How to dress over 50 and overweight to look slimmer? A question that arises spontaneously, given that weight gain, in our age group, affects many of us to varying degrees!
If you’re a middle-aged woman and you’re overweight, therefore, the first thing you need to do is feel beautiful and comfortable, right here and right now!
Believe me, you are more beautiful than you think and you are in great company! Actresses and celebrities in our age group are often in the same situation, yet they are often more beautiful than in their youth.
Only by embracing your physique and age and accepting the change in your body can you dress in the best way possible.
So, affectionately separate yourself from anything that doesn’t make you feel good: clothes that are too tight or short, things that valued you poorly before.
Replace them with clothes you really love to wear, if you like:
A SMALL BUT GREAT SELECTION IF YOU ARE OVER 50 AN DOVERWEIGHT:
FIRST STEP, DECLUTTER YOUR WARDROBE
This is the perfect time to do some serious decluttering and create a whole new wardrobe. Start with the best things you already have, the things that make you feel beautiful anyway.
From there, it will be much easier to expand your wardrobe and the variety of outfits you can create. If you want some ideas to get you started, read this post as well.
So how should a women over 50 and overweight dress?
If you want to look more charming than ever even with a few extra pounds and also look more toned and young, an important aspect is to choose the right colors and also the prints that enhance you the most.
As far as colors are concerned, a great help comes to us from color theory.
Getting yourself analyzed by a good professional (be careful though, there’s all kinds of “professionals” out there) is definitely a smart move.
But you can also resort to do-it-yourself tests, like the ones I propose in my blog post.
On the same theme, I also made a video, which you can watch to immediately start finding your best colors. The ones that make you look slimmer, toned, younger.
Simply turn English subtitles on and watch it if you like!
How to dress over 50 to hide belly fat?
A very common problem among us women over 50, which often prevents us to wear the trends we love the most.
Realize, however, that the problem is not unique to our age group.
There are many styling tricks and tricks that allow you to best hide this problem.
I collected them all in this very comprehensive article, so I won’t repeat myself. Read it if how to hide your tummy is your biggest worry!
How to dress with large breasts and a belly?
When it comes to how to dress over 50 curvy, this type of physique is certainly very common. Even women who in their youth sported a B cup often find themselves with much larger breasts.
First, let’s realize that having large breasts is not a defect. The important thing is to help our cleavage with a bra that suits our physique.
When you’re shopping for the best bras for large breasts, it’s still important to take a few factors into consideration to make sure that you are well supported.
It’s important that your bra has at least one of the following:
- Strong underband, the basis of support
- Wide straps, for comfort and to prevent digging
- Side support, for a nice shape
- Underwire: this one is not essential, but can help to support your breasts even better
- Push-up padding: this also can help to support breasts and create shape, particularly with non-wired styles
Always make sure that you’re wearing the correct size!
Wearing the wrong size can put a strain on your back, neck, and breasts while causing headaches and bad posture.
Once you’ve successfully fitted yourself at home, you can get cracking on the fun part—treating yourself to some new bras.
Also here, the ideal is to be advised at least once in a specialized store, by a good saleswoman who takes all the measures.
Then, once we’ve identified and purchased a suitable first bra, we can replicate the pattern with other colors and super feminine details.
Personally, as a buxom woman I’m really happy with this bra from Iris & Lilly, a great quality brand at affordable prices.
Another important aspect is that of shapewear. Here too, a category that evokes memories of other times has evolved so much, creating truly fantastic garments.
Shapewear is now freely used even by actresses and models we consider skinny. It has definitely been cleared through customs, so let’s use it strategically!
Abrand that combines comfort, effectiveness and sense of style in the best way remains undoubtedly Spanx. You can find a very broad selection here.
How to dress over 50 and overweight: what to avoid
Solved the problem of underwear, here are some things that would be better to avoid when dressing with large breasts and belly:
- Round necklines
- Undershirts and dresses with too thin straps (as they emphasize the volume of the breast)
- Horizontal striped tops
- Slim fit blouses, where it looks like the breasts are about to burst.
- Short sleeves that end at the widest point of the breasts
And what, instead, to favor in our looks:
Green light, instead, to everything that creates an idea of verticality, such as long and thin V-necklines, pendant necklaces (please avoid the round ones) short or long that come down in a V shape.
Tops and especially wrap dresses are also ideal for this type of physique, but really for all physiques. They camouflage the belly, enhance the breasts, but slender the upper body a lot.
Same for one-button blazers that create a deep “V”, worn with a T-shirt or blouse that replicates the same type of neckline.
Light and dark patterns, if played well, also help to distract the eye. They basically distract it from the trouble spots, lighting up the face instead.
The mid-rise jeans so fashionable in recent years, especially in dark colors, are a great help if the question is how to dress over 50 and overwieght.
Not only do they contain, but they slim the figure and enhance the waistline, which is usually much thinner than the belly.
Rule number one for dressing over 50 and overweight: enhance your waistline!
So whatever outfit you opt for, make sure your waistline is well defined.
Don’t wear clothes that are too loose or too tight. Wear well-fitting, tailored clothing. If you know of any that are greasy, see a good seamstress. Having perfectly fitting garments is a true luxury!
How to dress at 50 to look younger even with a few extra pounds?
Sometimes, the problem of extra pounds is not so much related to our physicality, which we have accepted. The problem is that a curvy physique after the age of 40, 50 often makes us look older.
How to dress over 50 and overweight to look younger, then?
This topic is one of the most searched on this blog, seriously!
Not only do I totally empathize with the issue, being 55 years old myself. But I’m so passionate about it, because I see too many women adopting sad, colorless looks just because they’ve reached a certain age.
So, I’ve been studying this issue in depth and creating videos and articles on this topic, which you can find here on the blog and on my YouTube channel. Subscribe if you like (turn on English subtitles)!
Being 50 years old today is not like it used to be. On the contrary, among celebrities and other style icons there are so many 50-year-olds and some of them are overweight, without having any problem with it.
We are style models, even for younger women!
Saying goodbye to micro-skirts and other sins of youth doesn’t mean we have to dress like grandmas if we don’t want to. (But if we feel the need to do so, it’s still OK!).
So, if you want to know how to dress over 50 and overweight and look younger too, read this post and watch this video:
In conclusion, how to enhance a curvy physique at 50?
We have seen many practical and useful tips that we can adopt right away. We can now take the contents of our wardrobe and try to create new combinations based on these rules.
Wardrobe shopping is a beautiful game. There are so many ways to do it!
But the most important rule is that there are no fat women and skinny women, as universal categories.
Each of us is unique, with our own strengths and a few flaws to hide.
The important thing is to focus on the strengths and enhance those, to create the best version of ourselves.
In order to do this, it is necessary to get to know ourselves in depth, analyze ourselves, measure ourselves perhaps, but above all experiment. Dig even deeper, analyzing even our personality, our fashionable “instincts”.
It takes, in other words, a thorough path that will allow us to identify and adopt our most authentic style. The one that, truly, suits us best. Regardless of any number on the scale.