At age 52, there are just some things I know I’m too old to wear. The last thing I want to do is hear, “Mom! What are you wearing?” from one of my 20-something kids! Some people reject this notion, thinking that they should be able to wear anything they want at any age. That’s cool. You do you, girl. But today, I’m sharing the over-fifty fashion dos and don’ts that I follow.
DON’T Wear Something Just Because It’s “In”
If it’s not flattering on your body type, don’t wear it. If you don’t love it, don’t wear it. (Even if it’s the latest thing.) Here are a few “in” trends I’m skipping:
- Cult Gaia Ark bag (So cute but I decided it was a little pricey for me, and I’m doing this trendy bag instead!) 🙂
- Ruffle Sleeve and Peplum tops (When those two are together in one top, it adds width to your middle.)
- Gladiator booties (Nope. Just nope.)
- Big O Key Rings (If I had a teething baby, maybe.)
- Tie Front tops (Please explain to me why anyone wants to add bulk at their midsection. Seriously?)
DON’T Show Too Much Skin
Beware of the off-the-shoulder trend if you don’t have pretty shoulders. Opt instead for a more covered up cold-shoulder top or the latest look – peekaboo sleeves. (I love this style because it’s modest, cool, and fresh.) I’m also not a fan of short shorts or backless dresses and tops. Nobody wants to see our cellulite or back fat. 🙂 I skipped right over distressed jeans and shorts that have giant holes, too many holes, or tons of thread hanging off the hem. Instead, I go with a cleaner, more mature take on the look, with a slightly fringed hem, or few threadbare patches instead of holes. I fell hard for these deconstructed jeans with threadbare patches that feature a fun floral print peeking out from underneath. The best thing about them? The threadbare “strings” are elasticized (although you can’t tell by looking), so they stretch with you when you move! They’re on big time sale right now, and still available in multiple sizes. (See them in this post.)
DON’T Try Too Hard to Look Young
If we try too hard to look young, we look silly and like we’re trying too hard! If you’re worried a look is too young for you, snap a photo and send it to your daughter (I do that all the time!), a good friend, or even DM (direct message) it to me on Instagram. I promise to tell you the truth!
DO Keep Yourself Well-Groomed
I think this is the one thing every over-fifty woman should be doing, regardless of shape, size, or age. There’s just no substitute for good grooming. You can wear the most stylish outfit in the world, but if you have chipped nail polish, yellow teeth, or you need your roots touched up, it won’t matter. We need to spend our money and time here first.
DO Add in Age-Appropriate Trends
The basic, key piece in this outfit is this versatile high-low ruffle hem tee. It’s lower in the back than the front, which acts as a slimming optical illusion. I also added high-waisted gingham crop pants, for an easy-to-wear, trendy basic on the bottom. I’ve worn these pants with black and white tops, of course, but they also function as a neutral, so I’ve paired them with various solid color tops as well.
DO Work in a Pop of Color
A pop of color can take an otherwise simple outfit and supercharge it. Here’s how to do it. Choose a color you like and work it into one or more of these:
- nail polish (For the scoop on this spring’s hot colors, click here.)
- lipstick (Um, unless your pop of color is like, royal blue or something.) 🙂
I typically use red as my pop of color, because it’s the ideal seasonal color. It looks festive during December (Christmas), February (Valentine’s Day), and anytime there’s a patriotic holiday! (Plus, I love any excuse to do a red lip!) I invested in this classic Kendra Scott Rayne tassel necklace and these Ellie stud earrings years ago, and I use them constantly! This year I found these super fun red Jeffrey Cambell “Lindsay” ankle strap sandals, which, because of the block heel, are surprisingly easy to walk in and comfortable.
I think the ultimate over-fifty fashion rule of thumb is to listen to your instincts. If you try something on and you feel even slightly unsure about it, it might be best to pass. I’ve noticed that if I feel unsure and buy it anyway, I continue to feel unsure and it hangs in my closet because I can’t talk myself into wearing it. I hate it when that happens!
What are your over-fifty fashion dos and don’ts?
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Photos by Megan Weaver.