Skip to main content

Fashion After 50

Sep 26, 2016 01:38PM ● Published by Caitlin Marshall

By: E. Schels

Age is nothing but a number and when it comes to fashion, you should follow your own personal style. Now, more than ever, women are looking and feeling younger due to the information age, advances in medicine and plastic surgery.

Fifty is the new forty and is also a pivotal point in fashion for most women. Sweatpants with Bootylicious on the backside and cut off Daisy Dukes may have been cute in your twenties but, in your 50s, it just looks like you’re reaching for lost youth.

Embrace your maturity by adding flattering pieces to your wardrobe that will make you feel both feminine and confident.


The Little Black Dress

Every woman should have a little black dress in their closet ready to go. Find the style that best fits your body type and makes you feel sexy. Less is more—it should be a simple dress that can be worn to casual, business and cocktail parties. Dress lengths should fall right at or right above the knee. Dress it up with a colorful scarf (or purse). I personally like to wear mine with red heels.



Dresses

Two of the most flattering styles are wrap dresses and those that fit snug at the top and flare out at the bottom—bell dresses if you will. Wrap dresses have an air of sophistication, especially those with a v-neck and three quarter length sleeves. Remember to always tie on the side, not in the front and do not make a bow. Bell dresses can disguise big hips and a less than perfect waist and are great for day lunches as well as parties.


Cardigans

Long and three quarter length sleeved cardigans are a wonderful wardrobe addition to be paired with pants or skirts. It should hit you right at your hips. They are perfect for chilly air conditioned office jobs and for Louisiana’s weather; waking up to cold temps only to be sweating by noon. It should flatter your body, so carefully pick out a perfectly sized one; it should be neither too tight nor too big.



Tank tops

Tank tops create a modest, smooth look for women. Find a tank you like and buy a bunch in solid colors. You can wear them underneath anything! Buying a well-fitting one, one size down even, can double as a body shaping piece. It should be snug and long enough to tuck in.

 

Dark Jeans

Jeans are an American staple in fashion. Dark jeans, either boot cut or skinny, can be dressed up or down. Take your time and find your favorite, most flattering brand.





Linens

These are not your mother’s polyester pantaloons! Linen pants are dressy casual and are great for the high temps we experience here in South Louisiana. Cream colored pants with a white top will look great against your sun kissed skin. Not to mention, they are super comfortable.

 

Flats

Heels can start to become painful after a lifetime of wearing them and for some, it can cause serious medical issues that require surgery. There’s always the option to wear a wedge but, I suggest investing in simple flats. Fashion icon Victoria Beckham suggests flats and minimal jewelry, letting the fashion pieces speak for themselves.




Using this list as a starting point, you will be well on your way to creating your own signature style. Visit local clothing boutiques to receive personalized style services. Clothing that fits well goes a long way so consider having your pieces tailored to fit your body if it’s in your budget.

Think of fashion as an investment in yourself. Clothing that flatters will make your confidence soar!


Beauty +Style, Acadiana Life, Lifestyle Fashion after 50 fashion tips
  • The Boutique Bridal Show

    01/21/2018
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    The Boutique Bridal Show is intimate, organized and effective. Our focus is on vendors and brides...


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/22/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • 3D Printing 101

    01/23/2018
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    Have a child or teenager interested in learning the basics of creating and printing on a 3D print...


  • The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet is Thursday, Jan 18th at the Cade Community...


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/17/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Lin Emery and the Appeal of Kinetic Sculpture

    01/17/2018
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us for a special lecture with Art Historian and Physicist Philip Palmedo that celebrates the...


  • The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet is Thursday, Jan 18th at the Cade Community...


  • Join four-time competitor and two-time American Ninja Warrior finalist Cass Clawson for the grand...


  • Free-Throw Thursdays

    01/18/2018
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Every Thursday of the months of January and February join friends and fellow basketball lovers fo...


  • The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet is Thursday, Jan 18th at the Cade Community...


  • Friends of the Library Mystery Book Sale

    01/20/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Support the Friends of the Library by heading down to the Main Library in downtown Lafayette and ...


  • The Boutique Bridal Show

    01/21/2018
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    The Boutique Bridal Show is intimate, organized and effective. Our focus is on vendors and brides...


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/22/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • 3D Printing 101

    01/23/2018
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    Have a child or teenager interested in learning the basics of creating and printing on a 3D print...


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/24/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Heart Notes with Ashana Sophia

    01/24/2018
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    From the atoms that make up your body to the spiraling Milky Way galaxy, everything is an express...


  • Cinema on the Bayou

    01/24/2018
    06:30PM

    The 13th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival has selected nearly 180 films, including World, U.S. a...


  • Free-Throw Thursdays

    01/25/2018
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Every Thursday of the months of January and February join friends and fellow basketball lovers fo...


  • Tutor Training Workshop

    01/25/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    TUTOR TRAINING WORKSHOP Thursday, January 25 and Thursday, February 1 5:00-7:30 p.m. Tu...


  • Blowout Book Sale

    01/27/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Come to the Hilliard Store for a blowout book sale! Select titles will up to 50% off. Members can...


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/29/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/31/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Flex your creative writing muscles at a literature workshop organized by the Acadiana Writing Pro...


  • Free-Throw Thursdays

    02/01/2018
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Every Thursday of the months of January and February join friends and fellow basketball lovers fo...


  • Tutor Training Workshop

    02/01/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    TUTOR TRAINING WORKSHOP Thursday, January 25 and Thursday, February 1 5:00-7:30 p.m. Tu...


  • During February's workshop, the legendary Jackie Miller of Iota, Louisiana, will be leading a tra...


  • Courir de Mardi Gras

    02/04/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Join us at Vermilionville on Sunday, February 4th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, as we bring a tra...


  • Citizenship Classes

    02/05/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Trivia Time

    02/05/2018
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Think you know your trivia? Have you watched way too many Rom-Coms and think you can beat out oth...


  • Citizenship Classes

    02/07/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Join the theatre department as select students perform pieces of poetry, monologues, and short sc...


  • Lafayette Reads Together Film Screening

    02/07/2018
    06:00PM — 07:45PM

    As a part of the Lafayette Read Together event, two films will be screened in February for those ...


 

 

January 2018 - 10th Anniversary Issue