Wardrobe Staples + Outfit Ideas For Women In Their 40's
Past 40 you can’t wear certain styles, fits colors to prints -- style is “suppose” to become more restricting and less fun for you. This is so old-fashioned and couldn’t be farther from the truth -- you can be stylish no matter what your age is.
Sure, your way of styling and putting together an outfit may be a little different from what you were wearing in your 20’s but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make it work for you now.
Shorter hemlines, sleeveless tops, prints to colors are all still appropriate for you past 40. Period.
You’re young enough to still experiment with different trends and styles but don’t want to be following the trend book and trying to wear them all - at once. Moderation is key but doable.
The word, “age-appropriate” only means creating a more mature look for your age where you still feel and look good about your style; not you can’t be fashionable.
Don’t allow a change in age make you feel like you can no longer feel good about your style or that you have to resort to a plain and boring look because that’s what’s “age appropriate.” You can still achieve a stylish, polished and on-trend look without feeling too trendy.
In order to be fashionable, you have to have a functional wardrobe. A wardrobe filled with pieces that make sense for your lifestyle, body shape and pieces you’ll actually wear. It’s one thing to have a closet filled with clothes but when you’re stuck wearing the same pieces and same outfits, your wardrobe is lacking the right pieces. With the right pieces, you’ll be able to wear all of your clothes and be able to create different outfits around the same pieces without always have to shop for new clothes.
5 Steps To Being Stylish Past 40:
Step One: Wardrobe & Lifestyle Evaluation
When you’re adding to your wardrobe, you should have a good idea on the different pieces your wardrobe needs that are practical for your lifestyle and what your wardrobe is lacking so you have a better approach to shopping and not wasting your money. The 3 steps to consider first are:
1- Assessing your lifestyle
2- Assessing your wardrobe needs
3- Cleansing your existing wardrobe
Understanding what you need makes it easier to narrow down what to shop and look for. I breakdown these 3 steps in a Q&A in Building A Wardrobe: The Basics eBook.
Step Two: Knowing How To Dress For Your Body
To be able to confidently pull off a stylish appearance, you’ll not only need a wardrobe full of clothes - but clothes that will flatter your figure.
Not sure what your shape is?
In Building A Wardrobe: The Basics eBook, I include a break down of the different style basic pieces to add into your wardrobe by body type so you have better direction on which necklines, styles to fits to shop for that’ll flatter your figure.
Step Three: Investing In Your Basics
Believe it or not, there are wardrobe pieces that make it 10 times easier to get dressed and create outfits around everything you own -- these pieces are your wardrobe basics.
Your basics help to balance out your trendy items, colors to prints.
Your basics, in a way, are your ‘when in doubt pieces,’ because they can go with anything. When you have an item in your closet you’re struggling to style, your basics will match with it. Whenever you add in new pieces to your wardrobe, you’ll already have outfit options for these pieces with your basics.
10 times out of 10, if you feel like you have a closet full of clothes with nothing to wear it’s because you lack your basics.
Your basics are your foundation pieces - there are classic and timeless pieces that are always in style and are appropriate pieces for any age, body type to style. Without your basics, you’ll always have an ongoing struggle to get more wear out of your clothes.
I lay out 24 different pieces - shoes, clothes and accessories in my eBook, Building A Wardrobe: The Basics eBook with a body type breakdown, shopping items and 140 different outfit ideas around your basics.
Step Four: Adding In Key Pieces
Outside of your wardrobe basics, you need pieces in your wardrobe that reflect your personal taste. Best thing about these pieces, you’ll already have a ton of outfit options for them with your wardrobe basics.
Not sure on your personal style? Checkout my blog post: How To Define Your Personal Style
Your key pieces will complement your wardrobe basics and help to incorporate and show off your personal style with your looks.
These key pieces can be anything from clothes, accessories to shoes and can range in style, shape, fit, color to print. Below are a few key pieces broken down by different styles that you can pull off past 40:
Step Five: Adding In Seasonal Pieces
To round out your wardrobe, you need your seasonal pieces. Although they’re coined as “seasonal pieces,” some of these items can also be worn in different seasons. With your wardrobe basics, it’ll make it easier to transition your clothes through different seasons so you’re able to maximize your wardrobe options.
In Winter 2017 Wardrobe eBook, I lay out 36 different casual and dressy clothes, shoes and accessories that’ll keep you stylish throughout the season and that you can wear in and out of the office.
The key when adding in new pieces is to create a versatile selection so you’re able to easily mix and match your items to create both casual and dressy outfits. This approach will save you a lot of money and keep you outfit-ready for different occasions and events without always have to shop for new pieces.
Having a pre-selected wardrobe filled with items that’ll work for your age with a season full of outfit ideas, you don’t have to worry about coordinating outfits that aren’t “age-appropriate.”
Fashion should be fun! You create the rules. If you want to wear a mini-skirt, why the hell not? Who’s to say it’s not appropriate wear? It totally is. Allow your wardrobe basics to help you balance out the more edgier, bold to trendy pieces to avoid feeling like your look is too young for you.