How To Dress In Your 40's
When I hear women saying they can’t wear certain colors, prints, styles to fits because they’re a certain age -- I’m just, “Yes, you can!”
It’s very easy to feel like you have to have a more boring and predictable style once you reach “a certain age” - but this is so wrong.
In my opinion, you can most definitely pull off any style that you want.. regardless of your age.
Is it easy to pull off a stylish look at any age? Yes.
Do you have to stop wearing certain pieces because you’re a certain age? No.
With age your style evolves, it doesn’t restrict. Your approach to putting together your look may be the only thing that changes because I doubt you’d want to wear the same outfit that someone in their 20’s is wearing BUT you can still wear the same pieces… with a different way to complete your look through your choice in clothes, shoes and accessories so you feel confident and comfortable styling it at your age.
In order to feel more confident in your style, your wardrobe has to not only have pieces that suit your personal style but the right pieces that’ll allow you to style these pieces in a way that makes you feel more confident. These pieces are your wardrobe basics.
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 Feeling More Confident In Your Style:
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 Wardrobe 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 yourwardrobe 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 those classic pieces that you can wear year-round and can span across different occasions, events to seasons. These neutral pieces can be styled with everything in your closet making it easier to create different looks around the same pieces, minus the shopping.
When you add in different pieces outside of your wardrobe basics, your basics are the pieces that’ll allow you to style these items over and over again in different ways. If you end up buying a new top for an upcoming trip or a new jacket for date night, you’ll already have plenty of options for it with your wardrobe basics to create more outfits around it.
Your wardrobe basics come in different styles, shapes, colors to fits; so it’s easier for you to fill up your wardrobe with pieces you’ll actually wear and are comfortable in. In Building A Wardrobe: The Basics eBook, you’ll also receive access to a private online shopping guide that’s updated with new pieces throughout the year to help you fill the gaps of your wardrobe with styles that you’ll actually wear.
Here are 4 out of the 140 outfits included in Building A Wardrobe: The Basics eBook:
Because your basics are all neutrals, you can mix and match with each other and with every single item you have in your closet AKA double the amount of outfits you have!
In Building A Wardrobe: The Basics eBook, I lay out 24 different basics from clothes, shoes to accessories that’ll help you achieve a functional wardrobe. Before you begin building your wardrobe, I walk you through a three-step process that’ll help you pinpoint the different styles and fits that make sense for your lifestyle and body figure -- so you’re spending money on clothes that you’re going to wear and not just spending then struggling to wear or have no need for them. Spending with a purpose not only gives you direction on what to buy and how to spend it also ensures that you have a wardrobe of pieces that work for your day-to-day so you’re able to wear clothes without resorting to wearing the same outfits.
Your basics are a necessity for your wardrobe. You need them if you’d like to have a wardrobe that allows you to shop from within to create new outfits without always having to spend money.
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'll be able to style and create new outfits around with the help of your basics:
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.
When adding in your seasonal pieces, you have two options: - Do you prefer to add in the basics for that season, like your wardrobe basics, these pieces give you a mix of different styles, colors, prints to fits and remain in style each year, every winter. Once you take the time to invest in these pieces, you won't need to build up your winter wardrobe again unless you choose to.
In Building A Wardrobe: Winter Basics eBook, I lay out 24 different pieces and their different styles so you're able to build a wardrobe filled with pieces that you'll actually wear. With these 24 pieces I have styled 100 different outfits that'll work all season in and out of the office. Because this eBook focuses on building with items that make sense for your lifestyle, you'll have get access to a private online shopping guide so you can shop and update your winter wardrobe.
The color base for this eBook is a mix of neutrals, neutral prints and a pop of color - red!
Below are 4 out of the 100 outfits from Building A Wardrobe: Winter Basics eBook:
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. You're able to shop all 36 pieces with 192 different outfit ideas surrounding them.
The color base for this wardrobe is a mix of black, grey, burgundy, navy and two plaid prints.
Below are 4 out of the 100 outfits from Winter 2017 Wardrobe eBook:
The difference between these two winter eBooks is - with Building A Wardrobe: Winter Basics you have options on which styles you want to add, in Winter 2017 Wardrobe you have 36 pieces preselected for you.
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.
With the right pieces, you’ll be able to feel more confident and stylish without having to settle on wearing the same outfits or constant spending.
Fashion should be fun! You create the rules.
You can style whatever you like, allow these outfits to give you the confidence you need to make it happen!
Don’t allow a number stop you from feeling fabulous -- after all, it’s only a number!
Fill your wardrobe pieces that work for you, feel more confident and better dressed!
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