Today’s post contains timeless advice about fashion for older women.
Fashion tips for older women
Do you look into your wardrobe and wonder what to wear today?
Do you shuffle through your clothes hangers, shake your head and think, “I have absolutely nothing to wear!” Except you do, because your wardrobe is jam packed full.
Over time I’ve become slightly more organised, and confess to owning a capsule wardrobe of clothes that I know will form the basis of any look.
On top of that I have my show pony pieces that I can add for effect and drama, or just for an individualistic everyday style that I’ve honed as my own.
When it comes to fashion tips for the older woman, of course anything goes providing you feel confident in what you’re wearing and you think you look great.
But there are some basic fashion tips for older women which are a good guide to adhere to for looking your best every time you step outside the door.
Spend as much as you can afford on basic items.
These are the garments that you’ll wear again and again. Your capsule wardrobe. Think T’s, jackets, coats, great fitting jeans and pants.
Layer Layer Layer
Layers are your friend, always. Unless the weather is so hot that you’d rather be in a swimsuit.
Even so, in summertime a light white oversize shirt can be a great ‘throw’ to save your shoulders and back from the sun.
In winter time think vest or tight fitting T, then a blouse, then a cardigan, then a jacket or overcoat. When all that is on then accessorise with a lovely scarf and hat.
If you’re menopausal, then layering is a must. One minute you’re cold and then you’re having a hot flash, and think about what you layer with. For instance maybe you don’t want to be pulling jumpers over your head in a hurry, so think about how garments do up, or come on and off.
Always dress for your body shape
Repeat after me : “I will not dress to suit the fashion trends.” There is no need to dress to be super fashionable, and for the older women there is a good chance you will end up looking like mutton dressed up as lamb.
Stick to what suits YOU, what suits your body shape, and if you have found your own style then wear what you love and feel comfortable in.
Don’t save your clothes for best
I know, I know, it’s tempting to save your clothes for best. I am also guilty as charged!
However, the thing is your clothes will date. They will date because you decide you don’t like that particular length of skirt, or type of trousers. You will fall out of love with the colours or the print.
Just wear what you feel great in everyday, wear what makes you feel confident, even if you’re just popping out to the shops.
Be that woman who people look at and think, “Gee doesn’t she look lovely.” Be the inspiration for the style other women crave.
Do make sure your clothes are always neat and pressed
When you’re young and 20 something, grungey looks and un-ironed clothes are cool.
When you’re a woman over 50, not so much! Unless you’re camping.
Don’t put items back in the wardrobe if they are stained, or if they smell musty. And no, spraying deodorant on the armpits doesn’t count as cleaning them!
Do iron clothes before they are put back into your closet. It will save you a lot of headaches in the long run.
Don’t buy clothes that don’t fit!
Can we be blatantly honest here?
You probably won’t slim down to fit into those jeans you tried on in the store which you couldn’t quite do up – yet!
I know, I’ve been there so many times!
Stick to block colours when you can
A print is very nice. It’s fun, and often colourful. But for everyday wear and for the sake of looking effortlessly stylish block colours are super useful.
Below for an outing to the beautiful Busselton jetty and beachfront, I’m wearing black with teal, and then adding a gorgeous art scarf to give the look a little va-va voom.
The black ponte pants I’m wearing are in a luxurious mid-season weight.
Check out how to wear ponte pants and make sure you have them in your wardrobe for autumn, winter and springtime.
The lightweight, lined, black jacket is a gorgeous fit and features a zip front, pockets and hood.
The teal long sleeved T is perfect for layering and is a good offset colour for the black.
The ‘wearable art’ fashion scarf features shades of teal and black, as well as what I like to think are gorgeous colours of the Australian bush.
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An art scarf in the fantastic colours of Australia’s bushland by Wearable Art from @travelandlivingcollection and snuggly winter separates from my fave @vividinternational’s winter collection. Boots are by @arcopedicoaustralia but you’ll have to click through to my Insta Story to see those beauties (Suede cuties and oh so comfy) . . . #gifted #everydaystyle #gotostyle #fashionpost #instastyle #fblogger #lookbook #fashionlover #outfitoftheday #ootdshare #lookoftheday #mylook #styleblogger #over50style #babyboomerstyle #over40style #lifestyleblog #makemoments #currentlywearing #over50andthriving #50plusstyle #fashionblogger #getthelook #styleinspo #whatiwore #australiandesigned #womenwithstyle #styleisageless
Black leather ankle boots (designed by a podiatrist) feature a small heel and complete the look. They are also really comfy for walking in – for the win!
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Black leather ankle boots – FRANKiE4 Footwear
Wearable Art Scarf designed by Sharyn Kayne for Namaskar Australia – Travel & Living Collection
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