As midlife women, I think we’re pretty realistic about the way we look. (Er, more or less, amirite?!) We know we’ll never have the metabolism of our twenty-something kids and we know wrinkles are here to stay (but we’ll fight them anyway!). Most of all, we’ve come to grips with the fact that we need to put more thought into how we look in order to make the most of what we’ve got. Today, I’m sharing six style tips for midlife women.
1. Perk Up the “Girls”
If you’re a midlife woman, you know your bra size and support needs have changed over the years. Pesky things like, um, gravity and weight fluctuations see to that. (Wah-wah.) Not sure if it’s time for a new bra? Check out this guide and consider scheduling a professional fitting. Wearing the right bra will elongate and trim your entire silhouette and make your clothes fit better.
2. Uplift Your Earrings
As we age, our earlobes and our piercing holes tend to stretch. The best solution I’ve found? EarLite earring support patches. They’re waterproof, clear patches that fit on the back of your earlobes to help support any style of earring. (They’re also great if you have sensitive skin and earrings backs irritate you.)
3. Get New Glasses
I know nerdy dark frame glasses are “in.” (If you’ve seen my Instastories, you’ve seen mine!) But experts recommend that you choose frames that compliment your skin tone. You might consider nude glasses for an updated, anti-aging look. (It’s the same idea as wearing nude pumps to elongate your legs.) Whatever color you choose, make sure your glasses are uplifted at the temples for an all-over facelift.
4. Opt for Indigo or Black Jeans (Especially in winter)
It’s no secret that dark jeans are slimming. They look dressier and more polished. The best news for midlife women this year? High-waisted styles are the newest, freshest look. Yay! For an extra leg-lengthening effect, pair them with dark heels, boots, or booties. For an especially sleek look, try a monochromatic palette. My favorite brand of jeans is NYDJ, known for its comfortable Lift & Tuck technology that firms you up at all the right places. They’re the only brand of jeans I buy! (They’re guaranteed to take a size off, so go a size down if you order.) If you like the look of leggings, Spanx makes my favorite ones, and they come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. I told you about my faux leather pair in January’s SO in the KNOW post, and I just ordered them in velvet too.
7. Master THIS Midlife Move
It may sound simple, but somehow getting in and out of the car becomes more challenging as we age. (Especially if you want to do it in a “ladylike” manner, as my mom would say.) Wearing a skirt or dress? Good luck! Here’s the secret: go in bottom first, and out ankles first. To get in, open the door and pivot so your rear hits the seat first. Then swing your legs in, doing your best to keep your knees and ankles together. To get out, reverse the motion, leading with your ankles and swinging your legs out as one unit, then lift yourself slowly and gracefully out of the seat. (You may need to grab the door handle in order to do this.) If you are wearing a shorter skirt, you may have to kind of slide yourself out of the seat to avoid, um, flashing the paparazzi. 🙂
6. Mix Low End With Luxe
With the plethora of inexpensive but stylish fashion out there today from places like Target (I love their A New Day line, don’t you?), it’s easier than ever to mix high-end and low-end pieces together in one outfit. In the photos in this post, I’m wearing a Burberry cashmere scarf (one of the true luxury pieces I own) along with one of my favorite lower-end pieces—a lightweight, long sleeve tunic. It comes in six colors and is only $25.90 right now. It’s the perfect weight for layering, for those warmer winter days we have down south, or for early spring. I’ve anchored the look with NYDJ jeans in a color called “fresh brew” (Doesn’t it make you think of coffee?!) My jeans are 30% off right now and they come in eight colors,
I gave you six style tips for midlife women. Here’s a bonus: Know yourself, and be true to what you know. You may never look the way you did when you were in your 20s, but you have the advantage of knowing your body, understanding what looks best on you, and having a strong sense of what you like. Embrace who you are, and work it for all it’s worth!
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Photo by Megan Weaver.