The clothes you wear don’t just keep you warm. They don’t just cover you up. They actually affect the way you feel so it is important think about how to look elegant and classy everyday.
How can I look Classy and Elegant Everyday?
To look stylish everyday at home without really trying …
- Buy clothes which don’t need ironing
- Choose fabrics which wash well
- Find clothes that are comfortable
- Only buy what fits you when you try it on (don’t buy for a slimmer you!)
- Buy timeless clothes made from good fabrics.
- Only buy what looks great on you.
- Buy clothes which will mix and match well.
As we get older we lose a certain amount of confidence in the way we look, and this has a lot to do with the simple fact of ageing. New fashions don’t look right on us, old fashions look dated.
And probably a lot of the things we have in our wardrobes just don’t look good on us anymore.
It’s easy to get into a style rut or haze of not knowing what will look good on you, and ultimately not caring how you look anymore.
But over time this can affect your self-esteem.
There’s no need to spend lots of time or money on looking your best, as long as you spend a little time up front finding basic styles which suit you, and as always creating a working capsule wardrobe.
How to look elegant at home
Of course there’s nothing wrong with a comfy-womfy pair of tracksuit pants and a baggy jumper if you’re having a day of rest and recuperation or feel under the weather.
But if you’re working from home, or have friends visiting then it’s nice to look elegant at home.
But let’s be reasonable about spending too.
There’s no point in buying something straight out of Vogue magazine if you spend your life mostly in the garden and need only a quick change into smart casual for the occasional event.
For me getting dressed nicely after I’ve exercised, done the housework or gardening and then showered is a rite of passage.
How to look good everyday
If you still work then buy decent work clothes which will stand the test of time, but if you don’t go to an office anymore then are you really likely to wear office dresses, pencil skirts and tailored shirts anymore?
So do cull any clothes from your wardrobe that don’t suit your lifestyle anymore.
To look good everyday …
- You need to dress in clothes that make you feel confident as soon as you put them on.
- Only buy clothes that you will WEAR everyday. Don’t buy something that you know you’ll put into your wardrobe and keep for best! Just don’t!
- Buy what makes you feel good about yourself
- Buy what you feel comfortable in.
- Only buy clothes that are perfect for your lifestyle.
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10 great ways to look more stylish after 50
When it comes to looking stylish after 50, there are certain things to consider which do come into play as we age.
Conceal flabby upper arms
If you aren’t going to get to a gym or do the exercises, then consider concealing flabby upper arms with 3/4 length sleeves.
This length sleeve will make your arms look slimmer and longer.
You can also achieve the same effect by rolling shirt sleeves up to your elbows.
Don’t guess colours
Don’t guess. There are so many different shades and hues these days, that if you really want to match something up you’re going to have to have it with you.
Trying to match something up with a new item? Then take that item from your wardrobe to the shops to get the right colour match.
Too many times I’ve bought a top or bottoms or skirt because I loved it – then found out I have nothing to go with it at home, even though I thought I had the exact match!
So don’t go ‘guessing’ colours.
Buy more tailored clothes
As we age many of us will suffer from large tummy syndrome. Blame it on the hormones, or blame it on not enough tummy exercises or just plain too much to eat!
However, hiding our shape with a big kaftan style dress isn’t the way to look stylish after 50.
Of course you can disguise a large tummy – perhaps wear a top with a peplum that skims your stomach, or wear a long style tunic top over skinny pants, but please don’t hide a tummy with a dress that makes you look like you’re pregnant. Loose and boxy is not your look now.
What will work better than anything is to own your tummy and dress it with nicely fitted (not clingy clothes).
Try buying more more tailored clothes and see the difference this can make.
Don’t buy clingy garments, or fabrics which are clingy.
Do pop on an unbottoned blazer over a smart T-shirt – this draws attention away from your tummy area.
Don’t dress in the past
Toss clothes from your hippy dippy days and those Joan Collins, Dallas shoulder padded garments – Nah! Ditch them because they scream the 80s! If you have a dressing up box, then keep them for the grandchildren or a fancy dress party maybe.
Consider your shape
Think about how you can draw attention away from your tummy area. Pretty shoes, or big statement earrings, or short dresses to show off your great legs? Highlight your great body bits – lowlight the bits you don’t like so much.
Let go of memory clothes
As we get older many of our clothes have lovely memories attached to them and we’re reluctant to chuck them out. Do keep some of the best items, but don’t be overly sentimental and keep lots of them in your cupboard just for the look and feel and memory of them. In all likelihhod you won’t wear them again.
Listen to your daughter’s advice
If you don’t have a young daughter, then borrow one. They are a fabulous fashion meter when it comes to what’s hot and what’s not both in the shops and in your wardrobe. Listen to her (within reason of course) because she’s more in touch than you. She’ll most likely tell you what’s unflattering or old fashioned, and you can adapt, buy or repurpose clothes to suit.
Cull your wardrobe
If your wardrobe rails are heaving and buckling under the weight of too many old clothes you’ll probably never wear again then make a pile of clothes to take to the charity shop.
Don’t fool yourself and think “I may wear it again,” or “It’s too good to throw out.” Rather think how lovely it will be for someone to get really good wear out of a quality piece of clothing that’s been sat sitting for a very long time.
Then go out and by one item of clothing that you really really like and flatters you.
Take care of yourself
Looking after yourself and taking care of how you look, goes a long way to maintaining self confidence as you age.
So pamper your body and mind, and lift your spirit.
Take yourself off for a massage, have a bubble bath, put on a face mask at home, and then dress to look classy and elegant. Or put on your glad rags and go out – even if it’s just coffee with a friend.
If you’ve enjoyed this post about how to look effortlessly elegant everyday, you might like to read : The Ultimate Guide to Fifty Plus Womens Fashion and How Many Clothes do I Really Need?
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I doubt I have ever looked classy and elegant. Obviously I need your tips 🙂
I’m sure you have (and do) Jill! xx