Are dresses with tiered skirts appropriate for women over 40, or is this more of a younger look? I’m thinking of buying one for a special party I’ve been invited to. Janelle
Tiered dresses are lots of fun, and they can look great on a mature woman, but there are a few things you may want to consider before you run out and buy one.
- Be forewarned that a dress with lots of layers or ruffles like this is going to visually add weight, so if you are pear-shaped (heavy hips with a small top half) don’t waste your time on this look – you’ll only look bulky.
- Also, if you are petite, a dress like this can overwhelm you with too much fabric.
- If your figure is pretty balanced, even if you are curvy a tiered dress can work for you, but even then I’d suggest a more streamlined version where the layers lie flatter. You’ll look sleeker and more elegant.
- Rounded pleats are softer looking that pleats that go straight across the body and can be very complementary to curvy bodies.
- Avoid mini, thigh-high tiered dresses which look babydoll & little girlish. Opt this classier version on the right below.
- Wide straps will look better than tiny spaghetti straps on a mature woman.
- Tiers that start below the bust are more elegant and slimming too.
- Bright colors abound, but a black or a dark color like midnight blue will tone down this look and make it more wearable.
- If you are over 40, a tiered dress is best as an evening look. It is a popular style for a mother of the bride or groom dress too.
- If you choose a tiered style skirt, make sure your top is fitted.
- If you’re going to try this look, make sure to pair your dress or skirt with dainty heels and nothing too clunky as this is a feminine look.
- If it looks like something your teenager daughter would wear, don’t dare even think about it!
Bring on the tiers and look glam!