50+ styling tips

50+ and looking good

This article is for those over 50 who wants to look stylish and elegant.

White color refreshes

The black color on the picture below is away from the face. It is used for leggings, shoes, bag and decoration on the hat. Wear white and off-white colors such as milky-white, old paper, vanilla, cream. The images above: white jeans and light cardigan, both look youthful and dynamic. Next images shows long vest and long coat, it is very stylish and popular, these items will look good on a curvy woman, beware that large collar can make your upper body look even larger.

Pastel Colors

Wearing pastel colors is a good idea, these colors always play well with aging skin and it’s problems.One of the suggestion is to choose clear colors, without gray, although light gray itself is also a good choice with bright accessories.

You can also use bright accessories with pastel colors, even as bright as orange. A bag or a pair of shoes can make your look interesting as on the picture below.

Make a use of bright colors and bright accessiries

Don’t be afraid to use 2-3 bright colors in your accessories or in your prints.  On the pictures below “triangle” and “opposite” color combination rules are used to add focal points. Remember the proportion of colors. One of the colors should be a base (takes up more area on the outfit) and another is an accent (less, but more bright). The images below look sharp.  Yellow is not only for young people, as long as it does not dominate the look. This lady looks tastefully younger, but not ridicules.


Bright scarfs make your image look interesting and memorable. It is critical that any accssessories worn next to your face is one of your colors. This is the only rule. Anything else: bags, shoes, braceletes  can be of  any bright color, which blends well in to your outfit.

Hats also  could be bright (again, your color) or lighter, but not gray.

Without bright accessories, the lady on the picture would look too bland in her gray suit, her face may look pale and bland as well, but the hat and the scarf refresh her face.

Even if you prefer dark colors and you have plenty of dark clothes in your wardrobe, you need to mix them with bright colors.


Be mindful about prints on your clothes. For example, floral prints like large roses my give an impression of a granny in girlish dress. Try to select more modern prints such as abstract, water colors, botanic. Some delicate polka dots print is advisable for either blouse or pencil/A-shape skirts, but not a dress. Some checker too, but not much.

Mix styles: the image below shows shorter pants and a jacket. The image is interesting because of the prints.

Casual Style

Even if casual looks are not your favorite, using elements of sports style reduces the impression of age.

Suggestion: mix the styles. Add elements of the sport/casual style to your favorite styles, whichever it may be: elegant, feminine, urban. Imagine sport shoes or leather jacket with elegant pants or skirt. Wear jeans, lace up boots, jackets with fun details patches and bright inside materials, military style. Some details and vibrant colors will suggest fun and energy.

Essentially the same outfit below is modified for a woman 50+. Jeans are different according to age group. Sailor shirt is “softer”. Another outfit is based on denim items, which would be boring just by itself. What makes it interesting? Sport jacket, belt, and scarf.

The way we look after 50 depends on our taste. In any age we need to look elegant and tasteful.


Accessories 2018

Fantasy Hose

At fashion show, besides the clothes, great attention is also paid to accessories, especially bags and shoes. This season brought us another unusual trend, which is hard to ignore if you are a fashionista. Look for Fantasy Hose at  the fashion runways.

Duffle Bags/Hobo Bags/CarryAll

Summer trend for miniature bags will continue to be in style in fall/winter season, but they are still not terribly practical. If you need to carry “all your life” with you, think large. Be mindful – the size depends on your build. The taller you are the larger bag you can wear. Colors for winter season: dark green, burgundy, dark blue, purple, brown. Colors for Spring/Summer: beige, orange, pale blue, gray, pink.

Over the Knee Boots

Tall boots are still in fashion, but there are more styles introduced: wide or narrow, stocking and loose, stiletto, flat or practical heel, suede, leather and fabric. Red boots made the biggest splash.


Hats are back to style. This season is a hat season. All kinds go: hats, caps, berets, beanies, and fedoras – anything you may like. Some prominent brands demonstrated quite sizable hats. “Bad hair days” may become a history for some of us.

If you noticed this season has a variety of trends some new, some from the last season. Feel free to wear your favorites purchased last year, but don’t forget that you’re is what you wear. Let your clothes speak for you, be unique and mindful about selecting items for your wardrobe. Good luck.


Importance of proportions

Which image looks better?

The image on the right looks better. Nice and simple: having a shirt with a proper length makes the legs look longer. The 2/3 rule is used here. What is “proper length”? As a golden rule the visual line between an upper and lower body should not cut the body at curve or your widest parts. About an inch above the hips – this fits most body types.

Which image looks better?

Again, the image on the right looks better. These outfits are assembled with similar items, but look dramatically different. Lets review the picture props. Lower neckline makes the neck look longer. The jacket line is compliant with the proportion rules and balances the upper and lower body. Shorter skirt (and the choice of tall boots with heels) make the legs look longer. (Hint: longer skirts look better on the taller women, if you are short avoid or be careful) A few more details: pencil skirt slims down in most cases. Defined waist line also contributes to entire image looking better. In my humble opinion the purse of a contrast color is not such a bad idea, it distracts from overall boxy look on the left picture.

No question here, of course the image on the right looks better.

Ladies with apple/oval shape pay attention – this is for you. Again shorter top balances the upper and lower body. Long jeans of neutral color slim down hips and thighs, Boot cut design hides wide cuffs. Shoes or boots are the same or similar shade as jeans make legs look longer. White T-shirt underneath the stripped shirt is shorter at the waist line and doesn’t attract attention to the problematic area in comparison with the left image. Lets agree that accessories on the left (boots and purse) not anywhere near of being stylish. Although little purse on the right looks better – I would take slightly bigger one (to be more proportional with the body size) and a bit brighter.



A little trick with a long top and a belt

Hi there!

Challenge of the day:
As you can see on the left the top is a bit too long for a 5′ frame. Also it doesn’t necessarily  hide all the beauty around mid section. Lets follow the trend and tuck in some of the shirt. If one has some curvy stomach area – it makes sense to move the tuck to the side. As a result we have the top riding up to the perfect length, some draping covers “extras” and the  legs look longer . To make it more interesting  we can add a belt with an attractive color or a buckle and place the buckle to be visible.