Call it a “midlife crisis” or hitting the reset button, but when your kids have left the nest you naturally want to spread your wings in certain ways. When you are in your 50s you may think about making changes to your individual style. The problem many of us have when we are approaching middle age is thinking about the need to conform to certain preconceived notions, and it’s easy to see why, because there’s never been more than an influx of people in their 20s. Anybody that’s considered over 35 in certain sectors is branded “old.” but this is why you should reclaim who you are after conforming for so long. One of the best ways to do this is to make alterations to your fashion, so what are the best ways to embrace a fashion change in midlife?
Draw Your Own Conclusions
We can certainly look at inspiration but in reality, the best thing you can do is to trust your instincts. The great thing about being in your 50s and older is that you have spent a lot of time worrying about what other people think but now you have hit the point where you, for the most part, don’t care. You’ve been through enough of life’s battles and emotional turmoil that it’s now time to trust your instincts.
Not many people trust their instincts but when it comes to fashion we spend so long with preconceived notions about what goes together, but with time comes wisdom, and you’ve got the luxury of going for things that just feel good. It’s so easy to be drawn into debates or to feel judged by others, but in reality, it’s you that you should please, and drawing your own conclusions is a very simple thing. Trust your instincts; you won’t be disappointed!
Taking the Time to Try Things Out
As we get older we start to become more relaxed with who we are. This notion of being at peace with oneself means that you start to naturally slow down. It happens as a part of life anyway, but when it comes to a fashion choice you have the luxury of time to try things out.
If you’ve been liking the idea of a helix piercing, what is the issue with trying it out? One of the greatest things about different types of piercings is that you can use them as a way to try out something new just to get the feel of it. Different piercings may seem, to some people, you are trying to recapture your youth, but there are plenty of people who are rocking the helix piercings or other parts of the ear like the tragus or the hook. Taking the opportunity to try something out is really important but we greatly underestimate it, thinking that we need to look in the mirror and feel like we need to make a decision now. It’s time to use time to your advantage.
The Importance of Accessories
Accessories serve a fantastic purpose when it comes to evaluating and revamping your style. Accessories allow you the opportunity to see if it ties new items of clothing together, and also help to inform the next phase of your fashion journey.
Accessories are an excellent investment because they add personality to an outfit as well as the opportunity to showcase your individual sense of style, and an accessory can complement and complete your look. Accessories also help you to showcase your personality and help you to style different outfits differently, especially if you have a very limited wardrobe.
You may not have much money which is why accessories are even more important. It allows you to dress up different outfits in ways that can make every item of clothing feel different. It’s important to give accessories the time they deserve because it can make you feel better about yourself and become a worthy investment piece that jazz up your look. Accessories like a statement ring, comfortable shoes, or a skirt are all things that can elevate the quality of your look.
Are There Things You Should Avoid?
While it’s a good idea for us to embrace our instincts, there are times when we should avoid specific trends. The benefit of being middle-aged is that you’ve already seen a number of trends. You may have already settled on something that really spoke to you at the time and you may still be the only person wearing those clothes or that hairstyle, but there are things that should be avoided:
- Oversized clothes. As we get older, it’s far more important to focus on good tailoring, predominantly to hide any trouble zones.
- Sequins or sparkles. Any sparkly clothes don’t carry the same impact and it’s far better to opt for subtle embellishments.
- Distressed clothes, for example, denim jeans with holes in them are best left to people aged 25 and under.
Of course, the caveat here is that it all depends on how you feel. We can all find ourselves bound by the rules and regulations of what we should or shouldn’t wear, but it is important to make sure that these items are donated to a thrift store in the nick of time.
Complementing Your Contours
Hitting your 50s means that you can feel like you are at the midway point. You may not necessarily want to embrace middle age but the fact of the matter is that you’ve gone through a lot of changes at this point. So what can we do at this juncture?
- Look at style icons that suit your age and body type. The greatest thing is that we are seeing more kickbacks against feeling like you are on the scrap heap of life after you turn 40. This is just not true in the slightest, as there are plenty of icons like Salma Hayek and Halle Berry showing that you can be stylish over 50.
- Going for the things that excite you. If you really feel amazed by something, why don’t you go for it?
- Look at the right clothes that complement your shape. These include things like cardigans, the right lingerie, and patterns and prints that will work with your body shape.
Not Going With What You Think is “Fashionable”
There are a lot more resources out there for people in their 50s. The problem is that in order to get to this point, you have seen so many people who do not represent this age bracket. When it comes to fashion, it could be so easy for us to think that we need to be more sophisticated because it’s not becoming of us to dress younger or differently.
While there’s been a lack of representation in traditional media, there has also been a huge shift in attitudes over time. It is important to remember that while fashion is completely subjective and there’s no hard and fast rule, it is ultimately about wearing what actually pleases you, what fits you, and what makes you feel more confident in yourself.
It could take a lot of time to find clothes that make you feel comfortable. It’s not just about physical comfort, but about emotional comfort. And when you are changing your fashion choices in life, there’s plenty of inspiration out there. At the end of the day, it is purely about what makes you feel great in yourself.
As we get older, we become more comfortable with who we are, and this naturally extends to our fashion choices. So if you’re thinking about making upgrades in one way or another, rest assured, there is plenty of scope!