Dear Deborah ,
I am a 49-year-old woman who lives in the Northeast, and while I do dress up occasionally for a dinner or evening out, 95% of the time I need to be dressed for getting in and out of a car, easily; for walking to and from places on a variety of sidewalks, and for a very casual everyday kind of life.
I’m finding myself at a perimenopausal standstill! I have run out of creativity and I am sliding down the slippery slope of jeans, colorful t-shirts, fleece and turtlenecks. Yuck!
I also have to wear comfortable shoes and boots to fit my aging feet. How do women like myself, who live casual lifestyles full of activity and creativity, help ourselves to feel, and look, attractive, year round? Thank you again, Lori
Your letter was so heartfelt and your question so common! Many women see their lifestyle change once they are past 40. Casual wear becomes something they wear a lot! Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Do you have a Cute Vest?
Many women don’t think about buying a vest to dress up their casual wardrobe but I bet if you do you will be hooked. Vests like this leather and faux fur one are very popular at the moment and look great at any age.
Wear one with jeans, a shirt and some real cute books and you have a showstopper casual outfit.
2. Have you tried a Sweater Dress?
A sweater dress with some patterned tights and knee-high or over the knee boots works. Don’t feel like you have to wear pants all time. Why not snuggle into a sweater dress and feel more feminine and a little more funky!
3. Try a Dash of Color
Lord knows we wear far too much black after 40 and it’s not always so flattering. All those years of black can really drag a woman down now that our skin is not as vibrant as it once was. Read all about ABD and you will know what I’m talking about. It’s time to put some color into your casual wardrobe. A coat is a great place to start.
4. Have you considered Leggings?
You say you want to be comfy. Stretchy leggings are the most comfortable thing you can wear. The key to looking good in them is to make sure they cover your bottom and more. Buy some thick black leggings and pair them with a long loose sweater like this. Add some jewelry and glam accessories and you have a chic casual look.