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Style over 50 – are there any rules for dressing over 50?

Rules for dressing in your 50s imageArticle by Ceri Wheeldon

Women want to be stylish over 50 but are there any rules as to how women over 50 should dress? I’m not a stylist (and certainly don’t pretend to be), but I am frequently asked for comments for radio and press about what women over 50 should and shouldn’t wear.

I always stress that there are no rules, and women over 50 are as individual as women in their 20s, 30s and 40s. We can all have our own individual style and should not feel that we need to conform to any particular way of dressing.

Yes our body shape changes over 50, but we can still find clothes that fit and flatter.

No rules, just tips for finding your style in your 5os

Look at quality over quantity- invest in same great wardrobe staples ( trousers, coats, jacket, white shirt, great fitting jeans, classic dress, cashmere sweaters), look out for sale bargains.

Let your personality shine through with accessories- don’t be afraid to be bold – either with style or colour!

Don’t be afraid to wear heels ! Kitten heels are far more flattering than flats!

Don’t get stuck in a style rut- experiment. Try on different styles and colours. Pick a style role model from TV and shop for yourself with their style in mind.

If the budget is tight, then look to restyle existing clothes- change sleeve or hem lengths. Rework necklines. Change buttons. Little alterations can make an outfit look like new.

Try ‘swishing’, whether with friends or at an organised event – swapping can be a fun and economic alternative to buying.

Can women over 50 have long hair? Absolutely- no reason not to! As long it’s in great condition and suits your face shape.

Refresh your makeup. Many of us started to wear make up in our teens, when we were striving to look older not younger! We have lots of tips   on how to make the most of new products- including some ‘how to’ make-up videos. A good starting point is often the make-up counter in department stores – ask to be shown how new colours and products can work for you.

I believe there are no fixed rules for how to dress over 50, but whatever you wear should enhance your confidence and reflect your personality. As our taste in music evolves over the years, so does our taste in clothes. We shouldn’t be afraid to adapt old favourites while adding something new and interesting into our style mix.



Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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