Fashion-wise I feel like I’m in a good place! I’ve finally come into my own, I know what I like, what fits me well, what trends to adopt and what to avoid like a plague. Oh how I love my forties:) But, and it’s a slightly annoying but! I, and many others my age, feel like we’re somehow getting stuck at the comfort level. True once you enter your 40’s it’s all about finding your inner peace and allowing it to reflect on your outward appearance but I worry that I sometimes take it too far. So I did a bit of research and I’ve come upon a few fashion tips for women over 40 that are quite interesting, very doable and that won’t come off like I’m trying too hard! So here goes….
1 || Yes You Can Still Wear Heels
I know that you’re running around all day in your sneakers, trainers, or perhaps you’ve stepped up your game to embrace trendy mules. But please don’t give up on your heels just yet. You do not have to go all out and strut around in a 10-inch stiletto, though I know you can still do it, but there is a myriad of stylish heels around that can serve you well into the day or night. Kitten heels are cute, Chanel-like sensible slingback heels are so comfortable, and you can still wear platform fronted heels if these are the only heels you’re comfortable in.
2 || Show Some Clavicle
Your clavicle is that attractive bone that runs from your throat towards your shoulder. Not a scientific description but I’m sure you got my drift. In your forties you can skip the plunging neckline if it doesn’t make you feel comfortable, but hey if you’re still into it there is no judgement here. But showing off your clavicle can be much sexier than your cleavage if you know how best to show it off. Off-the-shoulder tops and boat neck silhouettes are your best options for looking sexy and sophisticated without looking too buttoned up and yikes….trashy.
3 || Roll Up Your Sleeves
Don’t start hiding your forearms already, showing off slender forearms is very flattering at any age. So wear your cropped-sleeve tops and if you love your button-downs just make sure to roll up those sleeves.
4 || Denim Much
Now this is a piece of advice I urge you to break but here goes. It is perhaps expected that women over 40 should opt for denim with darker washes as they seem more grown up and more slimming and forgiving. But I will also tell you to embrace whatever denim style you’re comfortable with; be they cutouts, boyfriend, wide legged, you name it and you can rock it. So don’t let your age rule you here.
5 || Solids Or Prints
Solids are usually easier to style and to accessorise and they give off a vibe of effortless sophistication. But doesn’t mean you should forget all about prints…not at all! Animal prints were all the rage these past seasons and were as sophisticated as can be. Floral prints, retro prints, baroque, and polka dots all can be like a breath of fresh air.
6 || Invest In Your Key Essentials
Sorry to break it to you ladies but by now you should have acquired the key essentials that no wardrobe can do without. An investment bag or bags, proper jewelry, a nice hefty-priced watch, designer outerwear, and sunglasses. We don’t mean to be so superficial about it, but these here are the items that are worth the investment.
7 || Splurge On Your Basics
Yes I changed my mind, but if you’re a t-shirt kinda gal then you should splurge on your basic tee’s and sweaters if that’s what you’re wearing most of the time. You will need high quality white tees that fit to a fault, in addition to a few crewneck cashmere sweaters. That’s it I swear.
8 || Time To Get Fitted
IF up until now you haven’t been properly fitted for a bra then it’s high time you did that. And while you’re at it invest in your lingerie. You need to refresh your lingerie frequently as it all starts with the right undergarments. Not only will you look good in anything when you have the right bra on but you will also feel amazing knowing your undergarments are just as pretty as your outer ones.
9 || Matching Luggage
No you do not have to be a celebrity to own matching pieces of luggage. When we get to travel with ease again, make it a point to travel with style by owning matching pieces of quality luggage. You’ll thank us then.