How to Buy Clothing for Women Over 50. Fifty is fabulous. Celebrities like Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Sigourney Weaver grace the pages of magazines that celebrate their beauty as well as their talent. Some women find their fashion sense changes when they reach 50 and wonder how they can dress fashionably and still look age-appropriate. Worry no more because here are some great tips on buying clothes for women over 50.

Evaluate your undergarments. Properly fitting underwear is the key to looking great in clothes. At least once a year, measure yourself to make sure you’re wearing the correct bra size. Most women go up or down a size or two in their lives. Companies like Spanx (see Resources) make foundation garments that are fun, easy to wear and functional.

Show off your arms and shoulders if they’re in great shape, but steer clear of too-short hemlines. Generally, skirts and shorts should hit just below the knee. And while a little cleavage can be sexy, keep tops modest and age appropriate with scoop necks and v-necks rather than plunging necklines.

Keep jewelry and hair ornaments to a minimum. Splurge on some up-to-date costume jewelry. Long haired ladies can tame their tresses with fun, affordable hair accessories by companies like Goody (see Resources).

Wear comfortable shoes that look as good as they feel. Tennis shoes need not be grubby. New Balance makes a line of sneakers that are understated and go with more than workout clothes. Since flats are back in style in a big way, you can have fantastic feet without teetering on stilettos.

Put away those “mom” jeans. Don’t worry–you don’t have to dress like Britney Spears to look great in jeans. Retailers like Coldwater Creek (see Resources) carry flat front, boot-leg jeans with a slightly lower rise so you can wear stylish jeans without exposing your backside to the world.