If you’re like me, you love to read the “how-to” articles on personal style and fashion. Some give you quick satisfaction like fast food and are like an easy cheat sheet for getting dressed using new ideas. Today I’m updating this popular post sharing five things to wear over 50 that I’m embracing, and you may too.
Texture and Pattern
Embrace texture and pattern. Wrinkles and sun damage may be hard-earned badges of midlife but you may not want to accentuate them. I don’t! Wearing texture and patterned fabric will reduce the appearance of lines on your face, unlike shiny ones that enhance them. Texture can be anything from fuzzy knits to sweaters with cables. Look for nubby weaves over smooth fabric. Opt for a suede jacket over a leather one or a subtly patterned blouse over a satin one.
Black is always chic and easy to build a wardrobe around, but after 50, it can leach the life out of your complexion. Our natural coloring softens as we age so the stark contrast that black creates can easily wash you out. That adds years to your look and can make you look tired. Try navy, deep gray, chocolate-brown, or olive as an alternative to black, and don’t forget the lighter neutrals too.
Related – Is Navy The New Black?
By this time
most many of us have developed foot problems. Years of abuse from wearing high heels, ill-fitting shoes, injuries, and weight changes can cause bunions, hammertoes, arthritis, or simply painful feet. Now’s the time to invest in comfy shoes. I used to think comfortable was synonymous with ugly but no more! Shoe companies have finally caught on and are designing fashionable shoes that offer extra cushioning and support. Look for wider toe boxes, cushioned soles and insoles, and shoes with arch support. Some of my favorite brands are Gentle Souls, Ecco, Eileen Fisher, Clarks, Naot, Arcopedico, L’Amour Des Pieds, Vionic, and on and on.
There is no consensus but plenty of opinions and many women believe they should lighten up their makeup as they age. That may work for some but our natural coloring fades as we age and the boost you can get from makeup is nothing short of fun. I stopped wearing foundation because it settled into my lines which enhanced them, not my goal. My eye makeup has gotten deeper and my lipstick stronger. I am not as theatrical as some or as light-handed as others but don’t let wearing makeup in midlife intimidate you. This stuff washes off and can brighten your look. Opt for bright rather than dark lipstick and matte rather than shiny eyeshadow.
A Touch of Trend
Classic fashion pieces are the backbone of many successful wardrobes but I find that adding a small touch of trend keeps us looking modern. They’re an inexpensive and relatively simple way to freshen our looks each season.
Here are six additional things I’ve added over 60.
Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident and fabulous!