Do you blindly follow fashion rules that relate to age, or do you dress outside the box? I still find many women still live by outdated style rules that keep them from looking Age-Amazing. They say rules were meant to be broken, and when it comes to over 40 fashion rules, I often have to agree. Here’s what I mean about fashion rules to break.
Imagine if we all blindly followed over 40 fashion rules? That would mean…
No Short Skirts
Technically Jennifer Aniston should have stopped wearing short skirts and especially minis at 40, but she’s 49 now and still wearing them, with no problem at all. She takes fabulous care of herself, works out and has legs that look better than many women in their 20’s, so on the red carpet, and off she wears very short skirts.
I think she still looks pretty darn fabulous. What do you think? It’s all part of her sporty style. Is she right or wrong to be wearing a short skirt at her age? How short is too short?
No Cleavage Allowed
If Oprah (64) followed the traditional fashion rules for mature women, then she shouldn’t wear low cut dresses that expose cleavage. That’s supposed to be for the younger gals only…or is it?
That’s quite the dress, and she has a full bust, but I think she’s rocking it! What’s your opinion? Can Oprah look that sexy at her age or should be “dressing age appropriately?”
Most women think it’s time to hang up the bikini at 40, but Helen Mirren is 72! Helen is one hot boomer babe who is not afraid to let it all hang out at the beach.
Would you wear a bikini? Do you think that automatically thinking a one-piece is in order when you turn 40, old-fashioned and outdated, or simply appropriate?
Skip Spaghetti Straps
If everyone followed fashion rules, then Lauren Hutton (age 61 in this photo, and now age 74) should stay away from spaghetti straps that are really for twenty-somethings, or so we have been told.
Do the thickness of your straps really matter if you feel confident in this style? I don’t think so.
Say Goodbye to Long Hair
Have many times have you heard that it’s time to give up long hair once you hit 40? ..that it doesn’t look age-appropriate? If everyone followed fashion rules, then no woman over 40 should have hair past their shoulders.
I can’t agree with that. I think any woman would die to have hair like Brooke Shields in her 50’s. What do you think?
Lay Off Black Leather
Is leather, and especially black leather silly over 40? Jane Seymour can still rock it, and she’s 67! I think if you like it and you style it right, it can add a youthful, edgy touch.
But I’d love you to weigh in. Is no leather at 67 a style rule meant to be broken, or one Jane should be following?
I hope these examples have got you thinking. Can you see the point I am making? I can give you dressing guidelines for what works well for most women at a certain age, but in the end, if you have the right body and attitude, you can look fabulous in just about anything at any age.
Try some things on. Be sure to have a full-length mirror on hand. Listen to your gut and let it be the judge. Be honest and true to your personal style! Know the rules, but be prepared to break them.