dressing your age
dressing your age.Dressing Your Age: Fashion Rules for Every DecadeHow to get it right and feel your best in your clothes, whether you're 20 or 70!
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No doubt these thoughts have gone through your mind when you've stood in front of the mirror: Am I dressing like my mother? Do I look like I'm wearing my daughter's clothes? Am I dressing age appropriately? Am I making the most of my looks? Perhaps your frock is in an eye-popping color or print, skims the body, plunges low in front or back, or shows too much skin. Maybe it doesn't show enough skin and adds years. And with all the boundary breaking in fashion today, it is not always clear who should wear what.
First and foremost, style is about inner confidence. If you are 50 and dare to wear a mini, more power to you. (However, be prepared for heads to turn and eyebrows to raise if you don't get it right.) If you tend to err on the safe side but still like to be in the fashion game, there are plenty of interesting and chic options out there for you, no matter what your age. From "anything goes" in your 20s to toned-down hues and sculpted cuts in your 40s to luxe fabrics in your 70s, find out what's best for you and you'll always look and feel poised in your clothes.
What to consider when dressing for your age:
20s: There are no boundaries for twenty-somethings when it comes to fashion. It's about personal style and adding whimsical touches you can get away with only when you're younger, whether that means playing with color, mixing and matching, or wearing high heels and high hemlines.
30s: More pulled-together, serious looks are what your 30s are about, but you don't have to be a total square. The trick is to experiment with fashion-forward styles while maintaining a level of polish.
40s: Classic silhouettes and colors may start to dominate your wardrobe, but each piece should be full of personality. Think interesting embellishment, feminine volume, and bursts of rich color and pattern.
50s: Refined, tasteful choices are the foundations of age-appropriate dressing. Tailoring and structure are key, as are clean lines and fuss-free pieces in a simple palette.
60s: Elegance is the idea, and so timeless, traditional pieces are the mainstays. Tweed suits, trousers, and coatdresses dominate the closet. Contrasting hues — black, white, and red — are the most chic.
70+: Looking dignified and distinguished is of the utmost importance — and that means splurging on a little luxury. Fabrics should be of the highest quality, and tailoring should be precise.