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My Style Advice for Women 50+

January 12, 2016

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?

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Fit

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.

Accessories

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!

Skin

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.

Style

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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My 2016 Style Resolutions

December 29, 2015

 

Let’s begin 2016 with a BANG and take a moment to think about our style resolutions. If you are anything like me, there are probably clothes in your closet you don’t wear often AND trends you want to try. I’ve laid out a list to help you achieve true style sassiness in 2016:

  1. Purge Your Closet. We all have lots of clothes in our closet that we’ve saved for years and years. Some of these, we will never wear again but keep them “just because.” My rule: if you haven’t worn it in 2 years, it’s time to donate. Make a conscious decision this coming weekend to spend a couple of hours organizing your closet. I promise you that you will feel better AND it’ll make your mornings easier when you get dressed. Cluttered closets are stressful and can make you wear the same 10 outfits over and over, just because you don’t want to go digging in the mess of your closet.
  2. Organize Your Clothes. Every few months, usually with a new season, I reorganize my closet. Some people like to organize by color but for me, I like to organize with functionality being the number 1 goal. I first donate the clothes I haven’t worn (see number 1 above) and then organize by section: sweaters, dressy shirts, casual shirts, pants, skirts, and dresses. This works best for me but may not for you. Either way, play around with it and get organized! You will start wearing clothes that were hidden deep within your closet. If it’s not easy peasy and organized, chances are: you won’t wear it. We are all stretched for time!
  3. Try 2-3 New Trends. Okay, y’all, you got this! Try some new trends. 2016 is the year! If you’ve been following my blog posts for a few weeks now, you will notice I talk about trends and how to make them classy. There are certain trends I will not try because they simply don’t work for me and/or I don’t want to invest. However, there are also lots of trends that I am happy and eager to try. For example, vests, blanket scarves and ponchos. All of those will be around in 2016 and probably for years to come. Identify the right trends for you and TRY it!

Don’t forget Styled by Madison offers style and closet consultations. We offer lots of services varying from closet organizations, personal shopping and event styling. Start 2016 with a bang and feeling great. Visit our contact us page or email me (styledbymadison1@gmail.com) if you are interested in learning more about our services.

Now, I need a favor from you…what do you want to see on these blog posts? Do you have any style questions? Comment below and I will make sure to answer in an upcoming blog post. Free advice is always a good thing, right?!