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Fashion Talk: How Edgy Are You?

edgy fashionEdgy is one of those interesting words. On the one hand it describes those who are irritable, defensive, and having a bad day.  On the fashion hand, it describes those who are experimental, avant-garde, trendy, off-beat, a little bit biker, and a little bit rock and roll. Some midlife women embrace the Madonna within, and others run from it. However, there are ways to find a compromise.

Last week, my husband asked me to go to a concert with him at a small nightclub called The Evil Olive – how I love the name! It was one of those times when I found that I desired a little edge to my evening look. To go too far would be a bit much. I didn’t want to become the entertaining grandma reliving her Woodstock past. But some well-placed edge can create the cool grown up look you’re searching for when headed for a fun evening out.

Here are some suggestions on those nights when you desire to communicate a touch of edginess (affiliate links are provided to assist you with your shopping experience!):

  1. Wear Black. Of course! Black is always appropriate for living on the edge. These days more women wear black all year-round. It is not a cooler weather choice like it used to be. I have a few sheer black tunics and jackets for nights like this.
  2. Shoes Speak Volumes. A shoe can bring a lot of edge to a particular look. Top off your denim with a boot, bootie, or heel that shows flair.  The shoe you choose can be a lot of fun for a night out.
  3. Traditional Edge. Yep, there are some pieces automatically associated with edgy. Consider the biker jacket. Look for fun options available in cooler fabrics for warm weather bikers. These are fun on top of your dark blue or black denim. Also, silver chains for a layered necklace has a similar effect. Another traditional touch? Opt for a dark nail polish. I like the deep dark purple or blue.
  4. Leather (real or imitation!). A leather or faux leather skirt, leggings, or pant give that perfect edge and look amazing on all ages of women. Make sure the fit flatters. Pair this with a simple, sheer white top and you can wear them at night in most climates. This look then becomes edgy-chic. These fabrics are all over the end-of-season sale racks so give them a try. You may be pleasantly surprised. Mixing textures in your evening style can also provide the edgy look, depending on your selections.
  5. Embellishments. I have a pair of black, cropped length, leggings with silver hardware on the bottom. They come out often for my ventures over the edge. I pair them with a black tunic. Sometimes a simple embellishment will make the statement you’re looking for.

Edgy can be fun and there are times I want to send that message, regardless of my age. I do caution, as in all things, be sure you control the message and avoid getting carried away. Wearing all of these at once would be way overboard! A little too close to KISS, if you know what I mean.

How do you achieve a touch of edge in your style?

Thanks for joining us today in The Joy Boutique!  See you next week.

Pamela Lutrell

Pamela Lutrell began her blog, over50feeling40, July 2010 with a desire to encourage women over 50 to walk in strength, confidence and joy. Of course, head turning style makes each day fun!

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Tuesday 10th of May 2016

Have you taken a good look at Madonna lately? She's a dancer and she's got great legs, but she's 55+ and looking a little weary with the processed blond hair and heavy make-up. IMO she could use a makeover! I'd love to see Clinton and Stacey give an aging rock start a little of their magic.

I think leave the floral kimonos at home, trade out your big purse for a small crossbody so you can head out to the dance floor and dress to have a good time. I don't think you can really aim for looking edgy because being at the forefront is something where you make it up as you go. I think a middle-aged woman does better to go for a more urban look - dark colors, simply lines, fabrics with harder finishes.


Tuesday 10th of May 2016

Wow...I don't know where you got the idea that I wore a floral kimono and a big purse for edgy...never said that. I carried my beautiful, leather DVF clutch when I went to the Evil Olive! An urban look is really what I do when I go to an event like this...urban, edgy...we can often do a touch with class. (And I agree...Madonna could use a little magic from Stacy and Clinton!) Thanks Ginger.


Tuesday 10th of May 2016

At first I thought, I'm one who'd run from it! But after reading the suggestions, I would definitely add a touch of edge for the type of outing you describe. I think I'd go with leather bottoms and a dressy type of top. But definitely toned down and classy.


Tuesday 10th of May 2016

My edgy is very mild, Karen! But, I do think it is fun to do some of these things occasionally!

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