I’ve been busily creating an online course for women over 50, Inspire Your Life, and that process has required a LOT of research, including fashion for women over 50.
That has led me to ponder the phrase, Fashion over 50, itself. What is that? So, in the way that I typically do, I researched the phrase ‘Fashion Over 50’ to see what some of the top results were.
This is a sampling of what I found:
- How to stay fashionable after 50
- Must-have wardrobe pieces for women over 50
- How to be fabulous at 50
- Style guide and wardrobe tips for women over 50
- First date fashion over 50
- Best tips to look young over 50
Now, there is nothing wrong, in my opinion, with any of these statements. We all want to dress with confidence and know how to look good at 50 plus. If that is what you’re searching for, there are plenty of answers for you, girl.
So what’s my problem?The fact that we search for suggestions with regard to how we should dress after a certain age is common, and I’m up for checking out some tips, advice and a how-to here and there.
But for me, there is not a set of rules that we must follow in order to fit that ‘over 50’ fashion definition or view of acceptability.
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Tip #1: There are no black and white rules for what we should or should not wear as we age.
Over 50, over 60 and beyond, there are no absolutes.
Having said that, we might create some absolutes for ourselves, because WE decided to draw the line, not because a blogger or fashion editor said we should.
I know, for example, that I will not wear crop tops anymore, and tank tops, even though I love the comfort and have worn them for years, are probably heading to the ‘no’ list, at least for public viewing. 🙂
Even though I’m in pretty good shape and am not overweight, I am not comfortable showing certain parts of my body to the world anymore. But that is my decision, not because I read somewhere that women over 50 shouldn’t wear tank tops.
Tip #2: Our selection of clothes and accessories should reflect who we are on the inside and be an authentic expression of that.
If your personality and expression is bold and dramatic, and you can comfortably wear hot pink high heels with your skinny jeans, go for it! Dress with confidence!
My authentic style expression is pretty much what you see in the photo above. A bit understated, nothing real flashy, always comfortable, and with my own style expression. That’s me.
Tip #3: The level of confidence we possess will play a part in how we dress.
By the time we reach our 50’s, we should be totally in sync with who we are, inside and out, right? Well…for some, yes.
But for many women in midlife, there are still uncertainties and lack of confidence in many areas, with fashion being one of them.
Am I wearing the ‘right’ outfit for this function? Will the girls on the golf league think I look okay? Am I overdressed? Under dressed? Does my (fill in blank) look too large? small? Will this outfit make me look old??
We still tend to worry too much about what others think of us, and that, my friends, comes down to confidence in ourselves and our decisions, whether it’s fashion related or not.
Remember this. You are awesome, just as you are, today.
This doesn’t mean we are not motivated to become healthier or take care of our bodies. But it does mean that we confident of who we are now, we know how to look good at 50 plus, and that is reflected in how we dress.
Here are several posts I wrote that have been helpful to many women in defining their personal style over 50 as well as gaining confidence in selecting their wardrobe pieces:
- Define Your Personal Style
- How to Dress for Your Body Shape
- How to Love Your Own Body, even when you don’t like it
- How Not to Look Frumpy After 50
Tip #4: Common sense is always a factor.
As with other areas of our lives, our fashion decisions should include the ‘common sense’ test. It may not be done consciously, but we all have our limits as to what we feel is right for us.
I can’t tell you what those limits are for you. But I know what they are for me. And if I’m not sure if a fashion choice is best for me…if I hesitate…ponder it…wonder if it is the outfit I want to show the world…then that is the answer. Don’t do it.
I will give this piece of fashion wisdom to you though, my friends. Invest in a hand mirror and always, always check the rear view before leaving home. Start with the hair and work your way down to the feet. Trust me. You want to do this.
Tip #5: We should do what makes us happy, and fashion decisions are no exception.
Trends in fashion are fun to check out, and some of us are really into it, like you fashionista girls. I think that’s awesome.
I’m not into fashion so much, though, so my idea of knowing what’s in style is to take a quick tour of the ladies clothing section at my department store of choice. But I’m perfectly happy doing that. I don’t really pay much attention to fashion for myself.
So, Fashion Over 50? What it means to me is making fashion decisions that make me happy, dress with confidence, and express who I am authentically as a woman and a person. How about you?
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