It’s an often-repeated and common belief that we’re either born with great style or we’re not. That’s like thinking you’re either born with good manners or you’re not, which we all know is nonsense. I’m updating this post from last year with some new thoughts on how to develop your personal style over 50.
Style is a skill we can learn and like anything else, the more we practice, the more confident we become. If you’re lucky enough to be exposed to style and stylish people early on, your sartorial choices may feel easier. But what if you’re not? How do you develop your personal style and is it too late to develop it after 50?
By the time we’re over 50, 60, 70, we’ve done a lot of living and want our personal style to reflect our confidence. Our clothes need to tell the world who we are now and allow us to step out in confidence.
Fashion advice for older women is everywhere but not all of it is relevant so here are a few ideas that may help you nail your personal style in midlife.
“If a woman has a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear, she doesn’t know herself very well.” – Bill Blass
- Everything starts with self-knowledge. Who are you now and how do you want to been seen?
- What’s your lifestyle? There’s no point in building a wardrobe for a sophisticated urbanite if you live in a rural area and need clothes for your casual activities.
- Your wardrobe needs to be functional for your climate. If you live in Florida year-round, you don’t want a wardrobe of suede boots and faux fur jackets for winter.
- Understand your body shape and dress to accentuate your best features and downplay the ones you’re not crazy about.
- Buy what you love, and wear what fits your current shape. Wearing clothes that are too loose or too tight doesn’t give your body the respect it deserves.
Pay attention to the women around you. Are there certain looks you gravitate to over and over? Be aware of the colors you’re attracted to and the shapes you like.
Start a Pinterest board and save images that appeal to you. After you have a large collection, go back through them and look for similarities. Are the colors similar? Do most of them have classic elements or are they more creative? Are the details feminine or dramatic? This helps train your eye to see what aspects of an outfit you admire.
We’ve all been there and no one wants to look like they’ve gotten stuck in a time warp. If you’ve always loved classic style be sure to keep it fresh and modern by styling pieces in new ways. Pop your collar. Half tuck your shirt. Stay abreast of trends but don’t be a slave to them or you risk looking tragic.
Try new combinations and see what feels right. Take selfies in the mirror because they give you a totally different perspective on how things look on you. Do you recognize that woman in the mirror? Does she look the way you want to look? There are no wrong answers with fashion so don’t let fear stop you from trying.
Personal Style is all about taking fashion and making it your own with personal touches only you can add. Be inspired by another womens style but give it your own twist to make it personal. Accessories are the game-changer here and will give your outfits personality. Collect ones that spark joy, then mix and match them to create your signature look.
And finally, know that great style can be found at every price point, so don’t feel limited by your budget.
How would you define your personal style?