We all know those women. You know, the ones who make chic look effortless and casual. The ones who can wear the simplest thing, but somehow they have a sense of style that elevates their look. I’ve always wanted to be one of those women! What are their style tips and tricks? How do they do it?
I decided to find out—asking for advice from everyone to the woman in my Bible Study who is always so put together, to the stylist that I work with when I need some fresh inspiration here at Empty Nest Blessed. (And lots of people in between!) I’ve learned a bunch, and today, I’m sharing six style tips & tricks that will help you take your look to the next level. ????
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Style Tip #1: Don’t Be Scared to Make a Statement
I think a lot of women over fifty live in fear. I believe they’re afraid to step out of their comfort zone. They’re worried about looking like they’re trying too hard, or that other people will think they’re too old to step out there and make a style statement. Sometimes this manifests in fear of wearing color, wearing the latest trends, or wearing a statement piece of jewelry that will get them noticed.
At our age, many of us have had successful careers and raised our kids. What is there to be afraid of at this point, my friends? We should care less about what others think at this stage of our lives rather than more! If you like statement earrings, wear them! If you like a certain color, wear it as a pop in an otherwise neutral outfit! If you like sparkly shoes, wear them! Wear what you like! And don’t be afraid of what other people are going to think of you. (Chances are they’ll admire you and find you inspirational!) #goforit
Style Tip #2: Cuff Your Button Down
Whether you’re wearing a crisp white button-down, an on-point leopard print blouse, or rocking a fun plaid flannel number, unbutton those sleeves and cuff your shirt. If you’re wearing a cardi, sweater, or sweatshirt like I am in these photos, pull your shirt sleeves down below the cuffs of your outer layer, and fold them over the top. It’s a quick trick that makes a big statement!
BTW, do you have a basic fitted white poplin button-down in your wardrobe that you love? You need one that is fitted so you can wear it as a layering piece. (After all, you don’t want any extra bulk underneath whatever fabulousness you’ve got going on over it!) If you don’t have one you adore, I highly recommend this one. It’s machine washable, and if I hang it to dry, I don’t even need to iron it!
Style Tip #3: Push ‘Em Up, Shove ‘Em Up, Wayyyy Up
I don’t know about the weather where you live, but here in Texas, we often have 20+ degree temperature swings in one day! To avoid having to change clothes throughout the day, sometimes a good sleeve shove is all you need to make it from dawn until dusk. ???? You probably remember pushing your sleeves up to just below your elbow back in high school. Well, today’s fresher look is to go above the elbow.
Here’s how to do it: Rather than pushing your sleeve up from the cuff, straighten your arm and start pulling little by little from the shoulder, working your way down to your elbow.
Bonus points for letting your shirttail hang out like the cool kids do!????
Style Tip #4: Master the Half-Tuck
Whenever I wear an outfit with a half-tuck, I get lots of DMs (direct messages) on social media asking me how to do it. Listen, I get it. Someone had to teach me! It’s not easy to do it evenly, and so it looks neat. Here’s my step-by-step tutorial.
Style Tip #5: Work Those Accessories For All They’re Worth
Polka Dot Twofer Sweater | Gray Stretch Ankle Pants | Similar Gold Pumps, HERE or HERE | Gold Croc Embossed Clutch/Crossbody | Similar Tassel Necklace | Citrine Stud Earrings | Waterproof Lipstick (Latte Confessions)
Accessories are the place to work in:
- Trendy patterns like snake or leopard. (I’ve been wearing these snake booties and these cushy leopard ballet flats on repeat right now.)
- Of-the-moment colors that don’t flatter your skin tone.
Style Tip #6: Wear Sneakers with Just About Anything
Black Knit Swingdress (with or without monogram) | Black & White Slip-ons (only $9!) | Colorful Statement Earrings | Black Band Watch | “Off Duty” Raffia Tote | Waterproof Lipstick (Latte Confessions)
Slip-on sneakers are easy to wear and super cute, but the newest look is a lace-up sneaker. (Like these Allbirds that I cannot get enough of! They’re so comfortable!)
Sneakers and Slip-ons are officially fair game with everything from dressy work pants to your favorite dress. It might feel weird at first, but trust me, the comfort of this look will win you over quickly!
Did you learn a few new style tips and get some new ideas? I sure did as I was researching it for you! As you can see, I’ve worked to incorporate these style tips into my photos the past few months in anticipation of this post. ????
What are your favorite tricks when you want to up your style game? Leave me a comment and share, okay?
Photos by Megan Weaver.
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