Are you Dressing your Age?

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

dressing your age with style

Andie MacDowell – age 55

dressing your age

Anna Wintour – age 63

dressing your age


So how can you wear leather, animal print and skinny jeans, here are my styling tips?

dressing your age

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!

Where to buy:

Animal print dress by Inwear, Matt opaque tights by MyTights, Black suede shoots from LK Bennett, Foldover clutch by Osprey, Black & white stone necklace from Atterley Road.

Boucle jacket from Atterley Roadicon, Ida cigarette jeans by Donna Idaicon, Scarf by Beksondergaardicon, Boots by LK Bennett, Tote bag by Hunter.

Leather skirt by Hobbsicon, Animal print jumper by Fenn Wright Manson Ltd, Boots by Whistlesicon,Necklace by Phase Eight, Bag by Michael Kors.


  1. Claire
    November 1, 2013 / 5:26 pm

    Younger women are surely to be forgiven if what they wear doesn’t suit their body shape. It shows enthusiasm! And more often than not, a youthful body can take anything fashion throws at it.
    Those of us who are older (I’m 46 and a half) need to make sure we don’t stay wearing the styles that were fashionable when we were in our twenties, because these instantly date us. If we stay at the teeteringly high end of fashion, however, we run the risk of looking (from some angles) much younger than we are, and as one person put it, “over-selling from the back”! So, we need to wear fashionable things that suit our body shape. I’m afraid I do wear flat shoes. But rest assured, my flat shoes are patent! Yay!

    • Maria
      November 2, 2013 / 9:19 am

      I love your comment “over selling from the back”! that sums it up so well. You are absolutely right it’s about having a nod to the latest trends and picking which of those suit us not just wearing them because they are fashionable. Having 2 teenage daughters it’s so true that they can get away with so much – of course you don’t realise that until you can’t any more!