Here in the second half of my “fifties,” I now know that getting older has plenty of perks to go along with the less enjoyable stuff! There are certain things in my life that I now feel better about than I ever did when I was younger.
And one thing I continue to enjoy no matter how old I get is fashion! I love seeing headlines on magazines and in the media that say things like “60 Is The New 40,” because I personally couldn’t agree more. As women of a certain age, we may be a bit older and a bit wiser, but we still have style to spare! ;-)
As a matter of fact, I would argue that fashion for women over 50 has depth and passion that the youngsters can’t hope to compete with. :-) Style is style at every age, and you don’t have to spend a fortune or build a massive wardrobe to get it!
The “fashionable fifties” (and beyond!) are well within our grasp, and it’s not as difficult or as daunting as it may seem. And I hope to prove that in today’s post, where I’ll be sharing my favorite over-50 fashion tips, including a list of 9 must-have fashion staples that women over 50 need to flesh out a fierce, fabulous, and age-appropriate wardrobe.
(Note: Although I’ve provided a recommendation for where to shop for each item, it certainly won’t be the only place you can get it! For budget-friendly options, I usually head straight to TJ Maxx, and you can always shop online thrift stores like thredUP, Poshmark, or Depop.)
Fashion Over 50: 9 Must-Have Pieces For Your Wardrobe
1. Dark Mid-Rise Jeans
This is one of the very best fashion tips I can give you: Every woman over 50 needs a great pair of dark jeans. Straight-leg denim paired with the right shoes—think pumps or boots—can be a highly versatile look, perfect for both work meetings during the day or a nice dinner at night.
Make sure your jeans fit well around your butt and hips. (With any clothing item, it’s better to go up a size and get it tailored down rather than trying to squeeze yourself into something that’s too tight in certain areas.) Jeans look good dressed up or down, plus they never go out of style!
Where To Find Them: Madewell
Madewell focuses on clothes that are effortlessly classic, including denim. They have simple and modern styles that are made well, and are in line with the latest trends without looking too “trendy.”
2. Fitted Pants
Wear a tailored pant for a smart and sleek look. They will flatter your figure and make you feel super stylish! You can wear them all sorts of ways, but my favorite ways to wear fitted trousers are with a silky top, or with a t-shirt and jacket.
And don’t be afraid to show your personal style with a bright color or print. A “statement pant” can be unexpected and fun! (We “women over 50” may not be as young as we once were, but that doesn’t mean we need to look serious or boring.) Fashion is all about showing your natural beauty and unique personality, so don’t be afraid to make a statement! ;-)
Where To Find Them: Ann Taylor
Ann Taylor takes a sophisticated, feminine approach to modern essentials like their wide selection of fitted pants. Whether you’re more interested in stylish or stretchy options, you’re sure to find your perfect pair!
3. Pencil Skirts
This over-50 fashion tip may come as a surprise, but it shouldn’t be a surprise at all. Pencil skirts are almost universally flattering on women, have never been out of style, and they’re so versatile too! Choose one that is fitted without being too tight or restrictive, and pair it with a heeled shoe, like a bootie, pump, or wedge.
When shopping for skirts of any style, you want to look for ones that hit at your knee or below for a more sophisticated look. (A shorter skirt, oddly enough, may actually make you look older, not younger!)
Where To Find Them: Macy’s
I love to shop for skirts at Macy’s because I often find out about great brands that I wouldn’t know about otherwise. For instance, this animal print skirt is by Palette, an independent fashion shop based in London.
If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, then you probably already know that cardigans are my personal go-to fashion piece! They’re functional year-round, either for keeping warm in cooler temperatures or just for covering up your arms. Make sure your cardigan fits well, as slouchy or baggy cardigans can end up looking a bit frumpy.
Where To Find Them: J. Crew
I think J. Crew cardigans are the absolute best (as well as their more affordable counterparts at J. Crew Factory.) The fit, the style, the array of bright colors, and the quality keep me coming back for more!
5. Tank Tops
Just hear me out on this one, okay? ;-) Many women over 50 have left tank tops in the rearview, but that can actually be a big mistake! I’m not saying I wear tank tops by themselves, but I do wear them frequently when I’m layering with a jacket, cardigan, or other outerwear.
A good tank top helps smooth things out in the torso area, and they can add cute and interesting detail to an outfit as well. I recommend every woman over 50 keep a few of these handy at all times! Look for tanks that fit snugly, and that are long enough to stay tucked in to your skirts or pants.
Where To Find Them: Nordstrom
Shop at Nordstrom and you’ll find many high-quality clothing brands, especially when it comes to tank tops. From edgy to chic, Nordstrom has great tanks for all your favorite looks!
Wearing a dress is an easy way to feel fun and feminine! There are a few styles of dresses that work particularly well on women over fifty: wrap, sheath, and fit-and-flare dresses.
Wrap dresses should be worn with the belt tied on the side (never in front!) Sleeveless sheath dresses look great with a snug-fitting cardigan or jacket (my personal favorite look!) And finally, look for fit-and-flare dresses that hit your knees (and that have plenty of flirty swing to them, of course!)
Where To Find Them: Amazon
With free returns on most items, it’s hard to beat Amazon when it comes to dress shopping. I found this holiday-ready Calvin Klein peplum sheath dress on Amazon, and they carry options from almost any brand you could think of.
7. Animal Print
So animal print isn’t technically an “item of clothing,” but I maintain that it’s a must-have style choice! Incorporating a piece of clothing with an animal print is a great way to let loose and make any outfit more fun, edgy, yet still age-appropriate.
My leopard print ankle boots are one of my favorite pair of shoes, and they bring a sassy feel to classic, casual, and dressy looks alike!
Where To Find Them: Nordstrom
Nordstrom has an excellent array of fashion for women, including chic animal print pieces. This Dolce Vita boot I found at Nordstrom has the perfect chunky heel that adds a little height without sacrificing stability.
8. Timeless Turtlenecks
Turtlenecks are another one of my fashion “go-to’s!” A turtleneck is always sophisticated and stylish, in my opinion, especially in black or white. They’re really versatile, and can be layered as part of a day or night ensemble. And they’ll keep you warm when temperatures get cool, to boot!
Where To Find Them: Boden
Boden makes fashion for the modern woman that is chic without sacrificing comfort. If you like being comfortable but don’t want to sacrifice on sophistication, you’ll surely love what Boden has to offer!
9. Modern Blazers
A blazer may seem like high fashion to some, but it’s actually an incredibly simple way to bring a touch of class to nearly any outfit you add it to. Opt for brighter colors to keep things fun, or stick to darker colors (black, grey, and navy) for a more professional appearance.
Blazers are tailored to come in at your natural waist, creating a flattering silhouette that shows you know exactly what you’re doing (even when you don’t!)
Where To Find Them: Pure Collection
Pure Collection is best known for their ultra-soft cashmere, but you can find other comfy and classic pieces there too, like this linen blazer. It’s soft, chic, and always looks put together!
Bonus Fashion Tips For Women Over 50 (Or Any Age!)
- Don’t Forget Your Bag! Handbags are a timeless fashion accessory that can complement any outfit. Anyone can tote around a practical and trendy bag, regardless of age or size! (But if the latest trends in bags don’t appeal to you, a classic structured bag never goes out of style!)
- Level Up Your Underwear Game. Underwear is the foundation of your outfit, and it shouldn’t be neglected! Make sure you’re wearing the correct size of bra, and utilize “shapewear” as needed. (Being a 50+ year old doesn’t have to mean “granny panties!”)
- Sensual Over Sexy. For an alluring ensemble that’s still sophisticated, shop for sensual colors and fabrics as opposed to “sexy” ones. Fabrics like silk, satin, lace, and cashmere will give you a luxe look, and rich colors like burgundy, violet, and emerald green add a splash of drama!
- Get sassy with shoes. Another one of my very favorite tips! A great pair of shoes is another outfit-making accessory that anyone can pull off. It can add a touch of class – or sass – to any set of clothing you have in your closet. If you’re worried about being uncomfortable in a pair of high-fashion heels, get some gel insoles for added cushioning.
What’s your best fashion tip?
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