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Last Updated on October 2, 2021 by Diane Hoffmaster
These Fashion Tips for Women Over 40 have been sponsored. All opinions are my own.
These fashion tips for women over 40 will have you feeling fabulous instead of old and frumpy! Just because I have hit 40 and kept on going doesn't mean I want to stop putting some thought into my appearance. I admit, the last couple of months I have slacked off on the whole 'taking care of me' thing. I've spent too many days in yoga pants and can't tell you the last time I got a haircut. Well, that is going to change this month, I can promise you that!
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Fashion Tips for Women Over 40
I am hitting the back-to-school sales and spending some time and money getting my wardrobe up to date. Just because menopause is looming, doesn't mean I don't need something sexy and frivolous occasionally! I decided to put together a list of fashion tips for women over 40 so I can make the most of my shopping dollars. If you want to perk up your wardrobe along with me, here are some things to keep in mind:
Bring out those bold colors or hip patterns you want in some funky earrings or a trendy scarf. Try not to buy anything that is too gaudy. Choose elegant and classy to really complete your ensemble. You will also save money on accessories if you buy things that can match multiple outfits.
Skip the Junior's section:
Even if I could fit into a size 1 pair of jeans, I would avoid the Junior's section at all cost. The colors and styles are all wrong for a woman over the age of 4o. You will end up looking like you are trying to recapture your youth which is rather ridiculous for a woman of our age. Dressing too young for your age will just make you look even older.
Don't choose baggy clothes just to hide a few pounds:
This is one of those fashion tips for women over 40 that I have a hard time remembering when I shop. I have a few pounds around the middle that really need to come off. I prefer baggier shirts to hide the not so flat tummy but I just end up looking even frumpier than if I just chose something slightly more form fitting.
Watch the length of your skirt:
I don't care how many leg lifts you do at the gym or how awesome your laser hair removal looks, keep your skirt length to about two inches above the knee. Micro mini skirts will look ridiculous on a woman over 40.
Avoid skin-tight clothes:
While trying to find clothes that aren't too baggy, make sure you aren't picking things that are skin tight, either. Wearing jeans that you can barely pull up around your hips is unattractive on a mature woman. Many jeans and shirts today have a small percentage of Lycra in them which helps make them more form fitting without being super tight.
Go for classic looks, not hip trends:
I have always been a big fan of clothes that are going to last a few years, both in quality and style. Choosing some bold new pattern in fluorescent colors is not going to be a good investment in the long run. If you want to add a pop of color to your outfit, do it with accessories.
Comfortable shoes don't have to be sneakers:
This is another one of those fashion tips for women over 40 that I need to remember. I tend to live in my sneakers and they just sort of scream 'frumpy' and not 'fabulous' . If you have bad feet, back problems, etc. look into getting custom inserts which can be placed into shoes other than sneakers for a peppier look to your outfit.
Just because we are not spring chickens anymore, doesn't mean we have to dress like our grandparents. Keep these fashion tips for women over 40 in mind when you head out on your next shopping trip.
I will be doing a bit of shopping myself in the next few weeks and can't wait to walk into my closet eager to get dressed for the day! Do you have any other fashion tips for women over 40 to share?
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.