Practical Fashion And Style Advice To Look And Feel Your Best
While there are many things we can’t control as we age (achy joints and thinning hair spring to mind), there are plenty of things we can! While age comes with unparalleled wisdom, there are definitely benefits to maintaining a vibrant or youthful energy.
Personally, I feel much more confident when I’m wearing something lively and energetic. And I don’t mean wearing the latest trends or shopping where a twenty-something would — I mean wearing outfits that have personality, but that are still sophisticated and age-appropriate.
If you could use a confidence boost in the form of a style tune-up, you’ve come to the right place, because there’s some great practical fashion and style advice in the list below! These 7 simple tips aren’t hard-and-fast “fashion dos and don’ts”, but rather are easy strategies you can use to liven up your look and feel your best!
The 7 Best Fashion Tips For A More Vibrant Style
1. Illuminate Your Face
The brighter your face looks, the more youthful and positive you appear. Having a pop of white near your face is an easy way to achieve this brightening effect, so try layering a white collared shirt underneath a sweater or cardigan.
2. Don’t Overlook Jeans
The classics are often classics for a reason, that includes classic wardrobe staples like jeans. A good pair of denim jeans can do double-duty by emphasizing your figure and camouflaging areas you feel less confident about. Throwing on a pair of jeans with a fun top is an effortless outfit choice for daily errands or casual gatherings.
3. Pop In Bright Colors
Don’t be afraid to experiment with bright colors! I love adding a pop of color to my look, usually in the form of a cardigan or lipstick. Turquoise, fuchsia, orange, and periwinkle are all bold options that can add a lively feel to your look! (To avoid going overboard, pick one or two brightly colored items to be the focal point of your outfit.)
4. Avoid Black
Black can be chic in certain contexts, but its severity can make it less flattering for older women and men. Wearing black can actually magnify the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and even make the circles under your eyes appear darker too!
I used to wear a lot of black around the time that I started blogging, because it was a practical fashion choice I’d always heard was “slimming” and “chic.” But once I started embracing brighter colors (thanks to a push from my friend Carol Tuttle of Dressing Your Truth), I realized that all that black clothing hadn’t been doing me any favors.
If black has generally been your neutral of choice, try swapping out those staples for charcoal gray or navy blue instead. Both are softer and more flattering than black, and pair well with many other colors.
5. Add A Little Movement
If your style seems stuck in once place, adding some movement can go a long way! Pleated skirts that swish and swing as you move are infinitely more fun and vibrant than boxy or shapeless skirts.
6. Update Your Readers
For eyeglass-wearers (including those of us who only use them for reading), swapping out drab or simple frames in favor of a bolder shape or color can update your whole look! For a great example of this, look no further than Prue Leith, one of the judges of the Great British Baking Show (Bake-Off for you Brits), who sports an ever-changing array of fun and fashionable frames.
Consider trying a pair of cat-eye frames, as they’re flattering on almost everyone. And good news for bargain hunters—discount stores like Marshalls and T.J. Maxx often carry very affordable options!
7. Simplify Your Accessories
Stick to the “remove one item” rule when deciding how to accessorize your look. If you have a necklace, bracelet, watch, belt, and bag that match your outfit, put them all on and then remove at least one.
An abundance of accessories can easily date your look, or at the very least make it appear “busy” in the wrong ways. You can absolutely keep wearing all your favorite accessories — just try not to wear them all at once!
What are your best fashion tips?