Summer fashion for women over 40

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It’s time to share with you my favorite casual summer fashion Polyvore sets for women over 40. You are about to know how to look great in casual clothes this hot season. This style is common for everyone. I know many ladies who wear only casual garments in their everyday lives. Sure, you can keep the your look more classy, but the overall spirit can be casual and fun. I hear lots of women who say that casual is something sloppy, slouchy and baggy. Believe it or not, but there are many ways to look both casual and stylish. If you do not believe me, then you better have a look through this compilation and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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We see the most basic casual outfit. It consists of grey long T-shirt, black leggings, draped cream-beige cardigan, thong sandals, vintage brown leather backpack, aviator shades and stylish white-cream fedora hat.

Personally, I do not like wearing boring and solid color T-shirts, as they look too much basic on me. I prefer bright and fun looks instead. Go for special designs completed with draping, prints, embellishments and eye-catchy details. It can be either cool tee or stylish button-down shirt. It’s important to start from the basics. For instance, you go for solid color pants and top and complete them with cool accessories and toppers. You have to always combine basics with fun and bright garments, so you look fresh and modern. Don’t be afraid of fun colors and prints, you have to show everyone your uniqueness. Keep attention to good fit and perfect quality. Personally, I always stick to interesting cuts and details. Why? It makes be look bold and very special. Your outfit has to look feminine, boho and chic. Go for relaxed and stylish essentials and underline your individuality by adding classic details and accessories.

Keep it casual and edgy by teaming ripped mid-rise jeans with cool black T-shirt and loafers:

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If you want to have some fun, then why don’t you try on sexy crispy white spaghetti strap bra top, high-rise flared floral mini skirt and cozy knitted draped cardigan. Complete the look by adding lace-up slip-ons and nerd eyeglasses:

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How about making your outfit look brighter? Go for pink-white striped long-sleeve top and pair it with ripped blue skinnies. Complete the outfit by adding pink scarf, sexy pink ballet pumps and blush satchel bag:

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Another great combo that is very easy to wear and style. We see relaxed fit white long-sleeve top, skinny jeans, orange slip-pns and multiprinted infinity scarf:

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V-neck black romper looks girlish, yet sophisticated. Try it on with oversized sunglasses, light brown leather satchel bag and leopard print flat pumps:

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Pink and grey colors are great combos. Go for pink skinnies, loose-fit grey tank top and blush handbag:

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Relaxed fit casual top looks classic and simple. Try it on with cuffed and ripped jeans:

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Lingerie inspired black top with spaghetti straps and tuck it inside cargo khaki denim shorts:

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We see pale blue T-shirt, classic jeans, cuffed flat black sandals and leather black minimalistic look clutch:

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Keep things country style inspired. Go for ripped jeans, simple grey graphic tank top and stylish hoodie. Compliment this look by adding checkered wool scarf:

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Lace embroidered white sleeveless blouse looks sweet and girlish paired with burgundy maxi skirt and denim dark blue jacket:

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Lace white top can make you look bright and fun, all you need is to add black denim cut-offs and floral light green kimono-cardigan:

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If it’s quite chilly outside, then why don’t you try on pastel turquoise sweater, light blue skinnies and lace-up ankle boots:

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How about wearing sexy lace underwear underneath casual basics:

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Dark blue 1/2 sleeved fitted top is tucked in mini khaki shorts. The outfit is completed thanks to infinity cream beige scarf and wedge peep-toe sandals:

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Drop-shoulder black short-sleeve top can be styled with classy bootcut jeans and comfy black flat pumps:

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If you feel active, then how about wearing cuffed and ripped classic fit jeans with black tank top and khaki grey slouchy long-sleeve top:

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Black tank top can be teamed with matte gold skinny chinos and black thong sandals. The look is completed thanks to leopard print bag:

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Skinny mid-rise dark blue jeans, solid cream-white T-shirt and emerald green wrap scarf look great together:

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If you think your casual outfit looks too much boring, then how about adding stripes? Go for black-white striped T-shirt, checkered print scarf and burgundy handbag:

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Salmon pink wrap cardigan looks terrific teamed with layered dark blue spaghetti strap top and denim shorts:

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Cream-grey tank top can be worn with classy denim shorts and straw fedora:

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Another basic outfit is shown in the image below. A raglan sleeve top can be paired with skinny jeans and classy loafers:

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How about brightening up things by wearing black-white striped maxi skirt with basic white tank top and denim blue jacket:

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Ruffled grey sleeveless top looks great with cuffed capri jeans and turquoise accessories:

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Navy blue T-shirt can be paired with bootcut jeans and thong leather sandals:

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Blush slouchy sleeveless top can be teamed with bootcut ripped jeans:

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It’s summertime and the living is easy, and getting dressed each day should be easy too. Whether you’re going for a walk on the beach or at the lake, sitting on a restaurant patio and sipping a cold glass of white wine with girlfriends, or relaxing in the backyard with a good book, you need easy outfit recipes that you don’t have to think about and can pull from your closet.

Here are some effortless, elegant and casual outfits that always work in the summer.

Jeans + a Summery White Top

Jeans and a cute top is a go-to outfit formula no matter what time of year it is. In the summer, you can’t go wrong with a pretty white top that has light summery details like lace, embroidery, mesh, or eyelet.

And when it comes to the jeans ‘ingredient’, look for a pair that is on-trend. Right now, cropped, straight-leg, frayed-hem and jeans with a stripe down the side are all trending.

Finally, don’t forget to update your accessories. Even one thing, like a cute new circle bag, can make all the difference.

Shorts + Off the Shoulder Top

Off the shoulder, one shoulder, cold shoulder – anything that reveals the shoulder is summery and flirty. It’s also dressier than just shorts and a t-shirt. Designers showed shorts of all sorts for spring and summer.

Of particularly good news for over-40 gals who tend to be a little more conservative when it comes to wearing short-shorts, longer versions like Bermuda shorts and knee-length shorts are definitely ‘in’ and give you the coverage you need.

And when it doubt, go with a classic length in a classic color like white.Capris Leggings + Tunic

Capris leggings are super comfy and look fabulous paired with a long, breezy summer tunic for gals who like more coverage in the summer but still want to stay cool.

If you live in leggings, you may want to store your heavier-weight ones until the fall and pull on a pair that in a more lightweight fabric to help keep you cool. Just make sure they’re not see-through!

A Cute Linen Sundress

Is there anything easier than a ‘throw-on-and-go’ sundress for summer? Cotton is good but linen says summer. I (For more ideas on how to look fab in linen, check out this article.)

There are plenty of sundresses to choose from but to keep it casual, cool and cute, go for one that has an easy fit and relaxed style like this cute shirtdress.

Fun accessories like these adorable slides with the wrap bow keep it from looking frumpy.

White Pants + Summery Top

What would summer be without white pants? (Worried about looking fat in white pants? Read this.) Cropped white jeans with fringe are currently popular but trendy-in-a-good-way white side-stripe pants or other non-jean cropped white cotton pants also will do very nicely.

A white bottom always looks lovely with a bright top like the off-the-shoulder one I show above or, if you prefer a more subdued palette, an on-trend top in a summery print will do just as well. Keep your top fresh and modern with a nod to current trends like this elegant cross-over blouse with the wide sleeves.

Neutral, natural accessories work beautifully with this tropical blouse.

Maxi Dress

Want an easy formula for something to wear to a barbecue or backyard cocktail party? A casual maxi dress will never let you down. It is the elusive sweet-spot between casual and dressy that we are always looking for, particularly when you wear it with a casual jean jacket and flat sandals.

And speaking of accessories and extras, have you checked out circle bags – the bag of the summer. If you’re on a tight budget and you’re looking for one thing to update every look, circle bags are a great option.

Wide Leg Pants

Loose flowy pants are cute, cool and summery. Wear them long or cropped with a simple t-shirt or other summery top.

I love the cropped ones I’m showing here. With their paper-bag waist and cropped length, they’re a modern version of a classic khaki pair of pants. These are the ones you’ll live in all summer long.

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While many women feel totally in their comfort zone with winter style ­– you can’t go wrong with a coat and boots, after all – summer can be a scary time, sartorially speaking.

Floaty florals, strappy tops and bare legs fill many of us with dread, and it’s fair to say the appearance of the sunshine makes it easier to commit a fashion faux pas (most of us have had a disaster with a see-through white dress or uncooperative bandeau top).

However, as with most endeavours, successful dressing is all about having the right tools for the job. By compiling a brilliant capsule wardrobe of key pieces, you’ll breeze through the warmer months looking gorgeous and feeling confident, whatever your age.

“For fuss-free summer dressing a capsule wardrobe makes for chic, easy style,” according to Good Housekeeping’s fashion editor Jo Atkinson.

“Start with a mix-and-match colour palette – white, navy, tan and khaki are great neutrals that work together. Throw in a breton stripe, a straw bag and a fab pair of sunnies for versatile staples that won’t break the bank.

“If you’re a fan of colour – a pair of bold tassel earrings or a bright cross body bag will add interest to outfits,” the fashion expert added.

With that in mind, here’s our round-up of key pieces all 40+ women should have in their summer wardrobe…

THE WEAR-WITH-EVERYTHING DRESS

Don’t you just adore it when fashion trends and practicality align? The dress of the moment is long-sleeved, mid-length and covered in a vivid print, be it floral, cosmic or leopard print.

The best thing about such a dress is that is constitutes an instant, fuss-free summer look, perfect with sandals and sunglasses. Even better, you’ll still be wearing it in the winter, this time with black boots and a chunky polo neck over the top.

Dress, £46, Warehouse

Dress, £69.99, Zara

Dress, £275, Rixo

STATEMENT JEWELLERY

Bold and slightly bonkers is the way to go with jewellery this summer – and we couldn’t be happier about it.

After all, is there a better way to turn a simple white shirt and shorts into a fun summer look than by adding a pair of rainbow bright earrings?

Statement jewellery is a brilliant way to jazz up a plain summer dress and instantly transforms a daytime outfit to a great evening look on holiday. Just add a cocktail and you’re done.

Earrings, £15.99, Zara

Necklace, £19.50, Marks & Spencer

Earrings, £15, Accessorize

THE PERFECT WHITE T-SHIRT

There are several boxes that need to be ticked by the perfect white T-shirt: good quality fabric (go for cotton, nothing see-through), a flattering fit (avoid capped sleeves) and the right length (it should hit your hip bone when worn loose).

Once you’ve found it, this is your summer staple; wear tucked into skirts or cropped jeans, or loose over shorts and sandals.

T-shirt, £14.95, Gap

T-shirt, £15, Cos

T-shirt, £35, Whistles

THE SUMMER BLAZER

As we all know, summer time doesn’t necessarily mean wall-to-wall sunshine, which is why a light blazer to throw on over your summer outfits is always a good buy.

Whether you prefer classic navy, chic white or perhaps a pastel, the main things to look for are a relaxed but flattering fit (nothing too tight around the shoulders) and a natural fabric that won’t see you overheat.

Blazer, £34.99, H&M

Blazer, £119, Mint Velvet at House of Fraser

Blazer, £179, Fenn Wright Manson at John Lewis

CROPPED JEANS

Are you the type of person who lives in jeans? Well, you don’t have to ditch them for summer – just make the swap to cropped.

Cropped jeans in either a straight or flared fit are a fashion-forward casual look for summer, and will look great teamed with a grey marl T-shirt or white broderie anglaise top.

The key thing is to avoid ultra-skinny cropped jeans (far too much of a throwback to 90s peddle-pushers), which will leave you feeling sweaty and uncomfortable.

Jeans, £40, Topshop

Jeans, £29.50, Marks and Spencer

Jeans, £85, Levi’s at ASOS

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THE BASKET BAG

Straw bags are staying around for another summer – which is great news if you bought one last year.

If not, then look for interesting details such as intricate weaves or vibrant pom-poms. Circular shapes are also a huge trend – this Topshop cross-body bag is a very wearable way to tap into the look.

Bag, £29.99, Zara

Bag, £24, Topshop

Bag, £70, Boden

THE CONFIDENCE-BOOSTING SWIMSUIT

Holiday time is precious, and should certainly not be wasted worrying about your appearance, so ditch the beach anxiety – believe us, no one cares about your cellulite!

However, swimwear that makes you feel a million dollars is bound to make the experience of stripping off more comfortable. For some women, this means a beautiful bikini, and these days we’ve (thankfully) ditched the idea that bikinis have an age limit.

For many of us, a swimsuit is the preferred option, and there are some brilliantly supportive designs now available that actually look glamorous, rather than resembling some kind of scaffolding system.

If you do one thing before your summer holiday, ditch any old swimwear that makes you feel dreadful and invest in a couple of figure-flattering pieces.

Swimsuit, £29.50, Marks & Spencer

Swimsuit, £45, Figleaves

Swimsuit, £42, Debenhams

THE BRETON TOP

It’s an often-repeated cliché that French women always look chic, but the notion must have come from somewhere, and we reckon the Breton top might just be the source.

Wear it with khaki shorts and sandals for sunny days out, or team with jeans for the school run, and you’ve got an easy, stylish look (for added bonus points, add a slick of red lipstick – voila!)

Top, £22, John Lewis

Top, £28, Boden

Top, £29.95, Seasalt

THE MIDI SKIRT

The midi skirt is a great way to keep cool in the summer without having acres of leg on display.

Tuck in a plain T-shirt for weekends, or a crisp white shirt for an easy office look in the warmer months.

Relaxed, flowing shapes and ruffled, wrap skirts are both key looks for this summer – avoid anything overly structured unless you want to look like you’re heading to prom.

Skirt, £45, Hush

Skirt, £25, Marks & Spencer

Skirt, £25.99, Zara

FLAT SANDALS

Let’s get one thing out of the way first: flip-flops are for the beach only. You could be wearing the chicest outfit of your life, but bung on a pair of scuzzy flip flops and you’ve instantly downgraded your look.

So what to wear instead? Well, a pair of simple leather sandals is really all you need to see you through hot days. Choose tan, black or metallic and they’ll go with everything, plus they are far more comfortable than flip flops, not to mention long-lasting.

Sandals, £80, Dune

Sandals, £45, Marks & Spencer

Sandals, £125, LK Bennett at John Lewis

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How to build a capsule wardrobe – women over 40 #1

…and let me start by apologising for the ‘women over 40’ extension on the title there. I know that a sizeable chunk of you aren’t over 40 and this process has nothing to do with age, it just helps it to stand out amidst the millions of ‘how to build a capsule wardrobe’ posts on the internet. So, let’s get started with the first part of the series that I put together over the Christmas holidays when I was working out a method for myself. I’ve tried to make it a thoughtful, manageable process so it’s probably going to be a journey of about six posts before we reach the end.

As I mentioned on Tuesday, when I first started blogging I had a brilliant capsule wardrobe. It was because I’d lost a lot of weight and so I had to start from scratch. Ordinarily it would be hard to do that but you see my mum had a special account for clothes. It was one of the few pots that hadn’t been raided by fees for her care over her last years and so when she died, I allocated my share to my ‘renaissance project’ – something I knew she’d I knew she’d approve of.

So, there I was in 2014/15/16 with everything worked out; getting dressed was always easy, whatever the occasion. And then as my blog grew, I started to be offered more gifted clothes. It didn’t make sense to replicate what I already had so I used the opportunity to experiment with new looks… and the overcrowding began. At the same time I remember meeting a group of more fashion-forward bloggers. They were tearing into bloggers who wore a ‘basic’ wardrobe (which was me) and so I told myself I’d got it all wrong. And then of course the silhouette changed so my formula of skinny jeans and short blazers stopped working anyway.

I’m only telling you all of this because as someone who talks about style a lot, I ought to be on top of my wardrobe. However I think losing track is probably something that we all do, particularly in this age of Instagram when we’re bombarded by women who we feel we know, apparently wearing something new every day. We’re tribal and it presses some sort of button deep down that sends us off down acquisitive sartorial paths. We forget that outfits in Instagram shots are often pinned from behind or altered before they’re worn and then retouched before they’re posted. New mantra: “just because something looks good on someone else doesn’t mean it’s going to look good on me.”

So I’m doing this along with you. I have a lot of clothes that I know are beautiful and yet I don’t wear them. I go into my dressing room in the morning knowing instinctively what suits my mood but then I spot something that I haven’t put on for ages and feel guilty so I wear that instead. I spend the day feeling niggly because I don’t feel right. It isn’t a big issue but it’s a bit like a thin cloud over the sunshine and it’s stupid. I want to find a way back to an updated version of that ‘basic’ wardrobe!

How to build a capsule wardrobe

Step 1 – wardrobe context

There was probably a time in your life when you loved your style. Think back to it because it’s likely to have a fundamental influence on what makes you feel good, even now. For me it was the first few years after living in Paris. While I was out there I spent a lot of time watching Parisian women and I learned how they dress. I arrived in the city with a bagful of the 80s equivalent of Boho and left wearing cigarette pants and polo necks.

Of course our lives, styles and sizes change so the solution to a core wardrobe doesn’t often lie in recreating what you were wearing circa 1989 but for me, that confident time impacts my style today. So I’m suggesting that step one is just to think about your style background for ten minutes or so (I found relaxing in the bath was a good way to let my mind wander) and identify any peaks.

Step 2 – wardrobe reality check

Now, with that logged as a reference in your brain, let’s get on with the practical stuff. Before getting into the detail of outfits, it’s important to identify the balance that your wardrobe actually needs. The result will be completely different for everyone because none of our lives are the same so it’s a very individual wardrobe reality check. This is the task that I’m setting for this weekend and I’ve included a downloadable pdf to make it easier.

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All you need to do is condense a month of your ‘outfit life’ into a fortnight. This is the starting point for establishing balance. I even want you to think about ordinary evenings when you’re relaxing in front of the TV. Our aim at the end of this series of posts is to have a capsule wardrobe where every single item, right down to your socks, sparks joy.

Think about how your weeks map out and plot them. Weather-wise we’re at the beginning of winter here in the UK so I know I’ll be dressing with a winter focus until about mid-April. To give you an idea of how it can work, I’ll talk you through mine.

My weeks pan out roughly like this:

Work

  • Working from home
  • Office / local meetings
  • London trips (desk to dinner)
  • Formal dinners

Leisure

  • Weekend – shopping / friends for coffee
  • Chilling at home
  • ‘Out out’ in the evening
  • Gym
  • Pyjamas

I’ve therefore defined my outfit categories as:

Work

  • Smart casual
  • Statement
  • Event

Leisure

  • Weekend casual
  • Loungewear
  • “Out out”
  • Active
  • PJs

Using coloured pens I assigned an outfit category to each activity and a quick tally made it easy for me to see in more detail what the balance of my wardrobe needs to be. Smart casual is the most needed category and yet my focus is always on dressing for London because it’s more exciting so my dressing room is full of statement outfits. I probably only need statements for about nine days a month and because some meetings are are local, outfits could be repeated. In reality I probably only need five winter statement outfits whereas I have at least thirty so there’s my most immediate problem.

Because a lot of my marketing projects are independent, I spend quite a lot of time working at home from the studio in the garden. I can wear jeans but to help me get into work mode, I want to differentiate my working from home outfits from whatever I wear at weekends so I’ve separated ‘smart casual’ from ‘weekend casual.’ You need to look at your lifestyle and develop your own outfit categories but I do think it helps to have clothes that send an ‘off duty’ message to your brain. I think I’ve found a good way of doing it and I’ll tell you about that later on.

Ok, I’m not going to keep on talking today because I don’t want to distract you – instead I’ll leave you to do your wardrobe reality check. When you’ve finished, do a quick ‘outfit needs’ tally on the back. Now obviously don’t panic, we’re not going to be paring everything back to the absolute bones, the choice of only one top for a night out would be a bit grim (although a true capsule wardrobe would work that way). We’ll come to the hands-on planning later on, for now let’s just work out the balance and see if there are any glaring overloads like mine.

The next ‘how to build a capsule wardrobe’ post will follow on Tuesday. Until then, with your new outfit categories in mind, keep on wearing the clothes you love most from each and try to take a quick mirror selfie every day – it’ll be useful later. And have a wonderful weekend.

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Dear Allie, I’m having a hard time shopping. I may be old, but I’m not dead! I’m 55, in pretty good shape though my midsection does show age and giving birth to three wonderful sons and I don’t feel confident in short skirts or sleeveless blouses. I want to look fun and cool and hip but I don’t want to look ridiculous or that I’m not happy with my age. Where can I shop, what shapes should I look for?

I’m 45 and suddenly feel that Talbots and Ann Taylor are too old for me. Does that make sense? When I was in my thirties I could wear a suit or sheath dress and feel chic but now it just makes me feel frumpy. I’m not ready to be frumpy but I can’t wear H&M any more. Advice please.

Would you do a capsule wardrobe for women over 50? We can’t wear the skinny jeans and spike heel ankle boots and sheer blouses but also desire to be stylish.

I am so glad to read your letters because fashion should not stop being fun just because of an age on your driver’s license! While you may not feel comfortable in a lot of the popular current trends, you’ll be surprised at how many styles, fabrics, and brands out there can be quite flattering to your figure, lifestyle, and personal style without making you feel frumpy.

THE ULTIMATE CAPSULE WARDROBE FOR THE STYLISH WOMAN IN HER 40s

This capsule wardrobe was created for the woman who wants to look modern but not a fashion victim, wants comfort but also a polished style. I kept the color palette very simple – black, grays, and pops of cool jewel tones. This way your wardrobe stays in style for many years; no having to update each season with the new hues. Minimal prints – some stripes and blocks of color, with interest in the accessories – scarves, shoes, and jewelry. Between the paragraphs below are widgets that have links to similar pieces currently available online; there are regular, plus, and occasionally petite and tall sizes available. Click the arrows to activate the carousel to see all the options; hover over the graphics to see prices.

Shop Scarves:

Speaking of accessories, you’re likely in a better situation financially than you were at 25 so shop with care, looking for quality, and occasionally considering a higher-end brand for longevity of quality but also style for your capsule wardrobe. While a pashminadata-imagelightbox=”g”>

is always a smart choice (loop around the throat or wear as a shawl or even use as a blanket on a plane flight), lighter-weight scarves of silk and fine linen will have less bulk at your neck and bust. I specifically chose some designer scarves because such details, if in your budget, show you’re aware of trends, care about style, and shop with purpose. If you cannot afford, don’t choose a cheaper copy – it’s better to choose something completely different than try to fool people into thinking you have the real thing.

Shop Bold Silver Jewelry and Leather Bags:

Bold silver accessories are also purposeful – bold, confident, clear in your message. A bag that has a current silhouette without being too trendy will also make your capsule wardrobe outfits look more hip, current, purposeful.

Shop Shoes:

For your capsule wardrobe shoes, I chose styles that won’t cause pain but will add style. A low wedge works with most any length of pant or skirt; a mid-heel pump will dress items up for evening or a special occasion. I chose a sneaker that is also on-trend and hip, but not too trendy (Jack Purcells, Converse, Superga) – pair with jeans or even cropped pants for an on-trend but not too trendy vibe. A pair of flats are always a wise choice – instead of sticking to a safe neutral consider an unexpected color, print, or embellishment so they aren’t just footwear but an accessory; pointed toes look more current than round. With sandals, choosing a wide, modern strap and black or a metallic will look modern and chic.

Shop Jeans and Pants:

For bottoms, I chose pants that have classic silhouettes and comfortable fabrics. Ponte trousers, stretch jeans with a waistband that won’t dig into your midsection, classically cut white jeans. Yes, white jeans! White jeans are extremely versatile, chic, modern, and if in a heavyweight denim just as flattering as darker shades. For cropped pants, keep them closer to the ankle bone than calf, have the cut slim or straight (no super wide or tapered) so it’s modern and crisp.

Shop Dresses:

Dresses are an easy way to dress for day or evening. Choosing unusual fabrics, silhouettes, details, and colors will show you’re aware of trends and have a specific sartorial point of view. The same holds true for the gray dress – it’s something that will look like an old grocery bag on a hanger but will look very modern and architectural on and can dress up and down (even pair with leggings) with ease. The other two dresses are more traditional, but the colors keep them from looking dowdy.

Shop Jackets and Layering Pieces:

Layers in your capsule wardrobe are a great way to transition between seasons and also to flatter the figure. A soft blazer out of ponte is not only comfortable and flattering, but will easily make your ponte bottoms into a suit. Soft jackets add interest and in a lightweight fabric with stretch will flatter the figure. For tees and tops, look for softer fabrics (silk, poly, rayon blends) that will drape nicely and not add bulk. Instead of a classic crew neck which can look severe, consider rounder necks, surplice and drape necklines.

To look modern but not a fashion victim, it’s important to shop with a clear sartorial message in mind. Create a mood board or use Pinterest to collect images of the personal style you have or want. Celebrities, clothing pieces, vacation spots, makeup that inspires you. Keeping it very specific will make it easier to add to your wardrobe, mix and match, and get your point across to others.

This capsule wardrobe was created a couple years ago so the exact items are not available; I have updated links and the carousels every season for similar pieces currently available. For more inspiration, shop these shops and retailers:

  • Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillards: Check the brands Vince, James Perse, Leith, Eileen Fisherdata-imagelightbox=”g”>, Alexander Wang, JAG Jeans, NYDJdata-imagelightbox=”g”>, Theory, and Rag & Bone.
  • Bloomingdale’s: Bloomies has a great selection of clothing that is modern, on trend, chic, but not too twee for an adult woman. They’re also a great store to shop in person as they have personal shoppers and salespeople dedicated and knowledgeable about their departments.
  • ASOS: You need to dig a lot and it can be overwhelming, but they have amazing ponte pieces and interestingly draped dresses for great prices. I often start with their search function and put in a keyword like ponte, jumpsuit, or shift dress and go from there.
  • MYHABITdata-imagelightbox=”g”>: They often have brands like Rick Owens and Alexander Wang at steep discounts and I have gotten some amazing deals on scarves, stylish leather bags, and shoes
  • The Outnet: Another fantastic resource for on-trend designer pieces for less
  • Amazon: Yes Amazon! If you know a specific item, search for it on Amazon and often they will have it from a reputable seller, often with free returns and shipping, and quite often for less than other retailers!

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40 Best Tips For Dressing Well in Your 40s

If you’re in your 40s, you probably have your own signature look and sense of style. That’s great, because, well, you should have your own signature look and sense of style. And while we’d never tell you to throw out any of your most beloved threads, there are plenty of rules you need to know—and style tips you should bear in mind—if you want to know how to dress over 40.

That’s why we’ve laid out the greatest tips for looking your best in your 40s, from avoiding cargos (sorry, fellas!) to making sure you don’t wear your Lululemon gear literally everywhere (sorry, ladies!). And for more advice for looking great: be sure to steer clear of the 30 Ugliest Dresses of the Last Year.

1 Skip cargo shorts. Or pants. Or cargo anything.

Cool in college, straight-up uncomfortable in your 40s. And, yes, guys: Cargos are definitely on the list of 38 Things No Man Over 40 Should Ever Wear.

2 Avoid the matchy-matchy look and embrace separates.

A two-piece suit feels so stiff on women, especially if you’re a little bit older. Instead, if you’re dressing for work, try mixing blouses and sweaters with skirts or trousers instead. And for more great advice, know the 50 Things No Woman Over 40 Should Own.

3 Your white tees should be crisp—no holes, stains, or shreds.

Time to toss those Hanes. Bonus points if you go all the way and opt for a crisp white polo.

4 Skip out on super-cheap fabrics.

Fast fashion may look cute, but that’s about where it ends—in your 40s, steer clear of cheap fabrics and gaudy styles. It’s far classier to have an edited rotation of investment pieces. And for more great advice for aging gracefully—and intelligently—check out the 40 Best Hobbies to Take Up in Your 40s.

5 Pass on the Canadian tuxedo.

Denim on denim is literally always a no for men, especially after you turn 40. You should know better by now. Remember: Looking your absolute best is a must if you want to really conquer your 40s.

6 Balance proportions.

Now that you’ve got a rotation of tops and bottoms on lock (see #4), make sure you balance out your wardrobe. A flowy blouse looks great with a form-fitting pencil skirt, but it looks rather sloppy when paired with oversized, loose trousers. It’s like the branches of government: There always needs to be a balance of power.

7 Hang up your sports jerseys.

Don’t care if it’s Game Day. You don’t need the jersey. This especially goes for the 30 Ugliest Sports Uniforms Ever Designed.

8 Bid adieu to Daisy Dukes and micro miniskirts.

You could have the best legs in the world and you should still keep uber-short hemlines, like the ones on Daisy Dukes and miniskirts, on their shelves and hangers. We’re not saying you shouldn’t show some skin—just make sure that some things are left to the imagination.

9 Never wear shiny black shoes with denim.

Shiny black shoes are a must for men in their 40s: You’re definitely going to attend at least a few super-fancy events, and god knows you’ve got more than one gray suit by now. But don’t wear those wingtips on date night with your Levis—you’ll look like a guy on a business trip who forgot his other pairs of shoes.

10 Ripped and shredded denim should be left behind.

A little shred here or there? Stylish. Majorly ripped, oversized holes? Unnecessary—and far from stylish. Besides, why would you want to wear a pair that’s one tear away from completely falling apart?

11 Opt for less chest with your V-necks—or skip ’em altogether.

When in doubt, skip the V-neck: No one wants to know how much (or how little) chest hair you have. Instead, opt for The One White T-Shirt Every Guy Needs to Own.

12 Invest in a beautiful, classic coat that works for your climate.

One that works almost everywhere is an iconic camel trench. But make sure to find the perfect coat you—after all, it’s going to be a big investment, and chances are you’re going to wear it everywhere.

13 Tailor a few pairs of trousers to your ankles.

You probably notice the younger men at the office wearing suit pants un-tailored and thus too long. They look like a mess, with puddles of fabric at their feet. You’re better than that. So try bringing a few pairs of pants up an inch or two, and you’ll have a sleeker-looking physique that’s clean-cut, too.

14 Splurge on a little black dress.

Jewel tones are gorgeous, but a shiny, inky little black dress will really work in a variety of settings. And since it’s such a neutral hue, you’ll be able to style it a slew of ways and with a ton of a accessories, giving you a ton of wear miles out of just one dress.

15 Jewelry should be kept simple, minimal, and personal.

This dude has far too much. He looks like he belongs on a college campus—and not in that athletic, fresh way. Stick to a classic ring and an iconic watch and nothing more. And to channel your inner Steve McQueen, here are 7 Must-Have New Vintage-Inspired Watches.

16 Play with high-low styling.

Just because you shouldn’t buy your little black dress from a store designed for those who are, let’s say, 21, doesn’t mean you can’t pick up some cool extras there. In fact, that’s the way most celebrity stylists create their best looks: when they play with a high-low mix.

17 Skip anything embellished, including concert tees.

I have no idea where this guy is going, but I’d advise not going with him.

18 Wear hem skirts just to or above the knee.

It’s just the right amount of skin. Period.

19 Invest in quality sunglasses.

Great frames for the gorgeous window to your soul.

20 Same for you, ladies.

See above.

21 Got loafers? Try sporting ’em sockless in warmer weather.

On younger men, this can look a bit precocious, but by the time you’re in your 40s, you have the full right to rock your loafers without socks, especially in warmer weather. It’s the ultimate in country-club cool, and it qualifies as one of the Definitive Style Rules for Men Over 40.

22 Get fitted for fresh bras and undergarments.

It’s important to refresh your lingerie drawer frequently, but when it comes to dressing well in your 40s, it’s really all about that foundation. That starts with your undergarments. By your fifth decade, you’re ready to have yours picked out by a pro.

23 Embrace suits with mixed patterns.

Hawaiian shirts? Nah. But subtle dots and pinstripes? Absolutely. When suited up, mixing small, delicate patterns packs a seriously stylish punch without being over-the-top in any way. Take it from us: A non-boring suit is guaranteed to energize your day.

24 Reach for darker shades of denim.

Being in your 40s doesn’t require you to get rid of your entire jeans drawer. Instead, opt for a classic cut—think straight or bootleg, or both—in a darker, indigo stone wash without any rips or tears.

25 Embrace a mix-and-match philosophy when it comes to your shoes and belt.

See that Canadian tux? That’s a hard no. The mismatched shoe and belt? A pass go.

26 Embrace lash extensions.

Pare down your makeup and get some lash extensions at the same time. The extensions will make you feel instantly more elegant and gorgeous, which will translate to your head-to-toe look, too.

27 Only purchase clothing that makes you feel amazing.

Ladies know this, but men, this is your formal announcement: DON’T BUY ANYTHING UNLESS IT MAKES YOU FEEL AMAZING. Otherwise, you just don’t need it.

28 Keep your number of accessories limited, depending on their size and visibility.

Two or three strategically curated accessories—say, a belt, bracelet, and stud earrings—can take a boring outfit and make it incredibly stylish. Piling on like, ten, though? Not as much.

29 Invest in your actual closet.

Buy wooden coat hangers, fabric suit bags, and plastic boxes for your shoes. The more organized you are and negative space you create, the neater it’ll be and the more clear-headed you’ll feel. Swear.

30 Splurge on basics, like white tees and classic, neutral sweaters.

In the same way you shouldn’t waste money on cheap fabrics, you should spend you money on the things you’ll wear over and over again, just like that shiny new little black dress. Think: High-quality, impeccably fitting white tees and timeless, crewneck cashmere sweaters.

31 Get all of your measurements taken again.

The ladies get it done, and men should, too. Odds are your suit doesn’t fit the way it did five, or ten, or fifteen years ago. No judgment.

32 Forget about flip-flops and stilettos: Find balance in your footwear instead.

The best shoes have a small heel, which provides your foot with support but doesn’t require any kind of balancing skills. Ballet slippers, like the ones pictured here, look equally as chic when styled with denim or cropped pants as they do with that little black dress, of course.

33 Accessorize with a matching suite of luggage.

As you travel more in your 40s, make you trip that much more stylish with a suite of matching luggage. Hard-top spinners will product even the most delicate tech gadgets while stowing sweaters, socks, and sneakers efficiently, too.

34 Need bifocals? Make sure the lenses are mounted and shaped accordingly.

Oversized, super-thick lenses are not only outdated, but will make you feel outdated, too. If you need readers, make sure your optometrist uses newer technology to cut sleek lenses that fit into your frames flawlessly.

35 Invest in your loungewear for your time at home.

Why? Because you’ve earned a better way to end your day than lying around in your boxers.

36 Layers upon layers upon layers.

Women’s body temperatures tend to fluctuate more easily than men’s, which is why it’s so important to layer your clothing, especially in seasons when the temperature drops a significant amount after the sun sets. It’s one of the more practical strategies for how to dress over 40.

37 Be wary of where you wear your gym gear.

Besides the fact that you should be shopping at places like Lululemon for cool men’s workout wear, save your exercise gear for the gym and only the gym. You’re not on the high-school basketball team, you know?

38 Swap your old leggings for a pair of 7/8th’s.

These guys just have a slightly different cut—they’re a flattering, cropped at a length that sits just on the calves above the ankle—and look even better if you pair ’em with cool sneakers and no-show socks. They’re also just very right now, too.

39 Get your grooming routine on lock.

If you thought you could learn how to dress over 40 without some grooming, you’re out of luck. One of the best tips for dressing well in your 40s is to have a clean-shaven, well-groomed look. Because even if you’re wearing rags, you’ll still look fresh to death, you know?

40 Aim to ultimately create a capsule wardrobe.

After you’ve bought your splurge investment pieces and basics, your well-curated wardrobe deserves to be coordinated for endless mix-and-match opportunities, especially when you embrace the high-low styling tricks and accessory rules suggested. Because the amount of looks is truly endless.

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40 fashion rules for the over 40s

When glamorous women make age-appropriate dressing statements (part of the deal once they hit 40), we hope for something more relevant to our daily lives: ideally, cracking tips that will cut through all the confusion.

Forty is nothing, by the way. It’s the new 50, and Fiona Bruce is 52. You barely have to make any adjustments, but it’s a bit ostrich-like to pretend everything stays the same forever, and this is as good a point as any to take stock of your options going forward. So here are 40 things every woman over the age of 40 woman should know about fashion.

Time to grade up:

1 Your shoes

Do not go quietly into the navy mid-heel pump, or the plain loafer, or the really useful (so comfy) trainer. You can always do a fun shoe and display a well-turned ankle. More to the point, a shoe is where you score your fashion points when you are past Sex Pistols T-shirts and floral coronets (which you are).

2 Your hair

The just-got-out-of-bed, beach-bleached hair days are on the way out. Conditioner is everything now. And whatever you do, don’t over-trim. A bob at this stage could put a decade on you instantly.

3 Make up

But not foundation. Watch out for the plaster-textured complexion that occurs when women panic that they need coverage, but haven’t got their glasses/replaced the light in the bedroom.

4 Your sunglasses

As a rule, you want to go less mean and edgy, and more glamorous. LAPD. Bono. Billy Idol… these are all looks to avoid, as is Tony Blair in some very hot country, wearing white linen.

5 Your smile

I know that sounds creepy. But the sulky, not bothered expression that you may think cool (see Victoria Beckham) will start to look sour and a bit “my back is killing me” in your 40s. Perk it up.

Watch out for:

6 Your knees

Kate Moss

Everyone goes on about arms. It’s your knees that will let you down (see Kate Moss, above).

7 Black

So boring to be told to ditch black because it’s draining on older skin. Happily, it’s not quite true. Dull matte black is draining, but lush black is fine (for a few more years, especially if it’s glossy satin or velvet), so long as you ramp it up with splashy earrings and red lipstick.

8 Popcorn-coloured highlights

Taylor Swift Met Ball 2016

Only because you will start to look like every other greying 40-something in the Western world. Why do you think J Law and Taylor Swift (above) have gone punky bone-white blonde? Because safe blonde is the colour of middle age, that’s why.

9 Going braless

Just saying it works for some, but don’t cling to the free spirit ideal at the expense of a sloppy silhouette. Sorry.

10 Teeth

I like rough teeth. I missed Bowie’s after the refurb. But there is no doubt that yellowing teeth are not youthful.

Some youthful things you needn’t put away:

11 Wearing bikini tops under clothes in summer

Sounds mad. But it does inject a certain carefree, barefoot vibe. (Don’t try this at work; it works best when you are gardening.)

12 Espadrilles and flip-flops

Similar result. But, as of now, these must be worn with a pedicure. The unwashed look is no longer a runner. (This applies equally to men. David Beckham post-match easily tips over into Rhys Ifans the morning after a very late night.)

13 Denim

You are never too old for the latest jeans if you look good in jeans. Same goes for leather trousers (but you need the legs).

14 Shortish puffy sleeves

Quite flattering on the older arm, contrary to rumour, especially if not too puffy and not too short.

15 Halternecks

Just no.

16 Clogs

You wore them in 1976 and you are wearing them again.

Say ‘No’ to girly and cute:

17 Plaits.

Just no.

18 Bows

Hair bows. Bows on shoes. Bows on shirts and dresses.

19 Anything involving a bib

Cate Blanchett in dungarees

We’re all tempted by dungarees, especially those of us who have very happy memories of the 70s/ Bananarama. And obviously Cate Blanchett (pictured above) gave them a go the other day – but in our opinion it doesn’t work. A jumpsuit is quite different. Less cute.

20 Dolly prints

As in Scottie dogs or bananas or strawberries.

21 Mary Janes

Some are not so strict on this one. I say anything Alice in Wonderland does, leave it well alone.

22 Waisted, full-skirted summer dresses

Just no.

23 White

Other than tailoring, and definitely lace, as in broderie anglaise and guipure.

24 Pie-crust collars

No no no. Anything Di would have worn, nyet.

Leave it to the kids:

25 Victim jeans

As in uber-ripped and shredded or covered in sew-on patches and embroidery.

26 Maxi

The whole maxi thing is a bit of a lottery. It can work, but if it’s too folksy, too floaty, too flouncy, too 70s ambassadress, all can add roughly 10 years. Never, ever go for long sleeves and a long hemline.

27 The extreme ethnic purchase of the moment

Now it’s those hand-embroidered, pompom-tie jackets in Zara. Also traditional Ukrainian Vita Kin blouses and dresses, which may look great on Pandora Delevingne’s friends (she sells them), but will always look better on her daughter Cara.

28 Embroidery on backs

Probably. Also numbers.

29 Cut-off denim shorts

You can wear denim cut-offs forever. What you want to avoid is those very tight and high-cut Daisy Dukes that your teenage daughter is currently trying to get away with.

30 Then again… don’t stop going to the kids’ shops

You just never know. Kirsty Wark is 61 and she is frequently dressed in a bit of Topshop as well as the groovier shores of Me + Em.

Instant small cheats:

(that work from 40-something to forever)

31 A splash-out scarf

Pashmina dimensions, good-looking and bold. Sling it on over anything plain and you get instant cool points, plus colour.

32 Silver shoes

Or gold. Just a bit of “oooh, not quite so boring then”.

33 A bare 7/8th

Lower calves and ankles on show at all times, very rejuvenating.

34 Switching the black leather biker

For the olive green one and then the suede jacket.

The ‘No Ways’ that sneak up on you:

(and all you can do is keep checking)

35 LBDs

I had a black satin dress that I looked fine in until precisely the age of 48. Thereafter, horrible. All black dresses. It’s almost like a chemical reaction, and it’ll hit you right out of the blue.

36 Same for hats

Used to wear them to weddings (fab!). Now look like the mother of the bride’s mother.

37 Chiffon

Sometimes okay in small doses. But definitely one to watch. You were Kate Moss; you are now Abigail at her party.

38 Leopard print

Caroline Roitfeld – snakeprint.

Tips over into blowsy any day now. Do as Carine Roitfeld (above) does and wear snake print instead.

39 Very high heels

All good until you get the bulging snake-bit foot. The only solution is to go lower.

40 By way of a footnote…

Elle MacPherson.

… Elle Macpherson (pictured above, now 52) broke all these rules in one day on the school run – so rule 40 is, it’s different for everyone.

© The Sunday Telegraph

Irish Independent

How to look great in casual clothes this summer + new mini challenge!

Casual wear has become much more common over the years even to the point that I would wish we dressed up a bit more often. However, there are many situations where it is just more appropriate and fun to dress in a casual way.

Dressing casually does not have to mean that you look sloppy or ‘too young’ over 40. There are many ways to do casual in a very stylish way. Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can look great in casual clothing.

Casual outfit formula 1: jeans plus a special T-shirt or a button down shirt

As I discussed before I don’t much like the plain boring t-shirt worn as an outer top. It makes the outfit too boring and simple and often shows lumps and bumps that are unflattering.

What is very effective though is to get a special t-shirt. Something that has a special design, a nice print, a draping element or an embellishment.

Another great option for jeans is the button down shirt. This can either be plain or have a print.

See the challenge results of casual outfit formula #1!

Casual outfit formula 2: jeans with top + jacket or cardigan

One of my favorite ways to wear casual is to combine it with a slightly dressier garment. You can adjust that dressier garment to your taste. It can be a high qaulity blazer but can also be a more casual jean jacket or cardigan. For more rock chic appeal,you can choose leather.

Here is where those plain t-shirts come in handy as they are ideal to layer under your jacket.

See the challenge results of casual outfit formula 2!

Casual outfit formula 3: Printed pants with a plain or printed top

Printed pants and jeans are still very popular and they are perfect for casual wear. Many of them are easy to combine with a button down shirt or a casual sweater.

If you like you can make these outfits less casual by adding more dressy shoes, but you can also go the other way and make it more casual by adding sneakers.

See the challenge results of casual outfit formula 3!

Casual outfit formula 4: Skinnies or leggings with a tunic

Another favorite way to wear casual clothes for me is to wear skinnies with a fabulous short dress or tunic on top. You can make this look as casual or as chic as you like, depending on the tunic you choose underneath.

You can also vary your skinnies or leggings. You can opt for leather, coated ones, prints or use a simple jersey style. Always look for the right balance between your skinnies and your top. Both in terms of color and combination of prints, but also in terms of silhouette and height of your top. Try to create a flattering 1/3 – 2/3 silhouette for best results.

See the challenge results for casual outfit formula 5!

Casual outfit formula 5: a skirt with a loose top

Skirts don’t have to be dressy. you can wear them in casual ways too by combining them with lose tops or sweaters. Casual footwear helps to make this look casual too.

Although a casual skirt look is easier to achieve with a-line skirts, it can work with straight skirts too.

See the challenge results for casual outfit formula 5!

Casual outfit formula 6: a long cotton / linen dress or skirt

The long dress is one of the easiest ways to create a polished casual look. Just wear the dress, add some flat sandals and you are done!

The same can be achieved with a long skirt although you will have the additional task of finding the perfect top with it.

See the challenge results for casual outfit formula 6!

Casual outfit formula 7: knee high pants with jacket

Coming back in style this season, knee high pants (sometimes referred to as clamdiggers or pedal pushers) can be worn in a casual chic way. They are often flattering as they don’t shorten your legs and you can dress them up or down.

See the challenge results for casual out outfit #7!

Show me your best casual looks!

I’m sure there are many more formulas to wear your casual clothes but let’s stick with these 7 for now. Of course if you feel I have left out an important one you can always let me know in the comments.

Even though I have provided examples of each formula in this article, I’m going to devote separate articles to each formula in the following 7 weeks with many more examples and buying options. (For these collages I did not look a pricing of clothes or availability but your can check them all in my Polyvore account if you wish.)

Each week I’m going to show you a casual look of mine but would really love to see yours too!

Yes, that means there will be a mini challenge every week from now on! Will you join me and give us all lots of inspiration?

We will start with formula 1: jeans plus a special T-shirt or a button down shirt.

Here is how you can join

There are a 2 ways you can join in:

  1. Photograph yourself in a look that follows formula 1 and send the photo(s) to me at sylvia 40plusstyle.com. Make sure your photo is of a good quality. You can send as many photos as you like, but they all need to follow the casual outfit formula 1, which is basically any kind of jeans with any kind of top (but no jackets or cardigans) and / or
  2. Create a collage just like I did above in Polyvore. It’s free to sign up and create collages and you can post the link to your collage in the comments or send it to me through email.

Please make sure your entry is in by Saturday 2 May.

I hope many of you will join in this fun dressing challenge and exercize your creative muscles with your dressing!

For now, let me know in the comments. What is your favorite formula for wearing casual clothes?

Feature image by Jona

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Summer Dresses for Women Over 40

Best Dresses for Over 40 Women

A sweet summer dress … there’s nothing better. I love wearing a pretty dress in the summertime, don’t you? But sometimes over 40 it’s harder to find the perfect one that will give you coverage where you want it.

And of course everyone has different parts they would like to cover too, right? Some over 40 babes want to hide their legs, some their arms, some have a tummy to work around, etc. I’ve searched through many shopping sites to bring you what I think are all good midlife dress options.

Best Over 40 Summer Dresses

Of course not every dress will work on every midlife beauty, but I bet you can find one or two or ten that would work on you, right? Which is your favorite? And which would you never wear and why?

OXOX

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↓ 19 -Gray Pants and White Top

Gray pants and a white top would look lovely together. Try this look this summer.

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↓ 18 – Animal Print Shirt and Cropped Pants

If you are aiming at standing out of the crowd go for an animal print with cropped pants. You’d surely impress others. Don’t add any other accessory that has an animal print as that could ruin your look.

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↓ 17 – Ankle Length Pants and Top

Go for plain ankle length pants with a printed top for a trendy look.

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↓ 16 – Frock and Boots

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↓ 15 – Pencil Skirt and Top

Stay graceful wearing a pencil skirt with a mediocrely fitted shirt. RECOMMENDED: 18 Outfits for Women Over 60- Fashion Tips For 60 Plus Women.

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↓ 14 – Half Sleeves Dress

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↓ 13 – Maxi Dress

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↓ 12 – Palazzo Pants and Shirt

Palazzo pants are comfy and they look fabulous. There are several types of palazzo pants ranging from pleated ones to cropped ones. One thing common about all is that they look very fashionable. Breeze through the day donning palazzo pants and an airy top.

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↓ 11 – White Jumpsuit and Denim Jacket

Keep it cool with a white jumpsuit and a denim jacket. For more styling ideas and tips, here are 20 Ideas How to Wear Denim Jackets

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↓ 10 – Black Top and Blue Jeans

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↓ 9 – Wrap Skirt and Top

Wear a wrap skirt for a pretty look. If you opt to wear a printed skirt go for a plain tee and if you decide to wear a printed tee then go for a plain wrap skirt.

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↓ 8 – Floral Dress

Floral is very much in vogue these days. And it’s the perfect print for summers. A flowery printed dress would look fancy on a super sunny day. You should also check out these

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↓ 7 – White Button Down Shirt and Blue Jeans

Blue jeans with a white dress shirt is a classic look. When in doubt go for this outfit.

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↓ 6 – Stripped Top and leggings

Black and white can never lose their elegance. Rock a striped black and white top with leggings this summer.

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↓ 5 – Full Black Outfit

A full black outfit would make you look gorgeous. Try the look for an evening party. Every woman looks great in black no matter what her age or size, so here are 25 Celebrities All Black outfits Styles for Fall to Copy.

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↓ 4 – Full White Outfit

Dial the notch on sophistication up and go for an all-white outfit. You’re bound to look beautiful.

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↓ 3 – Printed Pants and Plain Shirt

Flip the look for a change and go for printed pants with a plain shirt.

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↓ 2 – Oversized Shirt and Straight Pants

Wear straight pants with a baggy shirt for a fashionable look.

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↓ 1 – Summer Outfits for Above 50 with Style

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