Fix the Frumpy – Tips on What to Wear for Women Over 50

I don’t pretend to be any type of fashion queen or diva of the dress… I am still learning all about style and fashion as I go! But I’ve picked up a few great tips to hopefully help all those women over 50 (like me!) who wonder what to wear, or who feel frumpy and want to make a change. If you want to know how to dress well over 50, then read through these tips and use the ones that work for you to create your own personal style. Nothing, and I mean nothing, stops at 50. Not fashion, not style, and especially not beauty. We live in a pretty cool time, ladies, when 50 is the new 30. So no matter what your body shape, what your budget or what you’ve worn all your life, take the time to fix the frumpy!

 

 

What to Wear : How to Dress Over 50

 

Use neutrals as your base.

I can’t say this enough. When deciding what to wear, think classic and elegant, not funky and trendy. Pants and slacks should be dark blue denim or neutrals. Colored pants belong on 12 year olds or fashion models. Stop with the bright large prints & sequins already! Geometrics and subtle tone on tone prints are much more sophisticated, and let’s face it, sequins don’t belong on any woman off the red carpet or a Vegas strip. If that’s your fashion MO right now, I’m hoping there are no hurt feelings. We’ve all made a fashion faux pas, or ten. You should have seen some of the things I wore in my 20’s!  Just change it up! Worried about your wardrobe being boring or washed out? No worries, keep reading! This V Neck Plaid Sweater and black pants are exactly what we mean here.

 

Speaking of base… no bra straps, panty lines or muffin tops.

This means using some shape wear, girls. I don’t mean squeezing yourself into some super tight sausage casing every morning. There are plenty of shape wear brands that offer light shaping and smoothing instead of “suck it in and don’t breathe” kinda control. I love  Yummie Shapewear. I wear the Cotton Shaping Full Back Bodysuits several times a week and I love them because they just feel like a snug layer with light support , no squeezing required. I own every color! (Wish they still made the pink, it is awesome!) They smooth just enough to prevent muffin top under jeans or a skirt (or even under a dress), but are so comfy you forget they aren’t just a regular tank layer.  And BTW, I use them just like a tank top or cami! I also love the Ballet Shaping Bodysuit because it has 3/4 sleeves, and I can wear it in all seasons. They have a ton of other options in different supports from light to firm.

 

Add accessories with anything you wear.

So many women don’t experiment with accessories because it seems scary. First of all, this is a great place to add color to your outfit. A handbag, jewelry, a watch, scarf, hat or even sunglasses can add just the right amount of “I cared enough to be put together” in your style. Afraid to use jewelry & accessories? Here is a good formula… One necklace, one pair of earrings, one watch or bracelet. Then, add one more. I like to layer two necklaces of different lengths, or stack bracelets. Or wear a scarf and sunglasses, and just stud earrings. Just don’t do it all at once! One little tip? Pendant necklaces. They draw the eye down and make your frame look taller and slimmer. Below is a great example of using accessories without overusing accessories. Notice there is even a touch of blue in her jewelry. You can shop her look and buy her Shoulder Zipped Pullover Sweater at Chico’s.

 

Create the illusion of height.

So many women are worried about looking slimmer in their clothes. One of the best way to do that is by creating the illusion of height. That means using long visual lines to visually whittle away a few pounds. Using tunic length tops, long cardigans and jackets, and shoes with a touch of a heel are a great start. Also, keep your tops and bottoms of the same intensity to create a seamless visual line. This doesn’t mean you have to wear all black, though that’s a great choice for an elegant sophisticated look with a few accessories. But if you wear a dark top, wear a dark pant. If you wear a light pant, wear a light top… getting it? This Long Striped Tunic Shirt could be worn buttoned up or open and layered like this look. This is also a great way to wear stripes… vertically, not horizontally. It lengthens your frame instead of widening it.

 

Fit, fit fit.

No one knows or cares what the size on the label is. If your pants or jeans are too tight, they will cause muffin top. If your dress or top is too large, it will only make you look shapeless, and yes, frumpy. Choose clothes that skim your figure, that are neither too tight or too loose. I buy jeans that are one size larger than the sizing chart tells me too. If I don’t, muffin top every time. And I buy jackets and cardigans a size smaller, or I look like I’m hiding a Thanksgiving dinner under my sweater. Figure out what works for your and try things on in sizes you’ve never thought of trying before. If it doesn’t fit, so what! Find a size that does. Notice this beautiful woman does not try to hide her shape in a huge size sweater, neither does she try to squeeze into something too small. This pretty Directional Stitch Soft Sweater comes in a wide variety of sizes.

 

Accentuate the positive, and downplay the negative.

That means, if you have nice legs, wear more dresses. If you hate your legs, wear tall boots! If you have a curvy figure, play it up! Apple shaped? Wear softly draped tops around your middle. Just look in the mirror, and don’t be mean to yourself. We all have things about ourselves we wish we could change. Make the most of what you have and stop trying to hide under moomoos, and in sensible shoes! We love how this women looks so incredibly polished in this pretty Vegan Suede Jacket. (Not frumpy, at all!) A woman of any body shape could rock this outfit! Notice her outfit is all neutral and monochromatic, but she added color in a flattering long line finishing piece with the jacket, then accented with the perfect jewelry formula, and rockin’ shoes.

 

Don’t wear what you’ve always worn and expect to get a new result.

It’s time to try something new, right? So take a look at what just one gorgeous piece can do for a neutral outfit for any woman over 50! This Menswear Colored Border Ruana is the thing you need to shake it up. And, it’s flattering! Sophistication and elegance, done!

 

Shoes ladies, shoes.

This outfit is another long line styling that is flattering to any figure, but add the cute mule shoe and it elevates it to a really polished look. Wear cute shoes! They don’t have to be uncomfortable to be fashionable. BTW, the length on this Tuck Stitch Pullover Sweater is really flattering. You can get it in white too! Want the whole outfit? Check out the Midi Length Plaid Skirt too!

 

Layers are a classic, polished, and slimming way to dress.

Want a perfect formula for a knock out style that is anything but frumpy? Top + bottom + finishing piece + accessories + shoes. A finishing piece can be anything from a vest, to a cardigan, to a jacket, or even just a scarf during warmer months. It makes the difference between wearing clothes, and wearing an outfit. If you put thought into a finishing piece for every day, you can forget ever feeling frumpy again! This outfit pretty much has it all, with a great finish with the Button Side Cardigan Sweater. Notice you can find nearly ever single tip we shared here in this outfit, and it is not frumpy, it’s feminine, fantastic and fun!

So let’s recap your primer on what to wear for women over 50, ok?

Use neutrals as your base.

Speaking of base… no bra straps, panty lines or muffin tops.

Add accessories. 

Create the illusion of height.

Fit, fit fit.

Accentuate the positive, and downplay the negative.

Don’t do what you’ve always done and expect to get a new result.

Shoes ladies, shoes.

Layers are classic, polished, and slimming. Top + bottom + finishing piece + accessories + shoes.

Now that you have it down, go shopping! And check out our posts on How to Look Younger for Women Over 50, and Pretty Eye Makeup Looks for Women Over 40. And don’t forget to join the OhMeOhMy Facebook group and our Pinterest page so you see right away when we post new ideas and advice!


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