How to Look Good Over 50 with Age Appropriate Wardrobe

By on September 4, 2012
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By Scarlett De Bease –

Ladies, let’s be honest with each other: It is tough out there for women over 50, 60, 70 and beyond to know how to put together a clothing wardrobe that will be flattering and age appropriate.

Whether in business or otherwise, women are in competition with younger women and are confused as to what their clothing wardrobe should consist of. They might realize that the clothes they currently wear are dated looking, but feel silly when trying on the latest fashion trends.

One of the most common concerns my new clients share with me is, what should their wardrobe consist of, so as to look current but not foolish. In other words, how to dress age appropriate and stylish, but not like they are trying to look younger.

There is a great expression in England that pretty much sums it up: Mutton dressed as lamb. Def. a way of describing an older woman who is dressed in a style that is more suitable for a younger woman.

Ex: Do you think this dress is too young-looking for me? – I don’t want to look like mutton dressed as lamb.

The problem with dressing in styles that are for the under 35 set, is that they actually make us look older and sometimes a bit foolish. You’ve seen some women who are wearing skirts that are too short, or tottering in shoes designed for a 20 year old, but being worn by a 60 year old. Your observation is most probably never a positive one.

Often women will look great from behind, but when they turn it is quite clear that she is over the age of when one should wear a particular style. This can be an unattractive shock to the observer and cause even more confusion as to what their clothing wardrobe should consist of.

I am not trying to be mean, but I am sharing with you the thoughts I get from women and men who observe other women, and who desperately do not want to also be the fashion victim or fashion don’t.

When I work with a client, I am able to create a clothing wardrobe for her that will take her look out of the past and into the present, but not look like she is trying to look younger. When a woman wears the right fitting clothes and styles specifically best for her, she automatically looks younger and more professional. She is then projecting an image of being capable to be competitive with the younger, and may I say, less experienced woman.

So what can you do to avoid the mutton dressed as lamb dilemma? Here are a few suggestions.

1. Even if you are lucky enough to have the body that can fit into junior clothes, don’t shop in that department. For starters, the styles are designed for teenagers and the quality is not what a woman who cares about her image, should be seen wearing.

2. Go easy on the bling by staying away from too much shine and sparkle. If a 13 year old would wear it, then you shouldn’t!

3. Focus on fit and not size. Avoid getting trapped by only wanting to wear a certain size, even if it means squeezing into the garment. Too tight, can make us look heavier and older.

 

Scarlett is a professional Image Consultant and the founder of The always Know What To Wear System. For over 6 years, she has successfully changed the lives of many women, by showing them the correct clothes, colors, styles and accessories that will flatter them the most. If you keep buying clothes and still have nothing to wear, Scarlett will make it possible for you to always know what to wear. You can find her at: www.scarlettnewyork.com.

Scarlett De Bease

About Scarlett De Bease

Scarlett is a professional Image Consultant and the founder of The always Know What To Wear System. For over 6 years, she has successfully changed the lives of many women, by showing them the correct clothes, colors, styles and accessories that will flatter them the most. If you keep buying clothes and still have nothing to wear, Scarlett will make it possible for you to always know what to wear. You can find her atwww.ScarlettImage.com.

4 Comments

  1. Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm

    September 5, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Few things are more disgusting than a woman dressed age inappropriately. It’s a reflection of their insecurity, self-absorption and is an embarrassment. It’s far easier to dress well when one buys quality pieces then supplements with good jewelry and/or scarves. I’d far rather have a hint of mystery than gobs of loud.

  2. Kay

    January 6, 2013 at 11:36 am

    As you start reading this your like yes yes I can identify and you get excited but then it cuts short? What’s needed is more help on what fashion should be for over 50. My mother just turned 70. She loves to be stylish but is really struggling to find her style. Everything is geared for the younger woman. This article has great tips on what not to do but I then leaves the reader wondering what to do.

  3. clare

    March 8, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Great post Scarlett! We are on the same wave length!

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