Most agree that fashion trends change on a continual basis. As you age and your body shape changes, finding appropriate styles that flatter you often becomes a challenging task. Although most women shop by size, often times it does not translate into the best fit. Remove the stress and shop with confidence by shopping for clothing that fit you and your body type properly. By making slight fashion adjustments, you’ll ensure you look your best at any age.


Although a proper fitting bra is one of the main styling ingredients that instantly transforms the way you look in your blouse, it is also important to add balance. This is especially essential when pairing tops and bottoms for women in their 40s and early 50s. Wear a loose-fitting blouse with tighter bottoms or a form-fitting top with a looser trouser. Blouses made of clingy textiles — cotton, jersey and Lycra blends — shape the areas of your upper half you want to feature. On the opposite side of the style spectrum, as you age, the neck area is often impacted. Wear blouses with higher necklines to draw attention to your face. For instance, stand-up collars with pleats or gathered ruffles appear elegant and refined for any woman in her 40s or early 50s.

Skirt Length

Trading in thigh-high mini skirts for age-appropriate lengths does not have to equal committing a fashion offense. Switch out showing too much skin for showing off a toned body. For instance, retain a sexy look in your 40s and early 50s by wearing a shaped pencil skirt. Though lengths vary, most finish below the knee, shaping your hips and buttocks. This silhouette defines your shape from the hip to the bottom hem. If you are concerned with your legs, pair the look with sexy knee-length boots.

Wide-Leg Pants

Certain wide-leg bottom silhouettes have excess fabric around the thigh and bottom hem. Women in their 40s and early 50s can opt for a wide leg trouser that defines the waist and shapes the hips. For example, pair wide-leg trousers with a short-waist jacket that emphasizes your waistline. Create a slimming effect by adding height by wearing chunky-heeled shoes.

Leather and Metallic

Motorcycle jackets, leather pants and patent leather mini skirts worn in your 20s and 30s do not have to fall to the wayside as you age. Follow the fashion adage of less is more as you mature and select one signature piece in this textile to complement your ensemble. For example, women in their 40s can wear a sweater dress and choose a patent leather handbag or pumps to complete the look. Women in their early 50s can try a soft, leather belted jacket with a below-the-knee lace skirt. Trade in metallic finish mini-skirts for metallic trimmed garments. Instead, you can achieve the same shiny surface treatment by wearing sweaters made with metallic thread.