You’ve made it to your fourth decade, so congrats – we assume that you’re in a pretty great place when it comes to fashion and your personal style! However, if that isn’t really the case and you need some guidance, don’t worry at all because we’re here to help you out. Here are five style tips every 40-something woman should take into consideration, so check them out and get down to business!
Don’t buy clothes that don’t look good on your body
Truth be told, a large number of ladies tend to buy particular clothing items just because they’re trendy at the moment. If you’re one of them, too, it’s about time you stopped wasting your money on clothes that don’t even look good on your body and started dressing according to your body type. So, no matter how trendy those bold, puffy shoulders are, it’s highly unlikely that these will look great on every single woman. That’s exactly why you should know your body type in the first place, as it’ll help you figure out which pieces to rock and which ones to stay away from. So, don’t keep up with the latest fashion trends at all costs, learn more about your body type, and you’re halfway there!
Avoid buying fabrics that don’t flatter you
You probably already know it, but let us say it once again – fabrics also play a huge role in your overall appearance, which is why you need to pick them wisely. For example, polyester is lightweight and therefore pleasant to wear. Besides that, it’s resistant to creasing and shrinking, but its main disadvantage is the fact that its shine can be very unattractive – especially in photos, so do your best to avoid it when shopping for a special occasion. There’s also spandex, which is extremely elastic, smooth, and durable. However, it doesn’t allow your skin to breathe and is sensitive to heat. Apart from that, it’ll emphasize your minor flaws, too, which is why you should skip it. Instead, wear fabrics such as cotton, silk, organza, and cashmere, which are very lightweight, soft, and comfortable. These certainly won’t disappoint you!
Invest in high-quality basics
Being in your 40s usually means that you already know your personal style and that you can come up with clothing combos that represent you in the best possible way. Aside from the statement items, such as colorful scarves, beautiful kurtis, and remarkable glass frames, you should also invest your money in top-quality basics that can easily be matched with each other. Some of the wardrobe staples every woman should own are a white button-down, a classic knee-length trench coat, a dress that fits you perfectly (it doesn’t have to be black), a properly fitter blazer and a pair of pants, a nice leather jacket, a good pair of dark denim jeans, and similar ones. As for footwear, there are black leather ankle booties, casual women’s sneakers, comfy flats, and attractive stilettos. Don’t be afraid to spend more money on these, your investment will definitely pay off in the future!
Be careful with risky clothing items
Speaking of garments such as leggings, miniskirts, unfitted blazers, baggy sweats, really short shorts, and severely ripped jeans, we have to say that these can be very risky. This is exactly why you should be extremely careful with them or even stay away from them as much as possible, and reasons for that are more than good. First of all, these are typical of teenagers and girls in their 20s, so bear in mind that trying too hard to stay young can actually result in a quite ridiculous appearance and people not taking you seriously because of the way you dress. This is the last thing you want, so be extra careful with such garments and you’ll see what we were talking about!
Feel free to play with accessories
Last but certainly not least, accessorizing is one of the most important steps you should take in order to complete your looks, so don’t skip it under any circumstances. Sunglasses are the first thing you need to rock for several reasons – apart from taking your combos to a whole new level, these will also protect your eyes from the harmful sun’s rays and prevent wrinkles and fine lines in that area. A stylish hat is a great idea, too, as well as a romantic scarf you can rock in a lot of different ways. As for jewelry, you should probably keep it simple yet effective, so pick a pair of cute, studded earrings and a matching bracelet and you’ll do a great job. On the other hand, statement earrings that feature vibrant tassels are also a fantastic idea, if these fit your personal style, of course, so give them a fair shot and nail your accessorizing game like a true fashionista!
As you can see, there are a lot of important style tips 40-something women should stick to, and these five are undoubtedly the best ones out there. So, if you need help with your outfits, all you have to do is to follow our guidelines and you’ll do the right job, without a shadow of a doubt!
Peter Minkoff is a guest writer. He is an Editor at High Style Life