Turning 50 is a huge milestone for many women. Choosing the right attire can be confusing and sometimes frustrating. At age 50, clothes don’t fit the same, and wearing clothes from your earlier years may make you look silly and feel uncomfortable. Have fun with your wardrobe while looking good at the same time.
Casual looks for women in their 50s consist of a few pairs of well-fitting jeans and a few loose-fitting tops. The necklines shouldn’t be plunging and the shirts shouldn’t be too tight. After all, you’re not trying to embarrass your teenage daughter. Buy a few classic tops that aren’t too revealing. Accessorize your outfits with a pair of earrings or maybe a few bangles. Be careful not to overdo it.
For women in the professional world, a classic pin-striped or solid-colored suit can make your figure really stand out. Button-up shirts and year-round leather jackets can really add some flair to your wardrobe. For comfort, try wearing shoes such as moccasins and flats for work. Trench coats and wool pants can also boost your wardrobe. A few sweaters and knit tops may work well too.
At 50, dressing up can be a bit tricky. Evening gowns shouldn’t be worn above the knee at age 50 because they may make you look as if you’re desperately trying to hold on to your youth. Put on a little black dress for a nice elegant evening. If your arms are a bit jiggly, try wearing three-quarter length sleeves. If you’ve got a great back, try wearing a dress that has an open back.
Do’s and Don’ts
Clothing items such as holiday sweaters, cargo pants, Crocs, boy shorts and souvenir college T-shirts in your 50s are fashion don’ts. Stay away from things such as tie-dye, ripped jeans, penny loafers and ankle bracelets. If there are clothes in your closet that haven’t been worn for years, donate them to a local thrift store.
References and ResourcesAnti-Aging Articles: Fashion Older Women
Fifty is the New Forty: Fashion for Women
Fabulous After 40