You should be considering fashion changes as you grow older but not what you may think. My inspiration came from Kristen Nichols, a fashion editor at WHOWHATWEAR in writing about a totally different subject, but it was like a light bulb went off when I read her article. It just seemed so a propos to what I have been preaching on dressing for the mature woman. We are no longer restricted by the trends of the youth or the sameness of classical fashion but need to allow ourselves to explore the limits of our personalities.
In many ways my style has remained constant, but since I became a fashion blogger, it occurred to me that my style has evolved in certain areas—some quite noticeable. While my style has always been rooted in classic items (and that hasn’t changed), I discovered that I now have a low tolerance for uncomfortable shoes and clothes that haven’t been tailored. These are unquestionable changes that have improved my everyday looks. After all some of the most stylish women over 50 I know are grandmothers…and they rock it with their fashion and their lifestyles….they are bold and in the game.
There are a few other, more dramatic areas of change, though. This comes down to the colors I’m wearing and the silhouettes I’m experimenting with. Kristen breaks down six major ways her style has changed and they could apply to you as well.
Stop Wearing: Only Neutrals
Start Wearing: More Color
While my closet is still heavily built around pieces in the neutral family of black and white, I’ve been wearing more and more colors, notably bold shades like red, purple, and turquoise in both prints and solids. These are real fashion changes for me.
Stop Wearing: Hard-to-Walk-In Heels
Start Wearing: More Comfortable Shoes
I spent too many years wearing 3-4 inch high heels (some of you wear up to 6 inch heels) and have since learned there are plenty of shoes that are both comfortable and cool. I’ve retired any footwear that’s difficult to walk in and instead have been wearing kitten or block heels.
Stop Wearing: Pieces That Don’t Fit Right
Start Wearing: Expertly Tailored Pieces
One of the biggest changes in my wardrobe since becoming a fashion blogger is learning the importance of tailoring. Having a pair of pants taken in at the waist or a top nipped at the shoulder for a perfect fit makes a big difference in having my outfits come off as polished. And for me living in Mexico, I can get a totally customized dress for less than $100.
Stop Wearing: Only Standard Basics
Start Wearing: Adventurous Silhouettes
I can still slip into basic T-shirts and jeans or a skirt on a regular basis, but I’ve been adding more and more daring silhouettes into the rotation too. My favorite of the moment? Tops with voluminous, puffy sleeves and I just adore this outfit above. Leopard prints are making a huge impact this season and this look speaks volumes for STYLE as never before.
Stop Wearing: A Risk-Free Wardrobe
Star Wearing: More Trends From the Current Season
While I still take a measured approach when it comes to the season’s biggest trends, I’ve been taking some bigger risks too. The key is making sure the items (like these tiger-stripe pants) still fit in with my personal sense of style.
Stopped Wearing: Only Current Buys
Started Wearing: Designer Vintage
Instead of focusing my shopping habits on only new-in merchandise from contemporary brands, I’ve been buying more and more vintage pieces from retailers like The RealReal. It’s an editor secret for tapping into the latest trends with designer pieces at a fraction of the price. And my friend, Vikki La Fontaine in NJ operates a fantastic vintage retail shop. You can’t go wrong buying from her.