Hi everyone, today I’m back to talk about a topic I’ve already dedicated some posts to (and lately also videos), but that remains one of the three most popular topics of all time, here on the blog and also on my new YouTube channel (by the way, subscribe if you like and follow me if you understand some Italian! 🙂 )
Every week, in fact, I receive a lot of new questions about fashion for women over 50 (and even over 40). So yesterday morning I decided to create a video on the subject, which I thought to summarize in this post.
So what about fashion for women over 50? Is it better to follow the many, many rules you find online (often dictated, absurdly, by 30-year-old “influencers” who , strangely enough, seem to know everything about how to dress at 50)?
Or, rather, to dress as we like, regardless of the time that passes? (This option is my favorite if I have to choose, I must say, since I am very spontaneous and intuitive when it comes to my personal style!)
Thinking about it a little bit, I created this list of my personal rules on Fashion for women over 50… and beyond.
#1 – Every woman ages in her own way… we should respect our individuality
First of all, there is no such thing as “the” fifty-year-old woman as a category. We should really learn to respect ourselves as we are, in our individuality, but also to analyze and understand ourselves, our body and our style better.
What has changed in our appearance? How can we better adapt our style to this new, 50 years old version of ourselves?
#2 – Instead of focusing on our flaws and “hiding” the critical areas of our body, we should enhance our strong points and celebrate our uniqueness
We should do this all the time, not just at 50. Let’s learn to turn our way of thinking around, looking away from critical areas, and instead look at what is beautiful and unique in our appearance. And then, let’s make the most of it.
#3 Adopt a healthy lifestyle and keep fit (without exaggerating)
This point is crucial for our health, first of all. At 50, unfortunately, often the first serious pains begin to appear. The good news is that they can be prevented to a large extent, with a healthy diet and some exercise. Which, among other things, has a positive effect on our quality of life and our self-esteem. And this is also a key ingredient of dressing well, too.
To dress well at 50, in short, a healthy and moderately fit body is certainly helpful.
#4 Avoid obsessions
Certainly we all have a few acquaintances who are obsessed with diet, weight loss and appearance. Unfortunately, many women today develop a real obsession, and then limit themselves very much in terms of lifestyle.
But obsessing and thinking that 5 kg less, conquered by sad diets and a lot of deprivation, doesn’t make us more beautiful. What makes us beautiful and also enriches our style is our interest in life, in others, in the world around us. Curiosity, new experiences, a taste for beautiful things – and also for the good things in life is what keeps us smart, interesting and elegant!
#5 Don’t “hide” in your clothes
Try to avoid to hide yourself in clothes that are too big. Instead, choose garments that enhance the slim and fit parts of our body: a still well defined waist, feminine wrists, thin ankles, a nice décolleté.
#6 Discover the power of more structured clothes
Choose clothes that are a little more structured, but avoid very rigid items that make you look masculine. Rather, try to leverage the magical power of garments such as blazers, trench coats, winter coats and dusters, which add a bit of structure making us look more toned and slender.
Even tailored trousers, back in vogue in recent seasons, are a very useful ally for every 50-year-old woman.
#7 Follow new trends
Of course, only those trends that we like instinctively and that match our style and our personal taste. Instead, avoid all the new trends that do not inspire you and do not do your body any justice. I wrote an entire post on the topic, which you can find here.
#8 Avoid too classic pieces and, more in general, the “ladylike” style: some things are cool only if worn by Queen Elizabeth, but not by us!
When it comes to fashion for women over 50, I often read really absurd things. In particular, some “experts” would like to put us into a series of very traditional and “ladylike” garments that, perhaps, they saw their grandmothers wear 40 years ago.
Fall into this category: the straight mid-calf skirt that kills your legs (very different from its trendy and fashionable version); the “ladylike” and really boring handbag (and yes, even the wrong Chanel bag, worn in the wrong way, can have this lethal effect… I’ve been there!); the wide-brimmed hat, worn without a hint of irony, and so on.
So let’s avoid this “ladylike” style altogether, if you can, or at least make some substitutions. Many traditional garments, in fact, also have an absolutely trendy version. Just pay attention to details, cut and proportions.
#9 Keep a hint of imperfection in your outfits
Looks that are too stiff and flawless, without a smudge, but also perfectly coiffed hair, or really heavy makeup, even if it is immaculate, will inevitably age you.
So let’s keep a pinch of imperfection in your looks: maybe keep the sleeves of your classic blazer rolled up with nonchalance, your hair a bit rebellious and a little longer than you “should”, or show off some cheerful expression lines instead of a lot of concealer.
A look that is not too “perfect”, in fact, always rejuvenates.
#10 Keep moving!
Of course, this last point is not directly related to fashion for women over 50. But, actually, it’s even more important.
The charm of a woman, at any age, is not only related to her appearance, fortunately. And staying active, interested, curious, is what makes us beautiful and charming.
And it often has a positive effect on our outfits as well: because a dynamic lifestyle constantly offers us new inspiration, which in turn will make our outfits look more beautiful and creative.