What does dressing your age mean now? The “rules” have changed and relaxed over the last few years. It’s no longer ‘wrong” for a 40 year old to wear a skirt above the knees if she has great legs, or for a 50 year old to wear animal prints.
What is important is how you feel and how you combine what might be riskier pieces. I wouldn’t advise for example wearing a leather mini with an animal print top, faux fur jacket and dangling earrings all at once – whatever your age! And the rule about balance should be applied; if you wear a shorter skirt cover up on top or if you want to show a little cleavage make the bottom half more demure.
Here, for inspiration, are some gorgeous “older” women who carry their age with style and below some outfits you might like to try.
Michelle Pfeiffer – age 55
Andie MacDowell – age 55
Anna Wintour – age 63
So how can you wear leather, animal print and skinny jeans, here are my styling tips?
Wear a dress the new way with heeled shoe boots and keep your tights dark and matt for legs that look endlessly long. Add a statement necklace and a pop of colour with the new style envelope clutch.
You can wear slim leg jeans if your legs can take it but go for a highwaisted pair that are so much more flattering to those of us who don’t want their “mummy tummy” on show. Dress up with a jacket and add luxe accessories to show you are a woman with style.
Mix animal print and leather but opt for a full skirt rather than a pencil (wear a leather pencil skirt with an understated top) make it modern with ankle boots and again opaque tights. Keep your bag simple and pull the look together with a tribal style necklace.
So just because you won’t see 40 again it doesn’t mean you have to retire into elasticated waists, flat shoes and a grannie cardigan!
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