“Is this too young for me?” It’s the age (old) question. You’re standing alone in the dressing room. You love what you have on. It fits you perfectly, you love the style, color, and print, you would have grabbed it fifteen years ago. Nobody wants to leave a great piece on the showroom floor, but nobody over 40 wants to look like a twenty-five-year-old who can’t come to grips with reality. So back to the question, ” Is it too young for me?” Well, we can’t really be there in the dressing room with you, but we can give you a few helpful guidelines for determining the answer.
Just because you are a bit more mature doesn’t mean you have to consign yourself to a life of navy mid heel pumps and comfy trainers. As long as you’re not back to your days of combat boots or Mary Janes there are plenty of fun, colorful and sophisticated shoe options. Try something with a little pop of color to brighten up an outfit, like a funky espadrille.
You may not be too old for blond, but you are definitely too old for damage. Make sure to keep hair well conditioned, but stay away from the bob, which may be a little too matronly at this stage. You may also want to ditch the highlights. Neutral blond and monotone are probably a little more suitable.
Sunglasses always rock, but stay away from the new wave styles. It’s all about glamor and less about edge. Go for a sophisticated look, and stay away from anything too masculine and boxy.
Nothing gives age away quicker that an overly textured complexion. Keep the makeup, but be sure to go light on the foundation.
While there is a certain truth to the adage about black being draining on older skin, there are exceptions. While matte black can cause the skin to look rather dull, a lush black can be quite complimentary, so long as you accessorize properly. Think red lipstick and lots of bling.
Youngish Styles You Can Still Rock
You’re never too old for denim, but keep it classy and classic. Ripped and worn pairs will wear quickly, and you’ll probably want to avoid the ‘whisker lines’ across the thighs meant to contour. Stick to dark wash for your skinny jeans and aim for a mid or high rise, rather than low.
Clogs are ageless. Wear these with jeans, skirts and even pantsuits.
Short Puffed Sleeves
Short puffed sleeves may seem too girlish an option, but they can be quite flattering for the older arm and give a stylish flair to the right outfit.
Wearing Bikini Tops Under Clothes
Nothing indecent about this. Bikinis under tops will give off a vibe of freedom and carelessness if paired with classic pieces.
Espadrilles and Flip-Flops
See above, but may want to keep your pedicure appointment.
Are you over 40? What styles are you still rocking? What styles have you passed off to the millennials? Let us know!