This post is written by guest author, Helen Bradford. More information on Helen can be found at the end of the post.
Long gone are the days when women over 50 were expected to wear ugly jumpers and shape-concealing robes. Today, women of every age want to feel attractive and free of restraints that were forced upon them by society’s expectations. Being an attractive woman doesn’t imply being young – it means being elegant, confident, radiant and, most importantly, being comfortable in your own skin.
Luckily, fashion these days is starting to address women in their 50s – designers realized that these women still enjoy dressing up and they are not afraid to show their figure. They do not want to wear the same clothes as when they were in their 20s or 30s but they sure want to express their own style and personality through fashion. What’s more, they are financially stable, aware of their strengths and weaknesses, they know their place in the world and they want to enjoy it. So, if you are one of them, go through these tips on how to quickly update your existing clothes and be even more stylish than you used to be!
1. Have THE dress
Every woman should have this dress in her wardrobe – a stunning short-sleeved, knee-length dress, perfectly shaped for your waist. It’s a dress that you can wear with confidence at every important occasion. If there is a layer of lace somewhere on it, to bring in a touch of grace and elegance – even better!
2. Perfect-fitting pants
Whether it is a formal occasion or a private event, elegant pants are always a sure bet. Most women find straight, wide-leg pants to be the best fit for their figure, whatever the figure is. It is also the type of pants easiest to match with other pieces of clothing. Try to find crepe pants, as this fabric holds its shape and softens the bumps. Additional tip: if you match the color of the shoes with the pants, your legs will appear longer!
3. Elegant blouse
First, don’t settle for anything else but chiffon. If you want to go with the classic and elegant look, a V-neck and a tied bow detail or a necklace will do. If it is a long-sleeved blouse, make sure the sleeves are cuffed. Gathered shoulders are also very eye-pleasing. What’s more, these types of blouse go well with both pants and jeans.
4. Proper jacket
A perfectly fitted jacket needs to be a cherry on top – it should flawlessly incorporate with your frequently worn pieces of clothing and your best jeans. If you need to, have it tailored, it will be worth the price. Of all the basic pieces, this is the one that should be most versatile. Make sure the lapels are long and thin, with three simple buttons, not more. Most female figures look best with mid-bottom length, together with mildly padded shoulders.
5. Chic and comfortable shoes
Finally, the times when spiked shoes were popular are over! They were terribly uncomfortable to wear, but luckily, now is the time when high-quality brand shoes are about comfort as much as they are about elegance and beauty. If you are over 50, it is better you don’t bother yourself with very high shoes. Instead, there are various options for your feet that go great with different styles and pieces of clothing that you have. You can elongate your legs in Nine West wedges combined with either dark jeans or knee-length skirt or pull off a cheerful and comfortable look with Palmaira sandals and a wrap dress accompanied by a light airy cardigan. In short, it’s not about ultra-high heels – it’s more about how you combine appealing and comfortable shoes with the right style on the upper part of your body.
6. Favourite pair of jeans
Every woman has those pair of jeans that make them feel attractive and comfortable at the same time. If you have them, check if they fulfill these conditions: firstly, they should be straight-leg jeans; secondly, dark denim is a must; thirdly, without unnecessary embellishments, especially if they are horizontally placed over the hips – they’ll make your hips look wider. These type of jeans can be combined with basically anything you have in your wardrobe and they also match with any type of shoes.
In the end, fashion and clothes are only there to boost our already-existing confidence and inner beauty. If you feel positive and good about yourself, clothes that you wear will only accent that feeling. In other words, the better you feel, the better you will look to others. And there is no reason why you shouldn’t be happy with who you are.
Author Bio: Helen Bradford is an interior design and fashion enthusiast who constantly seeks new ideas to write about. She spends her spare time doing fitness and travelling.
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