Ladies, here are some great fashion tips for a lovely Summer look. Sometimes women after fifty want to hang on to youth a bit to much. These tips will allow that just a little bit but to much. 🙂
1. Do wear pantyhose.
They’re back in style. “Panty hose are in, all because of Kate Middleton,” says Mary Lou Andre. The Duchess of Cambridge has made them “cool again.” But Andre warns, they are not to be worn with shorts or capris. Or with a reinforced toe sticking out, adds Bratskeir, who recommends “splurging on spray tans, especially in the summer, because legs of any age end up looking flawless.”
2. Do wear black, but limit the amount.
Black and white together is a trend this spring, says Radsken. “The contrast of colors looks very sleek and it’s not that big an investment since most people already have a lot of black in their wardrobe.” Andre said black on the bottom is fine, but suggests that women add color, “especially around the face: silver gray, teal green, and periwinkle blue for women who have white or gray hair.”
3. Don’t wear styles that date you.
“Some sweaters, simple tops, classic skirts, coats, purses, and belts (especially if they are designer level) can last a lifetime,” says Andre. But most clothes go out of style. Just because something fits, doesn’t mean you should wear it. Case in point: I have a friend who wears skirts, sweaters, and even a bathing suit left over from college. They fit—sort of—and she is proud of this. But the clothes are 40 years old. They make her look old, too.
4. Do embrace the peplum.
“If you’re straight it adds a curve. If you have a little something extra in your stomach or your tush that extra flounce covers it. A peplum that fits well looks smart and hip, and you don’t look as if you’re trying too hard.” Bratskeir says. The peplum is her must for the season.
5. Do show your bare arms.
If you like how they look, show them off. But Andre cautions, “Along with necks and hands, arms can start to show your age first.” She suggests, especially for evening, instead of sleeveless, try cap sleeves, short sleeves, or layering.
6. Do update your shoes.
Ankle-strap shoes are all the rage, says Radsken, “though you have to really decide if you want attention drawn to your ankles.” Bratskeir prefers wedges for women over 50. “They give you height, give your leg a good look, are chic and everybody from Vince Kimono to Christian Louboutin has them. Kitten heels are good, too, but booties, she said, “are the all-time savior. You can wear them with pants, dresses, you can walk in them. And you look hip.”
Ballet flats are out and super-high heels that are uncomfortable and that make a person look uncomfortable? Thankfully, they’re out, too.
7. Don’t wear a mini skirt.
No matter how good your legs are, no mini for Mimi! An inch or so above the knee if you have great legs. But nothing shorter.
8. Do wear prints, but be careful.
A floral shirt and jacket and matching pants try too hard, says Bratskeir. Use prints judiciously, as accents to solid colors. Embrace color. “Bold blue and cobalt are great colors for most skin tones. And for any age,” addds Radsken.
9. Don’t match too much.
Don’t wear matching jewelry. Or match shoes and belts and trims. Keep it simple. Don’t over accessorize.
10. Do give yourself a facelift without a surgeon!
This is Andre’s trick: Wear a collared blouse or shirt and play with the collar. Lift it up in the back. “The goal is to have the collar create a sloping effect instead of wearing it flat around your face.” This frames a face and covers the neck.
And just as important…
… Do pay attention to undergarments. Bras have a shelf life. Invest in new ones. And stretchy tanks. And small shoulder pads. And whatever else makes you feel good. Because, really, that’s what fashion is all about. Feeling good about yourself.