A quality handbag in proportion to your body. I’m not saying designer/logo and I’m not saying expensive…I’m saying quality. What is a quality handbag? It has even stitching and there are no hanging threads. The seams lay flat with no puckers. The zipper works well and the hardware matches. Knock off designer bags scream insecurity, so choose well.
A flattering haircut is a necessity over 50. Your hair texture and face shape changes as you age so your hairstyle needs to also. A flattering hairstyle needs to have movement. Helmet hair is fatal to looking stylish. Whether you choose to cover your gray or not is a personal choice and there is no wrong answer. Just be aware that if your hair and skin are the same tones, you may look washed out and need to intensify your make up.
Comfortable, quality flat shoes that can be worn all day. High heels are great for special occasions, but for everyday running around, nothing beats a classy pair of flats. Ballet, loafer, flat boots, brogues or driving moccasins…this is where comfort and style collide for the woman over 50. Support is important so if your shoe of choice doesn’t have built-in support, add an insert that does.
Few women wear dresses all the time so a flattering pair of pants with a modern silhouette is essential. They could be in classic black, chocolate, charcoal or navy, and are a basic building block that allows you to feel chic when you put them on. They’re tailored to fit your body perfectly, (yes women pay for alterations too) and are in a quality fabric. If you’re always in casual clothes, these pants could be in a Chino, cotton, twill or a dark jean. If your lifestyle calls for a more dressed up feel, wool or silk gabardine works well.
A coat you love. If you live in a mild climate as I do, it could simply be a trench coat and it needn’t be stuffy. Mine happens to be black with a zip out lining, but I’ve also added a pale green one with gathered sides and buttons up the outside of the sleeves. If you live in a 4 season climate, a quality wool coat plus a warmer weather alternative like suede is a nice choice.
Lovely Robe and Slippers
A lovely robe and slippers. These may only be seen by you but is important for how they make you feel. A ratty robe and scuffed slippers don’t make anyone feel stylish and you deserve better. I’m not saying marabou slippers… but if that’s your thing, go for it. This is to make you feel stylish. If others happen to see you in them, all the better.
If you wear a watch it should reflect your personality and style. I’ve seen $5,000 watches that are glitz over style and look trashy. I’ve also seen Timex watches that have a timeless look that speaks quality. If your taste runs to a more modern aesthetic there are watches at reasonable prices that have clean lines and work well.
Little Black Dress
A classic always appropriate dress which can also be in chocolate, charcoal, navy or any neutral. The idea is to have a reliable, well-tailored dress that you can put on with confidence, knowing it fits your body (alterations key), flatters your coloring and can be dressed up or down. Mine happens to be black, surprise! I’ve worn it to a formal affair with a silk scarf and glittery jewelry as well as the local farmers market on a Saturday morning with flip-flops and a big straw hat.
Properly Fitted Bra
We’ve all heard the statistics of how many women are wearing the wrong size bra, and it’s true. Your bra size changes as you age. You may need a little more support now so get professionally fitted regularly and always when your weight changes. The right size bra can take pounds off your silhouette and be much more comfortable.
Flattering Lipstick Shade
Dry-looking lips are aging but high-gloss goopy looking shine wicks up the lines around your mouth. Aim for gleam in a color that flatters your complexion. Opt for brighter rather than deeper shades which make your lips appear thinner than they are. Know that lipstick draws attention to your teeth so aim for paler colors if they’re not your best feature.
Modern Eye Wear
If you wear glasses every day, it’s the first thing people notice about you. Outdated styles and unflattering shapes can add years to your look and reduce your style quotient faster than anything. Sunglasses also make a huge impact, so a modern shape that flatters your bone structure helps you feel like a million bucks the moment you put them on.
What would you add to this list?
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