Things a Woman Over 40 Should Never Wear

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It is easy to come across a woman dressed in an age-inappropriate manner. You can meet these people on your way to lunch or in the middle of luxury shopping malls. Some women find joy in fashion, but many others find it unnecessary. Some women are very good at matching, others are not. Certainly, there are women who are old but still have beautiful bodies and want to catch up with trends for young girls. The question is, should they do that? Here are some tips on Things a Woman Over 40 Should Never Wear.

Things a Woman Over 40 Should Never Wear

Things a Woman Over 40 Should Never Wear

Tube tops

Also in the category of inappropriate for most anyone, the tube top is an often unflattering way to clothe your upper half — it provides little to no support for the bust. It may fly when you’re 15, but most women will look best without a Spandex-infused top that squeezes in all the wrong places. Instead, look for a bodysuit with some structure and shaping. Your bust will thank you.

Aspirational clothing

It may be nice to assume that you’ll fit into your size 2 clothing from college once again at some point, but hanging onto aspirational clothing isn’t going to make you slim down—it’s just going to clutter up your closet and make you miserable. As a general rule, if you haven’t worn something in six months, it’s time to give it the heave-ho.

Uncomfortable bras

Once you’ve hit 50, there are many things you deserve in life, and a comfortable bra is one of them. If you’ve got a bra that feels more like a torture device than a means of support, it’s time to send it packing- Things a Woman Over 40 Should Not Wear.


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Much like the booty shorts, micro miniskirts should also be vanquished from your wardrobe vocabulary. Most of the time, they simply look juvenile and rather inappropriate, especially those that barely grace over your derriere. And, no matter how good you look in them, the effect is the same. A far more sophisticated option is a sultry, curve-hugging pencil skirt which leaves a bit more to the imagination — and is all the sexier for it.

Hair accessories

From scrunchies to banana clips, kiddie barrettes to flowery headbands, whimsical hair accessories are girly, but not a good look for a grown woman. Leave the fun, fancy frills to elementary school kids. Much better is to get a great hair cut that suits your features, so you don’t have to add any decoration at all.

Shoes that give you blisters

You have more than half a century of wisdom at your disposal, meaning you’re too smart to think that those incredibly painful shoes will magically become comfortable. And considering that tight or uncomfortable shoes can cause or exacerbate all kinds of foot problems, from ingrown toenails to bunions, there’s no time like the present to ditch that painful footwear.

Shoes with holes

Things a Woman Over 40 Should Never Wear

While you don’t need to get in the habit of tossing every worse-for-wear item in your house, if your shoes are full of holes, it’s time to let them go. They’re never going to be magically wearable again, and in the meantime, they’ll only bring down your otherwise put-together wardrobe or make your closet smell like dirty socks.

Skinny scarves

If it’s cold out, wear a scarf that covers your neck and chest. Ditch the skinny scarves that just look silly.

Peasant skirts

It’s not that peasant skirts are too young for you. The issue lies in their universally unflattering fit, hippie vibe, and propensity for collecting a truly disgusting amount of street debris as you walk.

What to wear

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  • Opt for comfy leggings: Recommended almost universally as a fashion staple for over 50s – as are their natural bedfellow, tunics. Comfortable and versatile, they’re great for everyday casual wear. Just be sure to wear a top or dress that covers your bum and always remember the golden rule: leggings are not trousers.
  • Black pencil skirt: Versatile, stylish and surprisingly flattering, no matter what your size. Wear it to the knee (or slightly shorter if worn with black tights), and make sure it has a little stretch and some draping but is not tight. Pair with black tights and booties, or patent-leather pumps for night. Don’t wear a flat shoe, but a mid-heel or high-heel pump, wedge shoe or boots.
  • Cropped black leather jacket: No, a black leather jacket is not too young for those over 50. Wear it with everything you own: jeans (very cool with white jeans), skirts and dresses. This staple is more expensive than the others, so shop around for one that fits right (cropped at the waist is best) and is classic-looking, so you can wear it forever.
  • White jeans (boot-cut or straight-leg): In warmer weather, wear with wedge sandals and tunic tops or a crisp navy jacket and white tank. When it gets cooler, pair with brown or black boots and a sweater or jacket, and a pretty scarf.

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