Reinventing My Wardrobe Post 50

The last thing I want to be viewed as is old, tired or -- God forbid – frumpy. The truth is, though, that at fifty-plus, we’re not able to pull off some of the looks that our twenty-something daughters look adorable in. We want to look smart, sophisticated and sexy at this great age of 50 and beyond, right ladies? Recently, I’ve made an honest attempt to “access” my current wardrobe situation, and I probably -- like most of you reading this now – wear 20% of my clothes 80% of the time. There are those staples we gravitate toward for a few reasons including:
  • Things other than baggy sweats can be comfy, really! Personally, I love SKIN-EEZ Skincarewear for their thigh-shaper, reversible footless tights, and camisoles. These products are infused with moisturizing properties that soothe the skin and are the softest on the market that I can find.
  • Lengthen those pants, ladies, and find a tailor who wants to make that pencil skirt look like a well-fitted wardrobe item. Ask friends who they use for their alterations (assuming they always look like their clothing fits them to a “T”), and schedule that appointment.
  • We now know and want fabrics that feel good next to our skin, and we want to feel great wearing them. Personally, I avoid wools, and I love layering pieces – for obvious reasons at my age.
  • There’s one element that says “I’m not that old. I can still rock a pair of over-the-knee boots just like. . .ah, my gorgeous daughter does.” Leave the trends to the kids, though. You can always stay current by visiting stores like Target. Or the junior section of Nordstroms to buy a low-cost, high-impact trend item that doesn’t have to last forever, but keeps you looking current through the “trending” period.
So let’s talk about the key pieces that flatter all figure types (I wear these all the time). The Basics: Long and short-sleeve black, white and navy t-shirts are made from cotton and a touch of spandex or stretch to keep them well-fitting and non-frumpy looking, which make them great layering pieces during season changes (if you have them like we do here in New England). Tank tops in white and black can be worn under, well, everything. These two basic colors also make it easy to almost always match your bra and panties—so you can also feel great knowing you’ve got it going on underneath your clothes as well!  In the summer, I may even add a pop of color under a suit or moto jacket when jackets are required. Dark jeans that F-I-T! You can dress them up or dress them down, and you always look appropriate in a dark denim. Key accessories that stand out -- especially in necklaces and bracelets and, of course, shoes, boots and bags. We all love buying or receiving jewelry, mid-size silver or gold hoop earrings and diamond studs or diamond drop earrings work best. Pearls are always in style too. Personally, I like a bigger pearl at the neckline, or a few longer strands mixed in with gold or silver. I love statement necklaces as well as long necklaces (worn with a classic turtleneck or white blouse). A go-to dress for evening events is a must. Choose a style that is flattering, well-fitted, and easy to accessorize. You’ll look great, and you’ll feel confident wearing it. A jacket completes a look and gives you instant credibility. – Sleeves and shoulders that are ill-fitting are the worst, though, so make the effort to find and invest in a jacket that perfectly fits your frame. I, for example, have an hour-glass shape and prefer to have a jacket that goes in just above my waist (the smallest part of my mid-section), so I choose looks that fit my personal silhouette.  And jackets are great for layering as well. Have I said that before? Invest in a great gym outfit that can take you from your workout to the grocery store, to running errands at the mall. These pieces are always a great investment. Outer garments that are classic and timeless are wardrobe staples. The trench, the long winter coat, boots for nasty weather, scarves, gloves – whatever can pull your look together regardless of the elements. What are your favorite pieces for your more mature self? Let us know.

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