Dress Your Age
by Anthony Starr
Okay ladies, we need a heart-to-heart. If you’ve passed the milestone of 40, stop dressing like Katy Perry. There are a few simple rules every woman who is 40-plus needs to follow to project confidence and style.
First, no mini skirts. I know you have great legs and want to show them off, but the fact is you will be sending the wrong signal. Instead of going super short, try a form-fitted pencil skirt that falls just above the knee. This will show off your body in a tasteful, not tacky way.
Second, no plunging necklines. I know, I know, you have wonderful cleavage, but showing too much will draw stares your way for all the wrong reasons. This isn’t to say you can’t ever show off the girls again, but do so by way of a well-fitted bra and a form-fitted top. This is a tactful way to show off your bust line without looking like a 40-year-old stripper.
Those are the two main rules, but there are some more if you want to keep current and avoid looking trendy. Trends are for younger women and should be abandoned by your late 20’s. Set up your signature look and stick with it. It will save you time and money. An example of a signature look would be Chanel. Now I’m not saying you should spend Chanel-type money to get her look, but it is achievable and you can do it for a lot less. Chanel, now run by Karl Lagerfeld, is a simple and timeless look. Think back to Jackie Kennedy’s wardrobe. Every single piece she owned in 1960 could be worn today, with exception of the pillbox hat! And while Chanel didn’t dress her, you get the idea that Fashion is temporary, whereas Style is forever.
Last, but not least, dress for your body type. If you have a pooch, avoid wearing tight clothing. If you have extra skin from a recent weight loss, camouflage it by layering. There is no such thing as the perfect body, so embrace and love the one you have, but also be mindful of the clothing choices you make. If you look good, you’ll feel good, and if you feel good, there’s nothing you can’t do.
Anthony Starr has been involved in the fashion industry for over 35 years and a professional writer for 16. As a former Nordstrom employee, Starr is equipped with the knowledge of both men’s and women’s fashion and likes to share his knowledge and fashion sense with readers. He is excited to be a regular contributor to Silver Sage.