Fashion Tips and Advice for women over 40
Happy 40 to you gorgeous lady!
Fashion-wise, you’re in a pretty great place in your fourth decade. You’ve a ton of experience and confidence,
you likely have your personal style and you know what you like and what you don't. You also have a lot more money to
invest in quality clothing then you had in your 20s and 30s.
So now it’s all about making styling decisions that ensure you’re always looking stunning.
Of course you can dress any which way you like. But I know that some of you worry that you look too young,
or you feel that you may be trying too hard to stay young. I’ve also been getting questions on how to avoid appearing older than you are.
So here are some of my guidelines to keep in mind on how to dress after 40.
I believe in dressing around your strengths and taking your body shape and style personality into account over blindly following latest fashion trends.
So, if you would like to have some guidelines on how to dress after 40, then you can find them below.
How To Dress After 40 – What Are Some Of The Things You Should Avoid?
First of all don’t buy clothes that do not flatter you, even if they are on trend this season.
You may be tempted by a new trend but be picky.
Only choose those that suit your personality and your your body type.
You can find guides on dressing all the different body types in these articles:
1. Inverted Triangle
Fashion Tips and Advice for Women over 40
1. When in doubt wear outfits all in one color or same shades of color, this will make you look taller and slimmer. For example, wear a black or dark grey top with black pants. This elongates your body and doesn't break it visually. Accessorize it with a pop of color by adding a fun scarf or bold necklace, you will instantly look polished and can go from brunch to shopping.
2. Match you're accessories by color, for example if you are wearing an orange scarf wear orange shoes. This is easy to do and looks fabulous on any look.
3. If you are wearing a bright floral dress, wear minimal accessories. Pick a neutral color from the print you are wearing and accessorize in that color. You can wear simple studs and plain heels to look sophisticated and stunning at the same time.
4. Try adding a single bright pop of color to every outfit for a fun look. If you like wearing all neutrals adding a colorful square scarf or a turquoise ring can do the trick of creating a unique look.
5. Don't Give Up on Heels. It can be very tempting to give up on stilettos in favor of flats and sneakers or slip on shoes with memory foam . But know that there are more sensible options: that are as easy to walk in as they are stylish. My personal favorite are kitten heels. Try wearing one, two or three inch heel style (I love a simple slip on). It is surprisingly comfortable and looks put together, and won't leave you with sore soles and aching arches. Also try Block heels as they are more stable than the sharp heel cousin and more gentle on the feet.
6. Go For Statement sleeves or longer sleeves. I have found longer sleeves to be so comforting and stylish in recent times. Big sleeves can effortlessly make a statement without trying too hard. Tops/ Shirts that show off your slender forearms are flattering as hell.
7. Find a Good Tailor that can fit the clothes perfectly on you. So many of my customers have personal tailors they swear by. Any look can be completely changed for the better with better tailoring. Hemming a pair of pants or fitting a dress by even half an inch could make all the difference.
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ABOUT THE WRITER
Sandhya Garg is a Project Runway fashion designer, expert in womenswear clothing and latest fashion trends. She studied and specialized in women's fashion at London College of Fashion, UK and has worked at Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Liberty London, Alice Temperley to name a few.
She has her own successful resort dresses, special occasion dresses, wedding guest looks, swim coverups label. While on Project Runway Season 13, she won 2 challenges and was fortunate to show her collection at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. The brand has been featured in Marie Claire US, Ftv.com, Elle Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Vogue online to name a few.
She designs limited edition high end printed spring dresses and swim coverups. Beautiful prints are inspired from around the world to be worn during travel, resort stay or cruise holidays.