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While your twenties were all about keeping up with the latest trends—hello, Skechers and bleached hair! All those late nights and early mornings can catch up quick, but it's not too late to reverse time.


Home » Style » How to dress after 40 and look hip? Of course you can dress any which way you like. But i know that some of you worry that you look too young, or you feel that you may be trying too hard to stay young. So here are some of my guidelines on how to dress after However, I do believe in dressing to your strengths and taking your body shape and style personality into. So, if you would like to have some guidelines on how to dress after 40, then you can find them below. Below are a few general guidelines on what to avoid doing in terms of style after 40, style over 50 or any age above.

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Only choose those that suit your personality and your your body type. You can find guides on dressing all the different body types in these articles:.

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A 2-piece suit will quickly look old. Better to mix that jacket with another skirt or pants and look effortlessly chic. Melinda above chooses to pair an on-trend oversized blazer with her black pencil skirt, and mixing formal and casual by wearing with sneakers. Check out this similar blouseblazerskirtsneakersclutch and sunglasses. As a young woman, you may have looked cute in a flimsy, poorly made t-shirt but as a woman over 40, you need something with a bit more substance.

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You can see some characteristics of fabrics here. We also have a list of recommended shops here. Best to buy only the clothes that you love and that have a chance to last.

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Look for beautiful natural fabrics like silk, cotton, linen and cashmere and you will enjoy them for years to come. Think about your purchase in terms of cost per wear rather than initial price. Sarah above wears a classic wool coat that will be on trend year after year. Get her look with this similar cashmere sweatercoatjeansbootiesnecklace and tote. Vince shaped collar silk blouse. Of course there are many exceptions but in general tighter items like leggings look better when they are combined with wide pieces like a tunic or wider shirt.

That also applies to skirts. Aim to have either a tight skirt with a loser top or vice versa. Jacqueline above opts for a tunic-style top with her leggings. Steal her look with this similar tunic shirtleggingsbooties and scarf. Zella high waist leggings.

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For more style inspiration on how to wear your pair of loafers, see our article on the best loafers for women over Nothing is more important than dressing in a way that pleases and represents you. My style guide will help with that.

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Doing our style personality quiz will also give you a better idea of your style. For example, she wears a loose top over a loose skirt. However, she still looks absolutely incredible, particularly with the addition of a pair of edgy boots — proof that you should stick to your style and not be afraid to experiment.

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Check out this metallic top and skirt that you can wear with this similar pair of leather bootssling bag and hoop earrings. Not everyone will have the same wardrobe essentials. This will depend on your lifestyle and your style personality.

But having a collection of wardrobe essentials in your closet will make dressing every day so much easier — and more stylish. Personally, I love to have plenty of asymmetrical items in my closet. These vary for each style personality but some important classics are:.

Kylie above chooses a classic, white blazer that will go with everything in her closet. Recreate her outfit with this similar camisoleblazerskirt and flats. Club Monaco tuxedo blazer. Note, she adds a little edge to her look with her fishnets. Complete her look with this similar blouseblazerpantspumpsearrings and stockings. Tory Burch leather convertible crossbody bag.

Take a good critical look at yourself before you go Looking good over 40 and see if you look too overdone. When thinking about fashion at 50, over 40 or any age above, the aim is to look effortlessly chic so just evaluate and if necessary you may have to add on something a bit more casual. Sally above wears an understated, but stylish outfit.

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She sticks to a palette of neutrals, but adds interest with her see-through block heels and on-trend ruched bag. Get her look with this similar blazer dresssandalspurse and earrings. You could choose a drapey cardigan to add style and warmth to a simple jeans and t-shirt outfit.

Or add a blazer to casual wear to elevate your look. Barefoot Dreams circle cardigan. Keep updated with the fashion trends and make sure you have a few current items in your wardrobe. For the best style over 40, only pick those trends that work for you! If you want to know about the latest trends check our article on the latest trends. For many women dresses and skirts that are just above or on top of the knee are a great length for Looking good over 40 over Right now longer dresses are very much on trend as well and can be a great style for older women to choose.

Find out more about this rule of thirds in our article on how to wear capris. Monika above shows how flattering a skirt that is just below the knee can be. Steal her look with this similar dresscoatpumpsand match it with a bag from Gucci. Ming Wang asymmetrical hem sheath dress. For more inspiration, see this article on the perfect skirt length for women over Wear accessories like belts, jewelries and scarves.

They can make a real difference to your outfit. Patricia shows how accessories can add extra impact.

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Check out this similar sweaterskirtpumpsclutchbeltsunglassesearrings and headband. Karine Sultan gold plate collar necklace. Read our article on how to wear accessories. These add an instant young and hip vibe to your outfits. Make sure to choose shoes that you are able to walk in. Mid high heels can look fabulous. If you need more support I have a great list of arch support shoes. Suzie above wears shoes with an edgy cutout.

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Recreate her outfit with this similar dresshandbagearringstights and heels. Franco Sarto flat. Your jeans can be the mainstay of your closet as they go with so many other things, and can be dressed up or down.

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Dahlia above wears a pair of bootcut jeans, which are back on-trend for this season, and can have a leg-lengthening effect, particularly when worn with heel. Check out this similar topmoto jacketbootcut jeans and booties. PAIGE bootcut jeans.

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Also, take a look at the most flattering jeans for every body type. If you want to hide some of the bulges, then shapewear definitely helps. I personally only wear it on special occasions. Wacoal shaping shorts. Make sure you wear a good bra and invisible undergarments. A great bra will make sure that there is clear distance between your chest and your tummy!

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Wacoal underwire bra. More info in my article on how to find the perfect bra. Check out this similar dresssandalsnecklace and sunglasses to recreate my look. But if you want to look young and hip, then these guidelines can certainly help. The more you understand your body and your stylethe more you can break these rules as you please.

For all my best tips and a complete style course that will get you looking stylish in no time, I highly recommend my style course. If you have any further tips then I would love to hear them. What are your tips on how to dress after 40? Share them below. As an associate for Amazon and many other brands, we receive a small commission at no cost to you on qualifying purchases which enables us to keep creating amazing free content for you.

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Men and women alike are delivered the same message about getting older so frequently that it's impossible not to internalize it: As your age increases, your looks go in the opposite direction.


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