I won’t bore you with thoughts about what, I think, women in their 40’s should or shouldn’t wear or do. I mean, after all, who am I to tell people anything. If you keep up with my journal, by now you know my thoughts anyway; so it’s not a secret. However, there are a few things older women should stay away from. And being that I, too, am in my forty’s—well—this applies to me as well. Here are just a few tips...
Problem: FLANNEL SHIRT AROUND THE WAISTLINE
A flannel around the waist is one of the cutest trends; it really is! Unfortunately for me and you, if your not a teenager or in your twenties, it's really not a look you should be wearing.
Solution: ADD A PENCIL SKIRT TO IT
Flannel shirts are great—for all ages—but here’s how it’s done for you, if you're in your 30's and 40's.
Problem: LEATHER PANTS
Unless you’re a super-famous 48 year old rock star like Gwen Stefani or Jennifer Lopez—the answer is no. The average woman isn’t living in front of a camera. We’re at church and work, grocery shopping, soccer practice and yes, maybe we do the occasionally happy hour with girlfriends but even then, it's a NO.
Solution: LEATHER SKIRT
Nobody said you can't wear leather, simply replace your pants with a beautiful skirt. Your objective is to pull it off without looking desperate.
Problem: DENIM OVERALLS
I’ll be the first to admit, these little cuties are super fun to wear—but—I think they should come with some type of disclaimer that reads: Do not wear after 30.
Solution: DENIM DRESS
Remember your objective is to look like you know what you’re doing, even when you don't.
NO! And just in case you didn’t understand, let me say it again… NO!
Denim shorts will be a fashion icon for the rest of our lives. They are “that” piece of clothing that creep into every generation, and that’s a good thing. However, that doesn’t mean you should creep with it.
Solution: DENIM SKIRT
I’m talking about those adorable knee length denim skirts that are super hot right now and quite honestly, were super chic back in the 80’s too.
Problem: HAIR BRAIDS
The french braid has been around for a very, very long time.
My grandmother used to french braid my hair when I was in high school. Key words: high school.
The braided look is a super cute trend and I love how it looks on young girls, even teenagers. In fact, even girls in their 20’s can pull it off, but that’s where it belongs.
Thirty year olds (and older) listen up, you’re not little girls anymore.
Solution: BRAIDED HAIR TWISTS
What I recommend is the hair twist. Which is pretty much a "wiser" french braid.
It’s the grown up version of the french braid. And to make it even sexier, the looser and messier the twist, the more sophisticated-chic you look.
Being in your 40’s doesn’t mean you shrivel up and die. Appearing beautiful and trendy comes with the package, at any age; we simply have to be more cautious with our choices.
Staying sexy and fun and young in your 40’s, without trying to look like a twenty-year old, makes you a winner. In our 40’s, even parts of our 30's, there is no excuse for bad fashion. And while we all still want that chic-stylish feel—wisdom has arrived—use it. It's not rocket science ladies, IT'S CLASS.