By: Andrea Pflaumer
Appeared first on Primewomen.com
The ongoing – and sometimes fractious – debate about “age appropriate” dressing has brought attention to a hard fact of life: we really don’t dress as we did in our 20s and 30s… at least not most of us. All that really means is that showing a whole lot of skin or glittering head-to-toe like a mirror ball doesn’t represent who we are now.
But that certainly doesn’t mean we’re hiding in a corner or disappearing. To the contrary; never before have we owned our years in as spectacular a way as we do now. And, we are doing it with style and within some pretty wide parameters. Here are a few.
Dressing Our Age: The Styles
- We’re moving into more sophisticated silhouettes and details, and leaving behind anything too trendy, fussy or cutesy. That includes statement T-shirts that just don’t reflect our lifestyle right now. (OK – if we have a vintage Stones T-shirts we get a pass.)
- We still go for sexy or sparkly, but instead of wearing it in a mini dress, we look for it in a blouse, pants, or an accessory.
- We will splurge on something with a little bit of edge as long as it’s high quality, such as a leather or suede jacket, trench, or skirt. Some of us still rock leather skinnies!
- Animal prints, particularly leopard, remain a staple of our wardrobe. We love them in flats, a clutch, blouses; we just don’t layer them.
- We refuse to look like a shapeless rectangle or a box; we’ll still show off – or at least imply – our waistline. That means we have tailored fitted jackets that nip in the waist and tops or dresses with darts.
- And if our waistline isn’t our best feature, we have a flattering collection of body skimming tunics and tops that we wear with skinny pants, jeans or leggings.
- We still like showing a little leg; we just don’t show as much of it as we used to. And we rarely wear a mid-calf skirt unless we wear it with boots.
- If we’ve missed a few months at the gym (okay, a few years), we gladly replace our sleeveless tops with elbow length and three-quarter length ones. They give us a very fresh, casual look.
- And we never go anywhere without adding a little bit of bling: a statement necklace, hoops or dangling earrings, a stack of bangles or a show-stopper ring . Real or faux? We’ll never tell!
Andrea Pflaumer is the author of the Amazon best-seller Shopping for the Real You: Ten Essential Steps to a Perfect Wardrobe for Every Woman: Fashionistas, Fashion-phobes, and the Over 50 and She’s Got Good Jeans , a guide for how to shop for and where to find the perfect jeans for your body and budget. She is a regular contributor to several national and international publications and does in-person and online consultations for women around the globe. She blogs at Shopping for the Real You and her free course, Lazy Person’s Guide to a Perfect Wardrobe is available on GoHighbrow. She also hosts two video series: Vital, Vivacious, and Visible after 50 and Shopping for the Real You: Expert Edition.