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Wardrobe Essentials For Women of a Certain Age …

10 Things to Upgrade Your Style

Why are you still wearing Hello Kitty?

I know she’s adorable, and so are you. I know you feel young at heart even though like me you may have just hit the big 42.
No? Still a 30-something ? Awesome, well play up your experience, and lose the cartoons.
I love shopping with my 20-something. She chooses bright bold colors, fun accessories and shoes that could rival most municipal buildings downtown.
I realized the other night while fun, I really can’t wear some of these things anymore without coming off a little MiMi from Drew Carey.

I made a quick list of simple low-cost solution to take your wardrobe from “whoa” to “wow” and maybe also glam you up a little.
Glam you up with sophistication.. Not Glitter.

1 – White, Ribbed Cotton Tank Tops
Retail Retirement Age:
Why: You are not on your way to a beat box comp around the corner. Show your confidence and success by wearing a more tailored look.
Smart Substitute: 
A scoop-neck tee from a higher-end T-shirt maker.

Chicnova Fashion sleeveless vest
2 – Anything Showing Excessive Cleavage
Retail Retirement Age: 
Why: A woman should not feel she needs to show it all off. A little goes a long way.
Smart Substitute: A well-fitted tweed vest can be worn with a blouse underneath; unbutton a few buttons and you’re going to look sexy but classy.

Bleached denim jeans
3 – Too-Trendy Denim 
Retail Retirement Age: 35
Why: Bling on your bum does nothing for your style, or after “birthing” wider hip set.
Smart Substitute: Charla Krupp, TV style expert and author of How Not to Look Old (Grand Central Life & Style), suggests swapping too-trendy jeans for boot-cut versions that don’t ride too low on your hips. Because of its slight flare at the leg, the boot cut minimizes hips. Plus, while skinny jeans come and go, this cut is a classic.

Wacoal lacy bra
4- Cheap, Unflattering Underwear
Retail Retirement Age:40
Why: Ok, maybe back when we needed new underwear every night of the week to impress someone else it was ok to get the cheap stuff, but now you need something to hold it all up and hold it all in!
Smart Substitute: Do yourself and the girls a favor, go get a professional fitting. Most quality lingerie and bra shops will not need a purchase to measure you. Do yourself a solid and buy one quality bra from these places each year. Thought your boobs looked great at 19? Wait until you see them in a bra that fights right. From there it is easy to look for support garments that fit similar to your investment piece.

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania asymmetrical skirt
5- Micro-mini Skirts
Retail Retirement Age: 40
Why: Tina Turner doesn’t need to meet you in the boardroom.
Smart Substitute: A chic straight skirt or a sexy-yet-classy pencil skirt.

Ankle strap shoes

Nine West ballet shoes
6- Costume Shoes 
Retail Retirement Age: 40
Smart Substitute: Toning down what’s on your tootsies doesn’t mean you’re giving up glam. There are plenty of beautiful yet supportive flats and heels today that can bring a pop to your wardrobe without making you look like you are wearing clown shoes. Two words: Plantar fasciitis . Laugh now, but it’s incredibly painful and common in women over 30.

Sandra Cadavid foldover clutch
7 – Oversized, Overly-Decorated Hobo Bags
Retail Retirement Age: 30
Smart Substitute: Classic clutch, tote and shapes that can transcend all fashion trends. There is a reason the Kelly Bag still looks like it did in 1956 when Princess Grace made it a must have.

Cuff jewelry
10 – Loud Accessories
Retail Retirement Age:35
Why:The rubber bracelets, goth-inspired studded belts, zebra purses and plastic earrings proclaim to the world that you’re still plugged in to the trends. We get it – but you can look hip without the teen trappings. Gather up your wild accessories and black nail polish and give them to the nearest ninth-grader
Smart Substitute: Think quality and quantity. Limit yourself to one funky accessory per outfit – as long as it’s well-made. Think a leopard-print scarf, statement necklace, or a gold bangle to dress up nice jeans and a simple top.

Feather hair clip
9 – Hair Gadgets
Retail Retirement Age:
Why: “With Hello Kitty in your hair, you’re going to look ridiculous at your age,” DeMartino says. “Remember Chrissy from Three’s Company?” 
Smart Substitute: 
If you must use them at all, hair accessories should be subtle – think a tortoise-shell barrette or grosgrain-ribbon headband from J. Crew – and similar in color to your hair. Even some headbands can make for a too-young look – Krupp doesn’t like them at all past a certain age.

10 – Message T-Shirts
Retail Retirement Age: 
Why: We know you love the earth and hate not being able to nurse your babes in public, but the whole “Got Milk?” across your bewbs isn’t doing anything for you. I promise.
Smart Substitute: Write a check, join a group, create a tweet chat and show up in a nice tee over jeans as mentioned above or a peter pan color button down with cute cropped jacket.


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