If you think aging is equivalent to foregoing fashion, think again. Our modern world has thrown the rules of aging out the window and embraced the motto that you are only as old as you feel. You don’t have to lose your personal sense of style just because you are getting older. Below, find our tips on looking youthful through fashion without losing your style.
Find Your Fit
One of the most important rules for dressing at any age is to dress yourself based on your specific body type, but this gets increasingly important as you age. Stylist and television personality Stacy London says, “the biggest mistake women make is wearing clothes that don’t fit the body they have right now. You have to do that in order to figure out what looks good on you.” From classic style icons like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn to modern fashion inspirations like Kate Middleton and Lauren Conrad, you will find that the number one thing that dictates their wardrobe is fit. Not only does dressing for your body increase your style factor, it can also make a huge difference in your confidence when you don’t have to constantly tug or pull at your clothes and as Stacy London advises, “…confidence is the best accessory. It can make or break an outfit.”
Have a Signature Item
Your signature item, whether it is a piece of actual clothing or an accessory, is all about you and what you want to convey about your style. Your signature item can help you experiment with trends and different fashions while still maintaining your own sense of style. It can be daunting to narrow down your personal style philosophy to just one piece of clothing, a single accessory or a signature look, but doing so allows you to be creative and play with trends, even some younger looking ones, while still retaining a piece that says your style is your own. Also, don’t think you have to have one single accessory or shirt for the rest of your life that is your signature, you can mix it up whenever you feel like it.
It’s All in The Details
When it comes to changing or evolving your style, many believe that the only way to do so is with a massive wardrobe overhaul. There are some major impracticalities to approaching change this way; first, you often end up overwhelmed at the magnitude of work that is cleaning out/replacing your closet and it’s not a financially sound move. You can easily keep your favorite pieces, no matter how old you get, by making some minor tweaks in how you wear them. For instance, cuffed pants, rolled sleeves on your favorite white blouse or merely tucking in your shirt can have a massive impact on your overall look. Aging does not mean that you have to get rid of every item of clothing in favor of something more “age appropriate,” it simply means that now is a good time to be creative with your favorite pieces.
By no means does aging mean you have to sacrifice style and there are no set rules as to what “older” women should wear anymore. If you focus on cultivating your personal style by using a signature item, remembering to pay attention to the details and above all else, to wear clothes that fit properly, you can wear what you want when you want.