Most of us know that Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana, and Princess Kate are all known for their flawless style. However, in looking over their pictures, one can see a very simple, classic way of dressing. Rarely did you see them in anything flamboyant with excessive color or cutting edge design aesthetics. No mini-skirts…no patterned stockings…no cutout midriff…just always age-appropriate, timeless clothing. Stylist Alison Vaughn wrote her principles for age-appropriate dressing in a book called INSPIRED STYLE. Here are her suggestions…and don’t get upset, these are not rules, just suggestions!
- Clothing should always fit properly. This means not too tight, not too baggy, and always try on clothing before purchasing. You may need to fit the largest part of your body and then invest in tailoring. After working a little retail this summer, I have seen the midlife woman really wants to hide behind baggy clothes. If they are not styled correctly, then the woman looks frumpy and sad. Have a little courage, and dress your figure, no matter the size. As I often say, the 3-way mirror needs to be one of your best friends.
- Choose shoes to fit the occasion. If you want to look classic and chic, then avoid Birkenstocks and big flat flip flops. Sneakers can be stylish, however, do not wear them to special occasions.
- Jewelry is an accessory, not the total look. Limit all accessories to fewer than five at one time. Remember, your glasses and hair selections are also accessories. Less is always more. Try to select iconic pieces which communicate the messages and style you desire to send out about you.
- Don’t hide in clothing head to toe. Show some skin…preferably a great pair of well cared for legs. Have a nice selection of dresses and skirts in your wardrobe.
- Avoid peek-a-boob looks. At the same time, do not show too much skin. Around the pool, or alone at home, low cut works. If out in public and the garment is really low, this look can age you, because it is a poor attempt at youth.
- Dress from the skin out. “Ever wonder why these iconic women always looked so put together? Why their garments moved so smoothly over their bodies? It is subtle, but the right lingerie makes a big difference in how clothing hangs and moves.” (Alison Vaughn)
- When in doubt, wear black. Black never goes out of style, and is almost always stylish. “Sometimes just black looks perfect.”
It is not difficult to avoid looking frumpy. These suggestions are easy to follow, and we all can look timeless as the next woman. We do not need her fame or fortune…just a few good guidelines!
I would like to thank all of you who sent well wishes after last week’s post. I am having so much fun in my new endeavors and will keep you posted. Thanks again for the encouragement and support. Now, is there anything on this list which resonates with you? Let’s talk!
Have a great week, and as always, thanks for stopping by the Joy Boutique!