You’ve made it to your fourth decade, and fashion-wise, you’re in a pretty great place. You’ve likely got your personal style down pat, so now it’s just about making styling decisions that ensure you’re never looking less than 100 (percent, not years old). Here, nine tips to keep in mind every time you get dressed.
The 9 Best Fashion Tips for Women Over 40
1. Don't Give Up On Heels
It can be mighty tempting to eschew stilettos in favor of flats and sneakers or worse...garden shoes. But know that there is a middle ground: Sensible heels that are as easy to walk in as they are stylish. A two- or three-inch style (we love a simple slingback) is surprisingly comfortable and looks put together, and won't leave you with sore soles and aching arches.
2. Show off Your Clavicle Instead Of Your Cleavage
A plunging V-neck was great in your twenties, but you’re older and wiser now. Instead of strapping on your best push-up bra, highlight your clavicle with off-the-shoulder or boat neck silhouettes. It’s super sophisticated and sexy, without being buttoned-up or vampy.
3. Go For Mid-length Sleeves
Real talk: Shirts that show off your slender forearms are flattering as hell (regardless of your age). If your top was made with cropped sleeves, great. If you’re wearing a button-down or other long-sleeved piece, roll ’em up.
4. Invest In Accessories
You’re a grown woman. That means you deserve a bag that A) you won't be embarrassed to carry around and B) will warrant at least two compliments every time you do. You’ll never regret purchasing a timeless style, especially one that gets better with age (oh, hello, naturally worn-in leather).
5. Opt For Darker Wash Denim
Here's a fact: Dark wash denim is inherently slimming. Plus, since they’re closer to a black or navy, they’re more adult and easier to dress up than bleached washes. Shy away from excessive fading or distressing, for the most age-appropriate take on jeans.
6. Pick solids Over Prints
No, we’re not saying you should toss every floral piece in your closet, but in general, it’s way simpler to look elegant and appropriate in a neutral solid. Outfits in solid beige, white, brown, navy and black are easier to accessorize and re-wear in multiple ways.
7. Find A Good Tailor
Now that you know what looks great on your shape, find someone you trust to take your wardrobe to the next level. Hemming a pair of pants or blazer by even half an inch could make all the difference.
8. Treat Yourself To Quality Pieces You'll Wear Forever
Chasing trends is just fine, but make sure to pad your wardrobe with quality basics that are a sound investment. The high-quality fabric and fabrication mean you'll have these pieces for years to come. Just make sure to seek out silhouettes and colors that feel timeless (skip the prints here, too), so you'll actually want to wear these items season after season.
9. Go For The Gold (jewelry)
Ditch costume jewelry and toss your stacks of tarnished rings. Level up with a tasteful display of gold jewelry—all pieces that are as real as you. But you don't have to break the bank with your new, upgraded taste in rings, bracelets and necklaces. Look for direct-to-consumer find jewelry brands, like Mejuri or The Last Line, both known for producing high-quality baubles at prices you can afford.