I am 40-something, and I have long hair. Not longish. Long. As in halfway down my back long. And I have no apologies. This is how I like to wear it, and I’ll wear it this way until I change my mind. There is a lot of truth to the adage that you are only as old as you feel. And that 40 is the new 30. Anytime I get discouraged by the number, I mentally list all the gorgeous celebs who are in their 40s. Jennifer Aniston. Jennifer Lopez. Halle Berry. And then I get even more discouraged because I don’t look anything like them. Ha! Anyway, the rules have changed, and I am thankful for that!
The key to looking stylish and not silly after the age of, oh, 25, is to strive for balance. Wear one trendy item and you can look amazing (provided it suits you!). Wear 3, and you’ve veered off into dangerous territory. You may find this comforting or frustrating, but the truth is that there are few hard or fast rules anymore, but there are a few guidelines. Here, how to answer the question: Am I too old to wear that?
A little rippage goes a long way. A skinny sleek jean with slightly ripped knees works on virtually anyone. A distressed, destroyed jean is a very youthful look, and should probably stop around the time you stop going to music festivals. 30, tops. The older you get, the more refined and classic the look needs to become. At 30, you can still wear the ripped jeans with a trendy little top and funky shoes, but by 50, replace it with a classic tee and simple strappy sandals.
Fashion is nothing if not occasionally contradictory, and I’m okay with that. It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind. After years of telling you to break up your matched sets (they’re not married!), I’m about to tell you how cool they suddenly are. It’s not really my fault. I mean, I just call it as I see it, and they’re cute again. So cute, and also so versatile, because you can wear them together or separately.
Nothing says warm weather style like a feminine floral dress! The key to pulling this off at any age is to pick a contemporary floral in a sleek or classic style. Prints can be tricky, though. A tiny, ditsy floral can make you look like your baby daughter or your grandmother, depending on the style, and some bright, splashy prints scream matronly, while others are chic and contemporary. One clue? Look at the label, and the model, for helpful hints on who the dress is made for!
The overarching theme here? If you steer clear of extremes, incorporating a few trends into your wardrobe can help it feel fresh and current.