Fashion Tips for Women Over 50

How to Dress Fabulous Over 50

Can women’s fashion over fifty be fabulous? Most definitely.

The fashion arena for mature women that once included muumuu dresses and ugly grandma sweaters is fortunately long gone! Today’s mature woman feels, thinks, and looks younger than her age.

They seek out fashion-forward clothes that allow them to portray a confident, youthful, and vibrant image.

I say, hooray, we can finally look as young as we feel. Follow these fashion tips and you can too!

Updating Your Look

It can be hard to branch out and wear styles of clothing, hair, or makeup that might not be familiar to you. Here are some ways to bridge the gap:

  • Find a fashion buddy, maybe a friend or a daughter.

Go shopping with a fashionable friend and get their opinion on what you should wear. Though you might think something is too over-the-top, they’ll be able to give you real input on what looks good.

  • Update your hair.

If you’ve been wearing the same hairstyle for a few decades, it’s time to change. Go through some magazines and find looks that you like. Ask your friends or hairstylists and try something new.

  • Update your makeup.

Don’t overdo it though! Go get a makeover at a cosmetics store to try new looks and get feedback from your fashion friends.

  • Raid your closet.

Go through all of your clothes. What have you been wearing and why? What haven’t you been wearing and why? Looking at your current habits in detail will keep you from making similar fashion mistakes when you go shopping this time.

Stores for Mature Women

Look your best by choosing clothes that fit your lifestyle, budget and figure.

The best clothing stores that cater to mature women include:

  • Lord & Taylor
  • Chadwicks
  • Chicos
  • Macy’s
  • Ann Taylor
  • J. Jill
  • Talbots
  • Pendleton
  • Karen Kane
  • Dana Buchman
  • Eddie Bauer
  • White House Black Market

Don’t forget to check even at places like Target, or online at Amazon or Zappos. You might be surprised at what you find.

Here are some shopping tips:

  • When shopping for clothes, be unpredictable and think as young as you feel. This isn’t to say you should raid your daughter’s closet and borrow her mini skirt or hipster jeans. Do, however, think modern, elegant, and chic.
  • It’s okay to choose solid colors and bold styles. Anything works as long as you feel comfortable wearing it.
  • Choose classic shapes and clothes that drape instead of clinging.
  • Hemlines should not be too short, ladies. Aim for just above the knee.
  • Wrap dresses are very flattering. If you find the neckline is too revealing, wear a lacy cami underneath.
  • Wearing quality shapewear underneath your fashions is very important. Your bras, panties, and shapers should be brand-name and fit properly.
  • Avoid pastels, floral prints, and anything with frills or decals.
  • Look for inspiration on Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr.
  • Invest in quality clothing and tailored clothes that will flatter your figure. At 50, a great fit is everything. You should opt for quality because you will find better fabrics, better cuts, and therefore, better fits.

Yes, ladies! Great style can happen over 50, even if you’re on a small budget. Your wardrobe can be smart and super stylish on every level, whether you’re dressing for the office or your home office.

Classic Pieces for Your Wardrobe

Items to have in your wardrobe are:

  • Classic blazer
  • Tunic top
  • Cardigan
  • Black dress
  • Pair of great fitting jeans

Go from frumpy to fabulous with modern pieces that your grandma wouldn’t have ever dared to wear!

  • Bring attention to your good features when shopping for clothes. If you have bad legs, wear dark leggings and dresses or skirts that are longer.
  • Heavy at the waistline? New block designs in women’s wear can actually trick the eye into making you look like you have an hourglass figure!
  • Women that are heavy in the thighs can opt to wear stretch jeans or dark pants with a patterned top to take attention from them.

Sweaters and Cardigans

It’s fair to say that I never owned as many cardigans as I do now that I turned 50. Some women prefer layering with blazers or jackets, but I prefer a pretty sweater.

Today’s styles are feminine, modern, cozy, and make a perfect addition to your wardrobe any time of year.

It makes a woman feel good to complemented at any age, but especially when you’re over 50. This is one more reason to choose beautifully tailored clothes.

If you’re looking to achieve great style and want to be comfortable at the same time, a draped cardi might just be the answer to your fashion woes.

Perfect for layering, stylish cardigans can be worn over a top, blouse, or dress and can give a boost to your entire look.

Jeans

Who doesn’t wear jeans? It’s important to have a pair that makes you feel great.

The jeans from NYDJ are an easy staple that every woman over 50 should have in her closet. Seriously. Both comfortable and classic, the boot cut jeans offer a cool silhouette and waist control.

They make dressing a breeze, too. Just toss on a cute top and you’re ready to go! I think you’ll agree that being comfortable in your jeans is something that you demand at this age and here, you have the tummy panel that keeps you controlled but comfortable.

You’ll look great in the figure flattering cut and a dark wash that makes you look slimmer.

Features to look for in jeans:

  • Tummy slimming panel
  • Elastic waist
  • Stretch
  • Dark wash

Other good brands:

  • Levi’s
  • Not Your Daughter’s Jeans
  • Lee
  • 7 For All Mankind

Outerwear and Jackets

Choose luxurious, rich fabrics like buttery leather, soft fur, or cashmere and you simply can’t go wrong.

Here are some good styles:

  • Trench coats
  • Pea jackets
  • Car coats
  • Leather jackets
  • Jean jackets

These kinds of coats and jackets are eternally youthful in spirit. Since they’re such an important part of your look, it’s best to think designer brands when it comes to your jacket.

Here’s what to look for in your jacket:

  • Comfort—How do you feel wearing it?
  • Close fit—It should be fitted but not tight. Tailored pieces make you look younger.
  • Versatility—Can you dress it up and dress it down?
  • Quality—What is it made of? Will it last?
  • Style—Is it fashion-forward but not too trendy? You want this piece to last for years.

Shapewear: Shapers, Bras, Waistnippers, and Panties

Unless you’re a woman that spends countless hours working out in a gym, (and who does that, unless you’re a rich celebrity), your best plan of attack for shaping and sculpting the old body is going to come from wearing shapewear that offers firm control.

I know you’ll like shopping for shapewear online. Shop for shapers, bras, waistnippers, and panties with brand names like:

  • Playtex
  • Glamorise
  • Crown-ette
  • Bali
  • Leading Lady
  • Valmont
  • Body Image

Shoes: Chic and Comfortable

Heels shouldn’t be too high. Instead, opt for strapped sandals, wedges, or stylish flats. High-quality brand name shoes makes much more sense now than those spiked shoes from hell we wore in the 70’s!

Now, we demand something with a go-everywhere walkability that looks good, too.

Finding quality mature women’s shoes isn’t difficult at all now thanks to online shopping.

Look for brand name shoes like:

  • Nine West
  • Clarks
  • Dansko
  • Birkenstock
  • Born
  • Easy Spirit
  • Softspots
  • Aravon
  • Walking Cradles
  • ECCO
  • Reiker
  • Rockport

Swimwear

Of course, our bikini days are over now, but there are some really high quality one-piece swimsuits and tankinis that can make you feel attractive in a bathing suit again.

The key word to remember when shopping for a swimsuit now is quality. Don’t run out to Walmart and get something that is cheaply made that any 20-year-old would look good in.

Go for quality now—you have to. I mean, it isn’t cute anymore when one of your straps break or the bottoms slide off when you’re swimming.

Choose reputable designer brands that you like.

I have a Miraclesuit swimsuit that has gotten me plenty of compliments this year. They are on the expensive side, but are well worth the extra cash. 

Another Good Resource

More is my favorite magazine and is the best magazine for women over 50!

Here you can learn about the season’s hottest styles and great fashion finds under $100. I really like the way all the models featured in More are women that are actually over 40 (not twenty-somethings to remind you that you’re not so young anymore).

The beauty care and health products featured are geared towards women my age and it has interesting articles that allow you to stay informed of the latest medical advancements affecting your generation and gender. The featured stories and memoirs are thoughtful and so inspirational.

More also contains articles on finances that are beneficial to women looking to invest, retire or just manage personal income, too.

Clothes For Older Women: Tips For Those Seeking A Style Boost

Within a global fashion scene that usually speaks to youth comes a new book, “The Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age.”

 

For example, when it comes to your closet, Johnson urges you to turn it into a curated, edited collection rather than a hit-or-miss jumble. After tossing or donating the items you don’t wear, she said to organize what’s left by color. Then, hang like items together within each color group, i.e. cluster jackets, pants, skirts within each color section.

Other tips from the book?

1. Pairing tops and bottoms in the same color is a quick, fool-proof formula for style.

2. One slim belt is all you need to refresh structured dresses, to feminize tailored jackets and suits or to give flat-knit sweaters worn over skirts or pants a hint of shape.

3. If you absolutely crave color, buy classic red. It always looks in style and brightens mature skin like a dash of blush.

Huff/Post 50 recently asked Johnson a few specific questions about older women and fashion.

What’s the biggest fashion mistake women over 40 make?

Not re-tailoring all those old designer blazers they splurged on. Every jacket benefits from a nip and tuck. You (and they) look slimmer and more youthful. Get rid of shoulder pads, contour the waist and slim down the sleeves.

What’s the one thing women must always remember to do when it comes to fashion?

Wear a belt at the waist to restore body definition and give clothes a contemporary shape. Belt sleeveless dresses, flat-knit fitted sweaters, cardigans over dresses, coats and even those jackets. A skinny is great because you don’t give up midriff space!

What’s the no-fail color that flatters everyone?

Camel is an often-ignored warm neutral that works like a sunny bronzer to add a healthy glow head to toe to mature skin. It mixes just great with black, brown, ivory, leopard and red too!

What’s your best tip for organizing one’s closet?

Organize by color (not item or season), and then within each color group hang like items together — skirts, pants, tops, etc. This makes getting dressed faster [and] easier.

What’s the one essential every woman needs ASAP?

Nude pumps! Go for a skin tone match — check your foundation makeup for the right shade. They stretch your legs and that elongates your entire body for a slimmer, sleeker, sexier look.

7 Super Useful Styling Tips For Women Under 5’4

5’4 or under? Here’s what you need to know.

First things first: “Petite” doesn’t just mean short and slim.

It refers to women who are 5'4 and under. Clothing labeled as petite is cut with that proportion in mind. Compared to standard items, you'll often find narrower shoulders and shorter inseams. So whether you're a size 00 or a size 16, if you're shorter, the petite section is worth a look. With that in mind, BuzzFeed Life turned to bloggers Jean Wang of Extra Petite, Kelly Tucker of Alterations Needed, and New York City-based stylist Cindy Gordon, for their best tips and tricks on nailing shorter style.

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It refers to women who are 5’4 and under.

Clothing labeled as petite is cut with that proportion in mind. Compared to standard items, you’ll often find narrower shoulders and shorter inseams. So whether you’re a size 00 or a size 16, if you’re shorter, the petite section is worth a look.

With that in mind, BuzzFeed Life turned to bloggers Jean Wang of Extra Petite, Kelly Tucker of Alterations Needed, and New York City-based stylist Cindy Gordon, for their best tips and tricks on nailing shorter style.

1. For bustier petites, balance is key.

"Fuller petite body types can vary, but overall, celebrating shape is important," Gordon told BuzzFeed Life. "For big-busted petites, empire waists are great since they nip you in beneath the bustline." Or, try a fitted top paired with a high-low skirt. This way you've got a fitted base with an outer layer to balance — all without sacrificing shape.

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“Fuller petite body types can vary, but overall, celebrating shape is important,” Gordon told BuzzFeed Life. “For big-busted petites, empire waists are great since they nip you in beneath the bustline.” Or, try a fitted top paired with a high-low skirt. This way you’ve got a fitted base with an outer layer to balance — all without sacrificing shape.

2. Smaller frame? Depending on the brand, don’t overlook kids’ sizes.

Sizing doesn't always make sense, even with retailers that have specific lines for petites. So when shopping, don't look at sizing tags, look at measurements. With some brands, the larger kids sizes are interchangeable with the smaller petite sizes — and they often cost less too. More here.

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Sizing doesn’t always make sense, even with retailers that have specific lines for petites. So when shopping, don’t look at sizing tags, look at measurements. With some brands, the larger kids sizes are interchangeable with the smaller petite sizes — and they often cost less too. More here.

This can also apply to standard sizes:

Think about functionality, too. "I love cropped tops in regular sizing which work perfectly as not-too-long tops on petites," Wang said. "I also look for items that look like higher empire-style waists on the models, since those tend to fit like regular dresses on petites."

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Think about functionality, too. “I love cropped tops in regular sizing which work perfectly as not-too-long tops on petites,” Wang said. “I also look for items that look like higher empire-style waists on the models, since those tend to fit like regular dresses on petites.”

3. And the same goes for shoes.

In this case, both pairs have the exact same measurements around the top — the kids' size just isn't as tall. But if you're shorter, this actually means a more proportionate fit. The boots will hit your calves, rather than right below (or at) your knee. More comparison info here.

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In this case, both pairs have the exact same measurements around the top — the kids’ size just isn’t as tall. But if you’re shorter, this actually means a more proportionate fit. The boots will hit your calves, rather than right below (or at) your knee. More comparison info here.

4. Use layers to fake a perfect fit.

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If an item is fine in some spots but too big in others, use layers to strategically cover the latter. More examples of faking fit here.

5. Get familiar with easy at-home alterations that you can do yourself.

Things won't always fit perfectly off the rack, but you can often still make them work with simple DIY alterations. Like this one for slimming sleeves and raising the neckline: two small changes that can make a big difference. Find three ways to do this — two of which are beginner-friendly — here.

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Things won’t always fit perfectly off the rack, but you can often still make them work with simple DIY alterations. Like this one for slimming sleeves and raising the neckline: two small changes that can make a big difference. Find three ways to do this — two of which are beginner-friendly — here.

6. At the same time, know when to invest in a professional tailor.

Yes, it's an added cost, but if you're careful about sticking to classic pieces that you can wear year after year — like winter coats, for example — you'll find that the investment is worth it. More here.

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Yes, it’s an added cost, but if you’re careful about sticking to classic pieces that you can wear year after year — like winter coats, for example — you’ll find that the investment is worth it. More here.

7. Cuff long shirts at the elbow.

Flowy long-sleeved shirts sometimes dwarf smaller frames. Cuffed sleeves (and a quick tuck) can break things up and emphasize shape. More tips here.

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Flowy long-sleeved shirts sometimes dwarf smaller frames. Cuffed sleeves (and a quick tuck) can break things up and emphasize shape. More tips here.

8. Or cuff long jeans for a quick makeshift hem.

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Roll them up or tuck them under. More here.

9. With maxis, pay extra attention to silhouette.

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You can wear maxis, but be mindful of roomy cuts with lots of material, says Gordon. If something is voluminous on the bottom, balance things out by wearing something fitted or tucked on top. More here and here.

10. The same goes for high-waisted bottoms and crop tops.

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Again, balance is key. Pair a fitted crop top with high-waisted skirts or shorts, says Gordon. This can help balance both halves without sacrificing shape.

11. Invest in narrow, petite-friendly hangers.

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Small-shouldered clothing doesn’t always mix well with wide, standard hangers — the hanger pokes into the fabric, leaving you with stretched material. Companies like Only Hangersmake slimmer and bendable versions.

12. Streamline a silhouette by getting rid of distracting details.

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On a longer torso, the ruched sleeves on this H&M blazer would end closer to the forearm — but here, they awkwardly stop mid-wrist. A quick fix? Snipping the elastics. How-to here.

13. Pair shoes and bottoms that are similar in color — like black heels with black tights — to elongate your legs.

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The matched color scheme helps create the illusion of a longer line. “Look for shoes in shades of tan or brown similar to your own skin tone, and don’t be afraid to experiment with metallics which can surprisingly function as a neutral,” said Wang.

14. Lengthen your torso by wearing a longer fitted shirt underneath a cropped sweater:

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The contrast breaks things up. (And a cropped top over a fitted or fit-and-flare dress works well too, says Gordon.) More looks here.

15. Clothing that’s stretched over time or doesn’t fit quite right? Depending on the fabric, you might be able to (carefully!) shrink it:

Downsizing a garment in the dryer can be a no or low-cost alternative to a tailor — if you know what you're doing. Tucker shared her best tips:• Research! Some Google sleuthing can help you figure out if a garment will shrink or not, and by how much based on the fabric content. Natural fibers like wools, cottons and linens are usually shrinkable, while synthetics like polyester and rayon are usually not.• Take it slow. Don't toss a garment in the dryer on high heat and forget about it because might not like what you see when you pull it out. Instead, start slowly with lower heats for short bursts until you get an item down to where you'd like it.• Know that the way the fabric looks or feels may change after shrinking. Loose knits may come out looking tight, and threads may not feel as soft. If changes such as these will bother you, skip it. More shrink-to-fit info here.

Kelly Tucker / alterationsneeded.com

Downsizing a garment in the dryer can be a no or low-cost alternative to a tailor — if you know what you’re doing. Tucker shared her best tips:

• Research! Some Google sleuthing can help you figure out if a garment will shrink or not, and by how much based on the fabric content. Natural fibers like wools, cottons and linens are usually shrinkable, while synthetics like polyester and rayon are usually not.

• Take it slow. Don’t toss a garment in the dryer on high heat and forget about it because might not like what you see when you pull it out. Instead, start slowly with lower heats for short bursts until you get an item down to where you’d like it.

• Know that the way the fabric looks or feels may change after shrinking. Loose knits may come out looking tight, and threads may not feel as soft. If changes such as these will bother you, skip it. More shrink-to-fit info here.

16. Know which brands are petite-friendly.

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Among the retailers that carry petite lines: ASOS, Topshop, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor Loft, Old Navy, Anthropologie, and more. For accessories, Pretty Small carries shoes starting in size 2. The Little Bra Company carries bras starting in 28A.

17. And finally — be confident in whatever you wear.

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“Don’t believe that the goal of everything you wear is to make you look taller,” Tucker said. “Embracing your body and wearing what you love and feel confident in is always a better idea.”

25 Awesome Clothing Tips No Woman Should Ever Miss

 

It’s Friday night and you’re searching through your wardrobe to put together the right outfit, but you just can’t seem to find anything that matches. Sound familiar? This is the kind of struggle all women have, but things don’t have to be too complicated. You can make your life a lot easier with some clever fashion tips that allow you look your best in any occasions. You can adjust your choices based on your personal style, body type and personality, but most of these tips will work for any of woman out there.

1. Old things must go!

This is where you should start – there’s no room for change if you don’t make it yourself. Open up your closet and take a good look at your clothes. You should ask yourself one simple question – if you were in a store right now, what items from your closet would you buy? It’s a very simple and quite efficient game you should play once in a while. If you want to stop spending hours in front of your closet, it needs to be neat and color coordinated – hoarding clothes always leads to a mess. All clothes you decide need to go shouldn’t be thrown away – donate them! That way, you’ll feel good about it.

2. Big event coming? Shop with a plan

Whether you’re getting married, or you’re simply attending a black-tie event, you’ll definitely spend a lot of time searching for the right outfit. In order to be efficient and be happy with your choice, you should go shopping with a proper hairstyle, makeup and shoes, so you can see the bigger picture. Also, don’t forget to put on some nice underwear – you don’t want to dismiss a dress that doesn’t look good on you because you haven’t paid attention to your panty line.

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3. Extend the life of your cashmere

The fact of something is called cashmere shouldn’t mean much, so the first step towards a long and happy life of an item made out of cashmere is purchasing a quality item. This material can be processed in many different ways, so you could easily end up with an overpaid poor quality sweater. However, there are some indicators that can show you what are you looking at. First, you should be looking for thick knitted garments, and second, try stretching it – if it pulls back, it’s a good type of cashmere. Chances are, you’ll pay good money for any quality cashmere item, so you should take care of it, which means washing it in cold water by hand.

4. Stretch new shoes painlessly

There are different ways to avoid calluses, which can really make your day difficult. Most of those problems come from high heels, right? Up until now, I’ve tried different kinds of methods, and the most effective one includes the freezer, believe it or not. If you fill a couple of freezer bags with water, place them in your shoes, and put them into your freezer to stay overnight, you’ll be able to see a huge difference in the morning.

5. Dress it up in a couple of seconds – bow tie, clip on earrings on flats

We’d all appreciate it if the days were a bit longer, but regarding the fact that’s not about to happen, you should use all kind of trick and tips in order to dress up quickly. A nice touch is always a bow tie – you can make it work with almost anything. If you don’t have any heels near buy, you could class up your flats by placing clip on earrings on them.

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6. Be smart when you buy a jacket

Purchasing jackets, coats and blazers has just one rule – it needs to fit your shoulders. If it’s too tight or too wide, leave it in the store, because this is one thing that’s very difficult to alter, even if you have a good tailor by your side.

7. The rules of showing skin

Speaking of rules, we should mentioned those regarding showing skin. It’s pretty simple – show one body part at a time. So if you’re showing your cleavage, pay attention you’re not combining that with miniskirts, and the other way around. Looking and feeling attractive shouldn’t be based on how naked you are. A little bit of mystery is always a nice touch.

8. Treat yourself like a queen

Beauty is connected with health more than you think. Taking care of your health starts with resting – no matter how many responsibilities you have during the day, you shouldn’t let them intervene with your sleep time. You’ve probably heard about something called beauty sleep, and you should know it isn’t a myth. So, invest in your beauty and health by encasing your bed with pure silk.

9. Make clothes work for you

You know how some people simply know how to wear the right clothes? There’s no mystery there, and actually, you could pull it off, too, by just thinking about what you’re wearing a little bit more. It all depends on how your body is built – you should tend to accent your features in the right way. For example, wearing V neck will make your torso look longer, and wearing nude pups will do miracles for the length of your legs. Embrace your shape and learn to love all its imperfections.

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10. Having trouble with jeans?

You can’t have a fashionable clothing collection without jeans, but it can be hard balancing trendy ones with those which fit you perfectly. The first rule of buying jeans, no matter the type, is that when you’re in doubt regarding the size, you should always go with the smaller size – they’ll stretch after only two washes. If your daily outfit usually consists of jeans, having a glue gun is necessary. It’s a simple way to do your stitches and hams, it doesn’t cost much and you can decorate your denim whatever you find it suitable. When it comes to altering them, make sure you’ve washed them twice before you visit your tailor. A piece of advice – all hems of your jeans should go up to the tops of your shoes.

11. Say no to makeup & deodorant stains

These kind of stains are not just unattractive, but also hard to wash. No matter how much we pay attention to avoid them, they have an annoying tendency to appear, right? When it comes to more expensive materials, I strictly advise to wash the stained part with warm water and if that doesn’t help, dampen that garment in water with some detergent. Most of new stains will come off if you just rub it with baby wipes on oil base.

12. Accessorize with bold colors

Accessorizing is what actually gives an outfit a personal touch. The way you accessorize is an important part of your style. Most of garments in your color are probably (and should be) in neutral colors, so you can combine them when you find it suitable. So, when you’re purchasing accessories, you should be free to get them in wild colors. Also, don’t be afraid to clash together different materials, like edgy chains with pears and feathers, perhaps. An interesting addition to accessorizing somehow everyone tends to forget are buttons – try switching a set from your garment with the one you choose. It doesn’t require any special sewing skills, and it fits any kind of budget. You should know that accessorizing rounds out an outfit, so try to find time to put on a couple of items.

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13. Stock up on scarfs

Speaking of accessorizing, the classiest one you can put on is a scarf. They come in different shapes, colors, sizes, materials and forms, so you’ll be able to find a type you’ll like, for sure. It’s the fastest way to accessorize, and it can turn every outfit looking like million bucks.

14. A comfortable outfit is a must for a fun night out

If you don’t pick out your clothing items carefully, you might end up fixing up your outfit every couple of minutes, unable to have any fun at all. Start by choosing shoes which are comfy, and coordinate your outfit with them. Make sure all items fit perfectly, so that nothing is slipping. Also, experts recommend carrying a sturdy chain bag, so your hands can remain free.

15. Working with a limited budget

The hardest part of shopping is deciding when it’s enough. It’s more than easy to be carried away, but with a little bit of planning, you’ll be able to make it work. Start by making a list of items you need. Second step is to look for possible discounts, or some coupons you might have. However, don’t buy something just because it’s cheap – the chances you won’t put it one more than twice. Remember, cost-effective and cheap are not synonyms. It’s important to stick with your schedule, and make a type of agreement with yourself. Also, always pick quality before quantity. If you’re in doubt should you purchase an expensive item, make sure to check its lining – if you’re able to notice its quality, take it. A nice lining is a signature of designer clothes.

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16. Check out every angle

Take your time when buying clothes, or picking out items for an outfit. Check out every angle of yourself in front of a mirror – if you feel comfortable and attractive, you’ll look that way. Besides, some garments may be see-through during the day, so check them out in a different lighting, just to make sure.

17. Open your mind

Having only one type of clothes in your closet will bore you in time. Whether it’s about accessories or clothes, try on things that you think they are cute, but not for you – you’ll be surprised at the results. Experiment with new colors and try new things with makeup. It’s not like you have to allow people to see you in something, just try it on for fun.

18. Belts are your best friend

A suitable belt can make any outfit better. If used the right way, it’ll accent your figure by making your waist thinner. So, you should find a way to make your belt pop up, and the best way to do it is for it to be in different material or/and opposite material than your garment.

19. Ever tried on menswear?

Other than being a really strong fashion statement, you should know that a suit, and all menswear in general, is more comfortable than most women’s clothes. You shouldn’t wear anything frumpy or too baggy, that’s not the point at all. Finding a women’s suit which will fit like it’s tailored has never been easier, you’ll still feel feminine, just a dash more powerful.

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20. Keep a spare garment with you, just in case

Accidents happen, you can’t argue with that. No matter how careful you are, something will get spilled when you least expected it. So, have a spare clothing item nearby at all times possible. Start by taking something to your office, like perhaps a white button-down shirt, which is a classic, and it will probably be able to fit in your outfit. Believe it or not, most woman don’t have the right white shirt – it’s the same story like the one with bras, so look for a second opinion when purchasing one.

21. There’s nothing better than tailored clothes – find a pleasant and talented tailor and customize your clothes

There’s a good reason why tailored clothes cost so much – they fit perfectly. A few inches here and there make a huge difference, so don’t hesitate to visit your tailor from time to time. If you’re out of ideas about what you’d like to sewn for you, you can always alter the clothes you have bought. Make friends with a good tailor – it will make the whole process much easier.

22. S, M and L bags

A handbag is one of the most versatile and important accessories that a woman can own. There’s no such thing as “one too many” when it comes to bags and purses, but pay attention to what type is the best for you. Sure, you’ll need different ones for different occasions,so your should at least have three different kinds for starters – small, medium and large. From styles traditionally considered masculine to typical high end women’s handbags, there is nothing you can’t combine with the right clothes depending on the occasion. After that, you should concentrate on the type you use the most, which is also the type which will get worn out the fastest. That is why you should have more of them – if you switch them regularly, they will last longer.

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23. Learn to handle your luggage

You can’t always hope to run into a gentleman who will carry your six bags around. So, if you don’t want to end up dealing with all that weight by yourself, learn how to pack efficiently – it can come in real handy when you’re in a hurry. Also, there’s a simple way to avoid your clothes getting all crumpled – put the clothing items in different freezer bags carefully, and place them in your suitcase. This is time-consuming, but if you need to attend an important event, freezer bags will keep your clothes clean and neat.

24. Upgrade your sewing skills

It will come a time when you’ll regret not developing these skills, so you should work on them now, and avoid any future embarrassments. There’s a bunch of tutorials you’ll be able to find online – all you really need is a sewing kit and patience.

25. Take care of your clothes

Devoting this much time to your closet is unnecessary if you don’t take care of all those clothes you’ve carefully chosen. One quality iron, a nice detergent and a couple of seconds you should devote to checking the instructions on a garment is all it takes, so don’t be lazy. There is something for everyone on this list, and the truth of the matter is that mastering some fashion basics will allow you to develop and polish up a unique style that suits you very well and let’s you stand out, but has a universally aesthetic quality to it at the same time.

Feeling Your Worst? You Need These 11 Beauty & Fashion Tips Now

 

Ever thrown on a bright T-shirt and felt instantly invigorated? What about applying a bold lip color to cheer you up? If so, it’s not just coincidence that these things can improve your mood. These 11 fashion and beauty tricks for days when you feel your worst prove that getting dressed and beautifying can be used to make yourself feel better. Believe it or not, factors as small as an ill-fitting blouse or a boring makeup routine can directly affect your mood, and it’s these tips straight from industry pros that can get you out of any funk when you’re just not feeling 100 percent.

Don’t let anyone fool you; we all have those days when we wake up on the wrong side of the bed (or just don’t want to get out of bed at all) and don’t feel completely like ourselves. Feeling cranky, for whatever reason, can be a real downer when you’ve got a packed schedule, a lot to get done, or are trying to focus on something else. While there are many natural, at-home ways to improve mood, it may come as a surprise that fashion and beauty can, in fact, be used as a tool as well.

“Any form of self-care tells your mind and body that you matter, which increases self-esteem and boosts mood,” says Michele Barton PhD, Director of Clinical Health at Psychology Life-Well, in an email interview to Bustle. “There are many things about our appearance that we can not control…you can control how you present yourself.” While it’s not a guaranteed fix, knowing you look amazing can help boost your mood.

It’s unexpected, but theoretically, something as small as a sheet mask may just be able to get you feeling good. And that’s just one of 11 pro-recommended fashion and beauty tips for those days when you’re feeling your worst.

1. In The Case Of A Skincare Issue, Get Treatment

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Dermatological Acne Treatment System, 7.5 Fl. Oz., $29.99, Amazon

If you’ve been avoiding seeing a professional about acne or another skin condition, don’t. “It’s important to get appropriate treatment,” says Sejal Shah, Dermatologic Surgeon and RealSelf Contributor, over email when discussing different ways skincare can can be used to improve mood. “As the skin’s appearance improves,” Shah says, “people tend to feel better about themselves and happier.” A 2005 study for Arch Dermatolbacks this upexplaining that Accutane, a doctor-prescribed acne medication, can show improvements to both anxiety and depression. In other words, don’t be afraid to reach out for advice or help when it comes to a personal matter you’ve been dealing with, because as they make you feel better your mood can improve.

2. Try A Mini Facial Or Sheet Mask

[TONYMOLY] I’m Real Mask Sheet Pack of 11, $10.17, Amazon

If you’re unable to get to a professional in time and need a quick mood booster, Shah also recommends an easy, at-home solution. “If you’re at home, I suggest a mini-facial or even a simple mask — I really like using sheet masks since you are pretty much forced to sit back and relax while you have it on and once you are finished your skin tends to look immediately more refreshed,” she says. With options at beauty stores and lot’s of DIY face mask recipes online, sheet masks and at-home facials are foolproof ways to relax and focus on yourself.

3. Wear Bright Colors

ASOS Ruffle Back Midi Dress, $89, ASOS

The clothes you choose to wear can say a lot about you and your mood, especially if you’ve been rotating the same dark, baggy ensemble in your wardrobe for a while. “Studies show that women are more likely to wear dark colored baggy clothing when depressed,” Barton says. The alternative is, you guessed it, bright clothes that fit you well. “Wearing bright colors is known to increase mood.” she adds. Look for clothes in either green or yellow tones, as a study from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam proves that adults feel happier when they’re around those two colors.

4. Avoid Comfort Clothes

River Island Plus Fleck Peg Trousers, $56.43, asos.com

While you’re at it, you might want to restrict comfort clothes like sweatpants and pajamas to the comfort of your own home. “Avoid the comfort clothes,” Barton says, “especially in public.” In their study for Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Adam Hajo and Adam D. Galinsky, professors at Northwestern University, found that when wearing doctor’s lab coats, they received much more sustained attention than they did in painter’s coats, or not coats at all. This doesn’t exactly apply to non-doctors, but think about it: Dressing the part (whether it be a lab coat or a fierce midi skirt) could improve your mood.

4. Shop Within Your Means

Faux Leather Convertible Tote, $22.90, forever21.com

In order to truly make fashion and beauty therapeutic, Barton stresses that it must be done realistically. “Going to a very expensive store where you cannot buy any of the beautiful things you desire could be pretty depressing,” she says. “If you shop within your means, and have the correct perception of your use of budget and fashion, it can be extraordinarily uplifting for mood.” While it might feel good to go shopping and buy items that get you excited and happy, do keep your financial limits in mind so you don’t end up overspending.

5. Go On A Window Shopping Spree

Herschel Supply Co. Roy Wallet, $24.98, amazon.com

And if you’re on a tight budget, you don’t necessarily need to buy anything to feel more positive. A study entitled “The Benefits Of Retail Therapy: Making Purchase Decisions Reduces Residual Sadness” from 2014 in the Journal of Consumer Psychologyexplained that while people who window shopped didn’t show as much improvements in sadness as those who actually bought items, their moods did, in fact, improve. Barton recommends taking a stroll around the mall or storefronts to see what you like — again, no purchase is necessary. “The items that elicit a positive emotion can be put on the list to consider purchasing,” Barton explains, “And to use as inspiration in revitalize things you might already have at home.”

6. Get A New Makeup Routine

Ultra Glossy Lip in Finder’s Keepers, $6, colourpop.com

Another free option? Going to the makeup counter and asking for a new look or a new makeup routine. “Another special treat is visiting a makeup counter and asking a consultant to assist you with a new look, you might even get a fabulous free makeover out of it,” Barton says. Just as Shah explains, spending time on you can make you feel better about yourself. Oh, and “don’t forget to ask for samples” Barton adds.

7. Experiment With New Styles

ASOS FOR YOU Jelly Gladiator Sandals, $11.50, asos.com

If you’re feeling uninspired by your clothes, it might be time to experiment with new styles within both fashion and beauty. “Experiment with everything,” says Bree Kish, plus size model, over email. “Hair styles, makeup looks, fashion trends; It’s fun and you’ll figure out what really makes you feel your best.” If you’ve always wanted to try a bright eye shadow look, or finally want to take the plunge on some jelly shoes, now is the time to do it!

8. Stay Creative

Lancôme AUDA[CITY] in PARIS, $69, sephora.com

Alex Sanchez, Lancôme National Makeup Artist, agrees with Kish also saying that it’s important to experiment and stay creative when you’re feeling down. “Makeup is magic. Color is magic. There are no limitations and there are no consequences,” Sanchez says over email. To stay focused on yourself, opt for makeup items or looks that you wouldn’t have thought of before, staying creative and allowing makeup to “bright your spirit,” as Sanchez put it.

9. Accentuate Your Favorite Features

Plus Size Bardot Ribbed Midi Dress Black, $25.50, missguided.com

“My experiences as a plus size model have taught me to use ways to flatter myself and accentuate my favorite features,” Kish says, explaining that doing this can be used as a way to feel better when you don’t feel 100 percent. “Fashion and beauty are for everyone and there are no limits just because you have a certain body type,” she added. So, find your favorite features and dress them up, whether it’s your boobs with a sexy bralette or your legs with an awesome pair of platform heels.

10. Pamper Yourself Often

Dr Teal’s Foaming Bath with Rosemary & Mint, $13, amazon.com

“When you pamper your skin,” Shah says, “it forces you to take a little time out of your day and focus on your skin and yourself.””Just having this ‘break’ from life and time to reflect can boost your mood.” Relaxing bubble bath, anyone?

11. Invest In Yourself

As Barton, Shah, and Sanchez made clear, self-care is a positive and simple way to focus you and only you. If you’re ever feeling your worst, don’t be afraid to set aside some self-care time to focus on you and only you with these fashion and beauty tips.

Wearing bright colors and doing a mini facial might seem like small fixes, but they do have the ability to be used in a positive way to improve mood, as the pros explained. If your symptoms seem more serious, reach out to a doctor or professional for advice. If you think fashion and beauty could be the answer, focus on feeling your best and everything will fall into place.

9 Beauty and Fashion Tips and Tricks We Got From Our Mama

With Mother’s day now behind us, I feel I am still soaking in all the sentimental moments with my mother. As an ode to all mommies around the world, I think it is appropriate for even the toughest cookies to admit, yes, mothers are always right. So with this being said, I want to throw out some lessons many moms can teach us about fashion and beauty. With grace and wisdom, my mother’s life experiences have taught me some valuable lessons. From saying no to that strappy sandal disaster, to embracing that crawfish-colored lipstick in honor of spring. So with this being said, pause for a minute and go hug your mother and let’s get back to discussing all the wonderful things our mothers have passed along to their lovely daughters!

Not all moms are makeup gurus like Charlotte Tilbury (who is also a mother), so relax and don’t expect your mom to teach you about the arts of spoon contouring or lip plumper gadgets. Through my mama, I’ve learned that a mother’s advice is all about tried and true lessons to live by, from the “less is more” mantra, to never forget sunscreen, because sunscreen is always a best friend.

Collected from my very own mother, my biggest fashion and beauty idol, as well as other mothers in my life, the following beauty and fashion lessons from moms prove that yes, moms know what they’re talking about. And yes, you should have probably listened to her from the beginning.

If you decided to walk your own path, however, (guilty as charged, sorry, mommy!), let this serve as a kind reminder of the general pieces of advice so many mothers are able to give.


1. Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen, & More Sunscreen

Has your mother scolded you for not wearing sunscreen? Yeah, trust me, been there done that! But trust me, it’s only for a good reason. SPF is everything for your skin, it can protect you from damaging rays. So be prepared to hear that redundant lecture for a very long time.

2. Default to Over-Dressing

If the occasion you’re attending is vague, then default to over-dressing. At the end of the day, it’s better to be over-dressed than un-dressed, as any mom would gladly agree.

3. Feeling Comfortable In Your Own Skin Is Key

Ever scared to just embrace that fitted dress or struggling to strut around in those sky-high heels? Keep your mommy in mind when you’re trying to decide if you’re happy with a look. Feeling good in your own skin is one of the most crucial aspects in rocking a style.

4. When In Doubt, Black It Out

While sometimes fishing through your closet can turn to an overwhelming experience, drop the rainbow, and go for black. One thing I swear by after seeing my mom rock the look is, never fear of black. Not only is black a sexy and easy color to match with almost anything, it’s also slimming! Now that’s a winner winner, but skip the chicken dinner!

5. Never Pick, Never

So for starters, I just have to say that I pick every blister, zit, pimple, and scab on my skin. With the picking comes the guilt. I cringe just thinking of my mother’s voice saying, “Don’t pick, it will only get worse and leave a mark.” Ladies let me tell you, she’s right.

If mothers don’t convince you, Dermatologists agree that picking at blemishes only create more issues for the blemish itself and the area surrounding it. So next time that little bugger pays a visit on your face, listen to your mama and don’t pick! This beauty tip is definitely one from the dinosaur days and is unquestionably true.

6. Less Is More

Back in style and beauty’s biggest natural disaster (aka middle school), I used to rack up on sequence belts, hair bows, and multi colored glass bangles. Since then, I’ve always chosen to that the “les is more” approach like my mom. While my mom’s style is classy and composed, she keeps things feminine and simple. A chic yet easy outfit paired with a classic accessory and a pop of color on the lips is her go-to look, and I have to admit its been one I’ve been emulating for myself a lot.

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7. Classics Will Always Be Classics

Oh the classics. I’m pretty sure my mom could talk for hours on end about endless benefits of a black dress and a beautiful red lip. Oh mother, you’re right. Whenever I find myself in a pickle when it comes to combining trendy printed pants, or failing miserably at a cut-crease eyeshadow look, I just grab a makeup wipe and drop the pants for a fashion and beauty look that’s classy and guaranteed of grace.

8. Beauty Comes From Inside
Yes I agree it is quite the cliché, but one of the truest things my mom taught me about beauty. Beauty comes from within. It’s not about looking a certain way, but more about feeling beautiful.

I learned this the hard way time and time again, when I layer tons of makeup on my face or spray way too much hairspray to tame the mane. I feel in those moments, caked-up, like a Barbie. I didn’t feel like myself. Beauty from within, I have learned is the most important, how you feel on the inside radiates to the outside.

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9. Define Your Own Look

At the end of the day, we all have our own style. Yes it would be cute to be matching with your mother at all times, but she respects my taste, as I respect hers. My mother thankfully has always loved me despite my cray tastes, like blue eyeliner or rocking white pants after Labor Day.

Giving me the opportunity to define my own style while I grew up taught me how to use the tools of fashion and beauty as major outlets for creativity and expression. For that, and for all these valuable lessons, Im eternally thankful.

There you have it: 9 great lessons most moms preach. Let them show how knowledgeable moms can be when it comes to fashion and beauty.

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Thanks mommy, not only have you taught me beauty and fashion tips for life, but you are the reason I shall practice them for life! I mean look at her, and yes I promise she is my mother, not my sister! P.S. take a look at skin of hers, keep using that SPF ladies, she is the reason I do!

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