Do you feel your age? I bet you don’t. So, how does not feeling your age and dressing age appropriately line up? It’s an interesting question that got me thinking when I met style expert Lynn Spence at a fashion event sponsored by Olsen.
Lynn has come up with an easy way to determine your Style Age – the gap between your chronological age and how you see yourself. Take this short questionnaire to see how you score. (I’m in my 50’s, but my style age is 30’s – a little surprising.)
How about you? Does your Style Age match your true age and does it matter?
Lynn says there are many factors that influence your Style Age, but the ultimate question is who do you want to project? There are no rules about dressing your age and just because you are getting older doesn’t mean giving up looks you love or dressing boring, but your style should evolve. Trying to compete with a younger you is a losing battle.
I’ve always said that looking Fabulous after 40 is not about looking young, (short skirts, tight clothes, a lot of skin), it’s about looking modern. Lynn shares that same philosophy. Have a peek at these four variations on a dress that can work at any age.
If you haven’t already noticed the models in these photos are all of the different ages, but they’re wearing the same fabulous dress. It’s just a matter of styling. Starting with a classic piece, and then tweaking it to reflect your personality is an easy way to stay stylish as you age.
This gorgeous, blue, python print dress is from Olsen, a high-quality German brand that has been around for over 50 years. I’ve worn Olsen before and think they do a great job designing classic clothing with that perfect modern twist. (Olsen is currently available in Canada and Europe only)
Look # 1 – Edgy Look
Take a versatile, easy-to-wear dress, like this and throw on a moto jacket for a cool girl vibe. Add some sexy tie shoes and you are ready to rock and roll. This look skews younger. It’s being shown by Lindsay, who is in her 20’s, but there’s no reason you can’t embrace this look at 40+. The longer dress length, the subtle snakeskin pattern, and the classic cut of this dress balance the edginess and make it work at any age.
Look # 2 – Sleek and Sophisticated
If you prefer a more elegant look, all you need to add to this dress is a pair of fabulous over-the-knee suede booties and a glam statement necklace. Audrey is in her 50’s but doesn’t tell me that this dress, worn this way wouldn’t look fab on someone in her 20’s, 30, or 40’s either!
Look # 3 – Fun and Funky
To give a classic dress like this more of a creative vibe, you need to add some layers, texture, and weight. A chunky sweater with a braided belt and funky necklace instantly adds a relaxed, boho vibe. Opaque tights and rustic suede booties ground the look. Gillian is in her 30s, but again, if this looks suits your personality it would be appropriate for any woman because you are starting with a dress that is ageless.
Look #4 – Grown Up Chic
Here’s Lynn, who is in her 60’s in that same dress, but look how she has styled it. Lynn says if it no longer feels comfortable to show off your legs, slit the seams up the sides, turn the dress into a tunic and wear it in skinny pants.
What a fabulous trip! I think Lynn looks Age-Amazing!
Here are a few other tips from Lynn on how to evolve your style as you age.
- If you love floral patterns, go with larger ones. Ditsy florals tend to skew very young.
- If you are starting to feel constricted in pencil skirts, try an A-line. It’s more forgiving and looks just as great in flats as heels.
- If you think it is time to stop wearing tight, revealing clothes, it probably is. If this is your signature look- pair a form-fitting piece with a looser item to create balance.
- If you gravitate towards shiny fabrics, try glossy finishes instead. A subtle change like this draws less attention to problem areas.
- Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. You may be toned and fit but wearing a micro-mini or short crop top can make you desperate to stay young. Having a youthful attitude and dressing youthfully are two different things?
So ladies, please let me know, What’s your Style Age, and how does it affect the way you dress now or in the future?