You asked for it, I am delivering it! In my last post, I asked what you wanted to see on Styled by Madison and received comments from two people about this very topic. I have learned quite a few things in my day for dressing women over 50. Something to remember before I dive in, there are no RULES in fashion. This is just based on my personal advice.
What matters the most: 1) How YOU Feel and 2) Is it Comfortable?
Fit is of up most importance for women 50+. When clothes lay right on your body, you look and feel better. Look for better fabrics and cuts that make a better fit. A-line is always my go-to and ultra flattering. It never goes out of style. Something else to remember? A lot of the stores today that have the trendier/more hip clothes, those do not fit well. They are lower quality and the manufacturers tend to focus more on the style instead of the fit/cut of the fabric.
A Step Above- Tailoring
Clothes that fit well can be more expensive, especially if you get them tailored. However, if you know you will get more use out of the garment and keep it for longer: it’s definitely worth the investment. Tailoring is SUCH an important investment. It can take an ill-fitting garment from extremely drab to fab.
Choose big, bold accessories. In my opinion, more mature women can pull off these bold accessories better than any one else. I love it! Pair your simple turtleneck and jeans with a bold, bright scarf OR a chunky necklace. You got it, so flaunt it!
In my opinion, “skin” is the same for 18 year olds and 65 year olds. Don’t show too much of it! Do the either/or method. What’s that? Well, if you are wearing a semi-low cut top…don’t make it tight. Keep it loose. If you are wearing tighter leggings, don’t wear a low-cut top or a tight top. Pair a seamless tunic on top and you’ll be set.
Don’t pop into Francescas, Top Shop, Zara, H & M and expect to see as many options for you. There are certain trends that do not work for women 50+. For example, the crop top or printed leggings. Those two trends VERY few people can pull off. When you are shopping, choose classy silhouettes and not trendy! My favorite classy lady is definitely my Mom, however…as far as celebrities: Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christie Brinkley.
So, there you have it! There are no rules to fashion because each of us are one-of-a-kind and unique. Follow your gut and you are going in the right direction.
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