Trending this summer are very cute styles and accessories to add a little fun to summer. Wicker and straw handbags exude whimsy and fun. Similarly, shoes are featured in an ice-cream-parlour colours, fabulous floral prints and styles. Check them out – and while you’re at it, check out Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.
I’m regularly asked which of the season’s trends can be worn by mature women. Lots of rules have gone by the wayside, however, dressing for your age is always in style.
Let’s play, can you wear this? Ready?
Can you wear this? This is a boho style off-the-shoulder, one of hundreds of similar styles available this summer. Some women may be comfortable with the off-the-shoulder look. A couple of things to look for. Women who are less busty can wear these tops, but do wear a strapless bra underneath. Make sure the top is long enough. Not all of us are prepared to show a little tummy, especially if you’re over 40.
Can you wear this? Skinny jeans with embroidery is really great on women under 35, but can look really aging on mature women. Stick to plain skinny jeans without rips or embroidery. Skinny jeans are contemporary, but any embellishments belong to younger women.
Can you wear this? Absolutely! Fun, whimsical shoes make a great accessory and conversation point. They’re comfortable and better for your feet than flip flops, plus you can wear them to a range of events. Go for it!
Looking pulled together isn’t just about figuring out which colours go together, or how to wear a scarf. Proportion is the secret sauce to looking great – no matter your shape or size.
Proportion is about how your body parts work together in balance. Whether you have a long torso but short legs, or wide hips but narrow shoulders – there are ways to bring balance back.
Some easy ways to play with proportion so that it works for you:
- Balance long and short. Wear a long coat or vest over a knee-length skirt. Or, wear a cropped jacket over a long skirt. Either provides balance and proportion to your look.
- Fit fits. Make sure your clothes fit properly – not baggy, which just looks sloppy, and not too tight, which can actually make you look heavy. Your buttons should not pull on tops, your trousers should pull into a line across your hips.
- Wear pleats carefully. Pleats can be a lovely detail, however, can quickly add bulk to your shape. If you are apple-shaped, pleats are never your friend since they add visual weight exactly where you don’t want it.
L-R: long, average, short waists
- Short waisted? Consider getting tops and jackets in the petite department, no matter how tall you are. Women who are short-waisted often have to get sleeves hemmed and shoulders adjusted. Regular tops are often too long. The petite department might just be an easy answer for you.
- Long waisted? Avoid cropped pants or low-rise jeans since each makes your torso longer and your legs shorter.
- Pear-shaped? Wear tops and jackets with shoulder pads, or add small shoulder pads. Not 80s football pads, but just small, structured pads to add height to your torso.
- Apple-shaped? Wear unstructured tops and skinny pants, or slim tunics over leggings. Keep fabrics sleek (i.e. no velvet or bulky knits).
When thinking about proportion, always ask yourself what can bring balance to my look? Simple tricks can make a big difference.