I certainly encourage women of all ages to dress in a way that makes them feel good about themselves but at the same time they need to be mindful of dressing in a way that is age appropriate.
Turning 40 sometimes brings changes in body shape and appearance which can make shopping for new seasons fashions quite challenging.
You might feel you don’t want to start shopping in stores for older ladies but some styles that seem youthful or on-trend can accentuate your age.
I encourage everyone to embrace their age and style especially as 40 is now the new 30. Ha ha!
So here are my tips. Of course, being a Sandal designer, I’m starting from the bottom up.
The Right Footwear
Old shoes that are worn and daggy will only make you look worn out and daggy as well. So, make sure you always wear well maintained good quality shoes. Sky high heels can also look ridiculous on older women.
Do go to the extra effort though of investing in the right shoes for your outfit. I believe my Sandals with the 2cm heel are very age appropriate and can enhance a plain dress or complete your look for a special occasion. You’ll also stay super comfortable all-day long because they are made with beautiful premium leather.
A short dress might look great on a good pair of young legs but certainly after 50 I recommend you re-evaluate your hemline. Nowadays I tend to opt for dresses that sit either at the top of my knees, just below my knees, or I go for dresses that finish below my calf. Thanks to the likes of Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle, longer hemlines are certainly a more elegant and sophisticated way to dress.
Jewellery, like make-up is supposed to enhance your overall look not detract from it. Remember less-is-more and keep it reasonably subtle. For example, a big chunky eye-catching necklace might only attract attention to an aged or sun damaged decolletage. Certainly, wear jewellery to complete your look but keep it elegant and not over-done.
If you want to enhance your facial features and reduce the signs of aging then minimal make-up is best. Too much make-up can make wrinkles and pores seem more prominent. Light foundation and lipstick only a few shades different to your natural lip colour makes for a more youthful appearance. Also, go easy on eye shadow and especially eye liner.
Your Hair Colour
If you’re not ready to give in to grey, then the right hair colour can look fresh, healthy and youthful. Wild, unnatural colours will only age you. Seriously, green or purple hair will not be flattering on mature aged skin.
A tasteful neckline is fine but a neckline that exposes your cleavage is not going to be flattering. Be mindful of how deep your V-neck top or dress is.
Decades old fashion can appear frumpy and it only says you are not keeping up with the times, hence it ages you. Some women can be stuck in a clothing time warp but remember fashion moves on and so should you. Pieces like classic, high quality blazers are timeless but that 10-year-old spotted shirt or Hawaiian print in your wardrobe probably looks way out-of-date. Yeew!
So, fashion should always be fun and make you feel good about yourself. If you don’t feel comfortable in a certain outfit then don’t wear it. Also, remember to move on with your fashion. Don’t become stuck in a fashion time warp, a make-up time warp or a jewellery time-warp either.
Lots of love,