I believe personal style after 50 comes in all shapes, sizes and colourways. Personal style is all about finding what suits you best and what you’re most comfortable wearing, for the life you live and then adding some distinctive accoutrements.
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Your Own Style Defined
You might find that you prefer a more classic style or perhaps there’s a flower-power hippy bird in you. Maybe you look great in country casuals or perhaps you love formal, tailored wear. Perhaps, and here’s the thing, you can pull off a multitude of styles to suit different occasions!
Your personal style after 50 will probably say a lot about you, and your lifestyle. And that’s okay!
However, if any kind of personal style after 50 eludes you, and you feel as if your wardrobe is a mish-mash of a whole lot of clothes which really don’t go together and which ultimately say nothing about you as a person, then read on.
What is Personal Style After 50?
Some people think that personal style is only for the extremely fashion conscious. But I think that’s a mistake.
Personal style after 50 isn’t just about what you wear, or how much you spend on clothes, or the latest trends, but it’s about who you are, the way you live, the influences your daily life has upon the way you dress, and the way you actually put a look together.
Perhaps during the day you’ve become accustomed to wearing jogging pants and trainers, but when you go out you dress-up and in fact really do play dress-up, layering items for effect or adding statement jewellery pieces and look-at-me shoes.
Other women might stick to an everyday style type of uniform at work or home, perhaps capri pants and a floaty top, or jeans and a white shirt, and both these ways of dressing will identify your own personal style, as they are dress modes you’ll seek out more often than not without really realising!
Wear clothes that make you feel GREAT!
Every day you’ll wake up, head to your wardrobe and pull out clothes that you feel comfortable in but which are going to identify you.
Life is short. The good clothes you keep for best in the dark recesses of your closet should be worn and not saved for special occasions.
So I say, pull out of your wardrobe clothes that make you feel great, and which add a dollop of style to your day, everyday.
Personal style after 50 is up to you – have fun with the way you dress!
“But what if I just don’t know what to wear anymore?”
I can hear some of you asking this, and that’s okay, we all get stuck in style ruts. Read on for easy peasy tips to get you going …
How do I dress with style?
If you’re looking to add a little more sass to your own personal style then the first thing to do is to gather data.
What are the clothes you feel most comfortable in and what looks good on you?
Then find a way of adding to that look – start flicking through fashion spreads in magazines for ideas, as well as online fashion blogs and movies and the way your friends dress. Find out what you could add to your everyday look to add a touch more va-va voom.
The above places are all sources of inspiration, but you will find more. Pay attention. Take ideas from the world at large, and yes, plagiarise but adapt those looks to suit you.
15 ways to ensure a Personal Style
1.Generally speaking less is always more. Keeping an outfit simple without too many accessories, embellishments or colours always looks stylish.
2. Be true to your personality. You might have some super cool, super edgy or super trendy friends who seem to pull off the latest expensive fashion with consummate ease, but this may not be you. If you find something in a charity shop which you like, which fits you and suits you, then go for it! Personal style is often about finding quirky, unusual or vintage garments and making a statement.
3. If you like drawing attention to yourself then dress up – whatever the occasion. There is, in my books, no such thing as overdressed. However, if you don’t want to be the centre of attention then dress down, but in an elegant way. Wear dungarees if you like them, but add a crisp white T-shirt and white sneakers for a definite style statement.
4. A silk blouse in a solid colour (white, ivory or navy always work well) worn with the sleeves rolled up a little. Pair the blouse with bootcut pants or smart jeans for a look that’s always on trend.
5. You can never go wrong with white, bright sneakers – or consider sneakers in the new colours of rose gold, salmon or nude.
6. Black ponte pants are a super base for a layered look. Always buy the best ponte pants you can afford because the fabric and the fit are important. Preferably they should have good tummy control and a thick waistband that doesn’t dig into you. Never wear ponte pants with a tight top unless you have a great bum and washboard tum. I say leave it to the 20 somethings!
7. Wear ponte pants with low heeled ankle boots in the same colour to elongate your legs and add a longer top to cover your tum and bum.
Check out this post for more ideas about how to wear Ponte Pants : How to Wear Ponte Pants and Look a Million Dollars
Personal Style Tip: Buy leggings, slim cut jeans or ponte pants that finish just above your ankle bone and avoid a clumsy ruched effect around your ankles. You might also like to read 15 Tips for Personal Style After 50.
8. Outerwear is best kept simple and a block colour always works well. There’s nothing more classic than a camel coat. My favourite coat of the moment is a black and white monochrome, three quarter length, lined jacket from Millers.
9. A blazer – while a longer line blazer is a great way to cover your curves, one that nips in at the waist and sits on your hips can look super too. Keep the blazeer in a neutral colour and throw it over a crisp white or black T-shirt and jeans or bootleg pants.
10. Yes you can wear a floaty summer dress with ankle boots. Add a bit of rock ‘n roll chic and shrug on a leather biker-type jacket, that just sits on the hips.
11. Ankle straps don’t always shorten the look of your legs. Always choose a thin ankle strap and if it’s in a colour that’s close to your skin tone so much the better. Nude/beige works well with anything. However, black can look great with darker colours, especially if the hemline falls below your knees.
12. Don’t believe the myth that horizontal stripes make you appear wider. I have numerous Breton tops in my wardrobe, and love a crisp navy and white or red and white. What is important is the cut of the top. Go for a thin fabric that sits well, rather than a thick fabric.
13. Black makes you look slimmer – sometimes. It can also make you look washed out. Black all over can look funereal, so add some colour or flash a bit of flesh to prevent the look being too grunge.
14. Add some hats to your arsenal. A Panama hat always makes a statement.
15. Don’t be afraid of colour – especially block colours. Royalty knows the power of solid colour and its standout capacities, and so should you. Why not also add a snood in a contrasting colour for cooler days?
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Thanks to Vivid International for some of the gifted garments in this post. Also FRANKiE4 Footwear for the sneakers and ankle boots. This post contains affiliate links from which I stand to earn a small commission (if you buy from them) at no cost to you. Lifestyle Fifty Website is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.