STYLES TO WEAR AT ANY AGE
After a ‘certain age,’ most women want to look put together and trendy but not like they are trying too hard. Others don’t want to be thought of as dressing ‘too young’ or to look ‘matronly.’ That’s why you can never go wrong with classic pieces, accord - ing to Victoria Baird, who is a wardrobe consultant and coach. “They look good on most figures because of the simplicity of the way they are cut. More importantly, they can be worn with so many pieces, forming the backbone of a wardrobe. And they can be paired with trendier pieces when you want to look up to 1 date,” she explains.
“Diamond studs can be worn every single day to add a little bling to any outfit. Don’t save them just for dressy occasions,” says Baird.
Channel Katharine Hepburn when you wear trousers with authority; a perfect pairing with flats or loafers.
Baird calls the A-line skirt “the most adaptable skirt for most figures. It creates curves if you have none and if you do, it complements them."
If the years have caught up with your joints and heels are no longer your friends, dressy flats can be worn with skirts and dresses, as well as trousers and jeans.
Striped top by Brax for Women, Magari Fashions.
Short sleeved striped crew by Patrick Assaraf, Hangar9.
The classic white blouse is the “chameleon” of your wardrobe, according to Baird. “It shifts with your mood, the environment or event,” she adds. Wear an oversized white shirt tied at the waist with slim jeans; wear a tailored version with a pencil skirt for work; pair with a camisole and wear with dress pants for a meet-up with friends.
Brax for Women’s summer casual top, Magari Fashions.
White blouse,by Brax for Women, Magari Fashions.
Playful Stripes Blouse by Dorothee Schumacher, Hangar9.
Rethink loafers as the footwear of choice with a longer skirt, cropped pants or long dress shorts.
From Queen Elizabeth I’s waist-length pearl strands to the 1920s Flappers jauntily swinging their pearl ropes as they did the Charleston to Jackie O’s demure strands, pearl necklaces have always been signature pieces.
Margo Morrison’s grey and white baroque pearl necklace, Hangar9.
According to Baird, “After the age of 60, some women feel they can no longer wear jeans.” But she solidly refutes this notion. “Anyone – no matter what age – needs a well-fitting pair of jeans in her arsenal.” She adds that the good news is that all styles of are jeans are ‘in’ right now and available to complement all body shapes and sizes.
Marc Aurel’s cropped jeans, Magari Fashions.
Denim’s Le One Skinny Jean Caspio, Hangar9.
Worn with an A-line or pencil skirt, trousers or jeans – the Chanel-inspired cardigan or jacket “adds interest to any outfit,” says Baird. “It takes your look up a notch without really trying and makes it look chic and interesting.”