what to wear: best choices for women of a certain age
A Reader Asks
How do I choose classic-styled clothes suitable for a woman of a certain age and not give the wrong appearance? I would like to look fresh in style but not flaunting it like a 20 year old. And be affordable too. Most of what I see in stores screams too young or are very dowdy looking.
I can honestly say that you are not the first person to bring this to my attention. How do you purchase clothes that are age appropriate, stylish, yet casual? First of all I want to congratulate you on recognizing that there is a difference between a 20 year old wearing it and a 40 year old. Not to say that you can’t look fabulous at 40 - but let’s be honest, there is no fashion tragedy worse than someone trying to dress like a 20 year old (who is no longer 20!)
The good news is settling into 40 brings a confidence about you. You know who you are, you know your assets, and most of all you know what you like and what you don’t like.
So HOW does this translate when wandering through the department store where all you see are bright colored skinny jeans that make you cringe?!
Go back to what you know! Which is YOU! Don’t compromise who you are for a trend! Stick with the basics. If you are a woman who likes classic, traditional pieces, start there. Then take the trend and make it yours. What does that mean? Right now, everywhere you look there is color. Would I suggest you go out a purchase a bright tangerine blazer? No. What I would suggest is incorporating those bold colors into your wardrobe by accessorizing with them – try a fun scarf, an earring, or even a fun belt.
I have chosen an outfit that consists of classics: a blazer, a neutral shell, and a pair of dark denim jeans. Once you have the basics think of layering – what can I add next? I chose this animal print scarf because its sophisticated (yet playful) with a pop of orange. I also added a complimentary sage green ring (or two if you’d like) paired with an ombre’ flat. If you are wanting to add a little bit more color, you can always switch this Michael Kors tote to a different color such as pink, purple or aqua – remember, color blocking is huge right now so take advantage of this fun and wearable trend.