Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday Tips!! Fashion Tips Over 40!!

One of the most challenging fashion aspects for women over 40 is how to dress for the changes that are occurring.  Our bodies are in transition. Our lifestyles are changing. We may be becoming empty nesters, divorcing, starting new jobs.  As your body is changing, so must your clothes.  You have to learn how to flatter your body without doing a style overhaul.  And even if you are in the best shape of your life your body is physiologically changing, from thinning hair to ruddier, duller skin.

The key to dealing with the changes and being your best is to refresh your look.  Shoes and bags are the quickest way to update your look.  Women over 40 need to learn how to adapt trends that will work for them.  Most of all you need learn to not hang onto what worked before and undergo a  "style evolution" and learn to dress for your new assets.

Fashion and Beauty Fixes
Gravity takes its toll on women of a certain age, but fashion tricks can camouflage most of these problems:
  • Wrinkled neck - Stand-up or turn-up collars are a great way to cover that area and bring focus to the face.
  • Thick in the middle - Add jackets and pieces that will give you shape.
  • Thinner hair- Your hair has to suit you. Get a fresh cut. Shorter hair gives more of a lift and the variety of new products can improve your hairstyle.
  • Focus on shoulders and legs - They are the slowest to age.  That doesn't mean wearing miniskirts, but you can bring attention to legs with a knee-length skirt and sexy shoes.
  • Change in coloring - Lighten up!   One tip is to always wear a bit of white close to the face. Soft colors -- pale pink, white, beige, ice blue -- bring light to the face.
Get Started Looking Your Best
  1. Look at mature television and movie actresses you admire and emulate their look.
  2. Don't be afraid to experiment. By the time you are 50 you have some sense of what your style is. You probably have the basics down and now it's time to add pizazz like adding bold glasses or wearing a collar turned up.
  3. Recycle pieces from your closet (with caution).  Some trends can come back and you can revisit them with a twist.
  4. Dated Sunglasses?  Get rid of them!  Big is in, so you should have some that are large with wide sides. 
  5.  Get a new purse!  We are seeing a lot of women over 40 out there with very dated looking purses. Ladies, wake up and get a fun new bag!  Oversized is in and will perk up your outfit and hip factor instantly! 
  6. Make up!  Too little...too much...just right?  The bad: Too much eye-liner, frosted lipstick, blue eyeshadow. Too Little: Not wearing makeup is just as bad as too much. At least, please use under-eye concealer, a natural lipstick and  draw in your eyebrows. Just right: You should be natural looking but still wearing make-up.  That means blush, lipstick, mascara, eyebrows, etc….  Yes it’s work, but its worth it! 
  7. Speaking of mascara...do NOT wear mascara on your bottom lashes!!  It highlights crow's-feet. And dark circles. And it just generally looks bad. Coat your top lashes with the blackest black  mascara you can find—"it will make the whites of your eyes look clearer and whiter.  Don't   forget your curler!!  Curling your lashes is the easiest thing you can do to make your eyes look  bigger—and therefore younger!!        
  8. Skip the jean skirt!  Do you still have a jean skirt from years ago? Are you still wearing it? Toss it and get a great pair of dark jeans instead. 
  9. Get some chunky necklaces!   This is the year of the chunky and large necklace.  Keep your tiny one in your jewelry box for now.     
  10. Boring coat?  If your outer coat is boring, you’re missing some fun. Your outer coat is where you should show your personality. If you find one you like, buy it and then enjoy all the compliments that will come your way!


  1. Great tips~!.. I am forever tossing stuff I haven't worn for a year out! even shoes...

  2. Thanks for the tips. I have a wedding to go to Friday night and have been DREADING it because I just don't feel comfortable with my body anymore. Your tips will help me adjust my look (and my attitude) and enjoy the night out with my husband. Thanks Java. :-)

  3. I have begun to see myself as a work in progress. You have many good tips here, but as much as I like your posts and think you are a lovely woman, I will retain all of my jeans. They are family and it would induce severe psychological trauma to part with any of my sweet blue,stonewashed, black, or tan jeans. Besides, we farm. I need to keep up that E-I-E-I-O image!
    Take care! Patrice

  4. my weakness? purses and shoes... I totally agree with you that a nice trendy purse can uplift any outfit (and by any I mean it with caution of course). Thanks a lot for the makeup tips - less is more but nothing is BAD!

  5. @ Patrice...I didn't say to get rid of your jeans! I said jean skirts! I would be lost without my jeans too!

  6. Great tips! I just bought some new shoes this weekend that are trendy. Now I have to dig through the closet to see what I can wear with them. They were just so cute and oddly enough comfortable too.
    Carol-the gardener

  7. thanks for the tips. i'm staying on a diet and want to update my style. your tips should help. thanks rose

  8. Great tips Java!
    Here are one or two that have helped me.
    My face is a little rounder than I would like for it to be due to the extra pounds. I have found that wearing a long pendant necklace, a scarf tied into a low knot, or a jacket or sweater button or zipped, all give that v-neck look. Oh and of course a v-neck would as well! These give the appearance of lenghtening the neck and slimming the face.
    As far as the jackets, sweaters or even a vest goes, if you can zip it or button it, fitting into your 'waist' under your girls, this for many women is the thinnest part of us. Closing our jackets will accent that part.
    My hips tend to be the biggest so I try to draw attention upward. I don't often wear white or light colored bottoms, as mid to darker colors on bottom are slimming as well.
    Will be putting some of these to test this week at Type-A Mom Blogging conference!

  9. Great ideas, Java! We older gals can always use some fashion help, without consulting our teenagers!

  10. Good tips! Having a sense of style makes you look younger! NO BLUE EYE SHADOW. I AGREE! As our upper eye lid begins to fall... mine has... wear a dark eye shadow to make that eye lid look open. Makes you look younger! I have to wear eyeliner or I look SOOOOOOOOOO TIRED. I put it on thin. I lightened my hair! I went from brunette to blonde and I look ten years younger. The dark hair made my wrinkles show more. My husband totally agrees. Light clothes reflect light back up to your face. That is a good thing! Thanks for the tips! Nancy from OHIO

  11. Hey, I am from India. I love to dress up well, keeping in mind my age(51), and I don't shun blue eye shadow as they look great on me, in fact a lot of colors suit me, and I love experimenting with them. Maybe because my skin color is wheatish.
    The best compliments I get is : you don't look old, and I never get tired of listening to this complement.
    I work hard , i am always active in both mind and body.
    Finally it is all in our mind, we can look as young as we want to it is all up to us.
    Nice blog, I loved it.

  12. Great points - adding accessories to update a look! I love Helen Mirren and how at 60+, she's so beautiful and comfortable in her skin! I'd add that the most important beauty tip on earth is SPF 15 OR HIGHER! If you want beautiful skin later in life, protect it from excessive sun. Mama warned me in my 20's - said if women aren't careful they'll look like alligator luggage from their 30's onward!

  13. I went out and bought myself the classic black, wool pea coat! You can dress this up ANYWAY you want with all the new colorful scarfs they have out or add a pin to the lapel for a classy look.

    I just splurged on a Vera Bradley handbag, that was on sale no less, today. It'll go SO well with the coat!

  14. You say big sun glasses are in. Does that go for regular glasses too?

  15. really good stuff, thanks for your ideas.

  16. I really enjoyed reading these tips. I love shoes and bags and hope that I pick the right ones to update my look and I never leave the house without lipgloss and mascara!!

  17. Thank you for this post. I have always had fine hair but I've noticed that it is becoming much thinner over the last couple of years and it falls out so much easier.I did cut it shorter and it seems to help a little. Is there anything I can take such as a vitamin or supplement to help combat this?


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