines, but take a glance here and there and see what you like.
Stop at the makeup counters to get samples of some new products and try them out. Try to get a salesperson to help you. Explain that you are looking for a new look and ask for recommendations. Be sure to stress, APPROPRIATE FOR MY AGE. Experiment with a new product or even two and see if you get feedback, compliments. Do not get conned into to shelling out much money on new expensive products, gently work your way in. Be savvy about purchases. We have all bought the newest styles more times than we like to remember, and they just don’t always work. Take time to fall in love. Watch this tutorial by Lisa Eldridge, it can be very helpful and informative.
Choose a department store you like and ask a sales consultant to recommend a style for you. This is your avenue to finding the most flattering cut for you to build on.
There are all kinds of rules about what not to do after 50 or 60. Some are funny, some are meant to be broken. I sometimes stress to dress appropriately for our age. Just to clarify, there are no more rules, except one, for what you choose to be flattering! No long hair, no bright red lipstick, no knees….. All general rules have flown out the window, but there is a fine line between drawing the eye away from our age and possibly looking ridiculous in it. Do some research for yourself on what looks are complimentary, in general, for women over 60. You will be pleased, the women look GORGEOUS! See this fun MiaSalituro video.
Smile. Smile. Smile. This is actually the best, most painless and cheapest surgical procedure to looking young.
Denim is always flattering and in style. Denim shirts, jeans, dresses and jackets. Stay away from cowboy looks, do not pair two jeans pieces (blue jean shirt and blue jeans) together and veer toward a bit tailored (for example, not rough blue jean jackets with silver snaps, instead tailored denim blue blazer).
Experiment with sportswear but also use monochromatic. A black slim pant with a black blazer is always elegant, dress up or casual. Add a light pink or even white blouse underneath. Do the opposite as well, pair one similar color under a contrasting blazer, both pant and blouse . The jacket can be shorter than the blouse, or longer. Tuck in sometimes, sometimes out, occasionally tuck half in and half out. Try navy or gray top and bottom with light gray blouse, or gray slacks, gray blouse and light gray jacket. Monochromatic is a slight of eye trick that makes us look slimmer.
Wear fitted, not baggy. Choose pencil skirts as opposed to a-line and straight cut pants as opposed to pleated ones. Throw out all oversized dresses, t shirts and long, floor skimming A-line skirts. They do not camouflage, they just make us look big and sloppy.
Color is youthful and flattering. Make it simple and take color cues from your own eyes and skin. If you have green eyes, wear a color close to the green of your eyes, a jacket and knit top or slimming khaki green jersey dress. If you have blue eyes, the sky is the limit, try any shade of blue, it will really compliment all features, especially those of us with fair skin tones. Stronger, darker skin tones can venture out with the deeper colors.
Show a bit of skin. If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Even the most perfect looking woman has an imperfection or two, they are irrelevant. You want to draw the eye away from various less flattering to the more flattering. Showing a bit of cleavage is enticing. Go for it, but err on the “less is more” side.
Add accents like white blouses, leather skirts or pants and discover jersey fabrics.
Be very discriminating about jewelry and it is forbidden to wear every piece you own at once, a common mistake. The purpose of the jewelry is to draw the eye up, pick pretty, interesting and even whimsical.
Spend wisely on proper shoes. A bit of heel is most polished and flattering, but it is crucial to be comfortable. Shoes can be open toed and open shoes are especially graceful, but toes and feet must be painted and manicured.
Recently, in a “how to” fashion program, Naomi Campbell appeared looking ravishing and she is well over 40! Compare that look with photos of her from the National Enquirer editions of stars caught out and about without makeup. She is stunning no matter, but she does not look the same. She admitted on that show that, “it takes a village” to look like that. Most of us don’t have a village to get us dressed and ready to go every morning. It’s just us, so let’s make the most of it.