Fashion Tips to Keep you Young at Heart

29 Nov

“I can’t wear that, I’m 40.”  If I had a dime for every time a woman said that I’d be a very rich person.  Society has convinced us that as we age we are limited to what we can and cannot wear with regard to fashion and style. It’s easy to get into the trap of thinking we can only pull off certain styles, regardless of how we look, because of our age.  Below are some frequently asked questions about age and style to help you keep your wardrobe young at heart. 

Question? Should a woman at age 40 be running around in daisy dukes and a half shirt? 

Answer: No, nor should most 20-year-olds for that matter. 

 

Question: Does my age prevent me from wearing certain styles? 

Answer: Well, how do you look when wearing it?  The key here is to focus less on your age and more on how you wear the outfit.  Does it flatter your figure?  Is it appropriate given your setting? These are the questions you should ask yourself when selecting clothing. 

 

Question: What clothing trends can I follow that will make me feel young despite my age?

Answer: Fedoras, feathers, and ribbons in your hair.

1) Fedoras:  True, nothing screams style confidence like a cute hat.  Stop saying you don’t look good in them.  Chances are you are just not used to wearing one. 

2) Feathers: They are all the rage right now and they are very versatile.  You can wear them in your hair, as part of a necklace, attached to a scarf, or even as earrings.  Choose muted colors rather than bright colors to ensure you make a statement without overdoing it. 

3) Flowers or ribbons in your hair: Every once in a while I tie my hair up in a ribbon.  It’s classy, cute, and pushes the age boundary.  I love it!

 

Question: What’s the biggest mistake women over 30 make when shopping?

Answer: Hands-down it’s the idea that at age 30 you should stop shopping at “the teen stores” and stick to Banana Republic.  Don ‘t get me wrong, I like Banana Republic and own a few things from there. However, diversity in your wardrobe is key.  Often times, stores for younger shoppers offer fun accessories and mix and match items anyone can wear.  Best of all, the items are reasonably priced!

 

Question: I’m out of touch with younger styles.  How do I figure out the current fashion trends?

Answer: Go to the mall, spot some shoppers at least ten years younger than you, and watch the stores they visit.  Check out the Juniors section in any major department store.  Subscribe to blogs about fashion and read articles.  Pick up the magazine, Seventeen, just for fun and flip through the pages.  Just as you can adapt different runway styles for real-life, you can adapt teen styles to fit your age and personality. 

Fashion is about expressing yourself.  What do you want to express?  For me, it’s that I feel young at heart.  I’m fun, I like trends, and I like to push the boundaries a little.  I’m a mom but that doesn’t mean I need to run around in baggy, high-rise jeans and a t-shirt.  Don’t listen to the voice in your head that says you are too old. Put a feather in your hair and I’ll guarantee you one thing, you’ll get noticed.  Wear a fedora and someone will comment on how cute you look. Paint your nails with something that sparkles, and if you’re really daring, you might even consider my next young-at-heart purchase… leg warmers.   Take a fashion risk.  I dare you.

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One Response to “Fashion Tips to Keep you Young at Heart”

  1. iamnotasupermodel November 29, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    My grandma who is way past 40 years old – loves dressing up in unique clothing. I love it when an older woman has the confidence to rock a younger fashionable look with a mature twist.

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