13
Oct
09

Are You Dressing for Your Age?

 

“At every age, what makes you have a great sense of style is the ability to listen to your own instincts and to choose what makes you feel comfortable and confident. Being elegant is not a matter of age but of attitude.” – Giorgio Armani

 

We often hear things like “40 is the new 30” and “60 is the new 40,” but what does that mean in terms of clothing? Does it mean that we can wear miniskirts and cropped tops until sometime after menopause? Should we still embrace every trend? Should mothers and daughters shop together in the same store?

Here are a few tips, regardless of your age:

 

-At each stage of your life, aim to show the best and hide the worst – understand your body shape.

-At the end of the day, looking both chic and age appropriate comes down to personal style

-In general, extreme trends that appear out of nowhere and vanish just as quickly are caprices that benefit only the youthful.

– Shirts work for everyone – they are a basic that goes from 16 to 70.

– Colors and prints can soften an older woman’s features and give them a lift.

– Change your look through accessorizing – a sky-high heel gives a totally different effect to a dress than a suede pump.

 

Dressing for your age is really quite simple once you know what to look for. Once you understand the true power of clothing, you begin to see how you can use your clothes to create all sorts of illusions to look: younger or older, thinner or heavier, taller or shorter, more modern, less dated, softer or more powerful, or… whatever you like.

 

Here are some current looks you can embrace depending on your age:

           20’s: 20

 

Experiment and have fun. Stock up on big colorful scarves.

 

 

             30’s:30

 

Invest in staples in bold silhouettes.

 

 

              40’s:40

 

Navy is the new black – just as wearable and chic.

 

 

    

         50’s: 50

 

Jacquards and brocades always look sophisticated.

 

 

              60’s:60

 

Menswear like tailored jackets and smart shirts look great.

 

             70’s:70

 

A luxe skirt suit will make a statement.

 

 

 

Photos – Harper’s Bazaar Magazine

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