How to dress when you get older!

I have been getting a lot of questions from friends who are turning 50,60,and 70 this year about how they should dress?What not to wear?What is appropriate for a women who is their age? Please do not fret,I myself just turned 55 and am going thru a similar crisis.I do not want to dress old,that is such a yuck but at the same time I do not want to look like I am trying to hard to be all young and trendy in clothes that really belong on someone else.Nobody wants to look like they are wearing their children’s clothes.

The answer is to dress youthful not young and to find your own ageless style.How do you do that?

1.Be inspired by the new guard.

Most of us look to our mothers or even grandmothers for inspiration on how to dress when you get older.Do not do that!

Fashion rules have changed dramatically.Dressing your age is an absolute No! No!.Look to our current crop of stylish women who are breaking every rule.60 is the new 40 and some of my fashion icons are well into their 70’s.

We take care of our bodies more nowadays with better nutrition and fitness so there is no need to give up and buy some shapeless housecoats or mumus.

If you are celebrating your 80’s this year look to someone like Carmen Dell’Orefice who at 85 is one of the world’s most sought after supermodels,she is booked months in advance.

 I love these 3 women,they make 70 seem like an age you must get to so that you can be this fierce.

Like I said 60 is the new 40 and these 3 icons prove it over and over again.

In your 50’s it is all about being fabulous,you have come into your own and you can now rock it.

2.Constantly Evolve.

You must constantly assess yourself.Style is a lifelong journey.Your body changes as you age,so take the time to measure your body even if you have maintained the same weight.Know your body and always dress the body you have.Take stock of your strengths and showcase them.Take what works for you but constantly update it.One of the reasons women look old is because they are stuck in a rut specially when it comes to hair and makeup.On most women the tops of the shoulders always look amazing make sure you showcase that.Legs are another part of the body that never seem to age on most women, so do wear short dresses and leggings.Here is a simple tool you can use.

How to get a perfect Wardrobe!

Here is an example of finding what works for you and constantly evolving it.Do not be afraid to go against current convention.Even when fashion was all about long hair Princess Diana kept her hair short because that was what worked for her.

3.Pay attention to Color.

As we age our skin becomes more translucent so certain colors wash us out.Do not fall in to the all black trap,yes it is flattering but it can create a harsh contrast especially in the winter.Go for earthy neutrals like Chocolate,Warm grey and Rich Camel.Jewel tones are the way to go Ruby Red,Sapphire blue,Amethyst Purple and Emerald Green should be your go to colors.Stay away from Yellow,Beige and Neon colors they can wash you out.Also pay attention to your hair color and makeup colors.Brunettes should get warmer with their hair color as you grow older and lips reds should get softer.Stop into a department store every 2 years or so and have your makeup colors reevaluated by a professional.

4.Invest in Timeless Pieces.

Fabric,Quality and Cut are what you need to look for.You need fewer pieces as you get older but they should be the best you can afford.They should also fit you to a T.Do splurge on the services of a good tailor or find a friend who can sew.Here are some great basics you should build on.

  1. A Hero Jacket that goes with everything.
  2. A perfect black dress that can work for a wedding,an interview or a funeral.
  3. An amazing pair of pants in black and navy.
  4. An outstanding coat.
  5. A couple of flawless cashmere or merino sweaters.
  6. A crisp tailored white shirt.
  7. Soft silk blouses in red and blue.
  8. A great pair of jeans in a dark wash.
  9. A flattering black skirt.
  10. A quality black shoe and bag.

These become the foundation of your wardrobe and you can pair them with less expensive pieces.As we get tailoring and structure look better on us that loose oversize drapey clothing.The most flattering outfits are ones that mix a tailored piece with a soft piece.This is how french women look so amazing at every age.

5.Pile on the accessories.

Take a lesson from Iris Apfel who at 95 is one of the most influential fashion icons.As you grow older your clothing should become simpler and your accessories should become wilder.Go big and bold do not be afraid of making a statement.When looking to being current trends into your wardrobe first do it with an accessory and if you love it then go for it in a piece of clothing.This works great with print and pattern.

6.Understand trends and how they relate to you.

Trends come and go and in your lifetime you will see the same trends over and over again.You can wear most trends but each time you wear the trend you have to do it in a different way.The 1970’s are back in a big way for Spring 18 with a lot of disco influenced trends.Do not wear the same pieces like you did in the 70’s but instead mix them with more timeless pieces.You should pair a great 70’s dress with a cute tailored blazer or a structured dark denim jacket.Some trends you will just have to give up on like crop and tube tops,leg warmers,ripped jeans and baggy sweatshirts.They just don’t look cute the second time around.

 

7.Rethink your Shoes

As you age your tendons in your heel are less flexible so it becomes really hard to wear heels,most women give up at that point and switch to shoes that are all about comfort.There are several shoes out there right now that do not sacrifice style for comfort so take the time to find the right shoes.For  daily running around invest in a good hybrid sneaker,it is a sneaker that is made of materials reserved for dressy shoes like leather and suede,it is usually very chic and simple.For work a girly loafer ot a slight heeled bootie adds polish and for evening opt for a sweet kitten heel.Do pay attention to your shoes as they are the pedestal that displays your whole outfit.Do try to wear some kind of a heel.Most clothing other than activewear is fit with some kind of heel so your clothes do look better with a slight lift.

 

Since this is a topic that is on your mind’s,I welcome your questions and comments.Do share your tips and strategies. So with a little attention to your appearance as the years roll by and some simple things all of us can achieve ageless style.

♥ Sunil