Today for Fashion Friday via my polyvore account I want to change things up. Instead of my normal look post, I am coming at you from a place of love. I promise. It is a conversation I have with myself often. I always ask.. how am I going to dress in my thirties? A lot you of you may or may not know but I am 29 years old... being that this is my last year in my twenties :( I have noticed my sense of style has drastically changed. I thought it was going to be a struggle when I asked myself this question 2 years ago but I seems that the transition is quite smooth. I find a lot of things I wore last year I wouldn't DARE look at now... certain trends and cuts of clothing are just not for me. I really wish everyone would do this... seriously. There is nothing worse than an older woman who dresses like an woman in her early twenties. Or a young girl who looks like she is auditioning for The Color Purple.
Now, I am not saying a woman can not be older and have it going on and "live".. live on baby.. but do it fashionably appropriately. Instead of telling a woman in her 20s, 30s, and 40s and beyond what I think is appropriate to wear. (because we would be here all day, I'm talking pictures and all)... I created a list of great pieces you can rock no matter your age..
I can't begin to mention what good a decent handbag can do for your wardrobe/ look. A structured handbag is timeless, classy, and appropriate for any age. If you pay attention closely to people of interest, they are not into trendy bags as much as a good ole overly priced Hermes' Birkin bag. The ultimate structured bag. This style bag can be worn casually or dressed up depending on your look. Of course a person like me just does not have 20k sitting aside, so finding one on Shoedazzle or Forever 21 similar in stature will work.
Colors are everything.. a black one is great to have but vibrant colors such as neon yellow are hot too.
Figure Flattering Dresses
One thing that is commonly confused is what type of dress looks too young or too old. In my opinion a form fitting dress is appropriate for any age. What you want to look for is a mid length (just at the knee) or lower. Body-con is conscious for most body types depending on your confidence level. If you feel comfy wearing it.. do it. Is it too old or young to strut in? No..
Stick to the basics.. meaning pleasedon't get caught up in the hype with all of these bandage panels and mesh. Although it appears nice it really is not appropriate. Yep, I said it. A nice print or basic color dress is okay. Asymmetrical/ low cuts in the front and or back are classic too.
When it comes to length, think high-school days... try to keep the hem just below your finger tips. Anything shorter than that can be raunchy.
Aside from the fact statement necklaces are the mother all necklaces. This topic is a pretty easy one to discuss. Buy classy big jewelry. This includes watches, rings, and bracelets. If you stick to all that I say about jewelry you can't go wrong.. regardless of your age. Here's what I say..
- Hardware- Try to stick with gold and silver hardware.. no plastic please. Natural beading is okay.
- Be bold- color is everything when it comes to picking your statement necklace. Neons, royal blues, and bright pinks are really hot right now.
- Think about the future- Costume jewelry can really be "faddy". Try to select pieces that will last for years to come. Especially when buying more expensive pieces. Think to yourself "Is this going to be hot 5 years from now?". If not don't waste your money (unless you just don't care) Your wardrobe is an investment, make sure you're making timeless purchases. If you like faddy jewelry don't spend too much
A timeless trend are these babies right here. Destroyed jeans have been hot since the 80s and I don't see them being any less than in the near future. Any age, weight, and body type can rock this look. They can be worn if you're going to the grocery store with flats or sneakers or to a night club with a clutch and heels. They are fun and versatile.
There really is not wrong way to wear destroyed jeans. The best advice to give is to keep it basic.. all the bleach stains and acid washed are not necessary. A light wash, white, or dark wash is enough considering all the rips and tears.
Also, I say the older you are the less rips. You can do this trend at any age.. but seriously? Would you wear a full ripped jean in your 60s? Nah I don't think so. Younger people show your whole damn thigh.. who cares!?! As you get older it's okay to indulge but in a more classic way. Maybe a knee cap showing. :)
This is the time to step out a bit and have fun. Even in your 40s. I don't think there is anything cuter than to see a woman who normally wears heels and dressy clothes.. take the same chicness and throw on a pair of sneakers. A personal favorite of mine.. New Balance. They are uber comfortable and come in so many wild and crazy color combinations it will make your head spin.
Stick with low tops. I own a few mid top sneakers but they just are not chic. They look kiddie.. and that's coming from someone who owns them lol. Low top with a pair of shorts, jeans, or tshirt dress for example is the best way to pull off a sneaker regardless of your age.
I will say this until I am blue in the face. Sleek heels are back. Actually they never left. I have always been a fan of a good old fashion pointy toe pump. They are youthful enough for a teen to wear yet classy enough for a 70 year old woman to wear. Chunky platforms are cool but sleek is where it is. They can be worn with TONS of styles.. to work, on a date, to an important meeting, if you want to wear heels to run an errand. They are totally appropriate for just about anything. And guess what? They are a great investment because they will be relevant in your closet fooooooreeeeevvvveeeer.
One thing I noticed I had a plethora of in my younger days were graphic tees. I would buy one just for the hell of it. Now.. eh, not so much. It is very rare I will buy a graphic tee.. for one it looks childish and two a plain tee is just as chic. In fact if I buy a graphic tee it really has to stand out.
This is the one time it is okay to be basic. Basic tees can be styled with just about anything and just come off cleaner.. and guess what? You guessed it.. any woman can wear it! I think a woman in her 60s wearing a My Little Pony tee is just absurd.. lol. But she can wear that basic tee and look fab.
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