When considering whether an outfit is too “young” or “old” for a woman, there are several factors that come into play.
Luckily, Dress for the Date's CEO and Lead Stylist Jennifer Kelton has the scoop on how to determine if you're dressing appropriately for your age.
First of all, regardless of age, no woman should ever dress overtly sexy, says Kelton. "Outfits that are extremely low-cut and hit just below the rear are big fashion no-nos. Dressing too sexy not only screams desperation, it can also make a woman appear older." Hmm, we can think of a few Real Housewives who should heed this advice…
So how do you know if you are dressing appropriately for your age? According to Kelton, the first step is to consider where you are shopping. "Specifically, pay attention to the other customers," she notes. "Are they around your age? That's a good sign that you are dressing age appropriately. If the other female customers appear to be far off from your age, however, you are probably not dressing age appropriately.”
One of the biggest fashion faux pas Jennifer and her co-workers witness are women over the age of 35 shopping at young, trendy stores like Forever 21. "These stores are tempting. They make stylish, inexpensive clothing, but when you wear clothing that is considered 'young,' it will actually make you look older because you appear to be trying to look younger," explains Kelton. Stick to stores geared toward your demographic and you'll be safe.
No need to fret! There are clothing items that can help women appear more youthful and refreshed. "The secret lies in the color and form of your clothing," says Kelton. For example, bright colors like cobalt blue instantly have a youthful effect.
As Jennifer mentioned above, the fit of your clothing can subtract years off your age too. She recommends avoiding "mom jeans” and billowy tops that give you no form. Pick styles that hug your curves without being too tight instead. "At any age, a woman can never go wrong with a pencil skirt or A-line skirt. Both are sexy, figure flattering and will keep you looking young, stylish and fresh," points out Kelton.
Amp up your wardrobe this season with these 15 basic staples that are appropriate at every age, says Kelton.
"Most importantly, looking your best comes from within, not just from the clothes you wear, so be sure to rock a great vibe too," Kelton says.
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