It sounds like Project Runway’s Tim Gunn assumes all women over 40 are overweight and out of shape!
His now-famous list on Oprah of The Six Things Women over 40 Should Never Wear might as well have been called, The Six Things Fat Middle-Aged Women Should Never Wear!
Tim says these things should be banished from your wardrobe forever:
- Horizontal Stripes
- Jackets that hit at mid-thigh
- Pleated pants
- Double-breasted blazers
- Capri length pants
- Low rise jeans
I agree that these clothes do not particularly flatter heavy or matronly bodies, so there’s nothing wrong with these styles. Wearing them well is more about your shape, not your age. Let your body be your guide. For example:
Capris: a pair of cute Capri length pants on a mature woman is an excellent alternative to shorts.
Double Breasted Jacket: A jacket like this can still look classy and fashionable at any age if you are not busty or too wide across the shoulders.
Stripes: A horizontal striped top is intelligent and youthful. It’s all about picking the right line, i.e., the width of the strip, the color, and the distance between the bars.
Pleated Pants: Yes, they are unflattering on a woman with a potbelly, regardless of age. If you have a reasonably flat tummy, go ahead. If not, try flat-front pants.
Jackets: True, jackets that hit you midlength is not as flattering on women (any age) as a shorter cropped jacket.
Low rise jeans: In most cases, they are best left to young, tight bodies, but some mature gals can rock them, no problem.
So go ahead, break a few rules. Let your shape, not your age help you decide what you should and shouldn’t wear if you want to be stylish.