A Mature woman exudes confidence, strength and knowledge. You have a wealth of life experience and best of all you know your body.Let us then look at Fashion for Women over 40.
“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No 5 of course” – Marilyn Monroe
Now that’s decadence with a HINT of luxury!
Coco Chanel: was renowned for her immaculate style, two piece suits, quilted handbags, pearls and chic dresses. Karl Lagerfeld stated “. Coco always borrowed from the boys. She took their jackets, and made them into uniforms for women.” The House of Chanel is still as successful today. Why is that? Coco Chanel left a legacy, her designs were classic pieces that stood the test of time.
She was a true style icon of her time. Other iconic women amongst others would be: Audrey Hepburn, we associate her with the ultimate little black dress and elbow length evening gloves. Jackie (Kennedy) Onassis, she adopted the sophisticated style of Chanel, with her suits, slim fitting dresses and pillar box hats.
My point being here is about elegance, dressing well and looking chic. Just because we maybe 40 plus does not mean to say we are ‘over the hill’. Sack cloth and ashes should be reserved for biblical characters.
So ladies, rise up! Let us now go to our closets and be ruthless! Give to charity anything that you have not worn for 2 years. Then, let’s go shopping. Are you ready for this?
But first: A little research.
What are your best features?
We are going to make the best of them all.
What is your lifestyle like? Do you socialize much? Are you going on vacation soon? Is there a special occasion coming up?
Do you have a budget? If so (most of us do) what is it and how are we going to make the best of your budget?
Who do you admire in the fashion industry? Who’s style do you want to emulate? Better still create your own style.
What are the things you would like to change? For Example Hair – color and cut.
A professional stylist can work wonders and take years off you. Go to a stylist such as Vidal Sassoon/ Toni & Guy or a recommended top stylist for advice.
Next; Spa Treatment
As a minimum invest in a regular manicure and pedicure. Treat yourself every so often to a facial or massage. You could ask your family to buy vouchers for you for your birthday or special occasions. Money well spent.
It is really essential that we all look at our diet and eat healthier. There is an obesity problem worldwide, it is so important that we look after ourselves. It is not just the mortality aspects, but morbidity too. Look at the consequences – diabetes, heart disease, circulatory problems.
A healthy diet, high in anti-oxidants, regular daily amounts of fruit, vegetables and protein. Minimize carbohydrates and fats. Drink more water. Take some exercise, walking even a little everyday doesn’t cost anything and you will certainly feel the benefits to your body and your skin.
Look after your skin, avoid the sun especially on your face or make sure you have a moderate SPF lotion. Moisturise day and night. Our bodies will inevitably change over time, we cannot stop the aging process, but we can make the best of it.
Are you ready to go shopping?
Look at your underwear. Thongs are out! Go for well-fitting knickers, Spanx, or full pants are so sexy and comfortable. It is important that you have the right underwear to give your shape definition, this is essential to make your clothes hang properly. Our breast shape and density changes after childbirth and after menopause, so get measured professionally.. Try on a shirt over the bra before you purchase it. You will see then the overall shape it gives you. Move around a little. Make sure you are not spilling over the top of the bra cup.
Keep in mind what you want to buy. For example: day wear, holiday wear, evening wear, or essential pieces for your wardrobe?
Don’t be tempted by sale or closeout items if it is not what you went out to shop for. Just because this evening dress was $500 and is it now $90! What a bargain? Not so if it becomes a ‘wardrobe filler’ and is never worn. Believe me we have all made that mistake.
Stores have personal shoppers, so use them to assist you. However, have the confidence to say no, if you are not happy with the style of the clothes chosen.
Don’t be afraid though, to come out of your comfort zone. The tendency is; if you wear ‘baggy’ casual or colorless clothes you will go for the same. Think out of the box. Think chic, think stylish, think flattering. Think of your style icon. What is it you want to achieve?
The world is your oyster. Being fourty plus is the new age. An age for the confident, sassy and smart woman. That woman is you!
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