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The Challenges of being Stylish over 50

Judith Brady style over 50 imageArticle by Judith Brady

Hello everyone,

I’m Judith Brady and I’m delighted to be Fab after Fifty’s in-house style expert.  I’m soon to celebrate my 53rd birthday and I know some of the new challenges that age can bring (adjusting to a changing body shape post menopause) as well as some of the benefits (not caring as much what other people think!).

I’m here to share my expertise and experience from helping hundreds of women develop their own fabulous style, let you in on some tricks of the trade and inspire you to forget about your age and dress to suit who you are now – body and spirit!

OK so you’ve reached 50 or 60 or 70 – so what! You’re not desperate to follow every trend, BUT you still want to look modern and attractive, just not ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ – sound familiar? That’s probably what I hear from my clients more than anything else.

In theory this should be easy – after all 50 is the new 30 isn’t it, so why are so many women stressing about how they look and why is choosing what to wear a constant frustration to so many?

Well, I think it’s a combination of the incredible pressure that women feel to look young, combined with a bewildering choice of clothes, (most of which are aimed at teenagers) and topped off in many cases with the very British fear of ‘standing out’ or being noticed! It can be confusing and frustrating – no wonder so many opt to play it safe.

My mission is to get you excited about your clothes again!  I want you to have a wardrobe of clothes that really work for you – your lifestyle, your budget, your body and most importantly, your personality.

Clothes have a huge impact on your life, the right ones give you energy, make you feel self-confident and comfortable in your own skin. This is not because they’re the height of fashion or because they disguise a part of your body you don’t like, but because the right clothes reflect who you are. So how do you go about finding these clothes? I’m going to guide you through this maze with articles designed to help you find your own unique style.

To get things started, here are my top 3 secrets to true style over 50:

1. Positive dressing – rather than dressing to disguise bits of you that you don’t like, try a positive starting point – dress to celebrate your best assets. It sounds like a small change but it isn’t. Positive dressing helps to change how you see yourself and true style starts with attitude!

2. Ignore rules – there are no blanket style ‘rules’ which magically come into play as soon as you reach 50 or any other age. It’s all about finding out what works for you.  For example, contrary to one popular ‘rule’, some 50+ women look fabulous with long hair, just look at Jerry Hall and Jane Seymour – it all depends on the woman and the hair! I’ll be giving you ideas, suggestions and some guidelines, but never rules!

3. Get your boobs in the right place!  I can’t stress enough what a difference having the right fitting bra makes. Many women spend a fortune on lotions and potions but don’t invest in a good quality bra. 90% of the women I see are wearing the wrong size and/or wrong style bra. It’s the easiest way to instantly look 10 years younger and 10lbs lighter and all your clothes will look better too – need I say more?

I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences and if you’d like some advice or have any style questions, I’m here to help. Just post a question in the box below.

Best wishes,



Judith Brady

Judith is an Accredited Member of the International Association of Style Coaches™ and has helped hundreds of women boost their self-confidence by developing their own unique style through talks, presentations, workshops, and working 121. Working with all sorts of clients from all sorts of backgrounds and having lived all over the world, Judith has a unique insight into how to help women translate their personality into their own style, enabling them to attract what they want into their personal, professional and business lives. She has worked with numerous organisations including Champneys, Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, The Federation of Small Businesses, ND Homes and the Children’s Hospice South West. info@judithbrady.co.uk

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