What NOT to Wear Over Forty
by Alla Berger
Let’s face it: in your 40s, you shouldn't be wearing the same clothes you wore when you were in your 20s. Why? Because if you’re like most women over 40, gravity has altered your body just a tad and age has (likely) altered your state of mind -- add a couple of kids in between and voila - things just aren't looking the same. Now, it doesn’t mean that your style can’t be just as sexy and fun as it was in your 20's – you just have to change some things up a little bit. Here is some advice for dressing over 40, while still looking fresh.
Where to Shop
One of the major rules you need to follow is “stay away from the Juniors section!” Unless you’re dressing up for Halloween, you shouldn't dress head to toe "Forever 21" --or tween clothes for that matter. Yes, even if you have miraculously maintained your gorgeous figure to fit into Juniors sizes, that doesn’t mean you should wear them. Dressing younger than your age can oftentimes make you look even older!
Find a Celeb Role Model
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Find a sophisticated celebrity over 40 to model your style after. Of course you don’t have to spend all your dough on designer labels like the celebs do, but a little inspiration for cute outfits from a celeb can’t hurt. But please choose wisely. Good celeb role model: Michelle Obama. Bad celeb role model: Pamela Anderson (sorry, but most women just can’t pull off her signature barely-there style). Here are some more simple rules to remember when choosing your wardrobe.
Leave Something to the Imagination
Anything that shows off too much is off-limits. In other words, either boobs or legs – not both, please! Or, nix both boobs and legs and show off your sexy shoulders – pick an off the shoulder top that lets your shoulder and cleavage show just a hint.
Wearing a Mini
You can totally wear a mini skirt, especially because they are so hot right now! But be careful -- don't go too short, and if you're going to do a high heel, wear a covered-up top or something more conservative. High-waisted skirts are super-cute, especially paired with flats. Throw a big belt on with a button down for some extra oomph! Of course, you can always throw on a pair of flip-flops for a more effortless look.
Don’t worry about being TOO trendy. Instead, pick styles that are not too trendy, then accessorize with a trendy item. By now, you probably know what styles work best for you, so stick with the classics first. You can spice things up with current trends like floral prints, bright handbags, big jewelry and, as always, sexy shoes!
Accessories are your best friends. Even if you are stuck in a fashion rut, chic accessories, like bold purses and statement jewelry, can renew your sense of style and have heads turning as you pass by. Sunglasses are an absolute must-have and can go a long way -- get yourself some chic, stylish glasses to update any outfit.
Say goodbye to baggy, shapeless clothing. Instead, wear tailored and classic pieces like a fitted blazer that you can wear to work or pair with dark jeans for nighttime. If you are going to experiment with something baggy, choose a more fitted top or bottom to pair it with. For example, an oversized shirt over leggings and flats - cute!
Confidence is Key!
This is the last and most important tip: You always want be comfortable. Don’t try to squeeze into something that’s too tight, or show off a part of your body that you don’t particularly like. Choose pieces that make you feel good about yourself because confidence is always the key to a great fashion sense. Even if you're in sweats, as long as you're confident, you'll feel and look sexy.
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