Thoughts On Style Over 40

How much thought do you put into your style? Here’s a few readers who’ve been doing some thinking and come up with some pretty great looks. Check out this week’s What I Wore.

maxi skirt over 40 - royal blue maxi skirt and cream blouse


You may remember blogger Sara from our What I Wore post a few weeks back, looking elegant in a royal blue maxi skirt and cream blouse. This time, she’s paired a pink glowing maxi skirt with a quilted black leather jacket for a look that’s feminine, strong and slightly edgy. If you like long, and you want to look hip, not granny in a long skirt, then this a very modern pairing.  Inspiring!

colorful, romantic gyspy- like dress


Vesna has a creative soul, and you can see that reflected in this colorful, romantic gypsy- like the dress. It looks absolutely gorgeous on her. I love the way she has accessorized it with big artful earrings in keeping with the bohemian feel. Beautiful!

pink-jacket-scarf - cute preppy look- a pretty pink cape


Carina is no stranger to Fabulous After 40.   She always has style on her mind, and loves to send in photos of her great outfits. Here’s a cute preppy look- a pretty pink cape accented with Burberry accessories make this look proper and traditional, but with a strong feminine twist. This is darling!

snakeskin - dress - fuchsia shift dress


Classy in Snakeskin

Julia is beaming in this chic print dress by one of my favorite designers, Michael Kors.  Classic with a modern, spicy twist- that’s a guaranteed way to look fab after 40. She seems to have a knack for choosing beautiful dresses. I  have featured her before on Fabulous After 40 in a red and white floral dress and a fuchsia shift dress. Take a peek.

simple black shift dress


Black is a Blank Canvas

Marilyn has taken a simple black shift dress- modern and comfy- and upped the “wow” factor  with some beautiful accessories. Her statement necklace and bold, two-tone metallic shoes (Zara) turn an ordinary dress into an extraordinary one.

I have this same dress in red, and this photo has inspired me to run out and buy some d’Orsay pumps to wear with it like she has done. I like these gold ones or these nude ones too.

If you follow, What I wore each week you’ll know that Marilyn loves to accessorize, especially with scarves. In past posts we’ve seen her work her magic with an animal print scarf and an ombre scarf. See for yourself how cute she looks.

long-pinstripe-skirt - soft gray cashmere sweater


Polished Grays

One of the easiest ways to create a refined look is to wear varying shades of one color. Neutrals are the most elegant. For example, here’s Susan who I met at a networking luncheon looking cool and classy in  polished grays. She’s combined a soft gray cashmere sweater with a gorgeous gray, wool, pinstripe skirt and the result is very business chic. It’s the different textures make this monochromatic look interesting.

Jumpstart Your StyleIf you love grey, don’t miss this post on how to wear this lovely color.

Have you thought about the way  you dress lately? Does it reflect the real you, or do you need to Tweak your Chic?®

If you’ve wanted to tweak your style, but don’t know where to begin pick up a copy of Jumpstart Your Style – the starter’s style guide that get’s you thinking about who you are and how you should dress at 40, 50, 60 and beyond.

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  1. I’m much more of a risk-taker with my wardrobe choices now. Fashion has really changed though. You can really show you’re personality, be imaginative, now a days.
    Maybe you always could, I’ve just grown up. Or maybe I feel at my age, I can pretty much wear whatever I want to wear! Who’s going to dream to tell me otherwise.

  2. Cute top look, but the shoes make the whole outfit look frumpy and dated. Booties would have polished it up. Love the bottom look — but not the pompoms on the scarf.

  3. Christie D. says:

    Greetings Deborah and all tha Glam Gals!
    I just love Vesna’s “gypsy” dress, it is chic, colorful, and she wears it perfectly. Back in my late teens and early 20’s, I wore many such clothes, commonly referred to as “hippie” outfits. The Eastern Indian cotton blouses and skirts were comfy and colorful, especially when tie dyeing was popular. I can remember doing that with several small galvanized wash tubs in my dear Gram’s back yard (she was a naturalist and used clothes lines to dry out the clothes) It was such fun. Oh, those were really the “good old days”. It would be great to revive this art! Best regards ! Christie

  4. Brenda Wyles says:

    Love the outfits shown above, but not sure of court-type shoes with the pink maxi. I always prefer flats or boots with maxis.