Anti-Age Your Wardrobe!February 4th, 2014 by David
So you spend a fortune on skin creams, treatments and hair colours in a bid to look younger, but do you ever think about your wardrobe? You could be detracting from your natural beauty and youthful appearance by dressing top to toe in the wrong clothes. Embrace your shape and beauty no matter what your age, with these wardrobe-refreshing tips…
Beige is a classic clothing choice of the over 50 lady, and neutral palettes certainly do flatter, but dressing head-to-toe in wishy-washy shades can make you appear drab and older than your years. Go for warmer colours like camel and cream rather than grey-shades which can wash you out. The trick is to wear a range of shades and combine with splashes of colour. For example try dresses and jackets in camel and apricot shades, combined with a crisp cream shirt and a slick of colour on your lips to make your eyes pop and your hair glow. Opt for a colourful clutch bag or necklace, to add dimension in your accessories. Make sure that the eye will be drawn to features of your outfit, rather than you fading into the background as a whole.
Gym gear is rarely flattering, especially for women past a certain age. If you aren’t exercising, don’t attempt to appear younger by dressing top to toe in colourful gym attire – it will have the opposite effect. Instead work the casual look with elegant layers of jerseys, flattering jeans, shirts and cashmere jumpers or cardigans. Remember the colour rules from above!
A dressed down look requires accessories to make it into an outfit. Try classic items which are well tailored and fit you perfectly. Never underestimate the power of a great pair of shoes! Look for trends like ankle boot shapes or metallic court shoes. Pair them with your jeans, a top and a statement piece of jewellery to finish the overall look with some stylish injections of youth enhancement!
Sometimes shortening your hemline is the answer to a younger, more flattering silhouette. Now micro skirts and hot pants are rarely the answer – even for twenty-something’s! But a flared mid-calf skimming skirt can make you appear frumpy and bigger than you are. A pencil skirt that finishes just below the knee and is gently figure hugging, will enhance curves and create a far more streamline and youthful figure. Wear with the highest heels you can manage for full leg-elongating effects.
Baggy clothes give the illusion of a fuller figure than you have. Avoid hiding behind baggy jumpers, dresses and trousers and embrace your shape with a fitted pencil skirt and fresh shirt, accessorised with a colourful skinny belt to draw attention to the slimmest part of your waist. Alternatively experiment with flared bootleg trousers, fitted jumpers, cardigans and dresses which make you feel comfortable.
Your hair, make-up and nails can really inject some youth into your overall look. Go to a reputable salon for a consultation with one of the colourists for advice on what colours will accentuate your features and frame your face. Invest in a few statement make up shades, for eye popping shadows, or wow-effect lips. Ask advice from the specialists at your local beauty department if in doubt.