How to Dress for Your Age

Dressing for your age can be somewhat tricky – you need to be able to have a good grasp of what works on you best and what doesn’t. If you’re in your 30’s or 40’s, you might have noticed that what looked good on you 10 or 20 years ago, does not look as fabulous anymore; this is because as we mature so does our physique change –even if you haven’t put on a pound, your body shape may not look the same due to natural causes like gravity and aging. Sure, you can appear to look the same by staying physically fit but you can’t dress like your forever 21. There’s a fine line between dressing your age and looking young against dressing young and looking your age (if that makes sense to you) and that’s the tricky part right there.

If you’re one of those women who find it hard to differentiate what type of clothes fit a 20 or 30 year old, here are some useful guidelines to dress your age; let’s begin by breaking down age sets:

You are in your 20’s – you are most likely to be fresh out of college or at your first job as either an intern or regular; you are young, full of life, and are care-free – there’s nothing like being in your 20’s – it’s the right time to take risks, be bold and be brave to express yourself freely, go against the fashion rules, experiment and have fun with style, vintage up for a totally unique and personal touch, show off your individuality, play with colour and keep your hair and make-up fresh and light as your age, don’t take fashion too seriously just yet.

  • Put colour into your wardrobe
  • Accessorize accordingly
  • Mix and match designer and budget or even vintage pieces
  • Establish your own personal style

You are in your 30’s – You are starting a family and are at the peak of your awesome career. There are two very important things to remember, they are: comfort and confidence. You need to be able to project these two characteristics to match your lifestyle and this can be done through fashion elements. Being in your 30’s can be quite a tease, you’re neither young nor too old to take things seriously. You need to keep in mind that 10 years is a lot of time and your once perky assets could be changed by the effects of gravity and aging (and this is totally not in your control), learn to accept and embrace your body’s changes and keep your style classy and comfortable.

  • Invest in a statement piece of jewellery
  • The hemline of your skirt shouldn’t get higher as your age
  • The neckline of your shirt shouldn’t get any lower as well
  • Dresses are god sent – you can dress them down or dress them up and are terrific to take you from day-to-night events; try on a wrap-around, shift or peplum dresses.

You are in your 40’s – You are an established corporate woman with perhaps a family of your own. Big changes have come into your life as you have matured. It’s time to bid goodbye to dressing like you’re in your 20’s and that means no more miniskirts or hems that fall below the knee; you can opt to go for maxi skirts, maxi dresses for casual style and pencil cut skirts for office wear. Accessories are your new fashion staple.

  • Invest in a good-looking and great quality pair of shoes – for the office, a chic pair of pointy-toed pumps are very much in trend and versatile pair of ballet flats can be worn with just about anything and are perfect for day walks, trips and travels alike.
  • Definitely no to low plunge necklines instead, go for tops with stand-up collars
  • Wear light or brightly-coloured tops to draw attention to your face
  • If it’s a pair of jeans you’re looking for, choose darker colours like a navy, dark denim, khaki, or black.
  • Remember at this age, forget trendy and establish your signature look instead.

You are in your 50’s and above – You are a mature and wise woman, at this point you know yourself better than anyone else does, and you are confident in your body. Think Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada as one of New York’s highly-respected and biggest magazine editors) she projects a confident woman who is sure of herself, she is mature and yet her fashion is never outdated. With that in mind, it’s now time to update your wardrobe; the goal is to look polished and well-groomed at all times.

  • Invest in pieces that provide comfort with a touch of elegance
  • Highlight your best features with a great haircut and colour that compliment your eyes
  • Choose classic pieces like a crisp, white button-down shirt
  • If you are still active in the office, shift dresses, pencil cut skirts and slacks work best for you.
  • For trips and travels, try on kaftan or maxi if you still got the curves to flaunt.

In conclusion, no matter what age you’re in, getting back to the basics are always a good way to re-establish your fashion senses. As parting advice, here are some more tips for all age sets:

  • Shop for clothes that actually bring out the best in you
  • Know what flaws to camouflage and what assets to highlight
  • Find and stick to your signature style
  • Love yourself as there is no one else like you
  • Know what you like and dislike
  • Don’t ever follow trends and buy anything that’s in trend but doesn’t look good on you

These are all tips to guide you in deciding what styles work for your age but in the end it all comes down to personal preference. Whatever age you are in, fashion and style can be achieved by the right ways of dressing. You don’t need a personal stylist; you just need to be realistic. If it doesn’t work for you, drop it and find something else that will. Aging is a beautiful chapter in every person’s life, we mature and become wiser so should we make smarter choices in both fashion and life.

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