How to not look old (or too young) and dress for any age
I didn’t choose to be an ageless style mentor. I grew into it! I’ll show you how to look chic with age appropriate style and how to dress for any age.
Wouldn’t you rather look great (period), than great for your age?!
To be chic at any age & make your style gorgeous — without an expiration date– take a look at our best posts on topic in this ageless chic +age appropriate style guide so that you may dress to impress in all the right ways. If you are afraid you look too young. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered too!
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All the tips + tricks that you’ll need to look age appropriate + stylish are right here. Click on the headline to read the full post.
First, there are certain looks that one, regardless of age, SHOULD NOT DO. Take a look at Sharon’s birthday list on how not to look old so that you may never give in to these fashion faux pas again. Don’t you dare resort to the “old lady shoes” or tacky lip liners!
Taking care of yourself is a daily deal you make with yourself. You can decide to fall prey to chenille sweaters and stretchy, shapeless pants or you can rock what YOU’VE got out of the house. (Don’t forget to read Christie’s comments at the end of the post).
While we started our initial Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week with the challenging crop top trend we’ve seen pop up on almost every runway, we thought we’d follow-up with some of the bona fide age-appropriate, and beautifully designed collections also creating abuzz.
I’ll Have What She’s Having: A modern & global spin on a classic black leather jacket as an age-appropriate celebrity favorite
Baby, it’s leather weather! Not too hot, not too cold (yet) and just right for some hard-core downtown motorcycle style done right, may it be city, casual, or dressy.
From London, New York, to Cannes, we’ve got Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Isabelle Huppert sporting a black leather jacket in three ageless ways that will surely suit YOUR wardrobe.
Master this style: How to pull off classic man-tailored jacket like Ines de la Fressange’s tuxedo and school boy looks
>> Day Three of the three-part FoS series Ageless, Age-Appropriate French Chic At A Certain Age
Wearing a jacket can get a bit tricky. If you’re busty, you end up looking boxy (wear it open). If the jacket is too conservative, you just added 10 years to your appearance and, worse, the aura of being inflexible and boring (avoid anything that reads old school banker).
Animal prints can have a fabulously downtown cool edge, like our street style ladies and their leopard pants from London Fashion Week, yet too much fierceness may get out of hand for work. But not always, especially if you follow the super chic cues from these two sophisticated ladies, above, snapped at Paris Fashion Week. Either like the red Balenciaga print, left, or the more classic, big cheetah, pictured right, choose your style weapons and work it!
Bourgeois is the new trendy.
Trendy lasts a moment and is best left as a fashion bonbon to satisfy a craving for something new and sweet without much commitment. Über trendy is what makes you look dated in a photo and provides you with many “what was I thinking” moments, let alone leaving financial bruise on your recessionista thinking. But dressing classic or classical as ‘they’ say lasts more than a moment.
There is nothing tricky, nothing contrived and classic always looks so fresh.… so modern… so pulled together… so French Chic.
Here’s a quick shortlist to keep in mind of what to wear & what to avoid, when you are trying to figure out how to look older without losing your youthful edge.
Looking polished is what makes someone appear more mature, besides, hopefully, the air or experience and wisdom that evolves from being on this planet for that many more days.
Trendy clothes only make you look modern and frumpy clothes make you look dowdy rather than older. What you need is to refine your style to portray the woman of confidence and sophistication that you are. Look like a woman who knows what flatters her figure and personal style.
You know how I love Cannes for high fashion inspiration that makes luscious, elegant, and real sense in all of our wardrobes. Join FocusOnStyle as we continue to explore the best of Cannes Do Chic to help you get it together with ease.
I’ll Have What She’s Having: A crisp + chic white button down shirt on the red carpet? Absolument, mon cherie.
And for real life too, learning how to wear a white top and black bottom is one of the easiest, most flattering style tricks you can master! Discover the possibilities:
Pre-game your Oscar beauty on day no.2 with makeup & hair stylist Gad Cohen as we look at top Hollywood actresses while helping you up your own beauty-regime ante with a three-day series on Oscar worthy style through the ages!
Turning 50 can be amazing if you know what it takes to keep your gorgeous on…
Don’t freak out and throw in the towel once you turn 50! Understand the beauty secrets and makeup tips to keep you looking vital, timeless, and beautiful as we mature.
I’ll Have What She’s Having: Grown-up gorgeous in down-to-earth and polished jeans
Crazy that what so many of us wear so often can be impossible to pull off– with style. Don’t fret.
Look no further than perennially gorgeous Christie Brinkley for celebrity style inspiration on how to look pulled together in jeans.
Ok, you may not look like her (who does??), but you can master her sublime style and look pretty darn fabulous too. And, it’s far more realistic than fantasizing about a red carpet gown too.
How to dress classic: Discover the can’t-live-without pieces in your wardrobe. The one simple rule for not overdoing at any age… keep it simple! If you simple aren’t sure about an outfit or overall look, remember that simple basic structures and pieces are almost always safe. Keep the colors neutral and classic. Don’t forget the modest factor too- regardless of age, you don’t want anything too low-cut with a classy blazer.
When editor Mark Evan Chimsky asked me to write a ‘Master Your Look’ essay for the anthology 65 Things to Do When You Retire, 65 Notable Achievers on How to Make the Most of the Rest of Your Life (Sellers Publishing), I couldn’t refuse.
Besides having the opportunity to share my senior style tips for a time in your life when coveting the latest it thing is not as relevant as revitalizing your most age-appropriate personal best, my essay would be in the book along such esteemed notables as my feminist idol Gloria Steinem, former President Jimmy Carter, Jane Fonda, John E. Nelson, (What Color Is Your Parachute?), and a host of other experts and achievers on how to make the most of the rest of your life.
Notwithstanding that all royalties from book sales will be donated to nonprofit organizations dedicated to preventing and curing cancer.
I encourage you to pick up a copy of 65 Things to Do When You Retire even if you are not at that time in your life as it is always the right time to inspire. My essay…
Sometimes age-appropriate casual chic can be a tough call to shop for… a FocusOnStyle reader shares how to work around it…
Just because you could doesn’t always mean you should when it comes to senior style. But, then again…
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If you are going to resemble someone, best be a beauty who sustains…
I have the kind of face that people find some kindred association. Usually, an insistence that they know me from high school, from somewhere, they are convinced. Or, they think that I look like a celebrity.
Sharon can’t believe Brad found the Mark Weiss photo of Ozzy ironing Aimee… what else is on her desk and what does it have to do with ill-fitting underwear?!
Underwear tips galore with a sense of humor: Muffin top, camel toe, back cleavage, shrimping, a kiss crazed poodle, and a mad queen… oh my!
On this show: Sharon and Brad talk housewife to housewife: Hollywood glamour, undergarments, and visible pantylines. Muffin tops, camel toe, shrimping, and kishke overload of exploding flesh. Stop the too much information madness and learn what underwear is right for you!
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