We all want clothes that make us look good. Despite the fact that designers are focussed primarily on skinny women in their 20s, we can achieve this goal at any age. The trick is to accommodate the ways in which our bodies are changing and make the most of our assets.
Looking Good At Any Age
7 Rules to looking good
Take a cold, hard look at your body. As we age our proportions change. Muscles relax, waistlines disappear, busts and buttocks give up their fight against gravity. Many of us gain weight. Almost all of us change shape as our muscles and skin become thinner and less elastic.
Rule 1: Buy undergarments that fit and firm up the areas that need help (bust, belly, hips, buttocks). Buy the best you can afford. Good undergarments will make the most of any garment you wear on top of them.
Avoid clothes designed for the very young or are too tight. A girlish outfit on a mature woman tends to draw unflattering attention to her age. And a blouse that's too snug only draws attention to the gaps between buttons. Important safety point: The well-dressed woman's clothing enhances her appearance, it does not draw attention to itself.
Rule 2: Buy your true size. If you're size a 14, wearing a 12 will make you look heavier than you really are. Look for lines that conceal faults (e.g., an A-line skirt if you have a tummy issue), and emphasize good points (e.g., a skirt that's short enough to show off a well-shaped leg). And don't forget to check out your rear view!
Everyone shrinks as they age. Have your height checked.
Rule 3: If you're now 5'4" or under, this means that you should start shopping in the Petite Department. It's not just a matter of skirt or pants length. Your suit jacket needs to be in proportion, too.
Review your colors. Many mature women should wear softer, more subtle colors near their face as they age, especially if their natural skin tones tend to become paler, yellower, and more easily washed out by the proximity of strong, bright colors. (Darker skinned women won't have this problem.)
Rule 4: Take off all your makeup and hold different color swatches up to your face. The colors that call forth flattering, warm skin tones are the ones to go with. Note: This is a good time to review your makeup colors as well. It may be time to retire that bright red lipstick, and also start using a darker foundation base.
Your waistline and tummy may expand during the day and especially after meals. This can result in wrinkled, uncomfortable clothing with unsightly bulges.
Rule 5: Look for clothes made of more stretchy, forgiving fabrics. They tend to drape well and will be more comfortable, especially in a garment worn for many hours.
Remember to add the small, finishing touches.
Rule 6: Wear earrings that complement your hair and neckline. Keep your nails manicured.
A smiling face is the most attractive item in your wardrobe.
Rule 7: Smile a lot.
This article is based on the writer's personal experiences and discussions with other women, women's groups, clothing designers and consultants, cosmeticians, plus numerous books and articles read over the last 35 years.