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How to dress when you’re 30

Up until they hit 30, many people dress in a very youthful style. The 30s are when many people start to see themselves as grown ups for the first time. Or, if they already saw themselves that way, they start to realize that their style has to evolve from the way they dressed in their teens or early 20s to a new, more sophisticated clothing style.

Skirts

Miniskirts are generally not considered something appropriate for the wardrobe of someone in their 30s. The exact age that this is true varies, but many believe that by 30 to 35 they should no longer be worn. Skirt should go to the knee or below it and not too much thigh should be shown if the woman is sitting down. To get a flirtier look out of a longer skirt, many women wear skirts with a long slit instead of a short hemline.

Pants

For anyone who is 30, man or woman, the time for the torn-up jeans is over. Ripped jeans worn on a 20-something can make them look like a rebel. Ripped jeans worn on a 30-something person can make them looks homeless. Clothing should generally be in good condition and a more coordinated, sophisticated look is generally called for. The jeans should be more classic and less trendy. Instead of wearing the latest fad jeans, invest in a few jeans that have a more classic style.

Getting a few pairs of khaki pants will mean that you always have a nice, casual pair of pants when you need them. If you like to wear skirts, have a few pairs that are pencil-skirt style because of their classic shape. A maxi skirt looks good on some people, but it may be considered too trendy for 30-somethings.

Shirts

The message t-shirts and casual, old vintage t-shirts are no longer appropriate for those in their 30s. Like ripped pants, they have a much different statement when worn by someone in their 20s than by someone in their 30s. A vintage t-shirt on a college student looks like an ironic statement about their own unique style. On a 30-something person, it looks like an ancient t-shirt that you’ve kept around in your wardrobe for far too long. T-shirts are great for any age group, but they should be in good condition and not too trendy in your 30s. They should fit together with your other classic pieces in order to form a more cohesive wardrobe.

While most trendy clothing may be a little too youthful for those in their 30s, the key to a great outfit at this age is wearing great accessories. The accessories you wear can generally be as trendy as you like in order to make your classic wardrobe look more individualized and stylish. Many 30-somethings like to express themselves through their sunglasses and their jewelry. Handbags are another big style point for women in their

How to Dress when You're 30

Our 20s can totally change our perspective on life. Everything about your worldview may shift during this critical period of time, and your style evolvesВ along with it. While much of this evolution happens naturally, we all have those wardrobe pieces we stubbornly cling to, even though we probably never wear them or have figuratively outgrown them.

And as always, we’re here to help, because when it comes to clothes, every woman can use an occasional nudge toward adulthood from time to time. (After all, as Olivia Wilde put it in her open letter for Glamour on the eve of her birthday, 30 is the year that officially opens the “go be awesome” stage of life.) So without further adieu, scroll for 20 style upgrades you should make by age 30.

1.В Replace Low Rise-Jeans With Wide-Leg Jeans

How to Dress when You're 30

We all remember the days of Britney Spears–inspired low-rise jeans. They had their moment in the sun, but now you may lean toward a silhouette with a more classic, less-trend-driven fit. We suggest a pair of classic high-waisted trousers or slouchy, loose-fit jeans.

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2. Replace BasicВ Pantsuits With Trousers and Pretty Blouses

How to Dress when You're 30

Right out of college, it’s not uncommon to buy your first serious, professional suit. It’s only later on that you might realize “professional” attire doesn’t need to be so one-note. By 30, whether in a job you love or not, give yourselves some room to be a bit more relaxed and creative when it comes to office attire. A relaxed staple, such as high-waisted trousers, is a great place to start.

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3. Invest inВ Sleek Shoes

Saddle shoes and flat Mary Janes tend to skew a bit young. If you love them, don’t toss them, but we also suggest looking into a sleek pair of slip-on flats. They’ll be just as playful but also a bit more polished.

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4. Skip Tube Tops and Buy Camisoles

Tube tops have a time and place, sure, but for everyday layering, we think a slinky tank is a more elevated choice.

Typically, our 20-something years are spent experimenting with our style. From brightly dyed hair to tacky dresses and fanny packs, this era is all about having fun with trends. However, when you hit a certain age, you must start cleaning up your look. When you’ve reached the big 3-0, it’s time to dress a little more mature. This means you have to be prepared to let go of some pieces in your closet that you won’t need anymore.

This style transition can be a pretty confusing and challenging time. Let us help you with some tips below.

1. Choose solid colors.

For a cleaner and more polished look, stay away from loud prints and bright colors. A dress in a solid color, like black, white, or gray, will give you a classic look that you can easily dress up or down with accessories.

How to Dress when You're 30Eva Longoria appearing on “Extra” in Los Angeles on April 22, 2015

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How to Dress when You're 30Bec & Bridge Entrained Wrap Short-Sleeve Dress, $167 (before: $334)

How to Dress when You're 305th & Mercer Long-Sleeve Fringe Dress, $59.40 (before: $198)

2. Limit fast-fashion shopping.

There’s nothing wrong with budget shopping from time to time, but if your closet is filled with nothing but fast fashion pieces, you need to do some closet cleaning. One of the best things about being in your 30s is having the money to splurge on clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories. Make sure to reward yourself and limit buying cheap pieces.

3. Invest in quality basic pieces.

Your closet must already have the basics, which include a nice coat, perfectly fitting pants, a pencil skirt, a button-down top, etc. It’s smart to splurge on these basic pieces because you can use them over and over again regardless of the season. A great coat may be quite pricey, but this will go a long way. It can easily upgrade a casual getup into a super chic ensemble. If you are splurging on a high-quality coat, choose one in a neutral color so that it can go with anything you have in your closet.

How to Dress when You're 30Jessica Alba with daughter shopping at The Grove in Los Angeles on February 28, 2015

4. Avoid short hemlines.

However gorgeous your legs may be, it is no longer appropriate to wear micro minis, especially if you are attending a formal event. Keep things classy with midi-length hemlines that will give you a more feminine, sophisticated look. Additionally, leave those tattered “music festival” denim shorts for the teenagers.

5. Opt for embellished over distressed.

The disheveled look may work during your off-duty and errand days, but looking laid-back all the time shouldn’t be your style staple when you are over 30. Instead of torn, ripped, and distressed fabrics, go for dresses with a little embellishment. These frocks can also be dressed down with flat sandals so they won’t look too formal.

How to Dress when You're 30Ramy Brook “Taryn” Dress, $311 (before: $445)

How to Dress when You're 30Mes Demoiselles “Aliona” Embellished Dress, $161

How to Dress when You're 30Shoshanna “Alexia” Gown in Navy, $197.50 (before: $395)

6. Show off a little bit of skin.

Dressing maturely does not mean you have to cover up everything. However, you should also veer off from wearing clothes that are too revealing. Instead, show off a little bit of skin with dresses that are subtly sexy and age-appropriate.

How to Dress when You're 30Rachel Zoe Off-Shoulder Jersey Dress, $88.50 (before: $295)

How to Dress when You're 30Keepsake “End of Time” Dress, $150

How to Dress when You're 30Bailey44 “Mateo” Dress, $132 (before: $165)

7. Wear everything with confidence.

Reaching your 30s is a big milestone that you should be proud of. You are most likely a lot wiser and more confident now more than ever. Your outfits will be instantly upgraded if you add a little more confidence to your walk, so keep your chin up regardless of what you are wearing.

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5 tips to feel decades better

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A few decades ago, 60-year-olds were considered barely able to compete in the business world, be in shape or a vital part of a healthy, sexual, intimate relationship.

But times have changed.

If someone would’ve asked me 40 years ago what my life would look like at age 61, it would have been a far cry from the way I live today. Of course, there are many 40- to 70-year-olds who are in horrendous shape. But for people who are willing to put in the effort, aging in America is a thing of the past.

Follow the tips below to feel decades younger and healthier.

1. Eat well. Poor diet is the top cause of disease in our country today. High blood pressure. High triglycerides. Type two diabetes. High cholesterol. Fatigue. Insomnia. So many of these conditions can be tied directly to our diet. If you want to feel like you’re 30 when you’re 60 years of age or older you need to be eating a healthy, clean diet. Eat lots of lean protein, vegetables and a medium amount of fruit. Limit carbohydrates like bread, cookies, crackers, rice and pasta.

2. Take a look at your dark side. What habits do you have — alcohol, smoking, fast food, gambling — that could be aging you? The things that we don’t want to talk about and are embarrassed about.

At first it might seem like I’m offering a boring life. But far from it. When I look at friends my age who are on six, seven or eight medications a day for cholesterol, blood pressure, depression, anxiety and more, I know right away it’s because they haven’t taken care of the demons within. Some physical and mental health issues are genetic and medication can’t be avoided, but in many cases, it can be if you take better care of yourself and seek the right help.

Work with a counselor or a coach. When you decrease your stress, you increase your vitality.

3. Exercise. The people in their 60s and 70s today who look and feel like they’re in their 30s can attribute most of it to an exercise program — not just their genetics. We have to make a commitment to a daily exercise program, which could be uncomfortable at first, if we want to have the energy and vitality of a 30-year-old. And it’s worth it. You can do this. I don’t have any secret other than dedication and perseverance, and you were born with those two things as well. Exercise five to six times a week, and 12 months from now you will have a radically transformed body.

4. Help others. This is one of the greatest antiaging secrets. When you’re willing to help others who are in need of your service, it’s amazing how much more energy you bring into this world.

Some people do this through activities like Habitat for Humanity, their church, others by working with Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, and some people read to the blind or bring meals to housebound seniors. It doesn’t matter how you offer your time and expertise, but it’s crucial to give back.

5. Look within. Daily meditation, prayer, journaling is an absolute must to calm the mind, open the spirit, and take on the energy of a 30-year-old when you’re 60, 70 or older. Over the years studies have shown the connection between high-functioning immune systems and people who regularly are involved in some type of spiritual practice.

It can be church, or for others spending time every morning in nature, doing yoga or Pilates can also be spiritual exercises. Having gratitude for everyday things, especially in writing, is crucial to have a younger mind-set and a younger body.

Bustle’s “Help Me Get Dressed” series is dedicated to answering all your burning plus size style, shopping, and fashion questions. In this installment, Bustle’s Contributing Fashion & Beauty Editor Olivia Muenter tackles the question of how to dress for your body shape.

When I was growing up, I watched What Not To Wear religiously. I loved the concept of the show (it’s hard to resist a good makeover plot line, after all) and I loved the clothes. I took mental note of all the information about what was flattering on my body type and what wasn’t, strategizing how to make the “most” of my body as if it was a hurdle I had overcome. Those proposed guidelines for how to dress dictated the way I shopped, my personal style, and how I thought about my body for a decade. Even before I was plus size, it was ingrained into me that I couldn’t wear vertical stripes and that I had to draw people’s eyes away from my stomach. And if nothing else, come hell or high water, I had to wear something that cinched in my waist. It probably took me a decade before I realized that none of these “rules” really matter at all.

As someone who posts on Instagram and writes about plus size fashion a lot these days, I often get asked about dressing specific body types: “What if I’m apple-shaped?” “What if I’m pear-shaped?” I probably can’t list all the different fruit-based body shapes off the top of my head, but I do know that there are entirely too many of them. And also that they don’t matter at all. This isn’t to say that there aren’t particular body types that do have trouble finding clothes that fit well (petite and tall plus size options are often hard to find, for example), but there is a difference between pant legs being too long or too short and thinking you can’t wear a type of pants at all because it accentuates the “wrong” thing.

The key to being plus size and feeling comfortable in your personal style is dismantling the idea that anything is off limits because of the proportions of your body. Your weight can be distributed throughout your body in any way at all and you can still look good (and feel good) in any type of clothing. Despite what I thought for most of my life, you can indeed be above a size 12 and wear horizontal stripes without immediately bursting into flames.

But more than that, you are worthy of wearing whatever it is you want to wear. You are worthy of at the very least letting yourself try on these things you thought were “off-limits” for years. It’s important you start there. The rest? It’s really a matter of numbers.

It took me far, far too long to go buy a measuring tape and actually learn how to measure myself when I was thinking about buying something online. Take the guess work out of whether or not something will fit and take two minutes to measure yourself. There’s a reason sizing charts list actual measurements and not whether a certain size fits pear, apple, or rectangle-shaped bodies.

While it’s true that no one has the exact same body as you, odds are there are many more people that have similar measurements to you than you realize. For me, following people on Instagram that have similar body types to mine has been unbelievably helpful in my efforts to develop a more realistic (and positive) view of my own body. Looking for a place to start? Try following Kellie Brown if you’re looking for someone who talks about being plus size and tall. Nadia Aboulhosn talks a lot about being plus size with a smaller chest, and Gabi Gregg talks about being plus size with a larger chest (she even has a swimsuit line specifically for those with bigger busts). There are even plus size influencers who talk about having bigger feet (shoutout to Caralyn Mirand) and finding shoes over a size 10. My point is that no matter what body part you’re having difficulty dressing, there are influencers out there whose bodies look a lot like yours. And they’re doing a damn good job dressing themselves and providing inspiration in the process.

Shopping as a plus size person is never going to be as easy as shopping as a straight size person. There are fewer options, fewer brick-and-mortar stores, and fewer brands. But there are options out there. There is inspiration. But none of that will be helpful until you burn down the idea that you aren’t allowed to dress a certain way just because of the physical makeup of your body. Finding clothes and your personal style happens when you truly believe that you deserve to wear exactly what you want to wear. And finding your personal style? That’s the fun part.

It goes without saying that even though you’re not in your 20s anymore, it doesn’t mean you can’t look completely Coachella-ready. Music festivals are often considered to be synonymous with skin-baring outfits, but as a post–age 30 attendee, you may be seeking outfit ideas that are a little more polished. Luckily, a slew of over-30 celebs has served up just that in recent years. In fact, they nailed their polished festival dressing, proving you don’t have to show a ton of skin to look completely appropriate for the occasion. Of course, if you’d like to, then by all means do!

With weekend one of Coachella quickly approaching, now is the time to lock down your looks for the fashionable fest. To offer up a little outfit inspiration, here are our favorite festival-friendly looks worn by over-30 attendees.

Read on for tips on how to dress for music festivals when you’re not in your 20s anymore, and shop pieces that you’ll definitely want to wear to Coachella and beyond.

How to Dress when You're 30

No-fail, easy outfit idea: Pair a white dress (just beware of grass stains) with a statement jacket and boots.

On Kate Bosworth: Etro jacket; Kempner dress; Matisse boots

How to Dress when You're 30

A high-waisted skirt or trousers and a coordinating crop top show just a hint of skin and keep you cool in the desert heat.

Miranda Kerr: Zimmermann top and trousers

Do you sometimes wonder if your outfit is appropriate for your age? If so, you’re not alone. I often see clients who want to know how to dress appropriately for their age.

How to Dress when You're 30

How to Dress when You're 30

A commonly held belief is that in your teens and 20s you can get away with wearing anything, but by the time you hit 40 it’s time to cover up and hide your body. However, while you may have a wider choice of styles that work for you if you are young and slim, the truth is that no-one looks good in everything regardless of their age.

So, how should you dress in your teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s or 70s.

The secret is that the same answer applies whatever your age: dress in contemporary styles that fit and flatter your body shape, coloring, personality and lifestyle. Let’s look at this a bit closer.

How to dress well in 6 steps

These 6 elements of style show you how to dress well and look great at any age.

    Great grooming — this includes good personal hygiene, looking after and maintaining your clothes, makeup and hair.

Make sure your hair is in good condition by having it trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks and using good quality shampoos and conditioners. A contemporary hairstyle is one of the keys to looking good at any age. And if you’re going grey, having your hair professionally colored is an easy way to look younger. If you’re not sure what styles are “in” try looking at fashion magazines, celebrities and online hair style sites. It also helps to have an understanding of your face shape and the styles that will suit your face.

Typically when you’re over 40 you will look better with hair that is shoulder length or above, kept off the face, in a style that has some layering to give your hair lift and movement. A good hair cut is like an instant face lift!

When was the last time you updated your makeup and skin regime? Makeup fashions change as much as clothing fashions and a change in this area is also a great way to keep looking contemporary.

Having a realistic understanding of your body shape, proportions and figure challenges and dressing to flatter your current shape

Reflecting your personal style in the image you project to the world. When you have the 3 fundamentals of style (the 3 points above) mastered developing your style personality should be a fun and ongoing journey

Regularly reviewing and planning your wardrobe to ensure you have outfits to wear for all the occasions of your life

  • Shopping to your plan to update your wardrobe. When you stop impulse buying and last minute, panic buying for special occasions you’ll find you’ll make fewer mistakes and get better value out of your purchases
  • How to Dress When Everything Changes?

    So, if it’s this easy why do so many women have problems? It’s because things change.

      Your body changes shape — as well as gaining or losing weight at different times in our life there are 4 main changes a women’s body can go through, the ‘4 stages of eve’ are: puberty; after child birth; menopause and around 75. Men go through only 2 of these changes: puberty and around 75.

    In addition as we age the effect of gravity on our spines mean we gradually get shorter. And our skin becomes drier and looser, so it becomes a good idea to cover more of our skin than when we were young and firm. Upper arms, decolletage, thighs, knees and necks are typical problem areas.

    So clothing shapes and lengths that worked for you one decade may no longer work on your current body shape, proportions and condition. Make adjustments to the coverage of your clothes to ensure you’re skimming over the areas that you need to hide, but don’t forget to highlight your best features as well!

    Your coloring changes — as we age our skin, hair and eyes grey or become ‘cooler’, especially if you don’t color your hair. So you may find brighter or darker colors that worked well in your 20s or 30s now overwhelm you in your 50s or 60s. If warm colors looked good on you when you were younger you may even find that cool colors now look better on you

  • Your personality evolves and matures — along with lifestyle changes you may find yourself becoming more confident at expressing your personality or less confident
  • Your lifestyle changes — for example, if you were a rebel or a social butterfly in your 20s and are now a parent, or developing your career, or retired you have very different clothing needs
  • Your Style Journey

    In your teens and 20s it’s good to ‘play’ with your appearance and to experiment with colors and clothing styles. By the time we reach our late 20s we’ve typically worked out some things that work for us.

    However, if these were discovered accidentally rather than being based on an underlying knowledge of why things work for us, it will mean that when things change we will be lost again! You’ll know that something is wrong with your current look, you may feel you’re stuck in a style rut or dressing too young or too old, but you won’t know how to successfully change it.

    How to Dress Well Again

    It’s important to have at least a basic knowledge of the 6 elements of style above. That way when things change you’ll have some basis for understanding how to adjust your appearance.

    The main point is to periodically assess your grooming, your shape, your coloring, your personality, your lifestyle needs and your clothing choices and make adjustments to ensure you continue to look good.

    What to wear by decade

    Contrary to popular belief it’s not just women over 50 who ask me how to dress appropriately for their age. The links below are answers to readers’ age related dressing questions and articles on what to wear at specific ages.

    By the time you’ve reached 30, you should know your own style. It’s a time when you can stop following every single trend and instead opt for pieces that are simple, elegant and timeless (Chiara Ferragni has it down).

    If you’re still not sure how to master a more mature style, we’re here to help, with some tips on what to buy, and what not to.

    How to Dress when You're 30

    1. Don’t buy: basics in cheap fabrics

    If there’s any items you should invest in, it’s your basics. A white shirt, tailored trousers and a strong blazer are all key pieces but they’ll lack impact if you don’t go for high quality styles.

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    Faux leather longline blazer

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    The OHara 1.0 Blazer-Wool Herringbone

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    Faux leather longline blazer

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    USD $687.00 USD $1,145.00

    Darius linen-blend blazer

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    Mélange longline blazer

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    Charly herringbone wool jacket

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    The OHara 1.0 Blazer-Sharkskin

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    USD $576.00 USD $1,440.00

    Oversized Checked Wool-blend Blazer – Womens – Brown Multi

    2. Don’t buy: fast fashion handbags

    Even over the age of 30, we love a bargain, but not when it comes to accessories. Less is more and quality should be more important than anything. We recommend going for leather styles by classic designers.

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    Lou Lou Mini Leather Cross-body Bag – Womens – White

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    Gg Marmont Small Quilted-velvet Cross-body Bag – Womens – Black

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    Uptown Crocodile-effect Leather Bag – Womens – Black

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    Ophidia Mini Gg & Web-stripe Canvas Bucket Bag – Womens – Grey Multi

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    Alexander Mcqueen – Skull Mini Crocodile Effect Leather Cross Body Bag – Womens – Black

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    Gg Python Leather Accordion Cross-body Bag – Womens – Brown Multi

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    Envelope Quilted Leather Cross Body Bag – Womens – Metallic

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    Gg Marmont Mini Quilted Leather Cross Body Bag – Womens – Nude

    3. Don’t buy: low rise items

    If you’re over 30, it’s probably time to say goodbye to crop tops paired with low rise jeans. Instead, wear tailored trousers or skirts that are cut high on the waist with a tucked in tee.

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    USD $378.00 USD $630.00

    Hallie crêpe high-rise flared pants

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    USD $449.00 USD $749.00

    Comme Des Garçons

    High-rise slim wool pants

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    USD $497.00 USD $995.00

    High-waisted slim-fit jeans

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    USD $595.00 USD $1,190.00

    Embellished high-rise straight jeans

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    USD $556.00 USD $795.00

    Tremiti silk wide-leg pants

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    USD $350.00 USD $500.00

    Kerris high-rise jeans

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    USD $413.00 USD $590.00

    High-rise wide-leg satin pants

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    Nubaia high-rise tapered jeans

    Don’t buy: uncomfortable heels

    You’ve probably learnt by now that most pairs of high heels are just plain uncomfortable. Luckily, there’s a whole world of shoes out there that are completely wearable yet still chic at the same time. Choose those, you won’t regret it.

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    H ow To Dress well is a series by The Daily Telegraph. Calling on a panel of experts and writers, it aims to give useful, no-nonsense solutions on what to wear to look good – whether for work, weekend, special occasion or down the pub

    “Life begins at 40”, crowed American author William Pitkin back in 1932. Unfortunately, his gushing ode to fortysomething life failed to consider one crucial development that too often arises around the 40 mark: the increasingly stubborn refusal of one’s belly to coexist with its belt.

    Should a growing middle spell the end of a fortysomething’s forays into fashion? Phill Tarling thinks not. He’s a celebrity stylist who has rejigged the wardrobes of everyone from Adrian Chiles to Tom Hardy, and it’s safe to say most of his clients end up looking far more stylish than any waifish Topman model in skinny jeans ever could. Here are Tarling’s top tips on how to look your best at 40 and beyond.

    1. Get grooming

    “Staying on top of your hair can keep the years off your face. Most barbers and hairdressers offer a tidy up for a fraction of the cost of a full haircut, sometimes called a fringe trim.”

    2. Keep your colours tonal.

    “Guys with a larger body shape who want to look sharp and considered should s tick to slimming, darker earth shades. Match your tie to your jacket, and if you wear a white shirt, stick to the blue or grey families for the colours that surround it.”

    . and your patterns subtle

    “Avoid big chalk stripes, windowpane check or any other strong detail that’s just going to look like a deck chair. Find a fine check that’s tonal, perhaps in a birdseye weave — a really small, detailed texture will look great.”

    S o it’s official, Harry Styles is not an appropriate style hero for the 40+.

    3. Know your body shape

    “Don’t wear your belly hanging over your trousers because you’ll look like your torso takes up two thirds of your overall height. Bring balance to your silhouette by wearing your trousers on your waist rather than your hips.”

    4. Stick to structure

    “Don’t buy big and baggy. Any tailoring you buy should be structured, as it will give you shape. A little structure in the shoulder of a blazer will keep your silhouette neat and clean.”

    5. Accessorise with nous

    “Ditch the comedy Simpsons pants and novelty socks.

    “Braces are available from high street department stores from John Lewis to Debenhams and M&S. They’ll have clip on braces and some vintage braces — vintage will require trousers with buttons on the inside.

    “If you’re wearing a waistcoat, try adding a pocket watch. The chain should go from second or third button from the bottom, dangle down and then scoop back up and into in the left or right pocket just above your hipbone.”

    “When pairing a tie with your suit, choose between wide lapels, wide shirt collars and wide tie or smaller lapels, smaller collars, and smaller ties.”

    Recommended looks

    1. The off-duty weekender

    “Off-duty modern Bond is the forty-something guy who has the look nailed. Think Daniel Craig’s polo neck, bomber jacket, chinos and boots.”

    • M&S Herringbone jacket – Buy now
    • N. Peal rollneck sweater – Buy now
    • Friston twill Emerald chinos- Buy now
    • Meermin double monkstrap calf shoes – Buy now

    2. The quintessential smart casual look

    “For me, smart casual generally means a smart top and a casual bottom.”

    • Uniqlo comfort jacket – Buy now
    • John Smedley polo shirt – Buy now
    • Theo navy stretch cotton chinos – Buy now
    • Paul Smith brogues – Buy now

    “Lastly, avoid simply grabbing the first suit jacket you find in the wardrobe.

    “Try and contrast top and bottom. Wearing charcoal jacket and a white shirt? Go for navy chinos. Likewise, if you’re in a navy jacket, go for charcoal chinos. I’d match the colour of my shoes to my top or bottom, too, and if I were big on the waist I’d keep the belt the same colour as my chinos.”

    I don’t know how to say this but I’m wondering how to dress in a fresh way that doesn’t look like a teenager but also not like a senior citizen. No offense teenagers and seniors!

    5 Answers

    How to Dress when You're 30

    I’m 34, and I don’t even think about it, though I think I have fun. I just wear whatever I like that likes me back. That’s a little difficult for me already, as I’m short, chubby, and have a light olive complexion that can be made to look jaundiced if the color’s just a tick off. After considering all those things, I have to think about whether it’ll fit into my life (no dry cleaning!). So when I do find something that works, I wear it, and if anyone thinks I’m dressed too old or too young, well, to hell with them!

    Seriously, if you as a person in your early thirties wear it, like it, and feel good in it, then it becomes an outfit for a woman in her early thirties!

    Just wear whatever you want.

    I’ll never understand why people dress accoring to what they THINK others will say – dress for YOU.

    I don’t understand what “trying too hard” is either. It seems you’re trying really hard, too hard to dress the way you think others will approve of.

    If you’re a sheepish person who feels the need to move with the herd – look at fashion magazines & dress like everyone else your age.

    If you have a mind of your own & consider yourself an individual – by things that are comfortable & accentuates your personality (regardless of what others might say).

    Some helpful tips are: Don’t wear stripes. It can make you look old especially if the colors are pastal. I saw some at Kohls and I didnt like them at all. Patterns are not that great especially if they are roses. I would say denium jeans, or capris with a bright shirt that YOU are comfortable in. Jazz it up with some silver jewelry or if the shirt has gold accents, wear gold jewelry! For shoes. something that is comfortable such as tennis shoes that are trendy or flip flops! If you don’t like being the center of attention, try denium jeans and a black tank top! Silver jewelry is amazing with black. Sandals shouldnt be a problem.

    Try buying People: In Style!

    Those magazines come out each month. They have the current looks and styles for girls in their 20s and 30s. It’s a great magazine. Here is their website:

    These four women have made it their jobs to help women look their best. Here, they reveal how you can make the most of everything you’ve got.

    How to Dress when You're 30

    These four women have made it their jobs to help women look their best. Here, they reveal how you can make the most of everything you’ve got.

    How to Dress when You're 30

    Whoever instigated the rule that you need to cover your arms or knees after a certain age was plain wrong. Kristen Park of The Mom Stylist explains, “As you get older, you can wear the same shapes you did when you were 20, but you’ll look more polished and feel more confident if you show a little less skin. Accentuate what you love about yourself — a miniskirt if you’ve got great legs or a body-conscious dress, but pair them with tights and a thin V-neck cardigan or a blazer for more coverage.” Personal stylist Noelle Cellini adds, “Shoulders are a sexy body part that don’t get a lot of exposure. I also think the back of a woman’s neck is sexy, so wearing your hair up is nice. Hair worn away from the face signals confidence!”

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    It’s not quite as good as permission to eat unlimited dessert, but when it comes to clothing, heft can do a lot of good. “Heavier fabric skims the body and will lay or drape nicely,” says Cellini. Unlike silks and shiny materials, these don’t cling as tightly, calling attention to every lump and bump. But, beware of anything that straddles the line between thick and shapeless. “Boucle and tweed can look old if they make up an entire suit, and can add unnecessary bulk to your body,” she adds. Mix, match, and remember the power of a waist-defining belt.

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    “Most women work really well in jewel tones,” says Cellini. Rich, deep, saturated color — “think of Michelle Williams in that yellow Vera Wang gown at the Oscars,” says Cellini — will be unique and extra flattering. Avoid “bubble gum colors” — as Cellini calls them — like bright pink and shiny red. “They look too young and aren’t as sophisticated.”

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    No matter your bust size, height or age, go for a V-neck over a crewneck, which can make you look wider rather than taller. “Three-quarter length sleeves are the most flattering because they draw attention away from the hips,” says Cellini.

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    Sometimes, what’s left unsaid is most powerful. Fashion adheres to the same rule. “A fabulous pair of shoes, a great statement necklace, handbag or several stack bangles always work. The less muss and fuss going on with your clothes, the better you’ll look,” advises Cellini. “It’s more flattering, elegant, and refined to wear clothes without so much going on.”

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    If only everything could be as simple — and powerful — as slipping on a pair of tights. Cellini says, “I love black nylons with the seam up the back. They highlight the calves and look great with a simple black dress.”

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    Still thinking about those divine shoes you forced yourself to walk away from? If they’re well-made, versatile, and timeless, go back and buy them. “High-quality pieces are worth the investment both in terms of how they will look and how they will flatter you, since they will last so much longer in terms of cost per wear. Make it your goal to find pieces that fit you well, in colors that flatter you, and that will last you for years!” Park explains.

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    Author of Secrets of a Fashion Stylist Alexandra Suzanne Greenawalt says, “Know the great parts of your body. Even if you have more than one, just pick one to accent.” You don’t want to make people jealous! “If you’re wearing a tight, low-cut top, don’t pair it with a miniskirt. Wear something more demure on the bottom for balance.”

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    Your husband isn’t the only one who appreciates carefully-chosen lingerie. “You’ll feel ten times better with the right foundation garments. This is key when wearing fitted clothing. Try butt-lifting Spanx or a waist-cincher to give your curves a little help in all the right places,” says personal stylist Angela Barnard of My London Stylist.

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    Forget about your supposedly bulky calves or knobby knees. To look your longest and leanest, keep skirts above the knee. “Dipping too far below the knee can look dowdy and will shorten the line of the leg,” says Cellini. Greenawalt adds, “Hemlines between the ankle and knee tend to make you look frumpy, but if you have to hide your calves, go long!” Now for the hard part — “As much as some women don’t want to hear it, high heels are a must,” Cellini notes. She suggests opting for a pointed toe rather than a rounded one, and avoiding ankle straps if you want to make your legs look longer. “Shoes with a thinner heel always look sleek,” she says.

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    “The key to dressing sexy at any age is not a specific style but an attitude. You must know your personal assets and play them up. It could be a thin waist, a nice derrière, a long neck, your face, shoulders, legs, wrists, or even ankles,” Greenawalt explains. When you focus your mind and your outfits on what makes you a knockout, you’ll project serious confidence. Nothing’s sexier than a woman who knows her strengths.

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    I think most people are able to dress according to their age with very little difficulty. I have seen a few exceptions over the years and have always wondered what caused these people to dress well out of their age range. I don’t see my grandmother wearing pig tails and mini skirts, just like I don’t see my son’s girlfriend wearing sequenced pant suits. If you are wondering whether or not you are dressing appropriately, then take a look at these 7 tips on how to dress your age.

    7 Take a Look at What Your Peers Are Wearing

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    In the case of fashion trends, majority usually rules. If you notice a particular style of clothing being worn by friends, then you just might be able to get away with it as well. As long as you and your friends are in the same age range there shouldn’t be a problem with the attire you’ve chosen to wear. This isn’t always the rule of thumb, but it does seem to work most of the time.

    6 Don’t Dress like Your Kids or Their Friends

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    Raiding your kids’ closet is never a good idea; unless you are stealing back something she borrowed and never returned. Granted, there are certain outfits that are able to be exchanged between mother and daughter, but this can be a rare occasion if the age difference is 35 to 40 years or more. Just because it looks good on the kids, this doesn’t mean it will look good on you.

    5 You Don’t Have to Wear It Just Because It’s in Your Closet

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    I have items in my closet that date back to my early years of high school. Why I continue to hang on to certain pieces of clothing I’ll never know. There are a few articles of clothing that I’ll put on, just for the fun of it. However, there’s no way I’d ever walk out of the house in these same clothes. Sometimes you have to know when it’s best to let the past be the past.

    4 Pay Attention at Which Section You Shop in

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    I can easily squeeze myself into some of the trendy outfits I’ve spied in the juniors section at my favorite department store, but this doesn’t mean that I will. There are also plenty of outfits that will fit me in the sophisticated older lady section at my grandmother’s favorite clothing store. The rule I try to stick with when shopping is; take a look at the other people in the clothing section you are searching for outfits in. If the majority of them are way out of your age bracket, then you might want to relocate to a different section.

    3 Choose Clothing That Fits Your Body Shape

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    There are certain outfits that I wore when I had a more athletic build. Changing my attire to better suit my body shape is something that has come about gradually. I’ve seen women who think they can successfully squeeze themselves into a skimpy leather skirt. I’m not saying women my age are past wearing short skirts. If you’ve got the legs for one, then go for it! I think women who are no longer equipped with a great pair of legs or who have sagging epitrochlearis on their arms might want to rethink their choice in semi-revealing clothing.

    2 Remember That Not Everyone is Able to Wear Vibrant Colors

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    Primary-colored stripes are cute on little kids, but not many women past their mid-twenties can successfully pull off wearing them. It’s best to leave neon-colored clothing and vibrant patterns to the much younger crowd. Accessories in bright colors can usually be worn by women of any age, since these accessories don’t normally cover the entire body.

    1 Go for the Classy Look if You’re Unsure about What to Wear

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    There are very few sophisticated or even elegant outfits that are considered to be designed for a certain age range. Most classy outfits show a sign of good taste and don’t normally follow the most popular fashion trend. Each outfit tends to provide the wearer with the ability to create a personal style all her own.

    Remember the reaction you receive from people when they see you in a particular outfit. If you continue to attract a lot of negative attention for a particular outfit, then you might want to take a look at what you are wearing. Ask a friend for some advice or peruse popular magazines to see what’s in style. These 7 tips on how to dress your age are merely suggestions. I’ve seen people who dress well outside their own age group and still look fabulous. Do you think you dress your age? Do you even care what others think at all or do you dress to make yourself happy?

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    The best thing about being a man is that you have about 40 years where if you don’t get married, you can seriously do some damage on the dating scene.

    I mean dating all types of women, of all different ages, no matter your age. As the cliched saying goes… “Men are like a fine wine, they just get better with age”.

    Now depending on the age of woman you want to date, there are several things you need to consider.

    Today my goal is to give you everything you need to successfully date women of all ages when you’re the better side of 40. Why did I pick that age?

    Well, because men hitting 40 who are either divorced with kids or not married at all, feel like they are not getting much older than they ever planned (haha) and dating seems like a young mans game.

    Let’s assume that you’re single, 40+ and you want to start dating again. This is what I’d suggest:

    1. Understand what type of women you want

    Obviously given the choice, most men would prefer a 20 something young tight hottie, but in reality… although you CAN still get those girls, they aren’t mentally prepared yet. Yes there are exceptions to that rule and some girls in their 20’s do prefer older guys, but I wouldn’t set your heart on it.

    If I were you, I’d aim for 27+. These types of girls are mentally ready for an older guy, because they’ve explored their sexuality a bit more, had one or two boyfriends and are usually in a stable job.

    Another thing to consider would ethnicity, do you like white women? Black women? Asian? Latino? European? Each type of woman carries a different level of risk in terms of dating. For example experience has shown me that Eastern European women like older men, because they are stronger and less mature than younger men.

    2. Dress for your age

    If you’re character is loud, confident and you unique, then chances are you’re going to dress that way. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that you need to dress a certain way to get girls, it’s up to you to follow that advice or not. I’m just giving you advice on what has worked for me and my older students in the past.

    • Don’t wear skinny jeans, only wear fitted/slim jeans
    • Buy 3 or 4 different suit jackets and have them tailored
    • Buy a unique and fairly expensive watch
    • Invest in some decent designer shoes (more than 1 pair!)
    • Get a day scent and evening scent (I like to go for unique smells that aren’t widely available in stores)
    • Groom yourself properly (whiten your teeth, trim your body hair, get in shape and take care of your hygiene)

    If you suck at fashion and shopping for clothes, then I highly recommend a personal stylist. Hire one for the day, then they will buy all the clothes you could want for a year and you don’t have to leave the house. Job done.

    3. Attack all areas of dating

    When it comes to dating at 40, you need to be smart. Personally as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become a bit more lazy… so I want to do less work but still hook up with stunners. It’s working for me and I think it can work for you too.

    The way I do this is by utilising all areas of dating. Clubs, bars, online and through social circles.

    Clubs can be a little tedious when you’re getting older, so I’d stick to the higher end clubs, not the kiddie ones. Also don’t mess around with going to the bar. Go once in a while and spend on a table, that way you can take advantage of social proof game

    Bars need to be swanky looking places. Hotel bars are cool, not the local B&B down the road! I’m talking 5 star hotels that attract all kinds of women.

    Online can be through your social accounts like Facebook and can even be through sites like mysinglefriend.com or seeking arrangement.com if you fancy just straight hookups without any strings.

    4. Update your Facebook account consistently

    Facebook for me has been amazing for continuously providing me with social proof and a stream of women contacting me, liking my posts, images and just helping me look more attractive online. Once you have a solid profile, all you need to do is befriend a hot girl and the rest will take care of itself.

    I recommend you update your photos regularly, post interesting things on your wall and untag yourself from anything that may be detrimental to your image online (I.e throwing up on a night out, dancing around like an idiot with 10 lads behind you etc). You want women to look at your profile and say “This guy is hot” not “What an old fool”.

    How to Dress when You're 30

    Once you enter your 60s, you may wonder what types of styles are appropriate for this age group. The answer today isn’t as simple as it once was. You are no longer relegated to cardigans and mid-calf skirts just because you’ve turned 60. The name of the fashion game at 60 is often personal style mixed with comfort. There are a few other considerations, however.

    Flattering Your Skin

    Because people in their 60s tend to have more wrinkles and skin that is less elastic, there are a few types of outfits that just don’t look as good at 60 as they did at 50. Anything low-cut often doesn’t look good on someone who is in their 60s. Instead, many women in their 60s choose to wear a scarf to bring attention to their face rather than to their necks.

    A shirt or dress with short sleeves sometimes isn’t as flattering to someone in their 60s either. Anything with spaghetti straps are that is strapless is often not flattering to the skin of someone who is 60. Instead, opt for something with three-quarter sleeves to show off the lower part of your arm where your arm is the thinnest. This still allows you to reveal some skin without making an unflattering mistake. If you are in very good shape and have toned arms, choose something with cap sleeves.

    For men, wearing shorts with short sleeves may not be very flattering. A thin pair of pants can be just as cool as a pair of shorts and it will keep too much from being revealed. If you are in good shape, a short-sleeved shirt may show off your muscles nicely, but stay away from “muscle shirts” that have no sleeves.

    Shoes

    Strappy shoes often don’t look good on skin that is less elastic. Wearing straps across the top of your foot may not be the most flattering look either. Flats or shoes with chunky heels are perfect to wear in your 60s. For men, anything other than sandals is usually a good look. Just stay away from these socks and sandals look. It can make you look older and perhaps even a little bit confused.

    Trends

    People in their earlier decades are still experimenting with their own style. They are constantly trying new looks and new trends in an effort to find what looks best on them. However, by age 60 you’ll likely already know what looks good on you and what doesn’t. Wearing a lot of trendy clothes would then look out of place. Go for classic looks more than fads because you already know that they look best in most situations.

    Jeans

    You may wonder whether jeans are appropriate for people 60 and older to wear. Jeans used to be something that was considered appropriate for younger people but not for older ones, but those days are gone. Jeans are perfectly appropriate at 60 and older. There are so many styles of jeans now that anyone can find a style that is perfect for their figure. They are also comfortable and are appropriate for an increasing number of occasions.

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    As a petite woman, you have more curves to offer in a smaller package — think of your body’s characteristics as assets to be flattered rather than flaws to be hidden. Regardless of how your small and curvy frame is proportioned, you have plenty of style-savvy options depending on the situation, the look you want to convey and your own personal fashion sense.

    Flatter your other half. If you’re busty and a bit short, maintain a balance between your top and bottom halves with a simple blouse or streamlined T-shirt and blazer paired with a flowing bottom, such as a maxi or draped skirt. For a pear-shaped figure, highlight your upper body with a scoop or V-neck cut with added embellishments.

    Highlight your waist. While this fashion tip may go against your instinct, wide, belts, corseted dresses and belted dresses actually flatter the lines of a petite and curvy frame, drawing attention to your best assets.

    Go with long skirts or those with hems that fall at the mid-knee. Mini skirts squeeze curvy legs together, while mid-length styles let your gams shine. A-line skirts work very well on petite and curvy body types. Pair mid-length skirts with high boots to elongate your legs and opt for a bit of a heel instead of flats whenever possible.

    Choose vertical patterns. These lines provide a nice contrast to curvy, compact shapes, highlighting the height you have rather than widening your body’s lines, as horizontals do. Vertical stripes, piping and seams do the trick, as do similar vertical lines such as deep collar cuts and v-necks.

    Create monochrome outfits — outfits with elements from the same color family — to give your body a sleek, streamlined look. While the colors work closely together, break up the monotony with layers, such as lightweight scarves or structured blazers, and varying textures. You can also mix in neutrals for a simple, timeless look.

    For daily wear, stick with strong, textured fabrics such as wool, gabardine and heavier cottons to lend your body a flattering sense of structure. For a more elegant look, do just the opposite with draped shapes, such as wrap dress or draped blouse. These flowing lines naturally mesh with curvy shapes.

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    H ead for the “festival fashion” concessions of any high street store (because, yes, pretty much all of them have one right now) and you’ll likely be confronted with day-glo bodysuits and glitter-a-go-go. Which isn’t all that helpful when in the real world you’re more likely to be seen in a cashmere grey jumper or a pair of kick-flare jeans.

    The average age of a festival attendee is now 33 – or 36 at the Mecca of all field-based fun, Glastonbury – but when it comes to grown-up festival dressing there isn’t much inspiration. Step forward Jess Morris, co-founder of scarf brand Rockins, who has been going to Glastonbury since the Seventies when it wasn’t unusual to set up camp next to nudists, or see music fans applauded for jumping the fences to gain entry. Nowadays you’re most likely to find the 47-year-old at the side of the stage along with her ‘gang’ – Kate (Moss), Fran (Cutler), Katy (England) and Pam (Hogg).

    With her crazy curls and her glamourous-yet-louche style, Morris is the epitome of the girl we all imagine we’ll be before going to Glastonbury, but never quite manage to emulate on day three of trampling through mud and rain. Which is exactly why we grilled her on how to lose your inhibitions while still looking pulled-together in the fields this summer.

    1. Start with authentic denim

    “Authentic denim is the foundation of any timeless festival look,” explains Jess. “I am very anti-stretch denim-wise. Whoever you are, whatever size you are, if you can pick up a pair of vintage jeans then you have a great starting point to any outfit. Patch them up, cut them to the length you want, and really make the jeans your own – that’s the best look.”

    B liss and Mischief bandana embroidered straight-leg jeans, £390, Matches Fashion

    2. Find a scarf that multi-tasks

    A former PR manager, Morris is the co-founder of scarf brand Rockins alongside her partner musician Tim Rockins. The story goes that the rock n’ roll duo crafted a small run of bespoke bias-cut scarves as Christmas presents for friends in 2014. When the public seemed desperate to know what was draped around the necks of Kate Moss, her former husband Jamie Hince and Primal Scream’s Bobbie Gillespie, Morris realised there was a business opportunity there and started a collection.

    G raphic paisley skinny scarf, £150, Rockins

    So it’s perhaps not surprising that Morris and co always pack some Rockins scarves for festivaling. “The pictures I like from the Seventies are of guys just wearing a pair of jeans and a scarf either round their heads, arms or around their knees, like Iggy Pop used to do, and girls wearing scarves as bras! I love that!” she says. “Back then, a scarf was used in every way – as a bra, as a belt, a wristband, a leg band, worn around your head, around a bag. They can add an extra flourish to any outfit.”

    T he original Seventies festival fashion loved by Jess

    3. Build your outfits around one key jacket

    “The most exciting thing about a festival – I still discuss this with my friends and we are nearly 50 – is what are you wearing?” she says of the planning that goes into her look. “You all know you’re wearing jeans and you all know that you are going to get one amazing statement piece from a vintage store. Is it going to be a cape with amazing fringe on it? An amazing jacket covered in studs? Or a blazer with beautiful embroidery? Whatever it is, you need you get one jacket that will see you through the whole weekend. Your basics will stay the same but you need a statement piece (or a couple if you can afford it) that you are going to feel fabulous in.”

    L ace bomber jacket, £49.99, Zara

    4. Pack sensible walking shoes

    “I really don’t want to see another pair of Wellington boots,” Jess bemoans. “I feel like they have been going for 15 years now at festivals. There are much cooler things you can wear – a cowboy boot, a Doc Marten, even a cyber punk boot that will lift an outfit. We need to start thinking outside the Wellington box. And don’t forget comfy socks!”

    O ne of Rockins’ scarfers, or muses, Francois Hardy

    5. Preparation is key

    “You need to know that you’re not going to be bathing for two days, so prepare for that. Make sure you are looking great, your body is looking great and your hair is looking great. And don’t forget your bags! I once arrived at Glastonbury without any of my belongings in tow.”

    6. Look after your skin, but keep your hair grungy

    “Avoid having a spray tan; there’s nothing worse,” says Jess. “Just get a good factor sun cream, slather it on and get brown while you are there. And keep your hair dry, but scrunch it up with Kiehl’s hair cream.”

    7. Get into the look

    “Let your hair go wild, enjoy it and go wild, yourself, for a weekend. That’s what it’s all about; lawless living. You can’t fake the music. If you’re into live music and you’re into self-expression then you have just got to go for it.”

    8. Go for it glitter-wise

    “Yes, pile it on! Maybe not so much as you used to when you hit your mid thirties, but if you know you’re going wild for one weekend, and you’ve got your wet wipes, then just go for it!”

    9. And finally, remember festivals aren’t a place for judgement.

    “I love a flower crown, I love a tiara. The beautiful old school elements of festival dressing – the fairy-tale aspect, the Pagan aspect – I miss that. Is it cringe to wear a flower crown? I don’t know. I’d say throw plastic flower crowns in the bin and wear fresh flowers in your hair,” she says. “But I’d hope anyone who is going to a festival, hopefully, is going for the music, and the occasion, not to judge anyone else.”

    This summer might not be the one you had planned, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still dress the part.

    First things first, remember there’s no upper-age limit when it comes to fashion. Dressing in your sixties isn’t about dutifully following trends, but finding your very own signature style.

    And of course, you can’t go wrong with a dress.

    Whether you’re wearing yours to work, dinner with friends or even for a socially distanced stroll, this wardrobe staple will never let you down.

    We’ve done the scrolling for you and picked out the very dresses for older women the high street has to offer – happy shopping!

    Dresses for older women

    Linen Checked Midi Fit & Flare Dress, £39.50

    You could say the 60s shift is making a comeback, but in our opinion – it never left. The straight shape makes it one of the perfect dresses for older women, gracefully skimming your frame. This M&S beauty is ever so slightly nipped in at the waist, drawing the eye to the smallest part of your middle. Even better, it’s crafted with M&S’ patented Comfort Cool Technology to keep you comfortable whatever the weather.

    Pleated Chiffon Dress, £34.99

    Light, floaty and delightfully swishy, this midi has it all. The neat round neck and pin-tucked front are really elegant, while the satin lining makes it a joy to wear. The deep turquoise shade is easy to dress up or down, depending on what you’re up to. Wear during the day with flip-flops and a straw tote, swapping for heeled wedge sandals and an embellished clutch come evening.

    Loved&Found Numph Nubeige Dress, £99

    The classic shirt dress has been given a personality-packed overhaul in this pink printed frock. A busy pattern will not only hide a multitude of sins, but takes the pressure off accessorising – just add simple neutrals like a pair of white canvas trainers and you’re good to go. The tiered ruffle and pretty-puff sleeves add extra interest, while the tapered cuffs and high neck stop the wide shape from overwhelming your frame.

    Belt Shirt Dress, £59.99

    Effortlessly chic, a gorgeous shirt dress will work hard in your wardrobe. Wear this peachy-pink number buttoned up with sandals, or open kaftan-style over a pair of white linen trousers and a vest. It could even work as a beach cover-up if you’re lucky enough to be getting away this summer. The adjustable belt is also detachable, so you can swap it for a more statement piece if you prefer.

    Ditsy Floral Embroidered Dress, £70

    Monsoon know a thing or two about what makes a great dress, and this doesn’t disappoint. A deep V-neckline will make the most of a larger bust, or create the illusion of curves on petite frames. By bringing the eye downwards, it works to create a more streamlined silhouette. If the ditsy floral print wasn’t enough to win you over, the romantic embroidery will.

    Blue Angel Sleeve Midi Shirt Dress, £35

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    The dress equivalent of your trusty jeans, a denim dress is a failsafe option. The neutral colour means it’ll slot easily into your existing wardrobe, while the pale blue-hue is universally flattering. This is made from a lightweight denim for extra comfort, and could easily be layered up with knitwear when the weather turns. The wide cap sleeves are great if you’re conscious about showing off the tops of your arms, simply floating over them.

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    You may think rompers are off limits for you if you are over the age of 40 (even the name sounds juvenile), but they don’t have to be. First you have to have an honest conversation with yourself. It goes like this: “Self, are my legs looking better than most 30 year-olds? Or do I have veins, thighs that are touching and legs I’d rather hide?” If the answer is the latter, you may want to skip this trend or stick with jumpsuits. If your legs are banging, you can wear a romper, but there are some tricks to the trend.

    Remember the model wearing the romper in the picture is much taller than most human women, so keep in mind the length might actually work on you, but study the picture hard and be sure the shorts are long enough. Obviously you are going to want to try (it on) before you buy.

    Tips for Buying a Romper and How to Wear a Romper

    1. Buy it a size larger. I do this anyway because I have a long torso, but a size larger will make it longer and more comfortable.
    2. Look for inseams of at least 3″. The longer the shorts, the better.
    3. If it has cuffs, you can unroll them adding inches to the shorts.
    4. Don’t be too cutesy, a negligee style will look ridiculous.
    5. Consider a culotte style if you feel your legs are not show-worthy.
    6. Wear a flat shoe (like a sandal) because heels will shrink the length of the shorts.
    7. Check yourself from all angles, including behind. A full-length mirror is your friend here.

    If you have any doubts or don’t feel 100% confident wearing a romper, skip this trend. I have an Old Navy romper I bought a few seasons ago and have been wearing it to death, but I made sure to buy it in a size large instead of my usual medium so it’s long enough.

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    We’re cleaning out our closets for a trip around the world.

    Some of the best memories were born from my childhood home’s costume box, which held old recital outfits, Halloween pieces, and any miscellaneous apparel that turned up. It was a box that had the ability to set any scene—whether you were playing pop star for the day or the doctor of your home hospital, it held the outfits that inspired our play.

    As you grow up the costume box begins to slowly dwindle, but, in contrast, your closet grows exponentially. For those of us who never Marie Kondo-ed, the closet is the holder of old outfits we bought for one specific night out, the hat we purchased abroad that seemed to only work there, and the many pieces of clothing that meant something to us at one point and now we can’t really seem to part with. While it might not have the cutesy title of costume box, ultimately, that’s what 75% of our closet acts as.

    We’re in a time where I would do just about anything to be, or even feel like I’m somewhere else, and playing dress-up is not excluded. We’re digging through our closet, raiding our house-mate’s drawers, and returning to our roots as we plan the perfect at-home vacation outfits (and know the best accessory will always be a cocktail).

    How to Dress when You're 30

    Paris, France

    We’ve all attempted this look one time or another, whether abroad or at-home trying to attain the French-girl aesthetic, and we’ve all tried it because it’s one of the easiest. While we might never have the natural coolness that radiates from the French girls who inspired the look, it’s one simple enough to replicate.

    You’ll need a striped top, a pair of blue jeans, a brown jacket (peacoat or trench), and a red lipstick. The outfit is incredibly simple, and the makeup is even simpler–the pop of red lipstick gives an “I tried” touch without the “I tried” time. And don’t forget the French tuck, which can take an outfit from frumpy to effortless (looking effortless always requires at least a little effort).

    How to Dress when You're 30

    How to Dress when You're 30

    With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, you may find yourself being asked out on a date or making the first move yourself. No matter how you scored it, prepping and primping is customary and crucial for a first date with a promising new prospect. As a transgender woman, there’s a bit more pressure on dressing to impress. It’s important to feel your best in order to start the date off right, and from years of experience, I’ve created a few simple rules in preparation for any type of date.

    5 Rules to Follow When Dressing for a Date

    Rule #1: Keep your body type in mind. When shopping or tearing through your closet, remember that you want to wear something that flatters you, not just something that looks “sexy” (which is subjective, anyway).

    Rule #2: Consider where your date is taking place. The setting says a lot about the type of outfit you should be wearing. This plays into how you should style your hair and do your makeup.

    Rule #3: Don’t force yourself into smaller sizes or anything that will make you uncomfortable—it’s not worth it and most likely won’t flatter your physique. If you feel good, you’ll look great.

    How to Dress when You're 30

    Rule #4: Drape your jacket. Hormone changes can cause acne breakouts, weight gain, and sweating during your physical transition. If you sweat easily, like I did in my initial transition phase, wear shorter sleeves or a tank. If you’ll need a jacket, drape it over your shoulders to give your body some air (plus, it looks cool and effortless).

    Rule #5: Don’t overdo it, unless that’s your personal aesthetic. Based on the vibe of the date—whether it be casual or fancy—it’s more important to dress for yourself first. Don’t wear something that feels unlike you, or spend an outrageous amount of money because you think they’ll only like you if you do. You’re going on a date to get to know one another, not to think about your outfit the entire time.

    MORE: The Transgender Woman’s Field Guide to Dating

    General Outfit Advice

    First date options are endless. If you’re going to a nice dinner, I always suggest a nice black dress or black jeans with a cute top.

    If you go to a bar, wear jeans (any color) with a comfortable top and booties with a small to medium heel, as you never know where the night will take you.

    If you’re going to a sporty event, wear a cute pair of sneakers or Converse-style shoes with jeans and a casual shirt, and, of course, a denim jacket draped over your shoulders just in case it gets cold.

    If you live in a warm climate like Los Angeles, a beach date could definitely be a possibility. If you’re riding bikes in Venice, strolling the Santa Monica Pier, or spending the day in Malibu, I suggest a cute pair of shorts, a flattering tank top or T-shirt, with a sweater to throw on as the sun sets.

    Skirts and dresses can become complicated, especially with unexpected winds—if you’re pre-surgery (gender affirmation surgery), this could make you feel very uncomfortable throughout the day. Fashion-forward sandals are always a great idea for beach dates. A gladiator style is my personal go-to, as they have the ability to thin my foot and lengthen my legs, depending on the color and how thick the straps are.

    How to Dress when You're 30

    MORE: Why We Need to Destigmatize Trans Beauty Standards

    Winter dates in a climate like New York make choosing an outfit simpler. Whether you walk through Central Park, go ice skating, or sip coffee comfortably inside, my outfit advice is simple: a pair of comfortable black jeans or leggings, an on-trend oversized sweater or hoodie, and a chic peacoat. Accessorize with a warm scarf and fingerless gloves to polish off your cozy winter look.

    If your date location is undisclosed, dressing can seem nearly impossible, but don’t despair. A black dress can be accessorized to be dressy or casual. Make sure your hair is clean and styled so your date can’t help but want to run their fingers through it. You can never go wrong with nice pair of black jeans, a weather-appropriate top, and a leather jacket. A chunky heeled bootie is always a safe bet, or a pair of sleek platform sneakers. When it comes to the unknown, remember to KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid.)

    How to Dress when You're 30

    MORE: ‘Why I Quit Wearing High Heels When I Turned 30’

    The amount of makeup one should wear on a date is always a tricky. Personally, I’m a fan of the “no-makeup” makeup look. If you love a full face, and that’s what makes you feel more confident, go for it; just keep in mind that your date may very well see you without makeup one day, so make sure you’re highlighting your authentic attributes without going overboard.

    Keep your lips clean and line-free. Always carry and apply a moisturizing lip balm (tinted is a plus), or for a plump natural lip, I swear by Aquaphor—but apply sparingly, as a little goes a long way with this one. I choose to do light makeup on the first date, with mascara, moisturized lips, and maybe some highlighter on my cheekbones. Then, wow them with a bolder look on the second or third.

    And no matter what, remember that everyone’s body is different. Just because something fits doesn’t mean it’s flattering. Don’t go for overtly sexy or completely covered-up, unless that’s what truly makes you most comfortable. It’s important to represent your true self in the context of your appearance. It will be the first impression you give off and it should start on a high note.

    Remember, too, that confidence is key. If you feel good, your confidence will shine from within. Whatever you choose to wear, don’t forget to enjoy yourself—you’ve got a date!

    When you’re short, shopping for clothing is a bit of a battle. As someone who’s under 5’3″, I’ve regularly found myself in fitting rooms trying on laughably long jeans or jackets that make me look like I’ve come straight from the ’80s (such as unintentionally oversize shoulders). If you’re nodding along in empathy, rest assured that I feel your pain. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

    While we should all embrace whatever size, shape or height we are, I know that for me, sometimes appearing and feeling a little taller helps with being more confident, which is why I’ve looked to petite InstagrammersВ to gather some tips on how to dress a smaller frame. Although they have their own takes on fashion, there’s one thing they tend to avoid: anything overly layered. Now, on to their secrets…

    1. ShowВ your waist.

    2. Wear short skirts with pointed shoes or boots.

    3. Opt for cropped, fitted denim.

    4. Wear high-waisted trousers.

    5. Tailor your pieces.

    6. When in doubt, go tonal.

    7. Do oversize, but don’t excessively layer.

    8. Invest in a long coat.

    9. Don’t underestimate small heels.

    If you want to see theseВ tricks in action, keep scrolling for nine outfit ideas that are ready to steal—featuring some of the coolest petite pieces we’ve come across.

    Not only are you broke, but if you’re a Reluctant Matron of one or several toddlers you also have to navigate a maze of yogurt-covered hands, spilled orange juice, and mysterious brown stains every morning when you get ready for work.

    That’s right, I said “work”. I started working again almost a month ago, and two things occurred to me straight away. First, unlike my previous experience reentering the workplace, this time I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from me. I practically skip off to work in the morning and reluctantly drag myself home in the afternoons. I love talking to people every day. Big, adult people with large vocabularies who are completely uninterested in potty training techniques. Second, as I mentioned in a previous post, my entire wardrobe (the stuff that isn’t tattered yoga pants) is ill fitting and out of date. Having my own personal little money vacuum (baby) and my big money black hole (weird old house) means skipping off to the mall or spending hours online shopping with a glass of wine is no longer as gratifying as it used to be. Here are some essentials for Matrons who head back to work on a skimpy budget.

    Assess the situation

    Ok, you still haven’t lost that last 7 pounds, and the last time you shopped for business clothes Barak Obama was in his first term…or perhaps Dubya was in his second term. It doesn’t matter – the point is, you just noticed that your closet is mostly full of grass-stained jeans and maternity clothes with a spattering of very dated trousers and sweater sets. Take a deep breath, put the kids in bed, pour a glass of wine and empty your entire closet. Pull out all of your jewelry and your shoes. Sort through the items that absolutely will never fit again or those that are extremely outdated. Set aside things that you cannot wear to work (tattered yoga pants). Now start trying on combinations of your clothing and rediscover what you own. Put together at least 3 outfits if you can. Don’t get rid of things that are slightly outdated – the key is to disguise them into you daily outfit for a while until you can afford to replace them one at a time.

    The foundation

    Your foundation pieces need to be classic and solid colored. Yes, this means boring old black slacks, skirt, dress, and shoes. Choose items that fit and flatter you. If you have to spend a little more on these pieces in order to get a really good fit, then splurge. I have one pair of black trousers, a black pencil skirt, and a black button-down shirt dress, and black patent leather pumps and I have owned all of them for at least 7 years. Now that I can fit into them all again they hold up to the test of time. I also invested in a black blazer, which is perfect for disguising slightly out of date shirts underneath.

    Add (cheap) accessories

    My favorite place to buy costume jewelry: World Market. I can find unique statement pieces in that store that add personality to an otherwise uninteresting outfit. I rarely pay more than $10 for any one piece of jewelry at WM. Some other good places for accessories are thrift stores (you can find unique items that no one else will own), garage sales, your mother’s attic, or discount department stores (T.J Maxx, Marshalls, Winners, or if you’re feeling like a big spender, Nordstrom’s Rack). Experiment with scarves – tie them around you head, around your waist, around your neck. My lovely friend Xiaoqi taught me to tie a little silk scarf onto my purse so I can coordinate my purse with my outfit, and have an emergency accessory if I need it. With the right accessories you can re-wear your classic items several times without drawing too much notice (actually, no one notices but you).

    Trendy items

    Personally, I am not a trendy dresser. I like classic cuts and materials, and the only print I wear is stripes. Call me boring if you want, but I prefer to be called “cheap” because when I buy something classic I can wear it for a decade. However, if you like to be wearing the latest trends, this is the time to swallow your pride and head to what my mom would call a “teeny-bob shop” like Forever 21 or the Jr.s department at Target. Pay as little as possible for these items because trust me, you’ll only wear that neon pink and gray-printed blouse with the sheer cutouts for two years at the most before you realize that fashion has moved on.

    Listen to your body and your bank account

    At the end of the day, we are all shaped differently, and the best thing we can do is find fit, colors, and pattern that work the best for our own unique body type and complexion. If an item really, truly fits you well but is a few years out of date chances are it still looks fantastic on you. This is something that gets lost in our fast-pasted and consumer-oriented culture. Wear what looks nice on your and wear what you like. If you accessorize with self-confidence you will always look fashionable. Your bank account agrees with me.