So, you’re a golden girl. You’re rich in wisdom, you have enough savings in the bank, you no longer have to prove yourself to other people, and you can afford to not give a hoot about anything.
Great! But does that mean it’s okay to dress sloppily?
What’s up with the shapeless outfits paired with tacky accessories?
Aging is no excuse to forget about presenting yourself stylishly to the world. At age 50 or older, people should look at you and automatically get the sense that you’ve got life figured out. Be adventurous. You can afford good quality outfits, shoes and accessories – so, go ahead and flaunt your great personal style.
If you find the options sold in fashion retail and designer stores to be “too young” for you, or more designed to cater to women over 50 built like Salma Hayek, Courteney Cox, and Nicole Kidman (which you’re not), don’t you fret. Sharp and elegant dressing is all about adopting the right strategies.
To help you dress to impress every day, here are the top secrets to great style for mature women.
1. Follow the style wisdom of French women.
Stock up on the basics which include:
A crisp white shirt
Neutral colored blouses
A tailored coat or blazer
Trousers with the right fit
No matter your age and shape, you’ll always look classy with these items. You can never go wrong with them because you can easily mix and match, or dress them up or down.
2. Have your clothes tailored.
It’s true that most clothing pieces sold in retail stores are made for specific shapes and sizes, and more often than not, a mature woman’s body is neither this nor that. Therefore, you need to find a good tailor to alter clothes to fit your specific body type perfectly. Beautifully tailored clothes do not only look sharp, but they can make you look 10 pounds lighter as well.
3. Invest in really good underwear.
It’s so easy to ignore or take for granted what goes under the “armor,” but your underwear can make a whole world of difference in how you dress yourself.
Get fitted for a good bra and make sure that the cups slant upwards instead of downwards like teardrops. Invest in seamless underwear too, as well as shapewear to smooth out loose skin or bulges.
Good underwear will provide better support, improve your posture, and make your clothes skim more flatteringly over your body.
4. Inject fun into your basic pieces.
A neutral wardrobe looks classy and reliable, but it can also get boring over time, so remember to spice things up with a few carefully chosen pieces that make a statement.
Invest in bold colored jackets or funky shoes. Clothing pieces that are slightly out of the box will instantly take your style from just well-put-together to smashing.
5. Be smart with accessories
One of the common inclinations of mature women is to wear matchy-matchy jewelry. The more youthful approach is to mix and match baubles for a more contemporary style. A good mix of classic and fun pieces can easily upgrade any outfit.
6. Wear heels
Most mature women tend to think that flat shoes and sandals are always the way to go for comfort. Ballet flats are pretty enough, but these aren’t always the smartest options when combining style with comfort.
Certain types of footwear with heels are actually better because not only do they prevent ensembles from looking frumpy, but they can also provide better arch and posture support. Wedges, which balance weight along the entire foot, provide adequate support and can elongate the body. There are also really nice pumps that come with comfort features, making sexy strides easy to pull off.
The key to wearing heels as a mature woman is to always choose the right height and make sure that the footwear is well constructed as a whole.
Revamp your closet and invest in high-quality style pieces that present you as an elegant and fashion-savvy mature woman. You’ll not only have an easier time getting dressed every day, but you’ll also have the assurance that you look smart and polished all the time.
Ethiopian-born and Dubai-based fashion designer Feiruza Mudessir discovered her curiosity to mix the traditional with contemporary at a young age, and this has become the trademark of her designs today. When you slip into one of Feiruza’s creations, you can almost hear the rhythms of Africa, the beats of India and the vibrancy of Dubai – this distinctive and colourful mélange is just what Finchitua is about.