Seven Ways To Look Less Frumpy

No woman intentionally sets out to look frumpy. It sneaks up on you until one day you look in the mirror and hate what you see. When life gets challenging, it’s all too easy to put yourself last and let your appearance go. Unfashionable, drab, and frumpy garments can rob you of your confidence and send the signal that you’ve given up on yourself. Today I’m sharing seven things that can make you look frumpy and how to make them more stylish.

Mom Jeans

These go in and out of fashion, but if you own them and are over 50, you should get rid of them. Young, lithe women can pull this look off, but after a certain age, it just makes us look out of touch and unstylish. Instead, opt for a well-fitting straight, modern boot cut, or a skinny jean. Deep wash and white denim look the dressiest. The lighter and more distressed the jean, the more casual. Here are some modern options

Yoga Pants

Snug yoga pants are great for yoga and exercise class but don’t pretend they’re regular stretch pants. They look downright tacky at the airport and aren’t a good look for running around all day. Yes, they’re easy, but if you must wear them, wear an attractive tunic top to cover your backside and add accessories as you would to any other outfit.

The Backpack

These may be a comfortable way to carry things around and keep your hands free, but canvas ones meant for hiking or carrying school books, look frumpy on a grown woman. If you must use one, look for a streamlined shape in leather or solid colored fabric. You could also try a crossbody bag. They give you the same hands-free experience but are less likely to look dowdy.

Heavy Gym Shoes

These are very comfy for our often painful feet, but they’re best reserved for the gym. Athleisure is a popular trend but tricky to get right. Chunky sneakers run the risk of looking frumpy, and they are undoubtedly clumpy. There are many comfort shoe brands available today that make stylish shoes that will accommodate an orthotic and are very comfortable. If your feet simply must have these heavy shoes, try wearing them with a boot cut pant that will cover the top.

Worn Out Bra’s

When they get worn out, they don’t provide any support, so our breasts look saggy and shapeless. Get a proper bra fitting and update your bra, which will make everything you wear look better. Be sure to buy it in your nude, which will be invisible under all your tops.

Frumpy Baggy T-Shirts

These aren’t doing you any favors, especially the ones you picked up on vacation. Baggy, loose-fitting tees and tops make us look bigger than we are and look frumpy. If you love wearing a simple tee, choose one with some shaping that fits to show some of your body. I did not say tight; I said fitted. Unusual necklines and asymmetrical hemlines add sass to an otherwise plain tee and help it look modern.

Outdated Eyeglass Frames

Glasses and lenses are expensive, but if you’re wearing seriously outdated frames, you look outdated, and that’s not good. Frames have come a long way, and stylish ones are available at all price points. Update your frames to ones that flatter your coloring and face shape. Here’s how to choose the best ones for you.


Changing these few simple things will go a long way to increase your confidence, so you look less frumpy.

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Thanks for reading, and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.








  1. Carol Gillespie says:

    Thank you so much for your tips! I am 71 and have been trying to get rid of my grandma prints and stretch pants and update my wardrobe! Your photos and ideas for looking chic and youthful are wonderful! Keep it up!

    1. My pleasure! love my stretch pants but think modern ones look best.

  2. Hi Jennifer,just love to read your posts.I always feel frumpy as I have a large bust.I would love to be smaller in that area.People always tell me I look lovely,my husband tells me everyday.The thing is I do not believe any of them. I have three daughters and seven Granddaughters and we all love fashion so much.I just wish I had more confidence in myself.Your posts are helping me sort my wardrobe out etc.I have recently decided ided to let myself go grey so have had to have a massive sort out of colours.I am enjoying doing this.Keep on with your lovely posts.xx

    1. Kepp at it Glynis. We are always our hardest critics!! So glad you’re here

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